Golden day for three Muskie teams


Talk about a banner day for the Muskie court sports teams.
The junior and senior girls’ basketball teams, as well as the junior boys’ volleyball squad, all came away with NorWOSSA gold on Tuesday at Fort High.
The top-ranked junior hoopsters rolled to a 39-25 win over the second-seeded Kenora Broncos to claim their second-straight league title.
Becca Jourdain led the way offensively with an 11-point performance while Keisha DeBungie added nine points.
Aurora Hutton chipped in with five points while Justine Linklater netted four.
The Muskies had earned the bye to the final by virtue of their first-place finish in the regular season while the Broncos advanced after downing the third-place Dryden Eagles 23-19 in Tuesday morning’s semi-final.
The senior squad, which finished in second place during the regular season, used a nine-point performance from Grace Petsnick to upset the top-ranked Eagles 46-35 and nab gold.
Simone Payne and Jamie Spencer both scored eight points each while Ellie Petsnick netted six.
Janissa Judson chipped in five points, Sarah Larson and Alina Eldridge both had four points each, and Andrea Schram netted two.
The Muskies had advanced to the final after routing the Kenora Broncos 49-13 in Tuesday morning’s semi-final.
Janissa Judson led all Muskie scorers with nine points in that one while Sarah Larson netted seven.
Alina Eldridge and Grace Petsnick both chipped in six points each, with Spencer adding five points and Ellie Petsnick four.
In boys’ volleyball action, the second-seeded Muskie juniors rallied for a 3-1 victory over the top-ranked Dryden Eagles to claim gold.
The black-and-gold dropped the first set by a 25-11 score but then fought back to take the next three 25-16, 25-20, and 25-20.
Fort High had advanced to the final after beating the third-seeded Broncos in four sets in Tuesday morning’s semi-final.
The set scores were 25-22, 25-6, 21-25, and 25-12.
After leading their final 2-0 but then losing Ben Smith to injury, the third-seeded Muskie senior squad ended up losing a five-set heart-breaker to the top-ranked Broncos.
The set scores were 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 12-25, and 7-15.
The Muskies had advanced to the final after sweeping the second-seeded Eagles 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, and 25-23) in the semi-finals earlier Tuesday.
The senior hoopsters now advance to the best-of-three NWOSSAA championships on Nov. 16-17 in Thunder Bay.
There is no NWOSSAA at the junior level.