Three players from the local Sunset Country Squash Club returned with a silver, bronze, and fourth-place finish from the Ontario Junior Gold event over the weekend at the Glenway Country Club in Newmarket, Ont.
“All the kids had to play their very best because we don’t get competition of this type unless we go to Toronto,” stressed coach Bob Tkachuk, adding they were playing against “the cream of the crop” at this event.
Anika Alexander brought home the silver medal in the U-13 category.
While she lost 3-1 to Leslie Sydney (ranked third in the province), Alexander won 3-0 over Andrea Chaves and 3-2 over Amy Commissio (ranked fourth in the province).
Meanwhile, Angel McCormack finished in fourth place in the same division, but won her first match against Commissio 3-0.
But she then lost 3-0 against Sarah Hopton (ranked second in the province) and 3-1 against Sydney in the third/fourth-place gold playoff.
The third local player was Anniss Seid, who competed in the U-17 category. He lost his first game3-1 to Dhanjal Tanveer and then suffered another 3-1 loss to Thomas Osbourne, which put him in the bronze-medal match.
Seid then brought home the bronze medal after winning three-straight games over Hussein Salenwalla.
“The results were higher than expected,” Tkachuk enthused, explaining that now the local players will be ranked in Ontario.
“Their defects were exposed, so now we know what we need to get out on the court and practise in the future,” he added.
Alexander, McCormack, and Seid also will play on the Northwest regional team for the Ontario Winter Games, which will be held March 5-7 in Sudbury.
Their next action will be regional tryouts the first weekend in December in Thunder Bay for playoffs.