Canada has tough going at Pam-Am junior squash championships

GUATEMALA CITY – Dundas resident Tyler Hamilton, ranked No. 3 in the Canadian Junior Boys Under-17 division, bowed out in the second round of the Pan American Junior Squash Championships on Thursday.

St. Catharines player Chris Sachive, ranked sixth nationally in the boys under 19 category, advanced to the quarterfinals before he was eliminated by Cesar Salazar of Mexico. Sachive was the top Canadian.

Meanwhile, Sarah Parsons of Victoria and Jackie Moss of Calgary won silver and bronze medals respectively in women’s individual play this week at the championships.

Parsons lost in the final to Catalina Pelaez of Colombia 7-9, 9-2, 9-3, 9-2. Moss, who lost to Pelaez in the semifinals, defeated Cristina Arnaya of Colombia in the bronze medal match 9-3, 9-5, 9-5. Neither Canadian was seeded.

Erika Dort of Calgary was eliminated in the second round and Samantha Cornett of Dunrobin lost in the first round.

In men’s play, Cesar Salazar of Mexico defeated Santiago Imberton of El Salvador 9-0, 9-5, 9-3. Antonio Diaz defeated compatriot Jesus Pena 9-6, 9-5, 9-1 for the bronze.

Kelly Shannon, Canada’s No. 1 ranked boys under 17 player, was eliminated in the third round while Ben Ladell of Calgary was eliminated in the second round.

In team competition both the Canadian men and women won their respective pools to advance to the quarterfinals. The team medal matches are on Saturday.