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Olympian Jesse Cockney, left, posed with River Ross of the Inuvik Speed Skating Club, fellow Olympian Michael Gilday and Alex Robertson of the speedskating club April 11 at East Three Secondary School following a presentation by the NWT athletic stars. - Shawn Giilck/NNSL photo
An Olympic-sized visit
Michael Gilday and Jesse Cockney share stories and impress students

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Sports briefs
James McCarthy | Monday, April 21, 2014

Balls to the wall

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - The annual Adult Super Soccer co-ed tournament was held in Yellowknife over the weekend and there was representation once again from Behchoko.
Behchoko FC made the trip over to take on some of the best adult teams from the NWT and Nunavut. The team was in a pool against three Yellowknife teams and were scheduled to begin on Friday evening, with two more games on Saturday.
They did get one playoff game on Saturday evening and if they won, they would have advanced to the semifinals on Sunday.
See the next edition of News/North for the recap.

Getting their kicks in

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - With Adult Super Soccer now done, it's time for the scholastic version of the North's biggest soccer tournament to get underway.
Diavik Junior Super Soccer will begin on Wednesday afternoon in Yellowknife and there are several teams from the NWT and Nunavut in grades six through eight lining up to take on teams from Yellowknife.
Entries are confirmed from Behchoko, Fort McPherson and Aklavik along with Iqaluit, Kugluktuk and Rankin Inlet from Nunavut.
The finals for all six divisions will be held this coming Sunday.

Ready for nationals

KAHNAWAKE, QUE. - Some NWT hockey players will be front and centre for the 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Kahnawake, Que., which begin April 28. They will join their colleagues from Nunavut and Yukon and here's who's going:

Jaden Beck, Yellowknife; Evan Tordiff, Fort Smith; Carter Hill, Hay River; Zachary Zorn, Yellowknife

Bryn Hill, Hay River; Atikin Hehn, Fort Smith; Shakita Jensen, Yellowknife; Davina McLeod, Aklavik; Caitlin Chambers, Hay River

The deadline looms

NWT - The Canada Plus-55 Games are happening in August but the deadline to get in on the action is fast approaching.
Bill Othmer, sport manager at Sport North, said around 80 letters of intention to take part have been received and now the payment is due. The deadline for that is April 30.
He said there are swimmers, tennis players and track athletes among those heading to Strathcona County, Alta. for the games.
One of those will be Western Arctic MP Dennis "The Tennis Menace" Bevington, who will be taking part in tennis.

Northern Hockey Challenge reunion?

IQALUIT - If the stars align, there is the possibility of another Northern Hockey Challenge on the horizon next weekend.
According to several sources in Iqaluit, there is a tournament scheduled to be held under the NHC banner in the capital beginning April 25. Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Kuujjuaq are confirmed entries.
Yellowknife and Hay River have also been invited but there is no word yet on their attendance.

Northern hockey players prepare for the country

NUNAVUT - The 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships are set to begin April 28 in Kahnawake, Que., and Nunavut will be front and centre at the tournament.
Players from the territory will once again join their colleagues from the NWT and Yukon to form Team North and here's who will be playing on the boys and girls sides:

Manuel Ukutak, Arviat
Max Shoo, Iqaluit
Mitchell Tilley, Iqaluit

Jeannie Jones, Coral Harbour
Monica Qattalik, Iglulik
Tiffany Siusangnark, Repulse Bay
Naya Machmer, Iqaluit
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