Spikers win tourney titles


It was a job well done for the Muskie junior and senior girls’ volleyball teams over the weekend.
The juniors went a perfect 8-0 en route to the claiming the title at a tournament hosted by the Dryden Eagles on Friday and Saturday.
The Muskies defeated each team they played in straight sets, which included wins over the St. Patrick Saints #2 (25-9, 25-17), St. Ignatius Falcons #1 (25-16, 25-7), St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora (25-15, 25-23), Kenora Broncos #2 (25-3, 25-6) and the host Eagles (25-11, 25-16) to finish first in Pool Blue play.
Fort High then downed St. Pat’s #2 again in straight sets in the quarter-finals by scores of 25-7 and 25-7.
Then in the semi-finals, the Muskies swept the Saints 25-13 and 25-17 before taking down the Eagles in straight sets in the final by scores of 26-24 and 25-12.
The seniors, meanwhile, claimed the title at the Tiger Spike-off tournament in Thunder Bay on Friday and Saturday.
The black-and-gold went 4-0 through round-robin play, which included straight-sets wins over the St. Patrick Saints (25-13, 25-19), Atikokan Voyageurs (25-23, 25-13), Manitouwadge Wolverines (25-10, 25-12), and La Verendrye Vipers (25-5, 25-11) to finish first in Pool White.
The Muskies then downed the Voyageurs in the quarter-finals before also dispatching the Dryden Eagles in the semi-finals.
Fort High then crowned its successful weekend by beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in the final to snag gold.
The senior boys’ basketball team was at the Sun Spartan Invitational in Brandon, Man. those same two days.
Things weren’t as easy for them, though, as they went 0-5 in the top division versus some of the best teams in Manitoba.
All four Muskie court teams went into weekend fresh off wins over the visiting Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action Thursday afternoon.
The junior boys’ basketball squad (1-2) nabbed its first win of the season with a 56-52 victory that came right down to the wire.
Santino Smith led the Muskies with a 17-point performance while Jayden Woolsey added 16 points.
Jordon Bazylewski and Ashton Barnes each netted five points.
The seniors were able to exact some revenge with a convincing 63-50 win over the Broncos to improve their league record to 2-1.
The Broncos had edged the black-and-gold 71-70 in the season-opener back on Dec. 4 in Kenora.
Kobi Ward paced the Muskies with a 27-point performance on Thursday while Mike Vanderaa netted 10 points.
Joel Ottertail added nine points, with Dominic States and Ben Smith notching four apiece.
In girls’ volleyball action, both the junior and senior squads beat the Broncos in straight sets to improve their league records to 3-0.
The set scores of the juniors’ match were 25-17, 25-9, and 25-14 while the seniors prevailed by scores of 25-21, 25-22, and 25-19.
All four teams will cap first-half NorWOSSA play on Thursday when they head to Dryden to battle the Eagles.