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Badminton Cabrillo Lakewood Wilson

Badminton: Wilson, Cabrillo, Lakewood Athletes Win Titles

The562’s badminton coverage is made possible thanks to an anonymous donation by a Poly alumni in honor of longtime Poly badminton coach Steve Meckna.

The three-day Moore League Championship for Badminton singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles came to a close Wednesday afternoon, as a wide variety of winners came out on top from Cabrillo, Lakewood, and Wilson.

The Bruins were highly represented on Monday afternoon, as Wilson’s Abhishek Jain and Maura Dark took home their boys and girls singles championships. 

Both players spoke after their tournaments about their championship wins.

“It’s just super cool because we’ve been working so hard,” said Dark about both herself and Jain. “(Jain) has been here for three years and I’ve been here for four and it’s been so much hard work that’s gone into it so it’s awesome (to win the singles championships).”

“Singles this year have definitely been hard but since summer I’ve been working really hard, ” said Jain. “My work was on my side so I was able to get first.”

The championship games resumed Tuesday and Wednesday at Cabrillo for doubles and mixed-doubles. The Jags’ were able to hold down their home gym with top three finishers in all boys, girls, and mixed-doubles. 

Lakewood’s Karen Tan and Amanda Chhoy took girls’ doubles and Cabrillo’s Charles Mulcahy and Joaquin Orozco won boys’ doubles. Cabrillo also took mixed-doubles with Jedrek De Guzman and Jasmin Ramos winning first.

Winners were presented Wednesday afternoon at Cabrillo following the mixed-doubles finals, where top three finishers in each bracket received medals. Cabrillo head coach Russian Galima was also presented the Moore League Championship trophy for their team’s league title. 

Galima spoke after the event about hosting the championship games and being presented the trophy in his home gym. 

“Honestly it’s very surreal. My players played out their heart and soul today and throughout the season and they made sure to bring out the same energy for this tournament. We had a lot of medals for finalists and I’m very proud of them,” said Galima.

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