10 athletes set to represent the Southwest at badminton provincials
Ten representatives from Chinook School Division schools earned a trip to SHSAA provincials in Melville this Saturday with top two placings at badminton regionals inWhitewood last Saturday.
The 10 athletes from Burstall, Frontier, and Swift Current qualified with at least one Southwest representative in each of the five categories of play.
In girl’s doubles action Frontier’s Kaitlyn Heggestad and Lindsey Anderson posted a dominating 5-0 record while winning all 10 games, most in dominating fashion.
The Frontier duo began by downing their fellow Frontier squad in two straight games (21-10, 2116) followed by a win over Moose Jaw Central (21-11, 25-23).
Heggestad and Anderson finished off with match wins over Caronport (2114, 21-10), Lumsden (21-8, 21-8), and Kipling (21-18, 21-10) to provincials.
In mixed doubles the Frontier duo of Allan Evenson and Terren Klein also ran the table with five consecutive match wins without dropping a game.
Evenson and Klein opened with a win over another Frontier squad (2114, 21-19), followed by wins over Assiniboia (21-8, 21-7), Avonlea (21-7, 21-7), Southey (21-12, 21-1), and Lemberg.
In boy’s doubles a pair of Southwest teams from Swift Current and Burstall tied for top spot with one another with 4-1 records to advance to Melville.
Cameron Won and Jordan Wittig of Burstall opened with a win over Swift Current (21-8, 2117), followed by a hardfought win overMoose Jaw Cornerstone (21-8, 19-21, 21-14).
After being upended by Avonlea in three games (17-21, 21-16, 10-21) the Burstall duo responded with wins over Kahkewistahaw (21-11, 21-4) and Whitewood (21-8, 21-13).
The Swift Current duo of Tyler Byers and Brody Gader rebounded from the loss to Burstall to put together four consecutive wins. Byers and Gader picked up victories over Kahkewistahaw (21-9, 2114), Whitewood (21-13, 21-9), Avonlea (21-16, 2116), and Moose Jaw Cornerstone (21-14, 21-12).
With a 4-1 record Lance Wenzell became Burstall’s third representative at provincials with wins over Morse (21-18, 14-21, 2624), Whitewood (21-11, 21-3), Milestone (21-19, 21-14), and Caronport (219, 21-13).
Wenzell’s only loss came to Moose Jaw Central (1321, 17-21) as he finished in second place to move on to provincials.
Frontier’s Hailey Coakley smashed her way to a perfect 5-0 record, winning all ten games, eight of which she impressively held her opponents under 14 points. Coakley racked up wins over Eastend (2113, 21-12), Assiniboia (217, 21-12), Moose Jaw Central (21-12, 21-8), Whitewood (21-11, 21-7), and Balgonie (21-16, 2119).
The 10 Southwest athletes will be accompanied to provincials by their coaches Mr. Benallack (Burstall), Mr. Evenson and Mr. Ross (Frontier), and Mr. Priebe and Ms. Wenner (Swift Current).