No surprise: No. 7

BADMINTON After defeating Arcadia 15-6, the Brahmas win yet another CIF title.



Senior Joshua Lee competed in the team's first CIF match against San Marino

Johnny Wang, Asst. Sports Editor

No one should be surprised by this news: Diamond Bar High School badminton team has proven their dominance yet again, winning its seventh consecutive CIF title.

In the first match of the tournament, the Brahmas took a 13-0 lead during the beginning of the match against San Marino, limiting them to a single win in the entire set of games. The final score was 20-1.

The team then moved onto the CIF semifinals against the Westminster Lions in Orange County, defeating the Lions 17-4.

All the players brought their best to the semifinals, especially captain senior Jasmine Huang and her mixed doubles partner, sophomore Brandon Zhou, winning two games for the Brahmas. Huang assisted the team by getting victories with her women’s doubles partner, freshman Claire Wang.

Players like junior Mirabelle Huang and freshman Connor Lam were also major contributors, claiming two points in both CIF games. Freshman Megan Lee and senior Crystal Wai remained undefeated in girls singles. In their final CIF team game, they defeated Arcadia, 15-6, winning them the champion title for the seventh year in a row.

Playing through a sprained ankle, Mirabelle was still able to perform perfectly with a game score of 4-0, giving her a clean record for the season. Zhou paired up with junior Daniel Huang and was able to beat the top seeded teams in the finals.

The Brahma players also competed in the Southern CIF Individuals tournament last week. Senior Ambrose So placed first in boys singles, having previously won two boys doubles championships.

Huang competed for her third consecutive championship with partner Lam, placing 1st in mixed doubles. Huang and Zhou also placed 4th in mixed doubles. The players played in the Southern California Individuals Tournament on May 19, competing for a championship title.

Three teams from girls doubles competed, including Wai and Lee, Wang and sophomore Woolim Kim, as well as senior Vanessa Do with senior Lucy Zhang. In boys doubles, Huang played with sophomore Owen Che in the tournament games.

“We lose quite of few seniors who have meant a lot to us, depending on who it is… They have put in four years of excellent work,” head coach Kemp Wells said.