Going for gold
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Jared Tordoff is getting set for the biggest fight of his mixed-martial arts career this weekend.
The Yellowknife fighter will be on the card this Friday for Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 52 in Calgary, where he'll do battle with Riley Pequin of Calgary for the promotion's amateur middleweight title. Two other Yellowknife fighters are also scheduled to be on the card as Grey Patino takes on Isaiah Burkhalter of Montana in a featherweight bout while Todd Vatcher is scheduled to fight Colton Cronkite of Lethbridge, Alta., in a middleweight contest.
See a future edition of Yellowknifer for the results.
Battle on the mat
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - It's a big weekend for the NWT Judo Association at the Multiplex.
The second annual Arctic Open will kick off on Friday and it's a full program for everyone taking part. Friday will be a training session at the association's dojo in Kam Lake with the main events starting up on Saturday. First up that day will be the territorial championship for the U8 through U12 age categories. Weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. at the Multiplex with action getting underway at 10:30 a.m. Following the matches, there's the Ju-Dodgeball Cup tournament at 11 a.m.
The Arctic Open itself is in the afternoon with matches starting at 2:30 p.m. and medal presentations at 3:30 p.m. Another Ju-Dodgeball Cup tournament follows at 3:30 p.m. and will finish with a camp at 4 p.m.
Shuttles at the ready
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - Weledeh, St. Pat's and Sir John Franklin Gymnasiums are the sites for the Yellowknife Middle School and High School Badminton Championships, which begin on Friday.
Both tournaments will feature play in boys and girls singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles. The middle school tournament is happening at Weledeh and St. Pat's Gymnasiums and is being divided up by grades - six, seven and eight - with pool play in each format before going to a single-knockout playoff format.
The high school tournament is at Sir John Franklin and will be divided up into U15 and U19 age groups. Unlike the middle school tournament, the singles format in the high school tournament will follow the waterfall format. Everyone starts in the A pool with first-round losers going to the C pool and second-round losers going to the B pool to continue on in the tournament. The doubles will have a round-robin and a playoff.
Both tournaments are expected to wrap up on Saturday.