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Coaches’ scuffle mars football game

The afternoon began with the Muskie senior football team smashing a pumpkin bearing the #20 on the sidelines in reference to stopping Byron McKenzie, the Dryden Eagles’ star running back.

It continued with calls of “Stop the pumpkin!” by the Muskie defence before the snap of the ball throughout the game.

It ended with a skirmish involving three assistant coaches.

District teen takes second in cross-country race

Matthew Smith finished in second place in the boys’ three-km race at the 28th-annual Mid-Canada Legion Elementary School cross-country showdown Saturday at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

Smith, who attends Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton, crossed the finish line in a time of 12:53—just 11 seconds behind winner Shawn Woodrow of Manitouwadge Public School.

Spikers struggle in Kenora

Will the real Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team please stand up?

Is it the talented squad that can beat you with an array of powerful hits from the power or middle positions, or the one that folds like a cheap tent?

Head coach Adrian Chapman, desperately searching for answers with this year’s team, is hoping it’s the former.

Juniors third at Thunder Bay tourney

The Muskie junior girls’ basketball finished third at a tournament in Thunder Bay last weekend after dumping Fort William Collegiate 35-16.

It was all over practically after the opening tip-off, with the black-and-gold jumping out to a commanding 22-4 halftime lead.

Carling Barton and Danielle McGee led the way with eight points each.

Senior hoopsters clinch top spot

With the Muskie senior girls’ basketball team uncharacteristically off to a slow start against the host Kenora Broncos last Thursday, head coach Gord McCabe elected to call a time-out.

Looking sluggish and uninspired, he felt they needed a break. And it wound up being their most important time-out of the season.

Muskies run over Eagles

There were two questions heading into last Friday’s showdown here between the first-place Muskies and the third-place Dryden Eagles.

First, could the black-and-gold stop Dryden’s vaunted rushing attack led by star running back Byron McKenzie? And second, could the Eagles stop the Muskies?

The answer was yes to the first question—and no to the second.

Emo pucksters have strong week

In Atom action, the Emo Selects were back on the winning trail after blowing out visiting Causeway (Fort Frances) 14-1.

Eric Soucy led the Selects’ attack with four goals while Beis Strachan and Ryan Witherspoon each had hat tricks. Brian Wayash (two), Matt Badiuk, and Nathan Brigham rounded out the scoring.

Matthew Plante replied for Causeway in the second.

Hard work pays off for ‘C’ team

After weeks of hard work and several losses along the way, the Muskie ‘C’ football team finally did something they hadn’t done all season.

They won a football game.

The Muskies drubbed the International Falls Broncos ‘C’ team 26-0 in an exhibition game here last Friday afternoon. Head coach Rob Tysz said it was a perfect ending to the season.

‘Bees’ stung by new-look Rams

The Roseau Rams came out like a new team—literally—against the Muskie “Bee” football team in the second half of their game there last Thursday.

With the Muskies leading 8-6 at halftime on a 30-yard touchdown by Kevin Gemmell on a reverse, the Rams suddenly got bigger, faster, and stronger after the break en route to a 34-8 win.