R.D. Parker Collegiate had two singles competitors and nine doubles teams finish in the top four in their divisions at the zone 11 badminton championship hosted by the high school April 22-23.
The first high school sports competition in Thompson that was open to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began over two years ago, the tournament saw three RDPC doubles teams and one singles player capture top spot in their respective categories.
Sneh Patel and Terran Settee defeated Adrian Peters and Dhruv Dawan, also from RDPC, to win the junior men’s doubles division, while Brady Krentz and Kamryn Horvath were the senior mixed doubles champions and Hannah Rickets-Slack and Taylor Beavis won the senior women’s doubles crown.
Rylee Boychuk won the senior women’s singles competition and Keisha Brightnose was third in the junior women’s singles.
Tina Thorne and Jessica Smud were second in junior men’s doubles, while Rydell Monias and Kaitlyn Krentz were second in junior mixed doubles, one spot ahead of Cody Smith and Savannah Park. Fourth place in the senior men’s doubles went to the Trojans’ Rayden Seela and Nick Stewart, with Madison Jackson and Kayleigh O’Handley placing fourth in the senior women’s doubles.
Ken Fitze of Gillam School was the junior men’s singles champion, while Turner McKenzie of Grand Rapids School captured the junior women’s singles title.
Briane Morin and Madison Steamer of Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage took first place in the junior women’s doubles while Kobe Johnson and Kayleigh Custer, also from Frontier Collegiate, won the junior mixed doubles title.
Wyatt Hatley and Dyson Hyshka of Gillam were the senior men’s doubles champions with Nathan Moran of Gillam taking first in the senior men’s singles.
The high school badminton provincials will be held May 5-7 in Winnipeg.