Juniors nab first win

Lucas Punkari

It may have taken almost the entire regular season, but it was well worth the wait.
The Muskie junior boys’ basketball team earned their first win of the NorWOSSA campaign yesterday—a narrow 33-32 victory over the host Kenora Broncos.
“I’m happiest for the kids,” said coach Greg Ste. Croix, who was unable to attend the game and had Jeff Vandahl run things behind the bench in his place.
“It’s not very fun to keep losing over and over again.
“But to be working as hard as we have had as of late, and to get a victory like this one, is really enjoyable,” he added.
The game was the second in three days for the Muskies, who lost 48-39 to the Dryden Eagles here Tuesday afternoon.
“We still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Ste. Croix stressed.
“But it’s nice to get a win like this late in the season because it should help to start and build momentum for us heading towards NorWOSSA [playoffs] in a couple of weeks.”
The Muskie senior boys, meanwhile, earned a pair of convincing victories this week.
After drubbing Dryden 67-38 here Tuesday, the black-and-gold thumped host Kenora 62-36 yesterday to remain unbeaten in NorWOSSA play.
The senior squad is heading back to Kenora this weekend for the Broncos’ home tournament.
There was no report on how the Muskie girls’ volleyball squads fared yesterday in Kenora.
The seniors were coming off a four-set loss to Dryden here Tuesday while the juniors beat the Eagles in four sets.
The senior squad is headed to Thunder Bay this weekend to take part in tournament hosted by Lakehead University, which is something coach Duane Roen is looking forward to.
“We’ll be getting to see Lakehead play on both Friday and Saturday, and Team Canada will be coming to face Lakehead on Sunday and some of the players will be taking part in a clinic,” Roen noted.
“As well, one of my former players [Michelle Cournoyer] will be having a ceremony prior to Saturday’s game along with the fellow graduating players, so it’ll be nice to see her again,” he added.
All four Muskie court teams will resume NorWOSSA play Tuesday in Dryden before hosting Kenora on Wednesday afternoon.

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