The Dryden Eagles used home court and their first-round byes to full advantage Friday—sweeping all four NorWOSSA court sport crowns.
The Muskie senior and junior girls’ basketball teams trounced Kenora in the semi-finals but the long day of travel, coupled with playing against rested Eagles’ squads, cost both in the finals.
The juniors lost a tight game 35-34 while the seniors also went toe-to-toe with Dryden before sputtering down the stretch in a 48-40 defeat.
The junior final saw four lead changes in a hard-fought battle, Muskie co-coach Dan Bird said.
Rookie Mary Strain led the way with eight points while Chelsea Hill and Jen McDowell added six apiece.
The Eagles made two crucial free throws in the final minute to pull out the victory.
“I, Mike [Krueger], and Sarah [Noonan] are very proud by the effort and team play of all our players,” Bird wrote in an e-mail to the Times. “We could not have asked for anything more.
“They left everything out on the court, and Dryden deserved the win with their gritty play.”
The black-and-gold had beaten Kenora 28-20 earlier Friday to advance to the final.
In boys’ volleyball action Friday in Dryden, both the Muskie senior and junior boys’ volleyball teams were swept by Kenora in the semi-finals.
“I started off with my older, Grade 10 group and they really struggled in the first set,” noted junior coach Duane Roen.
“They rallied back a bit in the second, losing 25-17, and then I put my Grade 9 crew on in the third set because we didn’t win the first two and they only lost 25-21,” he lauded.
“They played a really strong set and it’s very optimistic for next year.”