By Chris Marchand
The Dryden High School Eagles powered through their NorWOSSA championship final opponents the Fort Frances Muskies with flair and high-flying panache, Feb. 16 on home court.
Unbeaten throughout the regular season, the dominant senior Eagles squad posted a 73-44 win at the final buzzer, setting the stage to host NWOSSA challengers The St. Ignatius Falcons of Thunder Bay this weekend.
“We’ve had a very good run this season,” said head coach Mike Lalonde. “We’ve relied a lot on our leaders. We decided right from the get-go that we were going to try to play fast. Being able to put up 73 points is going to make it tough for other teams to keep up. Today we played some really good defence in the second half, really widened that gap. The boys played well.”
Among those leaders, Thomas Moline who accounted for 28 points on the game and teammate Jarret Hicks who put 20 of his own on the scoreboard.
Hicks says a hometown crowd was an encouraging factor.
“It feels good to win this,” said Hicks. “We’re gonna have a good week of practice and come out strong against whoever comes out of Thunder Bay — hopefully make the trip to OFSAA for the first time in like 40 years. It was good to have everyone out here today, it got us amped up and helped us stay motivated.”
Sir Winton Churchill’s Trojans faced the top-seeded St. Ignatius Falcons on Tuesday night with the Falcons emerging victorious.
NWOSSA’s best of three championship final will begin Friday 2 p.m. at Dryden High School, Game 2 is Saturday 10 a.m., with Game 3 (if necessary) set for Saturday 2:30 p.m.