Chiasson, Beck win squash titles

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Quincy Beck, left, and Mitch Chaisson were the A division champions at last weekend's P.E.I. Open Squash Tournament.

Mitch Chaisson and Quincy Beck won the A divisions of the P.E.I. Open Squash Tournament during the weekend at the Spa Fitness Centre in West Royalty.

Eighty players from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. competed in nine divisions throughout the weekend.

Last year's men's A division champion, Mike Buchanan, was unable to attend the tournament, which opened the door for Chaisson, P.E.I.'s No. 2 seed.

Chaisson maximized the opportunity, defeating New Brunswick's top seed, Jean-Michel LeBlanc, in four games (11-5, 11-6, 6-11, and 11-7) to claim the championship.

The third-place finisher was Connor Jinks, who defeated his father, Lester Jinks, in three straight games to claim the bronze prize.

In the ladies' A division, Beck, P.E.I.'s top female player, defeated veteran Island champ Mary Andrews in three straight games to claim the title. Beck dominated the match with a diverse range of shots and quick court movement, winning 11-3, 11-2, 11-8.

Third place went to Emma Jinks, who defeated Samantha Lawther in a four-game matchup.

Gord Lawlor continued his decade-long dominance of the men's masters division, defeating fellow UPEI player Chris Mills in four games, 13-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4. Lawlor used his patented high lob serves and tight short drops to handcuff Mills.

Cam Beck squeaked out a third-place finish over Peter Comeau of Moncton.

Pierre Amsellem won his first B men's division tournament of the season, defeating a tenacious Pat O'Connell in three straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-9). One more win in the upcoming Atlantic Open could see Amsellem make the long-awaited move into the men's A division.

Brodie Carter downed veteran player Doug MacDonald in the 3-4 match (12-10, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6).

In C division play, it was New Brunswick's Phil Burton taking down up-and-coming P.E.I. player Floyd Jackson in the five-game nail-biter. Returning player Luke LeClair picked up third place in his first tournament of the year. In ladies' C, it was tournament chairwoman Kelly MacWilliams fighting to the finish in her first final of the season, but losing to a visiting Victoria-Joy Warren in three games, 11-5, 13-11, 11-5. Gail Lethbridge of Halifax picked up third place.

The men's D division featured an impressive win by P.E.I.'s Matt Cheeseman, defeating John Sandham 11-2, 11-2, 12-14, 11-2 to claim the championship.

Halifax female player Vanessa Thoo crossed into the men's division and won third place.

In the junior A division, Canada Games hopefuls Logan Anderson, Liam Jinks and Ty Good picked up first, second and third place respectively.

In the junior B division, Olivia Phillips picked up what could be the first of many championships, defeating Thomas Cheeseman, who took second place, and brother Tim Cheeseman placing third.

The final tournament of the year, the Atlantic Open Championships, will take place in Charlottetown at UPEI and the Spa from April 11 to 13. For more information, contact Squash P.E.I. at squashpei@gmail.com.

Organizations: Spa Fitness Centre, Canada Games

Geographic location: P.E.I., New Brunswick, West Royalty Nova Scotia Cam Beck Moncton Charlottetown

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