Dawn Keith Wrap Up

Basketball players from across the NWT were in town this past weekend for the Dawn Keith/Super Camp. Close to 100 players were able to participate in the sessions that were led by Dawn Keith. The Go Ball sessions were more games based, while the Boys and Girls Westerns/CSG sessions were focused on skills, transition and leadership. Thank you Dawn for a great weekend of learning for both the players and coaches. Below is a picture of the youngest group of athletes that worked with Dawn. Go Ball girls in grade 3-5. 

Big Weekend of Basketball in Yellowknife 

This coming weekend BNWT is excited to announce that there will be a Super Camp in Yellowknife. Facilitactor Dawn Keith will be coming to work with various basketball programs in town throughout the weekend. At the same time both the boys/girls programs will be having Westerns/CSG sessions. Looking forward to having lots of players throughout the Territory in Yellowknife for a weekend full of basketball. 

NWT Power Corp. Sr Cager 

Here are the winners for NWTPC Sr. Cager this past weekend. Congrats to all players and teams!

15 Girls   A Champions- Inuvik

                AA Champions - Deline

MVP: Brittany Kenny


15 Boys   A Champions - St.Pats

                AA Champions - St. Pats

MVP: Patrick Yatco


19 Girls  A Champions - Cambridge Bay

               AA Champions - Sir John 

MVP: Alison Buckland


19 Boys   A Champions - DJSS

                AA Champions- Inuvik

MVP: Liam Laroque


NWT Power Corp. Jr Cager

Here are the winners for NWTPC Jr. Cager that happened last weekend.

Grade 6 Boys

Champions - East Three Elementary (Inuvik)

Runner's Up - Weledeh
MVP - Sam

Grade 6 Girls

Champions - William MacDonald

Runner's Up - East Three Elementary
MVP - Mali Straker

Grade 7 Boys

Champions - Ecole St. Joseph 

Runner's Up - William MacDonald
MVP - Marck Olimpo

Grade 7 Girls

Champions - Ecole St. Joseph

Runner's Up - Weledeh
MVP - Denae Lafferty

Grade 8 Boys

Champions - Deline

Runner's Up - Range Lake North
MVP - Sam Tutcho

Grade 8 Girls

Champions - Deline

Runner's Up - Ecole St. Joseph
MVP - Tristan Dolphus

HP Girls Travel to Whitehorse for Competition

The HP girls traveled to Whitehorse the weekend of February 6th- 8th, 2015 to compete against some Yukon teams. Both the Junior and Senior teams played 3 games each throughout the weekend, and joined in on a training session from Christine Kirk and Jamie Shaw. The senior girls had a strong showing against Yukon's Western Canada Summer Games team and the F H Collins basketball team. The team went undefeated throughout the weekend. The junior team was matched up against the Lynx club team and the F H Collins Grade 8 team. This was the first time the junior team had played together in a game setting against competitors other than intersquad games and they went 2-1 for the weekend. Overall a great showing by the HP girls program in Whitehorse. Great job girls!

Ulukhaktok Player Development Camp

The athletes of Ulukhaktok were part of a player development camp at the end of January, when Technical Director Nikki Grobbecker hit the courts with them. Sessions occured on the weekend for ages 8-16 focusing on shooting, dribbling, passing and footwork. The next three days were spent in Helen Kalvak school where the children got to play basketball during gym class, which included kindergardens to high school students. Thank you to Ulukhaktok for welcoming BNWT into your community. Below are some pictures from the clinic! 

BNWT Raffle

BNWT would like to congratulate the following winners of the BNWT Raffle:
Estrella Garcia - Edmonton Oilers Prize Pack, airfare courtesy of First Air
Karen Johnson - Great Slave Helicopters 30 Minute Helicopter Ride
Rick Walbourne - Old Town Paddle & Co. 2 Full Day Rental
Kiel Krutko - Northern Food Services Meat Box
Winners can contact Emmanuel Ramos at 446-3850 to arrange prize pick ups.
Thank you to our sponsors above that have donated these prizes as well as Tait Communications for the designing of the tickets and KopyKat for the printing of the tickets. 

2017 Canada Summer Games Coaches Announcement

Basketball NWT is pleased to announce Aaron Wells and Melissa Bard as the Head Coaches for the male and female basketball teams that will compete at the 2017 Canca Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
Aaron Wells will take the lead on coaching the male basketball team in this competition. Aaron brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and playing experience in the North. Wells competed as a player in National/International competitions during high school at the National Championships and Arctic Winter Games respectively. Since receiving a Bachelors Degree in 2011 from Mount Royal University, he has returned to the North and been the assistant coach for the NWT Junior Men’s team, 2013 Canada Summer Games and the U17 National Championships. Wells is currently the head coach of the NWT Junior Men’s Basketball Team that is run out of Yellowknife, NT.
Melissa Bard has been selected as the head coach for the Women’s team that will compete in 2017. Melissa has over 9 years of experience coaching basketball teams in Alberta and most recently the NWT. Bard played on the University of Alberta’s Women’s Basketball team throughout her time at University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 2005. Melissa was the head coach of the Arctic Winter Games team in 2010 and 2014, in which the girl’s team won a silver medal in the 2014 games. She is the co-founder of the GO Ball program that was founded in 2011 and has girls from K- 12 playing the game of basketball. Melissa has been the head coach of the Yellowknife High Performance Girls Program from 2008- 2011 and 2013 to present.
We are looking forward to working with these coaches over the next two and a half years, as we develop our athletes for this national competition. For more information you can contact info@bnwt.ca. 

Christmas GO BALL Drop - Ins

GO BALL will be offering drop-in sessions over the Christmas holidays once again this year. The sessions will run on December 29th and 30th at the Multiplex gym. Division 4 will be from 12-1:30 and Division 3 from 1:30-3. Cost is $10 to drop in or $15 for both days. For more information you can check out the GO Ball facebook page. 

Train to Train Coaching Certification

Basketball NWT is excited to announce that we will be bringing facilitator Mark Hogan to Yellowknife, NT to run the Train to Train coaching certification from January 16-18, 2015. If you are interested in this clinic please review the information on the Basketball Alberta website- under the coaches tab. 

Dawn Keith Development Camp

We are excited to be bringing Dawn Keith to Yellowknife November 28-30, 2014 for a skills/development camp with the HP boys and girls teams, Go Ball program and Kingland boys team. There are sessions being held throughout the weekend and the full schedule can be seen on "upcoming events" on the side of the website. Dawn has coached at many universities across Canada as a head and assistant coach, including Concordia, Mount Royal and Lethbridge. She has also coached club and provincial teams throughout the years. Dawn is bringing a lot of expereince and is very excited to be working with the athletes here in Yellowknife. 

Yellowknife Pinoy Basketball League Ref Clinic 

President of Basketball NWT, Damien Healy, joined the Yellowknife Pinoy Basketball League on a Sunday in November to give a clinic on reffing basketball games in their league. This league is new this year and they will play every Sunday until December 28th- which is when the finals are scheduled for. There are roughly 60 registered players and 5 teams in the league. Good Luck to all players involved with this new league! 

 ParticipACTION Teen Challenge 

Basketball NWT is excited to announce that there will be a "sport sampler" this Thursday for the Steve Nash program. All kids aged 7-11 are invited to come out and try the sport of basketball and then you will have the opportunity to join the program for the rest of the season. The "sport sampler" is an initiative put on by ParticipACTION during Sports Day in Canada Community Engagement Week. It is this Thursday, November 27th from 6-7:30 at the William Mac gym. Bring your shoes and a friend and come try Steve Nash basketball. 

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada! 

Basketball NWT and the basketball players in the NWT would like to take this time to thank all the coaches across the territory for the time and commitment that each coach has given to this sport. Basketball continues to grow throughout the territory and it would not be possible without your help! Thank you again for giving kids across the territory the opportunity to play basketball. Below are quotes from some of the basketball players across the NWT. If you are a player and would like to share a story about your coach- please send an email to info@bnwt.ca
Melissa Bard
"Besides raising a family, you have devoted so much volunteer time and effort to our girl's basketball team. Every time we slack off, you push us harder. You push us out of our comfort zones. You train us until we moan and ache in the morning. In the end everything falls together and it makes us better and stronger. Deep down inside we know that is the only way to cultivate a winning spirit. Thank you for teaching us sportsmanship, fairplay and many values that will help us throughout life."- Ali 
Tobi Taylor Dusome
"The pride of St. Patrick High School, Tobi Taylor- Dusome. Undoubtedly the most understanding coach out there. She has great patience and undying passion for the game of basketball. Tobi always gives her all to develop disciplined palyers and build strong-willed teams. Her great skill and will to teach allows her to train ordinary athletes to become basketball superstars in a matter of months.  But most of all she treats her team like family. A family connected by the same goals and love for the game. Thank you for letting us be part of your team Coach Tobi!" - Richelle


Matt Craig

"The first time I encountered Matt Craig as a coach was in his grade 12 year. He travelled to Tulita to coach my team in a tournament that we had been invited to. Not only did we go undefeated in the tournament, what struck me most was how much everyone loved to be around him. He got everyone to smile, from kids on our team to the little kids from Tulita who came to watch. He is the funniest and most easygoing person in any gym he walks into, and it helped him bring our team together and connect with us as a young coach who wasn’t that much older than most of us.

When it comes to Matt as a coach and motivator, he is excellent as well. He has a genuine passion for the game that his players recognise, seeing a coach that is that absorbed in the game is really rare. Knowing when to push players, and when to offer guidance in a more relaxed way is one of Matt’s strengths as a coach. From my experience with Matt as a young coach I can only see him growing and bettering his skills as a mentor and as a leader who inspires the youth who play for him." - Matt

Shaun Doherty
"Our Coach, Shaun Doherty, he's great. He's always pushing us to do our best in sports. If one of us is doing something wrong, he'll stop by us and just show us how to do it properly until we get it right. He's done so much for me and the team, he brought us on trips that most of us didn't think we'd go on. He got us basketball jerseys/jacket and he even got brought us to the Toronto Raptors game. Shaun is just simply the best. Thanks for being our coach." - Whitney

Kingland Ford Jr. High Performance Team

Coach Report

Coach Dëneze Nakehk’o recounts his teams exciting trip to the Wolfpack Invitational Basketball Tournament in Liidlii Kue (Fort Simpson) NWT, February 7-9, 2014.
The Mildred Hall School Eagles Boys Basketball Team
- Keaton, Grade 5
- Jordan, Grade 6
- Konrad, Grade 7
- Matthew, Grade 7
- K'a, Grade 8
- Jonathon, Grade 8
- Willem, Grade 8
2 wins - 2 losses
The MHS Eagles Boys Basketball team played in the Junior Boys Division of the Wolfpack Invitational Basketball Tournament. There were 3 teams in our division, the Thomas Simpson School Junior Boys Team (TSSJB) and the Thomas Simpson School High School Girls Team (TSSHSG).
Pool play started on Friday evening with our first game against the TSSJB, we lost. Our next game later that evening was against the TSSHSG, which we also lost. Our boys were a little down, reality sunk in and they understood that in order to win they would have to play as a team and focus more on defense and rebounding.
Before our next games we had a morning practice on Saturday to modify our offensive strategies and focused more on defense and rebounding. The Semi-Final game took place Saturday afternoon against the 2nd and 3rd place teams in our division. The TSSJB beat us and lost to the TSSHSG, so they were 2nd. We lost both our games to we were 3rd in our division.
The TSSJG had an exceptionally talented player, Warren Cli, Grade 5. He carved us up and got Keaton fouled out of our first meeting. This time we were prepared. Keaton and K'a took turns in defending Warren. Willem, Jonathon, Konrad and Matthew seemed to grab every rebound and defend our own basket very well.
Jordan, K'a and Keaton hit some open outside shots and converted layups on fast breaks from steals and long rebounds. We ending up winning the game by 10 points and punched our ticket to a finals showdown with the Thomas Simpson High School Sr. Girls team.
We were able to carry over our momentum from the semi's into the Finals. We jumped out to an early lead against the Girls.
K'a played exceptional defense on the Girls team's best player. He denied her the ball so she wasn't able to get it, which knocked the team out of their system. On top of that our team was coming into form and understanding our system and utilized opportunities to pass and score.
Our big players defended our hoop well and rebounded the ball even better. But near the end of the game, I'm not sure if we let up or the Girls really stepped up their game, probably a combination of both, the Girls team came back and whittled down our lead. With 0:30 seconds left they cut our lead to 2, we were up 31 to 29. After a missed Girls shot and a fight for the rebound our boys fouled the Girls with 1.7 seconds left, she had 2 free throws. She missed her first and made her second, 31-30. Willem inbounded the ball to K'a and we held it for the win. Gold Medals all around!
Keaton got MVP of the Junior Division
K'a got the Sportsmanship Award
Willem got the Officials Award, given by the referees for the most respectful player
Good job all around. I'm proud of the boys and their accomplishment.
Special thanks to Nick, Director of Player Development for Basketball NWT and Coach of the Boys High Performance Basketball Team and the Arctic Winter Games Team NWT Boys Team. Nick was able to drive 4 of our player to Liidlii Kue and back to Yellowknife. He also helped out in providing some of our players some tips and encouragement.
Also thanks to my Mother, Celine Antoine, for providing our team with dinner on Friday and Saturday night.
Thanks to Ryan Nichols for sticking his neck out for me and going to bat for us to help us travel to the tournament. And a big thanks to the school for support and encouragement.
On to the Cager!

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Kingland Futures Basketball

Boy's Jr High Performance Program. 

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