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Tempers flare on Senior Super Soccer final day

Emotions always run high when it comes to championship games and that was no different on Sunday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. The U19AA boys final between Sir John Franklin and St. Pat’s was a highly-charged affair, as most games between the two schools tend to be, and tempers came to a head during the second...
Kaleigh Niptanatiak of Kugluktuk prepares to let fly with a shot during Grade 7 girls playoff action in Diavik Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 30. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Close but no banner this time

It stands to reason that if you spend a pile of money on getting to a tournament, you want to win it. In the case of the Kugluktuk High School Grizzlies, just being there in the end was all worth it. The community’s Grade 7 girls team was in with a chance in the final...
Andy Attagutalukutuk of Iglulik heads for Uluksa Point near Arctic Bay on the opening day of the 2017 Nunavut Quest in Arctic Bay on April 20. Attagutalukutuk would go on to win the race for the fourth time in five years as he crossed the finish line first in Iglulik on April 28. photo courtesy of Facebook

Andy Attagutalukutuk reigns supreme again

The word dynasty is thrown out in the sports world like candy but it’s the perfect word to use when it comes to Andy Attagutalukutuk. The Iglulik musher is once again champion of the Nunavut Quest after he crossed the finish line first in his home community in a time of 40 hours, 22 minutes,...
Ten-year-old Jacob Aylward receives the award as YBC Bowler of the Year in Hay River from coach Lillian Crook during a year-end event at Lizard's Lounge & Lanes on April 29. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Bowling leagues wrap up season

The 2016-2017 year of bowling leagues in Hay River wrapped up on April 29. In the afternoon, youth bowlers gathered at Lizard’s Lounge & Lanes to receive certificates for their participation in the Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) program. “With our little YBC program, they all get an award,” said YBC coach Lillian Crook. “So they...
Mitchell Elliott of Range Lake North cradles the ball after making a stop during the Grade 7 boys final of Diavik Junior Super Soccer at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. - James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Winner, winner, Wildcat dinner

The Super Soccer format has been happening since 1993, even though the NWT School Soccer Championships had been happening before its current format. In all those years, no school had ever swept the board to win every single championship up for grabs. William McDonald School gave it a go this year and missed out by...
Arviat fishers will start looking for the big ones on May 12, trying to match the skills of 2016 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby winners, from left, Lakeisha Flynn (1st place trout), Janet Ishalook (2nd pike), Joy Suluk (2nd trout), Pierre Ikakhik (3rd pike), Daniel Kablutsiak (3rd trout) and Norma-Jean Kablutsiak (1st pike). - NNSL file photo

Fishing derby set to go

If Rankin Inlet has hockey as its big community deal, Arviat’s big community deal is right around the corner. The excitement is building for what many regard as the most popular community event of the year in Arviat. The 2017 Pike and Trout Fishing Derby is set to go from May 12-14, with measuring to...
NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald, left, and Natalie Spooner of the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Toronto Furies inspect the Stanley Cup during the trophy's stop in Iqaluit on April 26. It was the first of eight stops over four days for hockey's biggest prize through the territory. - photo courtesy of Project North

Hockey’s holy grail heads to Nunavut

The Stanley Cup playoffs are happening right now and one lucky team will get to lift the biggest prize the sport has to offer in June. In the meantime, hockey’s holy grail is on a goodwill tour of sorts and it returned to Nunavut for a second year running from April 26 to 29, visiting...
Mike Harlow, left, presents a Can’t Skate Excellence Award to Gene Jenks for “most likely to hit the boards to stop.” The Inuvik Can’t Skate League held a year-end awards night Friday, April 21. - Stewart Burnett/NNSL photo

Celebrating the best of the worst

In Yellowknife, there’s a hockey league known as Weekly Improvement for Mediocre PlayerS, better known as WIMPS. It’s a league where those who love the game hit the ice for truly recreational hockey. Inuvik has its own version and the best of the worst got their just due late last month. Gene Jenks proudly held...
Team North's boys squad will be looking to defend or better their silver-medal performance from one years ago at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, which begin on May 1 in Cowichan, B.C. Last year's team consisted of, front row from left, Seth Ningeongan, Tyler Akeeagok, River Ross, Austin Caza, Qarqitaq Kusugak-Clark, Kaine Comin and Josh Tetlichi; back row, Alex Skinner (injured), assistant coach Neco Towtongie, head coach Les Skinner, Drake Giroux, Liam Wong, Jaden Sigurdson, Ben McClelland, Johnny Elias, Jonas Leas, Stephane Nukapiak, Kaidan McDonald, Tyler Sabourin, Tanner Mandeville (injured), Ryan Skinner, team manager Derek Squirrel and assistant coach Tim Gordon. - photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Team North off and running

Last year was a historic result for Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships as they won a silver medal, the first medal of any colour for the North at the annual tournament. The man who led the boys team to that result said there’s no reason why his boys can’t go one better...
Jack Works will be plying his trade with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League next season after signing with the team earlier this week. - photo courtesy of Greg Works

Jack Works takes the next step up

The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has seen its share of Yellowknife players go through its ranks in recent years. Jacob Schofield, Andy Williams and Tye Hand are just a few who have played in the league at some point. Jack Works will be joining that list and the most impressive part is that he’s...
Huw Morris, seen during the Soccer For Life camp at the Fieldhouse this past weekend, took his Canada Summer Games boys soccer team to Ventura, California for a training camp in preparation for the Games in Winnipeg this July. - photo courtesy of NWT Soccer

NWT Soccer heads south for camp

The weather lately in Yellowknife hasn’t exactly lent itself to outdoor training. So if you can’t train outdoors, something which you have to do when you’re getting ready for the Canada Summer Games in July in Winnipeg, you head to a place where it’s a bit more palatable. That’s what the boys soccer team did...
Team North's boys squad will be looking to defend or better their silver-medal performance from one years ago at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, which begin on May 1 in Cowichan, B.C. Last year's team consisted of, front row from left, Seth Ningeongan, Tyler Akeeagok, River Ross, Austin Caza, Qarqitaq Kusugak-Clark, Kaine Comin and Josh Tetlichi; back row, Alex Skinner (injured), assistant coach Neco Towtongie, head coach Les Skinner, Drake Giroux, Liam Wong, Jaden Sigurdson, Ben McClelland, Johnny Elias, Jonas Leas, Stephane Nukapiak, Kaidan McDonald, Tyler Sabourin, Tanner Mandeville (injured), Ryan Skinner, team manager Derek Squirrel and assistant coach Tim Gordon. - photo courtesy of Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

Team North prepares for battle

For Team North’s girls, it’s a year where the future will get a chance to show what they can do. For Team North’s boys, it’s a year where they have a new-found reputation to uphold. The 2017 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships get underway in Cowichan, B.C., on May 1 and Team North, made up of...