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Behrns qualifies for provincial badminton championship

Cornerstone Christian School competitor lone Moose Jaw player to advance through regionals
The competition might have been tougher and the players more skilled, but it mattered little to Cornerstone Christian School’s Kenzie Behrns at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association regional badminton championship this past weekend.

The Grade 9 standout didn’t drop a set on her way to taking first place in the girls’ singles division, continuing an impressive run that has already seen Behrns win the city championship and sweep through districts.

Behrns opened with wins over Cabri’s Kaitlynn Bradford, Regina O’Neill’s Arabella Canicoy and Kindersley’s Jyotsna Nanda in round robin play before defeating Regina’s Miller’s Allison Woods in the semifinal. That set up a rematch of the district final, and the result was the same: like all her other matches on the weekend, a 2-0 win, this time over Glentworth’s Mahteya Bumellie.

Behrns will be the lone local competitor to advance to provincials May 11 in Swift Current after other area players and teams fell short of their respective finals.

In boys singles, Vanier’s Hayden Ma lost his first two games without winning a set before taking a 2-0 win over Rosetown’s Markus Martens. Assiniboia’s Johnathon Harden also went 1-2, with his lone win over Kindersley’s Seth Tryhuba.

Ecole Ducharme’s Olivier and Xavier Bilodeau went 2-1 in their boys round robin pool but lost a heartbreaker in their semifinal 2-1 to Regina O’Neill’s Drew Turgeon and Vincent Morelli. They were unable to rebound in the third place game, losing 2-0 to Swift Current’s Jayesh Budhrani and Grady Rogers.

In the other pool, Cornerstone’s Zach Beitel and John Ferris lost their first two games 2-0 before their final match was cancelled.

The girls doubles teams both hailed from Assiniboia and had similar results – Morgan Delorme and Lindsey Hawkins won their first match 2-1 but went winless their next two, the same path followed by Paige Macmillian and McKenna Brandt.

Gravelbourg’s Vincent Pinsonneault and Zoee Aussant came the closest to reaching the playoffs without actually doing so. They posted a 2-1 round robin record and finished in a three-way tie for first, only to miss the playoffs once the tiebreaker was applied.

Assiniboia’s Jesee Juell and Lakeda Peterson didn’t had as much luck on the other side of the draw, falling 2-0 in all three of their games.