The Swift Current Comp. Gymnasium was the epicenter for badminton in the Southwest on Saturday when teams from Swift Current, Gravelbourg, Ponteix, Frontier, Rosetown, Elrose, Maple Creek, Leader, and Gull Lake all took part in the action.
Six schools made appearances in the five championship matches with the host team winning two gold medals and one silver. The Frontier Raiders also had a strong day with two gold medal performances while Rosetown took home a pair of silver medals.
The veteran boys doubles team of Darby Crozier and Evan Laturnus won all eight of their matches to win gold for the host Colts. They finished 6-0 in the round robin and then defeated Rosetown (21-14, 21-13) in the semi-final.
Crozier and Laturnus took on Gravelbourg’s Bryston Keck and Carlos Verdiales in the championship match and won in three sets (21-16, 14-21, 21-11).
Keck and Verdiales had won their pool with a 5-0 record before defeating Frontier’s Lex Dela Cruz and Dave Montiano (21-9, 21-13) in the semi-final.
Kimiko Espiritu also finished unbeaten to win gold in girls singles for the host Ardens. She topped her round robin group with a 5-0 record and then defeated teammate Callie Kay-Macmillan in the semi-final (21-9, 21-8). Espiritu faced Sara Copeland of Elrose in the championship match and won in straight sets (21-18, 21-14).
Taron Ham captured one of the Frontier Raiders’ gold medals in boys singles. He placed second in the round robin with a 4-1 record before knocking off Gull Lake’s Ian Fiddler in the semi-final (21-10, 21-18). Ham faced Swift Current’s Brandon Niefer in the gold medal match and won in straight sets (22-20, 21-13).
Niefer had won his round robin pool with a 5-0 record and then defeated Jim Sadden, playing out of Ponteix, in straight sets (21-17, 21-17) to earn silver for the Colts.
The Ponteix Predators duo of Tamara and Karen won gold in girls doubles. They won their pool with a 5-0 record and then defeated Frontier’s Tadjana Dela Cruz and Nikki Cajaljal in the semi-final (21-12, 21-11). The Ponteix girls then defeated Rosetown (21-10, 21-12) in the championship match.
Frontier also got a gold medal performance from Kaleisha Heggestad and Adam Keith in mixed doubles. They won their pool with a 4-0 record and then downed Swift Current’s Shelby Warren and Dylan Mortensen (21-19, 21-8) in the semi-final.
Heggestad and Keith clinched the gold medal with a three-set win over Rosetown’s Alana Blazek and Beaumont Sinclair after losing the first set 15-21. They bounced back with 21-12 and 21-8 wins to clinch gold.