Mohawk badminton players advance to OCAA finals

Five Mohawk Mountaineers have advanced to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Badminton Championships.

Mohawk’s Chris Hong, far right, is on his way to OCAA badminton finals. Humber’s Ray Wong is the middle, and Seneca’s Leo Kwok is on the left. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

Mohawk’s Chris Hong finished second to Raymond Wong of Humber in men’s singles in the West Regional Championships held at Mohawk on Feb. 1-2. Both players won their pools with identical 6-0 records. Wong won the final 21-8, 21-13.
Crystal Oakes and her partner Kristina Hall of Mohawk wound up second in women’s doubles behind St. Clair’s Julie Schell and Amy Howe.

The Mountaineer tandem of Sherri Arbour and Jas Mogford were third in mixed doubles. That event was won by Fanshawe’s Sarah Fuller and Nathaniel Allard.

Mohawk’s Laura Arbour wound up fourth in women’s singles. Vicki Singh of Centennial was the winner.

Jose Morales and Ben Naksuwan of Mohawk finished sixth in men’s doubles, with Centennial’s Simon Yip and Ben Wong of Centennial taking the title.

Mohawk won the women’s team event and was fourth in the men’s team points total which was headed by Humber.

Overall, Mohawk finished third in the Regional Championship. Humber and Seneca tied for first. Mohawk coach Matt Schnarr predicted all along that his team would be prominent come championship time. “It’s a credit to the players”, said Schnarr. “In the first couple of tournaments they weren’t winning matches. They were competing, but they worked hard since September with early mornings, late nights and at tournaments to get to where they needed to be. This weekend proved how hard they worked to get to a championship.”

Schnarr expected Mohawk to compete in the team categories, but to finish first in the women’s category is a real credit to the work ethic of the ladies. He noted he had a singles player – Laura Arbour – qualifying with Mogford in mixed doubles which was fantastic to see. The coach was also impressed by Mohawk finishing third overall, especially against Toronto-area teams which have far more club players in their ranks than Mohawk.

The OCAA Badminton Championships will be contested Feb.15-16 at Georgian College in Barrie with the top players in each event advancing to the Canadian College Championships, Feb. 28- March 1, in Sackville, N. B.