One Muskie ‘birder’ off to NWOSSAA


The Muskie badminton contingent will be a one-man band next week.
Aaron Bujold made his birth certificate irrelevant as the Grade 9 student cruised to gold in the senior boys’ singles division with a 5-0 record at the NorWOSSA finals yesterday in Sioux Lookout.
Bujold, who didn’t drop a single set all day, will try to keep his hot streak going at the NWOSSAA championships this Wednesday (April 15) in Thunder Bay.
The high school freshman clinched the title in impressive fashion by sweeping fifth-year senior Ryan Dasno of the Sioux Lookout Warriors 2-0 (21-16/21-18).
“Aaron played very well,” said Muskie badminton coach Brian Church.
“His difficulty came mostly with a low-hanging basketball net that obstructed his high clears, or caused them to land out of bounds in the process of missing the net,” Church noted.
If Bujold can land a top-two result at NWOSSAA, he’ll earn a ticket to the OFSAA championships April 30-May 2 in Markham.
Meanwhile, none of the other six Muskie reps qualified for NWOSSAA.
Jeremy Shypit finished fourth behind Bujold in senior boys’ singles with a 2-3 record, including a 2-0 loss (21-10/21-7) to his fellow Muskie.
Shypit posted wins over opponents from the Kenora Broncos and the Warriors’ other singles competitor.
The Muskie senior boys’ doubles team of Cam Jolicoeur and Adam Taylor placed fourth in their division with a 2-3 record.
Teammates Bryce Gilbert and Thunder White were sixth (0-5).
Gilbert and White originally did not make the NorWOSSA finals after finishing fourth in last week’s qualifier in Atikokan.
But they got a berth after the third-place finishers (representing the Atikokan Voyageurs) pulled out due to other commitments.
Also winding up sixth was the Muskies’ junior girls’ doubles team of Mykenzie Borger and Katelynn Jack, who went 0-5 in their division.