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Another Abercrombie title for Kevin Scott

Posted on August 27, 2014 Hugh Townsend

It seems I’ve known Kevin Scott almost forever. But, to be a bit more accurate, I’ve known him since the day he was born 37 years ago. For several reasons. Kevin’s father, retired school teacher Dave Scott, was born on the same day in 1941 as my sister Barbara at the old Aberdeen Hospital on Stellarton Road. They were roommates for the first few days of their lives – a [...]

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Midget AAAs win provincial title

Posted on August 27, 2014

STELLARTON – The MacGregor Kinsmen AAA Midget baseball club capped off a remarkable season by winning provincials last weekend. After returning home from their ninth place finish in the Baseball Canada national championship in Quebec, the MacGregor Kinsmen were eager to prove they were the best Midget AAA team in the province. On four days rest they opened the provincial tournament with a 11-1 shellacking of Sydney Mines Friday. The [...]

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Local skill sets tested at Future Link events

Posted on August 27, 2014

MOUNT WILLIAM – Future Links golf remains a reliable way to measure and improve golf kills, Brian Affleck says. Affleck, who operates the Brian Affleck Golf Academy, hosted a series of Future Links skills competitions in July at part of his skills instruction that he has been operating through the summer and ended last Thursday at Eagles Chance. The Future Links sessions attracted about 120 young golfers to the three [...]

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“Duke” recalls Clayton MacLeod

Posted on August 27, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Clayton MacLeod is being remembered as a deserving inductee into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame for his more than 50 years as a top-level harness racing driver and trainer. MacLeod, a native of Murray Siding, near Westville, is being inducted posthumously during ceremonies scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Centre’s auditorium. He died in 2010 in Truro. “I followed his harness racing [...]

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County wins women’s Div. II title

Posted on August 27, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Pictou County’s women’s rugby club has completed a worst-to-first chapter in their young history. After missing the playoffs in their first season last year, Pictou County, led by captain and No. 8 Tanisha Campbell, followed an undefeated seven-game regular season by capturing Rugby Nova Scotia’s Division II women’s championship on Friday with a 12-5 victory over Enfield. “Last year, we ended up last but this year we [...]

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Fisheries pool adds wheelchair, lift

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A public indoor swimming pool has added a new dimension to its menu of uses. The Pictou Fisheries Pool now has an aquatic lift and aquatic wheelchair to allow those with disabilities access to the pool. The equipment was to be officially dedicated on Tuesday. The goal is to have it available for people to use by late September. “We’re trying to make it more accessible for people [...]

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Hiking and biking with the Hahns

Posted on August 20, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I first met Tom Hahn four and a half years ago. It was at the Land Registration Office in Pictou where he’s property mapping supervisor for the northern part of Nova Scotia. We talked that day about his love for long-distance running, his love for marathons, his love for tackling anything physical. I got enough information that day to write not one, but three columns for The Advocate, highlighted by [...]

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Haley cites Olympic Gold among coaching highlights

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

WESTVILLE – Lisa (Jordan) Haley says she welcomes the honour of being inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Haley will join Cathy Mason and the late Roy Bennett in the builder category during inductions that will take place on Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Centre’s auditorium. “Growing up as a kid in Pictou County, I remember how much of my life revolved around playing sports,” [...]

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Rangers open AGR league playoff hunt

Posted on August 20, 2014

TRENTON – An abbreviated regular season for the Trenton Rangers in the AGR Fastball League has finally given way to a round of playoffs. The Rangers ended the regular with a 9-1 record by winning a game scheduled for Aug. 12 in Trenton by forfeiture over St. Andrew’s. They had not played either the St. Andrew’s Flyers or the Whycocomagh Warriors all season and were scheduled to open their playoffs [...]

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Richardson second in Sportsman final

Posted on August 20, 2014

JAMES RIVER – Dale Richardson of Stellarton took second place in the NAPA Sportsman Series Highland Building Centres 100 race at Riverside International Speedway on Sunday. Richardson’s performance in the event was part of the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 on the Maritime Pro Stock tour that had been scheduled for Friday. The feature had been re-scheduled from the spring, but was washed out on both Friday and Saturday [...]

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Love confirmed at Fenway Park

Posted on August 20, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – A couple’s adoration for the Boston Red Sox compelled them to marry at Fenway Park. Jason Rorison and Heather Fougere on July 31 celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage at the famed asymmetrical baseball shrine, confirming their love for each other and the baseball team. Fougere is originally from St. Peter’s. They live in the house Rorison grew up in on Munroe Avenue. They met at [...]

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Mason cited for Special Olympics

Posted on August 13, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Cathy Mason says she’s happy to have been nominated for induction into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Mason is among three people in the builder category being honoured at the 23rd annual induction ceremony on Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Building. Mason’s induction is primarily for her more than 20 years of work with Special Olympics. Hockey coach Lisa Haley is also being inducted [...]

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Local players earn trip to Nationals

Posted on August 13, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Two Pictou County players are looking forward to playing in a national baseball championship. Rivaldo Yanes, left, and Colby Russell are among members of the MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA baseball club that will be representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian midget championship in Magog, Que. this week. Yanes, 16, was born in Cuba but has lived in Pictou County most of his life. Russell grew up near the [...]

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Smith, Symons at bantam tourney

Posted on August 13, 2014

STELLARTON – Two members of the Stellarton Subway Stingers are playing on one of the two Nova Scotia bantam female teams that will be contesting a national championship this week. Courtney Smith and infielder Mckayla Symons are on the roster that travelled to the national championship that starts today and ends on Sunday in Brampton, Ont. Smith and Symons play for the Subway Stingers in the Stellarton and Area Minor [...]

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It was the summer the winning ended

Posted on August 13, 2014 Hugh Townsend

It was 60 years ago this month that a Pictou County baseball dynasty came to an abrupt end when the Stellarton Albions were eliminated in the Halifax and District Baseball League semi-finals. The defeat ended a three-year reign by the Albions, the only franchise to capture three consecutive championships in the import-laden league. I remember that disappointing season very well. It was the year I got my first job in [...]

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Games too costly for their worth

Posted on August 6, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Pictou County boxer Brody Blair notwithstanding, I don’t have very much interest in the Commonwealth Games. Not like I used to years ago. To be frank, I haven’t watched a minute of the coverage on the big screen. I do admit, a few years back I got somewhat excited, like a lot of Nova Scotians, when a number of community and political heavyweights in Halifax-Dartmouth thought it was possible to [...]

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English eyes trip to Australia event

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – Gillian English says she feels ready for her new sports adventure. English, who grew up in Sutherlands River, got a rare chance from her busy schedule to return to Pictou County to visit her parents, family and friends last month before her scheduled trip with the Midnight Suns Canadian Development Team to the Australian Rules Football International Cup in Melbourne, Australia. The team was scheduled to leave [...]

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MacPhee eyes ring future

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club says she’s glad to have taken part in a recent run with Mike Strange and hopes she can keep boxing. “It was nice we were one of the clubs that got to participate and raise some money,” Shania MacPhee said. “Quite a few of us ran with him.” MacPhee was among the nine Albion boxers who ran part of a [...]

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Henderson, Maxwell win two-ball playoff

Posted on August 6, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Julia Henderson from Abercrombie and Ruth Maxwell from Oakfield were smiling as they left the Antigonish Golf and Country Club. The pair combined to win the 2014 NSGA women’s two-ball event on July 29, besting the field of 111 teams. But they needed a playoff to overcome Karen Munn from Oakfield and Tracy MacKay from Truro in the Pinehurst format used for the playoff after the pairs [...]

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Scott Williston joins Canada Games team

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU LANDING – Scott Williston says he’s thrilled to be going to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Williston will be on Nova Scotia’s freestyle skiing team that will be among competitors from the province at the Games in Prince George, B.C. It’s his second attempt at competing at the Games. “I’m really excited,” he said. “I didn’t make the 2011 Games (hosted by Halifax), so I’m one of the few [...]

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County sends six to Legion meet

Posted on August 6, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Pictou County Athletics members are looking forward to their participation at the 2014 Royal Canadian Legion track and field championships next week. “I’m really excited,” says Lauren Quann of Pictou, who will join fellow Pictou County athletes Alyssa MacNeil, Tatum McLean, Olivia Pretty and Kaelan Schmidt at the meet. Taylor Mattinson of Oxford, who is also a member of Pictou County Athletics, is also representing the club on [...]

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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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