Desjardins loses first two games

A tough opening day at the all-Ontario badminton championships has put Simone Desjardins in a series of must-win situations.
The lone Muskie competing at Sudbury lost her first two matches yesterday to drop down to the ‘C’ flight of the senior girls’ singles event, where she’ll need a win in this afternoon’s draw today to advance.
Results were not available by press time.
Desjardins opened action in the 30-plus player field with a two-set loss to Tarra Brazeau of Rockland District High (15-2, 15-1) to fall to the ‘B’ event, where she was upended by Kristin Wilson from Pauline Johnson Collegiate (Brantford) by scores of 15-12 and 15-4.
“She played much better in that second match,” noted Muskie junior head coach Brian Church who is accompanying Desjardins and senior head coach Manami Alexander as a staff supervisor.
Yesterday marked the first back-to-back losses for the grade nine student, who had gone 13-1 in NorWOSSA and NWOSSAA play to qualify for the all-Ontarios.
In related Muskie news, the second NorWOSSA soccer tournament scheduled to start today in Dryden has been modified to a one-day, two-game event tomorrow after a snowstorm yesterday left fields there in poor condition.
The Muskie girls, 4-0 in league play so far, and the boys (3-0-1) each will play St. Thomas Aquinas and Beaver Brae of Kenora.
Total records from the two qualifying tournaments (the first one was held here two weeks) will go towards seedings for the NorWOSSA finals next weekend in Kenora.