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Local Sports for Tuesday, February 21

By Randy Thoms Feb 21, 2023 | 4:00 AM

Blake Ferris and Trever Sanderson each scored twice to lead the Fort Frances Lakers to a 9-5 win over the visiting Wisconsin Lumberjacks at the Ice for Kids Arena on Monday.

The Lakers had jumped out to leads of 4-3 and 8-5 for their eighth win this season.

Connor O’Brien, Reid Zurkan, Brady Wicklund, Kevin Bond and Ryker Watt also scored for the home side.

Earlier in the weekend the Lakers had dropped a pair of one-goal games to the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars.

On Saturday, the Lakers lost 2-1 and fell 4-3 Sunday afternoon.

Ferris scored in Saturday’s loss.

Ferris, Brandon Hill and Darnell Kempf replied on Sunday.

Courtney McCoy scored 41 seconds in overtime, giving the Fort Frances Muskies a 2-1 win over the Sioux Lookout Warriors on Sunday.

The win clinched second place in the NorWOSSA standings.

They will host the St. Thomas Saints on Thursday at home to open a best-of-three semi-final playoff series.

The International Falls Broncos boys hockey teams dumped Moose Lake 11-1 on Saturday.

They face Rock Ridge in a sectional quarter-final game tonight.

The Fort Frances Muskies court teams came away with two championships and two silver medals at the NorWOSSA championships in Dryden.

The Muskies senior girls’ volleyball team won their final, defeating the Dryden Eagles by scores of 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25 and 15-13.

Fort Frances will host the NWOSSA championship, facing the Westgate Tigers, winners of the SSSAA crown in Thunder Bay.

The best-of-three series will be played on Friday and Saturday.

The Muskies junior volleyball team won NorWOSSA gold over the Sioux North Warriors.

The Warriors won the first two games, with the Muskies rallying for three straight wins for the title.

In boys’ basketball, the senior Muskies lost 54-51 in their final with Kenora’s Beaver Brae Broncos.

The juniors lost 43-42 to the Warriors in their final.

At the NorWOSSA A Championships in Rainy River, the Rainy River Owls senior girls’ volleyball team took gold, defeating Kenora’s St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in the final.

Northern Lakes earned silver in senior boys’ basketball after losing to the Saints in their final.


The Rainy River Voyageurs men’s basketball team concluded the regular season with a 94-70 win over Northland on Saturday.

 Christian Pujals led the team with 25 points.

The Voyageurs finish tied for first with Central Lakes in the MCAC North Division and will play St. Cloud Technical College on Friday in a Region 13 quarterfinal game.

The women’s team lost their final regular season game, 94-54 to Northland on Saturday.

Cara Polk had a team-high eleven points.

Rainy River finishes with a 4-4 record, good for third in the MCAC North division.


The International Falls Bantam A’s edged Rock Ridge 4-3 on Sunday at the District 12 Bantam A Tournament in Virginia to qualify for the regional tournament in March.

William Yerxa scored three goals for the Falls. Anthony Yerxa scored the other.

The win qualifies the Falls as the district’s second-seeded team.

The Bantam B team was eliminated from their district tournament in Chisholm on Saturday with a 6-1 loss to Greenway.

Logan Nordby scored the team’s only goal.

The PeeWee A’s earned a spot in the regional tournament with a 7-4 win over Greenway on Saturday to finish third overall at the District 12 PeeWee A Tournament in International Falls.

Willem Kirk-Bertens scored five goals for the Falls. Brodie Baldwin added the other two.

The Fort Frances Canadians U11 team was in Fargo for the Fargo Squirt International involving 64 teams.

They won their first games on Friday, defeating Eagan 12-1 and the Fargo Freeze Navy 9-0.

On Saturday, the Canadians defeated Armstrong-Cooper 8-7 in overtime before losing to Valley City 7-2.

On Sunday, they blanked Grand Rapids 3-0 to finish fifth overall.


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