Muskie curlers off to NWOSSAA


Hopefully, the Muskie girls’ and boys’ curling teams have a healthy collection of travelling tunes to keep them occupied next month.
Both rinks were undefeated with one draw to go at the NorWOSSA championships in Sioux Lookout, which began yesterday and wrap up today.
The girls’ rink of skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and lead Tory Beaudry won both their games yesterday to secure a spot in the top two and earn an automatic berth to the NWOSSAA championships beginning March 12 in Chapleau.
Fort High dumped the Kenora Broncos 10-1 in six ends, then blanked Atikokan 9-0.
The Muskies took on host Sioux Lookout today at 1:30 p.m. in what will serve as the NorWOSSA title game, with both teams sitting at 2-0 and tied atop the four-team field.
Meanwhile, the Muskie rink skipped by Reece Jones also is off to Chapleau as they sport a 4-0 record in the six-team boys’ division heading into the final draw this afternoon.
Fort High’s squad, which also includes third Chris Silver, second Kurt McGuire, and co-leads Jason Bazylewski and Davis Jackson, clinched a spot at NWOSSAA after beating St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora 7-5) this morning.
That set up a NorWOSSA championship battle with Red Lake today at 2:30 p.m.
The Muskies pulled off an unlikely comeback in their opening game yesterday—trailing by three entering the final end but scoring four to eke out an 8-7 win over the Kenora Broncos.
The thrills continued in their second game as the Muskies scored one in the eighth, then stole a single in the extra end to down Rainy River 6-5.
Last night saw Jones’ rink thump Atikokan 7-2.
As for the Muskie mixed team of skip Matthew Grant, third Anika Beaudry, second Matthew Nowak, and lead Cassidy Jolicoeur, the trip to Sioux Lookout has not been as cheerful.
Fort High lost 9-6 in its opener to Rainy River, then fell 9-3 to Atikokan to be eliminated from NorWOSSA title contention.
The Muskies faced their Whitefish Bay (0-2) today at 11:30 a.m. (the outcome was unknown at press time).
Rainy River and Atikokan, meanwhile, faced off for the mixed crown.
There is no NWOSSAA competition for mixed curling.