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Juniors 'steal show' at squash tourney

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The Sunset Country Squash Club kicked off its season at the Northwestern Open tournament in Thunder Bay over the weekend.

Club president Bob Tkachuk said the local juniors “stole the show” as 11 members participated in a variety of divisions.

Owen Riches downed his younger brother, Corbin, 3-1 to keep his perfect record intact as he claimed the junior 'A' final.

Ryley Booth's weekend ended with a loss to Quinn Leschuk (Thunder Bay) as he captured fourth place in that same division in his first out-of-town tournament.

In junior 'B' play, Aiden Jean, playing in his first tournament, won three-straight matches to claim the division title over Ezra Koester (Thunder Bay).

Lane Booth took third place with a 2-1 record while Julia Guerten finished in fourth at 1-2.

In the men's 'A' division, Chad Faragher wound up with a 1-2 record in a very competitive draw.

On the men's 'B' side, veteran Mark Faragher cruised to the final with three wins, but then fell 3-1 to Rob Lawrence (Sioux Lookout).

Josh Councillor finished with a 3-1 record to capture the “Special Plate” in that division.

Veteran squasher Al Christiansen's weekend featured three close matches that all ended with losses.

Junior Shannon Bird had a respectable weekend—even though she was under the weather—to claim second place in the ladies' 'B' division.

Tkachuk said the juniors improved their shot length and serving considerably over the weekend, and that the game of squash always is a work in progress for them.

Up next for the local club is its annual Boxing Day tournament, which is held at the squash courts at the Memorial Sports Centre.

After that, the 31st-annual La Place Rendez-Vous Open runs Jan. 5-8.

Sign-up lists are posted on the bulletin board by the squash courts.

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