Mohawk doesn’t make a racquet at OCAA badminton

The Mohawk badminton team ran into very stiff opposition at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Regional Championships at Fanshawe College in London. The weekend results mean Mohawk won’t be represented at the provincial championships.

“I haven’t seen this level of competition for a long time,” said Mountaineers’ coach Tony Leite. “We lost to some very good players who are representing badminton very well.”

Mohawk had nine players at the event. Alicia Jenkins (Cambridge Glenview), one of the young Mountaineers, played better than she’s ever played before according to her coach and along with Krystal Lumaoang (St. Mary’s), carried Mohawk’s banner in the tough women’s singles section.

Also playing his best was Kevin Lefebvre (Burlington Notre Dame), the lone Mountaineer in men’s singles. Unfortunately for Lefebvre, he had to withdraw because of injuries with two matches remaining. Mohawk’s other players included Jill Larlee (Caledonia McKinnon Park) and Kathleen Manson (Beamsville) in women’s doubles, Scott Alblas (Hamilton District Christian HS) and Jose Morales (Sir John A. MacDonald) in men’s doubles, and Jas Mogford (Great Lakes Christian HS) and Christina Hall (Brantford Pauline Johnson) in mixed doubles, another very strong group.

Leite admits his team lacked depth this year, but he anticipates having a handful of returnees next year, including Chris Hong, who was unavailable this season after a strong 2007-2008.