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City champions decided in Moose Jaw high school badminton

Cornerstone, Central tie for senior team championship, Districts this weekend in Gravelbourg

As is usually the case, there weren’t a ton of surprises in the Moose Jaw high school badminton senior city championships on Tuesday night.

Except for one very unusual occurrence.

The Cornerstone Christian School Falcons and Central Cyclones ended up in the rarest of occasions for the local tournament, finishing the day tied for first place in the team championship with 13 points each.

Both teams won two gold, two silver and one bronze and with no tiebreak beyond that, the Falcons and Cyclones will share the title in 2022.

As for how things shook out across the divisions, it turns out that getting hot late in the season can pay big dividends.

That was the case for Cornerstone’s Malayna Gramlich and Sarah Buhler, who followed up on their first league win just before the Easter break with a gold medal in girls' doubles. Teammates Jenna Benallick and Kiara Smith were second and Vanier’s Ratchel Chakanza and Rizza Alimoot won bronze. All three finishers were the same as the final league night.

There were no such surprises in girls' singles, as defending provincial silver medalist Kenzie Behrns from Cornerstone capped off a season filled with first-place showings with the city championship gold medal. Peacock’s Kylee Cooper got hot at just the right time to win silver, and Vanier’s Jerielle Manalo won bronze.

Boys singles saw Central’s Harry Lin bounce back from his League Night #3 second-place showing to win gold, finishing ahead of night three winner Cole Breitkreuz from Cornerstone. Central’s Nigel Fang was once again third and won bronze.

Boys doubles saw League Night #1 winners Ashton Glova and Jayden Watterson from Vanier finally break through again after top-three showings all season, as they finished ahead of Central’s Curtis Smith and Tayvin Wong for gold. Fellow season-long contenders Matt Artavia and Cole Benallick from Cornerstone were third.

Central’s Jaylon Salido-Porter and Ember Dusomme capped a season sweep in mixed doubles with gold in the city final, while League Night #3 runners-up Noah Klippenstein and Ashley Ciserno were the silver medalists and Darryl Manalo and Ynah Ombawa from Vanier won bronze.

With the city champions decided, the top two from each division will now move on to the District championships in Gravelbourg on Saturday, The top finishers there will play in the regional championships on Saturday, May 7 in Moose Jaw, followed by provincials on Saturday, May 14 in Rosthern.