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Familiar names post wins on lone night of high school senior badminton league action

Recently concluded STF job action sees abbreviated season with single senior league night, city championship set for Tuesday
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MOOSEJAWTODAY.COM -- The recently concluded Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation job action might have led to a far shorter high school badminton season than usual, but players were back in action on Tuesday night nonetheless.

And there were all sorts of familiar names at the top of the various divisions.

Defending city champion Kiana Hrechka from the Cornerstone Christian School Falcons picked up right where she left off last season, winning the girls single division and joining forces with Annika Wonnick to finish second in girls doubles.

Cornerstone’s Hailey Doyle was third in girls singles while Peacock’s Prin Sintunyatham took third place.

The Vanier team of Sabia Palle and Gwen Baluyut topped the field in girls singles, with Central’s Blake Maltais and Grace Wilson third.

City championship bronze medalist Cole Wilson from Central moved up two spots to win boys singles, with Central’s Zen Quimio second and defending silver medalist Allan Lu from Peacock finishing third.

Defending gold medalists Tanner Behrns and Drew Biette of Cornerstone took top spot in boys doubles, with Central’s Austin Smith and Gabriel Calub second ahead of teammates Josef Yee and James Tian.

The mixed doubles division saw new teams across the board, with Central’s Micah Salido-Porter and Tara Nguyen taking top spot, Cornerstone’s Wonnick and Wyatt Craig finishing second and Central’s Eihab Dahab and Momo Afolabi finishing third.

The hyper-abbreviated season gets right into the big games this coming week, with the city championship on Tuesday night at Peacock and the District championship on Saturday, Apr. 27 at Peacock. The regional championship is set for May 4 in Rosetown, followed by provincials May 11 in Nipawin.

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