Junior students compete in badminton doubles tournament

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By Steven Smeall 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Grades 9 and 10 students took to the court Wednesday morning at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) for a men’s and ladies' doubles badminton tournament.

The teams of two began playing at 9:30 a.m. with round robin games before starting up with playoff games.

Each round robin bout was a two-out-of-three match. The first team to get to 15 points in two games won the match. In playoffs the score requirement was bumped up to 21.

École secondaire catholique La Citadelle grade 10 students Michael Brie and Dylon Blanchard were victorious in the men’s doubles after winning six matches in a row through the round robin and playoffs.

“We clicked in gym when it came on to us,” said Blanchard. “We decided to try out for the team and ended up doing pretty good. We were playing by ourselves in gym and figured why not play together? It just worked out well.”

Citadelle coach Joel Lavigne said he was impressed with how the boys played and with their ability to change up their game style in the final.

On the ladies side of the tournament, École secondaire publique L’Héritage students Annissa Mohamed and Courtney Lecompte won in the final, also winning six in a row.

There were four divisions of four or five teams depending on the group. The two teams of each division with the best records moved on to the playoff rounds.

Many schools from around the area sent in a couple teams to participate in the tournament, providing lots of competition for the students.

While the doubles tournament happened at CCVS, St. Lawrence Secondary School hosted the junior students for men’s singles, ladies singles, and mixed doubles games.

Organizations: Lawrence Secondary School

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