James McCarthy | Monday, July 28, 2014
A big turnout
HAY RIVER - An August long-weekend tradition in Hay River is continuing as the annual Coors Slo-Pitch Tournament will kick off this coming Friday evening.
Kyle Kugler, executive director of NWT Softball, said 16 teams have signed up to play and teams are coming from as far away as Saskatchewan and Northern Alberta, along with teams from Fort Resolution and Hay River.
Play will continue all weekend long with the playoffs and finals scheduled for Aug. 4.
Letting the kids play
DELINE/FORT FRANKLIN - While the adults do their thing in Hay River on the long weekend, Deline will be hosting a youth co-ed slo-pitch tournament in the community from Aug. 1 to 3.
Valene Kenny, who's helping to organize the tournament, said teams from Deline, Tulita and Norman Wells will be taking part and all players will be between the ages of 15 and 18.
The playoffs will take place on the Sunday and Kenny stressed the tournament is meant to be for fun.
Long weekend golf tournament approaching
LIIDLII KUE/FORT SIMPSON - Golfers can stay busy in Fort Simpson on the civic holiday in August by participating in the Nahehdeh Classic.
The annual tournament will begin at 12 p.m. on Aug. 4 following a four-person best ball format over 18 holes. There will be prizes for the first and second placed teams as well as prizes for longest putt, closest to the pin, longest drive and a hole-in-one on hole-two during the second round.
Additional prizes will be awarded to participants through a random draw. There will also be a dinner for participants in the evening.
Volleyballers hit the beach
IKALUKTUTIAK/CAMBRIDGE BAY - Beach volleyball has arrived in Cambridge Bay.
There is an informal weekly gathering for youth between 12 and 18 who are looking to play every Tuesday and it's being organized by resident Ben Garrett.
The group gathers every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the hamlet's wellness centre and drives out to Long Point for the afternoon.
If you're interested, parental consent forms are available at the centre.
More equipment coming
IKALUKTUTIAK/CAMBRIDGE BAY - Cambridge Bay Minor Hockey saw an explosion of registrations this past season, so much so that those players without equipment had to go without on some nights.
That hopefully won't be a problem for the future as more than two dozen bags of equipment, already sorted, will be on its way to the community in the near future, according to Fred Muise, president of the association.
He said once word got out about the situation, former NHL player Reggie Leach got wind and pointed Muise in the direction of Heros, a non-profit group based out of Vancouver, which helps organize equipment drives.
Muise said it's not known when the equipment will arrive as Canadian North is still trying to find the best time to bring it up but he did confirm it will be in the community in time for the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Juggernauts take on the country
KANGIQLINIQ/RANKIN INLET - The Juggernauts co-ed slo-pitch team from Rankin Inlet is about to hit the road for the 2014 Slo Pitch National Canadian Championships.
The team is competing in the Co-Ed E Division in Winnipeg and will begin play on Aug. 1 with two games. Two more games follow on Aug. 2 and if they do well enough, they will earn a playoff spot. The playoffs will begin Aug. 3.
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