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Plenty of local medals from first half of Western Canada Summer Games

Johns finishes with eight medals, male basketball, female softball also find podium
To say Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins competitor Cadence Johns was the standout star for Team Saskatchewan through the first half of the Western Canada Summer Games is a bit of an understatement.

Johns capped her appearance in the Swift Current Aquatic Centre with a total of eight medals -- five of them gold – to emerge as the most decorated competitor of the Games so far. Her victories came in the 100 metre and 200m backstroke, 200m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley. Johns also won silver in the 200m IM and joined younger sister Chloe Johns to finish second in the 4x100m medley relay.

Austin also had a medal-filled week, with a gold in the 100m free capping a stellar run that saw him also pick up three silver medals in the relays – the 4x100m mixed free along with the 4x100m and 4x200m male free – to along with bronze in the 4x200m mixed free.

Central Cyclones standout Dylan Boughen and the Saskatchewan male basketball team settled for silver after a 90-70 loss to Alberta in the gold medal final Tuesday,

Boughen had five points for Team Sask, who led 23-18 after the first quarter but trailed 39-33 at half and 58-51 through three.

Saskatoon’s Noah Flaman led all scorers with 28 points.

Moose Jaw Bantam Ice outfielder Courtney Botterill will also be coming home with a silver medal after falling 8-1 to Manitoba in female softball action Tuesday, with that loss coming on the heels of a 4-3 win over Alberta in the bronze medal game.

Leah Weinkauf scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Team Sask the win over Alberta and advance them into the gold medal game. Botterill subbed into the contest in the fifth inning and was held without a hit.

The gold medal game saw the first six Manitoba batters come around to score on their way to the commanding win. Botterill entered the game in the fourth inning and was held without a hit.

Austin Lin didn’t have much a chance to rest before he was back in action during the Games, this time on the tennis court.

Lin and partner William Preciado dropped a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 decision to Alberta’s Arshot Bhatti and Aiden Rypien-Nazar to open the team competition Wednesday.

Moose Jaw’s Harry Lin had a little more success in his opening match, defeating Alberta’s Kaetan Mehta 6-3, 6-2.

Moose Jaw’s contingent of wrestlers – namely Alexis Bradish, Payton Kell and Kyle Yamniuk – hit the mats during the dual meet competition beginning Friday, with the singles portion set to run all day Sunday.