As the birdie flies at Dobson, so go state title hopes

    The Dobson Badminton Invitational may be giving us a peek into the future of 5A state title play later this season as Emily Harris rolled through one of the most competitive events of the season without losing a game enroute to the tournament title.
    Harris,
a senior at Desert Mountain HS, is the defending tournament champion –
and also the defending state 5A-I champion.  She easily handled Carissa Pappas
from Xavier Prep (11-4, 11-2) in the final match to show why she has to
be considered a front-runner to also repeat in the quest for a state
championship.
    Callie Branyon (Gilbert HS) finished in third place by defeating Sam Bradley (Gilbert HS)and Johanna Anderson (Desert Mountain HS) took the consolation match with her win over Danielle Stewart (Mountain Pointe HS).
   
One of the factors that makes the Dobson Invitational particularly
challenging is the unusual format of rapid scoring used during the
third game of each match, wherein every serve can become a point.
    The doubles title went to Dienna Martinez and Holly Phillips from Mountain Pointe HS.  They defeated Malorie Tardiff and Caeli Barker, 15-11, 15-11, in well-played matches that were competitive throughout.  Brie Forster and Allison Schultz (Horizon HS) won the third-place match, defeating Julia Friedman and Weslie Norris (Xavier Prep), while the consolation match went to Alysa Hinton and Chole Benson (Red Mountain HS).