Senior hoopsters win gold

Each of four NorWOSSA finals on Friday featured the Muskies and host Dryden Eagles going head-to-head.
The Eagles won gold in three of the four matches, but the Muskie senior boys’ basketball team prevented the sweep—winning 85-74 to advance to the best-of-three NWOSSAA final, which Fort High will host this Friday and Saturday.
Their Thunder Bay opponents either will be determined tonight or tomorrow.
Cullan McGinnis led the Muskies with 41 points against Dryden.
Friday started on a high note for the Muskies as the junior boys got things rolling, beating the Kenora Broncos 50-40 in their semi-final showdown.
Andrew Dobie led the attack with 26 points.
Immediately following the juniors’ win, the senior girls’ volleyball team took to the court in the smaller gym at Dryden High School and cruised to a 25-11, 25-12, and 25-14 sweep of the Broncos in their semi-final.
“We’re excited, but still nervous,” Muskie Kate Elliott said between games.
At 1 p.m., the junior girls’ started warming up for their final against the Eagles and the rest of the Fort High teams tried to find seats in the packed gym to cheer them on.
The Muskies started quickly, beating Dryden 25-23 in the first set, but lost control quickly—losing the next three by scores of 25-17, 25-21, and 25-15 to settle for the silver medal.
“They made too many mistakes they don’t normally make,” said coach Duane Roen, who said he still was happy with the way his team played.
Next up, the senior girls’ played their second match of the day and seemed to have lost their earlier form, losing 25-21, 27-25, and 25-12 to also bring home silver.
“It’s very tough because they’re such a talented team,” said coach Char Bliss.
There were some tears shed as the seniors got their silver medals, but the girls got over it quickly and stayed in the gym to cheer on the junior boys’ who played next.
It proved to be the most exciting game of the day as the Muskies and Eagles needed two overtimes before Dryden prevailed 70-63.
Fort High led by just two points at the half, and were leading 51-50 with seven seconds left when Dryden scored on one of two foul shots to send the game to overtime.
It was still tied (58-58) after the first overtime, but then the Eagles pulled away in the second to capture the gold medal.