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USING HIS HEAD – Ferguson Israel, 7, goes up for a header against Team Alaska Sunday during futsal at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre in Fort MacMurray, Alta. Photos courtesy of SARAH LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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CONTESTED BALL – Juno Hanatani, centre, goes for the ball while Kassia Emery, 10, looks on and Alaska's Avery Miller, right, closes in during a futsal game Sunday at Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre in Fort MacMurray, Alta. Photos courtesy of SARAH LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Gold Rush: Yukoners strike gold at Arctic Winter Games

It was a gold rush for the Yukon at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. Monday.

By Morris Prokop on January 31, 2023

It was a gold rush for the Yukon at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. Monday.

Tori Vollmer struck gold for the Yukon in 2006-2008 Female Giant Slalom at Vista Ridge Valley. Her first run was 28.37 and her second run was an even faster 27.98 for a total of 56.35.

Annie Rose Heffner finished fourth and Piper Wolsky finished fifth.

Tom Vollmer also struck gold for the Yukon in the 2008-2010 Male Giant Slalom, finishing his two runs in 1:02.28.

Yukon's Zach Ball captured the silver.

Paxton Nelson finished fifth.

In the 2008-2010 Female Giant Slalom, Ellyann Dinn struck silver and Grace Allaway took the bronze. Josephine de Jager came in seventh.

In the 2006-2008 Male Giant Slalom, Carson Nelson missed the podium by .12 seconds, finishing fourth.

Mack Jenner finished fifth.

In snowshoeing, Avery Kinsella captured gold in the 2.5 km Cross Country Juvenile Female race.

In the 2.5 km Cross Country Juvenile Male race, Taiga Buurman and Johannes Benkert finished one-two to take gold and silver, respectively.

Jamie Chown Chaikel captured silver in the 5.0 km Cross Country Junior Female race.

In the 5.0 km Cross Country Junior Male snowshoe race, Mathias Frostad and Dredyn Kassi took gold and silver, respectively.

In snowboarding, in the 2008 Male Rail Jam, Stian Langbakk captured gold, with Seamus MacDonald picking up the bronze.

In the 2006 Female Rail Jam, Isabelle Paquette won silver and Courtney Stevens finished fourth.

In the 2006 Male Rail Jam, Eli Marsh and Connor Boland finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

Eva Benkert finished fifth in the 2008 Female Rail Jam competition.

In hockey, the girls' team bounced back from an earlier loss with an impressive 11-1 victory over Nunavut. Alia Drummond, Emery Twardochleb, Jordan MacDonald and Rachel Kormendy had two goals each for the winners.

The U16 boy's hockey team fell 4-0 to the N.W.T. despite a valiant effort.

The U19 boy's hockey team had a tough day, barely losing 2-1 to Nunavut before dropping a 6-1 decision to Alberta North.

In futsal, Kassia Emery and Callah MacGillvray scored a goal each to give the junior female team a 2-1 win over N.W.T. and even their record at 1-1.

The junior boy’s futsal team won their second straight of the Games 4-2 over N.W.T. Ferguson Israel led the way with two goals. Leo Whittaker scored in his second straight game, as did Kyan Morrison.

The juvenile girls' futsal team beat Nunavut 8-1 on the strength of Mirai Traynor's four goals. Of note is that goalkeeper Mischa Ng-Schmidt scored the sixth goal on a deadly strike from centre.

The juvenile boy's futsal team dominated Nunavut 9-0, with Mason Jordan netting a hat trick and Shamus Inglis adding a brace.

According to a Team Yukon press release, the Arctic Sports team got their Games started with all categories doing triple jump. The women also did the two foot high kick, and the open men did the head pull. Junior female Amélie Guilbeault placed fifth in triple jump, and open male Eric Porter placed sixth.

In wrestling, in Mixed Team competition, Yukon lost 43-14 to Alberta North in the morning, but bounced back with a 30-5 victory over Alaska in the evening.

Table tennis matches began in the junior team event and mixed doubles competitions.

The girls' basketball team won their first game, beating Nunavut in an exciting matchup 54-45. Nunavut made a good run at the start of the second half, but Yukon bounced back to seal the victory. Arian Batallones sparked the Yukon offence with 17 points. Rue Charchun chipped in with 10, including a key three-point play down the stretch.

The boys' team knocked off Nunavut 78-57 in a late game.

The women’s volleyball team picked up a win over Greenland 3-0. They later dropped a 3-1 decision to N.W.T.

On the men’s side, Sebastian Tajonera said the team “took the dub and it felt ecstatic." The men dropped Alaska 2-0.

They were later edged 2-1 by N.W.T. in the late game.

In curling, the girls fell 12-2 to N.W.T.

The boys, however, overcame a 4-0 deficit to down N.W.T. 6-5.

In short track speed skating, Lisa Freeman skated to silver in the 1000m 2004-2008 Female final.

Lucas Taggart-Cox finished fourth in the 1000m 2004-2008 male final.

In the 1000m 2007-2011 Male final, Kieran Horton struck silver.

Junior athlete Marcus Herron earned a bronze medal in the Dene Games Stick Pull.

In biathlon, it was a successful day on both skis and snowshoes. Johna Irving-Staley, gold, Claire Macmillan, bronze, Stella Mueller, gold, Chase O’Brien, silver, and Alex Brown, gold, medaled in snowshoe. Niamh Hupe, bronze, Lydia Brown, bronze, Isla Hupe, gold, Cole Germain, silver, and Alex Lebarge, bronze, skied their way to the podium.

Six skiers found the podium in cross country skiing, including Sophia Giangrande, gold, Abigail Jirousek, silver, Simon Connell, gold, Sophie Molgat, gold, Cheyenne Tirschmann, silver, and Nicolas Giangrande, bronze.

The badminton team played in singles and doubles on their first day of the competition, with most of the players registering wins.

Team Yukon currently leads the medal standings with five gold, nine silver and four gold for a total of 18 medals.

Alberta North is in second with five gold, four silver and six bronze for 15 in total.

N.W.T is in third with seven gold, which leads that category, four silver and two bronze for a total of 13 medals.

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Katie Israel on Feb 3, 2023 at 2:31 pm

Go Yukon teams!! we're right behind ya!!!!

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Prof. Paul Nugent on Jan 31, 2023 at 2:47 pm

Wow! I’m so amazed and proud of all of these AWG athletes. I was very much involved with AWG in its inception years, and loved it, I have supported and followed AWG for over 40 years, but I can not remember us Team Yukon, Ever having such a Golden Day as today, Congrats to all the Athletes and their Coaches -Prof. Paul Nugent- Old Crow, Carmacks, Whitehorse AWG.

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