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The little team that could: Dawson City teens hit the Volleyball Canada Nationals

The North Stars worked hard and raised a lot of money to go to the big tournament in Toronto — and they're the only players from the North in their division.

'We've always wanted to go to a big tournament, as a team from Dawson,' says player

The North Stars from Dawson City, Yukon, achieved a big goal this week as they hit the court at the 2019 Volleyball Canada Nationals, in Toronto. The Dawson City North Stars U17 girls volleyball team are: Aliyah Nyland, back row left, Kacie Hastings, Riley Elliott, Kate Crocker, Paige Forester, coach Christine Heisler. Front row: Emily Gaw, Cassidy Everett. Missing from photo: Jaden Ezzard. (Submitted by Suzanne Crocker)

They travelled further than anybody, and may also have worked harder to pay their way.

A group of teenage girls from Dawson City, Yukon, achieved a big goal this week as they hit the court at the 2019 Volleyball Canada Nationals, in Toronto.  

It's the culmination of a major effort to raise the $25,000 the players needed to pay for the trip and register for the big event — no small feat, in a small town like Dawson. 

"We've always wanted to go to a big tournament, as a team from Dawson," said Kate Crocker, before the trip. She's one of the eight girls who make up the North Stars.

"We just got very determined and we said, 'if we're going to go, we might as well go big.' — and we just decided to go to Toronto for the Nationals."

The North Stars in action on Thursday. The tournament continues through the weekend. (Andrew Ferguson/CBC)

The team held bake sales, popcorn sales, and pancake breakfasts to raise money. They also managed to drum up some sponsorships from local mining and exploration companies in Dawson.

When they managed to meet their fundraising goal a few weeks ago, they were "in a bit of shock," Crocker said.

The competition is tough this week, with plenty of teams from Ontario, Quebec, B.C., and Alberta. The North Stars are the only team in their division from the North.  

"I think we're a little intimidated coming from a small town and not having much experience, but I think we'll be able to hold our own," Crocker said before heading to Toronto.

The tournament continues until Tuesday.

The North Stars pose with Ontario's Crimson, after their game on Thursday. Crimson won the game. (Andrew Ferguson/CBC)

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