Hawk Junior badminton bird-beepoppers win COSSA Gold

By Terrance Gavan

Birds.

Harbingers of spring – up here in Siberia west.

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Hal High JUnior Badminton players captured team honors at the COSSA tourney. Gold medalists for 2011. Photo by Gav.

Unless of course you happen to be a badminton player.

Birds are free-flying targets for the wily badminton predator.

Objects of passion, palpitation, and feverish pummeling.

Enter the Hal High junior badminton team who surprised everybody including their coach Bob Schmidt last Thursday.

The juniors won team gold in the COSSA Championships last Thursday (April 21).

It’s the first time since 1993, a fact not lost upon their long time coach.

“The juniors did very well,” said Schmidt last Tuesday. “Sometimes you get to these pressure situations and teams, hmm, buckle under the pressure. Not these kids. They all played really well.”

“We went there with 11 players and all 11 finished in the top four or better.”

Jessica Bishop and Darcy Schmidt teamed up to win COSSA gold in mixed doubles.

The Twin Tanner Tandem, Tanner Ballantyne and Tanner Hamilton won silver in the boys’ doubles, while the girls’ doubles Silver went to Jessica Bishop and Sandy Griffith.

Mixed doubles bronze medals went to Mike Nelson and Tammy Everitt. Jaimie Dack and Jessica Duchene won the girls doubles bronze.

Matt Kim placed fourth in the men’s singles.

“I would not have predicted that we would have done this well at COSSA, but the whole team came together and played really well,” said Smith. “I thought we had a shot at possibly winning the gold; but this team played beyond expectations. We finished with a total of 60 points, and I believe the next best team scored mid-40s.

“And that’s the key, they played really well when it mattered most.”

We couldn’t get a photo this week but we’ll get a photo up on-line at www.countyvoice.ca asap and place it in next week’s Voice. Congrats Hawks on this milestone. Gav. Get me at gav@countyvoice.ca.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]