Court teams tourney-bound

Lucas Punkari

With the first games of the NorWOSSA court sports season not taking place until next Thursday in Dryden, the senior girls’ basketball and senior boys’ volleyball teams at Fort High weren’t going to spend their weekend just sitting around waiting for the season to get underway.
Both teams will be taking part in the out of town tournaments this weekend as the hoops squad will be competing in Thunder Bay while the volleyball team will be making the trek up to Kenora.
While the exact schedule wasn’t known at press time, both teams are expecting to begin round-robin play on Friday afternoon.
For senior girls’ head coach Dan Bird, he’s hoping to use this weekend to not only give his players as much playing time as possibly, but to also use it as a building block for the season ahead.
“Obviously we want to win the tournament, but we also want to get everyone some floor time during the weekend and find out what we need to work on for the following week when we start the regular season,” Bird explained.
“We (Bird and colleague Mike Krueger) have worked with a lot of these girls in the past in the junior program, so they know the offence that we want to run early in the season,” Bird added.
As for the senior boys volleyball team, they are feeling pretty confident heading in to the Kenora tournament, and they also like how their squad is shaping up before the start of the season.
“I actually think our team is a little bit stronger than the one we had last year,” Brandon McGinnis stressed.
“Our communication is a lot better than where it was last year at this time, and we’re also hitting the ball pretty good so I think we all have a lot of confidence going into the tournament,” McGinnis reasoned.
“Having the tournament in Kenora is a great way to get us started before the season, and if we can do well there I think that will be a good way to get us rolling,” Lucas Koomans added.