Burlington duo smashing towards finals


2013jrnatsblack_1526_largeBurlington’s Sami Harb remained unbeaten after third-day play on Wednesday (April 24) at the 2013 Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships.

Playing at Cedar Springs Health and Racquet Club in Burlington, Harb defeated Connor Culhane of Coquitlam, B.C., 15-13, 15-6 in the Boys 18 and Under Singles.

Annie Fisher of Burlington remained in contention in the Girls Singles 14 and Under, defeating Jessica Leduc of Valleyfield, Que., 15-4, 15-0. But in the Girls Singles 16 and Under, she lost to Danielle Drury of Saskatoon, 15-6, 17-15. In the same division, Burlington’s Callie Hunter lost to Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que., 15-1, 15-1.

Hunter also fell to McKenzie Brayley of Calgary, 15-12, 15-6, in the Girls Singles 18 and Under.

In other play, both Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta. and Morissette remain on track to defend their Canadian Junior titles. Iwaasa and Morissette won the U16 and U18 titles last and are trying to repeat in those divisions this year.

In U16, Iwaasa defeated Tanner Prentice of Macrorie, Sask., 15-6, 15-3. He didn’t play in U18 on Wednesday. Similarly, Morissette defeated Callie Hunter of Burlington, Ont., 15-1, 15-1, in Girl’s U16, and didn’t play in U18 on Wednesday.

Players are competing for national junior championships as well as spots on the Canadian Junior National Team that will compete at the 2013 World Junior Racquetball Championships in Sucre, Bolivia in October.

Players in the boys and girls 14 & under, 16 & under and 18 & under divisions can qualify for the team by being one of the two finalists in their division.