High school badminton is underway with the first senior, junior night of the season | Jobi Cool

Cornerstone for a quick start to the senior team title after a good opening night

It was the spring of 2019 when Cornerstone Christian School’s Kenzie Burns put together a Moose Jaw High School badminton season for years, going undefeated throughout the campaign before eventually settling for a silver medal at provincials.

Now the Behrns are back to defend their city title and another run at the SHSAA title.

Three years later.

Then a 9th grader with the Falcons badminton team, Burns is now in 12th grade and remains one of the few high school athletes with a city championship to his name and still looking for another.

On March 29, Behrns began her quest by capturing first place in girls singles and joining Kiana Hrechka in also capturing first place in girls doubles on the first night of Badminton’s first night.

All in all it was a good night for Cornerstone who are also looking to repeat as city team champions; Cole Breitkreuz finished second in boys singles, while Sarah Buhler and Malaina Gramlich finished second in girls doubles and tied for third. For Jenna Benalic and Kiara Smith in the same division, giving the Falcons the solid start to the campaign they were looking for.

In girls singles, Peacock’s Kylee Copper was second and Central’s Mickayle Carle was third.

Central’s Harry Lin took first in boys singles and Peacock’s John Luo was third.

In boys doubles, Vanier’s Ashton Glova and Jayden Waterson won the opening night, with Peacock’s Luo and Allen Lu second and Central’s Curtis Smith and Taywin Wong third.

Central’s Jaylon Salido-Porter and Amber Dusom took first in mixed doubles, Vanier’s Bru Nguyen and Jeriel Manalo took second and Vanier’s Daryl Manalo and Yna Ombawa took third.

The Falcons are also off to a fast start in high school junior badminton, taking first place in three of the five divisions on opening night.

Cornerstone’s Nolan Novak took first place in boys singles ahead of Central’s Cole Wilson and Vanier’s Josh Abanes.

In mixed doubles, Hrechka teamed with Tanner Behrns to take first place and Riverview’s Tyrell Filippenko and Jack Hadley took second ahead of Central’s Pan Pan Pan and Enush John.

The Falcons also won girls doubles as Gabriella Thomas and Kenna Chamberlain defeated Central’s Kawtar Al Mostafa and Aamina Rizvi for the lead. Hrechka continued her busy run, joining Annika Wonnik to finish third.

Vanier’s Leah Crosland was first in girls singles, Peacock’s Devlin McClung was second and Vanier’s Arlene Dekina was third.

Central’s Yasier Adam and Micah Klippenstein won boys doubles, Cornerstone’s Cole Benalik and Matt Artavia finished second and Peacock’s Kasson Silbernagel and Trehvan McMorris third.

High school badminton action continues Saturday, April 2, with the Moose Jaw Senior Invitational all day at the Peacock.

The next senior league action is on Tuesday, April 5, followed by the junior league the following night on Wednesday, April 6.

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