Triple gold for Muskie squads

Joey Payeur

The historical sweep didn’t happen but it mostly was a day of golden memories for the Muskie court teams.
With berths in all four of their respective NorWOSSA finals, and all of them sporting 8-0 records in league play, the black-and-gold nabbed three titles Friday on home court.
The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team ended the Dryden Eagles’ reign of five-straight NorWOSSA championships with a 3-0 sweep of the Eagles (25-21, 25-22, and 25-18).
“The Eagles have always been really dominant forever in volleyball,” beamed Muskie head coach Shana Windigo, who only signed on to lead the team two days before the start of the season and wound up guiding Fort High to its first senior boys’ volleyball title since 1999.
“But we worked hard to get there and the hard work paid off,” she added.
The Muskies will head to Thunder Bay for the best-of-three NWOSSSAA final, which gets underway Friday (their opponent is still to be determined).
At stake is a berth in the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships Nov. 26-28 in Kenora.
The Muskie junior boys also rose to the occasion Friday, sweeping the Kenora Broncos 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, and 25-21) to garner Fort High’s first NorWOSSA crown in that division since 2010.
Kenora had derailed the Eagles’ drive for a fifth-straight junior boys’ crown by defeating Dryden in the semi-final earlier in the day.
“At the start of the season, I had a feeling that this is the year we were going to do it,” said Muskie starting setter Aaron Bujold.
“We only had one Grade 10 last year, but this year we stuck with it and practised hard,” he noted.
In the most dominating performance of the day, the Muskie junior girls’ basketball team routed the Kenora Broncos 61-6.
“I don’t know if we could have played any better,” smiled coach Gord McCabe, whose team led 4-2 before going on an astounding 54-0 run that saw them hold Kenora scoreless for more than 28 minutes.
Ellie Petsnick racked up a game-high 16 points against the Broncos, who had upset Dryden in the semi-final earlier.
Carmen Godin added 11 points while Mykenzie Borger had nine.
But Fort High’s bid for a first-ever NorWOSSA sweep, with all four teams going unbeaten in the same season, was dashed when the senior girls’ basketball squad was upset 28-23 by Dryden.
The loss snapped the Muskies’ phenomenal 28-game winning streak in NorWOSSA play and cost the team its third-straight league title.
“Today we shot ourselves in the foot,” admitted Muskie co-coach Dan Bird.
“Our passing was nowhere what it had to be and you can’t have that against a team like Dryden,” he stressed.
Ashley Croswell led the Muskies with 12 points while Claire Hyatt added five.
Dryden will host the Thunder Bay champs (still to be determined) in the best-of-three NWOSSAA final starting Friday.
The winner advances to the OFSAA ‘AA’ championship Nov. 26-28 in Kingsville.