Ponteix duo win provincial badminton bronze

Sierra Ross and Daniela Palaganas won bronze in girl's doubles at badminton provincials in Rosthern on May 14, 2022. SUBMITTED PHOTO


SWAC had 10 athletes take part in the SHSAA Provincial Badminton championship in Rosthern. That’s one of the biggest teams SWAC has sent to provincials. Almost all teams had a great chance of advancing to the playoff semi-finals. A couple points here or there in deciding sets was all it would have taken to send four more teams to medal rounds.

Girls Doubles: Sierra Ross and Daniela Palaganas (Ponteix) won Provincial bronze. They won their pool with a perfect 3-0 record. The duo recorded wins over Oxbow (21-9, 21-18), White Fox (21-12, 23-21), and Leoville (21-9, 21-11).  In the semi-final, the SWAC doubles team lost a heartbreaker to Lloydminster (21-15, 15-21, 16-21). That placed them in the bronze medal match. They defeated Leoville again to claim the bronze medal (21-19, 21-18).

Haley Tumbach and Kelsey Klippert (Leader) had a record of 0-3.  They had losses to Campbell (7-21, 17-21), Melfort (21-19,15-21, 13-21), and Lloydminster (14-21, 16-21). 

Boys Singles: Navi Signh (SC) finished with a 1-2 record. He started with a win over Regina Campbell (22-20, 13-21, 21-15), then had losses to Sturgeon Lake (19-21, 13-21) and Osler (19-21, 20-22). Navi did not advance to the semi-final.

Girls Singles: Olivia Hudec (Fox Valley) finished with a 1-2 record. The day started with a loss to Regina O’Neill (6-21, 8-21). Olivia lost a three-set match to Chamberlain (14-21, 21-15, 16-21), then rebounded with a win over Saskatoon Walter Murray (21-19, 21-16). Olivia did not advance to the playoff round.

Boys Doubles: Harit and Hasit Desai (SCCHS) finished just out of the playoffs. They opened with a loss to Regina LeBoldus (9-21, 16-21) then defeated Melville (7-21, 21-18, 21-17). Their day ended with a loss to Saskatoon Even Hardy (16-21, 9-21).

Mixed Doubles: Hailey Carlson and Connor Frohlich (SCCHS) had a 1-2 record. They had an opening round win over Regina O’Neill (21-14, 23-21), but two more losses put them out of the competition. They lost to Carrot River (17-21, 21-15, 19-21) and Lloydminster (18-21, 12-21).


All the qualifying track and field meets will be held in Swift Current. First events will start at 9:30 a.m. and the day should wrap up by 4:30 p.m.

Blue Section meet is Tuesday, May 17. Participating schools are Gull Lake, Herbert, Stewart Valley, SCCHS, Waldeck, Ecole Centennial, All Saints, Hodgeville, Ponteix, Vanguard, and Wymark.

White section meet is Wednesday, May 18. Participating schools are Consul, Eastend, Frontier, Val Marie, Shaunavon High, Shaunavon Public, Rock Solid Refuge, Cabri, Hazlet, Success, Fox Valley, Leader, Maple Creek

The top four in each of the sectional competitions will take part in the SWAC district meet on Wednesday, May 25.

SHSAA provincial championship (gr 9-12) is Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 in Regina for the intermediate, junior and senior categories.

The Chinook School Division Sports Report is submitted by Val Gordon