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Nov. 27 Crushers game postponed

Posted on November 27, 2014

The November 27 MHL regular season game between the Woodstock Slammers and Pictou County Weeks Crushers, originally scheduled for 7PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center, has been postponed due to the winter storm currently affecting the region. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

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Miners capture Midget B Division at Keith MacLean Memorial event

Posted on November 26, 2014

THORBURN – The Westville Miners earned a banner by capturing the Midget B Division on Sunday during the fourth annual Keith MacLean Memorial Tournament at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink. The Miners downed the Sackville Flyers 6-2 in the championship game in front of a capacity crowd. Friday night, Westville was on fire, shutting down Thorburn with an 8-0 victory. Goals were scored by Brendan MacIntosh, Christian MacLeod, Dawson Clow, [...]

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Kin members grace Bluenose for games, fun time together

Posted on November 26, 2014 Aaron Cameron

NEW GLASGOW – The New Glasgow Kinsmen and Kinettes had the rare opportunity to do something for themselves on Saturday with a just-for-fun zone curling bonspiel at the Bluenose Curling Club. The afternoon involved members from clubs in the northern zone, Cape Breton, and P.E.I. and was a way for members to get together, have a bit of fun, and maybe even swap some ideas. “It’s a fun event,” local [...]

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Albions pound out big victories

Posted on November 26, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – It was another promising night of victories for Albion boxers All but one of the members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club won their bouts on an 11-bout card that included provincial championship matches. “It was a good card,” Albion head coach Jim Worthen said. “We had a good performance from all our boxers. Dawson Bowes won the main event, a unanimous decision over Blake Shaw from [...]

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Scotians set to host Pirates

Posted on November 26, 2014

TRENTON – The Pictou County Aecon Scotians will host the Strait Pirates at 7 p.m. on Sunday in Trenton in their lone Nova Scotia Hockey League game this week. It will be a chance for the Scotians to avenge a previous home-ice loss to the Pirates and stretch their current winning streak. Since the Pirates defeated the Scotians 5-4 on Nov. 2, the Scotians have won five straight games, including [...]

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Best of them all was Gordie Howe

Posted on November 26, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Most of the time when I’m selecting subjects for this column, I concentrate on Pictou County people and topics, or matters with at least some county connection. I’ve been known, however, to make a few exceptions, and one of those occasions is now. The item I refer to is the declining health of Mr. Hockey, almost as well-known as Gordie Howe. He’s 86 years old now – wow, that’s hard [...]

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Stellar club attempts to build membership

Posted on November 19, 2014

STELLARTON – It has been a while since Mindy Langley and Ryan Williams have curled. So they took the opportunity to check out Stellar Curling Club during an open house the club offered last week. Langley and Williams reside in Central West River. The open house took place from Nov. 10 to 14, and they arrived on Nov. 13 to see club president Roger Garby getting the ice ready. “I [...]

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Naylor has had quite a career

Posted on November 19, 2014 Hu

I’m sure Bob Naylor won’t deny that he’s been writing letters to the editors of newspapers for a long time. Lots and lots of letters. For years and years. I don’t believe for a moment, though, that it’s a case of the well-known Pictou resident not having things to do with his time. Far from it. He’s always been a busy guy, whether it’s to do with sports, business, politics [...]

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Locals learn tips on next steps

Posted on November 19, 2014

Coaching can be tough. Selecting athletes for a team is tougher A coaching clinic based on how to evaluate and select athletes on Nov. 12 provided some help for those who attended the clinic at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Nearly 30 people registered for last week’s clinic, as well as the introductory one on Oct. 7. Both of them were hosted by Mark Smith and Stephanie Spencer. Smith is [...]

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Club marks 40th anniversary

Posted on November 19, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – More than 50 people gathered last Wednesday for the 40th anniversary celebrations for the New Glasgow Karate Club. It was a time to demonstrate club members’ skills, welcome club leaders from the past and present awards. The club has evolved over the years and has moved from its previous home on Archimedes Street to its current location in the New Glasgow Fire Hall. It is directed by [...]

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McDowell recalls Vimy course

Posted on November 12, 2014 Rob McDowell

Canadians, we all grow up learning of that place called Vimy, in France – a place that represents a defining time in our country’s history – truly a Canada moment. To paraphrase one now-deceased veteran, “We went over as part of the British, we came back as Canadians.” Some Canadians know more than others about this historic military event. If asked, well sure we could all say that it was [...]

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Ryan enjoying life on smooth turf

Posted on November 12, 2014

STELLARTON – Marguerite Ryan says she is enjoying her time lawn bowling. Ryan, who is formerly from Stellarton and living in retirement in Truro, was among bowlers who accompanied Keith Finck last Thursday for a lawn bowling session at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports complex in Stellarton. It’s part of an attempt by facility manager Gary Matheson to bring lawn bowling into the complex this winter. Finck said the [...]

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Murray Logan gave so much to sports

Posted on November 12, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Though we were both born and brought up in New Glasgow, I didn’t know Murray Logan in my Pictou County days. He was 10 years older than me and our paths never crossed. But fast-forward to when we both became Dartmouth residents and it seemed we ran into each other everywhere we went in the sports community. That was because he was very active – and a keen volunteer – [...]

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Hood, Lays claim honours in Vince MacDonald race

Posted on November 5, 2014 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – There was a new name added to the winners’ list for the Vince MacDonald 10-K Road Race. David Hood was the overall winner on Sunday, ahead of Joe Pound and Jim Lays. Hood was also top master male and succeeded Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn, who won the race last year for the 14th time but was absent due to his participation in the Atlantic track and field championships [...]

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Lady Nighthawks drop two thrillers

Posted on November 5, 2014

ALMA – The Northumberland Nighthawks’ dreams of a provincial championship have ended. The Central Kings Gators scored with a header off a corner kick in the dying seconds of injury time on Friday to edge the host Nighthawks 2-1 in their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division II semifinal match, sending the Gators to Saturday’s championship game in Division II female soccer. The Nighthawks had the consolation of having lost [...]

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Crushers widen lead, host N.B. opponents

Posted on November 5, 2014

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will once again diet on New Brunswick teams this week in their next two MHL games. The Crushers, who have widened their lead in the Eastlink Division, will host the Miramichi Timberwolves on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and will visit the Dieppe Commandos on Sunday. Dieppe is second and Miramichi is third in the Meek Division standings. The games follow the Crushers’ [...]

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Always a big smile and a fine greeting

Posted on November 5, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Hughie MacDonald once told me the greatest satisfaction he got out of his hockey career, above all else, was the nice people he met in the game. His comment stuck with me through the years because, to be perfectly honest, Hughie was one of the nicest people I met in my 60-plus years around the sports scene. It was no wonder that the people in the game meant so much [...]

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Lady Nighthawks drop soccer thriller

Posted on October 31, 2014

ALMA – The Northumberland Nighthawks’ dreams of a provincial championship have ended. The Central Kings Gators scored off a corner kick in the dying seconds of injury time on Friday to edge the host Nighthawks 2-1 in their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation semifinal match, sending the Gators to Saturday’s championship game in Division II female soccer. The Gators led 1-0 and the Nighthawks were having difficulty attacking in the [...]

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Nighthawks’ boys advance; senior girls host Div. II finals

Posted on October 29, 2014

ALMA – The Northumberland Nighthawks have advanced to this week’s Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division II provincial senior high school boys soccer championship. The Nighthawks got two goals from Reilly Fortune and one each from Keigan Rauh, Cole MacIsaac and Jacob Read as they defeated Yarmouth 5-0 on Saturday in a qualifying match at the NRHS field in Alma. While the boys have advanced, it has yet to be [...]

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Crushers post two wins to widen division lead

Posted on October 29, 2014

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have widened their division lead in the MHL. The Crushers head into this week’s games at home on Thursday against the Valley Wildcats and away on Saturday against the Yarmouth Mariners with a five-point lead in the Eastlink Division. They established the lead after defeating the Amherst Ramblers 6-3 last Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and pulling out a 5-4 shootout victory last [...]

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Martin leads snooker, 9-ball regional stats

Posted on October 29, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Billy Martin continues to lead the latest snooker rankings after the first of four round-robin tours for the Northern Nova Scotia Region. The first tour will end on Friday and the second one will begin on Saturday at the Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. The present top-four rankings show Martin in first place ahead of Jeff Gillen, Don Latter and Peter Borden. “Our region has only [...]

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Selects in Subway Cup’s four finals

Posted on October 29, 2014 Steve Goodwin

It was a banner weekend for female hockey at the Subway Cup. The Pictou County Selects send all four of its teams to division finals and won one of them in the Atom Division during the action that began on Friday and ended on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. “It was awesome,” Josie Dunn of the Atom Selection said. “It was very exciting,” teammate Erin MacNeil added. “We [...]

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Perfect wife for someone like me

Posted on October 29, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Jane wasn’t a sports fan, certainly not in the true sense. She didn’t have a favourite hockey team, or a baseball or football team to call her own. She never considered entering a fantasy sports league when they became popular on the Internet and in our household. Yet for 47 years, she was surrounded by sports talk at the dinner table, sports channels blaring on the television every morning and [...]

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Jon Sim joins Atlantic Hockey Group

Posted on October 28, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Jon Sim has joined the Atlantic Hockey Group. As the director of hockey operations for Nova Scotia, Sim will oversee all the group’s programs that will include providing support to the coaches involved in its NS AAA Series, its NS Elite Program and its NS Prospect Series. Sim’s summer and fall hockey programs will continue to be offered in Pictou County, as well as expanding in other [...]

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List of members expands with nine new inductees

Posted on October 22, 2014 Heather Brimicombe

WESTVILLE – Some of Pictou County’s finest were inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Westville civic centre. The ceremony this year saw three builders, one media inductee, and five athlete inductees, as well as several special recognition awards presented. The ceremony was dedicated to Hugh “Sparky” Paris. Hall of Fame chairman Ken Langille’s wife Gale Langille made a presentation for Sparky’s honour [...]

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