Regional badminton spots split by six schools

Steven Mah
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Frontier's Kadin Ham used his athleticism to place fourth in boys singles.

It was an action packed day of badminton at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School on Saturday as athletes from across the Southwest played off at Districts with only 10 spots at Regionals on the line.

Athletes from six different schools had earned spots at Regionals when the final birdies hit the floor late in the afternoon, led by the Swift Current Comp., Leader, Maple Creek, and Ponteix with two spots each. Fox Valley and Frontier grabbed the final two berths at Regionals, which will be held Saturday in Rosetown.

Defending provincial champions Austin Dirk and Spencer Kosolofski from Fox Valley are one step closer to defending their boys doubles title. They finished unbeaten in seven matches on their way to a District title. The grade 11 duo defeated Swift Current’s Darby Crozier and Evan Laturnus (21-15, 21-14) in the championship match. They were 5-0 in the round robin before disposing of Maple Creek in the semifinal.

Crozier and Laturnus will be joining them at Regional after finishing 4-0 in the round robin and advancing past Frontier in the semifinal.

The host team earned a second spot at Regionals in girls singles when Tianna Kissick won gold in girls singles. She placed first in her pool with four straight wins before downing Fox Valley in the semifinal.

Kissick completed an undefeated day with a win over Frontier’s Hope Anderson (21-11, 21-15).

Anderson was the lone Frontier Raider to advance to Regionals. She finished second in her pool with a 3-1 record before knocking off Swift Current in the semifinal.

The boys singles field was dominated by a pair of Leader athletes who earned both spots at Regionals.

Brandyn Albrecht defeated Saints teammate Daniel Bueckert (21-13, 21-14) in the championship match.

Albrecht finished undefeated on the day with a 5-0 round robin record before knocking off Swift Current in the semifinal. Bueckert was also undefeated heading into the round robin with a 5-0 record in the round robin before defeating Frontier in the semi-final.

The girls and mixed doubles finals turned into a couple of battles between Maple Creek and Ponteix.

The Ponteix Predators mixed doubles duo of Irvin Lamb and Taylor Goffinet got the best of Maple Creek’s Cole Bennett and Annie He (21-14, 21-10) in the championship final.

Lamb and Goffinet rolled into the playoffs undefeated with a 4-0 record before defeating Swift Current in the semifinal.

Bennett and He finished in a three-way tie for first at 3-1 in the round robin but were seeded first and knocked off a fellow Maple Creek squad in the semifinals.

It was the Rebelles who came out on top of girls doubles as Maple Creek’s Raelene Boschee and Andrea Frey knocked off Ponteix’s Emily LeBlanc and Alyssa Fournier (21-19, 21-18) in the final.

The two teams were grouped together in the same pool and Maple Creek finished first at 5-0 and Ponteix placed second at 4-1. The Rebelles downed Fox Valley in the semifinal, while Maple Creek got past Swift Current to clinch a spot at Regionals.

The Regional Championship will begin in Rosetown on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the top two finishers in each category advancing to Provincials the following weekend in Melfort on May 12.

Organizations: Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Leader Saints, Fox Valley Legends SHSAA SCCHS Ponteix Predators

Geographic location: Maple Creek, Swift Current, Ponteix Fox Valley Rosetown Melfort

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