By Riley Gore & Conor Van Dusen
Curling has an interesting history. The peculiar sport was initially conceived in medieval Scotland, and has only been an Olympic Winter Sport since 1998. Curling’s obscurity and uniqueness has enabled it to develop a sort of cult following, particularly in Canada and Scandinavian countries. The distinct nature of Curling is also what inspired a group of inventive students to create the Dexter High School Curling Club (DHSCC).
“To me, curling is a very unique sport,” said Seth Greenfield, one of the founders of the DHSCC. “It seemed very fun for us to get out there and do it, as well inform other people about it.”
But what was once little more than an idea has transformed into something much bigger.
The DHSCC, comprised of juniors Seth Greenfield, Chris Eakin, Michael Kivel, Toby Currie, and Joseph Moore, practices weekly in Ferndale and travels throughout the midwest to participate in tournaments.
Greenfield admits times were initially hard for the young club, but also declared that improvement has since been noticeable.
“We definitely lost a lot at the start because we were just starting out,” he said. “However, recently, we are getting a lot better and winning a good amount of games. But before we really didn’t win anything.”
Co-founder Chris Eakin claims that the DHSCC has even developed a rivalry in its brief-yet-eventful existence.
“Right now our biggest rival is Notre Dame Prep, and lately we have been winning most of our matches against them,” Eakin said. “However, it still sometimes goes back and forth.” It’s safe to say the idea of a curling club has blossomed from a fertile seed, into a sturdy, young oak; however, achieving greater legitimacy isn’t enough to satisfy the industrious curlers of Dexter High School. Greenfield, Eakin and Co. wish to ensure their young oak has the opportunity to grow old and sink its roots into DHS culture.
“We are going to talk to freshmen and sophomores about enlisting in the club so we can keep the tradition going strong,” Greenfield said.
On a personal level, both Greenfield and Eakin admit that their appreciation for curling has blossomed, and is something they will likely do for the rest of their lives.
“I would love to keep playing, clearly not at an Olympic level or anything, because I’m not that good, but I will continue to play in my free time,” said Greenfield.
Eakin added, “I think I could curl as long as I want. Curlers curl their whole lives, there are very young and very old curlers. Once a curler, always a curler. It’s a great community.”