Muskie duo advances to all-Ontarios

The Muskie senior boys’ doubles team of Jamie Jensen and Tim Desjardins, who had gone undefeated to win NorWOSSA gold, met their toughest competition last Wednesday at the NWOSSAA badminton showdown in Atikokan.
Although playing against more polished teams, the pair managed to keep their winning streak intact for the most part.
At the end of the day, they had a 4-1 record—earning the NWOSSAA silver medal and a berth at the all-Ontarios in Waterloo on May 3 -5.
They began the day against NorWOSSA silver-medalists MacQuarrie and Desaulniers of Atikokan and won the best-of-three match in straight sets (15-12, 15-6).
This was followed by a sweep against Kuzyk and Usiski from Rainy River (NorWOSSA #3 filling in for SSSAA #1, who had cancelled) by scores of 15-6, 15-7.
Then came their first loss on the season to the eventual champs from Manitouwadge (Campbell and Turner) by scores of 15-7 and 15-2.
Apparently this duo has not been defeated in a high school match since they started playing together in Grade 9.
But Jensen and Desjardins bounced back with victories over SSSAA silver-medalists Coppola and Hrychuk (15-7, 15-6) and against NSSSAA silver-medalists Leupen and Levesque (15-6, 15-2).
Overall, the pair were very happy with their performance and are looking forward to playing at OFSAA.
Desjardins is the third member of his family to qualify for OFSSA badminton—following in the footsteps of his older sisters, Natalie and Simone.
Sandi Elliott, the NorWOSSA silver-medalist in senior girls’ singles action, had a tougher time at NWOSSAA in Atikokan last Wednesday—finishing with a 1-4 record.
She began the day with a loss to NorWOSSA gold-medalist A. Loucks from Beaver Brae in Kenora (3-15, 4-15), followed by a loss to NSSSAA gold-medalist S. Koroscil from Geraldton (3-15, 10-15).
Her third match against SSSAA champ K. Arpin resulted in a loss in straight sets, which was disappointing since that put Elliott out of the running as far as OFSSA competition was concerned.
Her next match against NSSSAA silver-medalist B. Ryan (Lake Superior) was a bit closer in that it went to three sets, but Ryan pulled it out in the end.
Finally, Elliott came up against SSSAA silver-medalist A. Luby from St. Pat’s in Thunder Bay, which she won by scores of 15-1 and 15-2.
Although disappointed in the overall result, Elliott felt a little redemption in winning her final badminton match of her high school career.
Meanwhile, Desjardins and Jensen are very excited to be going to OFSSA in the coming weeks and are continue to practice daily.