Friday September 19, 2014

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Morrison, Fehr impress at MHSAA provincial tournament

Terry Fehr/ Neepawa Press

Keiana Fehr, left, and Natasha Morrison competed at the MHSAA's 2013 provincial badminton tournament recently with Morrison finishing tied for seventh overall. Both girls competed in the ladies singles category.

After a schedule of eight tournaments, the William Morton Warrior badminton team competed in the annual Zone 7 tournament in Neepawa and Minnedosa April 24. With 12 athletes representing nine entries we had three entries qualify for playoff rounds. Lawrence Fagon in men’s singles, Keiana Fehr and Natasha Morrison in ladies singles. Keiana placed third while Natasha won the ladies singles trophy for her team and school. Both ladies singles qualified for provincial competition as second place in the ladies singles could not attend and only the two in each event move on to provincials. Early in the season Natasha confided in her coach that top eight in the province was her goal. Winning Zone 7 was an important first step as it gave her the top seed from the zone. College Louis Riel in St. Boniface hosted our provincial tournament May 3-4. The first day round robin competition is held where the top two in each pool move on to a championship round. Since there are four pools, those top two from each pool represent top eight in the province, a lofty goal for any athlete. Provincial badminton competition has only one tournament regardless of size of school, unlike some other sports. Keiana was seeded second from Zone 7 and had difficult competition, having to play the eventual overall second and fifth place athletes. Seven of her pool qualified for at least a tie-breaker showing how competitive the pool was and Keiana did not qualify for tie-breakers but did play very well through the round robin. Natasha had some dramatic moments during the competition such as during her first set, being down 15-20 and pulling out a 24-22 win or later against an athlete that had won a major tournament earlier in the season, winning 22-20. Those close wins gave her a 6-1 record in the round robin and second place in her pool. She had qualified for the championship round the next morning with seven other of the eight best ladies singles badminton athletes in the province. Early next morning Natasha drew the top seed in her first set and lost in the double knock out competition. Her second match was lost in three sets to an athlete she had earlier in the season defeated but not this day. The provincial competition was complete for the Warriors with both of our athletes achieving their season goals; Natasha top eight and Keiana appearing in provincial competition. They have both shown us how long hours of hard work, dedication, and determination combine to achieve success. It has been my privilege to coach them.


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