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Tai Leathem, seen during the NWT Gymnastics Championships earlier this year, was one of three boys gymnasts to win seven medals at the Canmore Summit Invitational in Canmore, Alta., this past weekend. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Gymnasts close it out in style at Canmore Summit Invitational

If you're going to bring down the curtain on a season, you want to do it with a bang. Winning 40 medals as a unit at a gymnastics competition is a sure-fire way to ensure...
Wilson Elliot, left, receives the Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award from Glenn Tait, a member of the Sport North board of directors during the Sport North Awards at the Explorer Hotel on Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Sport North honours the best at annual awards banquet

The last 12 months in the world of NWT sports has been a good one, as it usually is, but some moments and athletes were a sliver above the rest. Those who were got their...
Emma Willoughby received the Lanky Muyres Award, which honours the top scholastic student at Sir John Franklin High School, during the school's Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony on May 24. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Sir John Franklin High School hands out athletic honours for 2018-2019

The big happening at Sir John Franklin High School on May 24 was the induction of Pooja Chugh, Hannah Clark and Graeme Ryder into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame. But there was another event...

SPORTS TALK: Let’s hope Bill Buckner rests in peace – he deserves it

Bill Buckner is a name as synonymous with the World Series as anyone else could ever be to any other sport. It seems all anyone remembers him for is his play in the 10 th...
Completed in 2017, the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is a long and winding gravel road that spans 140 km. As of April 2019, various species of fish are not to be sport fished within 100m of the road’s centerline. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Sport fishing regulated along Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway

A regulatory change to the NWT Fishery Regulations has limited the variety of fish one can retain when sport fishing within 100m of the centerline of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway. The 2019-20 Northwest Territories Sport Fishing...
The Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2019 are, from left, Pooja Chugh, Hannah Clark and Graeme Ryder. The trio was inducted into the school's hall of fame at a ceremony on Friday evening. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes newest members

A racquet sports specialist, a national-level speedskater and one of the best young basketball players to ever come out of Yellowknife. Those are the sporting occupations of the Sir John Franklin Athletics Hall of Fame...

The new great age of British hockey … yes, it’s a thing

It's incredible what the offer of free beer will do to people. A brewery in North Carolina had one of its delivery vans stolen in the early hours of May 20, leading to quite the...
The Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball squad wrapped up its club season this past Sunday by finishing second in the U17 silver division at the Volvo 120 Hoops Showcase in Edmonton. They are, front row from left, Taya Straker, Naomi Yukon, Emma Willoughby, Meadow Munroe, Kaitlyn Kenny and Lilly Newberry; back row from left, head coach Aaron Wells, Mali Straker, Denae Lafferty, Mia MacInnis, Elle Mitchener, Drew Wolfe, Lili Casaway, assistant coach Claire Mennell and assistant coach Scott Green. photo courtesy of Benji Straker

Silver lining for Deton Cho Eagles at Volvo 120 Hoops Showcase in Edmonton

On the heels of their win at the Arctic Shoot-Out earlier this month, the Deton Cho Eagles girls high performance basketball team went to Edmonton last weekend to try and make it two in...
The members of the Beaufort Delta True North All Starz mens basketball team, who finished with a 3-2 record in the 2019 Arctic Shootout basketball tournament in Yellowknife. From left to right: Dennis Dulay, Sasha Olekshy, Stephen Robertson, Douglas Keevik, Byron Kotokak, Noah Gruben and Brent Carlyle. photo courtesy of Dennis Dulay

Beaufort Delta team shines in Yellowknife basketball tournament

The 2019 Arctic Shootout basketball tournament will be a year to remember for the players of the Beaufort Delta True North All Starz, who made it to the semi-finals for the first time in...
Danica Taylor, seen during the 2018 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Membertou, N.S., was part of the Team North girls squad that finished sixth in this year's championships in Whitehorse. photo courtesy of Laisa Kilabuk

Team North returns from National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

This year saw two things happen at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships that never have before and both involved the girls team. The girls ended up finishing sixth overall – the highest-ever finish for a...
Travis Schindel, playing with The Bay from Cambridge Bay, tries to keep the ball inbounds during the men's final of the Arctic Shoot-Out basketball tournament at St. Pat's Gymnasium on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

A thriller of an Arctic Shoot-Out

When it comes to championship games in tournament play, they're either studs or duds. Never let it be said that this year's games weren't duds and while they may not have had the thrill of...
Gisele Deans of St. Joe's heads upfield with the ball during action in the Grade 4-5 Yellowknife Soccer Tournament at the Fieldhouse on Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

St. Joe’s and Kugluktuk win titles in Grade 4-5 Yellowknife Soccer Tournament

Last year, it was all about N.J. Macpherson School and its dominance in the Grade 4-5 Yellowknife Soccer Tournament. This year, they had to make way for some new winners. Two new champs were crowned on...

SPORTS TALK: Who’s having more fun than the Carolina Hurricanes?

What a great day for journalism on May 7. Two reporters for Reuters in Myanmar, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were released from prison near the capital of Yangon after spending more than 500...

Communities get their half

The spoils really were shared at Senior Super Soccer in Yellowknife this year. The AA banners all stayed in the capital as Sir John Franklin and St. Pat's high schools each won two of them...
Kevin Koe calls the line during action at the Curling World Cup in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Koe and his rink won themselves the gold medal in the men's final late Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win over China's Qiang Zou. Celine Stucki/World Curling Federation photo

Gold medal success for Kevin Koe at Curling World Cup

And now, the curling season is over. But not before Kevin Koe and company polished things off in the best way possible at the Curling World Cup grand final in Beijing, China on Saturday evening. Koe...
Kerry Galusha, seen during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this past February, was back out on the road with her rink of Sarah Koltun, Shona Barbour and Jo Ann Rizzo, the team's new second, to play in the StuSells Oakville Tankard in Oakville, Ont., which wrapped up this past Sunday. Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada photo

Kerry Galusha plays in Lupus Spiel USA fundraising event in Minnesota

Kerry Galusha is a household name in Canadian curling, of that there is no doubt. The mere mention of the last name and curling fans will know exactly who you're talking about. That celebrity status...

SPORTS TALK: So who’s next to get the phone call?

Two young men recently got to experience the excitement of getting drafted by a Western Hockey League outfit. Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod are now hopefully on the road to bigger success in the hockey...
The Crush Volleyball Club's 14U girls outfit made the trip to Ottawa last weekend to compete at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships. They are, front row from left, Gracie Brennan, Thea Marzan, Naledi Ndlovu and Rica Salaboro; back row from left, coach Jeannie Mathison, coach Mike Mathison, Hannah Gillingham, Tamara Mathison, Oleta Duru, Andrea Geraghty and coach Gail Christie. photo courtesy of Jeannie Mathison

Crush Volleyball Club’s 14U girls hit nation’s capital for Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships

So, the Crush Volleyball Club's 14U girls squad didn't win a match at the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships, but they weren't expecting to. It was all about the experience and exposure and they did...
Markus Cluff of Sir John Franklin manages to keep the ball away from a Hay River attacker during Senior Super Soccer U19 boys playoff action at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

St. Pat’s and Sir John Franklin split AA banners in Senior Super Soccer

Isn't it nice when we're all sharing? No one has more than the other? That was the case when it came to the AA banners in the 2019 edition of Senior Super Soccer as both...
Spider Jones, decked out in full cycling regalia, was one of those who took part in the Racquet Club's Spin-a-Thon in support of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation this past Saturday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Racquet Club Spin-a-Thon raises more than $9K for Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation

It's nice enough outside these days that if anyone wanted to go for a bike ride, they could. But it's also nice to stay indoors and help raise some money while taking part in a...

SPORTS TALK: Brad Karp – a Canadian we all can be proud of

Right, so exactly how much time do we have left on this planet? I've heard 12 years from everyone but Beto (Robert) O'Rourke, who's running for the presidency of the U.S., tells us it's...
The girls soccer team from East Three Elementary School that represented Inuvik at the 2019 Junior Super Soccer tournament in Yellowknife from April 26 to 28. Top row, from left to right: Maryssa Camacho, Courtlyn Furlong-Clark, Blaise Mitchell, Casey Gruben, Abygail McDonald, Alexandria Testart, Zoe Hansen, Josie McConnell. Bottom row: Petra Jellema. Photo courtesy of Maryssa Camacho

Inuvik shines at junior soccer tournament

Although they didn’t come away with gold, the coaches for East Three Elementary School’s boys' and girls' soccer teams both agreed that this year was one of the more successful runs that the school...
Kugluktuk's Jonathon Ihumatak tries to shield the ball from an Inuvik Wolves player during Grade 6 boys division playoff action at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife on April 28. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

Back-to-back titles for Kugluktuk at Junior Super Soccer

They came, they saw and they conquered. Again. The Grade 6 boys soccer team from Kugluktuk High School made it two in a row as they successfully defended their title at Junior Super Soccer in Yellowknife...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past February, wrapped up his first Western Hockey League camp with the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Draft delight for Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod

Another year, another round of Yellowknife players getting the phone call they've been waiting for. Logan Cunningham was the first to get picked by Spokane Chiefs after being selected in the third round, 59th overall,...
Kiah Vail, left, shows off the championship banner her St. Albert Slash won on home ice on April 7 with her father, Roger Vail. She can now add the title of national champion as the Slash knocked off the Sudbury Lady Wolves of Ontario to win the Esso Cup on April 27, the third consecutive year the Slash have won the Canadian midget girls hockey championship. photo courtesy of Roger Vail

Third time’s the charm for Kiah Vail at Esso Cup

Kiah Vail of Fort Smith thinks the St. Albert Slash have done something that will never be done again: win the Esso Cup national midget girls hockey championship three times in a row. What we...
Carter McLeod reaches for the puck in front of goaltender Liam Tereposky during action at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., this past February. McLeod returned to Red Deer to play in the Alberta Cup bantam hockey tournament last week. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod shine at Alberta Cup hockey tournament

Logan Cunningham and Carter McLeod have been getting plenty of attention from major junior hockey scouts in western Canada in recent months. They got plenty more attention this past week in Red Deer, Alta. The Yellowknife...
Parents, coaches and players all came out to the final outdoor skate that hosted at Shell Lake on April 23. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik youth have one last skate

With warmer days on the horizon, Inuvik youth took the ice one last time to play some pickup hockey down by the outdoor rink on Shell Lake on April 23. Around 20 kids between the...
Sophia Barichello of William McDonald, right, does battle with Rankin Inlet's Erin Kaludjak for possession during the Grade 8 girls final of Junior Super Soccer at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. James McCarthy/NNSL photo

William McDonald, Range Lake North, Kugluktuk and Weledeh all win banners in Junior Super...

No dominant performance by William McDonald School this year but Yellowknife was still the best on the court when it comes to the final results of Junior Super Soccer. William McDonald did win three of...
Logan Cunningham, seen during the Canada Winter Games this past February, wrapped up his first Western Hockey League camp with the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday. Brandon White/Canada Winter Games photo

SPORTS TALK: Yellowknife’s skin in the game for the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft

May 2 is a big day for bantam hockey players across the western part of North America. It's the day when the Western Hockey League holds its bantam draft and that means hundreds of 14...
The DT Electric Futures U13 boys squad earned themselves second place at the IHG Easter Classic Basketball Tournament in Edmonton this past Sunday. They are from left, coach Mike Callas, Kyle McCallister, Aldon Gavina, Jozuard Mercado, Francesco Stefanos, Jonathan Aine, Jericho Jimenez, Jacob Mitchener and coach Cole Marshall. photo courtesy of Cole Marshall

DT Electric Futures runners-up at IHG Easter Classic Basketball Tournament

While the rest of us were busy counting our loot courtesy of the Easter Bunny, the DT Electric Futures basketball program was busy doing its thing in Edmonton. The Futures had two teams in the...