Saskatchewan Sports released the finalists for their 2018 Athletes of the Year Award, which included Macrorie's Cassie Prentice in the Youth Female Athletes category.

Prentice, 17, was nominated by the Saskatchewan Racquetball Association for her past years' accomplishments.

"I was very excited to be nominated, last year I worked very hard to achieve everything I did. I fell short on a couple of my goals but still really happy to be nominated for the provincial award," said Prentice.

Earlier in 2018, Prentice managed to medal at the Junior Nationals tournament. She earned a gold in the U18 Doubles and silver in U16 Singles Competition. "I was looking for a gold but I actually injured my arm right before the final. I still took the final to tie breaker so I was happy with the results."

Overall, she finished 8th in the women's open singles at the Canadian Championships.

From there, Prentice qualified to compete at the World Junior Racquetball event for the fourth year in a row. Prentice and her partner earned silver in the U16 Girls Doubles, while Prentice took 5th in the singles competition.

She said it was tough competition at the tournament, as always, "We had really good games against tough teams, such as Costa Rica and Mexico."

The young racquetball  player is ranked number one for U18 girls in Canada.

This upcoming weekend, Prentice will be attending a selections event in Grand Prairie.

"I plan on going back to Junior Nationals this year and my goal is to get two gold medals. I'll go to adult Nationals in May and hopefully make the National team again and go to Junior Worlds again in November."

17 athletes and teams were included in the finalists this year, divided among six different categories; young female athlete, young male athlete, female athlete, male athlete, team, and master athlete. Sask Sport will choose one recipient for each category, who will then be honored at the Sports Awards ceremony in Saskatoon in March.

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