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Moose Jaw competitors win gold in three divisions at badminton districts

Mah, Behrns, Bilodeau brothers all advance to regionals next weekend in Regina
The calibre might have been higher and the opponents generally tougher, but it mattered little to Moose Jaw competitors in three divisions at the South Central District Athletic Association championships on Saturday in Caronport.

Vanier’s Hayden Ma in boys singles, Cornerstone’s Kenzie Behrns in girls singles and the boys doubles team of Olivier and Xavier Bilodeau from Ecole Ducharme all emerged with gold medals from their respective tournaments and will represent the district at regionals next Saturday in Regina.

For Ma, his win brought with it a measure of revenge, as after rolling through his round-robin pool with three straight two-game wins, Ma downed fellow city finalist Joel Godard of Cornerstone in the championship semifinal before defeating Assiniboia’s Jonathan Harden to claim gold. Harden had earlier taken a win over Ma in one the Moose Jaw league nights earlier in the season.
Godard would go on to defeat Avonlea’s Brayden Nestman in the bronze medal game.

Behrns had no such motivation on her side, but after the kind of season she’s had, it wasn’t necessary. The Grade 9 Cornerstone Christian School product kept her undefeated run going after sweeping to gold in cities, winning all three of her round robin matches before defeating Central’s Katie Coulson in the semifinal and Glentworth’s Mahteya Dumelie for gold.

Briercrest Christian School’s Melissa Ellis defeated Coulson for bronze.

Potential provincial medal contenders Olivier and Xavier Bilodeau put on a steamroller act in their run to the boys doubles gold, winning their three round robin matches without letting their opponents within seven points before downing Brendan Kan and Jonathon Chan of Briercrest Christian in the semifinal. The title game was a rematch of the final from cities earlier in the week, with the Bilodeaus again taking the win over Zach Beitel and Zach Ferris from Cornerstone Christian.

Kan and Chan won bronze with a win over Glentworth’s Cole Zak and Carson Fehr.

The girls doubles division was won by Assiniboia’s Lindsey Hawkins and Morgan Delorme. They went undefeated in round robin play while dropping just a single set and kept things going with a win over teammates Paige Macmillian and McKenna Brandt in the semifinal. They then took the gold medal with a win over Peacock’s Serena Schlamp and Caitlin Miller.

Macmillian and Brandt won bronze by defeating Gravelbourg’s Sydney Pinsonneault and Jolie Munteanu.

The team of Vincent Pinsonneault and Zoee Aussant from Ecole Gravelbourg lost the very first set of their mixed doubles tournament but would face little adversity the rest of the way on their way to gold.

The duo defeated Avonlea’s Lindsay Daniel and Caileb Nestman in their semifinal and wrapped up the top regionals qualifying spot by defeating Assiniboia’s Jesse Juell and Lakeda Peterson in the final.

Daniel and Nestman rebounded to win bronze with a win over Kincaid’s Kyler Sayers and Isabella Girardin.




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