NWT 2023 Junior Gager Basketball

2023 CAGER – NWT High School Basketball Championships

NWT Junior Gager Basketball Tournament – Yellowknife

Grade 6 GirlsÉcole William MacDonald Middle School
Grade 7 GirlsÉcole St. Joseph School
Grade 8 GirlsÉcole St Patrick High School
Grade 6 BoysÉcole William MacDonald Middle School
Grade 7 BoysPrincess Alexandra School
Grade 8 BoysÉcole St Patrick High School
École St. Joseph School
École St Patrick High School
École St Patrick High School

NWT Junior Gager Basketball Tournament Participants

GRADE 6École St. Joseph School – 4 teamsÉcole St. Joseph School – 2 teams
 Mildred Hall School – 3 teamsÉcole William MacDonald Middle School – 5 teams
 École William MacDonald Middle School – 7 teamsÉcole Allain St-Cyr School
  Princess Alexandra School – 2 teams
  Weledeh Catholic School
  Mildred Hall School – 2 teams
Grade 7École William MacDonald Middle SchoolÉcole William MacDonald Middle School – 2 teams
 École St. Joseph School – 2 teamsÉcole St. Joseph School
 École Allain St-Cyr SchoolPrincess Alexandra School
 Princess Alexandra SchoolWeledeh Catholic School
 Weledeh Catholic School 
Grade 8École St Patrick High SchoolÉcole St Patrick High School
 École William MacDonald Middle SchoolÉcole William MacDonald Middle School – 2 teams
 Range Lake NorthMildred Hall Elementary School

Junior Cager returns to the court for the first time since 2020

by James McCarthy February 22, 2023

The Junior Cager basketball tournament was just finishing up and all was going well. So well, in fact, that there was talk about how things would go for next year.

Little did the Cager know that it would end up being the last school sports tournament until September 2022.

For the first time since that fateful year, the Junior Cager was back this past weekend with games happening all around the city. Six banners were up for grabs — boys and girls in each of Grade 6, 7 and 8 divisions — with most of the winners determined on Saturday. The only division which went to Sunday was the Grade 8 boys, a battle between St. Pat’s White and St. Pat’s Green.

That contest ended up being a 68-59 win for St. Pat’s White, a bittersweet win in the opinion of Jozuard Mercado, who was one of the student coaches for the team.

He said it was a shame only one of the Irish teams could come out on top.

“We wanted both to win, but we knew that would be impossible to do,” he said.

St. Pat’s White jumped out to a big lead in the first half and that gave the team a chance to empty the bench. St. Pat’s Green, though, used that to their advantage and slowly crept back into the picture.

Justin Quito, who was one of the St. Pat’s Green student coaches, said had there been some more time, things could’ve ended differently.

“Time just wasn’t our friend,” he said. “We could’ve done it with a few more minutes, I think.”

St. Pat’s also won the Grade 8 girls division to give the Irish a sweep. William McDonald also had a sweep of their own as the Wildcats took both banners in the Grade 6 division. The Grade 7 division saw St. Joe’s win the girls title and Princess Alexandra School of Hay River claim the boys crown.

It was a rather exciting win for the Panthers as they had the Grade 6 boys and Grade 7 girls teams on hand at Range Lake North Gymnasium and they were celebrating right along with champs, said Panthers coach Jason Morrissey.

“We had our fans and Weledeh had their fans, so it had a hometown feel to it,” he said. “It was just sheer joy for our kids and the parents. We had some of the kids in tears and some of the parents as well. Just a really cool feeling.”

That was the sentiment among some of the other student coaches at St. Pat’s, including Naledi Ndlovu, who was coaching the St. Pat’s Green team.

“It felt really good seeing the kids get back to doing what they love and that’s playing sports,” she said. “Being away from it took a toll on the athletes and the morale level was really down, but you can see the difference now that it’s back.”

The Senior Cager, featuring the older students, is set to tip off on Thursday.

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