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Four generations complete Miss Miles

Posted on May 20, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Six residents representing four generations are still celebrating their achievement by finishing the 2015 Miss Miles five-kilometre walk and run for women. Grace Paris of Chance Harbour and her 87-year-old mother Belle Sangster of Westville were joined by Paris’s daughter Emily MacDougall and her 18-month-old daughter Sophie and her other daughter Beth MacKenzie and her daughter Ava, who is two and a half, for the second annual [...]

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Deflated footballs thrown into play

Posted on May 20, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Okay, a personal confession: The closest I ever came to playing a game with a football was in the early 1950s, and it wasn’t even football. It was rugby. I had just entered Grade 9 at New Glasgow High School and, probably because of my size, athletic director John (Brother) MacDonald came looking for me one morning during recess. He wanted me to come out for rugby practice that afternoon. [...]

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Shaw strong in half marathon

Posted on May 20, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Abbey Shaw turned some heads on Sunday when she ran the Blue Nose Half Marathon. Shaw, who is from New Glasgow, placed 26th overall, was second woman and first in her age category with an official time of one hour, 29 minutes and 24 seconds during the race in Halifax. “I have her pegged to win the women’s part of the Johnny Miles Half Marathon if she [...]

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Athletes gear up for crucial meets

Posted on May 20, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Track and field athletes from Pictou County and other district schools are taking time to prepare for upcoming events. Many of them gathered on May 2 at the Pioneer Track for races and field disciplines, thankful that the infield has dried up enough to secure full use of the facility. “The track meet was a good start for the school season, especially the middle school students,” coach Pat [...]

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Hector Arena draws kids to pickup event

Posted on May 20, 2015

PICTOU – Hector Arena ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, drew nearly 40 youngsters to the arena in Pictou on Saturday. The result was a lot of fund for the kids and $390 raised for the arena. Organizer Kent Corbett said it was a good start, although he hopes it will be joined by an adult component. “The kids loved it,” he said. “I think the older division [...]

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Joe Earle Memorial races big draw

Posted on May 20, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Warm weather and plenty of volunteer help made the Joe Earle Memorial Races an ideal place to be. More than 300 runners of all ages graced Scotia park on Monday, taking advantage of the promising spring weather and recording some impressive results. Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn was once again the master of the five-mile distance as finished in 30 minutes and 35 seconds while Dave Hood was a [...]

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Boxers Jordan, MacDonald post big wins

Posted on May 13, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Two huge wins on Saturday sent a crowd of several boxing fans home happy. Heavyweight Mike Jordan won the main event, while Cameron MacDonald pulled out a victory in the semifinal bout. Jordan earned a unanimous decision against Aaron Francis of the Membertou Amateur Boxing Club in their three-round bout, forcing Francis to take three standing eight counts. “We had some really tough fights,” Albion head coach [...]

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Gryphons sweep Tigers in boys’, girls’ high school rugby

Posted on May 13, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – At last, the North Nova Gryphons got to play on their home turf, and they celebrated big-time. The Gryphons followed a 43-5 triumph by the girls with a 76-0 dismantling by the boys in the two high school rugby games played Friday before a large crowd at the North Nova field. The Gryphon girls improved to 4-0 this season and made short work of their counterparts from [...]

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Ball hockey tourney raises funds for ’15 Relay for Life

Posted on May 13, 2015 Aaron Cameron

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Scotians defeated the favoured Gabriel’s Believers 5-4 in overtime of the New Glasgow Regional Police Ball Hockey Tournament on Saturday at the North End Recreation Centre. But the real winner was the 2015 Relay for Life, which received $3,532 that was raised through the tournament. The 21-game, 12-team tournament included an NHL calibre player, namely hometown hockey hero Jon Sim. “It was a lot [...]

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Pictou County had its own fiasco

Posted on May 13, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Let me explain something before I go any further: Though I love basketball, I did not attend one Halifax Rainmen game during the 2014-15 National Basketball League of Canada season. Not one. Fact is, I never went to any of their games since the franchise and league arrived in Nova Scotia in 2011. From the beginning, there was something I didn’t like about the product, though I couldn’t put a [...]

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Rookie Rugby camp draws players

Posted on May 6, 2015 Steve Goodwin

THORBURN – Shelby MacDonald says she was glad to have an opportunity to take part in a rugby training session. “It was great to be here,” said MacDonald, a human kinetics student at St. Francis Xavier University and a member of the Pictou County Rugby Club side that won the 2014 Rugby Nova Scotia women’s championship last summer in New Glasgow. “I can’t wait for our club season to start,” [...]

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MacLennan wins True Grit 10-K

Posted on May 6, 2015

TRENTON – The True Grit races had one familiar ring to them. Scotsburn’s Dave MacLennan won the 10-kilometre distance of the annual race event on Sunday at Steeltown Park that raised funds for North Nova Education Centre’s athletic programs. There was also a five-kilometre distance for the event that attracted about 100 runners of all ages. After a sometimes fierce winter that curtailed training for distances runners like MacLennan, the [...]

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Local female hockey players receive awards

Posted on May 6, 2015

Awards were presented on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre during the Pictou County Female Hockey Association’s year-end banquet. Graduating players in the Midget A Division were among those honoured: Captain Lindsay Cheek, Maria MacIvor, Brae Henderson, Kara Mason, Lindsay Feit, Rachel Brown, Keeley MacCuish, Kourtney Barker, MacKenzie Bell and Tracey Denny. The association boasted eight teams during the 2014-15 season, with 130 players. Awards are as follows: Midget [...]

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That Twitter from a long time ago

Posted on May 6, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I become very curious every time I see a photograph of a long-ago sports team, especially if that team is from Pictou County. The older the picture, the better. Immediately I want to know more. It happened again recently. You may have seen it. It was one of several photos provided by the Pictou Historical Photograph Society that accompanied a two-page spread in the provincial paper about an exhibit at [...]

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Albion club set for May 9 boxing card

Posted on April 29, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Anticipation is building for the card Albion Amateur Boxing Cub is hosting on May 9. The card will be at Summer Street, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and boxing beginning at 7 p.m. Among club boxers featured will be Michael Jordan in the main event against fellow heavyweight Keegan Harris of Kentville, while Dawson Fraser is also scheduled to meet Patrick Rhodenizer of Bridgewater. The Summer Street [...]

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Nighthawks win U-14 female volleyball title

Posted on April 29, 2015

STELLARTON – It has been another successful weekend for the Pictou County Nighthawks’ female volleyball team. The Nighthawks won the Volleyball Nova Under-14 championship last Saturday and are preparing to challenge for the U-15 Division I championship taking place on Friday and Saturday in Halifax. “I told them earlier that they’re the best U-14 team in the province whether they won the provincials or not,” head coach Keith Melanson said. [...]

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Joe Earle Memorial Day races May 18

Posted on April 29, 2015

TRENTON – It will be Jim Lays Day during the 51th running of the Joe Earle Memorial Day road races on May 18 in Trenton. Each year someone is honoured with a day for community contributions in sports and other pursuits as a volunteer or participant. Members of the Earle family took over organizing the races after race founder Joe Earle was no longer able to do so and were [...]

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Turnbull named Badgers’ top scorer, most inspiring player

Posted on April 29, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – Senior captain Blayre Turnbull was named the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s offensive player of the year and was given the Badger Award, which is presented to the team’s most inspiring player. The awards were presented on April 19 as the women’s hockey team on hosted its annual end of the year banquet and awards ceremony at Heritage Hall. It was an opportunity for the Badgers [...]

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Fascinating return to 1950s New Glasgow

Posted on April 29, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I’m not a good book reader. Fact is, I’m no longer a book reader, period. I spend most of my reading hours devouring Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News and Sportsnet Magazine. It leaves little leisure time to get inside hard covers or paperbacks. But I made an exception this past week when Frank Cameron’s memoir, I Owe It All To Rock & Roll, hit metro book shelves. It’s something I’ve [...]

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Club sends six to Atlantics

Posted on April 22, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Six members of the Pictou County Gymnastics Club are competing in two spring meets. Andrew Fraser, Sydney Condon, Erin Noftall, Lindsay Wilson, Brady Kennedy and Patrick Minehan are taking part in the Atlantic championships from Thursday to Sunday in Saint John, N.B. Kennedy is also competing at the Eastern Canadian championships from May 8 to 10 at the University of Moncton. Head coach Wendy Cruickshank says the [...]

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Doctors to do their part to get active

Posted on April 22, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Organizers of this year’s 55-Plus Games have an ally encouraging more people to take part. Dr. Merv Shaw is encouraging more of his fellow doctors to get more active and register for the games, which Pictou County is hosting from Sept. 17 to 19. “We should be promoting fitness to the public,” said Shaw, whose first university degree was in physical education. “It’s like smoking. I think [...]

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Local outlet in running for visit by Zetterberg

Posted on April 22, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – A Pita Pit restaurant in New Glasgow is in the running to bring Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg to Pictou County for a day. “I’d love to see New Glasgow win,” says Elaine Howell at the Pita Pit. The common denominator is Sweden. The Pita Pit company is based in Kingston, Ont., while Zetterberg is from Sweden and in his 12th season with the Red Wings, [...]

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MacDonald sets record, county second

Posted on April 22, 2015

STELLARTON – Pictou County Athletics sent 25 athletes to the 2015 Atlantic Indoor Championships in Moncton recently and placed second overall. Ethan MacDonald won his 800-metre race and long jump in the boys’ 12-13 age group and broke the provincial record in winning his 1,200-metre race in a time of four minutes, 5.81 seconds. The previous record was 4:32:26. Meanwhile, Pictou County Athletics’ 2015 spring edition of run, jump and [...]

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When wrestling came to town

Posted on April 22, 2015 Hugh Townsend

It was a bright April morning as I walked George and Gracie, my little black and white shih tzu pals, around the Portland Hills sub-division in Dartmouth. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and, if you ignored the deteriorating snowbanks on everyone’s lawn, you’d really believe spring had arrived in Nova Scotia. As I rounded a corner – the dogs don’t need a GPS system to find their way [...]

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Albion club hosting card May 9

Posted on April 22, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – The Albion Amateur Boxing Club is preparing to host a card while some of its members have been honoured for their contributions to the club and community. The club will host its card on May 9 at Summer Street in New Glasgow, a venue that has proven to be a hit for the club and boxing fans. “It’s going to be our last home card of the season, [...]

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