Local squashers solid in Lakehead


Twelve members of the Sunset Country Squash Club were in Thunder Bay over the weekend for the annual Northwest Open, with many coming away with strong performances.
Angel McCormack, 14, competed in the men’s ‘C’ open event and ended up capturing the title after defeating Steve Sidorski (Thunder Bay) 3-1 in the best-of-five final.
“For her to do that not only as a girl competing against men, but to also win at such a young age against many veteran players, was very good to see,” coach Bob Tkachuk enthused.
In the junior ranks, Jesse Quesnel won the ‘A’ title while teammate Davis Jackson finished first in the ‘B’ division in what was his very first tournament.
“Along with them, Naomi McManaman was the runner-up in the ‘B’ division for her first event, so for all of them to do quite well was rather nice,” Tkachuk noted.
In other action, Jason Kabel reached the men’s ‘A’ final, where he lost 3-1 to Bob Shine (Thunder Bay).
Anniss Seid took the consolation runner-up honours in the ‘A’ flight while Shawn Brady did the same in the men’s ‘C/D’ division.
Looking ahead, the local club will host its annual men’s Boxing Day tournament on Monday, Dec. 26.
That will be followed by Ontario Winter Games qualifying matches against players from Kenora and Thunder Bay taking place here Dec. 28-29.