Muskie curlers look ahead to next season

After experiencing the thrill of capturing the girls’ and boys’ NorWOSSA curling titles in Kenora last month, both Muskie rinks suffered disappointment at NWOSSAA last week in Thunder Bay.
“The girls achieved their goal to make it to NWOSSAA,” said coach Tom Fry. “They boys were somewhat disappointed, they wanted to repeat [as NWOSSAA champs].”
The girls’ rink started out well, beating Sioux Lookout 8-3 in their first game. Then they downed Westgate (Thunder Bay) 7-5 in their second outing before drubbing Nip Rock 11-0.
But in their fourth, they met Geraldton and lost 10-2.
“The girls’ got off to a great start Monday and continued to, more or less, dominate,” said Fry.
When they met Geraldton, however, they faced a pressure they hadn’t seen so far this season, he added. “It got to them,” Fry remarked.
The girls then had to go to a playoff for second place against Geraldton and Westgate, losing both games, 5-4 and 7-0 respectively.
In the fifth draw, they played St. Patrick’s (Thunder Bay) and went down 10-3, leaving them in third place overall.
It was a completely different story for the Muskie boys, who started out with two losses—7-6 against Red Lake and 10-6 against St. Ignatius (Thunder Bay)—before beating Marathon 8-2 and then Nip Rock 7-3.
Sitting at 2-2 heading into the final draw, the boys faced St. Patrick’s and lost 5-4, leaving them fourth place overall.
“All in all, it was a good season,” said Fry, adding both teams are in a good shape for next year.
The girls’ team—featuring skip Amy Nielsen, third Jena Enge, second Kate Bondett, and lead Courtney Beadle—will return intact.
And while the boys will lose skip Adam Bolen and third Jason Pattison, Fry has seen a good number of juniors interested in curling at the high school level who may join second David Kaun and lead Joey Wensley in their quest for a third-straight NWOSSAA berth.