Muskie girls’ rink sweeps to gold

Jamie Mountain

The Muskie sports teams have made a habit of qualifying for the all-Ontarios this school year and you can now add the girls’ curling rink to that list.
The squad, comprised of Daffni Chabot, Jillian Cousineau, Andrea Schram, and Ashley Payne went a perfect 5-0 en route to winning gold at the NWOSSAA championships held in Thunder Bay on Sunday-Tuesday.
Katrina Slomke is the other member of the rink but wasn’t at NWOSSAA as she was competing with the senior girls’ volleyball team at the all-Ontarios down in Amherstburg.
The Muskies now advance to OFSAA, which is slated for March 20-23 in North Bay.
“We have spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on our hit game–broom and weight management,” noted coach Kim Beaudry about the team’s success at NWOSSAA.
“Staying focused when we had a lead and keeping to our game plan,” is what she cited as being some of the biggest challenges.
Fort High opened play on Sunday evening with a 13-3 rout of the Rainy River Owls.
Monday morning’s action then saw the Muskies dump the Hammarskjold Vikings 7-1 before also edging Chateau Jeunesse 8-6.
The squad then rolled past Geraldton 7-2 that afternoon before capping play on Tuesday morning with a 13-0 rout of the St. Ignatius Falcons to secure gold and book their ticket to the all-Ontarios.
The Muskies now are looking forward to seeing what they can do against the best schools in the province later this month.
“They (the girls) are excited and focused,” said Beaudry.
“They have experience at the OFSAA level, so this won’t be new,” she reasoned.
“We will continue to work on fine-tuning our skills. [They’ll also be] playing a few more games together to work on the on-ice communication.”
As for the Owls’ girls’ and boys’ rinks, neither were able to advance to OFSAA.
The girls’ squad, which includes Micaela Jolicouer, Emma Low, Aynsley Williams, Mackenzie Jolicouer, and Kirsten Armstrong, compiled a 3-2 record over the three days to wind up with bronze.
After the loss to the Muskies on Sunday evening, the Owls rebounded with a 6-4 win over Geraldton on Monday morning.
The squad followed that up by cruising to a 9-0 drubbing of the Vikings later that morning before routing the Falcons 13-2 that evening.
Needing a win on Tuesday morning to claim silver, the Owls fell just short in an 8-6 loss to Chateau Jeunesse.
The boys’ rink, which is comprised of William Low, Hayden Haw, Morgan Desserre, Evan Govier, and Jesse Hasiuk, compiled a 2-3 record at NWOSSAA to finish shy of medal contention and wound up fourth.
Both Owls’ rinks had advanced to NWOSSAA after claiming gold at the NorWOSSA championships that were held at the Fort Frances Curling Club back on Feb. 10-11.