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Birdies smashed in Yorkton gym Wednesday

Badminton districts hosted at YRHS
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A good dig in singles action.

YORKTON - The birds were flying in the Yorkton Regional High School gym Wednesday as the SCDAA Senior District Badminton finals were held. 

Colin Knight, coach for Canora Comprehensive School, and overseeing the event, explained the event had players from eight schools in the region competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. 

The top two finishers in the five competitions advanced to regionals in Humboldt May 7, and from there can qualify for provincials. 

The event Wednesday was the first in three years, with COVID-19 causing the 2020 and 2021 districts to be cancelled. 

Asked if being off court for two years was impacting play, Knight said that did not appear to be the case. 

“From what I’ve seen I don’t believe the calibre of play has decreased very much,” he said. 

Knight noted for most school’s badminton is not a major sport. 

“Most schools have a pretty short, but intense season,” he said, adding that keeps players on a pretty even level at districts. 

The results were; 

Boys’ singles; Skylar Ryczak, Sturgis Composite School -- first, with Dylan Prince, Sacred Heart High School – second 

Girls’ singles; Rycell Perpetus, Melville Comprehensive High School – first, with Angela Fetsch, Sacred Heart High School – second 

Boys’ doubles; Tyler Powell and Levi Straker, Melville Comprehensive School – first, with Thomas Hauber and Logan Lewchuk, Canora Composite School – second 

Girls’ doubles; Jordyn Thomas and Rylee Zbeetnoff, Kamsack Comprehensive Institute – first, with Sierra Sapara and Marie Dunster, Esterhazy High School – second 

Mixed doubles; Justin Adam and Hailey Madsen, YRHS – first, with Taylin Ruf and Ty Thomas, KCI -- second