Cardinals and Knights capture single and double titles at league badminton playoffs

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Larry Moko Stoney Creek News

An exchange student from a small town in northern Germany captured the girls’ singles title Wednesday at the 2015 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association badminton championships.

Natalie Lorenzen of Cardinal Newman, who has been staying with relatives in Canada since January, won the gold medal by defeating former two-time junior champion Athena Montecillo of St. Thomas More, 2-0, in the final (21-11, 21-11).

This year’s HWCAA senior high school tournament at the F. H. Sherman Recreation Centre attracted a field of 196 players. The association’s junior tournament is scheduled for next month at the same location.

“I started playing badminton when I was nine,” said 16-year-old Lorenzen, who launched her smashes and mixed in effective drop shots with a smile on her face much of the time. “Normally I smile because I love the sport,” she said.

Lorenzen explained that sports in Germany tend to be at the club level rather than through schools. Despite her experience – competing at German badminton nationals with her team – the Canadian game has required some getting used to.

“First of all,” she said, “the birdies are different. We play with feathered birdies (as opposed to plastic). The first time I played here I was really shocked. It was so different.”

And there’s also the matter of eye protection. It’s mandatory at the Hamilton high school level.

“We don’t use goggles. But I understand why you do it. It’s a good idea. In Germany, I was playing doubles and I got hit in the eye. I was like blind for a day.”

Next up for Lorenzen and the other top- two finishers in each of the HWCAA events, is the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference tournament, April 21, at Burlington Notre Dame. Winners from that tournament advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations competition, April 30-May 2, in Markham.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lorenzen. “When I came to Canada I never expected to win such a tournament … amazing.”

Lorenzen wasn’t the only gold-medal winner from Newman. Defending champion Nick Favero also took top honours in boys’ singles – 21-13, 21-9 over Cathedral’s Matthew Passalent, the outstanding volleyball player who has agreed to suit up for the McMaster University Marauders next season.

Regarding his two champions, Newman coach Tom Campanella said: “When (Natalie) first arrived, I noticed she was quite good. She didn’t really push herself at practice, though, because a lot of players aren’t at her skill level. So I wasn’t entirely sure how well she could play when tested.

“Nick is certainly improved this year. He plays year round. That makes a big difference. It’s important in this sport.”

Cardinal Newman, however, did not win the team championship. The Cardinals finished second, three points behind the St. Thomas More Knights.

More’s Jeeeun Lee and Venus Orig topped Paige Burke and Abby Kay of the Bishop Tonnos Titans, 2-0, in the girls’ doubles final. The scores were 21-19, 21-15.

It’s the third year together for Lee and Orig, who are former HWCAA junior doubles champions. That same duo also reached the D Division finals and helped St. Thomas More win the high school team title – for the fifth straight year --- at the recent Hamilton & District badminton championships at McMaster.

St. Thomas More also finished first in the boys’ doubles category. Jed Jay Liandino and Hardy Montecillo edged Newman’s Anthony Torresin and Filip Arezina, 21-15, 21-17. Monticello took the junior boys’ singles two years ago but did not play last year.

In mixed doubles, More’s Nilou Biganian and Paul Swierkosz ousted Newman’s Tyrell Hebert and Stephanie Cordeiro, 21-6, 21-10, for the gold medal.

 

Cardinals and Knights capture single and double titles at league badminton playoffs

Natalie Lorenzen of Cardinal Newman won the gold medal by defeating former two-time junior champion Athena Montecillo of St. Thomas More

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Larry Moko Stoney Creek News

An exchange student from a small town in northern Germany captured the girls’ singles title Wednesday at the 2015 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association badminton championships.

Natalie Lorenzen of Cardinal Newman, who has been staying with relatives in Canada since January, won the gold medal by defeating former two-time junior champion Athena Montecillo of St. Thomas More, 2-0, in the final (21-11, 21-11).

This year’s HWCAA senior high school tournament at the F. H. Sherman Recreation Centre attracted a field of 196 players. The association’s junior tournament is scheduled for next month at the same location.

“I started playing badminton when I was nine,” said 16-year-old Lorenzen, who launched her smashes and mixed in effective drop shots with a smile on her face much of the time. “Normally I smile because I love the sport,” she said.

When I came to Canada I never expected to win such a tournament … amazing

Lorenzen explained that sports in Germany tend to be at the club level rather than through schools. Despite her experience – competing at German badminton nationals with her team – the Canadian game has required some getting used to.

“First of all,” she said, “the birdies are different. We play with feathered birdies (as opposed to plastic). The first time I played here I was really shocked. It was so different.”

And there’s also the matter of eye protection. It’s mandatory at the Hamilton high school level.

“We don’t use goggles. But I understand why you do it. It’s a good idea. In Germany, I was playing doubles and I got hit in the eye. I was like blind for a day.”

Next up for Lorenzen and the other top- two finishers in each of the HWCAA events, is the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference tournament, April 21, at Burlington Notre Dame. Winners from that tournament advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations competition, April 30-May 2, in Markham.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lorenzen. “When I came to Canada I never expected to win such a tournament … amazing.”

Lorenzen wasn’t the only gold-medal winner from Newman. Defending champion Nick Favero also took top honours in boys’ singles – 21-13, 21-9 over Cathedral’s Matthew Passalent, the outstanding volleyball player who has agreed to suit up for the McMaster University Marauders next season.

Regarding his two champions, Newman coach Tom Campanella said: “When (Natalie) first arrived, I noticed she was quite good. She didn’t really push herself at practice, though, because a lot of players aren’t at her skill level. So I wasn’t entirely sure how well she could play when tested.

“Nick is certainly improved this year. He plays year round. That makes a big difference. It’s important in this sport.”

Cardinal Newman, however, did not win the team championship. The Cardinals finished second, three points behind the St. Thomas More Knights.

More’s Jeeeun Lee and Venus Orig topped Paige Burke and Abby Kay of the Bishop Tonnos Titans, 2-0, in the girls’ doubles final. The scores were 21-19, 21-15.

It’s the third year together for Lee and Orig, who are former HWCAA junior doubles champions. That same duo also reached the D Division finals and helped St. Thomas More win the high school team title – for the fifth straight year --- at the recent Hamilton & District badminton championships at McMaster.

St. Thomas More also finished first in the boys’ doubles category. Jed Jay Liandino and Hardy Montecillo edged Newman’s Anthony Torresin and Filip Arezina, 21-15, 21-17. Monticello took the junior boys’ singles two years ago but did not play last year.

In mixed doubles, More’s Nilou Biganian and Paul Swierkosz ousted Newman’s Tyrell Hebert and Stephanie Cordeiro, 21-6, 21-10, for the gold medal.

 

Cardinals and Knights capture single and double titles at league badminton playoffs

Natalie Lorenzen of Cardinal Newman won the gold medal by defeating former two-time junior champion Athena Montecillo of St. Thomas More

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Larry Moko Stoney Creek News

An exchange student from a small town in northern Germany captured the girls’ singles title Wednesday at the 2015 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association badminton championships.

Natalie Lorenzen of Cardinal Newman, who has been staying with relatives in Canada since January, won the gold medal by defeating former two-time junior champion Athena Montecillo of St. Thomas More, 2-0, in the final (21-11, 21-11).

This year’s HWCAA senior high school tournament at the F. H. Sherman Recreation Centre attracted a field of 196 players. The association’s junior tournament is scheduled for next month at the same location.

“I started playing badminton when I was nine,” said 16-year-old Lorenzen, who launched her smashes and mixed in effective drop shots with a smile on her face much of the time. “Normally I smile because I love the sport,” she said.

When I came to Canada I never expected to win such a tournament … amazing

Lorenzen explained that sports in Germany tend to be at the club level rather than through schools. Despite her experience – competing at German badminton nationals with her team – the Canadian game has required some getting used to.

“First of all,” she said, “the birdies are different. We play with feathered birdies (as opposed to plastic). The first time I played here I was really shocked. It was so different.”

And there’s also the matter of eye protection. It’s mandatory at the Hamilton high school level.

“We don’t use goggles. But I understand why you do it. It’s a good idea. In Germany, I was playing doubles and I got hit in the eye. I was like blind for a day.”

Next up for Lorenzen and the other top- two finishers in each of the HWCAA events, is the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference tournament, April 21, at Burlington Notre Dame. Winners from that tournament advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations competition, April 30-May 2, in Markham.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lorenzen. “When I came to Canada I never expected to win such a tournament … amazing.”

Lorenzen wasn’t the only gold-medal winner from Newman. Defending champion Nick Favero also took top honours in boys’ singles – 21-13, 21-9 over Cathedral’s Matthew Passalent, the outstanding volleyball player who has agreed to suit up for the McMaster University Marauders next season.

Regarding his two champions, Newman coach Tom Campanella said: “When (Natalie) first arrived, I noticed she was quite good. She didn’t really push herself at practice, though, because a lot of players aren’t at her skill level. So I wasn’t entirely sure how well she could play when tested.

“Nick is certainly improved this year. He plays year round. That makes a big difference. It’s important in this sport.”

Cardinal Newman, however, did not win the team championship. The Cardinals finished second, three points behind the St. Thomas More Knights.

More’s Jeeeun Lee and Venus Orig topped Paige Burke and Abby Kay of the Bishop Tonnos Titans, 2-0, in the girls’ doubles final. The scores were 21-19, 21-15.

It’s the third year together for Lee and Orig, who are former HWCAA junior doubles champions. That same duo also reached the D Division finals and helped St. Thomas More win the high school team title – for the fifth straight year --- at the recent Hamilton & District badminton championships at McMaster.

St. Thomas More also finished first in the boys’ doubles category. Jed Jay Liandino and Hardy Montecillo edged Newman’s Anthony Torresin and Filip Arezina, 21-15, 21-17. Monticello took the junior boys’ singles two years ago but did not play last year.

In mixed doubles, More’s Nilou Biganian and Paul Swierkosz ousted Newman’s Tyrell Hebert and Stephanie Cordeiro, 21-6, 21-10, for the gold medal.