Bradshaw and Tucker lead West Elgin at divisional badminton championships
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
TILLSONBURG, ON - There was no surprise with West Elgin Wildcats' Katie Bradshaw and Ashley Tucker repeating as ladies doubles champions.
Bradshaw and Tucker led the Wildcats to the team title, at the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South-East senior badminton championships, at Glendale high school.
The top four in each of the five divisions, advance to Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (WOSSAA) tournament, Thursday, in Strathroy.
Bradshaw and Tucker cruised through their draw, including taking care of Woodstock College Avenue's Friesen and Chittick, in the ladies' doubles final.
"Our girls again," Wildcats' coach Liz Zimmer said. "They've been top four years in a row. They've bonded as a team and played great today."
Tucker and Bradshaw won the South-East title, twice at the junior level, before winning back to back in senior play.
Paige Doherty, in ladies' singles and Austin Muscutt and Gavin Lunn, in boys' doubles, were silver medalists for the Wildcats.
Doherty had to forfeit her final to Parkside Stampeder Michelle Mills, due to a sore back.
"Paige became a singles player (this season). She worked her way up from the bottom," Zimmer said. "The boys have been competitive all season. They've played really well."
Somewhat unexpected may have been East Elgin Eagles' Matthew Abell and Brian Dyck winning the boys' doubles title, defeating Muscutt and Lunn.
"This is my first year playing badminton," said Dyck. "It's been pretty good. It was fun playing with (Abell). I wanted to play other years but just never did."
Abell and Dyck were undefeated before dropping the first match of the final.
"We did play very well. There were a couple of mistakes but we pulled through at the end," said Abell, adding the pair continues to work on improving their communication for WOSSAA.
Dorchester's Kyle Morris and Victoria Quance won the mixed doubles title, defeating Glencoe's Megan Hamilton and Dylan Gould.
"We felt really accomplished after getting that last match point," said Quance. "Three of the four games went to three sets, and then final sets were all within about four points. Really tough competition. We hadn't lost a set until (today) so it showed our resiliency and will to win."
Morris and Quance hope for a lengthy stay at WOSSAA.
"Our goal is to win the first two games. This will keep us in the winner's bracket for longer and will seed us better for the following games. We expect the competition to be very tough since all the London schools will be there, so we just want to play our game and see how far we can get."
Boys Singles 1. Derek Neeb (Ingersoll) 2. Matt Wilker (Woodstock College Avenue) 3. Greg Innes (Dorchester) 4. Zach Power (Glendale) Girls Singles 1. Michelle Mills (Parkside) 2. Paige Doherty (West Elgin) 3. Taylor Kilday (Central Elgin) 4. Amy Arnel (Glencoe) Boys Doubles 1. Matthew Abell / Brian Dyck (East Elgin) 2. Austin Muscutt / Gavin Lunn (West Elgin) 3. King / Carson (Glendale) 4. Sinden / Chaytha (Glendale) Girls Doubles 1. Ashley Tucker / Katie Bradshaw (West Elgin) 2. Friesen / Chittick (College Avenue) 3. Megan Hathaway / Jessica Underwood (Glencoe) 4. Maddy Graham / Saranda Islani (Central Elgin) Mixed Doubles 1. Kyle Morris / Victoria Quance (Dorchester) 2. Megan Hamilton / Dylan Gould (Glencoe) 3. Alyssa Voros / Correy Mantel (East Elgin) 4. Jill Yates / Dylan Henry (Glencoe)