This being the the 25th annual Jack McCann, we decided to do some extra special things, which included history on John W. “Jack” McCann, mixed drinks, additional appetizers, a champagne toast, and a plaque with all of this year’s participants.
As mentioned at the Saturday white linen dinner, we had a champagne toast to the bonspiel’s namesake. John Angst, who was one of the founders of the bonspiel, sent us some meaningful words to mark the occasion. Tim McCann (Jack’s son, participant, and club member) made a heartfelt toast that finished to roaring applause. We also paid homage to 3 people who have participated in every bonspiel since its start: Mark Faltesek, Bob Nelson, and Art Jytyla. We congratulate all who participated and the winners. At the golden anniversary, in another 25 years from now, we hope they have as good of a time!
The Jack McCann bonspiel committee would like to thank Lynn’s Struck’s kitchen staff, led by Chris Hoehl, our bartenders Jen and Muffy, our Happy Hour bartenders Brenda Paul, Meg King-Abraham, Erika Kramer, and special bonspiel assistant Shelley DeBord. Last, but not least, the Craig Zbacnik ice crew! Thank you all for your excellent work to make this “The Best Gentlemen’s Bonspiel in the United States!”
The Jack McCann Bonspiel again upped the ante with some great competition. The winner of this year’s 1st event was anchored by Paul Pustovar against Mike Farbelow’s rink in a tight match. Dennis Abraham’s “free entry and no skins game bottle?” rink, controlled their match against the Troy Urness rink to become the 2nd Event winner. Tim McCann (son of the bonspiel’s namesake) had made a very nice shot for 2 to tie the 3rd Event game in the 8th, but Bob Nelson’s rink squeaked out the win by outcounting a back 8 skip’s rock without sweepers. And finally, Mike Peplinski’s rink controlled John Solem’s rink to take the 4th Event.
Left: 1st Event Winners - Paul Pustovar, Mark Faltesek, Jim Milosevich, Don Mohawk - Hibbing
Right: Winners of the 1st event seated; 1st event runners-up standing - Mike Farbelow, Tim Solin, Tim Gartner, Jeff Annis - SPCC
Left: 2nd Event Winners -Dennis Abraham, Howard Falk, Brad Clausen, Kristefor Lysne - SPCC
Right: 2nd Event Runners Up - Troy Urness, Jeff Anlauf, Joe Washleski, Dale Olsen - Cambridge
Left: 3rd Event Winners - Bob Nelson, Tim Lindgren, Steve Meyer, Laird MacMillan, Scott Fisher - SPCC
3rd Event Runners Up - Tim McCann, Chris Rugg, Roy Tschida, Jim Lokensgard - SPCC
4th Event Winners - Mike Peplinski, Doug Anderson, Ted McCann, Chris Schwanz – Stevens Point
4th Event Runners Up - John Solem, Jim Stute (not pictured), Brad Kruse, Keith Peacock - SPCC