Three local singles players and three doubles teams qualified for state Thursday at the 5A Desert Valley Region badminton tournament at Phoenix North Canyon High School.
Horizon’s Ryanne Greene finished second in singles after losing in the region final to North Canyon’s Kasia Golenko, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4. Finishing third was Desert Mountain’s Ashley Brown, who defeated Hamilton’s Reya Das, 11-4, 11-4. Das is the region’s No. 4 seed at state.
In doubles competition, Horizon’s Bri Chapin and Ali Greenbaum were second to Phoenix Xavier’s Colleen Kielty and Ashley Meyer. Chapin-Greenbaum lost, 15-7, 15-2. In the third-place match, At hena Pena and Elyse Betcher of Chandler beat their teammates, Vanessa Cruz and Rosa Moreno, 15-7, 15-5.
Host Mountain Pointe won the championship, while Corona del Sol placed second in the 5A Central Region tournament.
Cari Quinn of Mountain Pointe captured the singles title. Teammate Stephanie Stricklin took third place.
Corona’s singles leaders were Chaz Stolworthy (third) and Crissy Mikhova (fourth).
Courtney Ault and Courtney Bruns of Desert Vista won the doubles competition.