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Badminton team returns from Provincials

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The SVRSS Tigers Badminton team has come home from the Manitoba High School Athletics Association Provincials, held in Brandon from May 5 to 6. And, although they did not bring back any medals, the team’s members placed better than they personally expected and gained experience to take with them into the future.

“It was a great weekend,” said coach Marni Zamzow. “We played very well.”

“In Girls Singles, Rachel Negrave battled hard through seven round-robin games and gained great experience for next year, but fell short in qualifying for the Top 16 Championship round.”

In Boys Doubles, the team of Ethan Campbell and Sean Kirkpatrick went three wins and four losses in round-robin.

“They then needed to win two elimination tiebreaker games to qualify for Saturday and pulled through,” said Zamzow. “They reached their goal of making the Top 16 and went one win and three losses in the Championship round to finish 15th out of 32 teams.

“Also in boys doubles, Myles Adamchuk and David Muller went five wins and two losses in the round-robin to be third in their pool. It was a tough one and it put them in a more difficult spot for the Saturday Championship round. They won the first game to put them in the Top 8 then sadly lost to Fort Richmond in three sets in quarter-finals to put them out of the medal rounds.  They finished strong with two more wins to place fifth, defeating Grand Rapids.”

In Mixed Doubles, the team of Kristen Bender and Coral Zamzow went six wins and one loss in the round-robin to be second in their pool.

“They pulled out a win to keep them in the Top 8 in the Championship round but lost in the quarter finals dropping them from the medal rounds,” said Zamzow. “They worked hard to win the next two matches, winning their fifth place spot against Maples in a third set.”

Zamzow added that both of their losses were to the teams that played for gold in the Provincial final.

“Playing in badminton provincials is different than other school sports as the competition is from Grade 9-12 with no junior or senior distinction and against all sizes of schools,” she said. “In the Championships round, of 32 teams possible of boys doubles and mixed doubles, only five of the schools are more than an hour drive from Winnipeg and only seven were from size A or AA schools.”

Both Zamzow and Co-Coach Larry Kooistra were very proud of the player's efforts, skills, and sportsmanship shown.

“The Tigers sadly say goodbye to two graduating players – Kristen Bender and Myles Adamchuk,” said Zamzow. “Bender has qualified for provincials in all four of his years in the SVRSS, sectional and zone playdowns.

“He played Doubles with Adamchuk in Grade 9 making it to the consolation round then lost their first two playoff matches and played Singles in Grade 10 and 11 finishing just out of the playoffs each year. Now, to place fifth in Mixed Doubles was a great way to finish!”

Zamzow said that Adamchuk also made it to provincials in all four years, competing in playoff rounds each year there.

“In Grade 9 with the consolation side losses with Bender and then in Grade 10-12 he played Boys Doubles with David Muller,” she said. “They have had playoff success each year finishing fourth, tied for fifth/sixth and now a fifth placed finish.

“The boys had goals and dreams of a medal finish but just came up short but fantastic memories have been made for both of them over the last four years.

“We are hoping they will continue with badminton and, if are around to help out, will provide strong opposition and challenging games against the next Tigers teams to further their successes in future provincials,” concluded Zamzow. “Bender has plans to become a Physical Education teacher and I am sure he will coach them well following all of the ‘Larry's P's’ to badminton.”