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Nathan Dubeau reaches for a shot during the Glen Avon Panthers Invitational Badminton Tournament on Saturday.
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Junior badminton players gear up for SPAA Championships

Apr 29, 2014 12:45 pm | By Ryan McCracken | St. Paul Journal

Glen Avon School hosted its annual Panther Invitational Badminton Tournament on Saturday, welcoming 144 athletes to the St. Paul Regional and Glen Avon gymnasiums to square off in anticipation of the SPAA Championships on April 29.

Athletes from Glen Avon, Mallaig, Racette, F.G. Miller, Two Hills and Glendon took part in the invitational tournament, and while Tuesday's SPAA Championships will see a higher level and greater amount of competition, Chopek said she feels that she and partner Bradley Dubrule will prepared for the big day, adding chemistry has brought them a great deal of success.

“We communicate well and we know what each other can do,” said Chopek, who won gold alongside Dubrule in the A mixed doubles on Saturday, adding the duo’s serving skills has been a key factor in their success this season.

Tournament Organizer Tanya Fontaine added while it was a smaller tournament than usual, it was a great day of competition, and with the timing it should do well to give athletes some extra experience before SPAA Finals.

It’s run smoothly, actually more so than normal. We’re two teams shy of what we did last year, but we just decided to do a smaller tournament,” said Fontaine, adding all of Saturday’s athletes will be competing at the SPAA Championships. “It’s been a great day.”

Christian Laramee, who picked up a gold medal alongside his partner XXX in the B doubles event, said communication has been key to finding success on the court, and that with a bit of fine-tuning, another gold on Tuesday should be within their grasp.

“Maybe just a little bit more practice for some shots,” he said, adding he was pleased with the performances from his fellow Racette athletes. “I think they did really good.”

A mixed doubles

Bradley Dubrule and Serena Chopek – Racette

Chelsey Landiak and Sam Zalaski – Glen Avon

Wyatt Doonanco and Josie Kwiatkowski - Glendon

B mixed doubles

Christian Laramee and Megan Kotowich – Racette

Nathan Dubeau and Tanelya Malse – Mallaig

Hope Tanasichuk and Brandon Kulczycki – Glen Avon

C mixed doubles

Brett Alberta and Brooke Kotowich – Racette

Hailey Dechaine and Joel Dubeau – Mallaig

Adana Pinder and Parker Allen – F.G. Miller

A girls doubles

Amy Harms and Delainee Dielsen – F.G. Miller

Megan Kereliuk and Jazmin Zaparniuk – Two Hills

Amy Bespalko and Paige Tichkowsky - Racette

B girls doubles

Payton Gehring and Samantha Weinmeier – Mallaig

Melody Boisclair and Alex Thomson – Glen Avon

Taylor Half and Michaela Charlebois – Two Hills

C girls doubles

Hailey Fanjoy and Dawn Fachiney – Glen Avon

Kianna Quinney and Brooklyn Riopel - Racette

Alyssa Jodoin and Alexa Locke – Mallaig

A boys doubles

Dryden Bezovie and Tyler Musgrave – Two Hills

Matthew Hawiuk and Kristian Hiscock – Glen Avon

Billy Desjarlais and Graycen Smith - Mallaig

B boys doubles

Brenden Levasseur and Isaac Porozni – Racette

Parker Lumby and Ulysses Painagan – Glen Avon

Garrett Smyl and Kale Seguin – Mallaig

C boys doubles

Tyson Fontaine and Brayden Evans – Glen Avon

Corey Amyotte and Jacob Martin – Racette

Ty Paulichuk and Benji Klassen – Two Hills

A girls singles

Courtney Hebert – Racette

Brooke Corbiere – Mallaig

Courtney Cole – Glen Avon

B girls singles

Monica Mathiot – Mallaig

Tanielle Yacey – Racette

Jordan Morris – Glen Avon

C girls singles

Coralee Boisclair – Glen Avon

Taylor Fedoruk – Racette

Alex Rurka - Mallaig

A boys singles

Arron Gagne – Racette

Brett Seguin – Mallaig

Brodin Ference – F.G. Miller

B boys singles

Justin Pasitney – Racette

Tyrece Lilje – Mallaig

Ben McPherson – Glen Avon

C boys singles

Daniel Hebert – Racette

Henri Laidley – Glen Avon

Dustyn Pankiw – F.G. Miller

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