They knew nothing was going to come easy and only hard work and sheer determination was going to get them to their goal.
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The Fort Frances Lakers' first shutout of the season couldn't have come at a better time.
Florida State Seminoles divers Molly Carlson and Joshua Davidson are heading to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after qualifying at the Zone 'B' Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on Monday.
Carlson began the day by finishing second in a tight 1-metre field with a total of 579.75 and Davidson followed with a fifth-place finish on 3-metre (746.85).
It was a day of mixed results for the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team at the OFSAA 'AA' girls' volleyball championship in Kingsville yesterday.
The Muskies opened Pool 'D' play yesterday afternoon with a 2-1 win (26-24, 17-25 and 15-11) over Eden High School (St. Catharines) before then falling in straight sets to St. Joseph's (Barrie) later in the day.
NorWOSSA gold. Sweet, sweet NorWOSSA gold.
Jill Calder and Abbie Kenny both scored in the shootout to lift the Muskie girls' hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in the third-and-deciding game of the NorWOSSA final last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.
It was a tough go of it for the Owen Riches and Ashley Payne rinks at the U18 provincials held Wednesday through yesterday in Sault Ste. Marie.
Neither of the local teams were able to make the playoffs in their respective divisions.
It was daunting task but the weekend turned out about as well as they could have imagined.
The Fort Frances Lakers took three of a possible four points against the defending SIJHL champion Thunder Bay North Stars in a home-and-home series with a 6-5 overtime loss on the road Friday night before pulling out a 2-0 win on Saturday night here.
The Muskie girls' and boys' hockey teams came up with some big-time performances with their seasons on the line.
Both squads came away with crucial wins in Game 2 over the weekend to knot their respective best-of-three NorWOSSA finals at a game apiece.
It was a great day if you were a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
Not so great if you were a Muskie.
The Saints were able to draw first blood against the Muskie boys' and girls' hockey teams as they both won Game 1 of their respective best-of-three NorWOSSA final series yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Fort Frances Lakers followed up some of their worst games of the season with one of their best performances of the year in a 5-3 win over the rival Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.