On Aug. 12 to 17, Edmonton hosted the Alberta Indigenous Games that featured young athletes from all over Alberta competing in various sports of their choice, for a chance to bring home the Gold.
The community of Maskwacis sent two lacrosse teams for the Junior (2009 – 2007) Division and the Intermediate/Senior (2006 – 1999) division.
Both teams won gold; the juniors went undefeated with four wins and zero losses, and the seniors winning with a hard fought battle against Siksika N7 in the semi-final and final game, winning with fives wins and one loss. We would like to recognize the players who played for the Lacoka Locos lacrosse program.
There was an intense shoot out for the Intermediate/Senior coed team, which Maskwacis took for the win, thanks to our Assistant Captain Brooklyn Raine for the winning shot, the footage can be found on the AIG Facebook page.
Juniors: Kash Minde, Pierson Larocque, Natallia Minde, Terran(TJ) Raine and Dominik Desjarlais.
Seniors: Brooklynn Raine, Kye Minde, Taye Crier, Kiara Crier and Renee Buffalo.
Coaches: Blaine Raine, Lloyd Desjarlais, Greg Minde and Alaine Raine. Managers: Gayle Raine and Carly Desjarlais.
Our Goalie Alex Swann dedicated himself to both Maskwacis Hawks teams and was awarded MVP.
We would also like to recognize all our first time players who never played the sport before, but came out and dedicated themselves to learning and trying something new.