Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:13

S.W. Sask. well represented at provincial badminton

Written by  Deb Reamer
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The girls’ doubles duo from Leader, Payton Stimson and Kyla Tumbach, captured the bronze medal at SHSAA provincial badminton. 

The provincial competition took place at Weyburn May 13. The format at provincials is eight teams divided into two pools of four. The top two teams from each pool advance to the playoff round.
Stimson and Tumbach had a record of 2-1 in Pool A with wins over Melville (2-0) and Loon Lake (2-0) and a loss to Carrot River (2-1). In the cross over semi, the girls lost to the eventual gold medalists from Leoville 2-0 (scores were 21-7, 21-19). In the bronze-medal match, the girls faced Carrot River once again and this time came through with a 2-0 win (22-20, 21-9). Congrats to Payton and Kyla and their coach Houston Doig.
The mixed duo from Fox Valley, Rebecca Chou and Nicholas Ehnisz, also had a successful showing. They had a record of 2-1 in Pool B with wins over Melville (2-0) and Perdue (2-0), but lost to the Wilkie (2-0). In the cross over semi, Chou and Ehnisz then faced Annaheim and lost2-0 (23-21, 21-9). In the bronze match, they lost a close one to Medstead 2-0 (21-19, 21-15).
The third southwest team in the competition was Jordan Mastel and Carson Leach who competed in boys’ doubles. They had a record of 1-2 in the round robin. They lost to Weyburn 2-0, beat Nipawin 2-0 and lost to Saskatoon Bethlehem 2-1. They finished third in their pool and did not advance to the playoff round.
All three of these badminton teams consist of Grade 11 players so next year is looking very promising. 
With the completion of badminton, the last sport on the school calendar is track.
Three, section meets: 
• Whitemud Section was at Consul May 16. Schools participating were Consul, Eastend, Frontier, Shaunavon and Val Marie. .
• Rolling Hills Section was at Swift Current May 17. Schools participating were Swift Current Comp, Ecole Centennial, All Saints, Central, Irwin, Gull Lake, Stewart Valley, Herbert, Hodgeville, Wymark, Waldeck, Vanguard and Ponteix.
Cypress Hills Section was at Swift Current May 18. Schools participating were Maple Creek, Fox Valley, Burstall, Leader, Cabri, Hazlet and Success.
Participants from grades 6-12 are eligible to take part in four age categories — bantams, midgets, junior and seniors.
The top four in the midget, junior and senior categories advance to the SWAC District meet while the top two advance in the bantam category.
Districts will be held in Swift Current May 24.  The start time for the district meet will be 9:30 a.m.
The SHSAA provincial track meet will be held in Saskatoon June 2-3.
Students in midget, junior and senior are eligible to participate (grades 9-12).
Congratulations go out to the Swift Current Comp wrestling team.
They have been awarded the SHSAA sportsmanship award for the provincial tournament.
This prestigious award is given to the one team that participates at the SHSAA event (held March 17-18)and demonstrates great sportsmanship.
Congratulations to the Comp wrestling team and their coaches Allen Blanke and Daniel Marchand and manager Tracey Martin.

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