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Crushers clinch MHL honours

Posted on April 27, 2016 Steve Goodwin

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers demonstrated determination and resilience on their way to winning the Kent Cup and the MHL championship. The Crushers sent a crowd of more than 1,700 fans home happy on Regan Spears’ second goal of the game as they edged the defending league champion Dieppe Commandos 4-3 on Monday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in the sixth game of their best-of-seven league championship series. His [...]

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Boston Marathon like no other

Posted on April 27, 2016 Debbi Harvie

WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Crowds numbering in the thousands, cheering excitedly for you, pushing you to the end… That’s what the Boston Marathon is like. Running the Boston Marathon is a dream come true for most runners, including Amelia Fraser. The Pictou woman set her sights on Boston but had to defer a couple of times before getting the opportunity to run it for the first time last week. This was [...]

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Linthorne hopes to run Boston again

Posted on April 27, 2016 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – Walter Linthorne says it was a learning experience to run and finish the Boston Marathon. Linthorne ran only his third marathon on April 18 by completing the famed suburban and downtown course in three hours, 22 minutes and 12 seconds. He said the atmosphere was as gratifying as finishing the marathon. “It was a WOW experience,” he said. “The atmosphere was overwhelming. All along the course there was [...]

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Nighthawks set for U-15, U-13 provincial volleyball finals

Posted on April 27, 2016

STELLARTON – The Pictou County Nighthawks will contest the Volleyball Nova Scotia Under-15 and Under-13 girls’ championships this weekend. The U-15 girls will be at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, while the U-13 Nighthawks will be in Truro. The U-15 Nighthawks have enjoyed a successful season. They have more than held their own against the top U-15 and U-16 teams in the province and elsewhere and included in their [...]

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Sports followed him into political office

Posted on April 27, 2016 Hugh Townsend

It was an afternoon towards the end of 1972. I had gone to the premier’s office to interview the man in charge. “Take a seat, Mr. Townsend,” the woman behind the desk said. “The premier will be with you in a moment.” I was just two months into my new assignment as sports editor of The Chronicle Herald. Premier Gerald A. Regan was 801 days into his first term as [...]

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Northern Storm bow in Atlantic Hockey Group finale

Posted on April 20, 2016 Steve Goodwin

The Northern Hockey Storm fell short of winning the championship tournament at the Spring Hockey League at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The P.E.I. Xtreme held off the host Northern Storm 4-3 on Sunday in the championship of their Atlantic Hockey Group minor hockey tournament at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Extreme outshot the Storm 23-16 and held off a late rally to win the game. Lane Lochead scored [...]

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Rams soccer team adds offence with Langille

Posted on April 20, 2016

BIBLE HILL – It’s a simple fact in the sporting world; you must score to win. Kaileigh Langille should help the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams with that next fall. The 17-year-old Stellarton resident recently committed to the Rams women’s soccer team and enrolled at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus for September. Coach Jackie Fitt-Ryan couldn’t be happier. “I’m very excited to add her to the team,” Fitt-Ryan said. “She’s a very [...]

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Basketball group keeps growing, earns sports volunteer award

Posted on April 20, 2016

PLYMOUTH – Minor basketball has become an extraordinary success story in Pictou County. The Pictou County Basketball Association was formed three years ago and in that time has grown from two teams to 20 teams registered with Basketball Nova Scotia. The association received the sport award last Saturday during the Municipality of Pictou County’s 2016 volunteer awards banquet at the Plymouth fire hall. The association’s teams are all called the [...]

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Crushers eye Kent Cup clincher Monday

Posted on April 20, 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have given themselves two chances to win the Kent Cup and the MHL championship. The Crushers will host the Dieppe Commandos at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in the sixth game of their best-of-seven league championship series. A seventh game, if necessary, is scheduled for Dieppe on Wednesday. Cole Murphy’s second goal of the game snapped a 3-3 tie late [...]

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Affleck buoyed about golf’s future

Posted on April 20, 2016

MOUNT WILLIAM – Brian Affleck says he’s looking forward to golf’s continued growth in Pictou County. Affleck owns and operates the Eagles Chance facility that was recently awarded the 2015 CN Future Links Facility of the Year for delivering the top junior golf programs in Canada and leads the way in growing the game of golf. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me,” he said. “When I bought Eagles Chance in [...]

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It’s Hockey Night in United States

Posted on April 20, 2016 Hugh Townsend

I couldn’t help it. I just had to laugh aloud last week as I read NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments on the eve of the annual two-month marathon that, sometime in early summer, will see the crowning of a Stanley Cup champion. The commish, in an obvious unprecedented plea, said he was hoping Canadian hockey fans would tune into the league’s post-season. Imagine being concerned whether Canadians will watch hockey. [...]

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Female atom hockey open house Tuesday

Posted on April 14, 2016

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The open house will include skill-based drills for the girls. Girls eligible to attend must have a 2006 or 2007 birth date. The association featured eight female teams last season, including a AA and A at the atom level. These teams play [...]

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Selects win Peewee A hockey title at Day of Champions

Posted on April 13, 2016 Steve Goodwin

The Pictou County Subway Selects provided a thrilling highlight for local fans during the Hockey Nova Scotia’s RBC Day of Champions by winning the Peewee A female hockey division championship. Jean Craig’s goal in the third period, with assists from Brooklyn Nicholas and Jaylen Langille, proved to be the difference as the Selects edged The South Shore Ice Sharks 1-0 during one of five HNS Female Council games played on [...]

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Albion boxers shine on Fight Night

Posted on April 13, 2016 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – It was another historic night for the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. Cameron MacDonald became the third Albion boxer to win his bout by scoring a unanimous decision over Sebastien Poirier from New Brunswick in a middleweight bout. Another solid crowd at Summer Street watched and cheered as MacDonald fell behind in the first round and rallied to outpoint Poirier. Connor Walsh also won a unanimous decision against [...]

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Students get big lift from Olympic bobsled athlete

Posted on April 13, 2016

PICTOU – Take chances. If there was one piece of advice Luke Demetre could pass on to students at Pictou Elementary, that was it. Demetre is an Olympic bobsled athlete from Abercrombie who never dreamed that one day he would be doing what he is doing now. Demetre is one of the Canadian athletes sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada’s Olympians program. As part of the program, athletes return [...]

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Raptors capture U-14 hoop gold medal

Posted on April 13, 2016

LYONS BROOK – The Pictou County Raptors won the Basketball Nova Scotia Bantam Under-14 boys gold medal at the tournament they hosted from April 1 to 3 at West Pictou Consolidated School. The Raptors first went up against The Sackville Storm on April 1 and took the win easily with a final score of 64-25. On Saturday morning they faced the Dartmouth Lakers. This game got off to a slow [...]

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Lightning teams earn gold, silver basketball banners

Posted on April 13, 2016

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Lightning went 2-for-4 over the weekend in Basketball Nova Scotia boys and girls championships. The Lightning captured the gold medal in the boys D2 Under-16 Division on Sunday in Alma with a convincing 95-71 victory over the Antigonish Junior X-Men. Jaren Johnson was named tournament most valuable player and Layton Williams was chosen to its all-star team for the Lightning, who won all five [...]

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Caggiula leads UND victory

Posted on April 13, 2016

Drake Caggiula has ended his NCAA hockey career in style. Caggiula, grandson of Pictou resident Art MacDonald, answered two heart-breaking losses in previous tournaments with two goals to help the Fighting Hawks to a 5-1 victory over Quinnipiac last Saturday at the 2016 Frozen Four in Tampa. It’s the Hawks’ first title since 2000 and eighth overall. Caggiula became the eighth UND player to earn the tournament’s outstanding player award, [...]

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Selects earn Midget AAA female hockey awards

Posted on April 13, 2016

Members of the Northern Subway Selects received their share of awards on Sunday during the annual banquet hosted by the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Selects head coach Troy Reid earned the President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the league in 2015-16 in achieving Hockey Canada’s HP-1 coaching certificate. Among major awards, Selects’ Julia Scammell was named the league’s top defence [...]

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Golf season to start April 25

Posted on April 13, 2016

ABERCROMBIE – Golf members and officials at Abercrombie Country Club are optimistic about the 2016 season. Golf professional Jon Garron said the course will open on April 25 and he anticipates a good year for the club, given the minimum winter damage it has suffered. “We’re excited,” he said. “Last year was terrible. We had 10 temporary greens until July1, but this is the best winter some of us have [...]

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It’s “The Jay Team” for another season

Posted on April 13, 2016 Hugh Townsend

It was the day I had been anxiously awaiting for quite some time – the day our fantasy baseball league was holding its annual draft. A sure sign of spring and the wonderful “play ball” proclamation. But the day didn’t start exactly as expected. It was early morning and I was about to take George and Gracie, my two shih tzu companions, out for their daily constitutional, an exercise they [...]

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Gryphon boys win Div. 1 high school hockey title

Posted on April 6, 2016 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons are provincial high school hockey champions. Co-captain Ryan MacDonald scored twice and Matt Murray collected the shutout as the Gryphons blanked Halifax West 4-0 on Sunday and went undefeated in their five games to capture the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division boys’ banner in Bridgewater. “It feels pretty good,” said MacDonald, who came back two weeks earlier from a broken wrist he [...]

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Pacs host Queens after SEDMHA Midget A hockey win

Posted on April 6, 2016

PICTOU – The Pictou Maripacs are Midget A SEDMHA champs. The Maripacs defeated the Queens County Cougars 5-3 in the championship game at the annual SEDMHA tournament in Cole Harbour. The win set up a showdown on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when the teams meet in the finale of the Day of Champions. It will be the sixth time the teams will have met [...]

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MacLennan named Major Midgets’ coach, GM

Posted on April 6, 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets have begun preparing for the 2016-17 hockey season. Kyle MacLennan is being brought back and has accepted the duo positions of coach and general manager. “The addition of the General Managers role is a natural progression of the responsibilities Kyle has taken on since joining the program,” said Anthony Conway, governor of the Weeks Major Midget hockey club. The team also paid tribute to [...]

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Lightning basketball teams win gold medals

Posted on April 6, 2016

NEW GLASGOW – Pictou County Lightning teams won medals last weekend during Basketball Nova Scotia championships played in Pictou County and elsewhere in the province. Team MacInnis defeated the Valley Blue Devils 39-38 in the Bantam Boys Division 3B gold medal match, while Team Johnson/Fast outscored Kentville 44-35 in overtime to win the Bantam Girls Division 5 title. Team Smith/MacGregor defeated the Slam 51-29 to win the Bantam Boys Division [...]

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