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Fahey gets second induction

Posted on July 23, 2014

STELLARTON – Leo Fahey has received a second induction into The New Waterford and District Sport Hall of Fame, this time as he was cited as a member of the New Waterford Strands senior hockey team. Fahey, who turns 90 in August, is from New Water and now lives in Stellarton. was honoured on July 14 and accepted the honorary plaque inducting the Strands for winning the town’s first and [...]

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Flemming wins IWK 250; Koszkulics winds up fifth

Posted on July 23, 2014

JAMES RIVER – John Flemming of Halifax captured the IWK 250 on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway. Flemming outdrove Donald Chisholm of Antigonish on a restart with three laps remaining in the race to record his second IWK 250 win. Chisholm, who dominated and led 218 laps of the event, had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second consecutive season in the biggest race of the year at [...]

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Bill Burns wins; Scott, MacLean, Aitken lead Abercrombie scorers

Posted on July 23, 2014

ABERCROMBIE – It was a day that was ultimately won by the golf course as the scores soared at Abercrombie Country Club. But Bill Burns from the Lingan club in Sydney managed to navigate the course best among the final field of 138. Burns, 62, who entered the day with a one stroke lead over Aaron Nickerson of River Hills club, never relinquished his hold on first place en route [...]

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Affleck’s career enters new phase

Posted on July 23, 2014 Steve Goodwin

MOUNT WILLIAM – Brian Affleck’s golf career has taken a turn. Affleck, who has aspired to become a professional tour golfer, has placed that on hold to concentrate on operating the Eagles Chance golf facility he now owns. Affleck completed the purchase from Terry and Linda White on July 15 after courting with the prospects of buying it for two years. He operates the Brian Affleck Golf Academy at Eagles [...]

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Scotians set to ice 2014-15 roster

Posted on July 23, 2014

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians are working through their financial crisis and are preparing to ice a talented hockey team, Walter Smith says. Smith, the Scotians’ governor for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, says the club has paid off most of the $20,000 debt the club sought to eliminate in order to ice a team next season. “We set a goal of $20,000 (to pay off) or we [...]

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Sport Nova Scotia plays major role

Posted on July 23, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I really love seeing the wide range of quality sports opportunities that are available to young people these days. The more I see of them, the more I’m impressed. Most of the activities I’ve been attending involve our two grand-daughters who live nearby. Claire, an eight-year-old, spent the past winter playing hockey, taking skating lessons and swimming lessons. This summer, she’s playing soccer and attending a paddling school. Yes, she’s [...]

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Jamie Crocket earns trip to U-18 Nationals

Posted on July 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Jamie Crocket has earned a place on Nova Scotia’s Under-18 female volleyball team that will compete at the National Training Challenge Cup at the Woman’s National Team Training Centre this week in Winnipeg. Crocket, who is 16, left on Monday for the event that was to start on Tuesday and end next Sunday. “I’m not the youngest one on the team,” she said, noting another team member is [...]

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County athletes win ANS banner

Posted on July 16, 2014

STELLARTON – Members of Pictou County Athletics have won the provincial banner at the Athletics Nova Scotia provincial track and field championships. The club, which is in only its third year of existence, won the banner at the meet, which coincided with the Antigonish Highland Games. Pictou County accumulated 791 points, while runner-up Halifax Athletic amassed 735 points. Alyssa MacNeil won both the female 16-17 100-metre and 200-metre finals, while [...]

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County native eyes world tourney

Posted on July 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – A Pictou County native who never played high school sports has found the athlete inside her. And of all the sports that could possibly drive Gillian English’s passion, it’s Aussie rules football. English has been selected to play for the Midnight Suns Canadian Development Team in the Australian Rules Football International Cup in Melbourne, Australia this August. The team leaves on Aug. 6, and she hopes she [...]

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Big M, Little M enthrawl local fans

Posted on July 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Two former hockey players with legendary resumes more than delivered the good last week for the 21st Weeks Celebrity Golf Tournament. Frank Mahovlich, known as the Big M, and his younger, bigger brother Peter Mahovlich – the Little M – graced the tournament and related events during a three-day visit to Pictou County. Their visit included a stop on Thursday morning at the Pictou County Sports Heritage [...]

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Penney to race at Mt. Thom track

Posted on July 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

UPPER MOUNT THOM – Motocross racing returns to the track at Upper Mount Thom, and a young racer is among those competing. Luke Penney, 10, is in his sixth year racing and was busy last week practising for the Canadian Motosport Racing Corp. sanctioned motocross event on July 26 and 27. He is among competitors from throughout the Maritimes who will be taking part. “I hope we’re going to win [...]

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Play the Pros bolsters lineup for 2014 event

Posted on July 16, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Play the Pros-Hockey Day in Pictou County has announced part of their pro player lineup for the event. Besides local pros Colin White, Jon Sim, Derrick Walser, Joey MacDonald and Dave McIntyre, players will include Zack Zill from the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Los Angeles Kings and Brad Marchand from the Boston Bruins on the ice at The [...]

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Conway eyes U-17 Nationals

Posted on July 16, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Steven Conway, a local baseball player from New Glasgow, has been chosen to represent the province at this year’s Baseball Canada Under-17 Championship from Aug. 5 to 12 in Saskatoon, Sask. Conway grew up playing baseball with the Kinsmen Baseball Program since the age of four, in which he has developed to be one of the top players in the province. As a 15-year-old, Steven is one [...]

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My biggest regret in New Glasgow

Posted on July 16, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Do you enjoy the statistical side of sports, the reams of numbers that provide a deeper and clearer picture of how athletes and teams are performing? I have to admit I was always a stats person when it came to following my favourite hockey and baseball teams, whether it was local clubs or professional leagues. Heck, I can remember way back to my elementary grades in school, when the teacher [...]

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Visitors earn victories in Lobster 10-K, 5-K

Posted on July 9, 2014

PICTOU – Visiting runners captured both the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre honours on Sunday during the annual Run for the Lobster races in Pictou. Scotsburn’s Dave MacLennan trailed four finishers in the 10-K race won by Matthew White of Dartmouth in a time of 34 minutes, 57 seconds. Thomas White of Dartmouth was second in 35:42, while Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth was third in 35:58 and Ray Moorehead was fourth in [...]

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Henderson captures N.S. title in playoff

Posted on July 9, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Julia Henderson has won her second Nova Scotia women’s amateur golf title. Henderson captured the 83rd NSGA championship that came down to a three-way playoff on Friday at the Eden Golf and Country Club in Paradise, N.S. with Abercrombie club mate Bernadette Little and Clare’s, Mireille LeBlanc. The three golfers were tied after 36 holes with scores of 157, nine strokes over par. The scheduled 54-hole championship [...]

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County athletes make mark at Legion trials

Posted on July 9, 2014

STELLARTON – Athletes from Pictou County Athletics did well as they competed on Sunday in the Legion Trials and Open Meet at Metropolitan Field in Lower Sackville. Local female athletes did especially well on Sunday, with Tatum McLean winning the shot put, discus and javelin events in the female 14-15 age group and Olivia Pretty winning her 14-15 long jump, 300-metre and 80-metre hurdles events. Alyssa MacNeil won her 16-17 [...]

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My biggest regret in New Glasgow

Posted on July 9, 2014 Hugh Townsend

The Portland Hills subdivision is one of the nice places in which to live in Dartmouth, one of those friendly neighbourhoods where everyone says hello to everyone else, where it’s fun to walk the dogs and fall into conversations with other folks along the way. Take one evening in late June. One of the neighbours started telling me about his plans to visit friends in New Glasgow on Canada Day, [...]

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Blair eyes Commonwealth Games

Posted on July 9, 2014 Steve Goodwin

LYONS BROOK – Brody Blair has taken another step toward Olympic glory. Blair is competing in boxing for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this summer. He left last Sunday for Montreal after completing his training last week at his home and at the Pictou County YMCA. He was scheduled to train with the Canadian boxing team for 10 days before the team travels to Scotland and [...]

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New courts slated to open this week

Posted on July 2, 2014

PICTOU – The Highland Tennis Association Courts has announced that its new tennis courts are complete and will likely be open to the public this week. “We are ecstatic,” says club president Rob McDowell. “It has been four years of hard work by a dedicated group of people. It certainly was a grassroots effort, aided by generous support from local citizens, local companies, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the [...]

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Bikers pedal in annual race

Posted on July 2, 2014 Steve Goodwin

ABERCROMBIE – More than 100 cyclists, including numerous members from the Pictou County Cycle Bike Club, peddled in the club’s second annual invitational road race on Sunday. The race was based in Abercrombie and consisted of loops of varying distances – the maximum being 80 kilometres – along Abercrombie Road, the Trenton connector to the Granton Road and back to the start and finish area at the Abercrombie Community Centre. [...]

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Bitten by the sport known as soccer

Posted on July 2, 2014 Hugh Townsend

You could say that I was a typical Canadian kid when I was evolving into a full-time sports fan during my adolescent years. Hockey easily became my favourite. Baseball wasn’t far behind. Football, boxing, car racing and other athletic activities on the professional and world stages – pretty much anything shown on the new medium called television – added to my personal interests. But not soccer. I don’t know why; [...]

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Henderson, Little among contenders

Posted on July 2, 2014

ABERCROMBIE – Two members of the Abercrombie Country Club are among contenders at the 2014 Nova Scotia women’s amateur golf championship. Julia Henderson and Bernadette Little will contest the championship, whose 54-hold format beging on Thursday and ends on Saturday at the Eden Golf and Country Club in Paradise, N.S. Henderson finished third in 2013, and won the event in 2012. She recently finished her freshman season with Gardner-Webb University [...]

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SSI Scramble raises $229,000

Posted on June 25, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The 20th Annual Summer Street Industries golf scramble has proved to be a banner one for the facility. The tournament took place last Friday at Abercrombie Country Club and drew 33 teams that combined to raise $229,000. The team total was stalled last week at 31 teams before two others registered in time for the event. Organizers stated that, to date, the scramble has raised $2.41 million [...]

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County athletes do well

Posted on June 25, 2014

Continued from page 11 Ferris also won gold in his 200-metre freestyle heat, while Ferris, Poirier and Sharpe were gold medalists and Kendall Snell and Martin each earned bronze medals in separate 50-metre freestyle heats. Ferris also won his 100-metre backstroke race. Cunningham and Zuethoff each earned bronze medals in their respective 25-metre backstroke heats. Poirier was first and Hefler was third in separate 25-metre backstroke heats. Ferris also won [...]

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