Muskie ‘birders’ fall short at OFSAA


The two Muskie badminton pairs competing at the all-Ontarios in Sudbury didn’t come home empty-handed.
The senior boys’ pair of Tim Desjardins and Rory Bagacki won their first match in the ‘B’ bracket over Garrett Duff and Hans Agnihotri (NOSSA) by scores of 21-16, 16-21, and 21-18 on Friday morning.
They were eliminated in their second match of the ‘B’ event, however, falling to Victor Venhrzhanovsky and Badek Martyniak (WOSSA) 21-10 and 21-19 that afternoon.
“It was close the second game, but they were in tough,” Muskie coach Manami Alexander said.
“They played well. Winning one match in ‘B’ is pretty good coming from Fort Frances,” Alexander added.
“They played strong teams from around here, and it’s tough to compete against teams from badminton clubs who play in the cities,” she noted.
The duo had opened play Thursday in the ‘A’ bracket with a loss to John Pham and Brandon To (ROPSSAA).
Meanwhile, the senior girls’ pairing of Chelsea Carlson and Kimika Alexander dropped their opening two matches Thursday, starting with a loss to Faith Lau and Bowie Chiu of the York Region Athletic Association.
Then they fell to Chris Pinto and Charlene Yiu of Toronto in their next match, but rebounded Friday afternoon on the ‘C’ side with a win over Chineze Nwebube and Amie Bogford (Hamilton) by scores of 21-19 and 21-12.
“They were strong from the beginning and put the bird in the right places, and competed really well,” Alexander enthused.
They lost their second match in ‘C’ to Connie Ho and Junyi Dai of Toronto in a hard-fought decision by scores of 21-18 and 21-16 before losing in the ‘C’-side bronze-medal match to Amy Vantertoorn and Kelsey Neerhof (COSSA).