Hawks Solid At OFSAA

OFSAA Badminton CKSS

Lee Kucera and Julie Earle finished 13th provincially at the OFSAA badminton championships – Contributed Photo

Chatham-Kent Secondary School badminton players Lee Kucera and Julie Earle, and Christian Bechard, all had winning records at the 2015 OFSAA Badminton Championships in Markham this weekend.

Christian Bechard won a bronze in the OFSAA C Flight - Contributed Photo

Christian Bechard won a bronze in the OFSAA C Flight – Contributed Photo

Lee Kucera and Julie Earle, who were the LKSSAA and SWOSSAA mixed doubles champions finished 5th in the B Flight, and 13th overall in the province with a 5-3 record.

Kucera and Earle, who have played together since grade 10, and are both now senior students defeated Sarah Mitchell and Shawn Bowman (Eastview Barrie – GBSSAA), Helen Ng and Jasper Ho (UTS – TDCAA), Taylor Colangeli and Matt Thorpe (A.N. Myers S.S. – SOSSA), Kiersten Hillman and Chris Murphy (Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes – GBSSAA), and Joey Kuang and Jonathan Ho (Agincourt CI – TDSSAA). The duo suffered losses to Molan Ren and Jameson Weng (Bell – NCSSAA), Yuming Han and David Park (Sir John A MacDonald – CWOSSA), and Lisa Gearing and Danny Gearing (E.L. Crossley S.S. – SOSSA).

Christian Bechard, competing in boys singles, also finished with a 5-3 record, and was able to fight his way to a bronze medal in the C Flight, good for 26th overall provincially.

Bechard got out of the gate close, losing three straight matches to Wil Hausenblas (Elliot Lake S.S. – NOSSAA), Andre Genier (Nouveau Regard – NEOAA), and Jermaine St-Pierre (ESC Casselman – EOSSAA).

The multi-OFSAA medallist in volleyball, who is committed to playing OUA volleyball for Guelph, bounced back after his start to win five straight matches en route to the C Flight bronze medal in a game he had to defeat Jermaine St-Pierre after falling to him to start the tournament.

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