Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Muskie curlers cruising along

Home ice has been very good to the Muskie curling rinks so far.
The three squads all were undefeated heading into this afternoon’s final draw in the first round of NorWOSSA playdowns at the Fort Frances Curling Club

The mixed team of skip Matthew Grant, third Anika Beaudry, co-seconds Matthew Nowak and Dawson Mihichuk, and lead Cassidy Jolicoeur dumped Whitefish Bay 15-3 this morning to finish at 3-0.
Grant and Co. beat Atikokan High School 7-4 and then nipped Rainy River High School 8-7 in their two draws yesterday.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team of skip Chris Silver, third Reece Jones, co-seconds Jason Bazylewski and Kurt McGuire, and lead Davis Jackson are 4-0 after holding off Red Lake 9-6 this morning.
The Muskies edged Beaver Brae 7-6 in its opener yesterday, then beat Rainy River 6-4 before blanking Atikokan 6-0.
Silver, who took this morning off to allow Jones a chance at skip duties, was slated to return for this afternoon’s finale against St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora).
As for the girls’ team, the crew of skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and lead Tori Beaudry took two extremely different paths to victory yesterday.
After falling behind 5-0 to Sioux Lookout, the Muskies roared back to pull out an 8-7 win in their opener.
Beaver Brae proved no match in Fort High’s second outing, with the Beaudry bunch clobbering the visitors 17-0.
The Muskie girls were idle this morning before taking on Atikokan in the afternoon draw.
All six boys’ teams, the four girls’ teams, and four mixed teams competing in this event qualify for the NorWOSSA finals in Sioux Lookout on Feb. 23-24 regardless of their records.
The top two boys’ and girls’ finishers there then will advance to the NWOSSAA championships March 3 in Manitouwadge.
Sioux Lookout signals the end of the road for the mixed teams as there is no mixed category at the NWOSSAA level.
The winners in Manitouwadge then advance to the all-Ontarios, with the girls heading to Brampton from March 19-21 while the boys journey to North Bay from March 19-22.

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