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Chisholm among winners at annual Fitz of Fury races

Posted on May 25, 2016

SCOTSBURN – Nolan Chisholm was among winners on Sunday during the annual Fitz of Fury bicycle races. Chisholm crossed the finish line in 37 minutes, 22 seconds to win the Under-15 Division, completing two laps of the 5.-kilometre course up and down Fitzpatrick Mountain. Among other local racers, Lyla Hahn won the girls’ U-13 Division, while Tony Corbin and Tim Shea won their divisions. Fitz of Fury was back to [...]

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Clark drives MacDonald’s car to win in Maritime Pro Stock Tour opener

Posted on May 25, 2016 Pat Healey

ENFIELD – Cassius Clark is quickly making Scotia Speedworld his playground. The Farmington, Maine native led all but four laps to take home the checkered flag in the Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock Tour season opener, the Lucas Oil 100 on Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. Clark was the wheelman behind Pictou resident Rollie MacDonald’s car. “This is the way you want to start a season,” said Clark. “The car [...]

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Mariners do laps at swim-a-thon

Posted on May 25, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – Members of the Pictou County Mariners Swim Club swam laps to raise money for its work last Wednesday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. The two-hour event required swimmers to complete 200 lengths of the pool. Age Group swimmers (older and stronger) actually did swim the 200 lengths, which equals five kilometres, in less than two hours. The other, younger, Nova Tech swimmers were divided up into teams of [...]

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My father inspired my love for sports

Posted on May 25, 2016 Hugh Townsend

At different times, in different ways, for different reasons, I’ve been asked the questions throughout my life. How and why did I become so interested in sports before I even started school? Who or what was the influence on a kid so young? Where did that interest originate at a time when there was no television and the only thing on radio was news about the war. My reply has [...]

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MacLennan wins Earle 5-K race

Posted on May 25, 2016 Steve Goodwin

TRENTON – Dave MacLennan is still king of the road in Trenton. The legendary Scotsburn distance runner was overall winner of the five-mile race in a time of 29 minutes, 39 seconds to cap the 2016 Joe Earle Memorial Day races on Victoria Day. MacLennan was in the head pack from the starting line at Scotia Park and made his move returning downhill on Park Street to pull away from [...]

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Mariners host swim-a-thon today

Posted on May 18, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – The Pictou County Mariners are hosting a swim-a-thon today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fisheries Pool. The swimmers will complete as many lengths of the pool as they can in that amount of time to reach the club’s fund-raising goal of $5,000. The money raised will be used for pool rental fees, hosting skill and technical clinics and purchasing training equipment, such as pull buoys and [...]

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It was the biggest thrill of them all

Posted on May 18, 2016 Hugh Townsend

It was a mid-May afternoon in 1976. Forty years ago this week. Four whole decades. Yet it’s still clear in my mind even though I can forget something that happened only yesterday. I was at my desk in The Chronicle Herald sports department, writing my column for the next day, when the phone rang. It was publisher Graham Dennis asking me to come to his office. That wasn’t unusual. When [...]

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Marshall’s sights on next match

Posted on May 18, 2016

TRENTON – It’s as if Norma Marshall has never been away from the boxing ring. Marshall recently returned from bouts in central Canada that has placed in a strong position in her weight class. She won a unanimous decision on April 30 in Toronto over Kylie Fallis from Toronto, winning all four rounds and forcing a standing eight count in the fourth round against Fallis, who is considered one of [...]

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Joe Earle Memorial Day races May 23

Posted on May 18, 2016

TRENTON – It will be Cindy MacKinnon Day and a new race will be added on May 23, Victoria Day, during the 52th running of the Joe Earle Memorial Day road races in Trenton. Each year someone is recognized with a day for community contributions in sports and other pursuits as a volunteer or participant. MacKinnon will be honoured during the banquet that follows the races at 1 p.m. at [...]

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County athletes off to Regionals

Posted on May 18, 2016 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – A large field of athletes from Pictou County will contest the Northumberland Region track and field championships later this month after competing last Friday and Saturday at the district meet in Stellarton. They will compete at the TAAC facility in Truro for a chance to further advance to the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation championships scheduled for June 3 and 4 in Stellarton. The venue will be the [...]

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Hundreds grace Miss Miles

Posted on May 11, 2016 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – It was another great day for the Miss Miles Mother’s Day 5K Classic. A sold-out crowd of several hundred walkers and runners of all ages took part in the third annual event that was once against based at Glasgow Square. “It was great,” race director Carol Curley said. “We see interest already in next year. We had lots of questions about when to register.” The route for [...]

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Canadiens win Fred Page Cup; Crushers 0-3

Posted on May 11, 2016

WOODSTOCK, N.B. – The Carleton Place Canadiens made it three straight titles, while the Pictou County Weeks Crushers went 0-3 at the Fred Page Cup. The Canadiens, from the Ottawa region, went undefeated and won their third straight Cup championship by defeating the host Woodstock Slammers 4-2 on Sunday to end the tournament. They will play in the upcoming Royal Bank Cup in Lloydminster, Alta. The Slammers advanced to the [...]

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PA 200 golf tournament at Abercrombie club

Posted on May 11, 2016

PICTOU – Past graduates and staff at Pictou Academy are organizing a golf tournament to coincide with PA 200 events. The tournament for alumni and teachers will start at 1 p.m. on July 6 at Abercrombie Country Club as part of their week-long schedule of activities to help mark the Academy’s 200th anniversary. “I’ve received some queries, so interest is strong,” says former grad Tim MacDonald, who is helping to [...]

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McLean sets new mark at track and field meet

Posted on May 11, 2016

STELLARTON – Tatum McLean is in good form as she joins others preparing for this week’s district high school track and field meet. The Northumberland Regional High School student won her shot put event and broke her own provincial 16-17 age group record with her hammer throw on Saturday during the Athletics Nova Scotia warm-up meet at the Beazley Field in Dartmouth. She was also third in discus. In other [...]

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You couldn’t help but like Joe Brown

Posted on May 11, 2016 Hugh Townsend

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it. That lovely sentiment came from Prince Edward Island author Lucy Maud Montgomery, the lady who gave the world Anne of Green Gables more than 100 years ago. I thought of those words last week as memories of three things were refreshed when I learned of the death of former hockey player Joe Brown. I should explain. In [...]

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Sutherland eyes return to Boston

Posted on May 4, 2016 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – Distance running is almost a way of life for Michelle Sutherland. Sutherland, who lives in Lyons Brook and works and trains at True Potential Fitness in Pictou, has been running for years and completed her second Boston Marathon on April 18 in an official time of four hours, 33 minutes, 57 seconds. That’s slower than the 3:49 time she recorded at a marathon on October, 2014 in Moncton, [...]

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Murray, Hines join N.S. team

Posted on May 4, 2016

ANTIGONISH – Two members of the Pictou County Highland Dance Association qualified for the provincial team recently after the 38th annual Nova Scotia closed championship and selection meet. Annika Murray of Green Hill won in the 10 to 12 age group, while Hines earned a championship in the 16 to 18 category. They were among 13 Pictou County dancers vying for a spot on the provincial team. Twenty representatives were [...]

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When NGHS girls won two crowns

Posted on May 4, 2016 Hugh Townsend

I find it rather amazing – sometimes startling – how people frequently bring up the subject of girls playing competitive sports, then add comments suggesting it’s a brand new fad in our communities. It bugs me. Sure, girls hockey is growing and improving at a rapid pace, something I’ve addressed on different occasions, something that excites me to no end. Having two young granddaughters in the sport, I see first-hand [...]

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Crushers find home at Yvonne’s

Posted on May 4, 2016 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – It was hardly hockey weather last Saturday. But it was a chance for players who tried out or played for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to hang out with Yvonne McChesney, some of whom have come to respect and adore, after billeting with her. McChesney billeted defenceman Taylor Davis and rookie Mark Kennedy all season and Mark Derraugh, Braydon Munn and Kiern Devine for part of the 2015-16 [...]

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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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