The four Muskie court teams were in action yesterday against the Kenora Broncos in their last home matches before the NorWOSSA playoffs here next Thursday.
The senior girls’ volleyball team was the only one to taste victory yesterday, downing the visiting Broncos 3-1 in their best-of-five showdown.
“[We] have matured and are playing with a relaxed confidence on the court,” said head coach Duane Roen. “Overall as a team, we are certainly prepared for NorWOSSA next week.”
The junior girls, on the other hand, remained winless in NorWOSSA action after being swept by Kenora yesterday.
“We felt we had a very good chance against them,” said head coach Jeff Rajala. “[But] Kenora came out and played their best game against us all season.
“We have one week to figure out how we can defeat Kenora to meet Dryden in the NorWOSSA final,” he added. “This team is capable of great things, we just have to keep fighting.”
Meanwhile, both Muskie boys’ basketball teams came out on the short end of close decisions yesterday against Kenora.
The juniors fell 43-40 thanks to Kenora’s success at the free-throw line. “I’m quite pleased with the way we played,” said head coach Gord McCabe.
Garnet Cornell led the Muskie attack with 15 points. Joey Theriault had six points in his return to the team after having a cast removed from his wrist just yesterday.
The juniors next are off to an 18-team tournament in Winnipeg this weekend, where they will be up against some stiff competition.
“We may have our hands full this weekend,” McCabe warned. “It will be good for us to prepare for NorWOSSA, though.”
Finally, the senior boys lost 64-60 to the Broncos.
Andrew Dobie netted 15 points in a losing cause while Morgan Anderson had 13. Kevin Empey added 12 points, with Jeremy Strain chipping in 11.
“We’re really excited about NorWOSSA,” said head coach Paul Noonan. “We feel pretty confident.”
All four teams have one more regular-season match—in Dryden on Tuesday (Feb. 14)—before hosting the NorWOSSA playoffs two days later.