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As far as scripts go for a swan song, they don’t get much better than the one Mountain Pointe seniors Kiyoko Hashimoto and Vi Koka delivered in the 2013 badminton singles state championship.
Geneva Heinkel and Sabrina Martinez weren’t even the best badminton doubles team on their own team last season.
Mountain Pointe's second place winner Kiyoko Hashimoto, left, and third place winner Vi Koka, hold their medal with Courtney Foltz, of Chaparral, who beat out both of them for first place during the badminton State Championships at Independence High School on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Vi Koka, of Mountain Pointe, walks away with a loss against Courtney Foltz, of Chaparral, in the semi-finals during the badminton State Championships at Independence High School on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Mountain Pointe badminton program showed on Saturday why it is favored to win the state team tournament this week after a terrific showing in the individual state tournament at Independence High.
Vi Koka approached it like an everyday practice, whereas Kiyoko Hashimoto thought of it as a championship match.
A chance meeting at a badminton tournament turned into the realization they went to the same school and eventually an unbeatable chemistry.
This was no time for the tandem of Kiyoko Hashimota and Vashnavi Koka to lose for the first time all year.
Mountain Pointe's bid to make the state finals for the sixth straight season in badminton came to an end Monday.