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June 7, 1994 | JANE HUANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Off the court, Corona del Mar's Jerome Poyyak is easy-going and fun. On the court, it's a different matter. "When I play, I'm hard-headed and stubborn," said Poyyak, The Times Orange County boys' badminton player of the year. "I get serious because I want to win. The Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde act has worked successfully for the junior this season. He finished with a 28-2 singles record, reached the semifinals of the Southern Section individuals and won the Alhambra Tournament title.
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June 7, 1994 | JANE HUANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Off the court, Corona del Mar's Jerome Poyyak is easy-going and fun. On the court, it's a different matter. "When I play, I'm hard-headed and stubborn," said Poyyak, The Times Orange County boys' badminton player of the year. "I get serious because I want to win. The Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde act has worked successfully for the junior this season. He finished with a 28-2 singles record, reached the semifinals of the Southern Section individuals and won the Alhambra Tournament title.
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May 18, 1994
Corona del Mar beat Diamond Bar, 15-4, in a Southern Section Division I badminton playoff match Tuesday at Corona del Mar. Allysun Turner, Jerome Poyyak, Jeff Roche, Kerri Smith and Trina Howard each swept for Corona del Mar, which plays Marina Thursday in the quarterfinals. Marina beat Fullerton, 12-7, also Tuesday.
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May 15, 1994 | JANE HUANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The main difference for Corona del Mar's Jerome Poyyak between the quarterfinals and semifinals in the Southern Section boys' badminton singles championships Saturday was his attitude. After defeating Sandy Tirtadjaja of Keppel in the quarters, 15-11, 15-9, the third-seeded Poyyak lost to No. 2 Jerry Wong of Rosemead, 15-9, 18-16.
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May 14, 1995 | MELANIE NEFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Katella's Ying Chansawangpuvana and Corona del Mar's Jerome Poyyak won the Southern Section singles badminton titles, as expected, Saturday at Cypress College. Chansawangpuvana, top-seeded in girls' singles, swept Garden Grove's Judy Pak, 11-3, 12-9, in the title match. Pak, last year's Orange County player of the year, was no match for Chansawangpuvana, who was undefeated. "It was a tense game for me," Chansawangpuvana said. "Since it is my last year, this was very important to me.
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May 12, 1995
Corona del Mar's Jerome Poyyak, The Times Orange County 1994 player of the year, is the top-seeded player in boys' singles at the Southern Section badminton individual championships, which begin at 1 p.m. today at Cypress College. Katella's Ying Chansawangpavana and Garden Grove's Judy Pak, The Times girls' player of the year last season, are seeded Nos. 1 and 2 in girls' singles. Ed Soetanto from Katella is seeded No. 2 in boys' singles.
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June 5, 1995 | MELANIE NEFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jerome Poyyak is not your typical badminton player. His easy-going style, including long baggy shorts and cropped, red-dyed hair, stand out in a sport dominated by Asians. But his outstanding play on the court has gotten him noticed, more than his off-the-wall look. Poyyak, 18, from Corona del Mar, finally earned the respect of others, as he won the Southern Section individual championship this season.
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June 7, 1994 | JANE HUANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Summer is the time when badminton players can leave the confines of the gymnasium and venture to the great outdoors. Well, at least most of them. There is no time rest period for Garden Grove's Judy Pak, The Times Orange County girls' badminton player of the year. A week after leading the Argonauts to the Southern Section Division I finals, the junior was readying her racket for the string of summer junior tournaments that start in San Diego.
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June 5, 1995 | MELANIE NEFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In badminton circles she is known as just "Ying." Probably because nobody can pronounce her last name, including Dave Green, her coach at Katella. But by any name, Ying Chansawangpuvana is without a doubt the best high school female badminton player in the county. "I don't even try to say her last name," Green said. "But she is the best athlete I have ever seen. I have coached football for over 20 years and had a CIF wrestler and I still say she is the best athlete.
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