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Yukoners edge Alaskans at table tennis challenge

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Greg Murdoch of Whitehorse stretches for a shot.

Results 1st Nick Carriere (Whitehorse) 2nd Myrna Bruns (Whitehorse) 3rd Kevin Murphy (Whitehorse) 3rd Terry Slocum (Fairbanks)

2nd Terry Slocum/Diann Darnall (Fairbanks) 3rd Ryan Bachli/Myrna Bruns (Whitehorse) 3rd Jamo Parrish/Rick Robertson (Fairbanks)

Novice singles

Novice team

1st Arcel Siosan (Whitehorse) 2nd Sam Crocker (Dawson) 3rd Eric Partyka (Fairbanks) 3rd Nathan Baring (Fairbanks)

1st Eric Partyka/Nathan Baring (Fairbanks) 2nd Ethan Gaw/Sam Crocker (Dawson) 3rd Ashley Harris/Grace-Anne Janssen (Whitehorse) 3rd Aporn Stein/Carol Johnson (Fairbanks)

Open singles

Tom Patrick/Yukon News

Whitehorse’s Grace-Anne Janssen slices a backhand during play at the Yukon-Alaska Challenge at Whitehorse Elementary School on Saturday. Yukon players captured nine of 16 podium podium spots. Tom Patrick News Reporter

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laskans sent their largest table tennis team yet to Whitehorse for the eighth annual Yukon-Alaska Challenge over the weekend. They should have sent a few more. Yukon players took the majority of podium finishes at the event held Friday and Saturday at Whitehorse Elementary School, winning nine of 16. They also beat out their American neighbours in three of four finals. Yukon was represented by 13 Whitehorse players and two from Dawson. A total of 13 Alaskans – 11 from Fairbanks and two from Anchorage – made the trip for the event which rotates between Whitehorse, Anchorage and Fairbanks each year and was last held in the Yukon capital in 2012. “I think they had six players one year and three another year,” said

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organizer Kevin Murphy. “Thirteen this year is phenomenal. “We moved it from May to June at their request. Their kids are out of school right now. So it just made it easier for them to bring their youngsters over to compete.” The Yukon-Alaska Challenge is a handicap tournament in which higher ranked players begin sets with negative points (like at minus-12, for instance) and lower ranked players begin as usual at zero. Following the tournament, Whitehorse’s Myrna Bruns was given the Jerry Smith Spirit of the Game award presented by Fairbanks Table Tennis Club to the person voted to have best demonstrated sportsmanship and love of the game. Jerry Smith was a

member of the Fairbanks club who passed away shortly after the 2009 Yukon-Alaska Challenge. “Myrna just really enjoys the game, she plays it at work and has people involved in it at work, she has gone to other Alaska-Yukon Challenges,” said Murphy. “She just enjoys playing and is a great person to be around, and that’s the kind of person they are looking to honour.” Bruns, the 2014 Yukon women’s single champ, placed second in the open team event with threetime Yukon men’s singles champ Ryan Bachli. The next Yukon-Alaska Challenge will take place next year in Anchorage. Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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Open team 1st Daniel Li/Mark Preston (Whitehorse)

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Yukon News, June 10, 2015  

June 10, 2015 edition of the Yukon News

Yukon News, June 10, 2015  

June 10, 2015 edition of the Yukon News