Thursday, April 27, 2017
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, Ont. - West Elgin Wildcats' girls' doubles team of Ashley Tucker and Katie Bradshaw are champions.
Bradshaw and Tucker went undefeated at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) junior badminton championships, at Saunders high school.
West Elgin beat Arva Medway's Emma Fidler and Elise Janzen, in two straight games in the final, completing a 5-0 match run through the tournament.
"It was very exciting and we were both very happy," Bradshaw said. "We had a great time playing."
Seeded number one for their division, Bradshaw and Tucker earned a spot in the championship match, defeating a tough London Lucas team of Katie Schornegel and Christina McClelland in the semi-finals.
"Definitely Lucas (the toughest match)," Bradshaw said. "They were placing the birdie and we weren't able to get there. We were just hitting in to the net or out (of bounds). But then we came together and won the third game."
"We usually play front and back and would move to sides when needed. When we played Lucas we just played sides."
The West Elgin duo also won the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South Division title and TVRA South-East championship.
Tucker and Bradshaw are the best result for teams from Elgin County and Thames Centre.
West Elgin's boys' doubles team of Ryan Long and Gavin Lunn, finished at 2-2.
Long and Lunn, the TVRA South-East champions, were seeded number three entering WOSSAA.
Parkside Stampeder Michelle Mills compiled a 2-2 record, in the girls' singles division, eliminated by Mitchell's Avree Paulin, who finished third.
Mills made the most of a second opportunity to extend her season. After placing fifth at the TVRA South finals, missing a qualifying spot by one position, Mills only gained a berth to the South-East tournament after a player from East Elgin Secondary school was unable to attend due to injury.
At the South-East event though, Mills caught fire advancing all the way to the final, before losing to Dorchester's Katie McDonald.
Going 1-2, were Dorchester's mixed doubles team of Kyle Morris and Sydney Graham, Glencoe's mixed doubles Megan Hamilton and Dylan Gould and East Elgin Eagles' girlsâ€™ doubles Aylssa Voros and Katie Olebar.
McDonald, the TVRA South-East champion and top seed for WOSSAA, had an off day going winless, losing her first two matches of the season.
London Central won the WOSSAA team title, thanks to having the boys' singles and boys' doubles champions.
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