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Dorset Col­le­giate claims team ta­ble ten­nis cham­pi­onship and sweep in­di­vid­ual ti­tles

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CORY HUR­LEY

Dorset Col­le­giate claimed its third straight pro­vin­cial ta­ble ten­nis team cham­pi­onship this week­end, and swept all in­di­vid­ual ti­tles for the first time.

The stu­dent ath­letes from Pil­ley’s Is­land have es­tab­lished them­selves as ta­ble ten­nis pow­er­houses in this prov­ince. How­ever, the most re­cent feat was some­thing be­yond even what the play­ers and coach could have hoped for.

In the team event, Dorset play­ers went 30-0 in the com­pe­ti­tion Fri­day. Satur­day, only the mixed dou­bles team suf­fered a de­feat — a round robin loss to a duo out of Jens Haven Memo­rial in Nain — in the in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing 29-1.

Bri­anna War­ren won the girls sin­gles and teamed up with Sarah War­ren to win girls dou­bles. The Grade 11 stu­dent also claimed her third straight pro­vin­cial sin­gles ti­tle.

“I had hoped to win,” the daugh­ter of coach Mark War­ren said. “I felt pretty good go­ing into it.”

War­ren never took the field lightly, de­spite con­stant suc­cess through­out the year and be­ing the back-to-back de­fend­ing girls cham­pion. She said she was chal­lenged in the com­pe­ti­tion, and needed her A game to win.

“Ev­ery­thing went well,” she said. “I love meet­ing new peo­ple.”

Ty Win­sor du­pli­cated the feat in the boys com­pe­ti­tion, claim­ing the sin­gles ti­tle and team­ing up with Har­ley Elliott to win the dou­bles ti­tle. The Grade 9 stu­dent bet­tered two pre­vi­ous sil­ver medals to win his first sin­gles ti­tle.

“I went in just hop­ing to do my best,” he said. “I beat a cou­ple of the good peo­ple there, and then I thought I could go to the fi­nals. I just kept my head up and man­aged to get it.”

Af­ter los­ing to some of the same com­peti­tors ear­lier in the year, Win­sor said he prac­ticed a lot through­out the year. Still just of ju­nior high age, he said the key to both sin­gles and dou­bles ti­tles was stay­ing com­posed, es­pe­cially when things got tough.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Dorset Col­le­giate of Pil­ley’s Is­land claimed their third straight pro­vin­cial ti­tle this week­end in their home gym. Team mem­bers in­clude, from left, Chloe Hol­land, Laura Cal­la­han, An­gel Wise­man, Ha­ley Elliott, Har­ley Elliott, Ty Win­sor, Ri­ley Vin­cent, Devin Roberts, James Bur­ton, Bri­anna War­ren, Sarah War­ren and coach Mark War­ren.

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