Parkside to tennis title
Captures women's singles gold, as Stampeders edge
the East Elgin Eagles
and Glendale Gemini for the TVRA Tri-County team
By Rob J. Ross
If this was the
Kentucky Derby, tha Parkside Stampeders won by a
In a tight battle for
the team supremacy, Parkside edged both the East
Elgin Eagles and Tillsonburg Glendale, by one point,
at the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA)
Tri-County (South-East) tennis championships, at
Cadence Hardwick, the
women's singles winner, pushed the Stampeders over
"I was feeling strong,
but a little hot," said Hardwick, who beat Parkside
teammate Maya Minelly, in the final. "My serving. My
serving was really good. I was keeping the ball in
and had good placement on the court."
This tournament was
the first competitive matches for Hardwick, who also
wrestles and plays soccer at Parkside.
"I was surprised
because I haven't played in awhile," said Hardwick,
on going undefeated.
Parkside edged both
the East Elgin Eagles and Tillsonburg Glendale, by
one point. Dorchester placed fourth, followed by the
West Elgin Wildcats.
Eagles' Selecia Wall
and Julie Nagelhout, won women's doubles gold.
"We just wanted to
have a good time," Wall said. "But we are also two
very competitive people at the same time, so we had
a really good balance of both attitudes and mindset.
I think what Julie and I did well was our
communication, and game strategies. We read players
pretty quick and made the necessary adjustments for
Wall added, serving
was the highlight of their play.
Holly Brulotte and Sheldon Geerts, avenged a loss
earlier in the day, by beating the West Elgin
Wildcats' Karter Rowsom and Heidi Acres, twice in
the mixed doubles final.
Robinson beat Dorchester's Luca Palajsa, in the
men's singles final.
Glendale's Cole Toth
and Evan Seaman edged the Central Elgin Titans'
Hudson and Wardle, in the men's doubles final.
The top four in each
of the five disciplines, move on to WOSSAA,
Thursday, May 19, at the Stratford Tennis Club and
St. Marys tennis courts.
From WOSSAA, the top
two ranked entries and top two unranked entries,
advance to OFSAA, May 30-June 1, in Toronto.
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WOSSAA top 4 qualifiers
1. Cadence Hardwick (Parkside)
2. Maya Minelly (Parkside)
3. Elle Yaw (East Elgin)
4. Linda Lam (WCI)
Alt. Katelyn Tiffany (St. Joe's)
1. Selecia Wall & Julie Nagelhout (East Elgin)
2. Taylor Allcock & Chloe Jones (CASS)
3. Alyssa Giesbrecht & Sabrina Cipolla (East Elgin)
4. Kyara Miller & Santana Russell (West Elgin)
Alt: Kayden Liptrott & Georgia Dawson (WCI)
1. Sheldon Geerts & Holly Brulotte (Dorchester)
2. Karter Rowsom & Heidi Acres (West Elgin)
3. Paige Thompson & JL Jones (Parkside)
4. Hayden Kebbel & Lindsay Reymer (East Elgin)
Alt: Jocelyn Pollard & Joshua White (Dorchester)
1. Emmitt Robinson (Ingersoll)
2. Luka Palajsa (Dorchester)
3. Trevor Nunn (Glendale)
4. Andrew Monteith (Parkside)
Alt: Ty Friesen (CASS)
1. Cole Toth & Evan Scaman (Glendale)
2. Logan Henderson & Tristan Wardle (Central Elgin)
3. Jordan Panther & Grant McDonald (West Elgin)
4. Sam Connors & Kyle Homick (Glendale)
Alt: Ethan Cartwright & Jackson Groves (East Elgin)