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Arctic Winter Games 2016

BNWT is inviting all coaches to apply for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games coaching positions. Basketball NWT is looking for 2 qualified coaches- one coach each for the female and male teams. Applications are due by September 16, 2015 and can be sent to info@bnwt.ca. Successful applicants must have coaching experience, volunteer experience and the ability to travel. Must provide a criminal record check in order to be qualified for this position. The posting is in the August 17th News North newspaper. Please send any application and questions to info@bnwt.ca. 


Western Canada Summer Games 2015

Team NWT is back from Western Canada Summer Games with a couple wins under their belts. The boys competed against the other 2 territories -coming out with wins and the girls matched up with the Yukon girls on Monday where they pulled out a W. Both teams ended with strong showings and made NWT proud.The final winning scores for the boys match ups against the Northern competitors were 64-57 against Yukon and 64 -20 against Nunavut. The girls winning score against Yukon was 65-23. 

Thanks for all the coaches, players, parents, mission staff and Sport North for making this experience one that these athletes will remember for the rest of their lives. Check out some of the pictures on the BNWT facebook page. 


NWT Girls compete at Nationals

Team NWT returned from the Canadian National Female under 15 Championships with all eyes opened and a real sense of what is required to compete at this level. The team, made up of 8 athletes from Yellowknife and 4 from Deline, finished without a win but lots of great experience on the court. They were complemented numerous times for never giving up and competing to the final buzzer. 
 
Head Coach Cole Marshall and Assistant Coach Mary Enerio were extremely proud of the team's effort. "Our girls achieved many of the goals we set each game" Cole said.
 
The team is back in Yellowknife, practicing and getting ready for the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray. The team is now tournament tough, and hoping for a couple of wins.
 

Boys Champs of Tournament in Calgary

The  NWT boys basketball team headed south to Calgary the first weekend in July for some competition. After a quick flight to Calgary the boys hit the courts, coached by Aaron Wells and Nick Diem, playing against the U15 Calgary Strom.  The boys lost by 17 points in a hard fought battle but had a good exhibition game to get them warmed up for the tournament.  The first game of the tournament was against CYDC where the boys pulled out a win by 6 points.  This first game was a battle as CYDC picked up the lead in the 3rd quarter- but the NWT boys fought back and won.  Saturday the winning streak continued with wins against Calgary Black and Calgary Silver.  With 3 wins wrapped up in the tournament- the boys went straight to the finals on Sunday against Winnipeg Venom.  The finals proved to be a tough game as the team started out a bit shaky and were down most of the first quarter. In the second quarter the boys dug deep and worked hard on D to have a lead going into the second half where they beat the Venom 57-53 to win the championship.  Congrats players and coaches on such a successful tournament.  Below is a picture with their trophy.
 
 

Team Photo: 

Front:  Quentin Yukon (Deline), Jesse Tobac (FGH), K'a Nakehk'o (YK), Patrick Yatco, Captain (YK), Adam Inuktalik (Deline), Stéphane Careen (YK), Aaron Wells (Head Coach)

 

Back: Nick Diem (Assistant Coach), Cal Tatti (Deline), Cole Menacho (Deline), TJ Kaskamin (FGH), Sam Tutcho (Deline), Félix Flamand (YK), Matteo Bertolini (YK)


Girls All Territory Camp in the Newspaper


Girls All Territory Camp

The 1st ever Girls All Territory Camp happened in Yellowknife July 2-6th. There were a total of 32 athletes from Yukon and the NWT that participated in the camp. The girls were involved with numerous on court sessions including: nutrition, sports psychology, yoga and running sessions to name a few. The girls were able to have some tough competition in the evenings with games against the Yukon Westerns Team, NWT Westerns Team and two local NWT teams. The exciting game of the weekend happened  on Sunday evening against the two Westerns teams- where NWT Westerns  beat the Yukon Westerns team. It was a great weekend with lots of basketball. The girls had a special guest on Monday morning- Norm Hann- who competed on the Canadian National Team in 1995. Norm had an awesome court presence with the girls and we were lucky to have him along with other special guests come in to work with the girls this past weekend. Thank you to all the coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes for making this 1st annual event a huge success! 


2015 Arctic Shootout

 Basketball players from across NWT and Nunavut came to Yellowknife May 15-17th weekend for Arctic Shootout.  The tournament had local teams, as well as Iqaluit and Cambridge Bay. It was a weekend full of some tight competition- with YK Funky Bunch and Ol' School winning the titles. Pictures below are of the winning teams! 
 

McLennan Ross GO Ball Tournament

Female basketball players across Yellowknife took to the courts May 23rd and 24th for the 2nd Annual McLennan Ross 3 on 3 GO Ball tournament. Girls ranging from 5 to 16 years of age were involved in 3 on 3 play throughout the weekend and a skills competition on Sunday for all divisions. This tournament wraps up the spring session of GO Ball . GO Ball runs programs in the Fall and Spring and have about 100 girls in the program that participate in skill development sessions once a week. The spring session also includes a Tuesday league night - GO Play- where the girls get to play 3 on 3. Thank you to all the coaches that run this program. Also a big shoutout to McLennan Ross as the sponsor for the this tournament! 


Yellowknife's Spring Mixed League


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