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Badminton: Lyons' Stephanie Lin caps state's first three-peat

Badminton: Lyons' Stephanie Lin caps state's first three-peat

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Lyons senior Stephanie Lin intently watched the birdie land near her feet in the far right corner of Saturday's state badminton title match.

In a historic moment, silence soon turned to a wave of screams for Lin.

Lin capped her career by defeating Hinsdale South sophomore Judy Yang 16-21, 21-18, 21-13 to claim her record-setting third consecutive state singles title at Eastern Illinois.

Lin (43-2) became the first singles player in Illinois High School Association history to win three straight championships. Three others have won three titles, but none did it back-to-back-to-back years.

"I'm overjoyed to win my last match in high...

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