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La Crosse curlers ready for national tournament

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The La Crosse area has a long history with the sport of curling. 

Two local teams will get a chance to compete at the USA Arena Curling National Tournament this week. 

The La Crosse Curling Club is sending one mens team and one womens team to Nationals in Cedar Rapids. 

"I got started in curling when I was 16 in Eau Claire," said Seth King, a member of the mens team. 

"I was a skier and always liked doing winter sports.  I had a friend who said to come on out and try curling." 

Seth King is a curling veteran.

But this week he'll be stepping on to arena curling's biggest stage for the first time representing the La Crosse Curling Club. 

"We're excited.  It's always nice to represent your club and your city at a national tournament.  As the guys team, we're just hoping to keep up and bring some hardware home ourselves."

King, along with Brad Heitzman, Sam Wood and Chris Hofland make up the men's team that has practiced together just three times.

But it's not their competition that's putting the pressure on them. 

"I think the guys have some pressure because we didn't send a team last year.  Our women's team took the silver medal.  They're definitely favorites to win a medal again.  They have a very, very strong team," King said. 

Toni Paisley was a member of that silver medal winning team at nationals last year. 

"Our team has been preparing to return to Arena Nationals most of the year," Paisley said. 

"We curl league together to get practice and we're just excited to represent the La Crosse Curling Club again this year." 

Paisley, along with Laura Mitchell, Laura Meyer and Erin Hoffland will try to take that next step and drop the hammer on the competition. 

"First and foremost, we just want to have a great time," Paisley said.  

"And we want to represent our club as best as possible at a national event."  

"We're trying not to think about it more than anything.  It's just another game, another event, another competition.  So, anything can happen."

Regardless of results for both teams, the weekend will be a win-win for the La Crosse Curling Club.

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