Dakota Curling – Lakeville, Minnesota USA

Meet Your 2016 Arena Nationals Team

Dakota Curling is excited to be sending a talented team of women curlers to represent our club at Arena Nationals in Philadelphia this May. We think we have a great team lined up and and we are excited to introduce you to them. Please join us in cheering them on!

Update: The team took silver! Way to go!

Skip Darcy Ellarby is one of the founding members of Dakota Curling.  She’s been curling for almost 15 years and is the lead instructor for our club.  Darcy previously skipped the Dakota Women’s team that earned a gold medal at the 2013 Arena Nationals and has also won the State New Clubs championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Vice Sandra McMakin is new member of Dakota Curling but has more than 40 years experience as both player and coach.  She curled for over 30 years in Canada and 6 years at Pittsburgh Curling Club (also an area club).  Sandra is a Level III Instructor and a Level IV Coach (pending).  She’s also the chair of USA Curling Instruction.

Second Leslie Adair is in her third season curling at Dakota and is excited to be playing on the Arena National team this year.


Lead Lisa Nowak played two years in our Instructional League and has just finished up her first full year playing in our open leagues.


Our fifth player, Trish Elliott is a second year curler with Dakota Curling.  She has also been a very active volunteer and served on our Pirate Spiel committee her very first year in the club.