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Wisconsin Team Murray tops Alaska Team Flippo, for final spot in semifinals
Wisconsin Team Murray tops Alaska Team Flippo, for final spot in semifinals

Field set for curling's Mixed National semifinals today at 4 p.m. in Willmar, Minn

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR - Wisconsin (Team Murray) scored 3 points in the 10th end to snap a 5-all tie and beat Alaska (Team Flippo) 8-5 to advance to the USA Curling Mixed National Championship semifinals.

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Team Flippo, the youngest in the 10-team field with three teens and a 20-year old (Skip Ryan Flippo) had tied the tiebreaker 5-5 with two points in the 9th frame.Wisconsin will meet No. 1 seed Washington while No. 2 Connecticut and No. 3 North Dakota also duel at 4 p.m. today at the Willmar Civic Center's Blue Line Arena. The event is free to the public with enclosed balcony seating available.The championship and third-place draw will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday.Ten teams competed Saturday through Thursday to reach the final four. Wisconsin and Alaska each finished 5-4 necessitating the tiebreaker.    
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