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Provincial Games returning to region

Posted on April 23, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Planning is well under way for the 2014 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games. The Games will take place in Antigonish from June 20 to 22. This marks the second time in three years the town will host the games. The chair of the Games is Dianne MacDonald, and she’s pleased many area residents who helped organize the games in 2012 are back this year. “It’s a [...]

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Turnbull invited to women’s camp

Posted on April 23, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON –Forward Blayre Turnbull will be among players at Hockey Canada’s women’s conditioning camp in May. Turnbull, who grew up in Stellarton, is among 104 players invited to attend the under-22 strength and conditioning camp that will take place from May 7 to 11 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., with a chance to make the roster for Canada’s women’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South [...]

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MacLennan eyes marathons

Posted on April 23, 2014 Steve Goodwin

SCOTSBURN – Dave MacLennan found out on Monday how life begins at 50 when running marathons. MacLennan was among several Pictou County runners who entered the 2014 running of the famed Boston Marathon that attracted more than 36,000 runners on Monday. Now 50, MacLennan is running for the first time in the male50-54 division. Before leaving for Boston on Saturday, MacLennan said his training went well, despite the nasty winter [...]

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Etta Forrestall was a great bowling pal

Posted on April 23, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Etta Forrestall once told me that she absolutely loved bowling at the Heather Lanes when they were located on New Glasgow’s west side. It wasn’t just the competition she enjoyed so much, but the atmosphere and camaraderie at the alleys, and the great staff that worked there. I couldn’t have agreed with her more. It was the 1960s, an era when candlepin bowling was at a peak, possibly its highest [...]

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Green has Master(ful) trip

Posted on April 23, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – This year’s golf season came early for Boyd Green. Green and his friend Aaron Johnson enjoyed a rare opportunity to visit the famed Augusta National Golf Club for one day during the completion of the 2014 Masters championship. They flew down to Atlanta on April 12 and watched the event’s final round on April 13. “It was quite a day, a beautiful day,” Green said. “The fairways [...]

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Annual event set for June 7

Posted on April 16, 2014

WESTVILLE – It’s that time of year again, with plans well under way for the 2014 Pictou County Walk for ALS on June 7, 2014 in Westville. This is the third year that the walk has taken place in Pictou County, and the committee is excited about this year’s event. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes the degeneration of [...]

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Springhill and its Fencebusters

Posted on April 16, 2014 Hugh Townsend

A recent email from Doug Perrin said he “thoroughly enjoys” this column each week. Then he added, “I get to read the column before it goes to press.” It was that second comment that caught my eye, but the explanation was quite simple: Doug is an employee of The Advocate. In the email, he said he was born and raised “a Springhiller,” an obviously proud native of what, for many [...]

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Midget A Maripacs win SEDMHA banner

Posted on April 16, 2014

PICTOU – Ryan MacDonald and Keighan Bailey-Malloy each scored two goals as the Pictou Maripacs won the Midget A Division of the annual SEDMHA International Minor Hockey Tournament recently with a 6-3 victory over the Lancaster Thunder. Jared Green and Cody Bowen also scored. The Maripacs went unbeaten over the four days while capping their quest with the win on April 6 over the New Brunswick team. Teammate Logan MacDonald [...]

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Steeves hopes to return to usual flag duty in ‘14

Posted on April 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

SINCLAIR ISLAND – Art Steeves knows the miles are piling up, but he hopes to return for Maritime stock racing flag duty. Steeves has been the official starter, or flagman, for the Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock tour of races that includes stops at Riverside International Speedway in James River. He has been flagman for more than 30 years since his own time racing stock cars. “I know they’re [...]

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Haley enjoys golden moments

Posted on April 16, 2014 Steve Goodwin

WESTVILLE – As the ancient warning goes, all glory is fleeting. But Lisa Haley was able to relive her golden Olympic moment a little longer last week during a journey home to Westville. It was a chance to spend time with her family after arriving on Tuesday evening last week and spending two full days before her twin sister Lesley Jordan drove her to the airport on Friday for Haley’s [...]

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Rousing wins for Albion Club

Posted on April 9, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Saturday Night was an historic fight night for the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. Closing victories by Mike Jordan and Brady MacDonald helped the club celebrate its 25th anniversary during its first card in years at Summer Street Industries. “It won’t be as long as the last time (the club hosted a card),” said Albion head coach Jim Worthen, who was elated with the wins (just one Albion [...]

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Bearcats oust Crushers in four

Posted on April 9, 2014

MOUNT WILLIAM – A hockey season that held much promise has ended for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Truro Bearcats edged the Crushers 4-3 in overtime on Sunday before more than 1,400 fans at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to complete a four-game sweep in their best-of-seven Eastlink Division final series in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League and assure them a trip to the league final against the [...]

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County’s Atlantic title quest ends

Posted on April 9, 2014 Steve Goodwin

For a time, the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets appeared poised to contest the Atlantic Major Midget hockey championship. All the promise of Pictou County’s first two victories ended on Saturday afternoon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with a 3-1 loss to the Saint John Vitos in a game that decided which one would meet the Halifax McDonalds for the championship on Sunday. Halifax defeated Saint John 5-4 to [...]

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If not the Leafs, perhaps the Jays

Posted on April 9, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Quite a while ago – in the 1990s and thereabouts – I was continually astounded to read that millions upon millions of sports fans in North America were participating in on-line fantasy sports leagues. Fantasy baseball, fantasy hockey, fantasy football, fantasy almost any professional sport. Then, for me, the bug bit and I’ve never recovered. At first, I tried the big four – baseball, hockey, football and basketball. Soon I [...]

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Trojans capture division; Raptors gain experience

Posted on April 2, 2014

ALMA – The Trenton Trojans won the Division 4A honours, while the host Pictou County Raptors gained valuable experience by hosting the Basketball Nova Scotia mini boys Division 4 and 4A championships that ended on March 23 at the Northumberland Regional High School. The Trojans defeated the Dartmouth Lakers 39-26 to win the Division 4A championship. They opened with a 38-28 win over the Lakers before dropping a 36-34 decision [...]

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Albion club hosting card to mark quarter century

Posted on April 2, 2014

TRENTON – Saturday night will be fight night as the Albion Amateur Boxing Club hosts a card to help mark the club’s 25th anniversary. The card will take place at Summer Street Industries, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and boxing to start at 7 p.m. “We have a real nice lineup of bouts,” Albion head coach Jim Worthen said. “We’re looking forward to a really good show. If all [...]

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Mariners win Bantam A title; Selects earn bronze medals

Posted on April 2, 2014

PICTOU – The Yarmouth Mariners are Nova Scotia Bantam A female hockey champions, while the host Pictou County Subway Selects are bronze medalists. The Mariners shut out the Antigonish Bulldogs 2-0 on Sunday to earn their gold medals, while the Bulldogs took home silver medals. Yarmouth hung onto a 1-0 lead until the last minute of play when they scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. The Selects won [...]

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Local athletes garner medals during Atlantic indoor meet

Posted on April 2, 2014

STELLARTON – The Pictou County Athletics track team sent 23 athletes to Moncton last weekend to for the Atlantic Indoor Championships. A total of 16 clubs were represented from around the Atlantic Region and PCA placed second among all teams and first from Nova Scotia teams. Olivia Pretty was first in the 60-metre, 200-metre and 300-metre distances in the 14-15 age category, while Hannah Fraser won in the 60-metre hurdles [...]

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County set to host 2014 Atlantics

Posted on April 2, 2014 Steve Goodwin

It’s time for the real games for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets. Pictou County is hosting four provincial champions during the Atlantic Major Midget Tournament starting Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The visiting teams will be the Halifax McDonalds representing Nova Scotia, the Saint John Vitos representing New Brunswick, the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild from P.E.I. and the Newfoundland Central Ice Pak. The Crushers have been healing, [...]

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Stevens, Williston compete in freestyle

Posted on April 2, 2014

TRENTON – Nova Scotian freestyle skiers Emma Stevens of Hilden and Scott Williston of Black Point, Little Harbour, competed recently at the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) Senior Nationals held in Calgary, Alberta over the weekend. Stevens, 18, continued her winning streak, bringing home a silver in the halfpipe and fifth in slopestyle on March 23. “Emma went head to head in a best of two run format against the [...]

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Look who turns 70 this month!

Posted on April 2, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I can still visualize what a lovely spring day it was when I drove into Brookfield on that April afternoon. Even now, it seems like only yesterday. Yet it was many Aprils ago; 52 Aprils to be precise. And that, no matter how you analyze it, was a long time ago. I drove to the small, sports-loving community just south of Truro – in my bright red Plymouth Fury convertible [...]

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Peewee AA Selects finish third

Posted on March 25, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Selects won bronze at the 2014 Nova Scotia female Peewee AA championships last weekend with a record of two wins and two losses in four close matches. The Selects opened on Friday with a 4-3 victory over the Halifax Hawks,. Jenna Reid scored all four goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Hawks opened the scoring four minutes into the game, with Pictou [...]

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Crushers move ahead of Ramblers

Posted on March 25, 2014 Steve Goodwin

MOUNT WILLIAM – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers had earned two chances to advance to the MHL’s Eastlink Division Final series. Nick Parker scored three goals as the Crushers took a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series with the Amherst Ramblers with a 5-2 victory last Saturday. The sixth game scheduled for tonight in Amherst, while a deciding game, if necessary is scheduled to be played on Thursday at 7 [...]

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County teams shut out of provincial honours

Posted on March 25, 2014

PICTOU – Provincial championships were not to be for Pictou County teams last weekend. The host Pictou Maripacs lost all four games during the Bantam A championship they hosted at Hector Arena, where the Chebucto Atlantics needed double overtime to defeat the Halifax Hawks 5-4. Two teams representing Thorburn also were unable to win banners. In Pictou, the host Maripacs lost all four games but took it as a learning [...]

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“Pictou on Ice” Nicholson’s passion

Posted on March 25, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A retired educator and hockey coach is counting on local contributors for complete a book or two on Pictou’s winter sports heritage. Jim Nicholson has one binder jammed with one tome he’s ready to call On the Ice in Pictou, depicting teams and athletes who curled, skated and played hockey from 1811 to 1955. He’s amassing more photos and information on hockey exploits since then for another book. [...]

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