Pilsworth earns provincial place

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There were no regional titles won by area competitors Saturday.

Max Pilsworth from Central returns a shot in boys singles action at the SHSAA regional badminton tournament at Peacock Saturday.

However, they more than held their own at the SHSAA regional badminton championships.

Central's Max Pilsworth qualified for provincials by finishing second in the boys singles division. Assiniboia's Jennifer Packet did the same in girls singles. Central's mixed pair of Paige Newans and Dalton Wolfe also finished second but won't be able to attend provincials in Warman on Saturday because both will be playing at the under-18 club volleyball nationals in Edmonton.

Pilsworth said he was "very happy" to qualify for his first provincials as a Grade 10 competitor.

His only loss came to Clarke Sopczak from Biggar 21-14, 21-16.

"I had one game that I lost, but the rest were pretty good," said Pilsworth who felt he played pretty well in his loss.

He finished with a 4-1 record and won all of his games in straight sets.

He knows he'll have some tough competition in Warman, but he's hoping to be healthy and to play up to his potential.

"My shoulder hurts, so I need to rest that up," said PIlsworth.

The Cyclones duo of Newans and Wolfe knew the regionals were the end of their high school careers and they were happy with how they finished.

"It was really fun. I think we did a lot better than we thought we were going to do," said Newans.

Though they won't be able to take advantage of qualifying for provincials, the seniors had no regrets.

They lost 21-15, 21-18 to Adam Keith and Kaleisha Heggestad from Frontier and finished second with a 4-1 record.

"We had one game where it was a little rocky and that's the game we lost, but I think we stepped it up as the day went on," said Newans. "I think we're happy with where we ended up because I thought we were going to do worse than we did."

They beat Rosetown's Beau Sinclair and Alana Blazek 23-21, 11-21, 21-15 to finish second. The Rosetown duo finished third and will take their place in Warman.

Gravelbourg's Manoc Pouteaux and Breana Kleckner finished 1-4.

Packet, a Grade 11 student at Assiniboia Comp., lost the final of the Moose Jaw Invitational to Swift Current's Kimiko Espiritu. At regionals Espiritu was the only competitor who beat her once again, this time by a 21-18, 21-13 score.

"She's really good, but she's really nice. It's great playing against her," said Packet.

It will be Packet's first provincial trip.

"I'm hoping to do as well as I can. I'm expecting there to be quite a few Grade 12s and some girls who play club badminton and who have been to the (Sask) Winter Games. I'm just hoping I do well and have fun," she said.

Majorie Gonzales and Mary Ann Gonzales from Swift Current won the girls doubles title with a 5-0 record. Tristan Goffinet and Ashley Fournier from Ponteix were second with a 4-1 record.

Peacock's Ashley Patoine and Chelsea Fraser and Assiniboia's Hailey Eger and Alexa Wandler were both 1-4.

In boys doubles, Swift Current's Darby Crozier and Evan Laturnus finished 5-0 and Eston's Cole Elaschuk and Quaid Robinson were 4-1 to also qualify for provincials.  Avonlea's Kashton Janzen and Ryley Ludwar were 2-3, while Avonlea's Sheldon Daniel and Logan Beingessner were 1-4.

Geographic location: Warman, Swift Current, Warman.Gravelbourg Ponteix

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