Court teams split

Joey Payeur

Hopefully the Dryden Eagles took good care of their three championship trophies from last year’s NorWOSSA winter court sports season.
They just may be handing all of them over to the Muskies by the time this one has done.
The Muskie junior girls’ volleyball and senior boys’ basketball teams delivered an early message that Dryden may not repeat its success of a year ago as easily after earning a pair of impressive road wins Tuesday.
After dropping the first set, the junior girls (2-0) flipped the switch and powered their way to a 3-1 win (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, and 25-21) over the host Eagles (0-1).
“Between the first and the second sets, I told them I was putting the same six players back on the floor and told them, ‘Go redeem yourselves,’ and they did,” said head coach Kirsten Talsma.
The Muskie senior boys’ basketball team also improved to 2-0 with a 64-57 victory over Dryden (0-1).
Dryden only led twice in the game, both times briefly in the first quarter, but did not the score at 44-44 early in the fourth.
That’s when Muskie point guard Connor Bujold decided enough was enough.
He scored 11 of Fort High’s next 15 points, including nine in a row, to put the Muskies up 59-50 and send them on their way to the win.
Bujold finished with a game-high 19 points. Kevin Metke added 17 while Jacob Empey had 10.
Meanwhile, the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team saw its record drop to 1-1, but not before giving Dryden (1-0) all it could handle in a 3-1 Eagles’ victory (25-23, 28-26, 18-25, and 25-18).
Playing without Grade 12 front-row stalwart Hannah McLeod (’flu), Fort High still managed to lead in every set.
But they couldn’t finish down the stretch in the first two sets. Then after owning the third, they watched the Eagles go on a 12-2 run to put the match away in the fourth set.
“We’ve got to have better communication and talk to each other more out on the floor,” admitted Grade 12 power Carly Taggart.
The only Muskie team playing as a defending NorWOSSA champ, the junior boys’ basketball squad, continued its offensive struggles in the early part of this season with a 46-37 loss to Dryden (1-0) on Tuesday.
“[The Eagles] had a really good defence and with our own inexperienced team, we need to work together more to move the ball,” noted Cole Kowalski, who led the Muskies (0-2) team with 10 points.
Aaron Bujold and Teruo Skead each added six.
NorWOSSA play will resume Jan. 6 when those same Eagles visit Fort High.