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PREPARE TO LAUNCH – Yukon's Krish Sharma goes up for a spike against N.W.T. on Jan. 30 at the AWG in Fort McMurray. They are back in action against N.W.T. in the semifinals this afternoon. Photos by TEAM YUKON/SARAH LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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CURLING CONCENTRATION – Yukon girls' team skip Hadley Callan throws a rock against N.W.T. on Jan. 30 at the AWG in Fort McMurray. Photos by TEAM YUKON/SARAH LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

2023 AWG Day 4 Wrap: Yukon takes the lead in medal standings

Yukon took over the expanded medal lead on Day 4 of the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

By Whitehorse Star on February 2, 2023

Yukon took over the expanded medal lead on Day 4 of the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

Tori Vollmer added to her gold medal haul by finishing first in the 2006-08 Female Parallel Slalom. Annie Heffner took the bronze.

Mack Jenner captured bronze in the 2006-08 Male Parallel Slalom.

Ellyann Dinn claimed the 2008-2010 Female Parallel Slalom gold. Grace Allaway took the bronze.

Tom Vollmer reached the top of the podium again with a victory in the 2008-2010 Male Parallel Slalom.

The powerful Yukon alpine contingent captured the Team title as well to finish off their outstanding Arctics.

According to a Team Yukon press release, chilly temperatures almost put the kibosh on snowboarding but the team powered on in the banked slalom. Isabelle Paquette won gold, Stian Langbakk earned silver and Seamus MacDonald took home a bronze.

The U19 boys’ hockey team battled hard but came up short against the N.W.T, 4-2. Goals came off the sticks of Tanner Gorrell and Beau Yuchak-Lovelace. The loss marked the end of the Games for the team.

Taylor Bierlmeier and Jordan MacDonald scored twice, while Zoe Leas, Cassie Cebuliak, Alia Drummond, and Sophie Drummond scored a goal apiece to give the girls’ hockey team an 8-1 win over Alaska and a berth in the semis.

The boys' U16 hockey team scored their first win of the Games, 7-2 over Alaska. Threes were wild for #3 Jamie King, who netted a hatty. Foster Brassard, Riley Bulmer, Brayden Baldwin and Channon Fumerton added singles.

John Chisholm, Noah Lapierre (2), and Micah Oslund found the net for the juvenile boys’ futsal team, who defeated N.W.T. 4-3.

The girls’ juvenile futsal team lost their first match of the Games to the N.W.T. by a 4-1 score, with Camille Cashaback St-Laurent notching the lone goal for the Yukon.

The junior girls' futsal team dropped a close one to Sápmi 2-1, with Breanna Brown netting the only Yukon goal.

The boys’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the Games, a 97-76 setback to Alberta North. Gage Sweeney scored 18 points in a losing cause, with Arlow James-Walker netting 15 and Miguel Portea adding 13 points.

The girls’ basketball team dropped their first contest of the Games to Northern Alberta 85-56. It was much closer at the half, with Alberta only leading 44-37. A 16-2 Alberta run in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game.

Yukon was called for travelling several times during the contest.

The gymnastics team of Aubree Hombert, Alayna Mortimer, Genevieve Lefebvre, and Chloe Tatsumi started their Games strong, taking bronze in the team event.

According to the Team Yukon press release, it was an exciting day for Dene Games as the contingents competed in hand games. The drums and cheering was loud and could be heard throughout the building. The junior males took the gold ulu and the juvenile female team earned bronze. The Open Male team also captured a bronze.

All members of the table tennis team were in doubles action. The teams played hard but didn’t make it to the finals. All players will be back at the table tomorrow for the start of the singles event.

The boys’ curling team placed third after round-robin play. The team had to get by the N.W.T. last night to advance and did just that by a tight 6-5 score, scoring two each in the second and fifth ends and adding singles in the sixth and seventh ends. N.W.T. scored one in the eighth end to make it close at the end of the game. The boys' team plays Alaska this afternoon for a berth in the gold medal game tonight.

The girls’ curling team defeated Nunavut 10-2 to start the day in the first playoff game, but succumbed to Alaska 8-2 in the second playoff game. The girls' Arctics are finished.

In individual archery competition after the first round, in Barebow 2004 or later Female, Juliette Greetham was third and Pheonix Widney sat in fifth.

In the Male Barebow, Mitchell Rudolph was in first, with Harrison Dolding in third.

In the Compound 2004 or later Female, Delia Therriault was in second, trailing the leader by only four points. Riley Cyre was fifth.

In the Male Compound bow, Emmet Kapaniuk held a narrow lead, 567-560, over Hayden Wallace after having a little trouble with a loose bow sight late in the round.

In badminton, Winnie Zhang punched her ticket to the semi-finals, as did the junior male and female doubles teams.

The girls’ volleyball team defeated Nunavut 3-0 in straight sets. They lost to Greenland 3-1 in an hard-fought quarter-final match today.

The boys’ volleyball team had three games on Day 4. They beat Alaska 2-0 before winning a tight contest with the N.W.T. 2-1. Yukon took the first game 25-13, but N.W.T. bounced back with a 25-17 win in the second game to force the tiebreaker. The third game went down to the wire, with Yukon drilling a couple of precision spikes to score a decisive 15-13 win.

The boys beat Nunavut 2-0 in their third game of the day. They lost 2-0 to Alberta North this morning. They are scheduled to play a semifinal game against N.W.T. this afternoon.

The Level 1 and 2 figure skaters performed their long program on Day 4 and put forward solid routines.

According to the Team Yukon press release, it was an electric day for Arctic Sports. Sascha Nelson took silver in the junior arm pull, and many athletes had personal bests in the one foot high kick. The day culminated in the knuckle hop in front of a roaring crowd that echoed with the sound of drums.

The chilly temperatures put the days’ snowshoe competitions on ice. The 400 and 100 metre races were contested but results won’t become official until Feb. 3.

As of our deadline, Yukon continues to lead the medal standings with 82 medals (31 gold, 26 silver and 25 bronze). Alaska is second with 75 ulus (24 gold, 24 silver and 27 bronze). Alberta North is in third with 61 medals (15 gold, 27 silver and 19 bronze).

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