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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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Emma Taylor top St. FX female athlete

Posted on April 15, 2015 Steve Goodwin

ANTIGONISH – Emma Taylor has finished her athletic career at St. FX in style. The fifth-year rugby star and business student from Scotsburn was named student-female athlete of the year on April 7 during St. Francis Xavier University’s annual athletic awards gala at the Charles V. Keating Centre. She played the lock position with the CIS national champion X-Women rugby team. “I’m still in shock,” Taylor said after receiving the [...]

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Gymnastics club grows in new home

Posted on April 15, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – A gymnastics club is benefiting from its move to the former YMCA. The Pictou County Gymnastics Club has more time and more room to accommodate its increasing membership, head coach Wendy Cruickshank says. Cruickshank operated the club for five years in Stellarton before buying the Y’s former home in New Glasgow last August. Now the club boasts nearly 400 mainly recreational members of varying ages and skill [...]

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Female hockey players garner share of league awards

Posted on April 15, 2015

It was a special afternoon for a host of players in the Nova Scotia Female AAA Midget Hockey League. Members of the Northern Subway Selects were among those who received awards on Sunday during the league’s season-closing banquet at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Two of the big honours were presented to the Selects’ two graduating players from Pictou County – Hilary Taylor and Taylor Perry. Taylor earned the league’s [...]

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The Hollingsworths: like father, like son

Posted on April 15, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Though he’s never lived or worked in Pictou County, Paul Hollingsworth’s name should be well-known to sports fans along Nova Scotia’s northern shores. There are a number of reasons why. He worked for ATV Atlantic for something like two decades, covering sports events in the province and beyond, switching to news assignments on occasion, and serving as ATV’s weekend news anchor for years and years. He has been the Atlantic [...]

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Trio of Willistons at Canada Games

Posted on April 8, 2015 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Scott Williston’s skiing exploits at the 2015 Canada Winter Games made him the third generation of Canada Games participants in the Williston family. Williston was able to return home for a brief time recently to reunite with the others who took part – his grandmother Phyllis Williston at the 1969 Summer Games in Halifax and his aunt Beth Williston, who skied at the 1979 Winter Games in [...]

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AAA Midget baseball team’s spring training resumes

Posted on April 8, 2015 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Spring training has returned for the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club. The club began its spring training tryouts for the upcoming season on March 22 and will resume workouts this Saturday at the William M. Sobey Indoor complex in Stellarton. Head coach Ryan Thibeault said he is encouraged with what he has seen so far in terms of the number of players who have shown up and [...]

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Scotians’ Verge team, league MVP

Posted on April 8, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – On an evening of awards presented by the Pictou County Aecon Scotians, two league trophies earned by scoring ace Brandon Verge stood out. Verge received trophies for leading scorer in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, as well as its most valuable player award, during presentations at the Trenton Community Arena. Verge finished the season with a flourish to claim the scoring title with 40 goals and 37 [...]

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Special Olympics athletes take part in development weekend

Posted on April 8, 2015

NEW GLASGOW – Athletes from Special Olympics Pictou County expressed enthusiasm for participating in basketball and rhythmic gymnastics workshops that took place recently in Halifax. The athletes had an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and compete with other athletes from across the province. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a new sport being developed in Nova Scotia. Special Olympics Nova Scotia was fortunate to have coaches and judges travel from Ontario [...]

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Stellarton decision ended H&D league

Posted on April 8, 2015 Hugh Townsend

It was 55 years ago, about this time of year in 1960, that a baseball decision in Stellarton brought down the curtain on the highest calibre of baseball that this province ever had. I’m referring, of course, to the Halifax and District League, the circuit that was dominated by American imports and a respectable number of Nova Scotians from 1946 through 1959. For those of us who lived in that [...]

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Retired teachers learn thrills of winter trails

Posted on April 1, 2015 Steve Goodwin

SCOTSBURN – Cathy and Wayne Cock have recently started to appreciate the exhilaration of snowmobiling. Now living in Toney River, the retired school teachers returned recently from their second teaching tour in China and decided to purchase a machine they can travel on together on local trails. It occurred to them to buy it when they were storm-stayed in Toronto for two days on their way back from China recently [...]

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Woodacre display dedicated at Hector Arena

Posted on April 1, 2015

PICTOU – It was a brief, but touching, tribute to one of Pictou West’s most revered athletes. An encased display of memorabilia honouring the late Wayne Woodacre, who died in February, 2013, was featured last Friday during the last of series of formal presentations at Hector Arena to coincide with the Nova Scotia Female Peewee AA hockey championship eventually won by the host Pictou County Subway Selects. A hockey jersey [...]

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Selects win Peewee AA provincial female hockey title

Posted on April 1, 2015

PICTOU – The Pictou County Subway Selects are Nova Scotia Peewee AA female hockey champions. Janna Hickey scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in the 15-minute sudden-death overtime period as the Selects edged the Dartmouth Whalers 2-1 in the final game of the championship tournament on Sunday before several hundred fans at Hector Arena. The Selects had a difficult time the game getting shots on net but defended well [...]

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Westville defeats Pictou to keep McLellan Cup

Posted on April 1, 2015

PICTOU – The McLellan Cup is staying in Westville. Three teams from host Westville Curling Club skipped by Ivan Millen, Jason LeBlanc and John Thompson combined to defeat three teams from New Caledonia Curling Club in Pictou 32-29 on March 25 in the final match of the 109th season of the McLellan Cup. As a result, Westville will defend the first challenger of the 2015-16 season, which LeBlanc said may [...]

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It was a privilege to call him a friend

Posted on April 1, 2015 Hugh Townsend

I remember it like it was only yesterday. Actually, it was a spring evening in 1954 and I had just turned 16 years old. I had been writing high school sports for the Evening News the previous winter, and sports editor Ricky Fraser had offered me a summer job. To me, a dream job. He asked me if I would like to cover some senior softball games. For a young [...]

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Miners end Scotians’ playoff destiny

Posted on March 25, 2015 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – The Pictou County Aecon Scotians’ quest for a Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship has ended. The Glace Bay Miners bolted to a 3-0 lead in the first period and outlasted the Scotians 4-3 on Tuesday in Glace Bay to win their best-of-seven Sid Rowe Division final series four games to one. Brandon Verge, the league’s leading scorer and among several members who played their last game for [...]

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Jr. A Crushers fire Malone, exit early

Posted on March 25, 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are out. The Crushers’ 2014-15 season ended in the first playoff round with a 6-3 loss to the host Truro Bearcats on Monday as they dropped their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal series in the MHL playoffs in six games. The Crushers’ ousting ended a roller-coaster ride for them this month as they limped into the playoffs with four straight losses – the last two to [...]

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Steelers split March Break division hockey finals

Posted on March 25, 2015

TRENTON – Two host teams split verdicts in division championship games at the 2015 March Break minor hockey tournament in Trenton. The Eastern Shore Mariners defeated the Steelers 5-3 on Thursday in the Bantam C Division’s championship game to end the competitive portion of the tournament. Jacob Roper led the Steelers with one goal and one assist, while Michael Trefry and Carter Hatfield also scored. The Mariners tied 7-7 with [...]

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Savoy right there with Konchalski

Posted on March 25, 2015 Hugh Townsend

Just how good a basketball coach was Carolyn Savoy during her long and wonderful career with the Dalhousie Tigers women’s team? Without hesitation, I’d put her right up there at the top with Steve Konchalski, the legendary bench boss with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men men’s team. She was that good. When it comes to success on the hardwood, Savoy and Konchalski had a lot of things in common. Winning [...]

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Crushers face early exit, fire Malone

Posted on March 20, 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have dismissed head coach and general manager Jason Malone. Crushers’ club president Wade Sullivan announced this morning that Malone has been relieved of all duties effective immediately. The board’s decision came after a 7-0 loss to the Truro Bearcats on Thursday in Truro that left the Crushers facing elimination in their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal series in the MHL playoffs. The Bearcats followed a 9-1 [...]

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