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Seminoles wrap up EIRA season, ready for INFR

BRIGHTON — The Eastern Indian Rodeo Association’s 2017 season wrapped up the weekend of July 7-9 with a regional competition and banquet, but the work isn’t done yet for some of its riders. Adults and youth qualified to compete at the 42nd Annual Indian National Finals Rodeo that will be held

Champion Seminoles go undefeated in NAYO softball

The Seminoles 8 and under softball squad started the NAYO tournament by making an immediate statement with an 18-1 win in its opener. They enjoyed being in the winners’ bracket so much that they never left it. The girls from Brighton went 5-0 in Alabama to capture the NAYO championship in

Sean Osceola hurls complete game shutout

EMERSON, Ga. — Sean Osceola, of the Brighton Reservation, threw a complete game shutout for SWFL Nation 2018 against the St. Louis Pirates, as his team advanced to the playoffs in the 17U WWBA National Championship in early July. SWFL left fielder Connor Berry walked with the bases loaded to

Seminoles tackle NAIG track and field events

TORONTO — The start of the North American Indigenous Games’ track and field competition began with an impressive flash of speed from Team Florida’s Julius Aquino, who provided a glimpse of his talent on the track before abruptly being felled by injury. Running against older kids in a division above his

Team Florida hoops solid effort at NAIG

TORONTO — Even before they stepped onto the basketball courts in Toronto for the North American Indigenous Games, Team Florida faced an uphill battle. The U19 boys, which deserve plenty of credit for being Florida’s only basketball entry in the Games, never had a full squad for practices leading up to

Young swimmers gain valuable experience

TORONTO — The first competitive swimming event for Kimora Alex and Talena Holata won’t be one the pair of 11-year-old girls forget anytime soon. Big city, foreign country, international competition and a world class facility were on the agenda. Their debut swimming with opponents in the pool for the first time came

Thomas, Billie lead Team Florida archery at NAIG

ANCASTER, Ontario — Conner Thomas isn’t the type of teenage athlete who seeks the spotlight – he’s too humble for that – but the Moore Haven High School junior from Brighton couldn’t help but be the center of attention thanks to the way he dominated archery at the North American Indigenous

Sharp-shooting Eecho Billie wins two gold medals

COOKSTOWN, Ontario — As he waited for his son to receive two gold medals during a ceremony on a sprawling open lawn at Toronto’s York University, James E. Billie reflected on the path that helped make Santiago “Eecho” Billie a North American Indigenous Games champion in rifle shooting. “When he was

Sammy Micco Sanchez brings home more NAIG gold

TORONTO — About 10 minutes after he won a grueling championship match in wrestling, Team Florida’s Sammy Micco Sanchez was still breathing heavily as fellow Seminoles congratulated the two-time gold medal champion. After breezing through two victories on the first day of competition, Sammy needed every ounce of his 192-pound frame

Seminoles strike NAIG gold in Canada

TORONTO — As thousands of athletes filled up most of Aviva Centre, Team Florida’s Seminole colors appeared to be only a speck among the colorful, flag-waving masses that surrounded them. Compared to squads such as Team Ontario, Team British Columbia and Team Wisconsin – which brought hundreds of competitors

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