All-Empire Badminton and Boys Player of the Year

BADMINTON
Boys Player of the Year
CHRIS STASSE, Maria Carrillo, Sr.

Maria Carrillo's Chris Stasse is the All-Empire boys badminton Player of the Year.

Not content atop the North Bay League boys’ badminton ladder, Chris Stasse trained with the Bay Area’s best and played junior nationals to sharpen an already good game.

Then the senior reeled off another undefeated singles season and lost just once in mixed doubles, leading Maria Carrillo to a share of the league crown this season.

Stasse represented the NBL well at the North Coast Section’s to become the Empire boys’ Player of the Year a second consecutive season.

“Badminton takes skill and physical stature. The guys who do really well at sections have been training since they were very young,” Stasse said. “I’m happy with how I played.”

That the sport is expanding in the Empire is a credit to how serious Stasse and other top players approach badminton.

“It’s sort of on you to lead by example. It helped me to stay on track and improve,” Stasse said.

Also a top student with a 4.5 grade point average, Stasse wants to play college badminton at one of the University of California schools.

Yet such a dedicated student of the game is Stasse, he will put off college to spend a year in China playing club badminton when not teaching English.

“Playing against the best is always a humbling thing,” Stasse said. “Badminton certainly is an easy way for me to relate.”

FIRST TEAM
Singles: Alex Trinh, Santa Rosa, So.
Singles: Kevin Enriquez, Petaluma, Jr.
Singles: Jennie Tong, Montgomery, So.
Singles: Jill Peterson, Santa Rosa, Jr.
Doubles: Anthony Collins, Sr., and Ryan Ward, Sr., Windsor
Doubles: Maggie Elliot, Sr., and Casey Carpenter, Jr., Windsor
Mixed Doubles: Lloyd Xie, Sr., and Sarah Fitzgerald, Sr., Montgomery

SECOND TEAM
Singles: Eric Liang, Montgomery, Jr.
Singles: Spencer Lloyd, Montgomery
Singles: Jamie Dorn-Caruso, Montgomery, Sr.
Singles: Stephanie Liang, Santa Rosa, Sr.
Doubles: Tyler Krause, So., and Albert Nguyen, So., Montgomery
Doubles: Rose Petrie, Sr., and Marissa Nguyen, Maria Carrillo, So.
Mixed Doubles: Blake Deal, Jr., and Caitlin Pingrey, Jr., Maria Carrillo

COACH OF THE YEAR
Phillip Ma, Windsor