Badminton: T.F. South dominates at own invitational
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media April 19, 2014 6:14PM
With partner Jenna Pasko, T.F. South’s Cassie Breshock has a state championship in doubles in mind in May.
But in gearing up for the postseason, Breshock doesn’t care where she plays.
The senior isn’t a singles or doubles player. She’s a badminton player.
With the Rebels dealing with a key injury, Breshock moved over to singles and won the No. 1 singles title Saturday en route to helping T.F. South win its own invitational, an eight-team round robin.
“I’ve been dedicated to the sport for four years now, and this is my hard work paying off,” Breshock said. “I can play either one. I don’t care which.”
T.F. South racked up 42 points, beating second-place Lincoln-Way West (31 points) for the title. The Rebels were without star senior Jessica Gomez, who sat out with a leg injury.
Rather than risk aggravating Gomez’s injury, T.F. South coach Bob Tengstrand turned to his team’s depth. Across six classes (three singles and three doubles), T.F. South went a ridiculous 42-0, not losing a single match on the day.
“It proves everyone is committed and dedicated,” Breshock said. “Sometimes people don’t realize we have how many other players that are just as good and they’re winning, too. They’re all really good and really dedicated.”
Breshock’s doubles partner Pasko won the No. 2 singles title. For the junior, the biggest thing was readjusting to the singles side.
“It’s really hard switching so I have to squeeze my boundaries in a little to win,” Pasko said. “We pick up the rhythm, and you get used to it. I smashed a lot, and my serves were on.”
T.F. South’s other champions were Brianna Walker (No. 3 singles), Paula Rodriguez and Cameron Crosby (No. 1 doubles), Brittany Arreola and Jeanne Collins (No. 2 doubles) and Kristie Fisher and Fritzi Flores (No. 3 doubles).
Lincoln-Way West was led by two second-place finishers, Cassie Ruettiger at No. 2 singles and Divinity Burgos and Delayne Weston at No. 2 doubles.
“I was expecting second, and I knew we could get second,” West coach Donna Thompson said. “Cassie’s a freshman and continues to improve.”
Lincoln-Way East (26 points) finished third, followed by Reavis (4th, 23), Homewood-Flossmoor (5th, 18), DeKalb (6th, 12) and Lincoln-Way North and Plainfield East, which tied for seventh with eight points each.
Other second-place finishers were Reavis’ Trixie Franco (No. 2 singles) and Stephanie Cardenas and Anna Wypych (No. 1 doubles) and Lincoln-Way East’s Sara Piatrowski (No. 3 singles) and Sara Teichman and Sara Grat (No. 3 doubles).