Comeback kid Syed wins Darkest Night tourney

Whitehorse junior Mustafa Syed starts slow but finishes strong. At least that was the case at the Darkest Night Squash Tournament on Saturday at Better Bodies Whitehorse.

Whitehorse junior Mustafa Syed starts slow but finishes strong.

At least that was the case at the Darkest Night Squash Tournament on Saturday at Better Bodies Whitehorse.

The 17-year-old kept fighting back from trailing situations in the open A division final to win his third tournament of the season.

“Every tournament I go to that happens,” said Syed. “(Squash Yukon head coach) Khoon (Chua) is like, ‘You have to start strong in the beginning.’”

Syed won the open division with a 15-13, 14-16, 16-14, 16-14 win over Grayson Peters in the final.

Syed dropped the first five points of the match and was down 9-4 before winning the first game. He was also down 11-2 in the fourth set and then 14-9 before winning seven straight points for the match.

“As far as I could tell, we were both playing pretty well – I can’t blame it on anything,” said Peters. “My body wasn’t able to keep up, I guess. I don’t play enough to be in the best of shape.”

“In the beginning he was really fast, but by the end he was slowing down,” said Syed, of his 29-year-old opponent. “I just kept it in (play).”

Syed captained the winning team at the Reservoir Dogs Squash Tournament in November and won the Early Bird Squash Tournament in October. He also produced two wins and two losses at the 2014 Canadian Junior

Squash Championships last April.

He is one of seven Yukon players who will compete at the Canada Winter Games next month in Prince George, B.C. It will be Syed’s second Canada Games, having played for Yukon at the 2011 Games in Halifax.
“The first one was a good experience, but I was like 12 playing against the best in Canada,” said Syed. “I’m excited. Canada Games is always fun. I know there’s going to be a lot of good people. I’ve beaten some of them.”

Canada Games teammate Logan Harris took third on Saturday with a 3-1 win Dylan Letang. Lars Johansson won the consolation with a 3-2 win over Michael Tilbrook.

Glenn Rudman won the B division in a 3-2 victory over Emilie Herdes in the final. Jim Gilpin won three straight games to down Lori Muir in the battle for third. Ben Grundmanis, who is an alternate for the Canada Games team, topped the consolation with a 3-2 win over Jason Steele.

Coleman Newell went 3-2 over Mustafa’s sister and Sana Syed to win the C division. Sana, and third place’s Ava Cairns, are set to represent Yukon on the squash courts next month in Prince George.

Everett Igobwa captured the D division title with a 3-1 win over Canada Games team member Mackenzie Cameron. Muhammad Javed placed third.

Ivan Johnson, a Canada Games alternate, went undefeated in four matches in the junior division round robin for first place. Jake Charlton finished in second place and Kayden King in third.

Ehsan Idrees and Katrina Dobush are also on Yukon’s squash team bound for Prince George.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukon Employees’ Union says a lack of staff training and high turnover at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter is creating a dangerous situation for underpaid workers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Employees’ Union says lack of training at emergency shelter leading to unsafe situations

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said the staffing policy “is evolving”

Justice Karen Wenckebach will begin serving as resident judge on the Yukon Supreme Court early next year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
All-female justice roster ‘a good step’ for diversity in Yukon Supreme Court

Karen Wenckebach is the third woman appointed to the Yukon Supreme Court in history

The Liberal government blocked a motion by Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers that would have asked the federal government to provide the territories with more than a per capita amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses during initial distribution. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Party says a per capita distribution of vaccines would leave Yukon short

The opposition is also asking the government to release their plan for vaccine distribution

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Dec. 4, 2020

Dawson City’s BHB Storage facility experienced a break-and-enter last month, according to Yukon RCMP. (File photo)
Storage lockers damaged, items stolen in Dawson City

BHB Storage facility victim to second Dawson City break-and-enter last month

A sign outside the Yukon Inn Convention Centre indicates Yukoners can get a flu vaccine inside. As of Dec. 4, the vaccinations won’t be available at the convention centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse Convention Centre ends flu vaccination service early

Flu vaccinations won’t be available at the Whitehorse Convention Centre after Dec.… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White River First Nation to run for councillors in the 2021 election. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News File)
White River First Nation to elect new chief and council

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White… Continue reading

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)
Watson Lake elects new councillor

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new… Continue reading

The new Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation council elected Dec. 1. (Submitted)
Little Salmon Carmacks elects new chief, council

Nicole Tom elected chief of Little Salmon Carcmacks First Nation

Submitted/Yukon News file
Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to the unsolved homicide of Allan Donald Waugh, 69, who was found deceased in his house on May 30, 2014.
Yukon RCMP investigating unsolved Allan Waugh homicide

Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to an unsolved… Continue reading

A jogger runs along Millenium Trail as the sun rises over the trees around 11 a.m. in Whitehorse on Dec. 12, 2018. The City of Whitehorse could soon have a new trail plan in place to serve as a guide in managing the more than 233 kilometres of trails the city manages. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
2020 trail plan comes forward

Policies and bylaws would look at e-mobility devices

Snow-making machines are pushed and pulled uphill at Mount Sima in 2015. The ski hill will be converting snow-making to electric power with more than $5 million in funding from the territorial and federal governments. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Mount Sima funded to cut diesel reliance

Mount Sima ski hill is converting its snowmaking to electric power with… Continue reading

Most Read