Sports & Recreation — 21 February 2018
Eagles claim NorWOSSA crown — Team to host St. Ignatius Falcons in NWOSSA final this weekend

Dryden High School Eagle Thomas Moline reaches for the basket in the second half of his teams’s 73-44 championship win over the Fort Frances Muskies, Friday night. Moline had a big night with 28 points.  Photos by Chris Marchand

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.

The Eagles celebrate with the NorWOSSA Cup.

An aerial battle between Eagle Jarret Hicks and a Muskies opponent in the second half of the NorWOSSA final. Photo by Chris Marchand



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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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