The Sunset Country Squash Club attended possibly its earliest junior tournament to date, which ran Oct. 1-3 at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club.
The team experienced mixed results as not everyone was in peak condition so early in the season.
Fortunately, a few sore bodies and pulled muscles by the end of the weekend resulted by no major injuries, which is always a concern this early in the season.
Ten local juniors attended the tourney with coaches Bob and Mary-Beth Tkachuk, spread through seven round-robin groups.
In the top group, Anniss Seid ended with a 1-2 record, losing a very frustrating battle to the club pro’s son, Connor Turk, three games to two after leading 2-0.
Group two included Robert Stevens, with a very tough 0-4 record, while Anika Alexander surprised all but one of her opponents with excellent play, ending with an impressive 3-1 record and the runner-up position.
Group three saw Kaitlyn DeGagne battle hard but finish with an 0-4 mark.
As well, Angel McCormack shone with a 3-1 record to end up as runner-up to Adrien Chamberland of Winnipeg.
In the fourth group, seasoned player Bryson Skirten topped his group with a perfect 5-0 record, with one of those wins over fellow local Sara Coish.
Group five saw Shawn Brady complete a perfect 5-0 record to win his division while Maryam Seid ended as runner-up in the same division with a 3-2 record.
Katie Beninger and Coish played in two divisions.
Beninger emerged with a 6-4 record for her weekend of play, with her best match being a 3-2 win over Maryam Seid on Friday night.
Coish, meanwhile, reeled off five wins to capture top spot in group seven, then went 1-4 in group four.
Coish’s match against Cole Zadro of Winnipeg was a nail-biter, but she prevailed 3-2.
The Sunset Country Squash Club’s next tourney will be the Winnipeg Winter Club Open from Nov. 5-7.