badminton team title
Led by boys doubles Regni and Hagerty Parkside
top team at TVRA South-East
while Palajsa, Mairleitner and McKillop win
By Rob J. Ross
WOODSTOCK, Ont. -
Stampeders are South-East junior badminton
Led by boys doubles
winner Alok Regni and Darren Hagerty, the Stampeders
took the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA)
conference team title, Tuesday at Huron Park
Regni and Hagerty won
a marathon gold medal match over Gavin Jenson and
Parker McLeod of the host school, two games to one.
"It feels good,
especially because of how long our last game was and
how much we had to battle through," Regni said. "It
was pushing through and getting good shots back and
forth and working together to beat the other team."
Hagerty, who returns
to WOSSAA after posting a 1-2 record in boys doubles
a year ago with Ryan Willmore, knows the competition
is at a higher level and they will see more club
"We'll need to be
hitting our shots," said Hagerty. "Hitting the
necessary shots that we need to take."
Winning a match like
the South-East final will benefit Regni and Hagerty.
"We did well in the
beginning," said Regni, of taking the first game
against Huron Park. "We started choking near the
end, but it was really the experience that we're
here for and that's what helped us calm down and
Luka Palajsa is
looking for gold this time around at WOSSAA.
The Dorchester Beaver
repeated as South-East boys singles champion,
defeating Stampeders Bryce Hampton in the final.
Palajsa did not lose a game on his way to gold,
winning each match two games to none.
"I'm excited for
WOSSAA," Palajsa said. "Over the winter, I practiced
at the (Dorchester) community centre so that really
helped. I want to thank everyone there that helped
me develop along the way. I worked on my movement
and my swing."
improvement from practice games against Dorchester
coach Curt Pollard. A year ago, it was close games,
of 21-20. Now it's wins of 21-2 and not for the
"Night and day," said
Palajsa. "My positioning game has been superb and
it's understanding the game. I know where to play
the shots now. I'm more accurate with my shots. I'm
more powerful with my shots."
A year ago, Palajsa
finished fourth at WOSSAA, losing close matches to
the silver and bronze medalists. This year he's
eying gold but knows the competition.
"Everyone is faster.
Everyone is stronger. Everyone can put their shots
where they want too," Palajsa said. "You really have
to be consistent with the chances you do have."
West Elgin Wildcats
Jenna Mairleitner and Shana McKillop won girls
"We played really
well. There were a few times when we had to play
more than we should have. We went the extra (game),"
Mairleitner said. "Putting it into the corners,
depending if they were going side to side or front
to back. We played how we needed too."
Friends since Grade
one, Mairleitner and McKillop gained experience
playing during their Grade eight year at Dutton-Dunwich
playing what we're best at, whether it's getting
deep to getting short, we share that and it works
out well,' Mairleitner said.
The top four in each
of the five disciplines advance to the Western
Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA)
championships, May 9 at Mother Theresa high school
Including Regni and
Hagerty, Parkside sends six athletes to WOSSAA.
Ryan Willmore, in men's singles and Blaire Dawdy and
Addy Martin, in girls doubles, placed third.
The Central Elgin
Titans advance three doubles teams. Brandon Dews and
Brady Hunter in boys doubles and Hunter McQuiggan
and Sloane Maudsley, in mixed doubles, both placed
third. Amaiah Dawdy and Reina Walters finished
fourth in girls doubles.
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1. Zara Madanant (Ingersoll)
2. Peyton Cowan (Huron Park)
3. Arrianna Pastoor (College Ave)
4. Grace McLean (East Elgin)
1. Jenna Mairleitner & Shana McKillop (West Elgin)
2. Amanpreet Banwart & Olivia Elias (Huron Park)
3. Blaire Dawdy & Addy Martin (Parkside)
4. Amaiah Dawdy & Reina Walters (Central Elgin)
1. Adrian Baran & Cheyenne Cummings (Glencoe)
2. Zack Molinaro & Robyn Wilson (WCI)
3. Hunter McQuiggan & Sloane Maudsley (Central Elgin)
4. Skylar Clark & Reece Tyssen (East Elgin)
1. Luka Palajsa (Dorchester)
2. Bryce Hampton (Parkside)
3. Ryan Willmore (Parkside)
4. Zack Walker (CASS)
1. Alok Regmi & Darren Hagerty (Parkside)
2. Gavin Jensen & Parker McLeod (Huron Park)
3. Brandon Regni & Brady Hunter (Central Elgin)
4. Noah Sleegers & Julian Mizon (East Elgin)
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