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Muskie, Owl 'birders' qualify for NWOSSAA

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Both the Muskies and Rainy River Owls will have some representatives from their badminton teams at the NWOSSAA championships in Thunder Bay next Wednesday (April 24).

The black-and-gold will have two members moving on while the Owls qualified three 'birders' at the NorWOSSA finals in Dryden Yesterday.

Players had to finish within the top two of their respective divisions in order to advance.

Jackson Arpin of the Owls claimed gold as he went a dominant 5-0 in senior boys' singles.

Fellow Owls Tala Quran and Madison Kreger compiled a 4-1 record to snare silver in junior girls' doubles.

Paige Stamler, meanwhile, had a very good showing but came up just short of qualifying for NWOSSAA as she finished third with a 3-2 record in senior girls' singles.

Other Owl finishers included Kirsten Armstrong placing fourth in junior girls' singles, while the junior mixed doubles tandems of Kiera Govier and Joe Tiboni and Naomi Carradice and Caleb Jack-Gibbins tied for fourth with Shayna Hensrud and Jeremy Arch Kelly of the Kenora Broncos.

As for the Muskies, the senior girls' doubles tandem of Tayah Badiuk and Lauryn Marchant were the lone athletes to qualify for NWOSSAA after going a perfect 5-0.

Brett Schram and Jake McKinnon finished just shy of advancing as they wound up third in junior boys's doubles with a 3-2 record while Dakota Jernberg and Ryley Booth suffered a similar fate in senior boys' doubles.

At the NWOSSAA championships next week, players must also finish within the top two in their respective divisions to qualify for OFSAA, which is slated for May 2-4 in North Bay.

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