Local squashers compete in Winnipeg

Bob Tkachuk

The squash gods were quite kind to the nine Sunset Country Squash Club players who travelled to Winnipeg earlier this month.
The Winnipeg Winter Club hosted the open tourney for men, women, and junior players.
In the men’s ‘B’ championship, local Anniss Seid lost his bid to move to the top ‘A’ division with a controversial 11-9 loss in the fifth game to Adam Posner of Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, in the ‘B’ consolation final, local Toby Munroe defeated Jonathon Borland of Winnipeg 3-1 with good length and width throughout—even with the “lively” ball conditions.
Bob Tkachuk, who also was competing in men’s ‘B’ division, went down by identical scores of 3-2 to Mark Norton and Eric Wetendorf of Kenora.
In men’s ‘D’ division play, Robert Stevens lost 3-0 to top seed Scott Harrison of Winnipeg, then was ousted from further play by losing a close battle 3-2 to Lindsay Kozak of Winnipeg.
Ryan Brady played in two divisions testing his skills.
In the ‘D’ division, Brady lost 3-1 to Bruce Kahler of Winnipeg, then wrapped up with a 3-0 loss to local Manami Alexander.
Brady also competed in Junior under 17/15 division, losing to Winnipeggers Nico Wiest 3-1 and Hunter Kristjansson by a close 3-2 score to end his weekend.
Alexander, playing in men’s ‘D’ division, lost her first game to Adrien Chamberland-Mike 3-0.
Then after blanking Brady 3-0, she finished play with a 3-0 loss to Andrew Parkinson in the consolation final.
Also in the under 17/15 group, local junior Angel McCormack won the consolation championship.
She opened with a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg’s Cobus Jacobs, but then reeled off 3-1 and 3-0 victories over Matt Hooker and Reece Daumler of Winnipeg.
Shawn Brady, competing in the under 17/15 division for the first time, fared well.
He opened with a 3-0 loss to Brett Calsbeck, then skunked Hannah Blatt 3-0 before bowing out 3-0 to Daumler.
Also in the under 17/15 junior divison, local Anika Alexander bageled her first two opponents, Daumler and Hunter Kristjansson, by identical 3-0 margins.
Her next opponent was perennial archrival Wiest, going the distance 3-2 to eliminate him.
Next was the under 17/15 final against 15-year-old Alan Scarth of Winnipeg, who proved a little too strong, defeating Alexander 3-0 in some very close games to capture the championship.