A pair of teams represented Gus Wetter School of Castor at the zone high school badminton championships last Saturday at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer.
One of those teams, the junior mixed doubles tandem of Tyler Erion and Jillian Schaffner, went all the way to the bronze-medal match before losing to Lacombe’s Christine Suominen and Cody Knight.
“Tyler and Jillian made it to the bronze-medal match, and it went to the fi game, but they were unable to defeat the Lacombe team,” said Gus Wetter badminton coach Greg Muhlbeier.
“And that concluded another great senior badminton year.”
In an eventful battle for fi place, Erion and Schaffner lost and won 21-19, respectively, before dropping the deciding game 22-20.
Gus Wetter was also represented in the senior mixed doubles category, as Tanya Gilchrist and Clay Renschler returned to the zone championships.
“Tanya and Clay played hard, but were unable to advance into the semifinals,” Muhlbeier said.
Overall, it was another active season for Gus Wetter, he said.
“This year, once again, there was great interest in playing on the senior badminton team, as 28 students participated and attended our Monday and Wednesday practices.”
From the season-opening Highway 12 tournament, 11 Gus Wetter students advanced to the area championship April 19 at Wainwright.
In singles and doubles play, the area placements for those students were:
First — Maisie Freerksen and Taryn Fletcher; Clay Renschler and Tanya Gilchrist.
Second — Tyler Erion and Jillian Schaffner; Toby Clements and Thecla Wiart.
Fi — Justin Slemp; Brittany Steinwand and Alyssa Ball.