junior team champions
Dorchester sends seven to WOSSAA led by Luka
Palajsa, boys' singles winner
while Wildcats' Mosher and Timmermans come back
in boys' doubles
By Rob J. Ross
WOODSTOCK, Ont -
Luka Palajsa made
quick work of the opposition in boys' singles, while
mixed doubles' pair of Avery Henshal and Caleb
Steyaert played as long as they could.
The end result was the
same, with Palajsa and Henshal and Steyaert taking
gold, in their respective disciplines.
Their wins led the
Lord Dorchester Beavers to the team title, at the
TVRA South-East junior badminton championships, at
Huron Park secondary school.
Also contributing to
Dorchester's team points, were mixed doubles
finalists, Jacob Delaney and Maddie Greenfield and
the girls' doubles bronze medalists, Jocelyn Pollard
and Emily Devine.
The Central Elgin
Titans placed second, led by silver medalists,
Brandon Dews, in boys' singles and Rebecca Nurton,
in girls' singles. Lizzy Woolsey was third and Abbie
Neil, fourth, in girls' singles. Mellissa Francis
and Reina Walters placed fourth in girls' doubles.
Avenue was third.
The top four in each
of the five disciplines, boys and girls' singles,
boys and girls' doubles and mixed doubles, advance
to WOSSAA, May 3, at Saunders secondary school, in
Palajsa never dropped
a game, while going 4-0 to his gold medal.
"The biggest thing for
me was clearing it long. If you can move your player
around, you have the ability to create space to
where you can shoot. You can shoot side to side.
Move them around and you got them," Palajsa said. "I
was happy with my consistency as well. I hit almost
every bird perfectly. I hit most of my shots in. I
didn't miss too many."
Henshal and Steyaert
likely had one of the longest days on the court,
having to beat teammates Jacob Delaney and Maddie
Greenfield twice, and it was a marathon of a final.
"We worked together
and persevered through it. We were down a couple
times, but came back and played really well,"
Henshal and Steyaert
lost to Delaney and Greenfield earlier in the
tournament, forcing them to play an extra match and
beat Glencoe's Will McEachern and Vanessa Close, for
a spot in the final.
"We had to communicate
well, Henschel said. "We had to let each other know
which birdie we were going to get, if it was really
Also playing extra
matches to win gold, were West Elgin Wildcats' Josh
Mosher and Jordan Timmermans in boys' doubles.
Mosher and Timmermans
defeated East Elgin Eagles' Julian Mizon and Noah
Sleegers, twice in the final.
"We had to come back
the hard way, but all in all, a good day,"
Timmermans said. "I missed a couple birdies in some
matches. Luckily I had my buddy (Mosher) here and it
turned out alright in the end."
The key for the
Wildcats' pair was exploiting their opponents'
"Hitting to the sides
and trying to hit it at them preferably and low.
Force them to their weak side," Mosher said. "and
play defence the best we can."
Darren Hagerty and Ryan Willmore, who placed third,
handed the Wildcats their lone loss.
In girls' doubles,
East Elgin Eagles' Annelise and Adrianna Borm,
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1. Arianna Pastoor (College Avenue)
2. Rebecca Nurton (Central Elgin)
3. Lizzy Woolsey (Central Elgin)
4. Abbie Neil (Central Elgin)
Alt: Emilie Dlouhy (PCI)
1. Taylor Allcock & Chloe Jones (College Avenue)
2. Annelise Borm & Adrianna Borm (East Elgin)
3. Jocelyn Pollard & Emily Devine (Dorchester)
4. Mellissa Francis & Reina Walters (Central Elgin)
Alt: Prangley & Cassells (College Avenue)
1. Caleb Steyaert & Avery Henschel (Dorchester)
2. Jacob Delaney & Maddie Greenfield (Dorchester)
3. Will McEachern & Vanessa Close (Glencoe)
4. Noah Clements & Claire Harmer (WCI)
Alt: Adrian Baran & Cheyenne Cummings (Glencoe)
1. Luka Palajsa (Dorchester)
2. Brandon Dews (Central Elgin)
3. Nathan Law (Ingersoll)
4. Bryce Hampton (Parkside)
Alt: Nic Pfeffer (Parkside)
1. Josh Mosher & Jordan Timmermans (West Elgin)
2. Julian Mizon & Noah Sleegers (East Elgin)
3. Darren Hagerty & Ryan Willmore (Parkside)
4. Ty Friesen & Noah Paulsen (College Avenue)
Alt: Colton Thompson & Max Wilson (WCI)
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