A new face helped the Fort Frances Lakers secure four valuable points in the SIJHL standings as they won both of their games over the weekend.
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Talk about a banner day for the Muskie court sports teams.
The junior and senior girls' basketball teams, as well as the junior boys' volleyball squad, all came away with NorWOSSA gold on Tuesday at Fort High.
The top-ranked junior hoopsters rolled to a 39-25 win over the second-seeded Kenora Broncos to claim their second-straight league title.
They may have finished with the same record but the Rainy River Owls' senior and junior boys' volleyball teams had much different conclusions in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular-season finale last Wednesday afternoon at RRHS.
The Rainy River Owls' junior and senior girls' basketball teams have battled hard and shown good resilience so far this season.
That was exemplified even further in their wins over the visiting Red Lake Rams in the NorWOSSA 'A' regular-season finale last Wednesday afternoon.
The juniors romped to a 46-12 win over the Rams to finish with an unblemished 7-0 record.
The Muskie football team showed all season a never-say-die, never-give-up attitude—and that was much the same in their semi-final loss to the top-ranked Elmwood Giants last Thursday in Winnipeg.
A fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference as the Giants outlasted the Muskies by a narrow 31-30 margin.
It's been a tale of two different seasons for the Muskie junior and senior boys' volleyball teams, but the latter was hoping that anything could happen in the playoffs.
Both squads hosted NorWOSSA semi-final matches yesterday, with the juniors downing the Kenora Broncos 3-1 while the seniors earned a 3-0 sweep over the Dryden Eagles.
They played all season to earn this shot and they were hoping to make the most of it.
Both the Muskie junior and senior girls' basketball teams capped off impressive regular seasons with wins last Tuesday against the visiting Kenora Broncos—and were excited at the prospect of winning gold at yesterday's NorWOSSA playoffs at Fort High.
The first game action of the season can be unnerving for any team—and the Muskie girls' hockey squad isn't exempt from those feelings.
But any bouts of nervousness quickly faded away over the weekend as the black-and-gold compiled a 2-1 record at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase at the Memorial Sports Centre.
It was a nice way for the Muskies to kick things off.
Things appeared to be going well for the Fort Frances Lakers heading into Saturday night's showdown against the Thief River Falls Norskies at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Lakers had snapped a three-game losing streak last Wednesday with a 4-3 shootout win over the host Norskies, then won their second-straight Friday night after blanking the visiting Minnesota Iron Rangers 4-0.
A season's worth of hard work and dedication paid off for eight members of the Muskie cross-country team as they took part in the OFSAA championships in Hamilton on Saturday.