Hois chases history in bid for third title

The question won't be answered this weekend, but the debate will begin.

Downers Grove South's Erin Hois will attempt to win her third state badminton title when the state championships begin Friday at New Trier. If—or many believe when—Hois is successful, the debate can begin as to whether she is the best badminton player in Illinois history.

On the other end of the discussion is the legacy of Linda French. The former York star is the only player to win three state titles—in 1979, 1981 and 1982.

The edge French will have on Hois perhaps will be eradicated by time. French competed in the 1996 Olympics, a goal Hois one day hopes to fulfill.

Hois made a statement last season with an 11-0, 11-0 championship win, the first of its kind in state badminton history. The only other 11-0 game in a state final was by French in the 1981 final. Hois, who missed the 1999 state tournament while training with the junior national team in California, was only the fifth multiple-title winner since the state tournament's inception in 1977.

Many observers are expecting Hois, who is undefeated in her high school career, to face Naperville North's Yvonne Cheng in the title match. The two have already met twice this season, with Hois (35-0) handing Cheng (34-2) her only losses.

In team competition, host Andrew and Downers North figure to fight it out for the title.

The tournament is a two-day event with matches beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.

The quarterfinal matches will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., with the singles and doubles finals at 1 p.m.

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