In the first Outside trip of the squash season, 13 Yukoners showed their court coverage abilities, producing strong results and winning three titles at the Evergreen Junior Squash Tournament in North Vancouver over the weekend.
“The boy who stood out was Mustafa Syed,” said Khoon Chua, head coach for Squash Yukon. “His game was the last of the tournament and they had a long, long match – it was very close.”
Syed was one of three Yukoners to go undefeated at the tournament, winning the boys’ U-15 B division.
“He felt the opening rounds were too easy because he just steamrolled them,” said Chua. “So I told him the next tournament he plays, he should play in the open.”
Also taking a title was Zain Syed, undefeated in the boys’ U-17 B division and Logan Harris in the boys’ U-13 B, defeating Yukoner Graydeon McDonnell in the finals.
Harris didn’t drop a game in any of his matches throughout the tournament.
“He’s a very talented player,” said Chua. “(Playing McDonnell) was the closest match he had the whole tournament, but he beat him quite handily.”
The Yukon had another finalist besides McDonnell with Tia Oster, the top female finisher from the Yukon, dropping a 13-11 lead in the fifth set of the finals for the runner-up position in the mixed novice division.
Other B division results include Kai Knorr taking third and Coleman Newman coming fourth in the U-15 B boys. Competing in a combined U-15 B girls and U-13 open division, Shermaine Chua came fourth while Bryan Marcyniuk came ninth in U-19 B.
The Yukon also had some strong results in open divisions, holding their own against some of the toughest players from BC and Seattle.
Sophia Flather, Kelly Panchyshyn and Anna Jacobsen took up spots seventh, eighth and ninth respectively in the women’s U-19 open and Stephen Grundmanis came seventh/eighth in the boys’ U-17 open.
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