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Putt-putt in church? It's a thing. The Rochester Cathedral, which is part of the Church of England meaning it's an Anglican parish and the second-oldest in the country behind just Canterbury, has erected a nine-hole...
Jerry Wald of Fort Smith returns a forehand during action at the NWT Open tennis tournament in Yellowknife on July 28. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Three-peat joy for Jerry Wald in NWT Open

Your winner and still the NWT Open men's singles champion: Jerry Wald of Fort Smith. Wald made the trip to Yellowknife to once again defend the crown he's held since 2017 and he came out...
Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is joined by her dog and her child during a run along the ice road in February. She is currently hoping to raise $5,000 for youth-oriented programs in the North. photo courtesy of Stephanie Leduc

Inuvik RCMP officer runs to support youth programming

In an effort to provide more funding opportunities for youth-oriented programs across the North, avid runner and Inuvik RCMP officer Stephanie Leduc is looking to raise $5,000 before competing in a half-marathon later in...
The Home Building Centre Cardinals are your 2019 NWT Men's Fastpitch Championship winners after defeating the Fire Prevention Prospectors in the final in Fort Simpson on July 28. They are, front row from left, Matt Walker, Devin Case, Brady Daniels, Jaden Beck and John White; back row from left, Brian Couvrette, Mike Dove, Mike Auge, Alex Brockman, Devin Hinchey, Garrett Hinchey and Chris Cahoon. photo courtesy of Garrett Hinchey

Home Building Centre Cardinals tops again in men’s fastpitch

Editor's note: The story has been updated to correct that the Cardinals and Prospectors have won the last five tournaments between them and that Brady Daniels is also a member of the Trappers. The Fire...
Ayanna Darku dribbles the ball upfield during a mini-game as part of the Whitecaps FC Academy camp at William McDonald Field on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Whitecaps FC Academy camp has second go-round in Yellowknife

They said they would be back and they made good on that promise. The Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer made its return appearance in the capital this past weekend with the second Whitecaps FC...
Akpak Duval of Baker Lake demonstrates the one-foot high kick during Just Play Summer Sport Camp stop in Coral Harbour earlier this month. photo courtesy of Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut

Just Play Summer Sport Camp program wraps up pilot program

The Get Happy Summer Day Camp program, operated by the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN), is already an established part of its annual programming, now in its fifth year. Another component of that...
The top two teams from the RBC Scramble's NWT qualifier at the Yellowknife Golf Club are all smiles after clinching their places in the Northern Alberta qualifier in Red Deer, Alta., next month. They are, front row from left, Kyle Hallett, Curtis Sernoskie, Jake Roche and Damien Healy; back row from left, Andrew Hunter, Jony Bembridge, Drew Robertson and Ben Robertson. photo courtesy of Matthew Gray

Yellowknife Golf Club hosts inaugural RBC PGA Scramble qualification event

Scramble golf is one of the most popular formats going today at the Yellowknife Golf Club. But there's a national championship for scramble golf and two teams of four took the first step of hopefully...
The Western Canada Summer Games girls volleyball team wrapped up their time in Halifax at the Canada Cup this past Sunday, where they ended up 12 th overall in Division 2. They are, front row from left, head coach Darren Horn, Brianna Brenton, Ashley Matesic, Emily Carroll, Katie Genge, Jennifer Lalonde and assistant coach Reilly MacNeil; back row from left, assistant coach Mike Thompson, Tanisha Steinwand, Jackie Ramirez, Brianna Helyar, Allana Zettler, Kierra McDonald, Kyra McDonald and Katherine Smallwood. photo courtesy of Darren Horn

Western Canada Summer Games girls volleyball squad warms up at Canada Cup

The Canada Cup junior volleyball tournament had never had a team from North of 60 as part of its line-up. That is until the Western Canada Summer Games girls squad made an appearance this year...
Paul Reid lunges to dig a serve during the Western Canada Summer Games boys volleyball team's training camp at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Western Canada Summer Games boys squad finish first of two training camps ahead of...

Indoor volleyball is one of those sports where the NWT will play every other province and territory at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., next month. So it should come as no...
Water Smart coordinators Gabe Ferreira, left, and Jenika Kopala were in Inuvik on July 17 and 18, where they gave two sessions on water safety. Here they are pictured with Swim to Survive participants at the Midnight Sun Complex on July 18. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik residents pick up water safety skills

Thanks to a couple of lifesavers from the Lifesaving Society’s Alberta and NWT branch, a few residents in town are now equipped with swimming skills that they can use when they find themselves treading...
The Yellowknife Wolverines U14 girls team are all smiles after getting the chance to practice with members of the Canadian national women's softball team in Surrey, B.C., earlier this month. They are, in front, Raine Mingo; second row from left, Mackenzie Chiasson, Giselle Penney, Ellie Loutit, Ella Skauge and Keira Coakwell; third row from left, Kali Skauge, Amber Lennie-Ipana, Ellie Lucas, Adrianna Hendrick and Brooklyn Helyar; back row from left, Joey Lye, Jennifer Salling, Jennifer Gilbert and Victoria Hayward, all from the Canadian national team. photo courtesy of Heather Coakwell

Yellowknife Wolverines head south for softball

Raine Mingo called her recent trip to Surrey, B.C., the best one she's ever been on. If you got to do what she did, you wouldn't disagree with her. Mingo was one of 11 players with...
Canadian boxing great Donny Lalonde, right, was in the NWT earlier this month and made some time to drop by the NNSL offices to talk about anything and everything. Lalonde, who called Winnipeg home for a majority of his life growing up, even met a fellow former Winnipegger in Holly Yestrau, NNSL's front desk attendant. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Q and A with Canadian boxing legend Donny Lalonde

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length. It isn't every day a former world champion boxer strolls into the offices of NNSL but that's what happened last week. Donny Lalonde, “The Golden...
Brooke Harker, left, and Alex Godfrey were the men's singles finalists in the Yk Tennis Open at the Yellowknife Tennis Club earlier this month. Godfrey won that battle but they teamed up to win the men's doubles later in the tournament. photo courtesy of Tami Johnson

Yk Tennis Open crowns 2019 champs

If you can't beat them, join them. At least that's how it came down to the men's doubles champions of the Yk Tennis Open earlier this month at the Yellowknife Tennis Club. More on that...
Keenen Wolki goes up for a layup while defended by Douglas Keevik during a pickup game of basketball on June 24. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Keeping Inuvik’s basketball tradition alive

Clinton Gordon was 16-years-old when he was invited to come out and play in the Inuvik Men's Basketball Club in 1997, a group that was formed in the late 1980s at Samuel Hearne Secondary...
Hannah Courtoreille, seen during the NWT Track and Field Championships in Hay River last month, will be part of the track and field team heading to the Western Canada Summer Games next month. NNSL file photo

Athletics NWT names 24-person roster for Western Canada Summer Games

It will be the single-largest team making the trip to the Western Canada Summer Games and the goal is to simply be the best in the NWT. A total of 24 athletes from around the...
Team North boys goaltender Liam Tereposky gets the poke-check ready during action at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse this past May. The future of Team North is up in the air after the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT announced earlier this month that it would no longer foot the bill for the program. Laisa Kilabuk/Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT photo

Future of Team North at National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in doubt

The 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) will happen next May in Regina, of that there is no doubt. What is in doubt is whether Team North will be a part of it. The Aboriginal Sports...
Ron Lafond chips onto the green at the 17 th hole during action in the Golf NT qualifier for the Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Championship at the Yellowknife Golf Club on Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Ron Lafond, Brad Waugh and Andy Couvrette lock up Canadian golf championship spots

Golf Canada's national championships are in full swing around the country and the NWT will be stepping into the spotlight next month. The only chore was to figure out who would wear the colours and...
Aiden Anawak of Iqaluit heads for the pylons during a drill as part of the Volleyball Nunavut beach volleyball training camp in Apex, just outside of Iqaluit, late last month. photo courtesy of Volleyball Nunavut

Nunavut readies for beach volleyball debut at Western Canada Summer Games

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the beach, along comes Volleyball Nunavut with its big ideas. There had been talk of Volleyball Nunavut entering beach volleyball teams into the 2019 Western...

SPORTS TALK: You think Bobby Bonilla’s payout was bad?

July 1 means a lot of things to a lot of people. We celebrated Canada's 152nd year of existence that day, for example. Some people celebrated their own personal birthdays. Maybe a wedding anniversary in...
Sanaa Doherty, left, and her dad, Shaun Doherty, cross the finish line together in the 3-km family fun run portion of the Fun Run/Walk Challenge's second event at Somba K'e Park on June 30. photo courtesy of Cameron Twa

New Yellowknife running series proves popular

If you're a marathoner, you train to be able to run 42.2-km. If you're a recreational runner, you train to be able to run a short race of, say, 5-km. Problem is there aren't that...
Gina Michel, left, head coach of the Western Canada Summer Games girls soccer team, talks with her players during a break in the action in Ventura, California on Wednesday. The girls and boys teams are in California for a training camp, which wraps up on Monday. photo courtesy of Don Stewart

Soccer teams ramp it up in California

The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Sask., are little more than a month away and the real preparation is starting to begin. For the soccer teams, that means a southern trip to...

Sports Talk: Could muay Thai work in Yellowknife? Why not?

There's been traditional boxing, complete with the Queensbury rules, in town before. There's been mixed-martial arts in town before. Both have been well-received in large part because they're well-known. I've covered major events here...
Dalton McLeod from Inuvik completed the 240 kilometre Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay in 11 hours on June 15. Photo courtesy of Paul MacDonald

Inuvik youth completes 240 km cycling event

Before taking on the menacing 240 km Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay solo race event on June 15, the only other long distance race that 17-year-old Dalton McLeod had participated in was a five...
Participants take off for their run during the Midnight Sun Fun Run on June 22. Over 100 individuals from all walks of life participated in events such as a five kilometre run or a sprint triathlon. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Midnight Sun Fun Run adds new sprint triathlon event

There were over 100 runners who took part in this year’s Midnight Sun Fun Run activities on June 22, where 18 of the participants tried out the event's latest addition: a sprint triathlon. Steve Krug,...
Alanna Pellerin puts the ball into play during the minor ball portion of Family Day at the Ballpark at Tommy Forrest Ball Park on June 19. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Family Day at the Ballpark returns for another go-round

By all accounts, softball is alive and well in Yellowknife and one of the big reasons why it's in good shape happened last week at Tommy Forrest Ball Park. The annual Family Day at the...
Mike Auge, left, receives his winner's cheque of $1.71 for winning the FORE! Championship from Shaun Morris, president of the Mediocre Golf Association's Yellowknife chapter, at Tommy Forrest Ball Park on June 21. photo courtesy of Shaun Morris

History made in mediocre fashion

The Yellowknife chapter of the Mediocre Golf Association has never had a winner from outside the city in its three-plus years of operations. That all changed on June 20 and it took a former Yellowknifer...
Kyra McDonald, a 15-year-old hockey player from Inuvik, is one of many youth female hockey players from across the nation who make up the first all-girl season of the Hit The Ice youth hockey series. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Inuvik hockey player makes her TV debut

Season seven of the Canadian youth hockey series “Hit The Ice” premiered on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on June 12, and it stars one of Inuvik’s most talented and upcoming hockey players. 15-year-old...
Keith Way, seen during the men's doubles final of the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon on Tuesday, has qualified for the World Masters darts tournament happening later this year in England. photo courtesy of Keith Bourque

Keith Way qualifies for World Masters darts tournament

The hits keep on rolling for the NWT at the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon. First, it was Elvis Beaudoin and Keith Way who made history at the event by becoming the first team...
Elvis Beaudoin, left, and Keith Way hoist the champions plaques after winning the mens doubles title at the Adult National Darts Championships in Saskatoon on Tuesday. photo courtesy of Sheh Murillo

Historic win for NWT darts in Saskatoon

For the first time in Canadian darts history, the NWT can call itself a national champion. Elvis Beaudoin and Keith Way of Yellowknife became the first players from the territory to win a title at...
Softball instructor Bryan Sask, left, teaches Keene Woodcock how to properly hold a bat during a softball clinic in Inuvik on June 9. Sask and NWT Softball executive director Paul Gard were in town from June 8 to 9, where they introduced youth to the basic fundamentals of the game. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Softball clinic a home run for Inuvik youth

A softball clinic for Inuvik youth was hosted from June 8 to 9, where more than 50 kids came out to learn about the basic fundamentals of the game. Paul Gard, the executive director of...