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Badminton invitational held this Saturday

The local badminton players got in the last bit of practice they could on Tuesday.

Kashton Janzen (front) from Avonlea returns a shot while his teammates Ryley Ludwar looks on during senior badminton action on Tuesday night. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

With a condensed season this year, the Moose Jaw invitational tournament is coming up this Saturday.

“This is actually right in the middle, which I think it perfect. The kids have gotten through half the season league nights and we only have one more week of league night left before the playoffs. This tourney is at a perfect time,” said Lee Behrns, a coordinator for the tournament. “Kids loving playing games and since there isn’t a lot of practice time, they can play, play, play. The condensed season makes for a quick learning curve for a lot of the kids. It is quick and this tournament just lets them keep playing and not get bored.”

There are 18 different schools coming from across the province and all the local schools will be represented as well.

“This is a good size. There are three pools of six,” said Behrns. “It is the biggest tournament in Saskatchewan.”

For Marissa Wilson, a Grade 12 at Central, she is excited to be playing with her partner, Annie Riendeau for the last time.

The duo has been badminton partners since Grade 6, which Wilson thinks will help them this weekend, along with the practice they get during league nights.

“It helps that we have experience because the season is really short, so we have to get in as much as we can,” Wilson said. “Hopefully we will get a chance to show what we’ve got.”

Wilson has goals of medalling at the city final and hopes this tournament and the last league night will help get her ready for that level of competition.

“You get to see your competition and it really helps you prepare,” she said. “It really helps you improve and with your partner, it helps you play together and learn each others strengths.”

Nathan Lewis is in Grade 10 a Cornerstone and will be competing for the first time in this tournament. He plays with Nathan Godard in doubles play during the league night, but will play in the singles category in the tournament.

“I’ve never played in the tournament before, so this will be a good way to spend a Saturday,” said Lewis. “It is a good way to get extra reps in before playoffs.”

There will be medals handed out to the best players in each category on Saturday evening and the Moose Jaw and area athletes will try their best to be at the top, but also use this as a measuring stick for their progress thus far this season.

“This gives them a chance to see who else is out there in the province,” said Behrns. “Once they get to regionals, they will see a bunch of teams. This will give them a level playing field to see where they are at.”

 

Results from league night

Boys Singles

1st Ryder Epoch - AEP

2nd Nathan Godard - CCS

3rd Aaron Hill - VCI

Girls Singles

1st Mackenzie Kuffner - Avonlea

2nd Sabrina Lybeck - RVCI

3rd Jaycee Richards - AEP

Mixed Doubles

1st Dax Whitehead and Emily Pinter - CCI

2nd Dalton Wolfe and Paige Newans - CCI

3rd Daniel Mutlow and Paige Gallivan - AEP

Boys Doubles

1st Blake Olsen and Austin Taylor - AEP

2nd Kashton Janzen and Ryley Ludwar - Avonlea

3rd Sheldon Daniel and Logan Beingessner - Avonlea

Girls Doubles

1st Morgan Patsack and Justine Dalgarno - CCS

2nd Chantelle Miller and Emma Dombowsky - Avonlea

3rd Stephanie O'Bryne and Jeneba Dukaly - CCI

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