LEON CASSIE notched gold and silver medals when the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) concluded Friday night in Puerto Rico.
In an all-Trinidad and Tobago clash, the 2011 Caribbean Under-11 champion and Leon Constantine defeated Vance Juteram and Avidesh Marajh 21-8, 21-19 in the Under-13 doubles final.
Cassie, who had picked up a bronze medal the day before in singles, was later forced to settle for silver in mixed doubles when he and Priyanna Ramdhani of Guyana were beaten 21-17, 21-13 by a pair from the Dominican Republic in the final.
Stephon Butcher, a bronze medallist with the assistance of Marcus Alfonzo in doubles, turned out to be this country’s best performer in singles when the national age-group champ was beaten 21-12, 21-3 by Jamaican Zane Reid for the Under-11 gold medal.
Cassie and Constantine were not the only players to strike gold for T&T as Travis Sinanan combined with a player from Dominican Republic to win the Under-11 doubles title. This country’s team also finished with four silver and 11 bronze medals.
National junior champs Jason Ramjass and Kristi Reno-Singh were one set away from the medal round when they won the first set of their Under-19 mixed doubles quarter-final encounter 22-20.
But their opponents from the Dominican Republic battled back to prevail 21-18, 21-15.
There were just eight players in the girls’ singles draw and Reno-Singh lost to the top seed in straight sets in the first round.
Ramjass pushed top-seeded American Ryan Chew before going under 21-18, 21-17 in the “round of 16” in singles, but compatriots Naim Mohammed, Brandon Constantine, Johan La Bastide and Sheraz Nabbie all went out in the first round.
Constantine and La Bastide won a match in doubles to reach the quarters, but Nabbie and Ramjass were eliminated in the first round.
Ramjass, Mohammed and Nabbie took their chances in the men’s singles draw and, although none of them was able to win a match, Mohammed and Nabbie received byes in the first round.
Nabbie and Mohammed later lost in the first round of doubles.
Arielle Gomez, T&T’s only senior player in the tournament, was beaten by a Barbadian in straight sets after a first-round bye.