Two top-10 finishes for Trojans as hosts of high school badminton provincials

R.D. Parker Collegiate had two top-10 finishes and seven athletes who qualified for playoffs during the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association varsity badminton provincials in Thompson May 3-4.

Boys’ singles competitor Gavin Alcock was the most successful on home court, finishing eighth overall after losing the consolation semifinal to Avery Dick of Grand Rapids School and then dropping the seventh-place contest 12-21, 18-21.

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The girls’ doubles team of Phillina Thorne and Jenna McLean was the other top-10 result, as they finished ninth overall as winners of the B-side final.

The other teams who qualified for the playoff round on the tournament’s second day were Murphy Krentz and Hunter Rambow, who claimed 13th spot with a 21-13, 21-15 victory in their final game in the boys’ doubles division, while Samantha Palaniuk and Joshua Smud would up 14th in mixed doubles.

Shiv Vyas and Alin Patel won one round-robin game to end up fifth in their boys’ doubles pool in their first badminton provincials, while Kale Mayor and Brandi Jenkins won two of six matches to end up fifth in their mixed doubles pool. Gurmanpal Saggu won three of his six round-robin games to finish fifth in his pool n the boys’ singles division, while Amber Carriere and Chenelle Preston were winless in the girls’ doubles round robin.

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