Barons and Raiders off to badminton zones

By Jamie Harkins

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

IN THE ZONE LCHS Barons athlete Noah Jeffery returns a hit against J. R. Robson School's Kent Jackson. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Border City will be well represented in the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) senior badminton zone championships at Lac La Biche later this month.
The Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) Barons will send 15 athletes to the April 26 tournament, while the Holy Rosary High School (HRHS) Raiders qualified nine competitors. Each of these individuals earned the berth by capturing a gold or silver medal in their respective event at the District 2 championships played at LCHS and HRHS on Tuesday.
“It’s my third year in a row going and being a Grade 12, it means a lot to go again,” said Barons badminton player Luther Jurke, who beat fellow Baron Jhon Paul Ubaldo in the senior boys singles final to capture the gold medal.
Darren MacCarthy, coach of the Barons, said six of its athletes qualified for the provincial championships out of zones last year and the hope is they can match or improve on that mark this spring. He said whether that happens or not is now all up to the players.
“We’re going now as the district team, still competing individually for our school, but we’re also representing District 2 in the northeast zone,” said Raiders coach Jason Almond. “We’ll be competing against four other districts to try to get a (top two) spot and earn a berth in provincials.”
Almond said they have as good a shot as anyone to secure a match at the ASAA championships at Red Deer on May 5 and 6.
He said the kids just have to play well, stay clear of any costly mistakes and compete at the level they’re capable of.
Jurke said his goal is to get back to the provincial championships after earning a top-two spot in zones and an eighth place showing at the ASAA finals last year.
Ubaldo added he wants a medal finish too, but just having the chance to experience the competition should be incredible.
“It’s my first time,” said Ubaldo, “so I just want to have fun and enjoy it.”
The top-two athletes, in order of placement, at the District 2 finals to earn ASAA zone championship berths are: Kristin Peever (Kitscoty High School), Dianne Dimaano (LCHS), junior girls singles; Noah Jeffery (LCHS), Kent Jackson (Vermilion’s J. R. Robson School), junior boys singles; Kennedy King and Abby Earl (Kitscoty High School), Liezel Ubaldo and Ally Robinson (LCHS), junior girls doubles; Jaxon Oakes and Braydon Orbeck (Kitscoty High School), Richard Benning and Dom Madlang-awa (HRHS), junior boys doubles; Kenedi Wood (Dewberry School), Cassidy McEwan (LCHS), intermediate girls singles; Mackenzie Shabatoski (HRHS), Josh Saskiw (Marwayne Jubilee School), intermediate boys singles; Kiana Walker and Soleil Gow (LCHS), Monica Hernado and Jewel Pascua (HRHS), intermediate girls doubles; Michael Bentz and Chris Kerstens (HRHS), Denver Budzilka and Tanner Shaw (J. R. Robson School), intermediate boys doubles; Kyle Kjenner and Kyra Weidmark (Dewberry School), Hailey Fanjoy and Cody O’Hare (Kitscoty High School), intermediate mixed doubles; Kenzie Smith (Mannville School), Robyn Weber (Kitscoty High School), senior girls singles; Luther Jurke, Jhon Paul Ubaldo (LCHS), senior boys singles; Bailee Werstroh and Camille Scherger, Day Ewen and Kelbey Anderson (LCHS), senior girls doubles; Gavin Seegerts and Arash Sani (LCHS), Keagan Rewuski and Tyler Manchen (Dewberry School), senior boys doubles; Alyssa Banez and Hayden Missler (HRHS), Karley Dieken and Cody Jackson (Vermilion’s St. Jerome’s Catholic School), senior mixed doubles.

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