GALLERY: Senior boys fall to Churchill Trojans in NWOSSA series

Nick Skillen tries to get a shot off as he’s knocked off-balance by a Churchill Trojan player during Game 1. Photos by Chris Marchand

Home court advantage wasn’t enough for Dryden High School’s senior boys basketball team in their bid to advance past a best-of-three NWOSSA?championship series, Feb. 22.

With adept scoring from the three-point line, Thunder Bay’s Churchill Trojans gained an early lead in Game One while the Eagles battled hard to remain within ten points of them with Nick Skillen accounting for 17 points and Kurtis Burnell leading with 22 points. Game One would end with a score of 77-62. The Trojans would seal their victory later that evening and secure a spot at provincial championships with an 81-62 win.

Kurtis Burnell drives for the net.

Brendan Thompson makes a desperation pass.

Kurtis Burnell

Brendan Thompson

Nick Skillen

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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