Boys Tennis to Host Badminton Tournament

Poster advertising the badminton tournament, with previous March 5 date on it. (Created by Brent Proulx)

Poster advertising the badminton tournament, with previous March 5 date on it. (Created by Brent Proulx)

By: Cameron Merritt

Tonight, the AHS Boys’ tennis team will host a badminton tournament as a fundraiser for team costs. The tournament was the idea of one of the captains, senior Brian Lussier.

“I wanted [to create] something fun that I know people would get into that could relate to tennis. So, [I figured] badminton worked,” said Lussier.

“[When Lussier told me about the tournament] I was pretty excited,” said tennis player and junior Eric Carey, adding, “I love badminton, it’s a pretty awesome sport and we definitely need the money for our team and it’s kind of exciting.”

Badminton, similar to tennis, shares many of the same rules as its parent sport. It’s played on a smaller court than tennis, with smaller rackets and a small ball with a cone-shaped plastic webbing called a shuttlecock.

Players will compete in pairs in a two-on-two format. Within a week of announcing the tournament, Lussier said they already had “at least 10 teams” signed up to participate. Currently there are 32 teams.

The tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the large gym, and admission costs $2.

Players paid $5, and participation was open to both students and staff. Teams could be made up of  a mix of both. Water, snacks and baked goods will be on sale during the games, with all proceeds going to benefit the team.

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