Naughton loses title to arch squash rival

In an all-Ontario Under-19 girls final at the 2012 BDO Canadian Junior Squash Championships, No. 2 seed and Harvard University-bound athlete Michelle Gemmell defeated No. 1 seed Hollie Naughton of Oakville in four games.

Gemmell and Naughton have waged a long-standing rivalry on the court, with Gemmell capturing the National title one week after Naughton defeated Gemmell in the final of the Ontario Jr. Open at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa. Gemmell’s 3-1 victory came on April 22 at the Centre of Excellence – National Squash Academy in Toronto.

Results for other Golden Horseshoe competitors included a third place finish for Akasham Rajagopaul of Niagara Falls.

The No. 2 seed in the Boys U13 defeated No. 5 seed Jackson Kay of Toronto, 3-2.

No. 4 seed Heather McLachlan of St. Catharines finished fourth in the Girls U13 division after losing to No. 1 seed Nicole Kendall of Newmarket, 3-0.

This year’s edition of The BDO Canadian Junior Squash Championships featured over 225 junior players from across Canada. The annual event concludes the junior competitive squash season.

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