Utica City FC head coach Ryan Hall was named December’s Coach of the Month by the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) on Tuesday.

In Utica City FC’s first season since relocating from Syracuse, Hall’s team is 5-2 overall and sitting at the top of the Eastern Division standings. The team was undefeated at home in December and had two wins against the defending champion Baltimore Blast.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Ryan and our organization,” said General Manager Tommy Tanner. “Ryan has done a tremendous job guiding a new team in a new city. He has created a winning culture for Utica that has led to back-to-back sellouts in our building.”

Hall – who played four seasons with the Syracuse University men’s soccer team – is now in his second year of coaching professionally.

A year ago, Hall led the Syracuse Silver Knights to a franchise-best 13-9 record in the MASL Eastern Division.

Utica City FC has a road game Friday night against the third-place Mississauga MetroStars (2-5) and then hosts the Harrisburg Heat at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Two Utica City FC players are among the MASL's top-10 in scoring - Slavisa Ubiparipovic is tied for fourth with eight goals and seven assists and Joey Tavernese is tied for seventh with seven goals and seven assists. 

 

Utica Curling Club hosting

108th Mitchell Bonspiel

The Utica Curling Club will host the 108th Mitchell Bonspiel from Thursday to Sunday at its facility at 8300 Clark Mills Road in Whitestown. 

Competition begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the public is invited to attend.

Defending champion Linsay Curling Club from the Toronto area will return. Skipper John Bolton will be joined by Tyler Jones, Dave Farr and Terry Jenkins. 

Although the Mitchell is a 36-team invitational with clubs from all over the Northeast and Eastern Canada, Utica-area teams are determined through a club championship tournament, which this year involved 14 teams. The club's championship team was skipped by Matt Hames and team members included Mike Kessler, Jason Brien and Jason Golubski. They will be designated Utica No. 1 for the 2019 Mitchell. Seven other local teams qualified for the bonspiel.

The Mitchell Medal was donated by industrialist Alexander Mitchell to the Grand National Curling Club, an organization of Eastern curling clubs. It was first competed for in 1885 and the Utica Curling Club has hosted the event since 1910. Made of 18-karat gold, it is one of the oldest medals played for in North America.

For more information, contact the club's website at www.uticacurlingclub.org.