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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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Ship Hector curling cashspiel maintains strong support

Posted on January 28, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – The annual Ship Hector Cashspiel continues to hold a strong appeal for curling teams throughout Pictou County and elsewhere. The annual 56-team draw ended on Sunday at the Bluenose Curling Club with Bill Hennigar’s Nova Scotia Curling Association team capturing the 42nd annual event with a narrow 5-4 victory over Nick Deagle’s team from Bridgewater. “We continue to attract teams,” cashspiel co-chairman Larry Romain said. “We had [...]

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West Side visits North End Saturday for broomball match

Posted on January 28, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Broomball Game Day arrives on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the West Side All-Stars face off against the North End All-Stars during the fifth annual Jean MacLeod-Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge at the North End Recreation Centre’s outdoor ice palace. A large crowd of friends, family and community is expected to witness the match. At a special kick-off social and dance last Saturday at the West Side Community [...]

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Jiu Jitsu event looking like smash hit

Posted on January 21, 2015 Heather Brimicombe

Pictou County is hosting an event this weekend that will be a big first, not only for Pictou County, but also Canada. Submission series 902 promises action filled Submission only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling bouts. It will start at 7 p.m on Friday at Glasgow Square and, as of press time, was nearly sold out. For those who may not be familiar with the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, [...]

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Local teams getting ready for Winter Carnival games

Posted on January 21, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Players of varying ages are getting ready for special broomball games in conjunction with the annual West Side Winter Carnival in New Glasgow. Students at A.G. Baillie Memorial School practised last Thursday for their game on Saturday against New Glasgow Academy that represents a broomball championship on the outdoor rink at the West Side Community Centre. The game will start at 2 p.m. and is the last [...]

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U-14s to honour Desmond, Paris

Posted on January 21, 2015

STELLARTON – An under-14 girls’ volleyball tournament is being planned for Feb. 15 and 16 to coincide with the first observance of Nova Scotia Heritage Day. Organizers see the timing of the Volleyball Nova Scotia tournament as a way to take advantage of the holiday on Feb. 16. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Viola Desmond, a human rights activist who was selected to be honoured this [...]

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Kingston ousts Pictou II en route to Legion title

Posted on January 21, 2015 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A Kingston team has captured the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command Legion Curling Association’s annual curling championship. The team skipped by Dayle Murray defeated Weymouth 7-6 on Monday at the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou to advance to the national championship in Saskatoon, Sask. Kingston, whose branch has won the championship several times in the past, trailed 4-1 after four ends before scoring two in the fifth and stealing [...]

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Miramichi Valley captures Anse MacDonald banner

Posted on January 21, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Miramichi Valley proved to be the class of the annual Anse MacDonald boys’ high school basketball tournament as they defeated the host North Nova Gryphons 106-61 on Saturday in the championship game. The New Brunswick team took an early 6-0 lead and used a strong full-court press and deadly shooting to run away with the game. “That’s one very good team, Gryphons’ head coach Paul Butler said. [...]

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Scotians eye busy schedule

Posted on January 21, 2015

TRENTON – A full slate of games await the Pictou County Aecon Scotians over the next two weeks. After sweeping two games by scores of 8-4 on Friday in Springhill and 8-3 on Sunday in Trenton against the Cumberland County Blues, the Scotians will wind up the month of January with five games. They will visit the Blues today in Springhill and visit the Strait Pirates on Friday in Port [...]

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Old Maripac, too, belongs in the hall

Posted on January 21, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Like any Canadian kid, I cultivated an early passion for the game of hockey. It was right after the Second World War and, although my playing career ended on the cold, windy outdoor ice at Connolly’s Dam in the East River Road area of New Glasgow – where it began just a few winters earlier – I’ve maintained my love for the sport for some 70 years. I was lucky. [...]

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Women having fun getting fitter at boxing club

Posted on January 14, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Boxing workouts for women have become a hit for those taking part. “I love it,” said Clare Tucker-Daling, who is among those taking part in the special female fitness program that the Albion Amateur Boxing Club officially introduced on Jan. 5. Tucker-Daling attends the regular boxing workouts because her son Brendan boxes with the club, so she felt it would be natural to join the women’s fitness program [...]

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Pictou branch hosts Legion curling event

Posted on January 14, 2015

PICTOU – Two teams will represent Pictou Branch 16 during the 2015     Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command Legion Curling Association’s annual curling championship this weekend at New Caledonian Curling club. Tom LeBlanc will skip a team that includes mate Mike MacKenzie, second Glen Joudrie and lead Dan Currie. Cliff Taylor will skip a team featuring mate Mike Murdoch, second Danny White and lead Kenny Pettipas. The first draw will be 7 [...]

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Redmen top Gryphons in Dorrington finale

Posted on January 14, 2015

WESTVILLE – The Riverview Redmen defeated the North Nova Gryphons 5-2 on Sunday in the championship game of the ninth annual Danny Dorrington Memorial boys’ high school hockey tournament hosted by the Northumberland Nighthawks. The Nighthawks did not advance out of their division after a 3-3 tie against the Amherst Vikings, a 5-3 victory over West Kings and a 6-3 loss to Dalbrae. Jordan Wheeler scored twice and Connor Lochead [...]

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Let’s get Wilson in N.S. Hall of Fame

Posted on January 14, 2015 Hugh Townsend

It was in 2003 that I was inducted into the media section of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, just the fifth person to be so honoured in that category. Not long after, I was asked to serve on the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. I accepted and, being a life-long sports enthusiast, I found the position interesting, enjoyable and challenging. After being there for 10 years, however, I [...]

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Hosts get ready for 55-Plus Games

Posted on January 7, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Work has begun in earnest to host the 55-Plus Games in 2015 in Pictou County. Members of the host group arranging events and venues met recently at the Heather Bowling Lanes in New Glasgow, one of the facilities being used for the 55-Plus games taking place in September. Rae Gunn from Active Pictou County, and recreation directors Norma MacLeod from New Glasgow and Cindy Fraser from Pictou [...]

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Bill MacEachern enjoys big chill

Posted on January 7, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Bill MacEachern is a hearty road warrior. The Hopewell resident has been one of Pictou County’s – and Nova Scotia’s – most consistent distance runners for a generation and shows no signs of stopping. And he is known to run shirtless. That remains true last week as MacEachern completed the New Year’s Eve Resolution shirtless with fellow runner Jim Lays of Stellarton. Depending on one’s view, it’s [...]

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Gryphon girls win school hockey tournament

Posted on January 7, 2015

HALIFAX – Meagan Stewart scored her second goal of the game 53 seconds into the second overtime period as the North Nova Gryphons captured the Citadel Holiday Classic female high school hockey tournament on Dec. 29 with a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Prince Andrew Panthers. Meghan Fox opened the scoring on a power play, assisted by Katie Pentz and Lindsay Feit. The Panthers tied the game briefly before [...]

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Miners win Midget B Division at 2014 Christmas tournament

Posted on January 7, 2015

WESTVILLE – The Westville Miners have won the Midget B Division in their annual Christmas minor hockey tournament. The Miners got goals from team captain John Tait, Tyler Lewis, Brenden MacIntosh, Kyle Sinclair, Aric Deno and Carson Creed as they defeated the New Glasgow Bombers 6-2 to end the tournament on Dec. 30 at the Miners Sports Centre. Reilly Fortune assisted on Christian Bezanson’s two goals for the Bombers. In [...]

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Syd Smith found his niche early

Posted on January 7, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Last spring, Dr. Michael MacMillan, whose 42-year teaching and administrative career included more than a decade as dean of education at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, published a book called Niches. In it, he wrote about 10 individuals, focusing on how and when they found their niches in life. I was one of the 20 he interviewed and, when his thorough probing was finished, he told me I was the [...]

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Bantam AA Selects enter tournament

Posted on December 30, 2014

PICTOU – The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects are preparing to head to the DQ female hockey tournament in Moncton, N.B. on Friday before their regular season resumes on Jan. 9. The Selects entered the New Year unbeaten in eight games and in third place in the Nova Scotia Bantam AA Female Hockey League after posting a win and a tie in their last games in December. They defeated [...]

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Scotians looking forward to second half of season

Posted on December 30, 2014

TRENTON – A novel way to raise the profile of the Pictou County Aecon Scotians appears to have helped the team. The Scotians, who resume their season in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League by hosting the Cole Harbour Colts at 7 p.m. on Sunday in Trenton, conducted a draw last fall to select the name of a sponsor to carry on their uniforms. “We’re doing well,” says Art Forsyth, [...]

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Christmas tournament tests teams

Posted on December 30, 2014

WESTVILLE – Teams contested four divisions during the 2014 Westville Christmas minor hockey tournament’s four-day scheduled that began on Saturday and was poised to declare winners in four division championship games on Tuesday. The divisions included Atom B, Bantam B, Bantam C and Midget B. ATOM B Stellarton won its first two games before absorbing a 3-1 loss to Pictou. Two goals each by Scott Mosher, Cullen Park and Ethan [...]

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Pictou County media was a great bunch

Posted on December 30, 2014

The other morning I was one of five old seniors hunched around a table at a Tim Hortons in Dartmouth when the guy in an ugly Montreal Canadiens cap turned the conversation to the sports media. It was obvious he didn’t like the way reporters in Toronto were talking about the Habs’ recent slide in the standings. It prompted the fellow next to him – the one wearing a Boston [...]

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Albion club faces change

Posted on December 30, 2014 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Albion Amateur Boxing Club is beginning the New Year with a new fitness program for female members, a new head coach and a new president. Jim Worthen, who has been the club’s head coach over its 25-year history, has become the club’s president, while Allan Archibald will replace him as head coach. Worthen will replace long-time president Marvin MacLennan, who felt it was time to retire. Worthen announced [...]

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