Muskie girls sweep NorWOSSA titles Hockey team loses opener

Both Muskie girls’ basketball teams struck NorWOSSA gold here Friday.
The senior squad, who had earned a bye to the final by virtue of their first-place finish during the regular-season (7-1), edged the Kenora Broncos 31-25.
They now advance to the best-of-three NWOSSAA showdown here Nov. 26-27 against the Thunder Bay champs with a berth to the all-Ontarios on the line.
Meanwhile, the juniors, who also had a bye to the final after going 5-3 during the regular season, routed the Dryden Eagles 50-35 here Friday to win NorWOSSA gold.
There is no NWOSSAA playoff for junior teams.
Alyssa Holliday led the black-and-gold against Dryden with 19 points while Michelle Cournoyer netted eight. Emily Haggberg added six.
Carley McCormick led the senior Muskies with 12 points against Kenora while Laura Busch and Rebecca Cornell added six points apiece.
But it was a different story for the Muskie boys’ volleyball squads here Friday, with both losing their best-of-five semi-final matches to finish the season without a win.
The seniors went down in straight sets to the Kenora Broncos (25-18, 25-13, and 25-22), who then went on to upset the first-place Dryden Eagles in a thrilling five-set final and advance to NWOSSAA.
The juniors lost their first two sets to the Broncos by scores of 25-14 and 25-6, but then rebounded to take the third one 25-21.
But Kenora wrapped up the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth set, then lost to the first-place Eagles in four sets in the final.
In other Muskie news, the boys’ hockey team opened the NorWOSSA season here Friday night with a 5-4 loss in overtime to the Red Lake Rams.
Their next game is tomorrow (Tuesday) when the Dryden Eagles come to town. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ hockey team will host Dryden tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.