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May 24, 2011 > Mission wins badminton tourney

Mission wins badminton tourney

By Sida Lu

The best athletes from the North Coast Section met at Newark Memorial High School for the badminton playoffs. Mission Valley and Hayward Area athletic leagues were represented well at the tournament, with Mission San Jose the best of the best on the day.

Badminton players from Mission San Jose, Irvington, Newark Memorial and James Logan faced off in a double-elimination tournament on Saturday, May 21. The girls singles tournament was especially dominated by the MVAL, featuring a semifinals and finals of MVAL players only. Mission San Jose's Lily Xu fell to Irvington's Priyanka Shindgikar 23-21, 21-16 in the semifinals while Michelle Hoang of Newark Memorial lost to Theresa Liu of Mission San Jose 21-14, 21-13. In the finals, Theresa Liu avenged her teammate's loss 21-15, 21-12 to take first overall in the NCS girls singles bracket; Priyanka Shindgikar took second; and Michelle Hoang beat out Lily Xu in the consolation bracket to take third.

Boys singles featured just three MVAL representatives: Ray Ouyang and William Cheung of Mission, and Gus Liu of Irvington, yet Cheung and Liu fought their way through the entire bracket to face each other in the finals. Cheung prevailed in the finals after dropping the first game 19-21 by storming back the next two games 21-11 and 21-14 to secure first place.

Boys doubles featured the dominance of Newark Memorial, James Logan and Mission San Jose. The Cougars duo of Stephen Chiu and Dennis Simon rolled their way to the semifinals, dominating their competition while Michael Huang and Christian Basa of James Logan rolled through their side of the bracket. Yet it was the two Mission San Jose teams that prevailed, fighting their way to the finals from the first round and eventually placing first and second. Vincent Yang and Raymond Chen defeated Binjih Lin and Derrick Long in the finals for the championship.

Mission San Jose had swept every single tournament of the day so far, yet girls doubles only featured one Mission San Jose representative, presenting an opportunity for another school to step up. Castro Valley, James Logan and Irvington all made it to the semifinals to challenge the Warriors duo of Lisa Chang and Hoyan Chung but the Warriors would prevail yet again to take first 21-9, 21-11.

Mission San Jose was the only MVAL school to participate in the mixed doubles tournament, sending three duos to play. All three made it to the semifinals, but only Kenny Chin-Karina Wong and Thomas Lee-Danae Long advanced to the finals. Lee and Long emerged victorious after dispatching Chin and Wong, 21-17, 21-12.

Mission San Jose swept the NCS badminton tournament with 136 total points, more than three times the amount of points the second place finisher, Mt. Eden, accumulated. Irvington took third (38 points), Logan fourth (32), Newark fifth (31), while Hayward, Moreau Catholic and Tennyson finished near the bottom at 10th, 11th and 15th respectively. The Warriors also took first in every single division of NCS badminton, won NCS for the seventh straight time and ninth time in the last decade.

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