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HAPPY WINNERS – Rannon Johnson, left and Chris Gagne at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open which took place in Edmonton Nov. 11-13. Both boys won their consolation rounds.

Two Squash Yukon juniors win consolation rounds at tourney

Two Squash Yukon juniors won consolation rounds at the 35th Annual Alberta Jesters Junior Open on the weekend.

By Morris Prokop on November 15, 2022

Two Squash Yukon juniors won consolation rounds at the 35th Annual Alberta Jesters Junior Open on the weekend.

The event ran Nov. 11-13 and was organized by Edmonton's Royal Glenora Club (RGC) and the Edmonton Squash Club. It took place at RGC.

Rannon Johnson, 15, took part in the Boys Under-17 Category and won the BU17 Singles Plate 1a. Charles Gagne, 13, took part in the Boys Under-19 Novice Category and won first in the Consolation round.

16 Players took part in the BU19 Novice category.

Gagne won the First Consolation Quarter Finals over Francesco Noce (Squash Alberta) 11-4,11-7, 11-2.

He then took the semi-final over Kyle Marit (Squash Alberta) 11-0, 11-6, 11-4.

Gagne triumphed in the Finals over Soren Goreski (Winnipeg Squash Club) 11-4, 14-12, 7-11, 13-11.

Johnson lost in the round of 32 to Jet Li (Vancouver Squash) 2-11, 5-11, 4-11.

He followed that with a loss against Jordan Miller (Squash Canada) 10-12, 11-8, 11-13, 11-13.

Johnson then turned it around in the Plate 1a Quarters, winning by default over Arran Gree.

In the semis, Johnson swept Gamaliel Kondrak (Royal Glenora Club) 12-10, 11-4, 11-7.

Johnson completed his remarkable comeback in the Finals by beating Colton Tumoth (NWT Squash) 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8.

Squash Yukon coach Gyanendra Singh commented "Jesters Junior tournament was undeniably one of the greatest squash tournaments. It was an absolutely fantastic experience and winning consolation was icing on the cake. I am proud of the boys' performance. We had put so much effort in their training and it paid off well."

Singh added, "It's been almost four years they did not travel for any tournament, They were not much aware of the tournament environment, they felt hesitant to be part of the big event, but slowly we started getting into the tournament vibe. After winning their first match they felt oh, they can win!

From there they just picked up the pace and won all their matches.

They were so happy. They made so many friends from different clubs and invited them for our tournaments here in Yukon. They felt challenged also.

"Overall, they had so much fun. It was the best tournament for them ever."

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