| Arizona Republic
The 2020 Arizona highschool badminton season has been given a inexperienced gentle together with different fall sports activities to maneuver forward this month.
With that in thoughts, this is a preview of the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 17, with a have a look at anticipated contenders in two divisions.
Gilbert Perry enters the season because the three-time champion with a 43-0 file in that span. Whereas Sue Kwon is not on the group, junior Nikhita Jayaraj and senior Ashley Rodarte will hope to guide the Pumas to a different title.
Throughout the similar area, Xavier seems to proceed its progress after a fifth place state end final season. Regardless of dropping three seniors, head coach Laura Forbes is assured in her latest batch of skilled gamers together with Sophie Riviere, Lina Vanderway and Zoe Barton.
“We anticipate full of life competitors from Perry, who can be hungry for one more title, and the very proficient squad from Hamilton,” Forbes stated. “Able to rise to the problem, we can be working onerous to be the very best we might be and proudly symbolize Xavier athletics.”
After ending final season ranked third, Hamilton brings forth an awesome tandem between Rujuta Sane — final yr’s singles champion — and Neha Shakir.
Basha additionally stays a group on high, with freshman Jordyn Mee already turning heads amongst coaches. “She’s [Mee] a freshman however going to be fairly a drive,” Lauren Regester stated, Hamilton head coach.
Different notable gamers to look out for embrace Jade Halpin (Sunnyslope), Midori and Emi Pham (Chaparral), and Merilyn Li (Corona del Sol).
After successful its first state championship in class historical past, Mesquite goes ahead with out its coach Mark Hanna. New head coach Joshua Anson is taking on a powerful group led by senior Sabrina Farias.
“She’s [Farias] one in all our seniors and he or she’s returning after going a mixed 28-0 in her singles and doubles final yr,” Anson stated. “She is an unbelievable scholar within the classroom and a pure chief on the court docket.”
Washington can be bringing again a big group of returning gamers after dropping All-Arizona Badminton Workforce participant Jordan Ludwig.
“These ladies have been taking part in collectively since they had been freshman and are enthusiastic about making their senior yr an awesome one,” Wendy Ramos stated, Washington head coach.
Barry Goldwater, Ironwood and Dawn Mountain are additionally anticipated to deliver sturdy groups in keeping with coaches.
Dates for future Arizona badminton occasions such because the 2020-2021 State Match schedule are nonetheless being arrange because of the ongoing pandemic.
The Arizona badminton season will start on Sept. 17 with Mountain View vs. Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista vs. Skyline.