Locals fare well at Northwestern Open badminton tourney
Local badminton players Chelsea Carlson, Tim Desjardins, Rory Bagacki, Kimika Alexander, and Anika Alexander, along with their coach, Lawrence Alexander, travelled to Thunder Bay on Saturday for the Northwestern Open badminton tournament at Lakehead University.
The team was joined by Kristin Moen of Morson (formerly of Rainy River High School) and former Muskie Natalie Desjardins.
Meanwhie, 12-year-old sensation Anika Alexander nabbed the bronze by displacing Moen while Carlson got close to the medals by ousting Kimika Alexander before being beaten by Anika.
Anika and Olivares pulled off the upset in ladies’ doubles, beating Natalie Desjardins and Moen in the final.
Owen Kurvits of Marathon edged out top-ranked Less Gamble (Thunder Bay) in a three-set thriller in the men’s singles final while Han Chen, also of Thunder Bay, claimed the bronze.
Tim Desjardins went the long route, winning several matches before bowing out in the consolation final.
Lawrence Alexander lost his first match in what turned into a 91-point three-game marathon, then won one before being eliminated in his third match.
Bagacki won his first two matches in the men’s event before being ousted by the eventual champ (Kurvits).
In men’s doubles, Owen and Ben Kurvits took the gold while Lawrence Alexander and teammate Shaun Golden (Thunder Bay) swept their way to the semi-finals before being stopped there due in large part to an injury to Alexander.
Tim Desjardins and Bagacki dropped to the consolation side before working their way to the final and finishing in second spot.
In mixed doubles, Kimika Alexander and Owen Kurvits edged out Natalie and Tim Desjardins in an earlier match, but the Desjardins rebounded to claim the consolation crown.
Alexander and Kurvits, meanwhile, fell short to eventual winner Shaun Golden and his partner from Thompson, Man.
Geoff Clara of Thunder Bay and Moen finished in second place.
Next up for the Fort Frances Badminton Club is a trip to Winnipeg for a tournament.
After that, the Fort Frances Open, which draws well over 100 participants, is slated for March 27-29.