Junior teams win NorWOSSA gold

The Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team had won just two matches all season, but equalled that amount in less than six hours when it counted the most—at the NorWOSSA playoffs here Friday—to claim the gold medal.
And to top it all off, they swept through everyone to do it.
The boys upended the Kenora Broncos in the semi-final by scores of 25-9, 25-22, and 25-10 before disposing of the top-ranked Dryden Eagles 25-23, 25-18, and 25-14.
“I have to give all the credit to the team,” said head coach Greg Ste. Croix after his team played before a full house in the large gym. “They earned this.”
Meanwhile, the Muskie junior girls’ basketball team, which had a bye to the final after finishing in first place after the regular season, edged Kenora 37-35 to win their second-straight NorWOSSA title.
The black-and-gold made their push for the lead late in the third quarter. Then leading 37-31 with 51 seconds to go, the Broncos gave them a scare by scoring four quick points before running out of time.
Carley McCormick led the Muskie attack with 11 points while Miranda Miller and Melanie Hyatt added seven each.
There is no NWOSSAA showdown at the junior level.
The Muskie senior girls put up a strong fight Friday in their bid for a trip to the NWOSSAA final in Thunder Bay this weekend, but strong play from Dryden’s forwards put an end to that.
Led by Candace Bullock’s game-high 17 points, the Eagles advanced with a 37-27 victory in the league final, leaving the Muskies to settle for NorWOSSA silver.
Linda Zimmerman led Fort High with eight points.
The Muskies had dumped Kenora 31-15, in the semi-final earlier Friday.
However, the Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team fell in five sets in their semi-final against Kenora.
The Muskies won the first game 27-25, but lost the next two by scores of 25-14 and 25-19. They staved off elimination by winning the fourth set 25-20, but lost the fifth-and-deciding one 15-8 to settle for third place.
Dryden won the NorWOSSA crown in four sets over the Broncos.
The boys and girls now switch sports with tryouts starting today, with the girls turning to volleyball and the boys to basketball.