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African Pictou County athletes recognized

Posted on February 25, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Black History Month in Nova Scotia has once again been an opportunity to recognize the achievements of African Pictou County Athletes. Thanks to records researched and compiled by Corey Hartling and Barry Trenholm at the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame, a bound record dated on 2012 shows those in various sports who have added to the sports heritage of the area. Many of them are [...]

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Gryphons win boys high school hockey league title

Posted on February 25, 2015

The North Nova Gryphons won their first-ever Northern Nova Scotia High School Boys’ Hockey League championship game Saturday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Cobequid Cougars from Truro. The weekend started with an exhibition game Friday afternoon against East Hants when Amherst was unable to make the trip due to bad weather. NNEC lost 3-1 with Jacob Pentz scoring the only goal [...]

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Scotians take lead in series

Posted on February 25, 2015

TRENTON – Graduating members of the Pictou County Aecon Scotians showed their value on Sunday as the Scotians took a one-game lead in their Nova Scotian Junior Hockey League series against the Strait Pirates. The Scotians honoured Brandon Verge, Craig Matheson, Lucas Eshleman and Brandon MacKenzie during a pre-game ceremony to mark their last season with the team. Eshleman responded with two goals, while Verge recorded two goals and one [...]

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ADA team outscores Northern Selects 5-3

Posted on February 25, 2015

TRENTON – The annual hockey game organized by the Atlantic Police Association All Stars against the Northern Subway Selects on Thursday at the Trenton rink proved to be an entertaining one. The All-Stars prevailed 5-3 with the help of former NHLer Jon Sim. The game included members of local police services as well as Mayor Roger MacKay of Westville, who in the past has been in goal but played out [...]

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Judo athletes carry on tradition

Posted on February 25, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Five athletes from the Kanokai Judo Club in New Glasgow intend to carry on the club’s strong participation at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Megan Constable, Cody Angevine, Kyle Sutherland, Maddy Fitt and Marshall Fitt are competing at the Games during the second week in Prince George, B.C. and expect to do well there. “I think I can medal,” Angevine said. “I’m exciting to be going,” Constable [...]

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Girls hockey has really come of age

Posted on February 25, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Since I graduated from almost six decades of full-time “work” in sports journalism to what’s commonly known as retirement – except for this weekly column in The Advocate – I find I’ve been attending fewer and fewer hockey games in person. Gone are the years when I used to witness as many as 200 games at various levels of the sport. Gone are those many evenings and weekends spent in [...]

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Scotians hockey players escape serious injury after car crash

Posted on February 20, 2015

TRENTON – Several members of the Pictou County Aecon Scotians escaped serious injury late Wednesday when the car they were in went off the road on Highway 104. Scotians spokesman Walter Smith said the occupants of the car were returning to St. Francis Xavier University, where they attend school in Antigonish, from the Scotians’ opening playoff game with the Strait Pirates in Trenton on Wednesday. The Scotians won the game [...]

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Williston sixth in Slopestyle skiing at Canada Winter Games

Posted on February 18, 2015

LITTLE HARBOUR – Scott Williston has made his mark at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Williston, who is from Little Harbour and is competing on Nova Scotia’s freestyle ski team, placed sixth in his Slopestyle skiing event on Monday to go with a 19th place finish in his Big Air event at the Games in Prince George, B.C. His achievements followed quickly after he was able to celebrate a provincial [...]

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Perry upbeat about women’s Canada Games hockey team

Posted on February 18, 2015

TRENTON – Taylor Perry left last Thursday for the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. still trying to realize she earned a spot on Nova Scotia’s female hockey team. “It hasn’t hit yet,” she said before her departure. “I’ll be feeling it once I’m on the plane. I’m nervous, so I know I’m going and I’m happy to be playing for the province.” Perry plays defence for the Northern [...]

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Novas edge Crushers in AAA final at Memorial hockey tourney

Posted on February 18, 2015 Steve Goodwin

It was a game to remember on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as the Novas from Antigonish captured the AAA Division of the 2015 Pictou County Memorial Bantam Hockey Tournament with a 2-1 victory over the host Pictou County Scotsburn Crushers. After a slow start, the previously unbeaten Crushers made it close when Kevin Mason scored in the third period. “We were a little sluggish but I was [...]

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U-14 volleyball event planned for spring

Posted on February 18, 2015

STELLARTON – Severe weather has made a casualty of plans to host a volleyball tournament to coincide with Viola Desmond Day. But organizers are focusing on re-scheduling the tournament in the spring. Head coach Keith Melanson of the host Nighthawks Volleyball Club that was to host the under-14 female tourney said it was necessary to postpone the event in advanced of the most of the many recent winter storms Pictou [...]

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No, it’s not easy being a Leafs fan

Posted on February 18, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I want you to read the following paragraph, reprinted verbatim from another newspaper. “The plight of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the once-proud Canadian entry in the National Hockey League, is one of the sad stories of the league. The one-time power of the league has fallen apart so badly that many of the loop’s expansion teams will likely finish the season with better records.” So when do you think that [...]

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Nighthawks host historic U-14 event

Posted on February 11, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – A local volleyball club is preparing to share in some special history. The Nighthawks Volleyball Club is hosting an under-14 female volleyball tournament on Sunday and Monday at the New Glasgow Academy gym. The eight-team tournament combines an opportunity for some much-needed competition for the Nighthawks in conjunction with Nova Scotia Heritage Day. The inaugural holiday on Monday is in honour of Viola Desmond, a human rights activist [...]

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County Major Midgets facing do-or-die test

Posted on February 11, 2015 Steve Goodwin

A game means a season for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets. After splitting their home games last weekend, Pictou County trails the Newbridge Academy Gladiators three games to one on the eve of the fifth game of the best-of-seven series that will be played on Thursday in Dartmouth. “It certainly is do-or-die for us,” Weeks head coach Richard White said. “It’s the first time we’ve faced elimination this season, [...]

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Christina Black among N.S. women’s champs

Posted on February 11, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Christina Black has achieved her goal to compete in the Canadian women’s curling championship. Black, who was born in Sydney and is a member of the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, is on Nova Scotia’s entry in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts that starts on Saturday in Moose Jaw, Sask. She plays third on a team based at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax that includes [...]

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Bantam A Selects secure silver medals

Posted on February 11, 2015

ANTIGONISH –The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects needed a little help from Lady Luck to get by Cape Breton West Sunday in the championship game at the Antigonish arena. The Selects fell 1-0 to the Islanders in the gold medal game of the Antigonish Credit Union Female Challenge, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort on the part of the Pictou County girls. Goaltender Leigha MacDonald was strong [...]

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First there was Daddy, then Phil

Posted on February 11, 2015 Hugh Townsend

If you’re not an ageing baby boomer – or even a bit older like myself – chances are you haven’t heard that much about the man I’m about to discuss. That is, unless you majored in ancient hockey history at your alma mater. I seriously doubt there’s anyone alive in Pictou County who remembers the day when this young man from Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, arrived in New Glasgow to play [...]

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Barbour channels energy from ice to business

Posted on February 4, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – A native of New Glasgow and alumnus with the Weeks Hockey Organization took time last Friday to share how his hockey experience has helped his business career. Michael Barbour spoke to the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League and its member teams during its annual awards banquet at Summer Street Industries. Barbour’s business is GoodStuff, a coconut water product designed to replenish and rehydrate the body. Having [...]

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Maripacs Atom B winners at Adam Larade Memorial tourney

Posted on February 4, 2015

PICTOU – Jayden Duplessis scored in sudden-death overtime and Ty Briand collected a goal and three assists as the Pictou Maripacs won the Atom B Division with a 4-3 victory over the Stellarton Royals on Sunday at the 21st annual Adam Larade Memorial minor hockey tournament at the Hector Arena. The Maripacs had a perfect 4-0 record the tournament. The Royals came out to an early 2-0 lead in the [...]

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Ice plant work ready to go at Hector Arena

Posted on February 4, 2015

PICTOU – The Hector Arena Commission will proceed with work to renovate the facility’s mechanical room and replace its ice plant. Commission chairman David Parker said work will start once the ice is taken out of the arena at the end of March. It will be the last piece of an extensive program to prolong the life of the building. The original ice plant uses Freon, an inert gas whose [...]

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Older curling trophies displayed at New Caledonian Club

Posted on February 4, 2015

PICTOU – There has been a coming out party for some hidden treasurers at the New Caledonian Curling Club. Members of the club dug out a number of older trophies in order to display them in the main club room and eventually complete what repairs may be needed and get them polished. Frank MacLeod and Dan Currie, who help maintain the ice at the club, brought down some of the [...]

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Ringette being offered as optional ice activity

Posted on February 4, 2015

PICTOU – A six-week ringette training program at Hector Arena is being seen as a way to encourage both boys and girls who may not be involved in any organized sports to give it a try. The training started on Jan. 25, while the remaining five weeks of the program will resume on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. under the direction of Jamie Chapman. “It was good to see them [...]

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‘Great Big Sea’ star knows hockey, Pictou

Posted on February 4, 2015 Hugh Townsend

During the winter months, my after-supper routine is consistent on weekday evenings as I await the night’s hockey action. I settle comfortably into my La-Z-Boy, a hot cup of tea, the flicker and cell phone within easy reach, my two little furry friends George and Gracie curled up on my lap, and the big flat screen on the wall turned to Sportsnet, more specifically Prime Time With Bob McCown. Yes, [...]

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Mariposa skaters join N.S. Canada Games team

Posted on January 28, 2015 Steve Goodwin

Three members of the Mariposa East Figure Skating Centre are thrilled to be selected to represent Nova Scotia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Jillian Matlock of Stellarton, Hana Mamura of Antigonish and Brandon Bent of New Glasgow are members of the club who will compete at the Games next month in Prince George, B.C. Matlock and Bent are among nine Pictou County athletes going to the Games. The others [...]

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Scotians extend winning streak

Posted on January 28, 2015

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians will try to keep their winning streak going this week. After winning three games last week, the Scotians continue their bid to gain ground on the first place Glace Bay Miners in the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League’s Sid Rowe Division when they visit the Valley Maple Leafs today in Windsor and host the Cole Harbour Colts on Saturday in Trenton in two rescheduled [...]

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