The Northwest High School Athletic Association hosted their annual junior badminton districts on Saturday, April 25, at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.
Athletes representing 20 schools in the Northwest zone competed for district bragging rights in boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles.
In the boys’ singles championship match, Mackenzie Shabatoski of Holy Rosary defeated Trey Albers of Ernie Studer-Loon Lake, 21-11, 21-18 in the final. Shabatoski and Albers both went undefeated in their respective round robin matches. Following the round robin, Shabatoski defeated Tyson Swiderski of E.S. Laird 21-15, 21-15. Albers defeated Dakota Wagmann of Goodsoil 17-21, 21-18, 21-17. In the bronze medal match, Wagmann defeated Swiderski 21-16, 21-11.
In the girls’ singles championship match, Atlanta Wagmann of Ernie Studer-Loon Lake defeated Jayyden Bauer of St. Walburg, 21-18, 21-15. Wagmann and Bauer both went 4-0 in their respective round robin matches. After the round robin, both competitors faced familiar zone representatives with Bauer defeating Macey Levasseur of Edam 21-18, 22-20, while Wagmann clinched her spot in the final with a victory over Kayleen Oftedal of Rapid View, 21-13, 21-17. In the bronze medal match, Oftedal clinched a medal for Rapid View defeating Levasseur 12-21, 21-19, 21-12.
In the boys’ doubles championship match, history was made as College Park School from Lloydminster clinched their first ever district banner in school history, courtesy of Jaydon Gartner and Bryer Kay. Gartner and Kay defeated Matthew Speirs and Mickenzie Sondergaard from Maidstone, 21-18, 21-14. Both teams went undefeated in round robin play. Gartner and Kay defeated Ryan Sieben and Kaidence Morton of Ernie Studer-Loon Lake 13-21, 21-19, 21-19 in their semi-final while Speirs and Sondergaard defeated the Edam pair of Ty Mosimann and Blake Blais 21-18, 18-21, 22-20. Mosimann and Blais responded in the bronze medal match with a 21-17, 21-19 victory over Sieben and Morton to clinch the medal.
In the girls’ doubles championship match, the Goodsoil team of Rose Stremick and Hannah Stoebich defeated the Eversen team of Shaylyn and Montana from St Walburg by a score of 21-11, 21-13 to capture the gold medal for their school. Stremick and Stoebich upset Makayla Hritzek and Danielle Levesque-Osiowy from Ernie Studer-Loon Lake, 21-13, 22-20 to reach the final, while the Eversen team defeated the Glaslyn pair of Shayla Landrie and Caylee Halliwell 21-7, 21-14 to reach the final. In the bronze medal game, Hritzek and Levesque-Osiowy rebounded with a 21-12, 21-7 to take home a medal for Loon Lake.
Lastly, the mixed doubles championship match featured the 2014 silver medallists, Chase Wouters and Kiana Walker, who lost the gold medal match last year to their Bishop Lloyd teammates. Wouters and Walker moved over to College Park for the 2015 school year and won the second district banner for the school 30 minutes later to cap off a great day for the newest school in the Northwest district.
The pair went undefeated in pool play, defeating Colton Freimark and Mackenzie Kerr from Lashburn 21-13, 21-6. On the other side of the mixed doubles final bracket was the team of Noah Finlay and Jennifer Sonntag from Goodsoil. Finlay and Sonntag were matched in the last round robin game against Wouters and Walker with their match going three tight games. The Goodsoil pair defeated Daryl Malana and Erika Lai from Jonas Samson with a 21-13, 22-20 victory.
In the championship final, Wouters and Walker claimed gold with a 21-13, 21-11 win. The Malana/Lai pair claimed bronze with a win over Freimark and Kerr.