Harris logs 60 straight wins and adds badminton title

    The game of badminton won’t be the same next year.  At least, not in
the state of Arizona.  But that’s good news for most of the high school
players in the state.
    This is Emily Harris‘ final year of eligibility – and the senior at Desert Mountain High School slammed the door with a loud bang on her way out.
 
  Harris (photo right) logged her 60th straight win over the past two
years and again won the 5A singles badminton state title with ease. 
The last time she seemed mortal was when she lost four games as a
sophomore. 
    Harris, the Arizona Republic’s Player of the Year as a junior, defeated Carolyn Houser
of Millenium HS, 11-1, 11-0, to coast to her second consecutive state
title.  Guess who’s odds-on to get the honor again this year?
    In the doubles competition, Sienna Martinez and Holly Phillips of Mountain Pointe HS beat Chaparral High School’s tandem of Stacey McGuire and Ashleigh Foltz, 15-1, 13-15, 15-6, for the title.
    In 4A play, it was Jasmine Fuller picking up the singles title in a relatively easy match against Vanessa Jimenez from Independence HS, 11-9, 11-3.  Genesis Ramirez and Gillian Basler from Greenway HS won the doubles competition, defeating Andrea Daniels and Kaylee Bouck from Apollo HS, 15-11, 15-13.