LOCAL BOY EXCELLING AT NOTRE DAME

Whatever happened to Riley Muise?

Well this reporter had to do some pretty tough digging to get the goods on this story. Riley is finishing his first year (Grade 9) at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

The boarding school has an enrollment of 350 students. Riley says he went there for the opportunity to play hockey at a higher level. ?Living in Tumbler Ridge, the only way to play hockey at a more competitive level is by doing a lot of traveling.

At Notre Dame, I can live in the dorms and play hockey at the same time?. The hard-nosed forward completed his first season as a second year Bantam, recording 20 goals and 27 assists in 22 games. The team lost in the second round of the playoffs. They also had a good showing with a 4-1 record, and coming in second place at the International tournament in Winnipeg this season.

?Notre Dame is a prestigious school?, accounted Muise. ?It was founded in 1927. The program is based on three areas: Spiritual, Academic, and Athletics. Alumni from the school include NHL players like Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards (who brought the Stanley Cup to the school when the Tampa Bay Lightning won it), Curtis Joseph, Rod Brindamour??. ?And don?t forget Wendel Clark, Gary Leeman, and Russ Courtnall ? the Leafs? ?Hound? Line. That?s how they got their nickname; they were all Notre Dame Hounds?, piped in Riley?s dad Rob.

?Students come from all over the world ? places like Spain, England, Korea, and Japan. But my roommates are from Saskatchewan and Ontario?. Muise is currently carrying a 75% average academically, and is working towards the 80% honor role.

Now that hockey season has ended, Riley was selected as just one of two grade 9?s to play on the school baseball team. ?I was trying out for shortstop, but the coach wanted me to play pitcher?. Fifty boys tried out, and Riley was one of the 24 selected for the two school teams. The rookie hurler will be taking a 5-hour bus ride to North Dakota to play in a tournament in late April.

The ubiquitous Muise plans to return to Notre Dame to play as a first year Midget next fall. ?The toughest part about going away to school is being away from the family and friends. Mind you cleaning the hallways and washrooms is no day at the park. But I?ve made a lot of new friends there, and it is definitely a worthwhile experience?.