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Squashers a hit in Thunder Bay

A strong local contingent of squash players won three division titles at the Northwestern Ontario Open in Thunder Bay over the weekend.

Drew Allan defeated Josh Gonzalez 3-1 in the championship final of the junior event. Allan, who went undefeated during the tournament, reached the final after wins over Derek Vilam (3-1), Stephanie Couch (3-0), and Sarah Muir (3-0).

Rolling right along

When the contingent of bowlers from Plaza Lanes set out for the Youth Challenge in Dryden over the weekend, they did so knowing they had put in a good deal of practice beforehand.

And that practice definitely paid off as five of the 14 local bowlers earned berths on Sunset Country teams heading off to the provincial finals in Haileybury in January.

Muskies snakebitten in hoop finals

The old adage, “It’s not how you start but how you finish,” is one that is haunting the Muskie girls’ basketball program this week.

That’s because both squads lost their respective NorWOSSA finals last Friday in Dryden after dominating league play during the regular season, each finishing atop the standings with 7-1 records.

Muskies snakebitten in hoop finals

The old adage, “It’s not how you start but how you finish,” is one that is haunting the Muskie girls’ basketball program this week.

That’s because both squads lost their respective NorWOSSA finals last Friday in Dryden after dominating league play during the regular season, each finishing atop the standings with 7-1 records.

Senior spikers strike gold

Playing what head coach Adrian Chapman called “their best volleyball of the season,” the Muskies spiked their way to a trip to the NWOSSAA playoffs in Thunder Bay this weekend after a dramatic comeback over Kenora in the NorWOSSA final last Friday in Dryden.

Morgan earns spot on Winter Games team

Hillary Morgan led a strong contingent of local trampolinists at a meet here Sunday, recording the top score of 54.3 to claim one of four spots on the regional team for the Ontario Winter Games in Sault Ste. Marie in March.

Joining her on the Northwest team are Kristina O’Brien of Sioux Lookout (50.4), Suzie Hamilton of Thunder Bay (50.8), and Joey Cantanzaro of Thunder Bay (50.2).

Oh, so close

The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team could taste victory. In fact, they were on the verge of savouring it.

Leading the Kenora Broncos 2-0 in their best-of-five showdown here last Wednesday to close out the NorWOSSA regular season (taking the first two games by scores of 25-19 and 25-17), the black-and-gold looked to be well on their way to victory.

Muskies open hockey season next week

The Muskie hockey team will get a crash course in game conditioning when they open their regular-season schedule next Tuesday in Kenora.

With the annual “scrimmage-fest” in Warroad postponed to later in the season, the black-and-gold were left without any exhibition games to play before they set out to defend their NorWOSSA title.