Squash players heading to Thunder Bay

About a dozen local squash players will be heading to Thunder Bay this weekend to compete in the Northwestern Open.
“It is just a regular open tournament,” noted Mary-Beth Tkachuk. “There are 96 people playing, which is pretty good, and that is in all the categories from Masters to juniors.”
Five local juniors are going to Thunder Bay but only one will be playing in the junior division. The others will compete in the regular divisions.
The tournament is being held at the Canada Games Complex.
Meanwhile, Tkachuk also was enthusiastic about the turnout for the “Rookie Round-up” ladies’ squash tournament here last Saturday.
“It changes from year to year–15 is a nice number. We didn’t have to play on Friday night,” she noted.
Tkachuk won the A/B division with a 3-0 win over Carienne Bowes-Kerber while Sarah Noonan swept Megan Ross three-straight in the consolation final.
In the ‘C’ division, Keira Main took top honours with nine points, followed by Kerri Tolen (eight, Megan Canfield (five points), and Darlene Barrett (one).
And Doris Barton grabbed first place in the ‘D’ division with 12 points, followed by Cheryl Wiersema (six) and Jennifer Battler in third.
Most of the players gathered at La Place Rendez-Vous on Saturday night for supper and a gift exchange.
“I was happy,” enthused Tkachuk. “Everyone had a good time and that’s what it was about.”

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