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Badminton energy revived, St. Paul Johnson’s Song Yang arrives at the top

Badminton passion rekindled, St. Paul Johnson's Song Yang reaches the top

For Song Yang, playing badminton at St. Paul Johnson implied following the lead of her two more established sisters. Yang, who last month won the secondary school singles state title, saw her sisters Kao Soua and Yeng contend and, in the same way as other most youthful youngsters, needed to imitate her good examples.

She played for a very long time at Johnson, and furthermore played volleyball and tennis. Prior to her senior season, be that as it may, she nearly abandoned badminton.

Impacts of the pandemic drove Johnson to shrivel its group from its typical 60 to 80 young ladies to less than 30. Yet, then, at that point, similar to her sister Yeng before her, Song was named a group commander. At the point when mentor Mark Fischbach revealed to Yang her of her choice, she felt constrained to continue to play.

“I felt truly enthusiastic once more,” she said. “This is the thing that my sisters grew up playing. So when he connected, I resembled, ‘No, I need to play.’ ”

Yang proceeded to play in the state competition as the No. 1 seed. Her triumph helped the Governors catch their third badminton triple crown, winning the group, singles and pairs titles. Her endeavors acquired her distinctions as the Star Tribune Metro Badminton Player of the Year.

“At the point when you say Song is the main player, [people say], ‘Goodness, that makes sense,’ ” Fischbach said. “Indeed, even down to her penmanship is awesome. She is a mentor’s fantasy for a player you need to work with.”

One year from now Yang will go to St. Catherine University to consider nursing. Despite the fact that she will not be playing sports in school, she said she intends to get back to Johnson to help more youthful players, similarly as her sisters and other graduated class helped her.

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