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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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Siblings combine for rare finish

Posted on October 22, 2014 Steve Goodwin

blings achieved what Brianna Sandluck and her sister Kaitlin Sandluck and Jessica Zentner and her sister Naomi Zentner have done. The quartette from North Nova Education Centre combined to finish second in the senior girls team competition last Wednesday in Truro during the Northumberland Region high school cross country championships. Brianna Sandluck was third, Jessica Zentner was fourth, Caitlin Sandluck was ninth and Naomi Zentner was 13th individually among senior [...]

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Hopewell course gets first ace

Posted on October 22, 2014 Steve Goodwin

HOPEWELL – It may seem out of the way, but a 10-hole golf course in Hopewell has been attracting a good crowd of golfers in recent years. One of those golfers is Ivan Cock, who lives in Lyons Brook, has a membership at Abercrombie Country Club and still enjoys the occasional trip to Hopewell. He really enjoyed it one day when he got his first hole-in-one, which was also first [...]

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The last Rangers the best Rangers

Posted on October 21, 2014 Hugh Townsend

If you want to feel a wee bit on the old side, consider this tidbit of Pictou County hockey history: It has been 50 years – yes, half a century – since the last New Glasgow Rangers team took to the ice. It was also, in my opinion at least, the best Rangers team ever. I’m talking, of course, about the 1964-65 season when the local club was one of [...]

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Albion club to host bouts

Posted on October 15, 2014 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Albion Amateur Boxing Club got a lift recently from victories by two of its members. Dawson Bowes and Dawson Fraser won their bouts during a card on Sept. 27 in Sydney. They were among four Albion boxers on the card. Bowes defeated Blake Shea of St. John’s, N.L. in their 78-kilogram match. “Dawson Bowes had a hard-fought win,” Albion head coach Jim Worthen said. “It was a great [...]

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Local Midget AAAs named Baseball N.S. team of 2014

Posted on October 15, 2014

STELLARTON – The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAAs have earned another accolade, having been named Baseball Nova Scotia’s team of the year for 2014. “It has been quite a year for this ball team, and a lot of hard work by a lot of volunteers,” team spokesman Russell Oehman said. The locals won the National Elimination Midget AAA Tournament in July to represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian National Midget AAA [...]

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Well-earned honour for Steve Goodwin

Posted on October 15, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I can’t give the specific year that I met Steve Goodwin for the first time, but it was sometime in the 1970s. I remember that I was sports editor of The Chronicle Herald at the time and we were introduced in the press box prior to a Nova Scotia Voyageurs game in Halifax. I took a special interest in him right away because this was the new sports editor of [...]

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Martin rolls to top 9-ball ranking

Posted on October 8, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Pool is getting a welcome boost to its profile as local players achieve success in the province. Led by Bill Martin, the team has started well after the first of five Official Cue Sports Nova Scotia 9-ball ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Nova Scotia that began on Sept 20th at Century Snooker Club in New Glasgow. It was the first of five satellite tournaments that [...]

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MacDonald’s life spans fitness, volleyball, mixed martial arts

Posted on October 8, 2014

CALGARY, ALTA. – Jason MacDonald’s time in sports has taken him on a journey through fitness and mixed martial arts. MacDonald is among five athletes, three builders and one person in the media category who will be inducted on Oct. 18 into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at the Westville Civic Centre’s auditorium. Born in New Glasgow in 1975, [...]

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Scotians win big, land sponsor

Posted on October 8, 2014

TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians are starting this season well, on and off the ice. The Scotians swept their two games last weekend by shutting out the Antigonish Bulldogs 7-0 on Friday and defeating the Cumberland County Blues 6-2 on Sunday in two Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games. The other piece of good news is that the Crushers have a sponsor, Aecon Fabco, for this season. It comes [...]

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A CFL team could succeed in N.S.

Posted on October 8, 2014 Hugh Townsend

How could I not agree with Mayor Mike Savage when it comes to arguable subjects, sports included, in his Halifax-Dartmouth kingdom? In my first conversation with him after his successful bid for the mayor’s chair two years ago, he related a story that would win over anybody, or at least any media member. “When I was a kid,” he told me on that occasion, “every morning before I went to [...]

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When Whitlock was with the Bombers

Posted on October 1, 2014 Hugh Townsend

One thing you learn when you’re in this business, you never know when you’ll be called upon to be an intermediary – a referee, so to speak – to settle a sports argument. It’s actually amazing the wide range of subjects that are debated in coffee shops and elsewhere. It’s happened to me countless times through the years, and it occurred again recently when I walked into a Dartmouth restaurant. [...]

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County club captures Div. II men’s honours

Posted on October 1, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Winning changes everything, and the current charges on the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club side have that feeling after capturing the Rugby Nova Scotia provincial men’s second division championship on Saturday in New Glasgow. Pictou County got five penalty kicks from Chris Works and single tries from Dana O’Brien and Brendan Works as they overthrew defending champion Truro Saints with a 25-13 triumph at the Scott Weeks [...]

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Jennifer (Weir) Ross welcomes induction

Posted on October 1, 2014

LOCH BROOM – Jennifer (Weir) Ross says she is looking forward to entering the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. She is among five athletes, three builders and one person in the media category who are being honoured at the induction ceremonies, which are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Westville Civic Building’s auditorium. Ross’s induction is for her exploits in shooting from 1975 to 1980, including [...]

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Smashing good time on the Rock

Posted on October 1, 2014

PICTOU – At this year’s Targa Newfoundland two Pictou County competitors got more than they bargained for; in more ways than one. Competing in their first ever Targa race, which was also their first rally race as a team, John Robinson and Norman Lord had what you could call a smashing good time. With perfect weather, the pair started off a little streak of bad luck when they hit a [...]

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Roy Bennett cited for local support

Posted on September 24, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Roy Bennett is being saluted for his contributions to local hockey throughout much of the 20th century. Bennett is being inducted posthumously in the builder category during ceremonies starting at 2 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Westville Civic Building’s auditorium. He is among three builders, five athletes and one person in the media category being honoured at this year’s inductions. “He was a fine man,” his [...]

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Getting into those old hockey cards

Posted on September 24, 2014 Hugh Townsend

The two large blue binders, holding well over 1,000 Toronto Maple Leafs hockey cards from as far back as the early 1930s, have an honoured place on a bookshelf in my office. Though never forgotten, I hadn’t browsed through my cherished collection for a long time. That is, until these past couple weeks. After reading Ken Reid’s new book, Hockey Card Stories – in preparation to writing last week’s column [...]

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Pictou County para-athletes try water, oars

Posted on September 24, 2014 Ralph Ferguson

PICTOU – Local para-athletes and coaches from Pictou County participated on Sept. 6 in a “Come and Try Para-Rowing Event” at the North Star Rowing Club on Lake Banook in Dartmouth. The event was organized with Row Nova Scotia and facilitated by several of their volunteers with travel assistance provided by Let Abilities Work Partnership Society (LAWPS) and Active Pictou County. Coach Allan Collie worked closely to organize the event [...]

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