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Mariners end season with awards

Posted on July 30, 2014

PICTOU – The Pictou County Mariners wrapped up their season in June at their annual swim banquet following an eventful year with awards given out for both Nova Tech swimmers and Aged Group swimmers. The Nova Tech awards included rookie of the year awarded to Grace Hendshaw, Nova Tech most promising swimmer to Samantha Reid, and Nova tech MVP award to Jamie Scott-Barter. Aged group awards included most improved swimmer [...]

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More information on Ches Gregory

Posted on July 30, 2014 Hugh Townsend

A few years ago, I wrote a column in The Advocate on long-ago hockey player Ches Gregory, one of the early athletic heroes on the Pictou County sports scene. I explained how he used to sit in the church pew directly behind us every Sunday morning. It wasn’t until his death that I began to really learn what a great player he had been. I knew then that it was [...]

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Crushers’ pre-season schedule

Posted on July 30, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have released their 2014 Training Camp Schedule. The camp opens on Aug. 28 and has four exhibition games. Thursday, Aug. 28 6 p.m. Camp Check In 7 – 745 p.m. Team A Practice 8 – 8:45 p.m. Team B Practice 9 – 9:45 p.m. Team C Practice Friday, Aug. 29 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Intersquad #1 10 – 11:15 a.m. Intersquad #2 [...]

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Doherty wins top honours

Posted on July 30, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Matt Doherty is the festival of the Tartans overall Scottish heavyweight events champion for 2014. Doherty took first place among 11 contestants on July 19 during the annual festival events at the Tartan Field in New Glasgow by winning five of the six events. He won the open stone toss, 22-pound hammer throw, the 28-pound weight for distance, 56-pound weight for distance and the 56-pound weight for [...]

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Previous cuts end Brody Blair’s bid

Posted on July 30, 2014

LYONS BROOK – Brody Blair’s dream of a Commonwealth Games medal has ended. The Lyons Brook boxer was disappointed Monday evening in Glasgow, Scotland when his second bout at the Games was stopped because of a previous fight injury. Cuts he sustained above both eyes from a head-butt in his first bout on Saturday night reopened, forcing the stoppage. Blair was leading on all judges’ score cards with 1:32 remaining [...]

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Albions win Homecoming tourney

Posted on July 30, 2014

STELLARTON – Youth is serving the Pictou County Molson Canadian well this season. More evidence was in force last weekend as the Albions captured the Stellarton Homecoming intermediate baseball tournament championship at the Albion Athletic Field. Wesley Moser, one of the many younger players inserted into the lineup over the past several seasons, tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out eight batters as the Albion completed a weekend sweep of [...]

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County hosts dirt bike event

Posted on July 30, 2014

UPPER MOUNT THOM – The Pictou County line was a bit more noisy and lot more dusty than usual on Sunday with CMRC Atlantic Motocross action taking place at the Mount Thom MX track. Local cycle-hero Luke Penney took part in three events during the course of the day, finishing second in his first competition and feeling confident going into his later heats. Between races the 11-year-old Penney played spectator [...]

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MacDonald rules Olympic race

Posted on July 30, 2014

MELMERBY BEACH – Normalcy has returned to Melmerby Beach. The annual Melmerby Triathlon that was cancelled last year, returned in style, and New Glasgow’s Ryan MacDonald once again captured the Olympic event in less than two hours. It was the fourth win for MacDonald, whose pacesetting time was one hour, 46 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s much faster than his 2:05:57 recording in 2012 and 2:09:31 in 2011. Shawn Nuftall [...]

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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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