Court teams set for playoffs

The four Muskie court teams will be on the bus at 7 a.m. on Friday to start what they hope will be a “golden” day at the NorWOSSA playoffs in Dryden.
Both the senior boys’ basketball team and junior girls’ volleyball squad earned byes to their respective finals, so those players will have a long wait before they see any action.
But it’s a different story for the senior spikers and the junior hoopsters, who both face semi-final matches Friday before they can even start to entertain thoughts of NorWOSSA gold.
The senior boys, who already had clinched first place, wrapped up their regular season with a 64-57 win over Dryden here Monday—correcting some of the mistakes they had made during their 57-49 loss at the hands of the Eagles here last Thursday.
“I think it’s good they snuck that last one out on us,” said coach Paul Noonan, who said that loss made the team understand what would happen if they weren’t sharp.
The junior girls, meanwhile, clinched first place and a bye to the final even though they lost 3-2 to the visiting Eagles here Monday afternoon by scores of 20-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20, and 9-15.
The black-and-gold were awarded top spot by virtue of having won more sets against Dryden (10-6) over the season.
Coach Duane Roen waited until after the game to tell the team they only had needed to win one set to advance directly to the final, which may have explained the nervousness he noticed during Monday’s match.
“We had three or four serves into the net, which we just don’t do,” he said. “It all comes down to who wants it more on Friday.”
In junior boys’ basketball action, Fort High’s 58-46 loss in overtime to Dryden here Monday meant they’ll have to face Kenora in Friday’s semi-final.
“It was the first time for the team in overtime, they were very nervous,” noted coach Claude Gagnon, who added they’ll be glad to play the Broncos first.
“We will be ready for them,” he vowed.
Meanwhile, the senior girls suffered two tough losses to Dryden here this past week, losing in five sets by scores of 22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 12-25, and 12-15 on Thursday before going down 3-1 on Monday (28-30, 25-20, 17-25, and 16-25).
Still, coach Char Bliss had no complaints. “They get down on themselves,” she said. “[But] all the girls played really, really well.”