Vanier's Madison Coulter glances behind her at the birdie she just missed on Thursday night. Times-Herald photo by Myles Fish
Having too much fun: it is not a reasoning one might hear every day to explain struggles in sports.
But, surprisingly enough, that was what Kayla Bugg said might have kept her and partner Katie Burtnick from winning more than one game in girls doubles on Thursday night in MJSHSAA senior badminton play. The Peacock pair just started playing together, Bugg explained, and they are clearly enjoying doing so.
Another thing Bugg enjoyed Thursday was the spotless 5-0 mark she registered in girls singles play, the second consecutive week she has accomplished the feat. She was able to top her two main rivals — Madi Rice (3-2) and Lindsay Fish (4-1) — on the night, and will likely have to beat at least one of them again on Monday during the MJSHSAA senior badminton city finals tournament. The top two in each category will advance to districts in Gravelbourg.
In boys singles play on Thursday, Dallas Funke of Avonlea went undefeated, winning all nine of his matches. He was followed by Peacock’s Kyle Dalgarno at 7-1 and Richard Simon of Central at 7-2.
Central’s Everett Neigel and Paige Newans came out on top in mixed doubles at 5-0. The teams of Clay Ludwar and Moria Petruic (Avonlea) and Shaelyn Sperling and Ty Nordick (Peacock) each garnered four wins.
In boys doubles, Ben Newans and Ryan Ma of Central owned the night with six wins. The parings of Everett Neigel/ Caleb Bachiu (Central), Brendan Schick/ Clay Ludwar (Avonlea), and Cole Senchuk/ Ryley Janzen (Avonlea) each finished with five wins.
Paige Granger and Jolene Kirkpatrick of Avonlea bested 10 other teams in girls doubles play. The Katti Mullens/ Laura Taylor (Cornerstone) and Charlotte and Toni Williams-Greatorex (Peacock) tandems finished second and third, respectively.
For more on this story, read Friday's Times-Herald.