Squashers fare well in Winnipeg


The Sunset Country Squash Club was represented by 13 players at the Manitoba Closed tournament over the weekend.
Jason Kabel stole the court for the local contingent. He was victorious in the men’s ‘B’ division, reeling off three-straight wins over George Penner (Brandon) 3-0, Rachel Hinton (Wpg.) 3-1, and Ashley Malencuk (Wpg.) 3-2 to reach the final.
Then down 2-0 in the best-of-five final, Kabel stormed back to upend Mike Lodewychs (Wpg.) 3-2 to capture the crown.
Kabel now is the only current Fort Frances player in the ‘A’ division, joining former Fort resident Ben Andrusco of Winnipeg.
Also in the ‘B’ division, former local junior Steve Boileau, now playing for the University of Waterloo Warriors, went 0-2 on the weekend, losing to Hinton and then Jon Borland of Winnipeg.
In the men’s ‘C’ division play, local junior Anniss Seid won the consolation final, losing his first match before beating his next three opponents 3-0, 3-1, and 3-0.
Bob Tkachuk, also playing in the ‘C,’ lost 3-2 to the eventual champ, Dave Low, before bowing out with a 3-1 loss.
Men’s ‘D/E’ combined division consolation winner was local player Manami Alexander, who opened with a loss before notching three-straight wins, including 3-1 over Scott Harrison (Wpg.) in her final game.
Finally, brothers Mike and Ryan Brady participated for the first time in the ‘D/E’ event and both went 0-2 in tough battles with Winnipeg opponents.
Meanwhile, the junior event attracted six locals.
Anika Alexander advanced to the final once again, but lost for the first time to her nemesis, Nico Wiest of Winnipeg, 3-1 to earn the runner-up award.
Alexander ran off three 3-0 matches before losing in the final.
On the consolation side, Bryson Skirten won the title by defeating all comers after his opening-match loss to Wiest.
Skirten defeated local Kaitlyn DeGagne 3-1 to win the consolation crown. DeGagne sported a record of 2-1.
Shawn Brady’s first Manitoba tournament ended with a respectable win over Zach Thompson (Wpg.) to go with two losses. Kimika Alexander also sported one win over Jonathon Wade (Wpg.) to go along with two losses.
Feisty Angel McCormack rounded out the local contingent with a pair 3-0 wins over Alex Bouchard and Ben Strike (Wpg.) before losing her next two by similar 3-0 scores to end the tournament.
Next up for Sunset Country Squash Club players is the local Wesley Derksen LL.B. Open tournament coming up Feb. 13-15.
Players can sign up by going to www.fortsquash.com