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Rousing wins for Albion Club

Posted on April 9, 2014 Steve Goodwin

NEW GLASGOW – Saturday Night was an historic fight night for the Albion Amateur Boxing Club. Closing victories by Mike Jordan and Brady MacDonald helped the club celebrate its 25th anniversary during its first card in years at Summer Street Industries. “It won’t be as long as the last time (the club hosted a card),” said Albion head coach Jim Worthen, who was elated with the wins (just one Albion [...]

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Bearcats oust Crushers in four

Posted on April 9, 2014

MOUNT WILLIAM – A hockey season that held much promise has ended for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Truro Bearcats edged the Crushers 4-3 in overtime on Sunday before more than 1,400 fans at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to complete a four-game sweep in their best-of-seven Eastlink Division final series in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League and assure them a trip to the league final against the [...]

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County’s Atlantic title quest ends

Posted on April 9, 2014 Steve Goodwin

For a time, the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets appeared poised to contest the Atlantic Major Midget hockey championship. All the promise of Pictou County’s first two victories ended on Saturday afternoon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with a 3-1 loss to the Saint John Vitos in a game that decided which one would meet the Halifax McDonalds for the championship on Sunday. Halifax defeated Saint John 5-4 to [...]

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If not the Leafs, perhaps the Jays

Posted on April 9, 2014 Hugh Townsend

Quite a while ago – in the 1990s and thereabouts – I was continually astounded to read that millions upon millions of sports fans in North America were participating in on-line fantasy sports leagues. Fantasy baseball, fantasy hockey, fantasy football, fantasy almost any professional sport. Then, for me, the bug bit and I’ve never recovered. At first, I tried the big four – baseball, hockey, football and basketball. Soon I [...]

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Trojans capture division; Raptors gain experience

Posted on April 2, 2014

ALMA – The Trenton Trojans won the Division 4A honours, while the host Pictou County Raptors gained valuable experience by hosting the Basketball Nova Scotia mini boys Division 4 and 4A championships that ended on March 23 at the Northumberland Regional High School. The Trojans defeated the Dartmouth Lakers 39-26 to win the Division 4A championship. They opened with a 38-28 win over the Lakers before dropping a 36-34 decision [...]

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Albion club hosting card to mark quarter century

Posted on April 2, 2014

TRENTON – Saturday night will be fight night as the Albion Amateur Boxing Club hosts a card to help mark the club’s 25th anniversary. The card will take place at Summer Street Industries, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and boxing to start at 7 p.m. “We have a real nice lineup of bouts,” Albion head coach Jim Worthen said. “We’re looking forward to a really good show. If all [...]

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Mariners win Bantam A title; Selects earn bronze medals

Posted on April 2, 2014

PICTOU – The Yarmouth Mariners are Nova Scotia Bantam A female hockey champions, while the host Pictou County Subway Selects are bronze medalists. The Mariners shut out the Antigonish Bulldogs 2-0 on Sunday to earn their gold medals, while the Bulldogs took home silver medals. Yarmouth hung onto a 1-0 lead until the last minute of play when they scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. The Selects won [...]

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Local athletes garner medals during Atlantic indoor meet

Posted on April 2, 2014

STELLARTON – The Pictou County Athletics track team sent 23 athletes to Moncton last weekend to for the Atlantic Indoor Championships. A total of 16 clubs were represented from around the Atlantic Region and PCA placed second among all teams and first from Nova Scotia teams. Olivia Pretty was first in the 60-metre, 200-metre and 300-metre distances in the 14-15 age category, while Hannah Fraser won in the 60-metre hurdles [...]

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County set to host 2014 Atlantics

Posted on April 2, 2014 Steve Goodwin

It’s time for the real games for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets. Pictou County is hosting four provincial champions during the Atlantic Major Midget Tournament starting Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The visiting teams will be the Halifax McDonalds representing Nova Scotia, the Saint John Vitos representing New Brunswick, the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild from P.E.I. and the Newfoundland Central Ice Pak. The Crushers have been healing, [...]

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Stevens, Williston compete in freestyle

Posted on April 2, 2014

TRENTON – Nova Scotian freestyle skiers Emma Stevens of Hilden and Scott Williston of Black Point, Little Harbour, competed recently at the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA) Senior Nationals held in Calgary, Alberta over the weekend. Stevens, 18, continued her winning streak, bringing home a silver in the halfpipe and fifth in slopestyle on March 23. “Emma went head to head in a best of two run format against the [...]

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Look who turns 70 this month!

Posted on April 2, 2014 Hugh Townsend

I can still visualize what a lovely spring day it was when I drove into Brookfield on that April afternoon. Even now, it seems like only yesterday. Yet it was many Aprils ago; 52 Aprils to be precise. And that, no matter how you analyze it, was a long time ago. I drove to the small, sports-loving community just south of Truro – in my bright red Plymouth Fury convertible [...]

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Peewee AA Selects finish third

Posted on March 25, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Selects won bronze at the 2014 Nova Scotia female Peewee AA championships last weekend with a record of two wins and two losses in four close matches. The Selects opened on Friday with a 4-3 victory over the Halifax Hawks,. Jenna Reid scored all four goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Hawks opened the scoring four minutes into the game, with Pictou [...]

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Crushers move ahead of Ramblers

Posted on March 25, 2014 Steve Goodwin

MOUNT WILLIAM – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers had earned two chances to advance to the MHL’s Eastlink Division Final series. Nick Parker scored three goals as the Crushers took a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series with the Amherst Ramblers with a 5-2 victory last Saturday. The sixth game scheduled for tonight in Amherst, while a deciding game, if necessary is scheduled to be played on Thursday at 7 [...]

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County teams shut out of provincial honours

Posted on March 25, 2014

PICTOU – Provincial championships were not to be for Pictou County teams last weekend. The host Pictou Maripacs lost all four games during the Bantam A championship they hosted at Hector Arena, where the Chebucto Atlantics needed double overtime to defeat the Halifax Hawks 5-4. Two teams representing Thorburn also were unable to win banners. In Pictou, the host Maripacs lost all four games but took it as a learning [...]

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“Pictou on Ice” Nicholson’s passion

Posted on March 25, 2014 Steve Goodwin

PICTOU – A retired educator and hockey coach is counting on local contributors for complete a book or two on Pictou’s winter sports heritage. Jim Nicholson has one binder jammed with one tome he’s ready to call On the Ice in Pictou, depicting teams and athletes who curled, skated and played hockey from 1811 to 1955. He’s amassing more photos and information on hockey exploits since then for another book. [...]

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County team earns silver medals

Posted on March 19, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – The Special Olympics Pictou County Bulldogs floor hockey team received a silver medal from the Cobequid Floor Hockey Tournament last Sunday. Special Olympics Pictou County Bulldogs Floor Hockey Team edged the Kings Red Rabbits 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday. At the end of regulation the score was 1-1. The teams went to a shootout and the score was still tied so in the second shootout Pictou [...]

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Sparky’s death ends great boxing story

Posted on March 19, 2014 Hugh Townsend

When I was going to fight cards back in my childhood years of the late 1940s and early 1950s, boxing was a major spectator sport in Pictou County, as it was elsewhere. Locally, there were a lot of good fighters and there were a lot of exciting matches. Among the fighters climbing through the ropes in Stellarton and New Glasgow in those times, there was Keith Paris, there was Percy [...]

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Founders honoured at plaque unveiling

Posted on March 19, 2014 Aaron Cameron

TRENTON – The Founders of the Trenton Rink were recognized last Saturday for their dedication and involvement in seeing Steeltown have an indoor rink of its own. The seven remaining founders, as well as the families of all 13 founders, were treated to honours from Mayor Glen MacKinnon and witnessed the unveiling of a plaque in their tribute. “It’s important that our children and their children know the story of [...]

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Crushers in tough with Ramblers

Posted on March 19, 2014 Steve Goodwin

A 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers last Thursday has officially started the Pictou County Weeks Crushers’ quest for an MHL championship. It was the first game of their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal playoff series. The second game was in Amherst on Saturday and the third game was slated for the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Tuesday. The fourth game is in Amherst on Thursday, while the Crushers will host [...]

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“Strong mentor” praised for championing boxing

Posted on March 12, 2014

NEW GLASGOW – Sparky Paris is being remembered for his support for boxing and the example he set for boxers in his club, as well as others. Paris died last Saturday in New Glasgow. He was 91. It’s the end of an era,” said Henderson Paris, his nephew, town councillor and distance runner. “We’re feeling a tremendous loss. He was known in boxing and in small business. But besides that [...]

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Strait Pirates end Scotians’ season

Posted on March 12, 2014

TRENTON – A buzzer-beating winning goal has ended the Pictou County Scotians’ season. The Strait Pirates scored with one second officially left in the third period to pull out a 4-3 victory over the Scotians in the deciding game of their best-of-seven division semifinal series in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The Pirates have advanced to the Sid Rowe Division final series against the Glace Bay Minors. It was [...]

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Gryphons win regional banner

Posted on March 12, 2014

TRENTON – The North Nova Gryphons are Northumberland Region Division I male high school hockey champions. The Gryphons captured the regional banner with a 4-2 victory over the Cobequid Cougars on Thursday in Truro and have advanced to the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I championship being hosted by the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames in Upper Tantallon at the St. Margaret’s Centre March 21 to 23. The Gryphons [...]

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Crushers host Ramblers in division playoff opener

Posted on March 12, 2014 Steve Goodwin

MOUNT WILLIAM – The second season is about to begin for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Crushers will host the Amherst Ramblers in the first game of their best-of-seven MHL Eastlink Division semifinal series on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The teams will meet on Saturday in Amherst in the second game, while the Crushers will host the third game on the following Tuesday. [...]

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Kaelan Schmidt receives award

Posted on March 12, 2014

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – Local track and field athlete Kaelan Schmidt says he’s honoured to receive an Athletic Nova Scotia Award. Schmidt was named the organization’s male athlete of the year and received a plaque for the honour on March 1 during presentations in Truro. “It was an honour to be recognized,” he said. “It was a fun time. The award was just the icing on the cake.” Close to 100 [...]

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U-13 team eyes N.S. championship

Posted on March 12, 2014 Steve Goodwin

STELLARTON – The high school volleyball season has passed, but that still leaves time to crank up for spring Volleyball Nova Scotia championships. Veteran volleyball coach Keith Melanson has assembled a team of local athletes to play on an Under-13 team that has been holding its own at tournaments so far this year. “They’re doing very well,” he said. We have 10 girls and everyone plays an equal amount of [...]

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