Battle West Athletics hold junior & senior badminton events

Battle West District Championships completed junior badminton season, while for senior badminton players, winners advance to regional competition.

UNITY– Another successful sports season has wrapped up for junior badminton athletes at local schools with Battle West District Championships. This is the highest level of competition to end the junior badminton season. The junior conference badminton was held at McLurg High School in Wilkie on April 26, with players that advanced from this division moving onto Battle West District event played at John Paul II Collegiate on April 29.

For senior badminton athletes, conference playdowns took place April 27 at Unity Composite High School. Athletes that advanced from conferences played at the Battle West District Championships on April 30 at McLurg High School. Players and teams that advanced from the April 30 event would compete at SHSAA regional playdowns on May 7 in Osler. Athlete’s goals are to earn a spot at SHSAA provincial championships to be held May 14 in Rosthern.

Kerrobert Composite School posted on their Facebook the following update from their badminton season, “KCS has had a great year of junior badminton, with a team of 14 athletes. The badminton student athletes are: Evan Neumeier, Mathew Olson, Carson Kraft, Ryland Richmond, Madison Ley, Bronc Johnson, Grayson Nunweiler, Rylan Abbott, Brooklyn Kraft, Jordan Charteris, Zoe Eagles, Dawson Halter, Ryker Seversen, and.

“We participated in the league, playing games against Unity, Wilkie, and Luseland. April 26, 12 of these athletes took part in Conferences in Wilkie and had a lot of wonderful games, scores, and great improvement shown throughout the day, as well as the year. The future of KCS Junior Badminton is bright ”

Kerrobert Composite School was proud of student athlete, Madison Ley, who advanced to districts in North Battleford after finishing top two in the girl’s single division.

Unity Composite High School has also experienced a wonderful badminton season of personal bests and success stories, continuing to build on their strong program.

In the UCHS junior badminton program, a number of Warrior athletes would advance to represent the school at junior district championships in North Battleford. Competing would be: Girls Singles: Sunshine D; Boys Singles: Ethan S and Zayden W; Girls Doubles: Chloe & Kira and Anna & Ava; Boys Doubles: Jagr & Nash and Lynden & Bennett; and Mixed Doubles: Halle & Ethan B and Kasey P & Mateo R.

For the Battle West District Championship, in the UCHS junior badminton program the following wins were achieved: Jagr Lewin and Nash Sperle won gold in boys doubles. Zayden Wagner won silver in boys singles with Ethan Stifter earning bronze in the same category. Sunshine Delorme won bronze in the girls singles while the mixed doubles duo of Kasey Parker and Mateo Rutley picked up fourth.

UCHS was well represented at junior districts in nine out of 10 categories, showcasing the hard work and commitment of athletes to their season. The senior badminton program will be in good hands with some of these juniors moving into senior category next year.

Coaches for the junior badminton program at UCHS include Mrs. Snell, Mr. Cey and Miss Arsenault.

The UCHS senior badminton program saw a full 10 teams, numbering 16 athletes, moved on to the Battle West District Championships, which resulted in several athletes advancing to the regionals upcoming May 7 in Osler.

Results from the district event included: Dahlia Rafid Hamed placing fourth but advancing to regional competition as a replacement. The boy’s doubles duo of Thomas Snell and Jesse Deck earned silver, advancing them to regional competition. Ken Parker coaches the senior badminton program at UCHS.

At McLurg High School, the badminton program has showcased many years of success stories and 2022 would prove no different.

For junior badminton players, they competed at conferences held at their own school on April 26. Athletes who advanced to the Battle West District Championships, played in North Battleford, included all McLurg teams from conferences. Austin Sittler and Josh Tatton won the bronze medal in boy’s doubles. Brynlee Leinenweber and Kaiden Fenrich captured district bronze in the mixed doubles division. The girl’s doubles duo of Kierra Babchuk and Cheyanne Cey earned a silver medal. Junior badminton athletes are coached by Ms. Braun.

For McLurg senior badminton players, there were a number of athletes that advanced from Battle West District Championships to continue their season at regional playdowns taking place in Osler on May 7. All McLurg Broncs teams who represented McLurg at April 27 conference playdowns advanced to Battle West District event.

For McLurg, advancing to regionals will be Grade 10’s, Kayden Cey, in the boy’s singles event, earning silver at districts. Brooklyn Salewski, Grade 11 student playing in the girl’s singles event, earned BW district gold and has advanced to regionals. McLurg boy’s doubles duo of Lyndon Ochs and Keyan Sittler, both Grade 12 students, earned gold, advancing them to regional competition. McLurg also earned a gold medal in the mixed doubles event, with the team of Payton Schell and Kaden Braun, both Grade 11 students, advancing to regionals. Isaiah Mamer, Grade 12 athlete, also won gold at the district event but is unable to attend regionals due to a provincial club volleyball commitment. The mixed doubles duo of Amy Gruber and Owen Mann won a bronze medal, but did not advance to regional competition. These six athletes will set their sights on earning a provincial berth on May14-15 in Rosthern. Laurie Churchill coaches the McLurg senior badminton program.

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