WHS Badminton had a great year

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
The Woodinville High School Badminton team just wrapped up a tremendous second year and their coaches couldn’t be prouder.
The sport is definitely gaining interest at the school with 61 players on the team this year.  That number is up from 53 players last year.
Even bigger news is that WHS won the Northshore District Champions by beating the other three highs schools in the district.  That title earned them a spot in the KingCo Championship Tournament held at Sammamish High School on May 2nd.
Badmitton.pngKingCo Tournament from left to right: Rebekah Wheeler, Ellie Culp, Hannah Wheeler and Casey Tanaka (Courtesy photo)  IMG 9439WHS Badminton Head Coach Darcy Vitulli, 2nd Place Winners Rebekah and Hannah Wheeler and Sully Hester Assistant Coach (Courtesy photo)
Playing at the tournament were two singles players (Ashritha Aroun and Shreya Lakahmi) and two doubles teams (Casey Takata/ Ellie Culp and Hannah and Rebekah Wheeler).  They all advanced to the second round of the tournament. 
Aroun was the #1 singles player and advanced to the 4th round before losing.  She succeeded last year by one additional round.
The Wheeler sisters wowed everyone by upsetting an undefeated Redmond team in the second round then going on to beat two other strong teams in the 3 and 4th rounds.  They made it all the way to the final championship round where they faced a very strong Bellevue team.  They succumbed to that team and ended up with an impressive 2nd place in doubles for the tournament.
What’s even more impressive is that the Wheeler girls do not play with a club as many of the other top players.  Head Coach Darcy Vitulli said, “They play with sheer determination, heart and determination.  We can’t wait to see what they do next year!”

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