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TWINNING MEETING DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD
Friday 24th June 2016

Concerned citizens pushing for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Sutherland's River and Antigonish say a meeting yesterday was a major step in the right direction for the possible project. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says there was a good crowd at the Beech Hill Fire Station, and several ideas were generated as to calling people to action on this stretch of highway that has seen 15 deaths since 2009. This comes as the government is planning public consultations related to this and other potential twinning projects. MacDonald is inviting people to visit their new website, or to visit their Facebook page.

HIGHWAY TWINNING SUPPORTERS MEETING TONIGHT
Thursday 23rd June 2016

Supporters of twinning the Trans Canada Highway are meeting tonight ahead of proposed public consultations with the province. The meeting will take place at the Antigonish County Fire Department's Beech Hill Station at 7 pm. 

MP SEAN FRASER TAKING HIS OFFICE ON THE ROAD
Wednesday 15th June 2016

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be doing a lot of travelling this summer, as his team have scheduled a series of travelling clinics and Community Town Halls throughout the riding. Fraser says the idea behind the clinics is to help more constituents across Central Nova by bringing the constituency office to them. All meetings during the clinics will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, and further meeting times can be scheduled outside of the travelling clinic schedule. If applicable, Frasier's team asks that constituents bring pertinent documents and information, which can be photocopied at the clinic if needed. The Town Hall Community meetings will include a question & answer forum. The clinics are scheduled from 11:00am to 6:00pm, with Town Hall Community sessions scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information, visit Sean's website.
The schedule is as follows:
July 7: Scotsburn Fire Hall
July 14: River John H.U.B.
July 21: Sheet Harbour Wildlife Association
July 28: Eastern Shore Community Centre, Musquodoboit Harbour
August 3: Pictou Landing First Nations Band Office
August 4: District of St. Mary's Lions Club, Sherbrooke
August 10: Lismore Community Centre
August 11: Moser River Community Centre
August 18: Ship Harbour Community Centre
August 24: Pictou County Wellness Centre (Town Hall only)
August 25: Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit
August 31: St. James United Church, Antigonish (Town Hall only)
September 13: NSCC Cafeteria, Stellarton
September 16: Room 110, Gerald Schwartz School of Business, St. FX Campus, Antigonish


TEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AT HOUSE PARTY
Wednesday 8th June 2016

A 19-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing several charges after a woman said she was sexually assaulted at a house party late last month. RCMP in Antigonish say they were called last week to investigate an alleged assault on May 25. Police say the woman told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man she knew while at a house party with friends. They arrested a man from Paq'tnkek First Nation Reserve the same day. He has been charged with several offences, including aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats The teen was taken into custody and is due back in Antigonish provincial court on July 13.

SPORTS - JUNE 2
Thursday 2nd June 2016

The Pomquet Acadians took both games of last night's doubleheader with the St. Andrew's Flyers to open the season for the Antigonish Guysborough Regional League. In the first match it was 8-1 for Pomquet, with Murray MacNeil pitching a two hitter and striking out 8. Bryden Boudreau hit a solo home run for the Acadians. Game two was a closer contest, with the Acadians winning 6-4. Richie Connors struck out 16 batters to get the win. Alex Mills, Andrew MacIssac, Gerard Kell each had a solo homer for St. Andrew's.       
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Kanokai Judo Club was well represented at the Amherst Invitational Tournament over the weekend. This was the final event on the Judo NS Calendar for the season. LTAD Athletes - Ralph Baldwin, Liam MacPherson, Paige Landru, Sophie Landry Cohen Ponikau, James Ponikau, and Mekhi Reddick. Gold - Landon MacPherson & Kyle Sutherland. Congratulations from everyone at Kanokai
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Rookie Conor Sheary is carrying his weight this post-season.  He scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over San Jose and Pittsburgh a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup final. Phil Kessel's 10th post-season goal gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead. But the Sharks tied it on Justin Braun's goal with 4:05 left in regulation.
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Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays bullpen held off the Yankees long enough for Toronto's bats to come alive.  Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Michael Saunders plated another over the Blue Jays' five-run seventh inning as Toronto rocked New York 7-0.
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Alexei Ramirez homered twice and matched his career high with five R-B-Is as the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 14-6 several hours after executive chairman Ron Fowler strongly criticized the team's poor recent play.  Ramirez had a pair of two-run homers and an R-B-I single.
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Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a sixth-inning single for the Boston Red Sox in their 13-9 loss in Baltimore. Bogaerts was hitless in three at-bats before lining a single to centre field off reliever Brad Brach.
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Cleveland outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 162 games for a second violation of baseball's drug policy. Byrd tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide. Byrd was first suspended for 50 games in 2012.
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There's been a surprising upset in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal as the Ottawa Fury of the second-tier North American Soccer League stunned the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.  Also, Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton each scored twice as Toronto F-C beat the Montreal Impact 4-2 in their semifinal.

SPORTS - JUNE 1 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Wednesday 1st June 2016

The Antigonish Guysborough Regional League begins its season tonight with a doubleheader, as the St.Andrew's Flyers play the Pomquet Acadians beginning at 7pm at the Pomquet ball field.
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight. Pittsburgh took Game 1, 3-2 at home on Monday night. The Sharks are appearing in a Cup final for the first time in franchise history. They'll need a win to even the series before it moves to San Jose for Game 3 on Saturday.
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The Toronto Blue Jays go for a third straight victory tonight as they cap their home stand against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez gets the start for the Blue Jays, who have won six of their last seven games. Masahiro Tanaka counters for New York. Toronto topped the Yankees 4-1 last night.
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Felix Hernandez will try for his fifth win of the season as the Seattle Mariners take on the Padres in San Diego in one of three interleague games on the M-L-B schedule today. In the others, the New York Mets host the White Sox in a matinee and Houston is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Colorado Rockies shortstop and former Blue Jay Jose Reyes reports to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment today. Reyes was suspended through May 31st for violating M-L-B's new domestic violence policy. He was charged for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge, saying Reyes' wife was not co-operating.


PLAN TO BE RELEASED ON HIGHWAY TWINNING "SOON"
Thursday 26th May 2016

The province says it will be releasing a draft plan to twin eight stretches of 100-series highways in the next several weeks. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan made the announcement today, under renewed pressure following another fatal accident in Broadway over the Victoria Day weekend. MacLellan said the plan, which will have a price tag in the hundreds of millions, will include information on the possible inclusion of tolls. He says the upgrades are needed to save lives. MacLellan says there will be public consultations on the plan underway by the end of this summer. One of the eight stretches of road under consideration by the Transportation Department is the highway between Sutherlands River and Antigonish. A previous study by CBCL suggests that the price tag for twinning that area alone, a distance of just under 38 kilometres, could range between 240 and 250 million dollars.

MACDONALD CONTINUES CAMPAIGN TO TWIN HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 24th May 2016

The chief of a small rural fire department in northeastern Nova Scotia is repeating a call to twin a section of Highway 104 and reduce the number of high-speed head-on collisions. Barneys River Fire Department chief Joe MacDonald is speaking out again after a crash Monday claimed the life of a 35-year-old Halifax woman near Broadway in Pictou County. It was the 15th fatal collision on the untwinned 37-kilometre portion of the highway between New Glasgow and Antigonish since 2009. MacDonald says he and others in nearby communities are pushing for a twinning solution - as they have for years. He says an online petition has gathered close to 6,000 names while a Facebook group has another 1,700 supporters. Last June the province announced a feasibility study to examine the use of tolls to help pay for the twinning of up to eight sections of 100 series highways, although no decisions have been made.

JOHN BROPHY PASSES AWAY
Monday 23rd May 2016

Antigonish native, hockey legend, and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach John Brophy passed away Monday morning after battling health issues, according to his family. Brophy spent 19 seasons playing in the Eastern Hockey League before hanging up his skates as a player, and picking up the coach's whistle. He had several stops in the minors before taking over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the start of the 1986-87 season. After nearly three seasons with the Leafs, Brophy continued coaching, spending the next 11 seasons as head coach of the Hampton Roads Admirals, where he won 3 Kelly Cups. John Brophy was 83.


EVOLVE MOVES TO NEW BRUNSWICK
Wednesday 11th May 2016

The Evolve Music Festival will still take place in 2016, even though the former site in Antigonish County is no longer available. Festival organizers announced on their website recently that a new site has been secured, just north of Moncton, New Brunswick, in the community of Beersville. The festival is scheduled to run 8-10 July, and several artists have also been confirmed for the event. It was moved out of Antigonish County after the Municipality revoked their permit for missing deadlines filing key paperwork, including medical emergency plans.

EVOLVE FESTIVAL CHANGING LOCATIONS
Sunday 8th May 2016

The Evolve Music Festival is moving. In a post on their Facebook page, Evolve says this year's festival will be held in July on a 495-acre farm between Clairville and Beersville, about a half hour north of Moncton. Evolve had been in Antigonish County since its founding in 2000, but in April the Municipality of the County of Antigonish revoked the event's special permit. County officials said that head organizer Jonas Colter never submitted a medical plan for the festival, even after the February 1 deadline. Officials expressed concern in the past over the possible use of illegal drugs at the festival.

MOUNTIES WARN HIGH RISK OFFENDER MAY BE COMING TO NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 5th May 2016

RCMP in Nova Scotia are warning people about the release of a high-risk offender dubbed the "pants puller." They say 29-year-old Gavin Sean Griffiths has served a sentence for sexual assaults and has convictions dating back to 2005 for sexual assault and other offences. Police say he did not have relationships with the women he assaulted and has been assessed as being at a high risk to reoffend. Police say Griffiths is being monitored by the Ottawa Centre for Probation and Parole and recently indicated he was heading to Nova Scotia, possibly to Antigonish. He is on probation for two years and is restricted from having contact with certain people or possessing weapons, and must undergo counselling.


SPORTS - MAY 3
Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are ready for the start of the Fred Page Cup in Woodstock, NB. The Kent Cup Champions are leaving for the Eastern Canadian Championship today, then play their first game Wednesday afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Catch every Crusher game through the tournament on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Northumberland Nighthawks U13 girls volleyball team took home the bronze medal at provincials this past weekend in Bedford, Congratulations to Maddie MacDonald, Rory Thompson, Meg Maxner, and Skye MacDonald, Keeley Stevenson, Emily Giles,Katie Crawford, Georgie Gunn, coaches Harold Williams and Leonard Thompson and manager Hayley MacDonald.
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Atom Nova North Stars improved their record this weekend in Halifax with another win and a tie placing them in first place overall. First, they got the best of Chebecto Avalanche with a score of 6-2. Scoring for Stars was Cameron Pitts with 2 goals, Ethan Maclean, Landon Martin, Garrette Williams and Ethan Mackay all adding singles. Assists came from Williams 2, Brett Butler 1, Derrick Mackay 1, Pitts 1. Later that afternoon the Stars fought to a 4-4 tie against the Glace Bay Bruins. Stars goals came from Amias Crossman, Ethan Maclean, Derrick Mackay, Cameron Pitts. Assists came from Ethan Mackay. Winning goalies were Maddux Mackenzie and Ben Verge. Stars' next game is on the 7th in Halifax vs the Valley Wild.
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Congratulations to the Northumberland Nighthawks Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team for capturing the Northern Nova Scotia High School Championship this weekend, hosted by Pictou County Ultimate. It was an exciting final, with NRHS winning 10-8 over NNEC.  The NRHS Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, North Nova, Pictou Academy, and Dr JH Gillis of Antigonish had a great tournament which showed the strong growth and development of Ultimate Frisbee in Northern Nova Scotia. Good luck to the teams heading to provincials in Halifax on May 14.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A pair of early goals and a great performance by Matt Murray have the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Washington.  Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in Pittsburgh's 3-2 triumph over the Capitals. Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but the Pens could be without their top defenceman. Kris Letang levelled Marcus Johansson with a hit that likely will be reviewed by the N-H-L.
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Kevin Pillar had three hits and scored a run but the Toronto Blue Jays still fell to the visiting Texas Rangers 2-1.  Nomar Mazara broke a tie with a solo home run as Texas won a rematch of last year's American League Division Series. 
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Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in the first inning to help James Shields earn his first victory of the season, and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.  Shields  struck out five and walked two.
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Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists to lead the the Oklahoma City Thunder past San Antonio 98-97. Their playoff series is now tied 1-1. Earlier,  LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood an Atlanta comeback in a 104-93 victory in the opening game of their second-round series.
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Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the N-H-L's top rookie.  McDavid had 16 goals and 32 assists despite missing much of the season due to a broken collarbone. Gostisbehere led rookie defencemen with 17 goals and 29 assists, and Panarin led all rookies with 30 goals and 47 assists.
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The Thai owners of Premier League champion Leicester City aim to keep the victorious squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by big-money offers from richer clubs. Leicester were 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season and the owners said that when they invested in the club six years ago, winning the title "was not what we dared to dream."

LEGALIZATION ARGUMENTS DIDN'T PREVENT SENTENCE FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Friday 29th April 2016

A Nova Scotia man has been sentenced to 18 months' house arrest on marijuana charges after his lawyer vainly argued for leniency ahead of its expected legalization next year. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge in Antigonish sentenced 65-year-old William Leigh Brady earlier this week for trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana. Defence lawyer Adam Rodgers says he questions attempts to deter an activity that will soon not be a criminal act. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced on April 20th that legislation would be coming in 2017 to legalize the drug.

EVOLVE ORGANIZERS SAY 2016 EVENT WILL GO AHEAD - ELSEWHERE
Friday 22nd April 2016

A statement released by Jonas Colter, the organizer of the Evolve Music Festival that saw its permit revoked by the Municipality of Antigonish County today, says the event will still happen this summer. Colter's statement says that "Evolve has always been committed to safety, wellness, and harm reduction." He says details for the new location will be released in the coming weeks, and that they are excited about a new chapter moving forward.


ANTIGONISH COUNTY PULLS PLUG ON THIS YEAR'S EVOLVE FESTIVAL
Friday 22nd April 2016

There will not be an Evolve festival in Heatherton this summer. The County of Antigonish has revoked the special event permit that was issued for July, saying organizers of the electronic music festival did not file a medical plan overseen by a licenced doctor. Evolve has clashed with municipal officials in the past over concerns with illegal and underage drug use, but Glenn Horne, the municipal clerk and treasurer for Antigonish County, says the revocation only applies to this year's permit.

NEW BUDGET, NEW SHOES FOR DELOREY
Tuesday 19th April 2016

Finance Minister Randy Delorey has new shoes as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its first budget. The Antigonish member of the legislature carried on the tradition of federal and provincial finance ministers by buying new footwear yesterday prior to delivering his financial blueprint today. Delorey decided to shop at home for his pair of shoes, stopping by Oak Manor Men's Wear in Antigonish. The finance minister says this budget is consistent with the fiscal direction the Liberal government has been taking.

SPORTS - APRIL 19
Tuesday 19th April 2016

The Boston Marathon was run yesterday. Walter Linthorne of Stellarton, Vernon MacIntosh from Hopewell, and Michelle Sutherland of Pictou all ran the famous race. Linthorne finished in a time of 3:22:12, MacIntosh finished 35th among 70-74 year old men, with a time of 4:25:39, and Sutherland crossed the line in 4:33:57. Both the men's and women's elite divisions were won by runners from Ethiopia, the first time in the 120 year history of the event that the African nation has taken both titles.
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Game 3 between the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Dieppe Commandos returns to New Brunswick tomorrow night, with the series even. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15pm. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Fundy Highland Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players tonight at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls. The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   There will be a public meeting for all female atom age parents at 7:15 p.m. in the Advocate Room of the Wellness Centre.  The meeting will include information on the upcoming season for girls interested in playing either AA or A female Atom hockey in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Raptors snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak dating back two seasons and evened their series against Indiana at the same time. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds as Toronto took Game 2 against the Pacers 98-87.
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Golden State got it done without Steph Curry. Klay Thompson had 34 points to lead the way as the Warriors beat the Rockets 115-106 for a 2-0 series lead. Curry started warmup but left early and sat out because of a sore ankle. And Raymond Felton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Mavericks evened their series against the Thunder at a game each with an 85-84 win.
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The L-A Kings aren't out of it yet. Tanner Pearson scored in overtime as the Kings beat the Sharks 2-1 in Game 3. San Jose still leads the series 2-1. No team has won a game in the series on home ice yet. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for L-A. Joe Thornton scored 30 seconds into the game for the Sharks, but San Jose couldn't get anything else by Quick.
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The Capitals put the Flyers on the ropes with a 6-1 win in Philadelphia. Washington now leads that series 3-0 and can wrap it up Wednesday. And Jason Pominville scored twice as the Wild beat the Stars 5-3, cutting Dallas's series lead to 2-1.
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The Minnesota Twins have hired former manager Ron Gardenhire as a special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan. His responsibilities include travelling to all minor league affiliates as an instructor and evaluator. The Twins fired Gardenhire in 2014 after Minnesota finished that season 70-and-92. He spent 27 years in the Twins organization, including 13 years as manager.
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The Chiefs' appeal of anti-tampering violations has been denied by N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning Kansas City will forfeit its third-round draft pick this year and sixth-round pick next year. The violations stem from the Chiefs contacting then-free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin when prohibited by NFL rules. Maclin, who had been drafted by Reid in Philadelphia, eventually signed with Kansas City.


SPORTS - APRIL 18 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Monday 18th April 2016

The Boston Marathon is officially underway with the mobility-impaired athletes setting off. About 50 participants with visual impairments and other disabilities are in Monday's race. They're being guided by able-bodied runners accompanying them along the 26.2-mile course. Three Pictou County runners are competing in the Boston Marathon today.  Walter Linthorne of Stellarton, Vernon MacIntosh from Hopewell, and Michelle Sutherland of Pictou will all run the famous race.  Just over 24-hundred Canadians are part of the over 30-thousand participants in the event.  Stay tuned to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 throughout the day for updates on the progress of our local athletes. 
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers turned up the offence, outshooting Dieppe 3-1 last night, and evening the series after downing the Commandos 4-1 at the Wellness Centre. Benji Curtis led the Crushers with 3 goals while Mike Lyle and Cole Murphy added 2 assists each. Michael Dill scored the other Crushers goal. Daniel Vautour only had to stop 10 shots for the win. Game 3 is back in Dieppe on Wednesday, and Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15pm. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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The Northumberland Nighthawks U-15 Girls Volleyball team won the U-16 PEI Invitational over the weekend. The girls went undefeated in their pool play 3 & 0. They beat Summerside in the quarterfinals, defeated Kinkora in the semi-final, and won against host Kensington 25-18 and 25-8. Volleyball Nova Scotia has released the provincial rankings for the championship at the end of this month and the Nighthawks are ranked number one in the province. Provincials will take place in Halifax at the Canada Games Centre April 29th and 30th.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Fundy Highland 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. The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   There will be a public meeting for all female atom age parents at 7:15 p.m. in the Advocate Room of the Wellness Centre.  The meeting will include information on the upcoming season for girls interested in playing either AA or A female Atom hockey in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Three teams will be looking to put strangleholds on their first-round playoff series tonight in the N-H-L. Washington, Dallas and San Jose all lead their series 2-0. The Capitals head to Philadelphia to face the Flyers, the Stars are in Saint Paul, Minnesota against the Wild and the Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings.
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Canada will try to stay undefeated when it hosts Slovakia tonight at the under-18 world hockey championship. The Canadians are coming off a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday night. Goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick was solid in that game, finishing with 38 saves. Slovakia has one win and one loss so far while Canada is 2-and-0 in Group B.
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The Toronto Raptors will aim to even their first-round playoff series at 1 tonight when they host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 at Air Canada Centre. The Pacers beat Toronto 100-90 in Game 1 on Saturday. The Raptors had 20 turnovers and shot 38 per cent in the loss. Indiana scored 25 points off of those turnovers.
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A Patriots' Day special this morning at Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz gets the ball for the Red Sox when they host the Toronto Blue Jays this morning in the final game of a four-game set. J.A. Happ will counter for Toronto. The Jays are coming off a 5-3 victory over Boston yesterday.

LOCAL SPORTS APRIL 17
Sunday 17th April 2016

The Northumberland Nighthawks U-15 Girls Volleyball team won the U-16 PEI Invitational over the weekend. The girls went undefeated in their pool play 3 & 0. They beat Summerside in the quarterfinals, defeated Kinkora in the semi-final, and won against host Kensington 25-18 and 25-8. Volleyball Nova Scotia has released the provincial rankings for the championship at the end of this month and the Nighthawks are ranked number one in the province. Provincials will take place in Halifax at the Canada Games Centre April 29th and 30th.

The Dieppe Commandos downed the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4-1 in Dieppe Friday to take the first game of the Kent Cup Final. Shane Dallaire led the Commandos with 2 goals while Michael Poirier and Cody Drover added 2 assists each. Taylor Davis scored unassisted on the power play in the third period to get the Crushers on the scoreboard. The Crushers look to get a win of their own tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)


Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.

Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th 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 Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com

SPORTS - APRIL 16
Saturday 16th April 2016

The Dieppe Commandos downed the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4-1 in Dieppe to take the first game of the Kent Cup Final. Shane Dallaire led the Commandos with 2 goals while Michael Poirier and Cody Drover added 2 assists each. Taylor Davis scored unassisted on the power play in the third period to get the Crushers on the scoreboard. The Crushers look to get a win of their own tomorrow night at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field today from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th 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 Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Nashville Predators have taken a 1-0 lead over Anaheim in their Western Conference playoff series. Filip Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as Nashville beat the Ducks 3-2.
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The defending Stanley Cup champions have knotted their first-round series at a game apiece. Andrew Shaw scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal with 4:19 left and Artemi Panarin added a huge insurance goal as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Blues 3-2 in St. Louis.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to Detroit with a 2-0 lead in their first-round series with the Red Wings. Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period and had two assists as the Lightning downed the Wings 5-2. Also in Florida, the Panthers knotted their opening-round series 1-1 by outlasting the New York Islanders 3-1.
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Travis Shaw laced a two-run double and David Ortiz had two R-B-I's as the Boston Red Sox downed Toronto 5-3. Winning pitcher Rick Porcello fanned eight while giving up three runs and just two hits in six and one-third innings. Edwin Encarnacion supplied all the offence for the Blue Jays with his first two homers of the year.
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Kike Hernandez homered his first two times up against Madison Bumgarner, drove in four runs and prevented two more with a diving catch in left field as the L-A Dodgers topped the San Francisco Giants 7-3. Clayton Kershaw got the win for Los Angeles.
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All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season.  The Rangers announced the extension after their 11-5 loss to Baltimore. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the extension is worth $36 million dollars.
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Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson is seven shots back of leader Katie Burnett after three rounds at the L-P-G-A Lotte Championship. She shot a 1-under 71. And top-ranked Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 in the R-B-C Heritage for a share of the second-round lead with Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman.


SPORTS - APRIL 15
Friday 15th April 2016

The schedule is set for the Kent Cup Final. The Best-of-7 Maritime Hockey League Championship series between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Dieppe Commandos will begin tonight in Dieppe, with Game 2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday. All of the games from Dieppe will be available on Classic Rock 97.9, beginning with the pregame shows at 7:15pm each of those nights. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The full schedule can be found below.
Game 1 - Friday, 15 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 2 - Sunday, 17 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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The Weeks Hockey Organization has hired a new manager for the Scotsburn Major Bantam program, and if the players have any doubt about his ability to be a winner, they only have to look at his Stanley Cup ring. Jon Sim, who won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, will be taking over effective immediately. Head Coach Jeff Green will remain with the team. Sim's first responsibility will be to prepare for the Spring Camp which runs 4-6 May at the Wellness Centre.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th 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 Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Joe Pavelski broke a tie with his second goal early in the third period, and the San Jose Sharks opened their playoff return with a 4-3 victory over the Kings. It was San Jose's first post-season game since losing four straight to L-A in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. San Jose's Martin Jones made 19 saves against his former Kings teammates in his first career playoff start.
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The Dallas Stars opened their post-season run with a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Jamie Benn scored one goal and set up two more and Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his second career playoff shutout.
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John Tavares scored one goal and assisted on two more to power the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over Florida in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final. And the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals have a 1-0 lead over Philadelphia in their series. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots as Washington blanked the Flyers 2-0.
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The Toronto Blue Jays head into a road trip on a high note. Marcus Stroman pitched eight effective innings and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer to power Toronto to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer for the Jays, who start a series with the Red Sox in Boston tonight.
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Kike Hernandez hit a two-run double during a five-run seventh inning to back another solid outing from Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2. Stripling allowed two runs on five hits but trailed 2-0 when he exited after six innings.
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Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson is five shots back of Minjee Lee after two rounds at the L-P-G-A Lotte Championship in Hawaii. Henderson shot a 2-under 70 for a 5-under total. Lee shot a 66. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is tied for 18th after a 1-over 73 day.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 14 APRIL
Thursday 14th April 2016

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The schedule is set for the Kent Cup Final. The Best-of-7 Maritime Hockey League Championship series between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Dieppe Commandos will begin tomorrow night in Dieppe, with Game 2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday. All of the games from Dieppe will be available on Classic Rock 97.9, beginning with the pregame shows at 7:15pm each of those nights. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The full schedule is as follows:
Game 1 - Friday, 15 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 2 - Sunday, 17 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
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The Weeks Hockey Organization has hired a new manager for the Scotsburn Major Bantam program, and if the players have any doubt about his ability to be a winner, they only have to look at his Stanley Cup ring. Jon Sim, who won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, will be taking over effective immediately. Head Coach Jeff Green will remain with the team. Sim's first responsibility will be to prepare for the Spring Camp which runs 4-6 May at the Wellness Centre.
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Atom Pictou County Nova North Stars went 2-1 this past weekend. The weekend started with a loss to Sackville Maple Leafs 3-1. The North Stars then rebounded with wins over the Tasa Chebucto Flames 5-0, and the Liverpool Sharks 11-2. Stars next games are April 24th at the Halifax Civic Center to take on the Avalanche and the Wild.
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The final roster for the U18 World Hockey Championship for Team Canada has been set, and Lower Sackville's Evan Fitzpatrick will be donning the maple leaf when the tournament starts tonight in Grand Forks, ND. Fitzpatrick is the only player from Atlantic Canada to make the team, and will be sharing the goaltending duties with Michael DiPietro and Stuart Skinner. The tournament gets rolling today, but Canada's first game is not until tomorrow when they face Denmarmk at 9pm AT.
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th 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 Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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SPORTS - APRIL 12
Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Subway Selects Midget AAs travelled to Kingston this weekend for Provincials, playing 4 games before being eliminated from play. On Friday the Selects played Antigonish to a 3 all tie. Kassidy MacKinnon opened the scoring for the Selects while Sarah MacNeil and Caitlin Taylor added 2 more before Antigonish came back to tie it up. In the second game the Selects faced Cape Breton West and took the game 3-1 with goals by Taylor, MacNeil and Gena Cyr. On Saturday the Selects faced the eventual Provincial champs, the Valley Wild, dropping the game 6-1. Cyr had the lone goal for the Selects. The Selects’ final game against Colchester would have guaranteed a birth in the championship game but it was not meant to be as the Selects fell 2-0 to Colchester. MacNeil was named Forward MVP for the tourney while Brittany Duff won the goaltending skills competition. The Selects also celebrated their 4 graduating players: Brittany Chisholm, Brittany Duff, Gena Cyr, and Selena Denny.
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Pictou County teams picked up quite a bit of hardware at the RBC Day of Champions this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Subway Selects won gold in the Female Pee Wee A division with a 1-0 victory over the South Shore Ice Sharks on Sunday. Jean Craig scored for the Selects. Kenzie O’Donnell got the shutout. Also on Sunday the Female Atom Subway Selects won silver after a 2-1 loss to the Halifax Hawks. Erin MacNeil scored Pictou County's goal, while Jorja Burrows made several key saves to keep the score close. Also winning silver were the Pictou Maripacs Atom B, the Pictou Maripacs Midget A, the Thorburn Golden Hawks Pee Wee B and the Thorburn Golden Hawks Bantam B. Each of the teams were the North Conference Champions.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Tuesday from 6pm-8pm, Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.  James scored 19 in the third quarter and only sat for four of the first 36 minutes as the Cavs ensured they'll have home-court advantage until the N-B-A Finals.
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Dirk Nowitzki hit four three-pointers and finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavericks' 101-92 triumph at Utah as Dallas wrapped up the seventh seed in the West and put Utah's playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. The Jazz will grab the final West playoff berth if they beat the Lakers on Wednesday and the Rockets lose to the Kings.
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It's a sad day for the Philadelphia Flyers.  Team founder Ed Snider has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 83.  His Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974. Snider was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
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The Arizona Coyotes have fired general manager Don Maloney after they missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season.  The team said an interim general manager wouldn't be named at this time, and that the search for a new G-M will begin immediately.  Maloney spent the past nine seasons as executive vice-president and G-M.
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Rougned Odor drove in three runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Mariners.  Starting pitcher Colby Lewis allowed a first-inning run on Nelson Cruz's two-out R-B-I double, then retired 13 straight before allowing an infield single to open the sixth when he failed to cover on Leonys Martin's bouncer to first.
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Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season, Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics and ace Sonny Gray 4-1.  The Angels won their second straight following a 1-4 start.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 2
Saturday 2nd April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers downed the South Shore Lumberjacks 4-1 Friday night in the first game of the EastLink South division Final. With the win, the Crushers lead the series 1-0. Mike Lyle led the Crushers with 2 goals. Also scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears and Cole Murphy. Daniel Vautour stopped 28 shots for the win. Game 2 is Sunday night in Bridgewater – Michael Petter will call all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 7:15. Tonight, the other division final begins as the Dieppe Commandos travel to PEI to play Summerside.
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Provincial hockey tournaments are underway around the province. In Division 1 Boys hockey, North Nova defeated Lockview 2-1 in overtime. Kirklin Murray scored the winning goal in double-overtime for NNEC, while Campbell Burrows had the other goal. The boys are currently leading in their pool. The Gryphon girls defeated Avonview 3-2 at provincials in Antigonish, but lost 4-1 to CPA. And in Division 3 provincials, Megan MacCarthy had the only goal of the game and Leigha MacDonald got the shutout in goal as the Pictou Academy Pitbulls won their opener 1-0 Friday afternoon against Par-en-bas. The tournaments continue today.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Emerson Etem scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 6:37 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a third-period deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Dan Hamhuis scored the tying goal shortly after Nate Thompson put the Ducks ahead in the third period. Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver.
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Brent Seabrook scored in overtime and Rookie Artemi Panarin picked up four points as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith sat out after being suspended earlier in the day for six games for high-sticking Minnesota's Charlie Coyle.
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The Toronto Raptors continue to build on their most winningest season in franchise history. They earned victory Number 51 on the year, beating the Grizzlies 99-95 in Memphis. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best seven blocks.
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Steph Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5-point-3 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics. The loss snaps an N-B-A-record 54-game winning streak in the regular season at Oracle Arena. That included 36 straight home wins to start this season. Golden State hadn't lost at home since a 113-111 overtime defeat to the Bulls on January 27th, 2015.
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A loss for the Toronto Blue Jays at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.  Ryan LaMarre drove in two runs in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium. Toronto is back at the Big O this afternoon for their final spring training game. The regular season begins Sunday in Tampa Bay.
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Canadian figure skating star Patrick Chan is leaving Boston without a medal. The 25-year-old from Toronto finished fifth at the world championships with 266-point-7-5 points. Chan was third after the short program but struggled with his free skate to drop out of podium position.

LOCAL LIBRARIES COULD CUT BACK HOURS IF FUNDING DOESN'T INCREASE
Friday 1st April 2016

Because of a funding freeze, the chief librarian at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library isn't ruling out cutting back on hours. Eric Stackhouse tells CBC News that library funding has been frozen for six years, and it's unlikely that April 19th's provincial budget will have any new money. Stackhouse says they've already cut back on book budgets and literacy programs, which leaves staff as the next area to try and control costs. He says despite the funding shortfalls, the need for libraries as community hubs is as acute as ever.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 14 (UPDATED 9:25 AM)
Monday 14th March 2016

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action this weekend, the Pictou County Junior B Scotians were in Cape Breton Saturday night and opened the series with a loss to the Glace Bay Miners 4-2. Game 2 was another loss, this time 3-2 at the Trenton arena. The third game in the series is Wednesday back in Glace Bay.
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The Crushers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Cente in Truro Saturday night to end the regular season. With South Shore defeating Truro in a shootout yesterday afternoon, it's the Valley Wildcats vs the Crushers in the first round.
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Trenton Peewee C's defeated Truro Sunday morning in Truro by a score of 10-4. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 7 goals, Colby Niles 2, and Owen Brophy 1. Assist came from Nathan Roper. Truro's goals came from Avery Maclean 2, Connor Williams 1, Keegan Cameron 1. Assist from Nathan Williams . Winning goalie Michael Francis. 
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Thorburn defeated Trenton 3-2 in Overtime Saturday to advance in Atom B play. Scoring for Thorburn was Garrett Williams with 2, Aiden Simms with 1. Assists came from Evan Stewart 2, Cole T Miller 3, Cole A Miller and Braden Mackinnon . Trenton's goals came from Derrick Mackay and Ethan Mackay, assists came from Ethan Mackay, Gage Conners, Evan Charlton. Winning goalie was John Mason. Thorburn now moves on to play Westville and Antigonish plays top seed Pictou.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey, Championship game played Friday night at the Stellarton Rink. Shenanigans 6 over  Dewtie's Excavating 1 Playoff M.V.P.  Chris Denny
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Canucks welcome the Jets in one of six N-H-L games tonight. Both teams are coming off wins and trying to keep their slim playoff chances alive. Vancouver is eight points behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Winnipeg is 13 points out of the post-season.
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Around the N-H-L today, the Blues are in Calgary to face the Flames. St. Louis has won six in a row to move into a tie for the Central Division lead with Dallas. Also, the Oilers host the Nashville Predators. Edmonton and Calgary are tied for last in the Western Conference. Elsewhere L-A is in Chicago, the Islanders entertain Florida and New Jersey is in Anaheim.
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The Raptors will attempt to use their home court to their advantage tonight against the Bulls. Toronto has won 15 of its past 16 games at Air Canada Centre, which could be key considering it's lost eight in a row to Chicago. All-star Jimmy Butler is expected to be in the lineup for the Bulls.
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Also, the Golden State Warriors will try to extend their N-B-A record home win streak to 49 games when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans. Last night the Cavaliers beat the Clippers 114-90 to add some space between them and the Raptors for top spot in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James had 27 points as Cleveland extended its lead to 2-and-a-half games over Toronto.
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Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are both in third-round action today at Indian Wells. Raonic will play Australian Bernard Tomic and Bouchard is up against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. The P-N-B Paribas Open is Raonic's first competitive singles tournament since falling to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals in January.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 11 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Friday 11th March 2016

Regan Spears scored the OT winner 2:55 in to give the Weeks Junior A Crushers the 2-1 victory over Woodstock at the Wellness Centre Thursday night. The other Crusher goal was scored by Mike Lyle. The Crushers will wrap up the regular season on the road Saturday against the Truro Bearcats.
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Trenton Atom B tied the series up with one game a piece last night in Trenton. Thorburn took the first game 6-3 Wednesday evening in Thorburn. Trenton won the second game 5-2. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 3 goals, Derrick Mackay and Brett Butler both adding singles. Assists came from Ethan Mackay, Braden Macdonald and Butler. Thorburn's two goals came from Cole T Miller. Assist from Evan Stewart. Winning goalie was Austin Earle. Final game to see who moves on takes place Saturday morning in Thorburn.
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Congratulations to New Glasgow Academy's Junior Girls basketball team on placing 3rd and capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 NSSAF Regional Jr. Girls Basketball Championships on Tuesday at New Glasgow Academy. Leading up to the Bronze medal win, the host team NGA Panthers get narrowly edged out buy Truro Jr. High 40-39 in game 1. This placed NGA in the consolation game where they met Saint Andrew Junior School. From the first tip off to the final buzzer, NGA took control of the consolation final and handed the Antigonish team there 2nd loss of the day with the final score being 55 to 24 in favour of The NGA PANTHERS.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey Playoffs, Shenanigans and Dewtie's Excavating advanced to the final match after wins last night in Thorburn. The championship is 7:10 tonight at the Stellarton rink.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host the first game of their best of 3 series against the Truro Bearcats Friday night at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Game two is at Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro Saturday at 3:30. If a third game is needed, it will be at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 2:15.
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Sunday March 13 6:30 to 8:30, Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Montreal Canadiens say P.K. Subban suffered a non-serious neck injury in Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens defenceman had to be stretchered off the ice near the end of the third period after falling and being struck by teammate Alexei Emelin, who accidentally ran into him, knocking him on the side of the head. The team announced on its Twitter account today that Subban was released from Montreal General Hospital late last night. They described it as a "non-serious neck injury."
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It's a light night in the N-H-L with only five games. The Calgary Flames are the only Canadian team in action. They'll host the Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome. Also, Columbus is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia visits Tampa Bay, the Blues welcome the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago takes on the Stars in Dallas. 
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The Golden State Warriors go for their 47th straight regular-season home win when they entertain the Portland Trail Blazers in one of 10 games on the N-B-A shedule tonight. The Toronto Raptors have the night off before hosting the Miami Heat tomorrow. Toronto downed the visiting Atlanta Hawks 104-96 last night.
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Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario and Brad Gushue of Newfoundland will meet twice today at the Tim Horton's Brier. They'll close out the round-robin portion of the tournament in the morning, then play each other in the Page Playoff 1-2 game later tonight. The winner advances straight to Sunday's final.
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their spring schedule this afternoon when they welcome the Boston Red Sox to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. Young right-hander Marcus Stroman gets the start for Toronto while the Red Sox counter with knuckleballer Steven Wright. The Blue Jays are 8-1-and-1 so far this spring.

STEERING COMMITTEE DEFENDS AMALGAMATION PROPOSAL AT SECOND DAY OF HEARINGS
Wednesday 9th March 2016

Utility and Review Board hearings for the voluntary and conditional application for amalgamation continued Tuesday morning in Stellarton. Responding to one view submitted in the public presentations that economic development could be addressed through a Regional Enterprise Network (REN) and that amalgamation is not necessary, Town of New Glasgow CAO Lisa MacDonald clarified that the province intends each of these networks to be structured as a group of counties working together. She detailed the history of the six local municipalities in attempting to form a REN, first with Antigonish and Guysborough and subsequently with Truro, East Hants, Cumberland and others. Both efforts fell through. Cross-examination of the panel proceeded with a question springing from public submissions. Several people stated that Stellarton is in a strong financial position and does not need to amalgamate and yet the applicants have asserted in their submission that Stellarton’s growth is not likely to be sustained. Citing a table in the evidence that has been filed, Town of Pictou CAO Scott Conrod noted that Stellarton’s assessments have declined from 2015 to 2016.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 8 *UPDATED 11:45 AM*
Tuesday 8th March 2016

Westville Miners Atom B faced the New Glasgow Bombers last evening in the playoff games at the Wellness Center. These two evenly matched teams battled it out with Westville winning 5-1. The Bombers stopped a shutout in the third with only 2:25 remaining with a goal by Conrad Robertson. Daniel Seymour performed his best finding the back of the net with three goals. Austin Petipas and Luke Casey scored one each - ending the game with a total of five goals. The two teams face each other again in Westville Thursday evening.
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The North Nova Boys High School Hockey Team advances to Division 1 Provincials after defeating Dr. J. H. Gillis 2 straight games in the best of 2 out of 3 series. The first game was held this past Friday night in Trenton before a packed crowd. Jared Livingstone had the lone hat trick in the 3-0 game.  Assisting on the goals were Evan Callaghan,  Colin Holmes and Kale Mason.  Matt Murray recorded the shut out. The Gryphons travelled to Antigonish Sunday night and sealed their spot at Provincials defeating Gillis 3-1. Jacob Pentz led the team with 2 goals before Robert Burrows secured the win with an empty net gosl with 18 seconds left in the game. Assists went to Kirklin Murray,  Jared Livingstone and Jacob Pentz. Matt Murray was in nets for the win. The Gryphons have won the Regional Banner and advanced to Provincials their last 3 seasons. Provincials will be held in Bridgewater/ Liverpool April 1-3. 
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The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre tonight at 7:00pm. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. This year, APA will be using game proceeds to support the Shepherd's Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre will feature Olympic Silver Maedalist Kaetlyn Osmond in their annual ice show on Wednesday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 6:30pm. "Lights, Camera, Action” will be the theme and the show will present National and Provincial Competitive Skaters as well as Mariposa's Canskaters. Tickets are available at the front desk of the YMCA and at Big Al's.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatts Hockey League with the regular season done, Whitey's Vikings finished first in the standing. Now it's playoffs. Three games being played Tuesday night. Two games at the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Whitey's Vikings  vs  Pictou Landing Falcons , 9:20 - Dewtie's Excavating  vs  Connor's Tansfer Ltd.  Third game in Pictou at the Hector Area 9:00 - Nat Pro Gas  vs  Maltese Sports .  And fourth game Wed. night at the Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Shenanigan's   vs   Elk's Club . All winning teams move on to the next round of the Play-offs. Thurs. night two games Thorburn Rink 7:10 and 8:20. Then it comes down to Friday night Championship game at Stellarton Rink 7:00 start.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Three of Maria Sharapova's sponsors have dropped their affiliation with the tennis star in the wake of the news that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche are distancing themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner. Sharapova says she has been taking the drug meldonium for ten years and was not aware it was recently made illegal.
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The Ottawa Senators kick off a two-game road trip tonight at Carolina. The Hurricanes are one of the teams Ottawa needs to pass in the standings in order to claim the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sens enter today six points behind Detroit for the last playoff spot, with three teams in between.
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A banged-up Montreal Canadiens squad will be on the ice when the Dallas Stars visit Bell Centre. The Habs will be without injured forward Brendan Gallagher for tonight's game, while forwards Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk are questionable. Also tonight, Winnipeg hosts Nashville and Edmonton welcomes San Jose.
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The Toronto Raptors return to the hardcourt tonight with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors had their 12-game home winning streak ended Sunday night in a 113-107 loss to Houston. Brooklyn has lost three of its last four games.
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Agents for running back DeMarco Murray confirm he has been traded by the Eagles to the Titans. Murray joined the Eagles this past season and rushed for just 702 yards after leading the N-F-L the year before while playing for Dallas when he carried the ball for 1,845 yards.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 7 *UPDATED 12:45 PM*
Monday 7th March 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers took the first round of playoffs against Antigonish in a two game sweep.  After winning the first game 6-0, they won the second game Sunday 7-1. Scoring for the Crushers on Sunday was Jayden Hatchard with two, and singles from Spencer Murray, Kyle Reim, Nole Chapman, Sam Hickey and Brycen MacDonald.  Raymond Chisholm, Hatchard, Reim, Murray, Chapman and Hickey all had assists.  Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes.  
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club returned to action in their best of 5 semi-final series against the defending Provincial champs Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with the task of overcoming a two game deficit and send the teams back to Metro for a 5th and deciding game on Sunday. With everything on the line the host selects overcame some late penalty problems and held on to defeat the Metro squad 2-0 and take game three of the Best of 5 Semi-final series. Goal scorers for the Selects were Katie Pentz and Annika Mason with assists from Sophia Wornell, Katie dunn and Megan Stewart. Player of the game Katie Henderson played an outstanding game in nets for the Subway Crew stopping all 28 shots in earning the shutout and forcing a game 4 on Saturday morning at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Undaunted by the winter storm on Saturday the teams were back at again for game 4. The Selects opened the scoring in the first period on a short handed effort by Katie Dunn with assists from Katelyn Pentz and Josie Chisholm. The Metro squad tied the game in the second and took the lead later in the period to send the teams into intermission with the host Selects trailing 2-1. Midway in the third Subway forward Kaila Reid tied the game at two assisted by Josie Chisholm. The teams traded chances in the third before The Metro squad scored what turned out to be the winner and take the game 3-2 and the best of 5 series 3-1 to move on to play the Procresting Penguins in the Provincial Championship series. Katie Henderson played another strong game in goal for the Selects in taking the loss. Josie Chisholm received player of the game honors for the Selects. The Selects organization would like to extend a thankyou to everyone who has supported the team throughout the 2015-16 season and wish the 11 graduating players the best of luck in their future endeavours.
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In Major Bantam action, the Scotsburn Crushers' season has ended following a 9-0 loss to the ACCEL Hawks. The Hawks take the best of three in a two game sweep.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects ended up with silver at this weekend’s Bantam AA provincials, losing 3-1 in the championship game to the Cole Harbour Wings. Mariah Linehan scored for the Selects, assisted by Eva Wornell. Goaltender Victoria Dunn was named the Selects’ player of the game. Dunn shared tending duties in the tournament with Eric Sullivan.
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Congratulations to Pictou County’s Daniel Martin, who captured 2 gold medals for Team Nova Scotia at the Special Olympics National Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on Saturday. Daniel won gold in the 800 meter and 1600 meter snowshoeing races. Team Nova Scotia had 35 athletes competing at the National Games and took home a total of 27 medals in snowshoeing, curling, figure skating, cross country skiing and speed skating.
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The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. This year, APA will be using game proceeds to support the Shepherd's Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with doors opening at 6 p.m.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre will feature Olympic Silver Maedalist Kaetlyn Osmond in their annual ice show on Wednesday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 6:30pm. "Lights, Camera, Action” will be the theme and the show will present National and Provincial Competitive Skaters as well as Mariposa's Canskaters. Tickets are available at the front desk of the YMCA and at Big Al's.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March. Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Jaromir Jagr looks to move up on two career lists when Florida hosts Boston tonight in N-H-L play.  The 44-year old forward is tied with Gordie Howe for third on the all-time points list with 1,850 and is tied with Ray Bourque for ninth all-time with 1,612 career games played.
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Golden State is back in action tonight against Orlando after its stunning loss to the Lakers yesterday.  The league-leading Warriors will be trying to establish a new NBA record with the 45th consecutive regular season home win.
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Canada has been drawn in Pool B with Australia, Russia and Wales for this weekend's Vancouver stop on the H-S-B-C World Rugby Sevens Series.  The tournament at B-C Place Stadium marks the first time the men's World Series has come to Canada.  The Canadian men are coming off a 14th-place finish yesterday in Las Vegas.

JOB STUDY PAINTS POSITIVE PICTURE FOR PICTOU, COLCHESTER & ANTIGONISH COUNTIES
Sunday 6th March 2016

A federal government study of how jobs are moving around shows more than 9-thousand new jobs were created in Pictou, Colchester, Antigonish, Cumberland and Guysborough Counties between October and December of last year.
And Stats-Canada says that puts these local counties ahead of the rest of the province when it comes to a year-over-year analysis of job creation.
The only other region of the province to gain new jobs in the 3 month period was the Annapolis Valley, which gained 700 jobs.
The same study shows the Halifax region lost 3400 jobs, with much of the blame for that being given to the provincial government's cuts to the provincial film tax credit.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 5
Saturday 5th March 2016

The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are on the go this weekend in Pictou. The Selects won their opening game Friday 2-1, with both goals scored by Eva Wornell. Play continues today with the Selects hitting the ice at 8:30 a.m. taking on Glace Bay and 12:30 p.m. they face Cole Harbour. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.

The Pictou County Junior Scotians played game 6 of their opening round playoff with the Strait Pirates last night in Port Hawkesbury, and the Scotians took the win 5-3.

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers convincingly won the first game of a three game play-off series against the Antigonish Bulldogs last night in Antigonish.   Final score was 6-0 with Keegan Walker earning the shut-out in goal.  Scoring for the Crushers was Nole Chapman and Brayden Killen with two each.  Jayden Hatchard and Evan Reynolds added singles.  Game two  takes place today at 2:30 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are on the road to Yarmouth today, to take on the last-place Mariners. Puck drops tonight at 7:30pm at the Mariners Centre. This road trip follows the Crushers 7-1 win Thursday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Northern Nova United Soccer Club U4/6 programs are cancelled today due to inclement weather.

Exhibition Wheelchair Curling game on Sunday, March 6 at the Bluenose Curling Club is cancelled.

The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre on Tuesday March 8th at 7:00pm. Constable Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. APA will be using game proceeds to support local charities, including the Shepards Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. The APA and the local police associations have donated tens of thousands of dollars to local charities over the years, greatly benefiting the Pictou County community. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.

Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.

Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 4 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 4th March 2016

The Pictou County Junior A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 7-1 last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. There was a bit of drama in the first period, when Luc Poirier was hit in the face with a high stick. The referees delayed calling the penalty, and play continued as Poirier skated off the ice. The Wildcats scored soon after, but following a review, officials waved off the goal and gave Wildcats defenseman Vytal Cote a pair of two-minute penalties. Poirier received five stitches to close the wound but he expects to play on Saturday against the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians play game 6 of their opening round playoff with the Strait Pirates tonight in Port Hawkesbury, hoping to get the win to wrap up the series.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA plays Metro Boston Pizza in the best of 5 series which Metro currently leads 2-0. Game 3 is Friday at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday at 11am. The Northern Subway Selects would like to extend congratulations and best of luck to Selects Alumnus and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull for being selected to play for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.
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On Sunday afternoon there will be an exhibition wheelchair curling game between a local team of wheelchair curlers from the Bluenose and New Caledonian curling clubs and a team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville.  The game is at 2pm at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, there is no admission fee and the public is welcome to come and see this unique version of the popular game.
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The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are this weekend in Pictou. The top five teams that qualified were only separated by 8 points in the season standings. The local teams are playing Friday at 11 and 5, and 8:30 & 12:30 on Saturday. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team begin their best of 3 Playoff series with the Antigonish Royals Friday night at Trenton Rink beginning at 7pm.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Oilers are on the road to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in one of three N-H-L games tonight. Edmonton is gunning for its fourth win in a row after downing Philadelphia last night 4-0.  Also tonight, Washington welcomes the Rangers and New Jersey is in Dallas.  Two of the hottest teams in the N-B-A meet tonight at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors will try and stretch their franchise-best win streak at home to 12 games when they welcome the Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, the Blazers have lost just three times in their last 17 games, one being a 110-103 home defeat to Toronto on February 4th.
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Pre-qualification round-robin play continues this morning at the Canadian men's curling championship in Ottawa. Nova Scotia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are duelling it out for a spot in the Tim Hortons Brier main draw that begins on Saturday.  
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Canada kicks off Davis Cup World Group first-round match play today against France with some singles action. Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario against Gael Monfils in Guadeloupe. And Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil faces Gilles Simon. Milos Raonic isn't participating because of injury.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 3 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have another home game tonight, as they welcome the division leaders the Valley Wildcats. Game time 7:00.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians now lead 3-2 in the best of seven series with the Strait Pirates following a dominant 7-1 win in Trenton last night. Scoring for the Scotians were Troy Disipio with 2, and singles from Joshua Hartley, Liam Murphy, Adam Downey, James Murphy and Matthew Oldfield. Brandon MacDonald stopped 29 shots for the win. The Scotians can wrap it up with a win tomorrow in Port Hawkesbury.
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 The Trenton Trojans defeated New Glasgow Academy 46-38 last night in Trenton to capture the Pictou County Middle School Boys Basketball championship. Kevin Rankin hooped 12 points to lead the Trojans in scoring; Ben Turnbull scored 11; James Rankin with 8, Nick MacInnis with 7 and Brady Campbell added 6 .  Leading scorers for NGA were Joe MacCarron and Matt Margeson with 11 each.   The Trojans finished off an undefeated regular season and playoffs. Congratulations to all players.           
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA plays Metro Boston Pizza in the best of 5 series which Metro currently leads 2-0. Game 3 is Friday at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday at 11am. The Northern Subway Selects would like to extend congratulations and best of luck to Selects Alumnus and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull for being selected to play for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.
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On Sunday afternoon there will be an exhibition wheelchair curling game between a local team of wheelchair curlers from the Bluenose and New Caledonian curling clubs and a team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville.  The game is at 2pm at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, there is no admission fee and the public is welcome to come and see this unique version of the popular game.
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The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are this weekend in Pictou. The top five teams that qualified were only separated by 8 points in the season standings. The local teams are playing are Friday at 11 and 5, and 8:30 & 12:30 on Saturday. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team begin their best of 3 Playoff series with the Antigonish Royals Friday night at Trenton Rink beginning at 7pm.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Hockey Canada is turning to some familiar faces for the upcoming World Cup. Two-time Olympic champions Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber are just three of the 12 players returning from Canada's Olympic gold-medal winning team from the 2014 Sochi Games.
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All seven Canadian N-H-L teams are in action tonight.  Calgary visits Buffalo and the Edmonton Oilers are in Philadelphia. Later, the Toronto Maple Leafs host Minnesota and the Ottawa Senators welcome Tampa Bay. The New York Islanders travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets, and in the late games, Vancouver hosts San Jose and Montreal is in Los Angeles.
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Gavin Floyd will take the mound this afternoon in Bradenton, Florida, as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Pittsburgh Pirates in pre-season action. Floyd will be making his debut in a Blue Jays after signing with the club on February 6th.
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N-F-L union lawyers who want New England quarterback Tom Brady to put "Deflategate" behind him for good appear in a New York court this morning.  They will ask the 2nd U-S Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the league's four-game suspension of Brady. They say a lower-court was wrong to rule that the league bungled a probe of deflated footballs at the A-F-C Championship game in January 2015.  If the league wins, Brady may have to sit out the start of the upcoming season. If the union wins, it is likely he will play.
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An 11-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas had a day he'll never forget on the golf course -- and it happened with Tiger Woods watching. Woods was on hand for yesterday's opening of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, which he helped design. Taylor Crozier stepped up to the first tee and aced the inaugural shot on the 81-yard, par 3. The crowd, and Tiger, went wild.

ANTIGONISH RCMP SEARCHING FOR MISSING TEEN
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Antigonish RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Linwood teenager. Fifteen-year-old John Devan MacDonnell was last seen in the Antigonish area Thursday February 25. He goes by Devan and is described as 5'7' tall, medium build, with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange hoodie, orange sneakers, and grey sweat pants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of John Devan MacDonnell is asked to call Antigonish RCMP at (902) 863-6500 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 29 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Monday 29th February 2016

Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers won 6-4 Saturday night against the County Aces. Scoring for the Crushers were Garrett Lambke, Taylor Davis with 3, Benji Curtis, and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers wrapped up their regular season on Sunday managing a tie against the Truro Bearcats.  The Crushers came out strong taking a commanding 3-0 lead on goals from Connor Dewar, Ben Callaghan and Munro Mackay but the legs took a break midway through the second period and the Bearcats took advantage with 2 goals late in the 2nd period.  After the break Truro found the twine on the first shift of the 3rd and while the Crushers regained the momentum and carried the play the game ended in a 3-3 tie.  Also contributing on the day were Spencer Creed with two assists and Connnor Boudreau with another helper.  The Crushers will be attending the league tournament  being hosted by Cumberland from March 4th to March 7th where it will be determined who will move on to Provincials.
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The Westville Miners Atom B team travelled to Antigonish looking for a win over the Bulldogs Saturday. The action started only two minutes into the game with a goal by Logan MacKenzie for the Miners. The Bulldogs made a quick come back with a goal by Colin Teasdale thirty seconds later. Luke MacPherson scored in the first for the Bulldogs with Daniel Seymour and Nicholas Duff scoring for the Miners. In the second Fox Irving of the Miners and Luke MacPherson of the Bulldogs scored his second goal. The Bulldogs scored two more in the third by Gregory Kelly and Nakhil Ferguson but wasn't enough to win as Daniel Seymour found the back of the Bulldog net -  and with only 1:14 left in the game Fox Irving slid the winning goal past the Bulldog goalie. Final score 6-5 for the Miners.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians got a shutout on Sunday night. Riley Cameron and Adam Downey had two goals each with a single from Troy Disipio as the Scotians beat the Strait Pirates 5-0 at Trenton arena to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 of the best of 7 will be in Port Hawkesbury on Tuesday and Game 5 Wednesday night in Trenton.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers lost 7-0 to the ACCEL Hawks on Sunday in Game 1 of their best-of-three playoff series. The series resumes next week in Halifax.
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In Female Midget AAA Hockey, the Northern Subway Selects were shutout 3-0 by Metro Boston Pizza. Metro also got the win on Saturday 3-2 over the Selects. The two teams begin their playoff series on Friday at the Wellness Centre.
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Congratulations to the GR Saunders Boys Basketball team on their gold medal win at the Elementary Boys Basketball Tournament this weekend in New Glasgow.  The Stellarton team went undefeated in their three games to take home the top prize.  Team members include Dawson Mason, Ryan MacFarlane, Robert McPherson, Blayse Stevenson, and Kalan Sharpe.  Player of the game awards went to Lucas Canning, Justin Skinner, Johnathon Waller, Alex Brown, Jack Skelton, and Nathaniel King with King taking home tournament MVP honours.
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The clock is ticking for N-H-L general managers to bolster their lineups for a post-season run. Today is the N-H-L trade deadline with teams having until 3 p-m Eastern to make transactions. The Maple Leafs and Oilers were busy over the weekend with both teams making multiple trades. Last night Toronto sent forward Daniel Winnik to Washington for a package, including a 2016 second-round draft pick.
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Three Canadian teams are in action tonight around the N-H-L. The Calgary Flames are in Philadelphia to face the Flyers. Calgary has just one win in its last eight games. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs host the surging Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa has won five in a row. And in San Jose, the Sharks welcome the Montreal Canadiens.
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Alberta's Chelsea Carey claimed this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts last night with a 7-6 win over Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville. Carey drew the eight-foot rings with her last shot of the game for the title. Carey, third Amy Nixon, second Jocelyn Peterman and lead Laine Peters will represent Canada at the women's world curling championship next month in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
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LeBron James is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers. James was given a day of rest yesterday as Cleveland fell 113-99 to the Washington Wizards. Elsewhere around the N-B-A, the Wizards welcome the 76ers, Houston is in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City visits the Sacramento Kings and the Nets take on the Clippers in L-A.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 25 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Thursday 25th February 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers have three games in as many nights. Having already clinched a playoff berth, it's going to be a fight for position, as the team is currently tied for third place with the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers play the Amherst Ramblers tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. Tomorrow, the Crushers play in Woodstock, and Saturday night the team plays the County Aces. Listen to Classic Rock 97.9 Saturday night as Michael Petter calls the action from St. Stephen, New Brunswick beginning at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Peewee A crushers met the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games in league play this past weekend. In Antigonish on Saturday, the Crushers fought back to tie the game in the third period, but with a little over a minute left on the clock the Bulldogs scored with the home team taking the 8-7 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Isaac Willison (2), Aidan Hahn (2), Dylan Kontuk, Reilly Grant, and Nikos Bonvie. Assists went to Ty Briand, Peyton Clements and Grant. Carter MacLean was the net minder. On Sunday morning at the Wellness Center, once again the Crushers found themselves down by two goals going into the third period. The Crushers managed to tie the game with four minutes left with a final score of 4 all. Scoring for Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Kontuk, Covey Cameron and Hahn. Ethan Tibbets, Cameron, Bonvie and Andrew Webster tallied assists. Alec Bates was between the pipes. The Peewee A’s wrap up league play this week-end with a home and home against the Truro Bearcats. Their home game is at 1:00 pm at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League tonight, there are two games at the Thorburn Rink. 7:05 - Pictou Landing  Falcons vs Dewtie's Excavating, 8:25 - Maltese Sports vs Whitey's Vikings.
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Portugal defeated Ireland 5-3 yesterday in Division 3 action in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Handball League. Scoring for Portugal: Ethan Johnson 2, Jesse Fulton 1, Landon MacDonald 1, Michael King 1. Ireland: Keinon Bourque 1, Luke Avery 1, Archer Godbout 1
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with 10 games on the schedule with six Canadian teams in action.  Up first, the Toronto Maple Leafs host Carolina.  Later, the Winnipeg Jets visit Dallas,  the Calgary Flames welcome the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators are in Vancouver against the Canucks. In the late game, the Edmonton Oilers make a stop in Los Angeles.
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The Golden State Warriors quest for the best season in N-B-A history continues tonight in Orlando.  Reigning M-V-P Steph Curry scored 42 points and made the go-ahead three-pointer with 38 seconds left and the Warriors beat the Miami Heat 118-112 last night. That puts Golden State's record at 51-5. There are five other games around the N-B-A. Toronto has the night off.
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The race for playoff berths at the Canadian women's curling championship is still wide open as the preliminary round's finish line appeared on the horizon.  Alberta's Chelsea Carey is atop the standings at 7-2 despite, but the host province was among nine teams still chasing four playoff berths. The round robin continues today.
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A Formula One car driven by Quebec's Jacques Villeneuve in the Spanish and German Grand Prix races in 2001 will be sold at auction in Los Angeles tonight.  The website of the auctioneer, Nate D. Sanders Auctions, shows the bidding will begin at 100-thousand dollars.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 20
Saturday 20th February 2016

The Midget AA Crushers play back to back games at the Wellness Centre tonight – at 4 pm the Crushers host Cape Breton County, then at 7 pm it's Antigonish.
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The schedule for the opening round of the playoffs for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians has been announced by the NSJHL. The Scotians finished second in the Sid Rowe Division, and will face the Strait Pirates in the opening round for the third consecutive year. The Scotians have home ice advantage and will open at home this Sunday at 7pm. The full series schedule is as follows:
Game 1 – Sunday, 21 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 2 – Friday, 26 February, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 3 – Sunday, 28 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Tuesday, 1 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 5 – Wednesday, 2 March, 7:30pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 6 – Friday, 4 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 7 – Sunday, 6 March, 7pm @ Trenton Arena

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The Weeks Major Midgets opening round playoff series against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth will begin this weekend at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Games 1 and 2 will be played Saturday at 7:15pm and Sunday at 1:15pm. Games 3 and 4 will be back at the Wellness Centre next weekend (February 26 and 27) at 9pm Friday and 6pm Saturday. Game five of the best of seven, if needed, will return to Dartmouth on Sunday, 28 February at 1:15pm.
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The Canucks are staying consistent. Vancouver dropped a 5-2 decision to the Flames, its fourth straight loss of the same identical score. Joe Colborne, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik each had a goal and an assist for Calgary while T-J Brodie tacked on three helpers.
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P-K Subban set up both goals in regulation and Paul Byron won it in the fifth round of the shootout as the Canadiens edged the Fyers 3-2. Montreal ended a three-game skid as Max Pacioretty scored the tying goal before netting a shootout tally of his own.
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Chicago's five-game losing streak is over after Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points off the bench to lead the Bulls to a 116-106 win over the Raptors. Derrick Rose scored 26 and Pau Gasol added 18 and 11 rebounds for the injury-depleted Bulls. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 27 points.
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The Golden State Warriors have seen their 11-game winning come to a crashing halt. The Portland Trail Blazers are back over .500 for the first time since early November following a convincing 137-105 win over the Warriors. Damian Lillard had the hot hand for the Blazers, setting career highs with nine 3-pointers and 51 points.
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Tony Parker scored 25 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 119-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 25 points in 29 minutes for L-A. The Spurs are three games behind defending champion Golden State in the race for the league's best record.
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The Canadian women's soccer team is heading back to the Olympic Games. Christine Sinclair scored twice as Canada beat Costa Rica 3-1 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament to guarantee its spot at this summer's Rio Games. Canada will play top-ranked United States Sunday in the tournament final. Both countries will advance regardless of outcome. 


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 16 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Tuesday 16th February 2016

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club capped a 5-0 weekend by defeating the Moncton Hawks 4-1 in the championship game to capture the 10th Anniversary Sweetheart Cup in PEI this past weekend. The Selects used a total team effort during the weekend with strong goaltending from Katie Henderson and Adi Small and a balanced offensive attack led by the line of Katie Pentz (tournament MVP), Kaitlyn Dunn and Camryn Halliday. With two games remaining in the regular season this coming weekend against defending provincial champions Metro Boston Pizza the Selects hope to use this momentum as they prepare for the first round of the playoffs. The Selects play the Metro squad at the BMO Centre in Bedford on Saturday at 1:30pm and return home on Sunday to face Boston Pizza at 12:15 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers won silver in last weekend's Bantam Memorial tournament. In the championship game, the undefeated Crushers battled a tough Dartmouth Whalers team and lost 8-4. Scoring for the Crushers in that match were Jayden Hatchard, Kyle Reim, Brycen MacDonald and Luke Young. After Friday wins over the Antigonish Bulldogs and Sydney Steelers, the Crushers earned their third straight win against the Strait Richmond Pirates on Saturday. The Crushers made it to the final with a dramatic overtime win over the Sydney Steelers in the crossover round on Sunday morning. The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers lost in their Sunday morning crossover 5-2 to the South Shore IceSharks. They had gone 3-0 in the round robin earlier in the tournament. South Shore lost to the Cape Breton County in the Bantam AA title game. At the closing ceremonies for the Bantam A division, Sam Hickey was named to the tournament all-star ream, Vaughn MacEachern received the Gladwin Trophy for Best Goaltender, and Nole Chapman received the I.C.E. Award for the Pictou County Player who best exemplifies intensity, contribution and effort throughout the tournament.    
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Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center, goals by Bethany Martin and Debbie MacLean propelled the Rangers to a hard fought 2-1 win over the Canadians. Gina Markie replied for the Canadians.
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The Atom B Westville Miners faced the New Glasgow Bombers last evening at the Wellness Center. Conrad Robertson started the scoring for the Bombers early in the first period. Conrad Robertson  and Amias Crossman continued the scoring with two goals each in the second period. Kayden Moulaison started scoring for the Miners in the first quickly followed by Fox Irving. Nathaniel Horne scored two in the second with Logan MacKenzie scoring the lone goal in the third - Ending in a 5-5 tie. These two teams face each other again in Westville this Thursday evening.
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Trenton Peewee defeated Tatamagouche Titans 10-2 last night in Trenton. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 4 goals, Colby Niles 2, with Danial Cameron, Austin Fraser, Barrette Baker, and Meagan Fournier all adding singles. Assists came from Mackay, Cameron, Nathan Roper, and Ashlyn Bona. Titans goals came from Kaidan Johnson and Josh Heitkemper. Assist from Hayden Mathewson . Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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There are eight games on the N-H-L schedule tonight. Among them, the Winnipeg Jets travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes, Ottawa hosts the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers are home to the Anaheim Ducks.
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Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil takes the court this afternoon in first-round singles action at the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France. The 42nd-ranked Pospisil is up against Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who's ranked just above the Canadian as the 41st seed.
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The Canadian women's soccer team takes on Guatemala tonight in their third group-B match of the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament in Houston. Canada clinched a spot in the semifinals after downing Trinidad and Tobago 6-nil on Sunday afternoon. Christine Sinclair scored her 159th career goal during that game to surpass American Mia Hamm for second place on the all-time international scoring list.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 12 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Friday 12th February 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers were all over the South Shore Lumberjacks, winning 6-3 at the Wellness Centre. Benji Curtis scored a hat trick for the Crushers, with singles from Alex Taylor, Regan Spears, and Alex Annecchiarico netting his first goal as a Crusher. The Crushers next game is on Thursday Feb 18 against the Dieppe Commandos.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road to play a pair against the Cape Breton Tradesman Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians are in Port Hawkesbury to play the Strait Pirates tonight at 7:30, then face Glace Bay Junior Miners in Trenton Sunday night.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is hosting the 32nd Annual Bantam Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers are representing the host organization with the support of the Bantam A Crushers Team. This year's tournament includes 16 Bantam AA teams and 10 Bantam A teams. Tournament schedule will be available on the PCMHA Website. Play starts this morning when the Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers face off against the Strait Richmond Pirates at 09:15 and Pictou County Bantam A Crushers play at 09:30 against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The opening ceremonies take place tonight at 6:15 p.m. following the Crusher Bantam A game against the Sydney Steelers at 4:45 p.m. The Bantam AA’s see action against the Northside Vikings at 6:45 p.m. On Saturday our local teams see action at 10:55 a.m. against the TASA Ducks in the AA division and at 5:50 with the Bantam A’s playing Strait Richmond. Tournament passes are $10 and daily passes are $5.  There is no charge for students. All proceeds go directly back to PCMHA.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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There are seven games around the N-H-L tonight but only two feature Canadian teams.  First up, the Montreal Canadiens visit Buffalo. In the late game, the Calgary Flames are in Arizona visiting the Coyotes. Canadian Andrew Wiggins will lead the World team on to the court tonight (9 pm ET) as they face the United States at the Rising Stars game at the N-B-A all-star weekend in Toronto.  The two teams are made up of rookie and sophmore players from around the league. Earlier in the night, rapper-singer Drake will coach Canada against comedian Kevin Hart's American team in the celebrity game (7 pm ET).
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Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in yesterday. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead after one round of the A-T-and-T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jordan Spieth struggled with his short game to open with a 71. Jason Day also had a 71, while Bubba Watson opened with a 73.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 11 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Thursday 11th February 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers face the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers are fighting for every point, as they are currently in third place in the South Division, just two points behind Valley.
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The Bantam A Crushers had a home and home this past weekend with the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers lost 5-1 on Saturday in Truro with the Brycen MacDonald getting the lone goal assisted by Sam Hickey. Keegan Walker was in the nets. On Sunday, at home, the Crushers dominated for most of the game but the Bearcats fought back and tied it up with two goals in the last few minutes of the game. Final score was 2-2 with MacDonald scoring the first goal on a quick pass from Nole Chapman who received it from Sam Hickey. Evan Shea netted the second goal, unassisted. Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers will participate in the Bantam Memorial Tournament this week-end at the Pictou County Wellness Center with their first game scheduled for Friday morning at 9:30.
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The Peewee A Crushers had a busy schedule this past week-end with a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs on Saturday and a game on Sunday against the West Colchester Cobras. The Crushers won their first game in Antigonish on Saturday with a final score of 4-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Covey Cameron with two; Isaac Willison and Dylan Kontuk with singles. Assist went to Ethan Tibbetts, Reilly Grant and Ty Briand. Alec Bates was solid between the pipes. At home in the afternoon, the teams went into the third period tied at one, but the Bulldogs added 4 more with the Crushers only adding one for a 5-2 final. Cameron and Willison scored for the Crushers with Josh MacDonald, Grant, and Jake Baird tallying assists. Carter MacLean was strong in net. On Sunday, the Crushers faced the strong offense of the Cobras and were on the wrong end of an 8-4 final. Scoring for the Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Cameron (2) and Brent Chapman. Assists went to Cameron, Briand and Tibbetts. Alec Bates was once again minding the net. The Peewee A’s will take this weekend off to observe the Bantam Memorial Tournament being held at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is hosting the 32nd Annual Bantam Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers are representing the host organization with the support of the Bantam A Crushers Team. This year's tournament includes 16 Bantam AA teams and 10 Bantam A teams. Tournament schedule will be available on the PCMHA Website. Play starts on Friday morning when the Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers face off against the Strait Richmond Pirates at 09:15 and Pictou County Bantam A Crushers play at 09:30 against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The opening ceremonies take place on Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. following the Crusher Bantam A game against the Sydney Steelers at 4:45 p.m. The Bantam AA’s see action against the Northside Vikings at 6:45 p.m. On Saturday our local teams see action at 10:55 a.m. against the TASA Ducks in the AA division and at 5:50 with the Bantam A’s playing Strait Richmond. Tournament passes are $10 and daily passes are $5.  There is no charge for students. All proceeds go directly back to PCMHA.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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Athletes from PCA competed in track meets over the past month and came away with very positive results. Tatum McLean participated at the Moncton Open on January 16 and came away with a first place finish in the weight throw and a 2nd place finish in the shot put. Eric Hughes competed in the Indoor Open Jump Meet at the Canada Games Centre on January 22 and placed second in the Long Jump. On February 7th, the Dalhousie Tigers hosted the Tiger Track Classic at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax and 17 athletes from Pictou County Athletics participated. Results are as follows:
Rachel Walton- 14/15.  1st- 1500 m, 600m , 1000m, 3rd 300m, and 7th in Long Jump
Breanna Sandluck- 16/17. 1st- 1500 m, 3000m
Ethan MacDonald- 12/13. 1st- 1500m, 3000m
Raymond Simpson- 14/15. 1st- 1500m, 3000m
Ross Bennett- 14/15. 2nd- 1500m, 3000m
Scott Langille 18/19. 2nd- 1000m, 5th- 1500
Lauren Quann 16/17. 2nd 600m, 3rd 300 m, 4th long jump
Jocelyn Gratto 12/13. 1st 60 m, 1st 300m, 8 th long jump
Jordan Landry 16/17. 2 nd 60 m, 300m
Meghan Graham  18/19. 3rd 60m , 300 m
Borden DeCoff 14/15. 1st 60m, 2 nd 300m
Eric Hughes 14/15. 2nd 60 m, 3rd 300m, 6th long jump
Alex Moore 14/15. 3rd 60m, 1st 300m
Logan Coulet 18/19. 5th 60m, 5th 300m
Allie Sandluck 12/13. 1st 1000m, 1st 3000m
Amelia MacCallum 7/8. 1st 60m, 600m, long jump, shot put (tetrathlon)
Cara MacDonald 9/10. 1st 60m, 600m, long jump, shot put (tetrathlon )
Pictou County Athletics holds practices throughout the week through the winter season. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Edmonton Oilers will try and halt a three-game slide when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in one of nine N-H-L games tonight. The two clubs are tied with 47 points apiece. Tonight's loser will sink to the bottom of the league standings.
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Calgary's lineup will get a boost tonight when the Flames battle the San Jose Sharks. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma are expected back in uniform after being healthy scratches on Tuesday for disciplinary reasons. Also, Winnipeg hosts the Boston Bruins and Colorado is in Ottawa. 
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The Golden State Warriors made history last night with their 48th win of the season. Steph Curry had 26 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as Golden State cruised to a 112-104 victory over Phoenix. The Warriors are now 48-and-4, the best record through 52 games in N-B-A history. It's a light night on the courts today with only two games. Oklahoma City hosts New Orleans and Milwaukee is home to Washington.
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Abbotsford, B-C's Nick Taylor was the first Canadian to tee off this morning at the A-T-and-T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Three other Canadians are in the field, including Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ontario.  


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 10 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Wednesday 10th February 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects won two games on the weekend. The Bantam A Selects defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 Saturday with Kenzie Ells netting two and singles went to Megan MacCarthy and Hannah Fraser. On Sunday, the Bantam A girls travelled to Brookfield for a win against the Colchester Cyclones. MacCarthy had two goals and Shalyn Bona scored a single.
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The NNEC Gryphons junior varsity boys basketball team won bronze at a tournament in River Hebert this past weekend. The boys lost their first game 78-74 in overtime to Oxford, but rebounded to defeat Harrison Tremble 66-63. The Gryphons won the bronze game 59-51 against Amherst JV. Players of the game were Caleb Archibald, Kaelan Schmidt and Dwaine Mills. The team will take part in regionals this coming weekend at CEC, while the Gryphon girls have regionals at NRHS, hosted by the Nighthawks.
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At the end of this month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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Dion Phaneuf is expected to make his Senators debut tonight when Ottawa takes on the Red Wings in Detroit. Head coach Dave Cameron says Phaneuf will pair up with Cody Ceci on the blue line. The Senators acquired the veteran defenceman from Toronto yesterday in a nine-player deal.
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The Canucks continue their quest for a playoff spot with an important matchup tonight against division foe Arizona. Vancouver snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night. Both teams have 54 points in the Western Conference wild-card race. 
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Dennis Wideman will have a hearing with N-H-L commissioner Gary Bettman today in New York. The suspended Calgary Flames defenceman and the Players' Association appealed his 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman in late January. Wideman is forfeiting more than 564-thousand dollars in salary to the players' emergency assistance fund.
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The Raptors visit Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves tonight in 1-of-12 N-B-A games. Toronto has won 14 of its past 15 outings and is just two games behind Cleveland for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Minnesota has just three wins in its last 10 and are dead last in the Northwest Division.

ABOUT 1,200 STILL WITHOUT POWER - NSP SAYS IT COULD TAKE ALL DAY
Monday 1st February 2016

Nova Scotia Power says some customers may be in the dark until tomorrow after heavy snow knocked out electricity to about 67,000 customers over the weekend. The utility says crews are tackling smaller areas and individual outages with the goal of having power restored by the end of the day. However, the utility says outages in the hardest hit areas of the province could take longer. It says ice-encased equipment and trees entangled in power lines are creating a challenge for crews. It says crews from New Brunswick helped reconnect power to more than 5,500 customers overnight in the Antigonish, Stellarton and Port Hawkesbury areas. Nova Scotia Power says it contacted customers directly by phone when it became clear that some of the estimated restoration times would not be met.

Click here for the NS Power outage map.

THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER IN PICTOU, ANTIGONISH COUNTIES
Saturday 30th January 2016

While Pictou and Antigonish are dealing with up to a dozen separate power outages in the wake of Friday night's snowstorm, people in Colchester County escaped with only about 10 to 15 cms on the ground. The weather office says Pictou County picked up almost 30 cms from the big storm, and Nova Scotia Power crews say restoration times for all areas of Pictou and Antigonish Counties range from 11pm Saturday to 7am on Sunday. The Little Harbour Fire Hall is opening its doors as a warming centre for people who have no heat. You can contact them at (902) 752-0409.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 29 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Friday 29th January 2016

A four-goal third period made the difference as the Crushers lost to the Miramichi Timberwolves 5-4 last night at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Benji Curtis, Garrett Lambke, Alex Bonaparte and Mike Lyle. It was a penalty filled affair, with 21 different penalties handed out, including 10 minute misconducts to the Crushers' Mark Kennedy and Miramichi's Jon Cloutier for fighting.
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In Atom B action last night, the Westville Miners suffered a 4-0 loss to the Pictou Maripacs. Archie Meier started the scoring for the Maripacs with only three minutes left in the first period. No scoring in the second, but the Maripacs continued the scoring in the third with three more goals scored by Zachery MacInnis, Kale Shipley and a second goal for Archie Meier. The game scheduled for this evening between Westville Miners and the Antigonish Bulldogs has been cancelled due to the impending storm
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The NRHS Girl's Nighthawks basketball team lost a close game to Pugwash in basketball action last night 61-49. Danielle McKay led the Nighthawks pouring in 22 points.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of games at the Wellness Centre on the weekend – they first take on Halifax Saturday night at 8pm, followed by the Cape Breton Tradesmen Sunday afternoon at 1.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are also at the Wellness Centre for two games, playing the Bedford Barons Saturday at 5:30, then hosting the Joneljim Cougars Sunday at 12:15.
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The Pictou County Scotians will be well-rested after their four game run last weekend to play the Strait Pirates Sunday night at 7 in Trenton.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team plays a pair this weekend, starting with the Panthers Saturday at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre, followed a trip to East Hants to play the Penguins Sunday morning at 11.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is taking new participants for the February to June term. The Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street in the Pictou County Gymnastics building (formerly Pictou County Y) on the second floor. Classes are held Monday and Thursday nights and everyone is welcome to try it out a couple of times before deciding if they'd like to join. Drop in any time and watch as well.  For further information contact Cindy Fraser at kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com or 902-759-0700.
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed today due to mechanical repairs, and will remain closed until at least Monday. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan can add two-time all star to his accomplishments. DeRozan was voted into the N-B-A all-star game last night by coaches to represent the Eastern Conference. The 26-year-old is averaging 23 points a game. He also represented Toronto at the 2014 festivities. 
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LeBron James and his Cavaliers are in Auburn Hills tonight to take on the Detroit Pistons in one of nine N-B-A games. Cleveland is the top team in the East, with a two-game advantage over second-place Toronto. And Houston welcomes Oklahoma City in a Western Conference battle.
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Canada's Milos Raonic is out at the Australian Open. Second-seed Andy Murrary ended Raonic's bid to compete in the first Grand Slam tennis final of his career in a five-set battle that lasted four hours and three minutes. Murray broke Raonic's serve to open the fifth set, and when Raonic walked back to his chair, he angrily smashed his racket on the hard court surface twice, breaking it. Raonic received treatment for an upper right leg ailment after the ninth game of the fourth set, and seemed to hobble at times for the remainder of the match.
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Pistons owner Tom Gores is pledging to raise $10 million dollars to address the short- and long-term needs of his hometown of Flint, Michigan where the drinking water is contaminated with lead. Gores says he has appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify priorities in Flint. Gore says he will be contributing to the fund as well.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 27 *UPDATED 10:40 AM*
Wednesday 27th January 2016

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians picked up another road win, defeating Antigonish 4-1. Scoring for the Scotians were Bradley MacEachen, Jordon Yochoff, James Murphy, and Liam Murphy with an empty netter. This completes a run of four games in five nights for the Scotians – the team next plays in Trenton Sunday night against the Strait Pirates.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects had a tie and a loss this past weekend. Megan MacCarthy scored twice for the Selects on Saturday and Kenzie Ells netted a single in a 3-3 tie against the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Sunday,  Bantam A girls lost 4-0 to the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Bantam A Subway Selects are in a tournament in Antigonish this weekend. 
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed today due to mechanical repairs. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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Thornhill, Ontario tennis star Milos Raonic has become the first Canadian male singles player to ever make it to the semifinal of the Australian Open. He advanced to the final four of the Grand Slam event by beating France's Gael Monfils this morning in four sets. The tourney's 13th seed will next face second-seed Andy Murray of Britain on Friday. The other semifinal pits Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer tomorrow.
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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with only four games before the league breaks for all-star weekend. Toronto gets one more shot at heading into the break on a winning note when they play the Lightning in Tampa Bay.  Calgary hosts Nashville, Washington is home to Philadelphia and the L-A Kings welcome Colorado.
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The San Antonio Spurs will look to start a new win streak tonight as they host the Houston Rockets. San Antonio saw it's 13-game winning run snapped on Monday night in a 120-90 defeat at Golden State. There are eight games in total around the hard courts tonight. Among them, Cleveland hosts Phoenix, Minnesota is home to Oklahoma City and the Warriors welcome Dallas.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 26 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Tuesday 26th January 2016

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians continued their string of four games in five nights by defeating the Cumberland County Blues 8-5 in Trenton last night in a make-up game that was postponed in December. The string of games started on Friday with a 3-2 win for the Scotians in overtime against these same Blues in Springhill. Sunday night the Scotians fell 3-1 to the Strait Pirates at home. Tonight the Scotians visit the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week due to mechanical repairs. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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The Pictou County Bantam Boys Lightning A team captured the Bronze Medal this past weekend in the Antigonish Jr. X-Men tournament defeating the X-Men 46-33 . The Lightning lost to the Cape Breton Magic 48-27 to open the tournament , player of the game was Brandon Campbell , while Rhys Stevenson won the Defensive player award. In their second game the Lightning defeated St. Margret's Bay Slam 60-37. The player of the game was Cody Leblanc, while Marcus MacLeod captured the defensive award. In the cross-over game the Lightning were defeated by the tournament champs, the Northside Marauders 68-36. MacLeod was named the player of the game and Nick MacInnis took home the defensive player of the game prize. In the Bronze Medal game the Lightning were led by player of the game Ben Turnbull and Defensive star Cody MacDougall. Rhys Stevenson was named a tournament All-Star.
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Pictou County Bantam “A” Crushers played three league games this past week-end against the Cumberland Ramblers and came away with three more wins. The Bantam A’s continue to sit in first place of their league standings. Two games were played at home on Saturday. In the first game, the Crushers found themselves down 1-0 at the end of the second period, but they came out strong in the third, scoring 5 goals to take the 5-1 win. Jayden Hatchard scored twice with Nole Chapman, Kyle Reim, and Evan Shea adding singles. Assists went to Reim and Jansen Langille with two each. Vaughn MacEachern was solid in nets. In the second game on Saturday, the Crushers also found themselves down by one goal at the end of the second, but with three goals in the last four minutes of the game, they squeaked out the win with a final score of 5-4. Ian MacDonald recorded a hat trick, with singles from Raymond Chisholm and Reim. Langille had three assists with others going to Brycen MacDonald, Spencer Murray, Luke Young and Hatchard. Keegan Walker got the win between the pipes. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill for the third game. The Crushers came out on top again, 5-2, over the Ramblers. Shea had two goals, with Murray, B. MacDonald, and I. MacDonald adding singles. Assist went to Young, Hatchard, Reim, Murray and Logan DeCoste. Vaughn MacEachern recorded the win in goal. The Bantam A’s play two games at home this week-end against Antigonish. Game times are 2:30 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am on Sunday, both at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Tracy Dart, Jayne Murphy and Amy Cameron notched a goal apiece last night in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center to pace the Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Gena Henderson replied for the Rangers
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The Montreal Canadiens are back at it again tonight as they host Columbus in the back half of a home-and-home series. That's one of nine games on a busy night in the N-H-L. Elsewhere, Ottawa hosts the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto visits the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg hosts Arizona and Vancouver entertains the Nashville Predators.
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Serena Williams is one step closer to another Australian Open title. She knocked off Maria Sharapova in straight sets in quarter-final action last night for her 18th consecutive victory over the Russian. Williams is looking for her seventh Australian Open championship.
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Canada's Milos Raonic is back in action tonight at the Australian Open. The Thornhill, Ontario native faces Gael Monfils of France in quarter-final play at the grand slam in Melbourne. Raonic is seeded 13th at the Open while Monfils is 23rd. The Canadian is coming off a big fourth-round victory over fourth-seed Stan Wawrinka two days ago.  
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The Toronto Raptors put their eight-game winning streak on the line as they host the Washington Wizards at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto is on it's longest winning run of coach Dwane Casey's tenure with the team. And it's the franchise's longest string of victories since a nine-game streak in 2002.
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There are seven other games around the hard courts tonight. Among them, the Orlando Magic aim to halt a six-game slide as they visit the Bucks in Milwaukee, the New York Knicks will try to rebound from back-to-back losses as they host Oklahoma City. And the Lakers welcome the Dallas Mavericks in the late game.


GLASGOW SQUARE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Monday 25th January 2016

Glasgow Square Theatre has updated its on-line presence with a new website that launched today in partnership with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. Carlton Munroe, Manager of Glasgow Square Theatre, says the site will improve promotion and marketing of upcoming events. The venue, which was named 2015 winner of Music Nova Scotia’s Community Presenter of the Year Award, hosts a wide variety of events over the course of the year, including musical, theatrical, and comedy performances. It is also a central venue for a number of other events throughout the year such as the Dragon Boat Festival, and this year will host the Relay for Life. The launch of the new, more user friendly site is the culmination of a project which had been ongoing for a few months.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 25 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Monday 25th January 2016

The Truro Bearcats won in a 2-1 victory against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Saturday night. Garrett Lambke scored for the Crushers on the power play early in the second period.
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The Cape Breton Tradesmen lost to the Weeks Major Midgets 4-3 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Matthew Papineau scored 2:14 into overtime to give the Pictou County Junior Scotians a 4-3 win over the Cumberland County Blues on Friday. Riley Cameron, Bradley MacEachen and Blair Dewtie also had goals for the Scotians. The Scotians then lost 3-1 in Trenton Sunday night to the Strait Pirates. Tonight at 7:30 in Trenton they play a make up game with Cumberland County.
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The struggling Wonder Auto Bantam AA lost a pair of games this past weekend to rival Truro to continue a prolonged slump.  Saturday in Truro the Bearcats stymied the Crusher offence time and again and while the Crushers held the edge in play at times were unable to score and fell by a score of 2-1.  The lone goal on the day was scored by Broden Decoff with assists to Logan MacKay and Spencer Creed.  The story was similar on Sunday morning as the Bearcats pulled away with a 5-1 victory while being outshot by the Crushers. Scoring a late goal to break the shutout was Connor Dewar unassisted. With only three league games left the Crushers need to bear down to try to turn things around leading up to the league Championship tournament.
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In Major Bantam Action, The Scotsburn Crushers didn't have much luck on the road. On Saturday, they were shut out by the Landworks Gulls 7-0, then were defeated by the Western Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday, with Blake Kontuk scoring the lone goal.
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Two very close games between the Westville Miners and Thorburn Golden Hawks Atom B teams over the weekend. The Thorburn Golden Hawks managed a 7-6 win over the Westville Miners Friday evening. Scoring three goals for Thorburn was Cole T Miller, two goals for Cole Bryden and one apiece for Evan Stewart and Garrett Williams. Scoring one apiece for Westville were Luke Casey, Patrick MacNeil, Kayden Moulaison, Nicholas Duff, Fox Irving and Nathaniel Horne. The two teams met again in Thorburn Saturday morning to see the Westville Miners win 2-1. Scoring the lone goal for Thorburn was Cole Bryden. Scoring for the Miners was Logan MacKenzie and Kayden Moulaison. The Westville Miners will face Pictou Maripacs and Antigonish Bulldogs this coming weekend. The Pictou Maripacs are hosting the Adam Larade Tournament beginning Friday.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects Atom AA squad dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bedford Blues on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Erin MacNeil and Jose Dunn scored for Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Super Bowl 50 is set. Payton Manning has his defence to thank as the Denver Broncos earned a spot on the big stage with a 20-18 win over Tom Brady's New England Patriots in the A-F-C Championship. Meanwhile, Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the Carolina Panthers hammered the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the N-F-C title game. The Super Bowl will go February 7th at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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The Canadiens are in Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets in one of six N-H-L games. Montreal beat Toronto Saturday in a shootout to halt a five-game winless streak. Calgary has a quick turn around as it heads to Dallas to face the Stars. Also, the Islanders welcome Detroit, Boston's in Philly, the Rangers entertain Buffalo and Minnesota hosts Arizona.
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Kyle Lowry was one of seven Raptors to score in double digits last night as Toronto extended its win streak to eight games with a 112-94 victory over the L-A Clippers. It's the longest run the Raps have made under coach Dwane Casey and is one win off their franchise best of nine set in 2002. 
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There are nine games on the hardwood tonight, including a key matchup between the last two N-B-A title winners. Golden State hosts San Antonio in a battle between the league's top two teams. The Warriors are 4-and-4 but have just a two-game lead on the Spurs for top spot. Golden State is expecting head coach Steve Kerr back after a lengthy leave of absence following back surgery in the off season. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 19 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Tuesday 19th January 2016

The Pictou County Lightning Bantam A Girls Basketball Team returned from the Fall River Rebels "Rebel Run Basketball Tournament" as Gold Medal Winners. In the Lightning's quest for top honors saw them defeat the host team The Fall River Rebels in GAME 1 by a score of 40 to 27 with Jaden MacEachern earning Player of the Game and Emily Arbuckle with Hustler of Game. GAME 2 saw the Lightning victorious again as the defeated the Antigonish X-Women by a score of 41 to 23. Raegan MacDonald  earned Player of the Game while Isa MacKay to Hustler of the game. Game 3 took a different turn for the Girls Lightning team as they were handed their first Loss from the hands of a very strong Metro League Team, the Bedford Eagles by a score of 40 to 30. Player of the Game went to Sarah Allard while Kaitlyn Jota was handed the Hustler of the Game. The loss to Bedford did not sit well with the Pictou team and it showed as they once again met that same Bedford Eagles team for the Championship Sunday Afternoon. In the final game The Mighty Lightning took the lead early and never looked back. The final score in the Championship Game saw the Pictou County Lightning defeat the Bedford Eagles by a convincing score of 53 to 35. Top awards were given to, Madelyn MacMillan for Player of the game. Alexander Morrison earned The Hustler award and Raegan MacDonald earned Tournament MVP for the Lightning. Next action for the Lightning will be this weekend here in New Glasgow as they host their Home Tournament at NGA. This will be a 6 team tournament with teams from Antigonish, the city, and valley travelling to New Glasgow for this event.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam B Kirby team won silver at the Rebel Run Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Fall River. For the championship game, the PC Lightning team faced the West End Steelers. They played hard, but lost 50-30. Tommy Clark was player of the game and Aiden MacPhee was awarded the Hustler Award. Pierre Aucoin was named MVP for the Pictou County Lightning team for the whole tournament.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers lost 3-2 in overtime to the Dartmouth Whalers on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes of play, but goals from Connor MacLeod and Blake Kontuk – the latter coming with just 37 seconds left in the game – forced the extra session. Bruen Fisher won it for Dartmouth with a goal 25 seconds into overtime.
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Two games tonight in Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League: Stellarton Rink 8:00 -  Elk's Club   Vs   Connor's. Hector Area in Pictou 9: 00 - Pictou Landing Falcons Vs Nat Pro Gas 
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is now taking registration for Ringette and Tumblebugs for the winter sessions. If you would like to try these programs first, there will be a FREE try it day for Ringette on January 23rd and for Tumblebugs on January 30th. If interested please register your child at 902-485-4372. For more details visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Fifth-seed Rafael Nadal lost to unseeded fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco today in the first round of the Australian Open. Verdasco, ranked 45th in the world, rallied for a five-set victory to send the 2009 Australian Open champion to the showers. Seven-time major winner Venus Williams also went out in a first-round loss to Johanna Konta.
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More Canadians are in action at the Australian Open tonight. Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec, faces Agnieszka Radwanska early Wednesday (2 a-m Eastern). Also, Gabriela Dabrowski, Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor are all in doubles action as well.
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A busy night around the N-H-L sees eight games with five Canadian teams in action.  The Calgary Flames visit New Jersey, the Vancouver Canucks are in New York against the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Philadelphia. A classic Original Six rivalry sees Montreal host Boston and Edmonton continuing its swing through Florida with a stop in Tampa Bay.
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It's a quiet night in the N-B-A with just four games on tap.  Milwaukee visits Miami, Minnesota travels to New Orleans, Oklahoma City is at Denver and Phoenix hosts Indiana.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2016
Monday 18th January 2016

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Kyte say 2016 will be a busy one. Kyte says the evolving role of the Chamber will create challenges and opportunities for the group of business leaders in the community. He says one of the key projects for the early part of 2016 is continuing to assist in support of efforts to bring Syrian refugees to the county. Kyte says it is an exciting time for Maritime businesses, as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island work to streamline regulations, and the Chamber can play a role in that process. He says the newly created advocacy group that was formed in conjunction with the Strait area and Antigonish Chambers will work to show that rural communities can influence positive change.

STORM DUMPS 35 CMS OF SNOW ON CENTRAL MARITIMES
Sunday 17th January 2016

Snowplow operators have literally been moving tonnes of snow since the snowstorm eased off just after midnight on Saturday, and the weekend weather is still the major story affecting life here in the Central Maritimes.
RCMP report a number of accidents overnight and roads are still touch and go.
Up to 35 cms is on the ground in Pictou, Antigonish and Colchester Counties – Environment Canada has measured 37 cms at the Halifax Airport and 20-25 cms fell on parts of PEI.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 14 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Thursday 14th January 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have made another significant acquisition prior to tonight's game against the Truro Bearcats. The Summerside Western Capitals released defenseman Alex Annecchiarico because they had too many 20 year olds on their roster. As a result, the Crushers were able to pick up the former OHL defenseman in exchange for a draft pick, adding some much needed depth to the blue line.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects earned four points on the weekend with two wins over the Glace Bay Miners. The Selects travelled to Cape Breton for the two games with the first one resulting in a 2-0 win for the Pictou County girls.  Kenzie Ells scored both goals and the shutout went to Ashley Niven. During the second game,  the Bantam  A Selects  had a 2-1 victory.  Goals were scored by Shalyn Bona and Megan MacCarthy. The Selects have a home game Saturday in Trenton at 2 p.m. against the Colchester Wilson Fuels Cyclones and are on the road Sunday to Antigonish. 
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers' new lineup which includes some recent trades, will make its debut tonight at the Wellness Centre against the Truro Bearcats. It's a crucial game, as the Crushers sit just two points out of first behind the Valley Wildcats, with Truro in between them in the standings.
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Two games in Thorburn tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova  Hockey League - 7:10 - Whitey's Vikings  Vs Dewtie's Excavating, then 8:20- Pictou Landing Falcons   Vs  Elks Club.  
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There is an Afterschool Sports program being offered at GR Saunders on Tuesdays for Grades 1-4, Thursdays at Pictou Elementary for Grades 1-4 and on Fridays at GR Saunders for Grades 5-6, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com or 902-616-5374 .
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Some upcoming skate times at the Hector Arena in Pictou. On Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30 there is an Adult and tot skate. Fridays from 12:00 to 1pm there is an adult only skate, and Sundays between 11:30 and 12:30 there is an open skate.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens return from a four-day break tonight when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre. Mike Condon is expected to start in nets for the Canadiens. They've won only five of their last 18 games. In Washington, the Vancouver Canucks will try and slow down Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.
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Todd McLellan will be back in familiar territory tonight when his Edmonton Oilers travel to San Jose to face the Sharks. McLellan spent seven seasons coaching the Sharks before parting ways with the team in the off-season. Edmonton hired him in May. San Jose has won three in a row.
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Tyler Myers and the Winnipeg Jets will try and get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at M-T-S Centre. The Jets have lost two straight, including a 4-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Myers was fined $5,000 last night for a cross check on Sharks forward Tommy Wingels in the third period.
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A unique road game for the Toronto Raptors this afternoon (3 p-m Eastern). They're in London, England taking on the Orlando Magic at a sold-out O-2 Arena. Toronto is second in the N-B-A's Eastern Conference and have won three in a row. The Magic are 8-and-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season but come into today's game having lost five of six.
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Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry tip off against each other tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers head to Oakland to face the Warriors. The two teams are heading in opposite directions with the Lakers winning only nine games so far this season. Meanwhile, Golden State has a league-best 36-3 record.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 JANUARY
Saturday 9th January 2016

Team Canada opened the World U18 Womens Hockey Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, with a 5-2 win over Russia last night. Balanced scoring was the name of the game for Canada, as they got goals from five different players, and eight different players recorded at least one point. Westville native Lisa Haley, Head Coach of Team Canada, says “The level of competition continues to rise, and it’s because the parity is there, and so there are no guarantees. Every time you step on the ice, it’s important to play well and to your potential, or there would be upsets in this tournament. I think there’s a possibility for Russia to beat us if we don’t perform well.” . Canada faces the Czech Republic tonight.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers have added more depth up front with a trade yesterday with the Yarmouth Mariners. Coming to the Crushers is Chad Cullen, a 20-year old forward from Glace Bay with 16 points in 24 games so far this season, while the Crushers send Tyler Brown to the Mariners. Brown is an 18-year old playing High School hockey this season, after spending last year with the Newbridge Gladiators. Cullen's first game with his new team will be next Thursday when the Crushers host Truro, and Cullen will face a former teammate in Josh Worthen, who was traded from Yarmouth to Truro on Thursday.
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There was just one game in the MHL last night, and the Yarmouth Mariners did the Weeks Crushers a bit of a favor, beating the Valley Wildcats 5-4 in overtime in the Fishtank. With the single point for the overtime loss, the Wildcats move into a tie with the Crushers for first place in the Eastlink Division, although Valley still holds three games in hand.
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It was a busy night in the NSJHL last night, with 5 games, including the Pictou County Scotians earning a 5-2 win in Antigonish over the Bulldogs. Adam Downey had two goals, Josh Hartley had three assists, and Joel MacLean stopped 21 of 23 shots in the win. Other NSJHL games last night:
Cole Harbour Colts 3 @ Valley Maple Leafs 8
Strait Pirates 5 @ Cumberland County Blues 4
Glace Bay Jr. Miners 2 @ Sackville Blazers 4
Brookfield Elks 4 @ East Hants Penguins 1
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers won 5-3 over the Central Attack and lost 2-1 overtime to the Miramichi Senators on Thursday, before losing their final round robin game 7-1 to the Northwest Bulls Fridayday at the 2016 Ice Jam tournament. The team awaits the remainder of the round robin to be complete to see if they advance to the play off round of 16  teams. A total of 28 took part in the bantam division.
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The Midget AA Crushers have a home and home set with Glace Bay this weekend. They hit the road today for a game at 1:30, then return home for a game tomorrow at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Edmonton Oilers coughed up a two-goal lead as they fell 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning scored three times in the third period, including Steven Stamkos' eventual winner with five minutes to go. Victor Hedman scored a goal and added a pair of assists and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their bullpen by acquiring right-handed pitcher Drew Storen from the Washington Nationals.  Toronto sent outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later back to Washington to complete the deal. Storen appeared in 58 games for the Nationals last season, recording 29 saves with a 3.44 earned-run-average and 67 strikeouts in 55 innings.
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The Toronto Raptors have back-to-back wins on the road. DeMar DeRozan poured in a season-high 35 points to lead Toronto to a 97-88 win over the Wizards in Washington. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists as the Raptors overcame a season-high 23 turnovers.
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Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder barely survived Lou Williams' 44-point performance for a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams, the former Raptor, scored 23 of his career-high output in the fourth quarter.
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Canadian Milos Raonic will get another shot at the Brisbane International championship.  The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario toppled Australian Bernard Tomic in semifinal action to earn his place in the championship match for the second year in a row. He will play Roger Federer, who beat Raonic in last year's final. 
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 4 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Monday 4th January 2016

Peewee C - Trenton defeated New Glasgow 6-5 Sunday afternoon. Scoring for Trenton was Owen Brophy with 4 goals, Zander Jones, Colby Niles each adding 1. Assists came from Rory Anderson and Ashlyn Bona. New Glasgow's goals came from Nick Manis with 4, Nicholas Purvis 1. Assists came from Austin White, Brady White, Kyle McCumber. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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Trenton Atom B's were in Antigonish Sunday afternoon and skated to a 9-9 tie. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 4 goals, Derrick Mackay with 3 goals, and Landon Martin with a pair. Assists came from Martin (2), Brett Butler and Matthew MacDonald. Antigonish goals came from Colin Teasdale 3, Gregory Kelly 3, Caylum Maclean, Luke Macpherson, Bauer MacNeil all with 1, assists came from Teasdale and MacLean.
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The Subway Cup remains with the Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects. The team defeated the Halifax Hawks 2-1 in the final on Sunday afternoon, making it the second straight year the Subway Selects have captured the cup. Selects goals were scored by MacKenzie Ells and Hannah Fraser. The Bantam team was one of two local groups to make it to the finals, with the Pee Wee A team winning 2-0 Sunday morning against Antigonish. Both goals were scored by Hayley Burke, with an assist from Mia Coolen. Going into the final, the Bantam team had two wins and a loss after prevailing over the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 and the Chester Flurries 5-0, but falling to the Halifax Hawks 2-1. The Pee Wee A Selects got a 6-2 win over the East Hants Gold Penguins as well as a 2-1 win against the Antigonish Bulldogs and a 5-2 win against the Bedford Blues over the course of the weekend. In the Atom division, the Pictou County team finished third with a 5-1 win over the Sackville Flyers and two losses – 1-0 to the Antigonish Bulldogs and 7-2 against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Selects came third in the Midget A division after a 1-1 tie against Antigonish, a 3-1 loss versus Glace Bay and a 2-1 win against the Sackville Flyers.
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The Weeks Major Midget squad suffered a pair of losses against the Cape Breton Tradesmen on the weekend – first a 4-2 loss on Saturday, then an overtime loss 5-4 on Sunday. The team is off for a week, then takes on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick on Saturday the 16th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Auston Matthews and the United States take on Russia this afternoon (1 p.m. ET) in one of two semifinals at the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki, Finland. Matthews is tied for third in tournament scoring with 11 points. In the other semi, Finland hosts Sweden. The Finns eliminated Canada in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
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Three Canadian teams are in action tonight around the N-H-L. The Ottawa Senators will try to rebound when they face the St. Louis Blues. Later, the Edmonton Oilers will host the Carolina Hurricanes. And, the Arizona Coyotes are in Vancouver to face the Canucks.
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Carolina and Denver clinched Number 1 playoff seeds in each conference by winning at home on the final day of the N-F-L regular season. The Broncos turned to Peyton Manning to defeat San Diego 27-20 and take advantage of New England's upset loss to Miami in the A-F-C. Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to beat the Buccaneers 38-10, giving his 15-and-1 Panthers home-field advantage in the N-F-C playoffs.
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The N-F-L's wild-card matchups are set. After starting the season 6-0, the Green Bay Packers will head to Washington to face the Redskins. The Minnesota Vikings will have a home matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. In the A-F-C, the Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati. And, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Houston Texans. Arizona and Carolina will get a bye in the N-F-C, while New England and Denver get byes in the A-F-C.
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DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors open a five-game road trip tonight in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The Raptors are coming off a 115-113 loss to the Chicago Bulls at home yesterday. LeBron James and the Cavs have been hot lately, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. Cleveland is 14-1 at home this season.

LOCAL SPORTS - DECEMBER 31
Thursday 31st December 2015

The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers doubled up the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3 last night in front of a large crowd with Ryan MacNeil earning the win for the Crushers in nets and Brandon Benjamin  contributing with 2 goals and 2 assists.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is hosting a Junior NBA program for boys and girls 5 to 7 years of age. This is a second year pilot program between NBA Canada, Basketball Nova Scotia and the PCBA. The Program consists of 45-minute sessions – 12 sessions in total – starting in early January. The program will be in four gyms across the county. There are few spaces left with the Trenton and G.R. Saunders programs, but there are many slots available for Pictou Academy and Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated. The cost is $60 for new kids to the club and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Players receive a basketball and NBA t-shirt. For further information, email: pclightning@eastlink.ca.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will start the new year with a pair of home games. The Crushers play the Western Hurricanes Saturday night at 7:30, followed by a Sunday afternoon match at 12:15 against Kings Mutual. Both games are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Winter Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 30 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Wednesday 30th December 2015

The Pictou County Basketball Association is hosting a Junior NBA program for boys and girls 5 to 7 years of age. This is a second year pilot program between NBA Canada, Basketball Nova Scotia and the PCBA. The Program consists of 45-minute sessions – 12 sessions in total – starting in early January. The program will be in four gyms across the county. There are few spaces left with the Trenton and G.R. Saunders programs, but there are many slots available for Pictou Academy and Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated. The cost is $60 for new kids to the club and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Players receive a basketball and NBA t-shirt. For further information, email: pclightning@eastlink.ca.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will start the new year with a pair of home games. The Crushers play the Western Hurricanes Saturday night at 7:30, followed by a Sunday afternoon match at 12:15 against Kings Mutual. Both games are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Midget AA Crushers are in action tonight, playing Antigonish at the Wellness Centre at 8pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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James Reimer is expected back in goal for Toronto tonight when the Maple Leafs visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. He returned to action for the first time on over a month last night, replacing the ineffective Jonathan Bernier in Toronto's 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Reimer had been out since November 24th with an injured groin.
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The Ottawa Senators look to bounce back tonight when they host New Jersey. The Senators were thumped 7-3 last night by the Bruins in Boston. Despite the loss, the Senators enter tonight's game just four points out of first place in the tight Atlantic Division.
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It's a day off for Canada at the world junior hockey championship after posting a 3-2 shootout win yesterday over the Swiss. The defending champion Canadians have a regulation win, an overtime win and a loss so far at the tournament, putting them in second place in Group A with five points. Canada plays group Sweden tomorrow. Today's Group A games will see the United States face Switzerland and Sweden take on Denmark.
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The Toronto Raptors return to Air Canada Centre tonight for a game against the Washington Wizards. Toronto split a recent two-game road trip, winning in Milwaukee and losing in Chicago. The Wizards have won four of their last five games.

THREE YOUTHS ARRESTED IN ANTIGONISH FOR STEALING A CAR
Monday 28th December 2015

Antigonish District RCMP arrested three youths after they fled from police in a stolen vehicle early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:25 a.m., RCMP observed a vehicle parked along am Antigonish roadway in an unusual manner. Once police approached the vehicle, it immediately fled. The vehicle was located a short time and distance later, unoccupied and in the ditch near the traffic circle at exit 31, Addington Forks. A preliminary investigation has revealed that when the vehicle entered the traffic circle at exit 31, the driver lost control and struck a light pole. All occupants then exited the vehicle and fled to the woods. With assistance from an RCMP Police Service Dog, three youths were successfully tracked and arrested a short time later. A further investigation has also revealed that the suspect vehicle was determined to be stolen from the Halifax area. Two 17-year-old males from the Halifax area and one 15 year-old female from Antigonish County remain in custody. The youth are expected to be charged with fleeing from police, possession of property obtained by crime, and other violations under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. There were no injuries, and the event remains under investigation.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 23 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 23rd December 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects split a pair of games this past weekend. The Bantam A girls lost 4-0 to the Cape Breton West Islanders Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre but rebounded for a 3-0 win against the Antigonish Bulldogs. Lily Wright scored twice for the Selects and Shalyn Bona netted a single.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget C boys collected two points against the Thorburn Goldenhawks on the weekend. The Maripacs lost 4-3 to the Goldenhawks during a league game in Pictou. Justin Mansour-Gillis scored twice for the Maripacs and Dylan Rafuse netted a single. Aaron Webb scored twice for the Goldenhawks and singles went to Bailey Piccini and Riley Cameron. On Sunday, the two teams returned the ice and the Maripacs came out on top for this game with an 8-2 victory. Mansour-Gillis had another double for the Maripacs as did Cody Battist and singles were scored by Sawyer Buchanan, Dylan Rafuse and Nathan Gormley, Evan MacCarthy. Cameron MacKay scored both goals for the Goldenhawks.
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Pee Wee Rec: Trenton defeated Thorburn 10-5 in Thorburn on Monday evening. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 5 goals and singles from Danial Cameron, Harper Fraser, Owen Brophy, Nathan Roper and Ashlyn Bono. Assists came from Mackay, Barrett Baker and Roper. Thorburn goals came from Robert Walsh with 4 and George Leil with 1. Winning goalie was Derrick Mackay.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are taking on the Weeks Major Midgets Alumni in a charity match Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Warm up is at 12:30pm, Game time is 1pm. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family, with funds going to support six local baseball players who are attending the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour in February. Amoung the alumni taking part are former NHLers Colin White and Jon Sim, and QMJHL players Brent Turnbull, Lane Cormier and Matt Sartoris.
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The West Side and Northend Rec Centers are sponsoring an OPEN HOUSE  at the Pictou County Wellness Center for people to come out and view an exhibition game of broomball between Tatamagouche and Windsor and also to try the game itself --- this Sunday at 7 pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's world junior hockey team wraps up exhibition play in Finland today with a game against Sweden. The Canadians won their last pre-tournament match, 1-0 over the Czech Republic on Sunday. The world junior hockey championship begins Saturday with Canada facing the United States in the preliminary round.
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The hottest team in the N-B-A will look to add to their winning streak when San Antonio visits the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of 13 games on a busy schedule tonight. The Spurs have won a league-best six straight games and are 9-and-1 in their last 10. Minnesota, meanwhile, has dropped seven of its last 10 games.
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Around the N-B-A, Cleveland looks for a sixth win in a row as it hosts the Knicks. Indiana is home to the Sacramento Kings. Boston visits the Hornets in Charlotte. Dallas takes on the Nets in Brooklyn. Atlanta welcomes the Detroit Pistons, the Golden State Warriors entertain Utah and the L-A Lakers can earn back-to-back victories on back-to-back nights with a win over Oklahoma City.
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New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Junior is going to have his appeal of his one-game suspension heard today. The N-F-L suspended Beckham earlier this week for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited "multiple violations of safety-related playing rules."


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 21
Monday 21st December 2015

There were three games Saturday night in the Maritime Hockey League, including a key Eastlink Division matchup between the Valley Wilcats and the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Centre. The Wildcats won 3-2 in regulation to pull into a tie with Truro for second place in the Division, three points back of the Crushers. However, both teams still have four games in hand on Pictou County.
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The Weeks Major Midgets earned a big 5-4 win at home Saturday over the Cape Breton West Islanders. Evan MacLennan led the way with two goals and an assist, while recent Crusher call up Andrew MacLeod stopped 38 of 42 shots to earn the win between the pipes. The next day, the Weeks Major Midgets lost to the Cape Breton Tradesmen 5-1. Ryan Bakker scored the only goal for Weeks.
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Katelyn Pentz and Megan Stewart scored for the Subway Northern Selects Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as they beat Metro Boston Pizza, 2-1. Adi Small stopped 21 of 22 shots to get the win in goal. The Selects picked up another two points with a 3-0 blanking of the Panthers on Sunday. Katelyn Dunn, Annika Mason and Kaila Reid scored for the Selects. Katie Henderson stopped 19 shots for the shutout.
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The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” Crusher struggles continued this past weekend as they managed only a single point against the last place Cumberland Ramblers.  In Springhill on Saturday afternoon the Crushers were dominated to the tune of 5-1 with only Logan Mackay able to break the goose egg late in the third with assist going to Munro Mackay.  The return matchup on Sunday at the Wellness Centre saw the Crushers play an improved game but needing to pull goalie Wesley Kelly late in order to get the tie against the Ramblers 2-2. Scorers on the the day were linemates Connor Dewar and Nick Horne who also assisted on each others goal and Lucas Fraser adding another assist.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played a home and home this weekend against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Crushers came out on the winning end at home on Saturday with a final score of 3-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Spencer Murray, Nole Chapman, and Brycen MacDonald. Chapman, Murray, Ian MacDonald, Brayden Killen and Jayden Hatchard earned assists. Vaughn MacEachern earned the win between the pipes. On Sunday in Antigonish, the Crushers spent some time killing penalties and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Scoring for the Crushers was Brycen MacDonald and Luke Young with Young, MacDonald and Thomas Devine earning assists. Keegan Walker was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers head to Truro after Christmas to participate in the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament.
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For the fourth time in the tournament’s 10-year history, Team Canada West has won the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating Russia 2-1 in Saturday’s gold-medal game at the Cobourg Community Centre. On Friday night, the United States defeated Team Canada East 7-1 in the bronze-medal game in Whitby, Ont. Former Amherst Rambler Lucas Batt scored the lone Canadian goal late in the second period, but the Americans won a medal for the ninth year in a row.
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Petr Mrazek made 26 saves while Dylan Larkin and Brad Richards scored 45 seconds apart as Detroit beat Calgary 4-2. The Flames have dropped back-to-back outings after winning seven in a row. Dennis Wideman and Dougie Hamilton scored for Calgary.
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Jaromir Jagr has passed Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the N-H-L scoring list. Jagr scored his 732nd goal to help Florida knock off Vancouver 5-4 in a shootout. And, Tampa Bay won for the third time in four games as Steven Stamkos scored twice in a 5-2 win against Ottawa.
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Hockey Canada finalized its world junior hockey championship roster by making its final four cuts. Defencemen Noah Juulsen and Jeremy Lauzon, along with forwards Jayce Hawryluk and Nick Merkley were all released from the team. The Canadians open the world juniors on Boxing Day against the United States. They have one more exhibition tune-up on Wednesday against Sweden.
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The Raptors played much of the second half without Kyle Lowry and went on to drop a 104-94 loss to Sacramento. Lowry was ejected with 7:22 left in the third quarter, picking up two quick technicals when he persisted in speaking to official Scott Wall about a call. Toronto stumbled out to another horrible start with a 22-point deficit before the first quarter was even over.
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The Giants threw a scare into the Panthers, but Carolina answered the challenge and remains unbeaten at 14-and-0. Cam Newton led the Panthers on a game-winning drive in the final minutes and Graham Gano booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give Carolina the 38-35 win over New York.
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Seattle picked up its fifth straight win and wrapped up its fourth consecutive playoff berth by whipping Cleveland 30-13. Green Bay kept their lead in the N-F-C North, staying one game ahead of Minnesota with a 30-20 victory against Oakland. And Arizona beat Philadelphia 40-17 in the Sunday nighter to clinch the N-F-C West title.
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In a stunning takedown of international soccer's most powerful leaders, FIFA's ethics committee today banned president Sepp Blatter and his one-time protege Michel Platini from all soccer-related activities for eight years. Ethics judges said Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts, while Platini broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty. Both denied wrongdoing in 2011 when Platini took two-million dollars of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 16
Wednesday 16th December 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have one more game before the Christmas break. Tomorrow night, the Truro Bearcats visit the Wellness Centre at 7pm. Truro is currently seven points behind the Crushers in a tight 3 way race for second place in the Eastlink Division with the Wildcats and the Lumberjacks.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers at home on Saturday. The Crushers earned 2 more points in league play with an 8-1 victory. Luke Young and Jayden Hatchard fired two goals each, with singles added by Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald, Nole Chapman, and Thomas Devine. Assists went to Evan Reynolds, Jansen Langille, Brycen MacDonald (2), Ian MacDonald, Devine, Kyle Reim, Young and Logan Decoste. The Bantam A Crushers will play a home and home with the Antigonish Bulldogs with their home game scheduled on Saturday, 4:00pm, at the Wellness Center.
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Another close game between the Atom B Westville Miners and the Trenton Steelers. Kayden Moulaison scored the winning goal in the third to land the Miners a 5-4 win. Also scoring for Westville with two goals was Daniel Seymour. Fox Irving and Nathaniel Horne scored with one each. Scoring two each for the Steelers were Ethan MacKay and Derrick MacKay. The Westville Miners face New Glasgow this Friday evening in Westville
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In High School Hockey, the North Nova Gryphons defeated Hants East 5-0 in regular season play. After a scoreless first period, Kale Mason, assisted by Jared Livingstone put the Gryphons on the score board 43 seconds into the 2nd period. Gryphons second goal came 5 minutes later scored by Robert Burrows and assisted by Kirklin Murray. Intermission only seemed to fuel the Gryphons with 3 unanswered goals. Scoring were Robert Burrows,  Campbell Burrows and Noah Teed with assists from Mason,  Jacob Pentz,  Evan Callaghan and Ethan Snell. The Gryphons will host Amherst this Friday evening at 7: 00 pm in Trenton.  The team will be accepting donations for the local food bank at the door. Local rivals, Gryphons and Northumberland Nighthawks, will meet Saturday night at 6:00 p.m in Westville. 
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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On Tuesday, December 29th, the North Nova JV girls basketball team will host their second annual Holiday Hoop Clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6. The clinic will run from 9am-2pm and costs $40 per person. Each participant will receive a clinic t-shirt! To register your child or find out more information, email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.  Only 40 spots available...
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One Canadian hockey team saw their lengthy winning streak come to an end while another extended theirs. The New York Rangers beat Edmonton 4-2 at Madison Square Garden to snap the Oilers' six-game run. And the Calgary Flames got an overtime-goal from Kris Russell to top Nashville 2-1 for their sixth straight victory.
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The Vancouver Canucks continue to stumble. Ryan Miller gave up six goals on 36 shots through two periods before being pulled at the second intermission, and Vancouver dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Minnesota Wild. Thomas Vanek scored for Minnesota and added three assists to hand the Canucks their seventh loss in their last 10 games.
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San Jose snapped a six-game losing skid with a 3-1 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski led the way with a goal and an assist and Patrick Marleau and Dainius Zubrus also scored.  Dustin Tokarski stopped 9-of-12 shots in his third consecutive start before being pulled midway through the second period. Mike Condon stopped all six shots he faced he relief.
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Jonathan Bernier gave up more than four or more goals for the fifth straight start, and the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender remains winless on the season. Bernier allowed two goals in quick succession and then one to Vladislav Namestnikov in overtime as the Leafs lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4. Elsewhere, St. Louis beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
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Kobe Bryant had 22 points and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Bucks 113-95 in Milwaukee's first game since ending Golden State's 24-and-0 start to the season.  D'Angelo Russell had 19 points and seven assists as the Lakers took a 22-point lead in the third quarter and cruised to their second victory in 15 games.
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In other N-B-A action, Randy Foye scored 19 points, and the Denver Nuggets picked up their sixth win in seven games with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kenneth Faried added 19 points and 10 rebounds. And LeBron James scored 24 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 89-77 victory over the Boston Celtics.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 15 *UPDATED 1:10 PM*
Tuesday 15th December 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers at home on Saturday. The Crushers earned 2 more points in league play with an 8-1 victory. Luke Young and Jayden Hatchard fired two goals each, with singles added by Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald, Nole Chapman, and Thomas Devine. Assists went to Evan Reynolds, Jansen Langille, Brycen MacDonald (2), Ian MacDonald, Devine, Kyle Reim, Young and Logan Decoste. The Bantam A Crushers will play a home and home with the Antigonish Bulldogs with their home game scheduled on Saturday, 4:00pm, at the Wellness Center.
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On Sunday the Pictou County Peewee AA Crushers defeated the first place Cumberland Ramblers in regular season action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Ryan Denny opened the scoring early in the first period with assists going to Chris Avery and Cameron MacKinnon.  The Ramblers answered with two goals in the first and another goal in the second period.  The Crushers came out strong in the third period with goals Joseph Mason and Liam Berthiaume.  Blaise MacDonald assisted on both goals.  Adam Farrell scored the game winner late in the third period with assists from Tanner Steele and Myles Farnsworth. Xander Vohs had a strong game in goal. The Pictou County Peewee AA Crushers play two games next weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre  - on Saturday, December 19 at 2:30 pm vs. the Antigonish Bulldogs and Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 am vs. the Truro Bearcats.
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Last night at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Bruins defeated the Leafs 5-3 in Leo Fahey 4 0n 4 Twilight Hockey League action. Julie Anderson led the Bruins with a hat trick with singles being tallied by Christa Webber and Jana Cleary. Britany Martin notched two goals for the Bruins with Debbie MacLean adding a single tally.
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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On Tuesday, December 29th, the North Nova JV girls basketball team will host their second annual Holiday Hoop Clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6. The clinic will run from 9am-2pm and costs $40 per person. Each participant will receive a clinic t-shirt! To register your child or find out more information, email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.  Only 40 spots available...
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Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is back with the Maple Leafs as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre. Bernier was sent to Toronto's A-H-L club on December 2nd and went 3-0-and-1 in four starts with the Marlies. He was 0-8-and-1 with the Leafs before his A-H-L stint. Toronto heads into tonight's game on a two-game win streak.
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The Edmonton Oilers go for their seventh straight victory as they play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Edmonton has won seven of its last 10 games to climb out of the Pacific Division basement. Around the ice, the Montreal Canadiens host San Jose, Calgary visits Nashville, Vancouver travels to Minnesota and Winnipeg welcomes the St. Louis Blues.
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It's a light night in N-B-A action with only four games on schedule. Among them, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to snap a six-game losing streak as they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Elsewhere, Boston is home to the Cavaliers, Denver visits Minnesota and the Sacramento Kings welcome the Houston Rockets.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 12
Saturday 12th December 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers fell to the Amherst Ramblers 3-2 in MHL action last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It was the second of three games in three nights for the Crushers, who are right back at it tonight as they travel to Berwick to take on the Valley Wildcats. That game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm. There were four other games in the MHL last night as well:
Valley 5 Campbellton 4
Summerside 3 Truro 1
Dieppe 3 Yarmouth 2
South Shore 4 Woodstock 2
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There were four games played last night in the NSJHL, and one game rescheduled. The game that did not get played was to have involved the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians, as they were to begin a home and home series with the Cumberland County Blues. Both of those games have been moved to January, with exact dates to be determined. As such, there will not be a Scotians game tomorrow night at Trenton Arena. The games that did get played last night:
Liverpool 4 Valley 3
Sackville 3 Cole Harbour 2
Glace Bay 5 Antigonish 1
Brookfield 4 East Hants 2
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Come out to the Wellness Centre to see a Sledge Hockey exhibition match between teams from Halifax and Cape Breton tonight at 7:30. Admission is free, with a chance to win a pass to the World Sledge Hockey Challenge tournament taking place in Bridgewater in January.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA club travels to Truro to play Metro Boston Pizza Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym today from 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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PROVINCE HAS NO PLAN TO DEAL WITH ER CLOSURES RISING: NDP
Thursday 10th December 2015

The NDP says the MacNeil government has no plans to deal with the rising number of emergency room closures. Health Critic Dave Wilson says that figures from the Annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments shows that emergency room closures have risen by 30 percent, or more than 6,000 hours in the past year. Closures in Cape Breton and along the South Shore have doubled, while Guysborough-Antigonish-Strait area ER closures have increased by a factor of almost ten. There were no ER closures reported at the Aberdeen Hospital. Wilson says the government has no plans to fix the situation, not even opening new Collaborative Emergency Centres, which the report shows had practically no increase in hours closed from the past year.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 9
Wednesday 9th December 2015

The Pictou Academy Pitbulls girls hockey team were shut out 4-0 by the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish on Sunday. The Pitbulls returned to the ice Monday night in Lantz and this time dealt the shut out to the Hants East Tigers 12-0. The Pitbulls return to the Hector Arena in Pictou next Monday for a 4 p.m. game against the North Nova Gryphons.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym on Saturday Dec 12th 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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Home sweet home for the Calgary Flames. They earned their seventh straight victory at the Saddledome by doubling up the San Jose Sharks 4-2. Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Markus Granlund, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik also scored for the Flames.
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Another win for rookie Garret Sparks. The Maple Leafs' goaltender turned aside 25 shots in regulation and overtime, then added four more saves in a shootout as Toronto topped the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at Air Canada Centre. Sparks improves to 3-1-and-0 in four N-H-L starts. Nazem Kadri scored the winner for the Leafs in the tiebreaker.
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The Ottawa Senators used a three-goal third period to top the Florida Panthers 4-2. Kyle Turris tied the game on a power play, Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the back of the net while shorthanded, all in the last 20 minutes. Zach Smith had a second-period goal for the Senators.  
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The Golden State Warriors can't be stopped. They improved to 23-and-0 with a 131-123 win at Indiana. Klay Thompson scored a season-high 39 points and Steph Curry added 29 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Golden State had a commanding lead throughout the game before allowing the Pacers to get within six points in the final 25 seconds.
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Around the hard courts, LeBron James had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Portland 105-100. And Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Joe Johnson added 22 as Brooklyn beat the Houston Rockets 110-105 to sweep the season series for the first time in 14 years.
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A person familiar with the deal says the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall Number-1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair.  The Diamondbacks also get minor league left-hander Gabe Speier in the trade.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 7
Monday 7th December 2015

Matt Barron’s overtime goal gave the Yarmouth Mariners a 3-2 win over the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Friday night. Cole Murphy scored his team-leading 18th of the season for Pictou County and Regan Spears collected his 16th goal. Over the weekend, the Valley Wildcats had a shootout loss while the Truro Bearcats got a pair of wins, but the Crushers still hold first place in the Eastlink Division – four ahead of Truro, and six ahead of Valley. The team plays at home on Thursday against the Campbellton Tigers, then the Amherst Ramblers in a rare Friday night home game for the Crushers.
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The Pictou County Scotians didn't let a shortened bench of only 10 skaters stop them, using a Hat Trick of both goals and assists from Troy Disipio to lead them to the 9-3 win over Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. Austin Donlevey also marked a Hat Trick for the Scotians, as well as adding an assist to the score sheet. Single goals were added by Ryan MacDonald, Matt Papineau and Nathaniel Leger. Brandon MacDonald held the fort for Pictou County, stopping 30 shots for the win.
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Thorburn Atom B team played against Trenton Saturday morning. Thorburn won 8-5. Goals scored for Thorburn were Evan Stewart (x3), Cole Miller (x2), Garrett Williams , Cale Cameron, and Cole Bryden. Winning goalie is John Mason. Goals scored for Trenton were Ethan MacKay, Derrick MacKay (x3), and Landon Martin.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team had no luck against the ProCresting Penguins in a home and home series on the weekend, losing at the Wellness Centre 4-2, then taking a 4-1 loss in East Hants on Sunday. That puts the Selects eight points behind Metro Boston Pizza in the standings.
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Congrats to the NRHS Nighthawks girls basketball team who won silver over the weekend in Pugwash. Emily Mertin and Hannah MacDonald were top scorers for the Nighthawks.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam boys 'A' team defeated Northside in a nailbiter Sunday 45-44.  The Lightning trailed the entire game and took their first lead with under a minute left with their final basket.   Matt Margeson and Nick MacInnis hit clutch jumpshots with two minutes left to bring the Lightning to within 1 point; then Rhys Stevenson hooped 2 of his game high 16 points to steal the victory.   Brandon Campbell with 11 and James Rankin with 10 helped provide offence for the Lightning. 
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym on Saturday Dec 12th 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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The Edmonton Oilers are on the rise. They beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 for their third straight victory. Earlier in N-H-L action, Derek Brassard scored twice as the New York Rangers topped Ottawa 4-1. And Teuvo Teravainen had the go-ahead goal in the third as Chicago beat Winnipeg 3-1.
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Ben Roethlisberger wishes he could play the Colts more often. The Pittsburgh Q-B threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns and the Steelers hammered Indianapolis 45-10 in the N-F-L Sunday nighter. Roethlisberger has 886 yards passing and 10 touchdowns in his last two starts against Indianapolis.
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Chris Jones may be moving to Regina. Multiple media reports say the Saskatchewan Roughriders have hired the Eskimos' coach to be their new head coach and general manager. Jones led Edmonton to its first Grey Cup championship in 10 years with a 26-20 win over the Ottawa Redblacks last week.
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Calgary skip Kevin Koe scored three in the ninth end to topple Winnipeg's Mike McEwen at the Canada Cup men's final. On the women's side, Ottawa's Rachel Homan needed an extra end to dispatch Edmonton's Val Sweeting 8-7. Both winning skips earn spots in the Canadian curling trials to determine who will represent Canada in the 2018 Olympics.
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The Golden State Warriors keep on rolling. Superstar Steph Curry poured in 28 points to lead Golden State to a 114-98 victory over the Brooklyn nets, extending the Warriors' N-B-A record start to the season to 22-and-0. Draymond Green added 22 points and Klay Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors.
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Around the N-B-A, Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat Sacramento 98-95.  And Wesley Matthews scored 28 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and Dallas beat the Washington Wizards 116-104.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 2 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Wednesday 2nd December 2015

The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons won every game to take the 16th annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament over the weekend. NNEC won the championship game against the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars with a 3-0 shutout. Scoring for the Gryphons were Jacob Pentz, Colin Holmes and Robert Burrows. Matt Murray got the shutout in nets, while Campbell Burrows was named game MVP. NNEC defeated Hants East Rural High School in the semi-final game by a score of 3-2. The Gryphons won all three round robin games as well.
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The Peewee AAA Ballantyne Fuel Crushers took part in the Hockeyville stopover in Wolfville, capping it off with a 7-4 win over the host Acadia Peewee AAA team.  Lucas Canning led the high scoring effort with a hat-trick, while singles went to Landon MacDonald, Kiefer Avery, Skyler Earle and Ryan Greene. Helpers went to MacLean Tobin, Thomas Schnare, Matt Carson, Canning and Avery. The Crushers continue to hold down first place in the Nova Scotia Mainland Hockey League with upcoming games this weekend vs. South Shore and Truro.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played a home and home with the Truro Bearcats this past week-end and earned 3 points in league play. The Crushers faced–off in Truro on Saturday and came away with the 3-2 win with the help of a productive power-play. Scoring for the Crushers was Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald and Jansen Langille. Spencer Murray (2), Brycen MacDonald, Nole Chapman, Evan Reynolds and Luke Young tallied assists. Keigan Walker earned the win in nets. On Sunday, the Bearcats scored twice in the first to take an early lead and they held that lead until the end of the second. The Crushers managed to rally in the third and finished with a final score of 3-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Sam Hickey, Shea, and Braydon Killen. Assists went to Young, Murray, Ian MacDonald and Thomas Devine. Vaughn MacEachern was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers travel to Moncton this weekend to participate in the Moncton Challenge Cup tournament.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers in Oxford on Saturday, and met the Antigonish Bulldogs at home on Sunday. The Crushers dominated the Ramblers with a final score of 7-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie (2), Peyton Clements, Ethan Tibbets, Isaac Willison, Kirk Turnbull and Covey Cameron. Clements (2), Reilly Grant, Ty Briand, Andrew Webster, Aidan Hahn, Cameron, and Bonvie tallied assists. On Sunday, the Crushers took an early lead in a close battle with the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs rallied, scoring three in the third period to take the 4-3 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Willison, Cameron and Tibbets, with Turnbull, Cameron (2), and Dylan Kontuk earning assists. Goalies Alec Bates and Carter MacLean shared both games between the pipes. The Peewee A Crushers travel to Amherst this weekend to participate in the Bluenose Tournament. (added Tuesday Noon)
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The Northern Subway Selects next see action on Saturday December 5th at 12:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against the ProCresting Penguins. The Teams return to Lantz on Sunday for a 11am game which will be streamed Live on Bell Community One.
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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The Boston Red Sox are making a statement that they expect to contend next season and beyond. Sources say the team has signed free-agent left-hander and former Blue Jay David Price to a seven-year contract worth a whopping 217-million dollars. Boston finished last in the A-L East last year, 15 games back of the division-champion Blue Jays.
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Rookie goaltender Garret Sparks will hope for a repeat of his N-H-L debut tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Jets in Winnipeg. Sparks is expected to start for Toronto, two nights after posting a shutout in his first N-H-L game on Monday night. Around the league, the Islanders host the Rangers, Edmonton is home to Boston and Tampa Bay visits Anaheim. 
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DeMarre Carroll returns to the city he spent two seasons in tonight as the Toronto Raptors take on the Hawks in Atlanta. Carroll was a Hawk from 2013 to 2014-2015 before signing a deal with the Raptors in the off-season. Toronto is coming off a 107-102 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.
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The Golden State Warriors will go for their 20th straight victory to open the season as they play the Hornets in Charlotte. Golden State improved to 19-and-0 to start the year by rallying for a 106-103 road win at Utah on Monday. They have won nine straight regular-season road games, one shy of the franchise record set last season.
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Around the N-B-A, the New York Knicks will try to snap a four-game losing streak as they host Philadelphia. The 76ers earned their first win of the season last night, 103-91 over the L-A Lakers. Elsewhere, the Denver Nuggets take a seven-game winning streak into their matchup against the Bulls in Chicago.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 25
Wednesday 25th November 2015

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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers participated in the Bobby Jo Ryan Memorial Tournament in North Sydney this past weekend. The team finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record. In the first game on Friday, the Crushers faced the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers squeaked out a 3-2 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Dylan Kontuk, and Covey Cameron. Aiden Hahn, Peyton Clements, and Brent Chapman earned assists. Kirk Turnbull received Player of the Game. Early Saturday morning the Crushers met their neighbors, the Antigonish Bulldogs, and earned one point for a 3-3 tie. Chapman opened the scoring in the first, unassisted. Cameron scored in the second, assisted by Chapman. Kontuk, assisted by Isaac Willison, scored the Crushers third goal. Player of the Game went to goaltender, Alec Bates. The Crushers met the strong host team, Northside Vikings, and struggled offensively, losing 8-0. Player of the Game was Brennan Dalton. The Crushers faced the Strait Richmond Pirates Sunday morning, and with a win they would advance to the final Championship Game. The Pirates had other ideas though. At the end of the second, the game was tied at four. Clements, Cameron, Turnbull, and Tibetts scored for the Crushers with assists from Ty Briand, Riley Grant, and Bonvie. The Crushers went scoreless in the third and could not answer two more goals from the Pirates, with a final score of 6-4. Riley Grant received Player of the Game. Goaltenders Alex Bates and Carter MacLean shared net-minding duties for each of the four games.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers participated in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Coxheath, NS this past weekend. The team had a competitive showing, despite the team coping with illness and injuries, but they came up one goal short of making it into the cross-over round. In the first game on Friday, the Crushers faced the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers’ generated a lot of offense, winning the game 8-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Brycen MacDonald with two, and Evan Shea, Jayden Hatchard, Ian MacDonald, Luke Young, Nole Chapman and Kyle Reim, all with singles. Assists when to Ian MacDonald, Shea (2), Young and Chapman. Brycen Mac Donald was named Player of the Game. Keegan Walker earned the win in nets. Later the same day, the Crushers met their neighboring rivals, the Antigonish Bulldogs and tallied their second win with a final score of 5-1. Hatchard opened the scoring with assists from Sam Hickey and Reim. Ian MacDonald, assisted by Shea, Thomas Devine, assisted by Chapman, Reim from Hatchard, and Hatchard from Reim rounded out the scoring. Nole Chapman received Player of the Game. Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes. The Crushers played the Cole Harbour Red Wings in their first game on Saturday, with both teams having two wins under the belts. Sam Hickey scored the first goal of the game at the end of the first period, assisted by Kyle Reim. Cole Harbour scored in the middle of the second to tie and then scored the go-ahead goal in the third. Crushers were unable to tally another, with a final score of 2-1 in favor of Cole Harbour. Player of the Game went to Keegan Walker who had a stellar game in goal. In order to advance to the cross-over round, the Crushers had to at least tie with the host team, Cape Breton County Islanders. When the Crushers were down by three goals in the third, Jansen Langille fired one from the point that made it through traffic and found the back of the net. The assist went to Devine. With four minutes left in the third, Hickey scored, assisted by Hatchard and Young. The Crushers put the pressure on in the final minutes, but ended up losing 3-2, one goal short of putting them through to the semi-finals. Evan Reynolds received Player of the Game. Vaughn MacEachern was strong in nets.
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Argentina defeated France 4-3 in Division 1 action in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday at the Walter Duggan gymnasium.
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One game last night in the NSJHL was a battle of Fred Fox Division rivals. The Liverpool Privateers went into Brookfield and defeated the hometown Elks by a score of 7-3. The next action for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians is on Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates, before hosting the Valley Maple Leafs on Sunday at 7pm in Trenton Arena.
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Last night in exhibition Junior High Girls Basketball action the New Glasgow Academy Panthers defeated the Trenton Trojans by a score of 35-18. The Panthers will have another home game on Wednesday, 2 December at 5:30pm
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the 12th ranked team in the nation, the Summerside Western Capitals. This will be the final regular season meeting of the season between these two teams, and the Caps only trip to the Wellness Centre. The Crushers have been to the Island twice, falling 5-3 back in September, and 3-1 this past Saturday, so they will be looking to avenge those losses. Game time is 7:00pm, and the Chase the Ace game continues, with an estimated jackpot of $4000.
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The 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament begins on Friday at the Trenton Arena, hosted by the North Nova Gryphons. Six teams will be participating, including the Northumberland Nighthawks. Games take place throughout the day Friday and Saturday, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday evening and the Championship game Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St. Stellarton, will hold their Open House for recreational curling at 7:00pm every night this week until Friday. No experience necessary. A great way to pass the winter months.
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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The Calgary Flames still can't win in Anaheim.  Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry scored two goals apiece, and the Ducks rallied for their 21st straight home victory over Calgary, 5-3.  Anaheim hasn't lost a regular-season game to Calgary at home since January 19, 2004.
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The Dallas Stars had a chance to stretch their lead in the N-H-L's Western Conference on Tuesday, but the Ottawa Senators wouldn't comply.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman provided two goals apiece and the Senators scored seven times on just 20 shots to beat the Stars 7-4.
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The Golden State Warriors can't be stopped.  They are off to the best start in N-B-A history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets. 


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 24
Tuesday 24th November 2015

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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” boys split a pair of games this past weekend on home ice against Western Valley. The Spartans won the first game 4-2, with the Crushers responding to the tune of 4-1 on Sunday morning. The opening game saw a number of defensive miscues and bad penalties cost the Crushers. Wesley Kelley stopped over 30 shots in the loss, while the Crushers got goals from Ben Turnbull with an unassisted tally and Munro Mackay from Blake Fraser and Cal Maxner. Coach Turnbulls’ prayers for a better effort were answered on Sunday morning as the Crushers played a much better game with a late goal the only blemish for Goaltender Cody MacDougall in a 4-1 victory.  Ben Turnbull once again lead the offence, scoring 2 goals.  Joe MacCarron and Connor Dewar added singles with assists going to Blake Fraser, Munro Mackay, Connor Boudreau and Logan Mackay.  The Bantam”AA” squad take a breather from league play next weekend to participate in the annual Bluenose Tournament hosted by the Cumberland Ramblers.
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Sackville Blazers dominated the visiting Antigonish Bulldogs 8-1, including a 4-goal effort from Brett Arthur. The Pictou County Scotians are off until Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates.
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The most recent national rankings for Jr A hockey were released yesterday, and the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL continue to climb up the ladder. The Caps used 3 wins in 3 nights to move up 5 places to 12th in the country. One of those wins was a 3-1 victory over the Crushers in Summerside on Saturday. The Crushers will have a chance to avenge that loss this Thursday when the Western Capitals visit the Wellness Centre. Game time is 7pm, and the ongoing Chase the Ace game is expected to have a jackpot of approximately $4000.
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The Canadians and Rangers played to a 3-3 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action held at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Bethany Martin tallied twice for the Canadians with Debbie MacLean added a single. Chrissie Mackey potted two goals for the Rangers while Jana Murphy added a single.
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In World Indoor Soccer League action at the Westville gymnasium yesterday, Michael King notched the only goal as Portugal defeated Mexico 1-0.
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Two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. At 8pm at the Stellarton Rink, Connors Transfer takes on the Elks Club, while at 9pm at Hector Arena, Dewtie's Excavating faces off against Nat Pro Gas.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St Stellarton will hold their Open House Tuesday to Friday at 7 o\'clock....Recreational Curling.....No experience necessary ! A great way to pass the winter months !
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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The New England Patriots remain one of the N-F-L's two unbeaten teams, keeping pace with the Carolina Panthers.  James White scored two touchdowns in New England's 20-13 win over Buffalo. White put the Pats ahead to stay with a six-yard scoring run with 5:55 left in the third quarter. He also grabbed a 20-yard TD pass from Tom Brady as the Patriots improved to 10-0.
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David Krejci scored the lone shootout goal in Boston's 4-3 verdict over Toronto. Joffrey Lupul, Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs.  Brad Marchand contributed a pair of go-ahead goals in the Bruins' third straight win.
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Cody McLeod and Blake Comeau each had a goal and an assist in the third period as Colorado beat the Jets 4-1 in to halt a three-game losing streak. McLeod snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 13:15 remaining before Matt Duchene added an insurance goal. Toby Enstrom had the lone goal for the Jets.
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Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov were all the Washington Capitals needed against the Edmonton Oilers.  Holtby made 33 saves as Washington shut out Edmonton 1-0. Orlov was the lone scorer. Anders Nilsson stopped 29 shots for the Oilers.
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LeBron James had 15 points and 13 assists as Cleveland beat Orlando 117-103. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in N-B-A history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists, passing Norm Nixon for 25th in assists with his fifth of the night. Kevin Love scored a season-high 35 points.
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Kevin Durant returned from his hamstring injury and delivered 27 points and six rebounds in Oklahoma City's 111-89 rout of the Jazz in Utah. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season, contributing 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

MOST POWER RESTORED AS RAIN, WIND AND COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH
Monday 23rd November 2015

The rain and high winds have Nova Scotia Power crews doing double duty. More than 6-thousand homes and businesses in Pictou and Antigonish Counties had been without power in the early part of this afternoon. (Monday)
But Nova Scotia Power report most people have their power back on this hour.
If you're one of a tiny minority that's still without power, the outage number for Nova Scotia Power is as follows - 1-877-428-6004.
Also, the Ferries to PEI are still not running as winds gusts are still close to 95 km/h this hour (4pm) on the waters of the Northumberland Strait.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 23
Monday 23rd November 2015

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The Pictou County Scotians finished off a perfect weekend with a 3-1 win at home last night over the East Hants Penguins. The win came on the heels of a huge 5-4 win over the Sid Rowe Division leading Glace Bay Miners on the road the night before. The Scotians improve to 9-7 on the season, good for second place in the Sid Rowe, and a 7 point lead on the third place Strait Pirates, who lost last night at Valley, 5-4. Up next for the Scotians is a game in Port Hawkesbury against those Pirates on Friday, before they face the Valley Maple Leafs at home in Trenton on Sunday at 7pm.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost a tough one on the Island on Saturday night, falling by a score of 3-1 to the Summerside Western Capitals. Regan Spears scored his 13th of the season in the first period, but it was not enough. These same two teams will meet at the Wellness Centre this Thursday, when the Chase the Ace jackpot is expected to be approximately $4000.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost their only game over the weekend, 4-1 to the Halifax McDonald's. The Weeks have 7 wins in 19 games this season, and sit in last place in the 8 team NSMMHL. However, there is a huge log-jam in the standings with third place and eighth separated by just 4 points.
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The Subway Northern Selects of the NSFMHL split their weekend games, winning at home against the Cape Breton Panthers 4-0 on Saturday before falling to Metro Boston Pizza 2-1 in Berwick yesterday. The Selects currently sit in third place in the four team NSFMHL, one point back of the Penguins, but with one game in hand.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers continue to struggle, dropping both of their games this weekend, losing to the Storm 6-1 at home on Saturday, then travelling to St. Margaret's Bay and getting shut out by the Gulls 10-0 yesterday. The Major Bantam Crushers have just one win in 16 games this season, and are last place in the 12 team NSMBHL.
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After a 2-2 tie Friday night in Westville – the Westville Atom B Miners and Antigonish faced off against each other in Antigonish on Sunday with Antigonish Bulldogs winning 4-2. Scoring for the Bulldogs was Caylum MacLean scoring two goals and Bauer MacNeil and Lochlan Kearns scoring one each. Scoring for the Miners was Fox Irving and Patrick MacNeil. Westville Miners face the Thorburn Golden Hawks this weekend.
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Volleyball Nova Scotia is holding an Open House for the Fundy region at Truro Junior High Monday night from 6-9 pm. The Open House is an opportunity for new members to learn about clubs in their area, and for all members to learn about training programs, club competitions and other events during the volleyball season.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St Stellarton will hold their Open House Tuesday to Friday at 7 o\'clock....Recreational Curling.....No experience necessary! A great way to pass the winter months!
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Edmonton and Ottawa will meet in a Grey Cup game for the first time in 34 years. The Edmonton Eskimos advanced to the C-F-L Championship game with a 45-31 victory over defending champs Calgary in the West final, while the Redblacks topped Hamilton 35-28 in the East. Edmonton beat the then Ottawa Rough Riders for the 1981 Grey Cup title.
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Carson Palmer overcame two early interceptions to throw four touchdown passes as Arizona beat Cincinnati 34-31 on a last-second field goal in the N-F-L Sunday night matchup. Earlier, the Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. 
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Cory Schneider made 36 saves against his former team as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The 29-year-old Schneider picked up his first victory at Rogers Arena as a member of the opposition after going winless in his first two starts in Vancouver with the Devils. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists for Jersey.
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The Montreal Canadiens have back-to-back wins against the New York Islanders. Carey Price made 21 saves and Alex Galchenyuk scored late in the third period to give Montreal a 4-2 victory over the visiting Islanders. The Canadiens beat New York 5-3 in Brooklyn on Friday night. 
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The Toronto Raptors have concluded their five-game Western road trip with back-to-back victories. DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll each poured in 21 points to lift Toronto to a 91-80 victory over the L-A Clippers. Toronto returns home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
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Golden State matched the best start in N-B-A history, beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 to move to 15-and-0. Klay Thompson scored 21 points to lead the Warriors. Elsewhere, Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists as Oklahoma City rallied from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to beat Dallas 117-114.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 18 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 18th November 2015

In Atom B, Westville Miners won over the Stellarton Royals in Stellarton 1-0. Scoring the only goal for Westville was Nicholas Duff. This is the second win for Westville against Stellarton this season after a 7-3 win last Friday. Westville Miners face off against the Antigonish Bulldogs Friday night in Westville.
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Italy defeated Canada 5-4 yesterday in World Indoor Soccer League at the Walter Duggan gymnasium.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The N-H-L all-star game will have a new look in January.   A mini three-on-three tournament will replace the traditional game for the 2016 event in Nashville. Two teams from the Eastern Conference will face off and two teams from the West will face off with the winners meeting for the championship.
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There are just three games in the N-H-L tonight, but two of them feature Canadian teams.  First up, the Vancouver Canucks continue their longest road trip of the season with a stop in Winnipeg against the Jets. The Edmonton Oilers will host Chicago while Detroit is on home ice against Washington.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their west-coast road trip tonight as they visit the Utah Jazz. Toronto has lost five of seven following a 5-and-0 start to the season. Utah is 5-and-5.

TRAFFIC UPDATE FOR HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 17th November 2015

Motorists on Highway 104 should plan for some slow downs over the next week, as sections of the road are being reduced to one lane. The lane closures will happen between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and the Pictou/Antigonish County line, and will be in place between 7a.m. and 5p.m. each day until next Wednesday, 25 November. This is being done to allow for the installation of shoulder rumble strips.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 16 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Monday 16th November 2015

Sports November 16 The Weeks Jr A Crushers split a pair of road games that took extra time. The Crushers won 3-2 in a shootout on Friday against Campbellton, but lost in overtime 4-3 to Miramichi. The Crushers' next game is Thursday at the Wellness Centre against the Valley Wildcats. Staying with the Crushers, two more members of the squad have been added to Team MHL for the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup which begins today in Cornwall, Ontario. Mike Lyle and Michael Dill have been added to the roster to replace Blaize Bridges of Summerside and Eddie Bainville of Campbellton, both of whom had to be removed from the team due to injuries sustained recently. Lyle and Dill join defenceman Matt Morgan as Crushers representatives on Team MHL.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” boys hit the road on Sunday visiting the Western Valley Spartans in Bridgetown for their only league game this past weekend.  After a shaky start being down 2-0 after the first period the gang shook off the rust from the long drive and  rattled off three straight goals to take the game 3-2.  Leading the comeback for the Crushers was 2nd year power forward Blake Fraser with two and big man Connor Dewar on a nice feed from Broden Decoff. Assisting on Fraser’s goals were Spencer Creed (2), Ben Callaghan and Ryan Alexander. The Spartans will be looking for payback next weekend as they visit the not so friendly confines of the Wellness Centre for a pair of games against the Wonder Auto Bantam squad.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Female Subway Selects earned five points over the weekend during league play.  The Bantam A Selects tied the Glace Bay Miners 4-4 Saturday morning with two goals by MacKenzie Ells and singles by Shalyn Bona and Megan MacCarthy.   In the afternoon, the Selects defeated the Miners 2-1 with goals by Bona and Carly Smith. On Sunday, the Bantam A Selects travelled to Brookfield to defeat the Wilson Fuels Cyclones 6-3.  Ells netted two for the Selects as did Emily Hayes.  Charlotte Musick and Lily Wright added singles.  The Bantam A Selects are currently leading in league points. 
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The NNEC Varsity Girls Volleyball team made history this weekend by taking home a gold medal , the first in the school’s history in that sport. The team topped off its successful season by winning the Memorial High School girls volleyball tournament in North Sydney this past weekend. Team Members Catherine Purvis, Jordan Landry, Megan Graham, Okyu Subasi, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Roshan Ghafari, Maddy Byrne and Courtney Smith  won all games and lost only 3 sets the entire weekend. Danielle Farrell was named all star and Megan Graham won tournament MVP. The team recently took home Silver in Pomquet and Bronze at the SMU tournament. The girls, under coach Tracy Kellock are preparing to host NSSAF Division 1 volleyball regionals to be held at the NNEC gym on Nov 21st.
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In Junior Hockey, The Pictou County Scotians have edged up to second-place in the Sid Rowe division following a 3-2 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs Sunday night in Trenton. The Scotians lost to the Valley Maple Leafs 5-2 on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers were shut out by Joneljim Construction 6-0 on Sunday. Next up, Scotsburn is at the Wellness Centre on Saturday against the Storm.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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The Cincinnati Bengals will try to extend their record to 9-and-0 as they host the Houston Texans tonight. Quarterback Andy Dalton has led Cincinnati to the best start in franchise history and a commanding lead in the A-F-C North. The Texans, meanwhile, are 3-and-5 and in second place in the A-F-C South.
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There are six N-H-L games tonight, including three involving Canadian teams. The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound from a tough 6-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Ottawa is home to the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg visits the Blues in St. Louis.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 13 *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Friday 13th November 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers had another high-scoring shutout at home. Jacob Hickey had a hat trick, Regan Spears scored twice, Mike Lyle had a single and Justin Ritcey made 25 saves in goal as the Crushers blanked the County Aces 6-0, improving their home record to 6-2. The Crushers travel to Campbellton tonight, then head to Miramichi for a Saturday match.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians are looking to build on a three-game winning streak. The second-place Scotians play in Windsor tonight against the Valley Maple Leafs, and have a Sunday night game in Trenton against the Antigonish Bulldogs at 7 p.m. While Antigonish has only posted two wins this season, the Maple Leafs have only lost twice in 14 games this season.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are on the road this weekend, playing the Joneljim Cougars Sunday morning.
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In the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, two games were played last night in Thorburn. In Game one, Dewtie's Excavating won in a shoot - out over the Elks Club 6  -  5. In Game two, Whitey's Vikings defeated Maltese Sports  9 - 3. On Sunday, three games will be played in Stellarton. At 5:20, it's Shenanigan's vs Pictou Landing Falcons, followed by Dewtie's Excvating vs Connors at 6:50, then at 8:20, Elks Club vs Maltese Sports.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on Tuesday November 17 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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The Calgary Flames are the lone Canadian N-H-L team in action tonight as the league presents a four-game schedule.  The Flames will visit Washington.  Calgary has lost two straight and is in last place in the Western Conference standings.
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Toronto's DeMarre Carroll is questionable for tonight's game against New Orleans due to a sore right heel.  The Raptors won't have Terrence Ross in the lineup.  He's out indefinitely with a thumb injury.  Toronto is off to a 6-and-3 start while the Pelicans are 1-and-7.
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The next round of World Cup qualifying for the Canadian men's soccer team kicks off tonight in Vancouver.  Canada will play Honduras in the penultimate qualifying round ahead of the 2018 tournament.  Canada's lone World Cup appearance came in 1986.
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Russia is offering broad co-operation on doping reforms, including the creation of a new anti-doping agency.  It's part of an effort to avoid a ban from track and field.  Track's governing body is to decide today on whether to suspend Russia following allegations of a vast state-sponsored doping program.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing the German soccer federation to get to the bottom of allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup.  Questions have swirled over a suspect payment to FIFA in connection with the tournament.  The payment has led to a tax-evasion probe against former three former federation officials.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 12 *UPDATED 12:30 PM*
Thursday 12th November 2015

The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons girls hockey team began the season with a 3 – 1 loss to the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink on Monday. Heath Miller was the lone goal scorer for NNEC, with assists going to Briana Francis and MacKenzie Bell. Goaltending duties were shared amongst the team’s three goalies – Carlin Purvis, Jordan Archibald and Jenna Landry. The team travels to Cole Harbour to take part in the Ultramar Hockey Classic Tournament, which begins today.
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The Pictou County Crushers meet the County Aces tonight at the Wellness Centre. The Aces have a record of 4-12-1 so far, but have won three of their past five, including a 6-2 victory over the Crushers October 24 in St. Stephen, N.B. The Crushers, meanwhile, haven’t lost at home since a 1-0 defeat against the Truro Bearcats on October 8. Game time is 7:00 pm.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm tonight and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey features two games tonight at the Thorburn rink. At 7:00 - Dewtie's Excavation  vs  Elks Club, then at 8:15 - Whitey's vs Maltese.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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Six of Canada's N-H-L teams are in action tonight.  Vancouver visits Ottawa, the Calgary Flames travel to Tampa Bay, Nashville welcomes the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets are in Dallas and the Edmonton Oilers visit Arizona.
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The Jets and Bills are squaring off in the N-F-L game tonight. A year ago Rex Ryan was calling the shots for the Jets while this year he's in charge of the Bills. New York is 5-and-3 while Buffalo is 4-and-4.
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The unbeaten Golden State Warriors are looking to start their season at 10-and-0. They can achieve that with a win tonight in Minneapolis as last night they upped their mark to 9-and-0 with a 16-point win over the Grizzlies in Memphis.
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There's bad news for the Oklahoma City Thunder and their fans. Forward Kevin Durant will miss at least a week with a strained left hamstring, suffered in Tuesday's win over the Wizards in Washington. Durant, who willl be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days, has averaged 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.25 blocks a game this season.
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This could be a big day in the history of the Olympic movement. Officials from the governing body of track and field may rule today on whether or not to ban Russia from next year's Summer Olympics for doping. One Russian official says there would not be a boycott of the Games if the track team is banned, while a member of the Russian track federation says it will partially admit to the charges levelled against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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Sepp Blatter's adviser says the suspended FIFA president has left a Swiss hospital.  The 79-year-old Blatter spent about a week having his health assessed, about a month after he was suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 11
Wednesday 11th November 2015

The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA team are scheduled to attend the Remembrance Service in Pictou on Wednesday followed by an exhibition game at 1pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou against Charlottetown. The two teams will play a second game in Pownal PEI on Saturday November 14th.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Brandon Sutter scored the tie-breaking goal with 5:08 and the Vancouver Canucks posted a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jannik Hansen had a career high four points with a goal and three assists.
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Thomas Vanek scored twice during a four-goal frenzy in the second period by Minnesota on its way to a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Austin Watson had a goal and two assists to lead Nashville past the Ottawa Senators 7-5. And Jaromir Jagr scored in the third period as Florida edged the visiting Calgary Flames 4-3.
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A missed call with less than 30 seconds to play effectively ended a Toronto Raptors' rally.  Kyle Lowry had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Toronto's 111-109 loss to the New York Knicks. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony stepped out of bounds in the dying seconds of the game with the ball in his hands but it was not called, costing the Raptors a valuable possession.
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LeBron James tied a season high with 31 points, including 17 to spark a fourth-quarter comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their seventh straight, 118-114 over the Utah Jazz. Cleveland trailed 95-86 deficit midway through the fourth before James took over.
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A pair of Toronto Blue Jays are finalists for two of baseball's biggest honours.  Third baseman Josh Donaldson is one of three finalists for the American League M-V-P.  Ace pitcher David Price is one of three nominees for the Cy Young Award as the A-L's best pitcher. He was traded to Toronto from Detroit in late July. 


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 10 *UPDATED 11:30 AM*
Tuesday 10th November 2015

Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Centre, the Rangers defeated the Red Wings 2-1. Chrissie MacKay and Julie Anderson tallied for the Rangers  while Bethany Martin took care of the Red Wings scoring.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA team are scheduled to attend the Remembrance Service in Pictou on Wednesday followed by an exhibition game at 1pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou against Charlottetown. The two teams will play a second game in Pownal PEI on Saturday November 14th.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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It's a busy night in the National Hockey League with 12 games on the schedule.  There are five Canadian teams in action and they're all on the road.  Vancouver faces Columbus and Calgary meets Florida.  Ottawa takes on Nashville, Toronto plays Dallas and Winnipeg skates at Minnesota.
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There's just one unbeaten team left in the N-B-A and it's the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. They improved to 8-and-0 last night with a 109-95 victory over Detroit.  The Toronto Raptors are back home this evening after a four-game road trip.  They will take a 5-and-2 record into their game against New York.
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Another Grand Slam of Curling event kicks off tonight in Oshawa, Ontario.  The National will include a women's division for the first time this year.  Rachel Homan, Mike McEwen, Brad Gushue and Val Sweeting are some of the top skips at the event.  It's the second of four curling majors on the season.
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Key players for the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians could miss the start of the 2016 season.  Angels slugger Albert Pujols has undergone right foot surgery while Michael Brantley of the Indians needed surgery to repair a torn right labrum.  Each team hopes to have its star player back by the start of the campaign.
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The Russian government is fighting back after charges were made that the country operated a vast state-sponsored doping program.  A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin says the allegations from a World Anti-Doping Agency commission are not supported by evidence. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 9 *UPDATED 11:55 AM*
Monday 9th November 2015

Another win for the Weeks Junior A Crushers, with a 5 -3 victory over the South Shore Lumberjacks in Bridgewater Friday night. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Cole Murphy with 2 each, and Lucas Zwaagstra.
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On Friday the North Nova Gryphons met the Amherst Vikings for the first time this season. The Gryphons posted a 6-0 win. Goal scorers were Austin Mason (2 ),  Jacob Pentz (2), Campbell Burrows and Ryan Chabassol. Assists went to Pentz,  Burrows, Mason, Chabassol, Kirklin Murray and Jared Livingstone. Thomas Baudoux recorded the shut out.  This weekend, the Gryphons faced the CEC Cougars in a rematch. The Cougars had been the only team to defeat the Gryphons so far this season. The Gryphons redeemed themselves by defeating CEC 4-1. Goals scored by Jacob Pentz ( 2), Ryan Chabassol and Robert Burrows.  Assisted by Livingstone, Chabassol, Mason, Sean Duggan,  Robert and Campbell Burrows.  Truro's lone goal was scored with 15 seconds left in the 3rd period by Connor Miller. The Gryphon's played on the road Saturday night in East Hants, defeating the Tigers 7-4. The Tigers kept the game close with a 1 goal deficit heading into the 3rd period. Robert Burrows led the Gryphon's with a hat trick. Single markers were awarded to Matt Chediac,  Ethan Snell,  Colin Holmes and Ryan Chabassol. Assisting were Noah Teed,  Jared Livingstone and Jacob Pentz.  The Gryphon's are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphon's will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets picked up a pair of losses on the road. Saturday in Cole Harbour, the team was defeated by the Wolf Pack 10 – 2. Scoring for the Weeks squad were Kevin Mason and G Blackmore. Sunday in Dartmouth, Steele Subaru won 7 – 1. Scoring for the Weeks squad was Chad Tucker.
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The Pictou County Scotians routed Cumberland County 11 – 2 at the Trenton Arena last night. The Scotians were 5 – 3 winners against the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers were 3 – 1 winners against the Joneljim Cougars at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Wayne Denny, Luke MacLeod and Benjamin MacDonald.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA squad split a pair of games at the Wellness Centre over the weekend, losing 7 – 4 to the ProCresting Penguins Saturday, then shutting out Metro Boston Pizza 2 – 0 on Sunday.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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The I-double-A-F says it will consider sanctions against Russia, including possible suspension of the national athletics federation.  Such a move would result in the ban of Russian track and field athletes from international competition, including the Olympics.  I-double-A-F president Sebastian Coe announced the decision after the release of a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that accused Russia of state-sponsored doping in athletics.
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It's a quiet night in the National Hockey League with just one game on the schedule.  The Arizona Coyotes are in Anaheim.  The Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 will be celebrated tonight in Toronto.  The induction weekend kicked off last Friday.
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San Diego hosts the Chicago Bears in a meeting of two-win teams in the Monday Night Football matchup.  The 2-and-6 Chargers have lost four straight.  The 2-and-5 Bears will be without running back Matt Forte (for-TAY') and receiver Eddie Royal, who are sidelined with knee injuries.
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The Golden State Warriors put the N-B-A's only remaining unbeaten record on the line when they host the Pistons tonight.  Golden State's 7-and-oh start is two wins short of the franchise record to start the season.  Detroit enters the game with their first 4-and-1 record to start the season since 2008.  Toronto is idle.
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The Atlanta Hawks have run off seven straight wins after a season-opening loss heading into tonight's home game against Minnesota.  The Hawks handed out a season-high 37 assists in Saturday's win over Washington and have at least 20 assists in all eight of their games this season. 

POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN ANTIGONISH
Thursday 5th November 2015

The Mounties are investigating a suspicious death in Antigonish after finding the body of a 38-year-old man at a local residence. Police say they went to a home on Braemore Avenue at 9 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call. Investigators say the man had died by the time they arrived. In a news release, the Mounties say the investigation is in its early stages and no additional details were being released.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 5 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Thursday 5th November 2015

Sports November 5 Weeks Jr A Crusher Michael Dill has been named Rookie of the Month for the Maritime Hockey League for October. In 10 games during the month, the 18 year old from Windsor, Nova Scotia scored seven goals and added eight assists. Tonight the Crushers welcome the Miramichi Tiberwolves to the Wellness Centre, but they'll be without some players. Leading scorer Luc Poirier and Regan Spears are out after getting injured in Dieppe on Sunday, while Garrett Lambke and Rory Graham have both missed a couple of weeks because of injuries and are game time decisions.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 2-0 last night at the Wellness Centre. The team is off this weekend for Development Week, next week it's a 3 day road trip to New Brunswick.
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Canada won the opening game of the Four Nations Cup in Sweden Wednesday by a score of 2-0 over Finland. Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull did not figure in on any of the scoring. The Canadians are back on the ice today against the USA, in what is likely to be a preview of Saturday's gold medal game.
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Denmark defeated Britain 3-1 yesterday in Division 2 World Indoor Soccer League action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium. Action continues today in Division 3 with Portugal hosting Barcelona.
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Shawn George is holding registration for an Afterschool sports program on Nov 5th at the West Side Community Center from 6 to 7:30pm. The program starts 16 November. For more information, click here.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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A busy night throughout the N-H-L with nine games scheduled. The Montreal Canadiens will aim to get back into the win column when they host the New York Islanders. The Habs fell 2-1 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Sens are also in action, hosting the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre.
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The lowly Calgary Flames will try and improve on their home record tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Calgary is just 1-5 at Scotiabank Saddledome this season and have only won once in its last six games. The Flyers haven't fared much better, losing their last five in a row. They've also only won once on the road this season.
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Quarterback Johnny Manziel has a tough task ahead of him tonight when the Cleveland Browns visit the Bengals in Cincinnati. He'll be trying to help the Browns be the first team to beat Cincinnati this season. The Bengals are one of the N-F-L's four remaining unbeaten teams at 7-0. Regular Cleveland Q-B Josh McCown is out with a sore shoulder and injured ribs.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 4 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Wednesday 4th November 2015

Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull is once again wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada. The 4 Nations Cup features the national teams of Canada, the USA, Sweden, and Finland in a Round Robin tournament. Canada opens the tournament against Finland today. The Canadians are two time defending champions, and have won 14 of the previous 19 events. Turnbull was part of the 2014 gold medal winning team in Kamloops, BC.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers travelled to Springhill this past Sunday to play the Cumberland Ramblers. Brycen MacDonald opened the scoring with an assist from Sam Hickey. Jayden Hatchard scored the second goal, assisted by Kyle Reim and Nole Chapman. Thomas Devine scored on the power play with assists going to Spencer Murray and Ian MacDonald. To round out the scoring, Luke Young assisted on a short-handed goal by Hatchard. Final score was 4-0 for the Crushers with Vaughan MacEachern earning the shut-out. The Bantam A Crushers have no games scheduled this weekend as they will participate in Hockey Nova Scotia’s Development Weekend.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers played the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend at the Keating Millennium Center in Antigonish. Ty Briand opened the scoring for the Crushers in the first period, assisted by Ethan Tibbetts and Nikos Bonvie. Tibbetts scored the next two, with assists from Bonvie, Peyton Clements, Brennan Dalton and Brent Chapman. Briand scored the fourth and final goal assisted by Isaac Willison and Covey Cameron. Crushers took the win, 4-3, over the Bulldogs. Alex Bates and Carter MacLean shared the game between the pipes.There are no scheduled games this up-coming week-end as the Peewee A Crushers will participate in Hockey Nova Scotia’s Development Weekend.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers host the Antigonish Bulldogs tonight at 8pm at the Wellness Centre.
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Yesterday in World Indoor Soccer Division 1 action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium, Italy and Canada played to a 6-6 tie.
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Shawn George is holding registration for an Afterschool sports program on Nov 4 & 5th at the West Side Community Center from 6 to 7:30pm. The program starts 16 November. For more information, click here.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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Connor McDavid is out with an injured shoulder. He slid into the boards awkwardly in the second period of the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 win over Philadelphia last night. Several media reports say the top pick in last summer's draft broke his collarbone on the play. Oilers coach Todd McLellan says McDavid will be out "long term."
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There are four games in the N-H-L with two of them in Canada. Toronto hosts the Winnipeg Jets (7 pm ET), with the Maple Leafs looking for back-to-back wins. Later, Pittsburgh visits the Vancouver Canucks (10 pm ET). Vancouver has won its last two games.
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Hockey Canada will announce its coaching staff for next year's World Cup of Hockey today in Toronto. Maple Leafs bench boss Mike Babcock is expected to be named head coach after bringing home two Olympic gold medals in the same role. Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins will likely be on Babcock's staff.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 3 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects were victorious at the Subway Cup over the weekend, shutting out the Halifax Hawks 4-0 on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Atom team was the only local team to advance to the championship game at the tournament, with the Pictou County Pee Wee AA squad not making it to the semi-finals and the other three – the Bantam AA, Midget AA and Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA teams -- falling in the cross-overs. The tournament was hosted by the Pictou County Female Hockey Association at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the Hector Arena, and featured 30 female teams from across the Maritimes. In January, Pictou County will host a second Subway Cup tournament, this time featuring A-level teams.
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Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull is once again wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada. Turnbull scored twice in the exhibition game against the hosts in Sweden ahead of the Four Nations Cup which begins Wednesday. Hockey Canada announced that Turnbull was added to the roster to replace the injured Rebecca Johnston. The 4 Nations Cup features the national teams of Canada, the USA, Sweden, and Finland in a Round Robin tournament, followed by a Bronze Medal game for the 3rd and 4th place finishers and Gold Medal game for the top two teams in the standings. Canada opens the tournament against Finland on Wednesday. The Canadians are two time defending champions, and have won 14 of the previous 19 events. Turnbull was part of the 2014 gold medal winning team in Kamloops, BC.
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The Canadians and Leafs played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight 4 on 4 Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Centre last night. Gina Markie and Chrissie MacKay scored for the Canadians. Tracy Dart and Amy Cameron replied for the Leafs.
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Russia defeated Sweden 5-2 in the Walter Duggan Division 2 World Indoor Soccer League yesterday at the Maverick Gymnasium. Play continues today in Division 1.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam A Girls Basketball team traveled to Antigonish Monday night where they matched up against the Antigonish X-Women. The game was an up and down battle as the X-Women held the lead pretty much the whole game. With 5:23 left in the 4th and final quarter the Lightning battled from a 29-23 deficit to a 36-31 victory. Scoring for the Pictou County Lightning were Madelyn MacMillan – 13pts, Jade Butler – 6pts, Isa MacKay, Kaitlyn Jota, Raegan MacDonald – all with 4pts, Sarah Allard – 3pts, and Kassi Brightman – 2pts. The Lightnings next game will be this upcoming weekend as the girls travel to Fredericton where they participate in the NMBA annual basketball tournament.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with nine games scheduled. Three of those games feature Canadian teams. First up, the Ottawa Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens in an all-Canadian showdown. Later, the Calgary Flames are in Colorado and the Edmonton Oilers host Philadelphia.
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The Toronto Raptors see Terrence Ross as a key part of their future. Ross signed a multi-year contract with the Raptors last night. The 24-year-old Ross had until midnight to sign a deal, or he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1st. Ross is averaging 12.3 points per game this season.
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The newly re-signed Terrence Ross and the Toronto Raptors are on the road tonight, visiting the Dallas Mavericks. Toronto is off to a fast start in the N-B-A season, earning a 3-and-0 record. The Mavericks are 2-and-1.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 2 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Monday 2nd November 2015

Despite going 0 for 4 on the power play, The Weeks Jr A Crushers doubled Dieppe 4 – 2 at the Arthur J. LeBlanc arena on Sunday. Scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears, Lucas Zwaagstra, Mike Lyle and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers are back at the Wellness Centre Thursday night to play Miramichi.
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Also on Sunday, The Weeks Major Midget team blanked Miramichi on the road 3 – 0. Mason Hawley, Kevin Mason and Caelan Blaikie scored, while Andrew MacLeod stopped 38 shots for the shoutout.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a win and a loss over the weekend: on Friday, the Scotians were edged out 6 – 5 by the East Hants Penguins, but triumphed 9 – 2 over the Cumberland County Blues in Trenton. The Scotians travel across the Causeway to play the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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Colby Mackay had a big night for the Pictou County Midget AA Crushers with a goal and an assist as they defeated the Northside Vikings 2-1 in Sydney mines on Sunday.
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In weekend Mainland Bantam AA hockey league action the hometown Crushers took both ends of a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs in hotly contested action. Saturday’s game saw a gutsy effort from the Crushers as they managed to hold off the dogs 2-1 in Antigonish. Scorers were Nick Horne and Joseph McCarron with assists going to Connor Dewar and Logan Mackay. Sunday’s game was a different affair as the hometown boys powered their way past the Bulldogs to the tune of a 7-1 victory. Again, it was Nick Horne with 2 leading the attack with linemates Logan Mackay and Connor Dewar adding singles. Also scoring on the day were Joseph McCarron, Munro Mackay and Ben Callaghan with his first since coming back from injury. Adding assists for the Crushers were Horne, MacKay,Dewar, Callaghan, Max Mackinnon, Cal Maxner, Lucas Fraser and Broden Decoff.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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Week 8 of the N-F-L season continues tonight as the Carolina Panthers host the Indianapolis Colts. Indy heads into the game with back-to-back losses for just the third time in head coach Chuck Pagano's 3-and-a-half seasons with the team. Indianapolis is 17-and-17 outside the A-F-C South since Pagano took over, but they're 0-and-4 outside the division this season.
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Jonathan Bernier is still looking for his first win of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs play host to the Dallas Stars. Toronto has struggled so far this season, going 1-7-and-2 through their first 10 games. Dallas, meanwhile, is 9-2-and-0 and in first place in the Central Division. Around the N-H-L, Chicago is home to Los Angeles and the Canucks welcome Philadelphia.
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The Toronto Raptors have won three straight games to open their season, including last night's 106-87 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto is off tonight before beginning a four-game road trip tomorrow. Around the league this evening, there are seven games on tap, including Golden State hosting Memphis and the Clippers entertaining Phoenix.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 27 *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Tuesday 27th October 2015

The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers had a busy weekend with two league games against the Cumberland Ramblers and an exhibition game against West Colchester. The Crushers squeaked out a win on Saturday against the Ramblers with Ty Briand scoring the only goal with less than a minute left on the clock for the 1-0 win. Isaac Willison and Covey Cameron assisted. West Colchester beat the Crushers 5-2 on Sunday in Debert. Scoring for the Crushers was Ethan Tibbetts assisted by Peyton Clements and Brennan Dalton assisted by Briand. At home at the Wellness Center on Sunday evening, the Crushers met the Ramblers again. At the end of the second period, Ramblers were ahead 5-4. The Crushers came out and scored two in the third period to take the 6-5 lead, but the Ramblers answered with two more at the end of the third to win 7-6. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie with a hat trick, Briand, Andrew Webster, and Cameron with singles. Assisting was Willison (3), Clements (2), Kirk Turnbull, Tibbetts and Briand. Carter MacLean and Alec Bates shared all the games between the pipes. The Peewee A’s play this weekend in Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers split their games this week-end against the Truro Bearcats. Vaughan MacEachern earned the shutout in nets Friday night in Truro, when the Crushers out played the Bearcats 4-0. Scoring for the Crushers was Raymond Chisholm, Bryson MacDonald, Nole Chapman and Sam Hickey. Braydon Killen, Kyle Reim and Thomas Devine earned assists. On Sunday, it was the Bearcats turn to travel over the mountain and they returned home with a 4-2 victory. Scoring for the Crushers was Hickey and Chapman with assists from MacDonald, Reim and Jayden Hatchard. Keegan Walker was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers will play Cumberland in Springhill on Sunday.
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Congratulations to the Pictou County Lightning Bantam “A” Girls Basketball Team on winning Gold at the recent “3rd Annual Sackville Storm Tip off Tournament” this past Weekend in Sackville, NS. The girls were undefeated with a 3-0 record going into the 4th and final game Sunday afternoon where they defeated the Bedford Eagles 30-21 in the championship game, winning top honors and completing their perfect 4-0 record.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA Hockey Club will be participating in the Subway Cup this coming weekend with round robin games scheduled for Friday at 11:45am and 7:15pm at the PC Wellness Centre. Saturday the Selects play their final round robin game at 2:45pm again at the Wellness Centre. Playoff round is set to begin on Sunday morning at 9:30am 1 vs 4 at the Wellness Centre and 10:30am 2 vs 3 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. The championship game will be at the Wellness Centre at 3:30pm
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Pictou County Ultimate is once again having a co-ed indoor winter league, open to players aged 15 and up with all experience levels welcome. Games are Tuesdays at 8:30 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex starting November 17th going until the end of April. The cost is $100 per player, with a $70 student rate and drop-in fees available. Register tonight at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex from 7:30 to 8:30, or contact ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com for more information.
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Registration for the 2016 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend is Now Open and in an effort to make the event more affordable for everyone, for a limited time registration is now 25% off! For details and to register go www.raceroster.com. Registration for all other Johnny miles events are also open including the New Year's Eve Resolution Fun Run, Mother's Day Miss Miles 5 km, the Run for the Lobster and the Melmerby Triathlon. Again for details and to register visit www.raceroster.com.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The World Series begins tonight in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt Harvey gets the start for the National League champion New York Mets. Edinson Volquez goes for the Royals, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays in six games to be American League champions.
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Don Mattingly might not be on the sideline for long. Mattingly interviewed for the Miami Marlins' managerial job yesterday, four days after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers and Mattingly agreed to part ways on Thursday. L-A won the N-L West each of the past three years under Mattingly, but he went 8-11 in the post-season.
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There are 10 games around the N-H-L tonight, with four Canadian teams hitting the ice. First up, rookie sensation Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers visit Minnesota (8 p.m. ET). At the same time, the L-A Kings are in Winnipeg taking on the Jets. Later, the Vancouver Canucks host the Montreal Canadiens (10 pm ET).
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The president of the International Olympic Committee has announced that highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time. I-O-C president Thomas Bach made the announcement to the U-N General Assembly, which adopted a resolution yesterday urging all countries to observe a truce during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 23
Friday 23rd October 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers rolled right over the Dieppe Commandos 9 - 4 at the Wellness Centre last night. The Crushers were most effective in killing penalties, as Dieppe was only 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Crushers were 3 for 9. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill with 3, Ryan Spears with a pair, and singles from Taylor Davis, Cole Murphy, Drew Packman and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers are off until next Friday, when they play in Woodstock.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are in Cole Harbour tonight to play the Storm. Game time is 7 pm.
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The Multicultural Association of Pictou County & WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are working together to bring Cricket to the Complex this winter. The program, which begins tonight from 7 to 9pm, will be open for men women and children of all ages. There will be two games, on each half of the stadium. On one side, those who have played before will be split into two teams on the spot to play a match or two. The other side will be for new players including children. There will be a 30 minute introduction of rules, and a demo of basic techniques, followed by an actual game. Playing equipment is provided, and the recommended clothing is full pants, full sleeve shirts and sneakers. At the end they will register names and contacts of those who would like to play again more often.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers are in action Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre at 4pm, when they take on Cape Breton County. Later that night, the Antigonish Bulldogs visit for a 7:15 game time
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team plays the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a match at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon, as they take on Cole Harbour at 1.
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Another flag football session has been scheduled for this coming Sunday from 3-4pm at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Any child between the ages of 7 and 14 is welcome to attend. You do not have to have attended the previous session.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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David Price will go for his first post-season win as a starter tonight when the Blue Jays face the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the A-L-C-S at Kauffman Stadium. It's the fifth elimination game for Toronto in this year's playoffs. Yordano Ventura will start for Kansas City. The Royals lead the series 3-2.
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It hasn't been the start at home that the Vancouver Canucks were looking for. Alex Ovechkin scored the winner as the Washington Capitals downed the Canucks 3-2. It was the fourth straight loss at Rogers Arena for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tuh) each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks.
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Andrew Hammond was aiming for a better result to start his season. The Senators goaltender let in four regulation goals in his season debut as the New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout. Lee Stempniak scored twice, including the shootout winner for New Jersey. The Sens have now lost three in a row.
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Add another victory for the Seahawks in their rivalry against the 49ers. Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and a touchdown as Seattle got past San Francisco 20-3. It's the fourth straight win for the Seahawks in the N-F-C West rivalry. Marshawn Lynch added a 1-yard score. Lynch also ran for 122 yards after vomiting on the sideline in the first half.


POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING NEW GLASGOW MAN IN EAST HANTS
Tuesday 20th October 2015

East Hants RCMP are asking for help from the public in finding a missing New Glasgow man. Corey Trevor Parker was last seen on Saturday in the Enfield area. The 35-year old man is described as roughly 5'9" tall, 200 lbs, with thinning brown hair, brown eyes, and a goatee. Parker has a tattoo on his left forearm that reads 'Matheo'. Police have received conflicting reports that Parker may have been on his way to Antigonish, or may in the Halifax area. Police and family are concerned for his well-being, as he requires medical care. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Corey Trevor Parker is asked to call Enfield RCMP at 902-883-7077 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477), or text TIP202 +your message to `CRIMES`(274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 20
Tuesday 20th October 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers opened league play this weekend with a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center, the Crushers defeated the Bulldogs 5-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Raymond Chisholm with two and Brycen MacDonald, Luke Young and Nole Chapman with singles. Chapman, Ian MacDonald (3), Jansen Langille, and Chisholm all tallied assists. The Crushers travelled to Antigonish on Sunday and came home with a 4-2 win. Spencer Murray, Chapman, Kyle Reim, and Ian MacDonald scored for the Crushers. Assists went to Evan Reynolds and Ian MacDonald. The Bantam A Crushers will travel to Truro on Friday to play the Bearcats. The Crushers meet them again on Sunday at home at the Wellness Center.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” hockey team garnered a split of weekend games to open their season in the Mainland Bantam “AA” league. In the first game held on Saturday afternoon the visiting South Shore Sharks, who skated to a convincing 4-1 victory. The Crushers did show some spark on the day controlling the play at times but mental mistakes and defensive breakdowns cost them their home opener. Scoring the lone goal on Saturday was Connor Dewar. Things were much better on Sunday when the West Hants Warriors entered the Wellness Centre and came up against a Crusher squad that was able to put arguably their best effort to date on the table, skating to a convincing 4-2 victory. Scoring for the “Car Crew” were Munro Mackay with a sensational effort down the right side, again Connor Dewar with a pair in tight and Logan Mackay with a redirect off a Connor Boudreau point shot; also contributing on the day were Ryan Alexander, Max MacKinnon and Nick Horne with assists.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hosting an Open Gym Night at New Glasgow Academy every Tuesday night between 6 and 7:30pm, from now until April 26.
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The Multicultural Association of Pictou County & WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are working together trying bring Cricket to the Complex this winter.The program, which begins October 23 from 7 to 9pm, will be open for men women and children of all ages. There will be two games, on each half of the stadium. On one side, those who have played before will be split into two teams on the spot to play a match or two. The other side will be for new players including children. There will be a 30 minute introduction of rules, and a demo of basic techniques, followed by an actual game. Playing equipment is provided, and the recommended clothing is full pants, full sleeve shirts and sneakers. At the end they will register names and contacts of those who would like to play again more often.
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Colchester Basketball Association will have registration Tuesday, Oct 20, 6-8pm at Truro Elementary School, and Wednesday, October 21, 6-8pm at Redcliff Middle School. Anyone aged 5-18 interested in playing basketball this winter is welcome to register. Cost per player is $100.
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Another flag football session has been scheduled for this coming Sunday, 25 October, from 3-4pm at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Any child between the ages of 7 and 14 is welcome to attend. You do not have to have attended the previous session.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins homered as the Blue Jays bats woke up, battering Royals ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) in an 11-8 Toronto win that cut Kansas City's lead to 2-1 in the American League Championship Series. The 11 runs set a Toronto franchise record for most runs scored in a post-season game at home.
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Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris says he kept pitching this year despite learning he had a cancerous growth on his thyroid. The 22-year-old Norris said the growth was deemed malignant, but he was told by a doctor that he could wait until the end of the season to have it removed. Norris went 3-and-2 with a 3-point-7-5 E-R-A in 13 starts for Toronto and Detroit.
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Antti Raanta (ANN'-tee RAHN'-tuh) made 22 saves for his fourth career shutout in his Rangers debut to lead New York to a 4-nothing victory over the San Jose Sharks. Raanta was playing for the first time since being acquired from Chicago in a draft-day trade in June. Marc Staal had a goal and an assist for New York.
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The N-F-C East standings are jamming up after the Eagles downed the Giants 27-7 in the N-F-L Monday nighter. Both clubs are now 3-and-3, which leaves them tied for first in the division. Dallas is right behind at 2-and-3. New York's Eli Manning tossed two picks, including one that Nolan Carroll returned for a touchdown.
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Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Jeremy Lin added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Chicago Bulls 94-86 to remain undefeated in the pre-season. The Hornets are now 6-and-oh.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, the injured Lionel Messi and Neymar lead FIFA's (FEE'-fuhz) 23-player list of nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or Award for the men's player of the year. The list of nominees will be shortened to the final three contenders for the Award on November 30th with Barcelona's Messi and Real Madrid's Ronaldo almost certain to make the cut.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 16
Friday 16th October 2015

Pictou Academy Girls and Boys soccer teams both won their NSSAF Division Four District play-down games on Wednesday in Pictou. The girls defeated Guysborough 3-0. Scoring for PA were Olivia Pretty, Paytan Ruiz and Kenzie Ells. Alex Canam picked up the shut-out. In boys action PA boys were victorious over Canso 4-0. Sawyer Buchanan scored twice with singles going to Keegan Malloy & Josh Temple. Tim Shea recorded the shutout. Both boys and girls will play again Monday in Pictou against yet to be determined teams to try and qualify for Northumberland Regional Championship Oct 23 & 24.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to break out of a scoring slump tonight when they hit the road, but it may be the perfect opponent for them. After having not scored a goal in nearly 7 periods, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times in two previous meetings this season – that being the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank tonight, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Football Nova Scotia (FNS) and the  W M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are hosting a series of Try & Learn Flag Football clinics for ages 6 to 14. The clinics will give you a chance to try the sport of flag football for FREE. The first clinic will take place this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. In this program, boys & girls will be introduced to the fundamental skills required in flag football by participating in various drills, relays and games. Kids may come to one session or come to all four! This program is open to all abilities, beginners to experienced and is 100% FREE! Flag Football is a non-contact game that promotes skill development, cardio training and mental strategy. Flag Football is a sport easily adapted any age, any ability and both males and females. It is one of the fastest growing sports being played in Canada with competition extending internationally.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin tomorrow and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The National League Championship Series is set.  Daniel Murphy stole an uncovered third base and went on to score the tying run, then hit a go-ahead homer to lead the New York Mets over the L-A Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of their Division Series.  The Mets will now face the Chicago Cubs in the N-L-C-S.
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The American League Championship Series kicks off (Friday night) as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Royals in Kansas City, Missouri.  Marco Estrada will start for Toronto. The Royals will counter with Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz).
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Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over Edmonton, spoiling the Oilers' home opener.  Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who beat Edmonton for the eighth straight time. Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.
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Carey Price has taken the Montreal Canadiens into unchartered territory.  Price made 25 saves and Montreal improved to 5-and-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers.  The Canadians have never started a season with five straight wins.
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Rookie Daniel Sprong picked up the first goal of his career for Pittsburgh and the Penguins shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0.  Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal in nearly seven months and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots for his 39th career shutout.
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Ben Watson racked up a career-high 127 yards receiving to go with a fourth-down touchdown catch, and the New Orleans Saints handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the season with a 31-21 win. Drew Brees passed for 312 yards to lead New Orleans. Devonta Freeman rushed for 100 yards, including a 25-yard T-D, for Atlanta. Matt Ryan passed for 295 yards and two T-Ds.
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WOMAN ATTACKED IN TRURO HOTEL
Thursday 15th October 2015

R-C-M-P are investigating after a female hotel guest was assaulted in what they are calling a "crime of opportunity." The Mounties say a man entered the Comfort Inn in Lower Truro early Saturday morning through an unlocked outside door. When he was confronted by the woman inside, police say he struck her in the face and fled with some money. The 58-year-old victim from Antigonish suffered minor injuries to her face and foot.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 15
Thursday 15th October 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers do not have a home game this week, but the one game that they do play may be just what the doctor ordered. After having been shut out in their last two games, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times so far this season when they visit the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank on Friday night, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener on Friday, October 16 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Football Nova Scotia (FNS) and the  W M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are hosting a series of Try & Learn Flag Football clinics for ages 6 to 14. The clinics will give you a chance to try the sport of flag football for FREE. The first clinic will take place this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. In this program, boys & girls will be introduced to the fundamental skills required in flag football by participating in various drills, relays and games. Kids may come to one session or come to all four! This program is open to all abilities, beginners to experienced and is 100% FREE! Flag Football is a non-contact game that promotes skill development, cardio training and mental strategy. Flag Football is a sport easily adapted any age, any ability and both males and females. It is one of the fastest growing sports being played in Canada with competition extending internationally.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin on Oct 17th and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Jose Bautista's big bat powered the Toronto Blue Jays to the American League Championship Series. Bautista hit a three-run blast in the seventh inning as Toronto advanced with a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Bautista's home run came after the Blue Jays gave up a run on a bizarre throwing error by catcher Russell Martin in the top of the seventh.  Toronto faces the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
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The Royals are back in the A-L-C-S for the second straight year following a 7-2 win over Houston in Game 5 of their division series. Alex Rios had a tie-breaking, two-run double in the fifth, Kendrys Morales added a three-run homer and Johnny Cueto limited the Astros to a pair of runs and two hits in seven innings.
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Toronto F-C is in the Major League Soccer playoffs for the first-time ever.  Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez scored as T-F-C clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 over the New York Red Bulls. Toronto has not seen the post-season since joining Major League Soccer in 2006. Later, Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist, and F-C Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-nil to grab sole possession of first in the Western Conference.
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Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad each had a goal and two assists, Erik Karlsson added a career-high four assists, and the Ottawa Senators beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.  Craig Anderson made 37 saves.
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Anthony Duclair scored his first career hat trick and Mike Smith made 37 saves for his 28th career shutout, leading the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.  Rookie Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2003. Elsewhere, Philadelphia shut out Chicago 3-0, and Boston beat Colorado 6-2.
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James Johnson and Delon Wright each scored 11 points as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-87 in pre-season action in Ottawa.  Toronto led for most of the game, but coughed up the lead in the fourth quarter.
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Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is suing the United States Tennis Association for negligence after she slipped and fell in a locker-room during the U-S Open. Bouchard, who was a runner-up at Wimbledon last year, says she has suffered severe pain and economic loss after the September 4th incident. She is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 14
Wednesday 14th October 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers do not have a home game this week, but the one game that they do play may be just what the doctor ordered. After having been shut out in their last two games, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times so far this season when they visit the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank on Friday night, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Valley Maple Leafs got past the hometown Brookfield Elks 4-3 in a matchup of Fred Fox Division rivals. The Leafs improve to 3-1 on the season, while Brookfield falls to 2-4.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener on Friday, October 16 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin on Oct 17th and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marcus Stroman will aim to keep his post-season success going this afternoon (Wednesday) when the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of their American League Division Series. Stroman pitched in Game 2 of the best-of-five series and went seven innings but earned a no-decision. Texas left-handed ace Cole Hamels will counter.
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Clayton Kershaw finally came through with the season on the line to help save the Dodgers season with a 3-1 Game 4 victory over the New York Mets. The win forced their N-L Division Series to a deciding Game 5 on Thursday. Earlier, the Cubs beat the Cardinals in Game 4 of their series to advance to the N-L-C-S which starts Saturday.
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The Canucks couldn't help but take advantage of a struggling Los Angeles Kings squad. Ryan Miller made 15 saves in his 36th career shutout as Vancouver blanked the Kings 3-0. L-A is 0-3 to start the season and have been outscored 11-2 in the process. Adam Cracknell, Alexander Edler and Derek Dorsett scored for the Canucks.
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A big night for phenom Connor McDavid. He scored his first N-H-L goal during the second period in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Jason Spezza happened to steal the show, scoring a hat trick, including the tiebreaker late in the third period for the Stars. Dallas had 52 shots, its most since getting 55 in 1995.
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Calgary couldn't take advantage of four power plays in the first period tonight. Blues rookie defenceman Colton Parayko scored twice — including the winner — as St. Louis edged the Flames 4-3. The loss drops Calgary to 0-2 to start the season on home ice. Mason Raymond, Jiri Hudler and David Jones scored for the Flames.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 12
Monday 12th October 2015

A shorthanded Pictou County Scotians lineup could not handle a full Glace Bay Miners squad last night at Trenton Arena. Missing Brandon Duff and Austin Donlevy to injury, and four other players who were away with family commitments, the Scotians fell 7-2 to the Jr Miners in NSJHL action. Things started strong for the Scotians, with early goals from Jordon Yochoff and Riley Cameron posting them to a 2-0 lead before the short bench caught up with them. The Scotians should have most of the missing players back tonight when they visit the Sackville Blazers. One other NSJHL game last night saw the Cumberland County Blues win on the road, 3-1, over the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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One game yesterday in the MHL saw the defending Kent Cup Champion Dieppe Commandos win in overtime over the visiting Campbellton Tigers 4-3. The Commandos currently sit 9th in the National Jr A rankings. The Weeks Jr A Crushers have just one game coming up this week, on the road against the Yarmouth Mariners this Friday.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marco Estrada and Troy Tulowitzki threw Toronto a lifeline as the Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-1 to stay alive in their American League Division Series. Estrada limited the Rangers to one run over 6-and-a-third innings and Tulowitzki, who had been hitless in the series, drove in four runs including a three-run homer in the sixth to cut Texas' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series.
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Dallas Keuchel remained perfect at home with seven gutsy innings and Chris Carter homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals to take a 2-1 lead in their A-L Division Series. The Astros could wrap up the best-of-five set with a win over the defending A-L champions in Game 4 on Monday.
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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley was suspended two playoff games by Major League Baseball for his late takeout slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's right leg. Utley's agent called the penalty "outrageous and completely unacceptable" and said there would be an appeal. The Mets and Dodgers are tied at 1-all in the best-of-five National League Division Series. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday night at Citi Field.
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Mike Condon made 20 saves to pick up his first N-H-L victory as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1. The 25-year-old was making his NHL debut and spoiled the Senators home opener Tomas Plekanec scored twice for the Canadiens, who remain undefeated to start the season.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 9
Friday 9th October 2015

Only one goal was scored at last night's Weeks Jr A Crushers game at the Wellness Centre. Unfortunately, it was the Truro Bearcats who scored it, despite the Crushers outshooting Truro 34 – 13. The Crushers hope for better luck tonight in Bridgewater – Michael Petter will broadcast tonight's game against the South Shore Lumberjacks on Classic Rock 97.9. The pre-game show starts at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Crushers Midget AA are hosting the Antigonish Bulldogs in their last home exhibition game prior to the regular season tonight at 730pm at the Wellness Centre
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The Weeks Major Midgets are preparing to play tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre, where they face the South Shore Mustangs at 8pm.
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In the NSJHL, the Pictou County Scotians face off with Glace Bay at the Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm, then travel to Sackville Thanksgiving Monday to play the Blazers.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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There are a few spots remaining for this year's Canskate at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Learn to skate for as young as 3 years, teenagers and adults too! Register Friday, Oct 9 and Sat Oct 10 at the Wellness Centre from 4 to 6pm.
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The Northern Nova Soccer Club is holding an in-person registration on Saturday at the soccer fields in Stellarton from 10am until 2pm. This registration session will be for the indoor soccer winter training session set to begin November 7th. Online registration is also available. For more details on programming or to register online please visit www.nnusc.com.
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Six teams will compete in a High School Regional Baseball tournament beginning Friday: North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, Amherst Regional, CEC, and Hants North. Games will be at the Albion Ball Field and the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow. The top 2 teams will meet Saturday in the regional championship game, with the winner moving on to provincials.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays dropped Game 1 of their American League Division Series 5-3 to the Texas Rangers. Toronto also lost two key players in sluggers Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista to injury. Donaldson passed concussion tests and will be re-evaluated today, while Bautista isn't expected to miss any time with a tight hamstring.
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Collin McHugh pitched six strong innings and former Blue Jay Colby Rasmus went deep as the Astros took Games 1 of their A-L Division Series against the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is this afternoon, with lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound for Houston against right-hander Johnny Cueto in a matchup of pitchers traded during the season.
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Top draft pick Connor McDavid made his N-H-L debut in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The 18-year-old centre set up two scoring chances in 18 minutes of ice time with Edmonton, but was held pointless. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for the Oilers before St. Louis came back with three straight goals — including Robby Fabbri's winner midway through the third.
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Elsewhere, Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg beat the Bruins 6-2. Rookie Nicolas Petan scored his first career goal for the Jets. And Kyle Turris had a pair of goals as Ottawa beat Buffalo 3-1. Second-overall pick Jack Eichel scored his first for the Sabres.
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Andre Johnson had two touchdowns against his former team to help the Colts beat the Texans 27-20 to open Week 5 of the N-F-L season. Johnson, who spent his first 12 NFL seasons in Houston before he was released in March, finished with six catches for 77 yards. Matt Hasselbeck was filling in for Andrew Luck, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury.
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Kyle Lowry had 25 points while Cory Joseph and DeMarre (duh-MAR'-ay) Carroll each poured in 18 as the Raptors beat the L-A Lakers 105-97 in N-B-A pre-season play. Former Raptor Lou Williams led L-A with 19 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant added 16.

POSSIBLE CASE OF TB AT ST. FX
Tuesday 6th October 2015

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is investigating a suspected case of tuberculosis at St. FX. The authority says the case involves a student in Antigonish and it is following up with anyone who may have been in close contact with that person. In a statement, the authority says there is minimal risk to staff and students. That's because the disease is spread after a prolonged period of close contact with an infected person. Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs but can affect any part of the body with symptoms including weakness, fever and coughing. It is spread from person to person through bacteria in the air.


TWO MEN HOSPITALIZED IN POMQUET CRASH
Wednesday 30th September 2015

R-C-M-P in Antigonish County are investigating a single-vehicle crash that injured two men. First responders were called to Evangeline Lane in Pomquet just before 8 o'clock last night. Police say two men, aged 38 and 43, were in the vehicle when it crashed. One was airlifted to hospital while another was taken to St. Martha's by ambulance. Police say both men are from Antigonish County.

CENTRAL NOVA CANDIDATES TO DEBATE AT ST. FX TONIGHT
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

The candidates in Central Nova will face each other in a debate in Antigonish tonight. The debate, sponsored by the St. FX Students Union, will feature Conservative Fred Delorey, Liberal Sean Fraser, New Democrat Ross Landry and the Green Party’s David Hachey. The event begins at 7 o’clock at the Charles V. Keating Centre. The debate will take questions from the audience, along with questions submitted by email. At a candidate forum in Arisaig last week, Delorey sent regrets that he couldn't attend due to other commitments.

COMPANY TO BEGIN FEASIBILITY STUDY ON PROVINCIAL TOLL ROADS
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

CBCL Limited has won the tender to conduct a feasibility study on tolling. The study will look at eight sections of series 100 highways to determine the feasibility of constructing toll highways, a total of 301.2 kilometres. This includes four sections of Highway 104: Sutherlands River to Antigonish, Taylors Road to Aulds Cove, Port Hastings to Port Hawkesbury, and St. Peter's to Sydney. Once the study is completed, the information will be brought to the public through a series of consultations, both in person and online. The feasibility study will be completed by end of April.


CENTRAL NOVA TORY CANDIDATE SKIPS ARISAIG FORUM
Friday 18th September 2015

Residents along the north shore got an opportunity to meet the people who are vying for votes in next month's federal election last night, with one notable exception. After previously committing to attend yesterday's event in Arisaig, Conservative candidate Fred Delorey sent his apologies that he could not attend due to another commitment.
The event in Arisaig last night was more of a meet and greet after brief speeches. Two more formal debates are scheduled in the weeks ahead, next week in Antigonish, and 30 September in Stellarton.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY NAMES FIRST LAY-PERSON CHANCELLOR
Thursday 3rd September 2015

St. Francis Xavier University made history today as it introduced its new chancellor, the first lay person and woman to hold the position. Susan Crocker is a former member of the Nova Scotia university's board of governors and chairs the Coady International Institute's advisory board. Crocker also received an honorary degree from the school in Antigonish in 2012, recognizing her business leadership and philanthropy. Until Crocker's appointment, the bishop of Antigonish had automatically been appointed the university's chancellor. University president Kent MacDonald says the role of chancellor is expanded with Crocker's appointment and will be more than ceremonial. The appointment of a lay person as chancellor was made possible by the passage of a bill in the legislature last year. The bill removed the requirement of appointing the bishop as chancellor Bishop Brian Dunn has been appointed to a new role with the university and will serve as vicar of the founder.

BERGENGREN CREDIT UNION TO CONSIDER MERGER
Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Three Credit Unions in the province are contemplating a merger, including the Bergengren Credit Union in New Glasgow, Antigonish and St. Andrew's. The merger would see Bergengren join up with East Coast and Sydney Credit Unions effective this fall. If it meets with the approval of the members , the new credit union will be the largest in Nova Scotia with 23 branches, 280 employees, over 56,000 members and $800 million in assets post-merger. Meetings are scheduled for late October to vote on the proposed amalgamation, which would result in the new East Coast Credit Union Limited. The new board would have equal representation from each of the current boards. The amalgamation committee has recommended Ken Shea as the CEO and the new Board will finalize the selection process following the membership vote.


SHELLFISH CLOSURE LIFTED
Tuesday 1st September 2015

A shellfish closure has been lifted in parts of Nova Scotia. The closure earlier this month affected all clam species, mussels, oysters, bay scallops, quahogs and whelks. It was ordered for all waters within three kilometres of the coastline in Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond counties. It also took in Victoria and Cape Breton counties due to contaminated fish. Fisheries officials say the closure order has been lifted in all areas except West Bay to Cape George.

ANTIGONISH GYNECOLOGIST REPRIMANDED
Tuesday 1st September 2015

The governing body for Nova Scotia's doctors has reprimanded a gynecologist in Antigonish, after investigating complaints of alleged substandard care. The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser's poor organizational skills and personal problems led to a series of deficiencies. The college issued a statement saying MacLean-Fraser has accepted the reprimand, and several conditions have been placed on her licence to practise. It says MacLean-Fraser agreed to participate in a followup audit, receive supervision from the college and complete a record-keeping course.

ARCHITECTS SELECTED FOR DESIGN PHASE OF NEW PICTOU LIBRARY
Monday 17th August 2015

The Pictou Public Library Project Committee have selected the firm which will complete the first design phase of the new library, which will be joined to the deCoste Centre. Archibald and Fraser Architects Limited have experience designing libraries, having worked on The People’s Place, the Antigonish town and county's branch of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library. Town Councilor Cam Beaton, Project Committee Chair, says they received 10 proposals, and the decision to go with this firm was in part because of their award winning experience on the Antigonish project, as well as several other positive factors. The first step will be an onsite assessment of the deCoste Centre to explore options for locating a library on the property. This will be followed by public consultations to gather ideas from the general public and county and town groups, led by Regional Library Staff and lead Architect Dale Archibald.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 11 ***UPDATED
Tuesday 11th August 2015


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The Legion National Track and Field Meet was held this past weekend (Aug7-9) in Ste Therese/Blainville, Quebec. Many Pictou County athletes had personal bests and the following athletes had an excellent showing. Raymond Simpson won a gold medal in the U16 1500m Steeplechase in 4:32. He led from start to finish. Alex Moore won the silver in the U16 medley relay. Kaelan Schmidt placed 4th in men's U18 high jump- a season best. Rachel Walton placed 4th in the U16 1500 m Steeplechase. Lauren Quann placed 5th in the U18 Heptathlon and Tatum McLean placed 5th in the U18 Hammer throw. Head coach Pat Carty was very pleased with the results from our local athletes. He can be reached at cartyab@hotmail.com for further comment. Full results are available on the Legion website at www.legion.ca/youth/youth-track-and-field
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KJ Emery's four shutout games earned her MVP honors as the Northern Nova United Falcons win gold at the Bruce Wagner Memorial Tournament on Sunday. The U16 girls won the rain-soaked championship game 1-0 over the host Sackville United Soccer Association. Emery earned four shut-outs during weekend play. The Falcons finished in first place in round robin play with two wins and one tie. In their first game, NNU defeated Porters Lake 1-0 on a goal from Alyssa McKay. Player of the game Kaitlin Kelly scored two goals en route to NNU’s 3-0 victory over Grand-Digue of Dieppe. Marleigh Harroun scored the team’s first goal in that game on a cross from U14 player Victoria Dunn. The Falcons’ third round robin game ended in a scoreless tie with Sackville. Player of the game was Emery. The NNU U12 boys came home with a bronze from the tournament, after defeating the Highland CC Riders 2-1. Keifer Avery and Cody McKay scored for the Falcons, while Thomas Schnare played in nets. Tyler Matchem received player of the game honours. The squad advanced to the bronze medal game with a 2-1 win over the Halifax City Soccer Club in the semi-final. In round robin play, the team had a record of two wins and one loss, including a 4-0 win over Highland CC Riders, a 6-3 loss to Sackville United and a 4-1 decision against Antigonish. The NNU U14 boys also competed in the tournament, finishing round robin play with two wins and a tie, but it wasn’t enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals. The team scored a total of 15 goals over three games, defeating SUSA 7-1, tying the Dartmouth Storm 1-1 and beating Porters Lake 7-1. Goals were scored by Blake Kontuk, Connor MacLeod, Brayden LeBlanc, Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray, Cal Maxner and Evan Reynolds. Leading goal scorer was Blake Kontuk. Players of the game were Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray and Morgan Bryant.
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The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for some players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 7 *UPDATED 8:45 AM*
Friday 7th August 2015

The Stellarton Albions Mosquito AA Baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9am-1pm. The kids are hosting Provincials on September 4th,5th and 6th at the Sample Fields in Stellarton and are raising money to go to the different expenses involved for the tournament. They are currently in 1st place in the Nova Scotia Bluenose League and look forward to representing the community!
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The North Nova United Falcons are going to Sackville to play in the Sackville United Bruce Wagner Tournament this weekend. The U16 team is second in the league with a 6-3 record and this week they picked up two wins, defeating Eastern Northern United 6-2 and Fundy United 5-1. The U16 squad won a silver medal last month at the Gunn Baldursson Tournament.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 6
Thursday 6th August 2015

The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched this afternoon at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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ANTIGONISH GROUP LOOKS TO HELP SYRIAN FAMILY
Tuesday 4th August 2015

Members of a newly-formed group in Antigonish say they hope residents can come together to help members of a Syrian family escape the conflict in their country. Tanya Felix with Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace says the group has been watching coverage of the humanitarian crisis unfold and they want to help. She says they need to raise 20-thousand dollars for relocation costs. Felix says officials with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will help them connect with a family.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 4
Tuesday 4th August 2015

The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend. The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals. The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6, Charlottetown 15-1, and Riverview 25-3. In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The Pictou County Albions picked up four wins on the weekend after sweeping a pair of doubleheaders. On Saturday in Kennetcook, the Albions beat the Braves 15-0, with Wes Moser firing a complete game shutout on the mound. Craig Murray had three hits and Brent Turnbull had a three-run double. In game two, the teams went into extra innings; the first nine batters for the Albions in the top of the eighth all came around to score and the Albions won 11-2. Trevor Whynott got the win, pitching a complete game for Pictou County. Whynott and Tommy Hayman each had three hits in the victory. On Sunday at Albion Field, the Albions defeated the Pictou County Royals 8-2 in the opener, with Lucas Gulliver getting the win and Matt Noiles picking up four hits. Ryan Kamp had two hits for the Royals. The Albions fell behind in the second game against the Royals, before racking up 15 unanswered runs in a 15-5 final. Turnbull again doubled with the bases jammed to drive in three runs, Cory Baird pitched a complete game for the victory, while Lucas MacDonald and Timmy MacKinnon both had a pair of hits for the Royals. The two teams play again tomorrow night in Stellarton.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League at the Albion Field Monday night. In Game 1: Cardinals 11 Giants 7. Game 2: Yankees 8 Blue Jays 7.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SPORTS ROUNDUP AUGUST 3
Monday 3rd August 2015


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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend.  The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals.  The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6,  Charlottetown 15-1,  and Riverview 25-3.   In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS August 2
Sunday 2nd August 2015

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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 31
Friday 31st July 2015

The Subway Stingers U-14 and U-16 Female FastPitch Rep teams will be hosting the 2015 Softball Nova Scotia Provincial Championships this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action begins on Friday night at 6pm on Field-1 in the U-14 division with the host Stingers taking on the defending Provincial Champions Cole Harbour. Comets. The second U-14 game of the evening starts at 8pm and features the Sackville Surge against the Highland Park Heat also on field-1 Round robin play in the U-14 division continues starting at 9am Saturday morning with the host Subway Stingers facing Highland Park Heat on field-1. The Stingers final round robin game is at 3pm on Field-1. In the U-16 division the Cole Harbour Comets and Subway Stingers will be playing a best of three final with the first game scheduled for 10am on Field -2 followed by game 2 at 12pm and game three (if necessary) at 3pm Sunday 's action sees the championship round of the U-14 division. Play continues on Sunday in the U-14 division. At 11am on field-1 the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the round robin will face each other to determine who advances to the championship game against the first place team from the round robin. The Championship game begins at 1pm on field-1
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 30
Thursday 30th July 2015

Northern Nova Falcons U 16 boys tied 2-2 with top of the league Truro on Wednesday. The boys fought back in the second half to come from 2-0 down to tie it up. Scoring for NNU was Sam McDow and Billy Hoare. Big congratulations to all players on a good result.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house tonight at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 28
Tuesday 28th July 2015

Two games were played last night at the Albion Field in The Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League.
Game 1 Blue Jays 8 vs Cardinals 4
Game 2 Giants 14 vs Yankees 10

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The Pictou County Athletics team won the Atlantic Championships this past weekend in Charlottetown PEI. This comes behind their provincial championship win earlier this month at their home track in Stellarton. Full results can be found at trackie.com.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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STELLARTON CHURCH TO CLOSE IN FALL
Tuesday 28th July 2015

Our Lady of Lourdes in Stellarton will close in the fall. In May, a Pastoral Planning Committee for the Pictou Deanery outlined a proposal that would see St. Ann Parish in Thorburn and Christ the King Parish in Trenton close by the end of October and said a third would be chosen from among three churches in Westville, Stellarton and New Glasgow. Father Donald MacGillivray, director of pastoral planning for the Diocese of Antigonish says they chose Lourdes because it is in the poorest shape. Along with the closures of the three churches, Stella Maris in Pictou and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Pictou Landing will operate under reduced hours and the Pictou Deanery will be served by two priests instead of four.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 27
Monday 27th July 2015

The Dragon Boat Festival in New Glasgow was another success, raising almost $90,000. Pictou County’s Abreast-a-River team was the top team pledge earner, raising more than $11,000. Congratulations to the Medical Misfits team, which won the Bruce F. Murray Memorial Cup.
Cup Winners:
Town of New Glasgow Cup: Medical Misfits
ECFM 94.1 Cup: Reef Knots
Scotiabank Cup: Grant Thornton Chartered Waters
Michelin Cup: Cobequid Fire Eaters
Sobeys Cup: NSP Power Paddlers
Race on the River Cup: Dartmouth Dragon Beast
Bruce F. Murray Memorial Cup: Medical Misfits
Advocate Cup: Breast a Mix

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The annual Melmerby Triathlon was held on Sunday, and while the water was colder than usual, the competition was hot. Terese Chisholm of Antigonish was the top female with a time of 2:30:02. New Glasgow's Ryan MacDonald won his fifth Merb, posting a time of 2:10:14.
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The Pictou County Albions won the annual Stellarton Homecoming baseball tournament, beating the Halifax Outlaws 7-2 in the championship game Sunday. The Albions went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend and were solid in every facet of the game, especially the work they received from Albions’ pitchers. The Albions will travel to Kennetcook next weekend to play the Braves in Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League action and return home next Sunday to face the Pictou County Royals in a doubleheader at Albion Field in Stellarton.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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DELOREY WINS CENTRAL NOVA CONSERVATIVE NOD
Sunday 26th July 2015

The Conservative Party have selected their man to defend the seat on the ballot in the 2015 Federal Election. Fred Delorey beat out Jim Ryan for the right to take up the torch from Peter MacKay. Delorey, a 36-year-old Antigonish native and father of three, says the work will begin immediately to prepare for the vote which will likely take place in the fall. Roughly 350 Conservative supporters cast their votes in the nomination process between Delorey and Ryan.

CENTRAL NOVA LIBERALS AND NEW DEMOCRATS TO CHOOSE NEW CANDIDATE TODAY
Sunday 26th July 2015

For the second time in preparation for the 2015 Federal Election, Central Nova Liberals plan to select their candidate. Following the withdrawal of David MacLeod earlier this year, two candidates have stepped forward to fill the void. Liberal supporters will choose between Janet Becigneul, a communications specialist and longtime Liberal volunteer and Sean Fraser, a Calgary-based lawyer originally from Pictou County. The NDP are also choosing their candidate today, with two options on the ballot. They will be selecting between Katherine Reed, a longtime Antigonish volunteer and social activist, and former Nova Scotia attorney general and justice minister Ross Landry. Graham Murray, an Ottawa-based defence lawyer, had indicated he would be seeking the NDP nomination earlier this month, but has since withdrawn himself from consideration.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 24
Friday 24th July 2015

The Pictou County Albions and Pictou County Royals are looking for more wins as the Albions host the annual Homecoming Tournament this weekend at Albion Field. Both county teams have had somewhat of a struggle this season in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League. The Albions, who won this tournament a year ago, are 5-8 and on average are scoring less than three runs per game, the Royals have a 2-14 mark and are last in the eight-team league. The Albions open the tournament Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Eastern Passage Pirates. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Pirates play the Royals, a 1 p.m. game has the Albions against the Halifax Outlaws followed by an all-county collision, when the Royals and Albions hook up at 3:30 p.m. Easter n Passage plays Halifax at 5: 30 p.m. to end Saturday’s action. Sunday morning will see the Royals play Halifax at noon. The top two teams from the round robin will play the tournament championship game Sunday at 4 p.m. All games are at Albion Field.
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All the best to Abercrombie Golf Club's Julia Henderson, who's travelling to Saskatoon to play in the Canadian women’s amateur championship. The New Glasgow golfer won provincial amateur titles in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. earlier this month – in fact, she's won every tournament she’s entered so far this year. Henderson says that her main goal is to make the cut for the first time in her fourth appearance at the nationals.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday July 30 at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 23
Thursday 23rd July 2015

The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse capped another big day for Canada's track and field team with a victory in the men's 100 metres. The 20-year-old Markham, Ontario native ran it in 10-point-zero-five seconds. meanwhile, Canada will play Mexico on Friday for the women's soccer bronze medal after losing one-nil to Colombia in semifinal action.
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Canada earned 13 medals on Day 11 of the Pan Ams, but the United States is still pulling away. The Canadians sit second with 64 gold and 173 total medals. Meanwhile the Americans have surpassed the 200-medal mark, with 201, including 76 golds. Brazil is a distant third with 114 medals.
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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a 4-3, 10-inning decision in Oakland. Ike Davis drove in the winning run for the A's with an infield single that held up in a video review. Danny Valencia homered for the Jays while starter Felix Doubront failed to make it through the fifth inning. The Jays wrap up the series Thursday afternoon before moving on to Seattle.
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N-B-A commissioner Adam Silver says the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a playoff spot to a team that wins its division. Silver says no decision has been made, but he believes it's likely that teams will qualify for the post-season only if they have one of the top eight records in their conference. Being a division winner would not assure a team of a playoff spot.

ANTIGONISH ARENA TO GET UPGRADE OVER THE SUMMER
Tuesday 21st July 2015

Some major improvements are coming to the Antigonish Arena this summer. A project expecting to cost over 1-million dollars will result in the replacement of the arena floor and installation of new dasher boards and glass to meet current safety standards. Funding for the work is coming mostly from the Town and County municipalities, although earlier today Central Nova MP Peter MacKay announced roughly 250-thousand dollars in funding through ACOA to assist in the project. The work is expected to be completed in time for the hockey and figure skating season to begin this fall.

BARNEY'S RIVER FIRE CHIEF ASKS CANDIDATES TO SUPPORT HIGHWAY TWINNING
Tuesday 21st July 2015

With the federal election less than three months away, the Barney's River fire chief wants all candidates to join him in asking for the Trans Canada to be twinned. Joe MacDonald says there have been too many deaths on Highway 104 between Sutherland's River and Antigonish, and he's looking for unanimous support from all the federal parties running in Central Nova and support from their leaders.


DURHAM'S GOLDEN BOY - AND THE LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
Sunday 19th July 2015

It's been a golden summer for Jason Sanford and the Canadian Men's Softball Team. After taking the ISF World Championship in Saskatoon earlier this month, the Canadians ran roughshod over their competition in the Pan Am Games in Toronto, going undefeated in 7 games to earn the Gold Medal. They wrapped it up with a 2-1 win over Venezuela yesterday. Sanford got to watch the Gold Medal Game from the dugout, but was an important part of both tournament victories, sharing duties behind the plate with Ryan Boland of St. John's, Newfoundland.
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Kent Vincent of PEI took the checkered flag at the IWK 250 last night at the Riverside International Speedway in James River. Vincent took the lead on Lap 230 from Rookie DJ Casey of Prospect, NS who had his best career finish of second in the biggest show of the season. Prior to the main event fans had a chance to witness the unveiling of the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, announced a few weeks ago as the new perpetual trophy for the IWK 250. The Cup is named for the late John W. Chisholm, founder and builder of Riverside International Speedway. On Friday night, Russell Smith Jr. successfully defended his Highland Home Building Centres 100 title Friday night when he won the Napa Sportsman Series championship points-scoring race in front of a huge crowd at Riverside International Speedway. Darren Wallage finished second and Dale Richardson third.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 18
Saturday 18th July 2015

Durham's Jason Sanford and the men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games cannot be stopped. They shut out Argentina 2-0 in the semifinal, and will take on the winner of the Venezeula – Argentina game today for gold.
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Riverside Speedway hosts the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race today. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 17
Friday 17th July 2015

The Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games are undefeated after beating Venezeula 4-1. Durham's Jason Sanford got one hit as part of the winning effort. Canada takes on Argentina in the semifinals, and are guaranteed to win at least bronze.
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The folks at Wolseley - right across from Summer Street Industries - are holding a BBQ today in support of Special Olympic athlete Matthew Hunter who will be travelling to LA as part of Team Canada at the Special Olympic World Games. $2 for either a hotdog or hamburger and pop, from 11am to 2pm.
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Riverside Speedway will hold a weekend of racing, with the Highland Sportsman 100 on Friday, and the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race Saturday. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER EVOLVE FESTIVAL
Thursday 16th July 2015

A man died earlier this week in a Halifax hospital after first being taken to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish following the Evolve Music Festival in the town. RCMP say the 21-year old man's death is under investigation, and that an autopsy is scheduled to take place today. Investigators are currently trying to piece together the events leading up to his being transported to the hospital. Police have not released the man's name, although CBC is identifying him as Dylan Jonathan Avery Champion of Summerside, P.E.I.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 16
Thursday 16th July 2015

The unbeaten streak for the Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games continues, as Canada defeated the Domenican Republic 7-2. Durham's Jason Sanford struck out in his one at bat for the squad. The final round robin match for the Canadians is against Venezeula tonight, with the semifinals tomorrow.
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Pictou County athletes had a terrific performance at the Provincial Special Olympic Games held last weekend in Halifax. There were gold medals for the rythmic gymnastics, bocce, and basketball teams, plus an assortment of medals in track, bowling, swimming and golf. A big congratulations to all the competitors! The list of medalists is on the website. Track & Field
3000m - Adam Smith – Bronze
100m Male - Mike Edwards – Bronze
100m Male - Shaun Bennett – Bronze
800m Male - Adam Smith – Bronze
200m Female - Lucy Rogers – Bronze
Shot Put Male - Adam Smith – Silver
Shot Put Male - Mike Edwards – Silver
Standing Long Jump Male - Darryl Smith – Gold
Standing Long Jump Female - Blanche Bonvie – Silver
Standing Long Jump Female - Lucy Rogers – Silver

Bowling
Sherry Sanders, Amanda Smith, Justin Savage, Steven Trainor, David Wakely – Bronze
Alison Reeves, Joe Dort – Silver

Bocce
Cecil Lawrence, Rodney Bond, David Hughes, Harry Haroutunian – Gold

Basketball
Craig Boyd, Chase Cameron, Kyle Petroff, Stacey Saunders, Shey MacDonald, Justin Barnett, Lorretta Levangie, Derek Saunders, Adam Chandler, Norma Paris, Joey Rodenizer – Gold

Golf
Chris Atkinson – Silver

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Kara Scott, Amy Schmidt, Molly Caldwell, Emily Rondelet – Gold

Swimming
Boys 100 SC meter freestyle Evan Sharpe Silver
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke Jimmy Hefler Gold
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke Kendell Snell Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke Evan Sharpe Gold
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke Daniel Martin Bronze
Girls 25 SC meter freestyle Stacey Cunningham Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke Stacey Cunningham Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke Michelle Zuethoff Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle Evan Sharpe Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle Daniel Martin Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke Daniel Martin Gold
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke Evan Sharpe Gold
Boys 25 SC meter backstroke Kendell Snell Bronze
Boys 50 SC meter breaststroke Evan Sharpe Silver

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The deadline to register for female hockey for next season has been extended in the Fundy-Highland zone. All girls who wish to play female hockey must sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in the new central registry before Friday. This includes Female Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget, but does not include Novice or Female Midget AAA. Players who live in Pictou County will register at http://www.hockeynovascotia.ca/hns_13982.html. Registration is free.
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Riverside Speedway will hold a weekend of racing, with the Highland Sportsman 100 on Friday, and the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race Saturday. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 15 ***UPDATED 1:00 PM***
Wednesday 15th July 2015

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The Kilted Golf Tournament, part of the Festival of the Tartans, has been cancelled for this year, due to an insufficient number of entrants.
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It was a highly successful Special Olympic Summer Games in Halifax this past weekend, as Pictou County athletes brought home an impressive medal haul. The full list is available below:
Track & Field (coached by Debby Willett and Jenna Thomson)
3000m - Adam Smith - Bronze
100m Male - Mike Edwards - Bronze
100m Male - Shaun Bennett - Bronze
800m Male - Adam Smith - Bronze
200m Female - Lucy Rogers - Bronze
Shot Put Male - Adam Smith - Silver
Shot Put Male - Mike Edwards - Silver
Standing Long Jump Male - Darryl Smith - Gold
Standing Long Jump Female - Blanche Bonvie - Silver
Standing Long Jump Female - Lucy Rogers - Silver
Bowling (coached by Cristie Beck)
Sherry Sanders - Bronze
Amanda Smith - Bronze
Alison Reeves - Silver
Justin Savage - Bronze
Steven Trainor - Bronze
David Wakely - Bronze
Joe Dort - Silver
Bocce (coached by Henry Heighton and Derek Borden)
Cecil Lawrence - Gold
Rodney Bond - Gold
David Hughes - Gold
Harry Haroutunian - Gold
Basketball (coached by John Kirby and Andrew Morash)
Craig Boyd - Gold
Chase Cameron - Gold
Kyle Petroff - Gold
Stacey Saunders - Gold
Shey MacDonald - Gold
Justin Barnett - Gold
Lorretta Levangie - Gold
Derek Saunders - Gold
Adam Chandler - Gold
Norma Paris - Gold
Joey Rodenizer - Gold
Golf (coached by Carla Dumaresq) Chris Atkinson - Silver
Rhythmic Gymnastics (coached by Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey)
Kara Scott - Gold
Amy Schmidt - Gold
Molly Caldwell - Gold
Emily Rondelet - Gold
Swimming (coached by Aaron Smith and Ryan Sharpe)
Boys 100 SC meter freestyle - Evan Sharpe - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke - Jimmy Hefler - Gold
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke - Kendell Snell - Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke - Evan Sharpe - Gold
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke - Daniel Martin - Bronze
Girls 25 SC meter freestyle - Stacey Cunningham - Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke - Stacey Cunningham - Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke - Michelle Zuethoff - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle - Evan Sharpe - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle - Daniel Martin - Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke - Daniel Martin - Gold
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke - Evan Sharpe - Gold
Boys 25 SC meter backstroke - Kendell Snell - Bronze
Boys 50 SC meter breaststroke - Evan Sharpe - Silver
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Brittany Fraser has finished her Pan Am games experience in Toronto with a silver medal and a fourth place finish. Fraser, and her horse All In, wrapped up the individual dressage competition in a tie for fourth place today, but will not be coming home to Pictou County empty handed, after winning the silver medal in the Team Competition with the rest of her Canadian teammates back on Sunday.
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Make it 3 for 3 so far for the Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games. Canada defeated Argentina 9-3. Durham's Jason Sanford will likely be on the mound for their next round robin match against the Domenican Republic tonight.
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The deadline to register for female hockey for next season has been extended in the Fundy-Highland zone. All girls who wish to play female hockey must sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in the new central registry before Friday. This includes Female Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget, but does not include Novice or Female Midget AAA. Players who live in Pictou County will register at http://www.hockeynovascotia.ca/hns_13982.html. Registration is free.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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FORMER MLA SEEKS NDP CENTRAL NOVA NOMINATION
Monday 13th July 2015

A familiar political face has now stepped forward to throw his hat into the ring to chase after the NDP nomination for the Central Nova candidacy on the Central Nova ballot this fall. Former Pictou Centre MLA, and Provincial Justice Minister, Ross Landry, announced that he intends to seek the nomination at the meeting in Plymouth on 26 June. Landry says he believes Tom Mulcair and the NDP have the potential to form government in Ottawa, and he is eager to help the people of Central Nova. Two other candidates have already stepped forward to seek the NDP nomination, community activist Katherine Reed of Antigonish, and defense lawyer Graham Murray from Ottawa.

MURRAY SEEKS CENTRAL NOVA NDP NOMINATION
Saturday 11th July 2015

There's another name in the race for the seat in Central Nova. Defence lawyer and film maker Graham Murray is seeking the NDP nomination for the riding. Murray will be campaigning against Antigonish community activist Katherine Reed ahead of the nomination meeting July 26 at the Plymouth Firehall.

PROVINCE WORKING ON SHORTAGE OF OB/GYNS
Thursday 9th July 2015

Nova Scotia's health minister says the government is working on a solution to a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists that is being experienced in some parts of the province. But Leo Glavine says it could take a year or more for a solution as the province recruits more doctors. The province is looking at a successful program used by the IWK Health Centre in Halifax as a model for the province. Glavine says there needs to be a better system of backing up doctors when they are sick or away for professional development or other reasons. In the meantime, Glavine says the province has been able to recruit a new obstetrician for Antigonish to replace a doctor who is retiring


OTTAWA TO HELP EXPAND HIGH SPEED NET IN RURAL NS
Wednesday 8th July 2015

High-speed Internet service is expanding in Nova Scotia. The federal government has announced six-million-dollars in funding to expand Internet service in areas including Pictou, Antigonish and Cape Breton. The service is expected to reach about 14-thousand homes and businesses. The government says the expansion will deliver average speeds of five megabits per second and should be completed by August 2018.

FUNDING FROM OTTAWA TO IMPROVE RURAL HIGH SPEED INTERNET
Tuesday 7th July 2015

The federal government has announced $6 million in funding for high-speed Internet in Nova Scotia. The Industry Canada grant will allow Seaside Wireless Communications to expand Internet services to about 14,000 homes and businesses. The funding will be directed to residents in Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester, Guysborough, Inverness, Cape Breton, Cumberland, Richmond, and Victoria. The government says the expansion is expected to be completed by August 2018, delivering average Internet speeds of five megabits per second.

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO PROMOTE ACTIVE LIVING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 29th June 2015

Upgrades to the Hector Arena, the Shoreline-Jitney hiking trail, and the Westville Curling Club are amoung 10 recreation projects in the Highland region receiving grants to support physical activity for Nova Scotians. The region's grants, totalling $195-thousand, were announced today through the Recreation Facility Development Program. Environment Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Health and wellness Minister Leo Glavine, says recreation facilities are important to help Nova Scotians, especially children, to develop a habit of daily physical activity. The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
The following is a list of Highland region grants:
-- Hector Arena Commission, Pictou, upgrades to mechanical plant, $30,000 (year two of $60,000 funding commitment announced in 2014)
-- Pictou County Trails Association, continue work on Shoreline-Jitney trail, $22,500
-- Westville Curling Club, repair foundation and upgrades to basement and facility, $8,000
-- Antigonish Arena Commission, upgrades including a new floor, $25,000
-- Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association, Antigonish Co., upgrade school to serve as community recreation centre, $22,000
-- St. Andrews Consolidated School, Antigonish Co., natural play and learning, $22,000
-- Antigonish Education Centre, accessible playground, $23,000
-- Town of Mulgrave, improved accessibility, heaters, solar blanket, fencing, deck upgrade for community pool, $10,000
-- Positive Action For Keppoch Society, Beaver Meadow, Angitonish Co., trail construction, privy and change rooms, and skills park for Canada Cup Race, $17,500
-- Fanning Education Centre, Hazel Hill, Guysborough Co., trail construction and multipurpose outdoor learning centre, $15,000


MV MINER CLEAN UP FINISHED
Monday 22nd June 2015

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says the final piece of the wreck of the MV Miner has been removed from the coast of Scaterie Island. MacLellan says the 11.9 million-dollar contract, which was awarded to an Antigonish-based contractor, concluded today with an additional 32 tonnes of asbestos and 26-thousand litres of diesel fuel above original estimates. He says the additional cost has yet to be determined, although he reiterated hopes that the federal government might help cover the additional cost of removing contaminants. The next step will be to tear down the temporary camp and structures, including the jetty, which was established during the project. The MV Miner was a bulk carrier that ran aground ago off the coast of Scaterie Island.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 22
Monday 22nd June 2015

For the first time in 40 years, the Johnny Miles Marathon weekend had a tie finish. Ray Moorehead of Hubley finished just 3/100ths of a second ahead of Summerside's Scott Clark in the men’s marathon, so close that Moorehead declared it a tie. Both finished with a time of 2:50:13, while the top woman was Leah Jabbour of Halifax, at 3:22:55, 17 seconds ahead of Glace Bay’s Kim Scattalon. Janet Fraser was the top local woman, coming in at 4:18.33. Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn was top local man, finishing with a time of 2:56:59. Other results:
Half Marathon
Top 3 Males
1. Mike Tate, Heatherton, NS – 1:12:20
2. Samuel Mason, Halifax, NS -1:19:06
3. Patrick White, Halifax, NS – 1:19:39
Top Local Male
Hugh Munroe, Merigomish, NS- 1:25:46
Top 3 Females
1. Kelly MacDonald, Northside East, NS -1:29:36
2. Abby Shaw, New Glasgow, NS- 1:31:03
3. Samantha MacKenzie, Hammonds Plains, NS- 1:36:13
10K
Top 3 Males
1. Bryden Tate, Heatherton, NS- 34:03
2. Scott Langille, New Glasgow, NS – 38:07
3. Mike MacKinnon, Upper Tantallon, NS – 38:30
Top 3 Females
1. Linda MacDonald, Bedford, NS- 42:05
2. Stacy Chesnutt, Dartmouth, NS- 42:39
3. Jessica Zentner, Woodburn, NS – 44:54
5K
Top 3 Males
1. Raymond Simpson, New Glasgow, NS- 17:34
2. Petere Corbin, New Glasgow, NS – 17:59
3. Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, NS- 18:50
Top 3 Females
1. Hana Marmura, Antigonish, NS- 19:29
2. Kendra MacNeil, Antigonish, NS – 19:59
3. Victoria Sandre, Greely, ON – 20:21
Top Local Female
Jenna MacDonald, New Glasgow, NS - 20:57

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Congratulations to the Kicken Vixens Roller Derby team, who travelled to PEI this past weekend to take on the Twisted Sisters and took another win 290 to 156! Voo Doo McQ was named MVP blocker & DC Comicazi was named MVP jammer.
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Seven local teens went undefeated at Hockey Night in Canada's "PlayOn!" street hockey tournament in Halifax this weekend. Team members Ryan MacLennan, Oliver Schnare, Jake Martin, Evan Callaghan, Brayden Ross, Mason Hawley, and goalie Andrew MacLeod went by the team name "Nation of Domination" and lived up to their name by dominating in the Snipers Male 15 and Under "Gretzky" division and winning seven games in a row to capture gold medals.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL will have a new head coach for the 2015-16 season, however it will be a familiar face. Al Whidden, who was an assistant coach under Chris Stewart, will take over the reins of the team starting this fall. The team made the announcement of Whidden's promotion earlier today after Stewart announced his resignation back in April.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization is having their final registration for this season tonight from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse.
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The first season of Hector Arena Ball Hockey wrapped up Saturday night with 16 kids across the two divisions. On behalf of the Hector Arena Commission, thanks everyone for coming out over the last 6 weeks and helping to generate a sum of $1450 for the rink. In appreciation of that, there's an event this coming Saturday (June 27th) which will be free to play for everyone, as well as to launch the summer programs for the town of Pictou. There will be free Hotdogs & Smoothies, and the Canteen will be open, with a full slate of games (soccer, ball hockey and more).
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club (pictoucountygymnasticsclub@outlook.com) will be having an Open Registration for Summer Rec Classes on Saturday, June 27th from 2:00 - 6:00pm. The classes take place every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4 - 5pm and 5 - 6pm during July and August. The cost for these classes is $10 per hour (if you are a non-member you will have to pay a $30 GNS insurance fee). Summer rec is a great opportunity for children of all ages and experience levels to try gymnastics without committing to weekly classes. * If you are a non-member, and you sign up for summer Rec, you will have the opportunity to skip the Open Registration for Fall Classes!*
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Matt Spencer, assistant coach with the University of Calgary Dinos women’s basketball team, will be holding a number of clinics at the NSCC this week. There will be separate sessions for both Girls and Boys – Grades 7-11 only. The topic is : Creating and exploiting and offensive advantage. The sessions will be Friday June 26th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm, then Saturday June 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Cost is $15 per player. For more information, and to book your slot, you can reach out to Matt directly at mdspence@ucalgary.ca or phone 403-863-9435.
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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LIBERAL STEPS UP FOR CENTRAL NOVA NOMINATION
Saturday 20th June 2015

Janet Becigneul, one-time parliamentary staffer and long-time Liberal Party volunteer, is seeking the Liberal nomination in Central Nova. Becigneul is a freelance consultant and community volunteer in Antigonish. She says she believes in Justin Trudeau's vision for Canada. Becigneul is looking to replace David MacLeod, who stepped down last month as the Liberal candidate over the party's support of Bill C-51 in Parliament.


PROVINCE ASKING FOR INPUT ON NEW TOLL HIGHWAYS
Friday 19th June 2015

The province issued a request for proposals today to conduct a provincewide tolling feasibility study to twin 100 series highways, including the section of the 104 between Sutherland's River and Antigonish. Once the study is completed, the information will be brought to the public through a series of consultations, both in person and online, to allow all Nova Scotians to have their say. The report will be completed by end of April 2016. This will include public consultation and final report.

KATHERINE REED SEEKS FEDERAL NDP NOD FOR CENTRAL NOVA
Friday 19th June 2015

Another person is entering the race for Central Nova. Antigonish resident Katherine Reed is seeking the NDP nomination for the fall election. Reed says her background in community development and social issues will make her a good fit with the federal NDP's policies. A nomination meeting is set for July 26th.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 16
Tuesday 16th June 2015

Results from XFC Soccer over the weekend:
U14 XFC boys lost 3-0 vs Dartmouth United
U14 XFC girls lost 3-0 to Suburban
U18 XFC girls tied 1-1 to Halifax City
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The Northern Nova United Falcon U12 Boys opened their 2015 season with a 5-5 draw on Monday night against the defending Highland Soccer League and Provincial champion Antigonish Celtics. The Falcons struck early in the first half on a penalty kick from Cody McKay. After the Celtics tied the score, the Falcons once again notched another tally off the boot of Thomas Schnare, and led 2-1 at the half. The lead changed hands a few times in the second half, with goals coming from Liam Berthiaume, Logan Bennett, and a second goal from Schnare. The home team tied the score late, and the match ended in a draw. The Falcons played a great game, and had several chances to move ahead only to be thwarted by stellar saves by the Celtics goalkeeper.
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Congratulations to the NRHS Nighthawks co-ed Ultimate Frisbee team who had a very strong showing at the Nova Scotia provincial tournament this past weekend. Their teams finished 7th and 9th out of 16 teams, and also earned the Spirit banner for outstanding sportsmanship. Pictou County Ultimate co-ed summer league begins this Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 at Parkdale. Still accepting late registration by emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club (pictoucountygymnasticsclub@outlook.com) will be having an Open Registration for Summer Rec Classes on Saturday, June 27th from 2:00 - 6:00pm. The classes take place every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4 - 5pm and 5 - 6pm during July and August. The cost for these classes is $10 per hour (if you are a non-member you will have to pay a $30 GNS insurance fee). Summer rec is a great opportunity for children of all ages and experience levels to try gymnastics without committing to weekly classes. * If you are a non-member, and you sign up for summer Rec, you will have the opportunity to skip the Open Registration for Fall Classes!*
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Thursday will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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The MHL has made a major change in play for next season. At the league's Annual General Meeting, it was decided that to go to a 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime for games tied at the end of regulation. League President Dave Ritcey says the goal is to see more offense in the overtime period, resulting in fewer games going to the shootout.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 12
Friday 12th June 2015

Today, New Glasgow Regional Police will play for the 6th Annual DARE Tim Hortons Challenge Cup, an annual event that that allows police and Drug Abuse Resistance Education students to play floor hockey against the police. Last year students from Trenton Middle School hammered the police 6 to 3 and in past years AG Baillie School remains undefeated The main goal is to foster police-student relationships and to have a good time. The game will take place this morning.
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This Saturday is the season opener at Riverside Speedway in James River. Action begins at 6pm with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick 150 and the Legends Sportsmen 50. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics, and Pictou's Rollie MacDonald (driven by Brad Eddy) will be on the track.
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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In AGR League Action, St.Andrew’s plays Arisiag on Friday at 6:30, while Heatherton takes on Guysbrough at 7:30. Sunday afternoon, it's Guysbrough versus Arisiag at 1:30.
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June 18 will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 11 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 11th June 2015

The Northern Nova Falcons Under 12 and Under 14 Girls soccer teams were busy this week. The U 14 Girls defeated Truro 3 to 1 , with local goal scorers being Cassie Clarke, Jillian Matlock and Eva Wornell. The Under 12 Girls won two games , defeating Amherst 4 to 3. Two goals from Geogie Gunn, 1 from Victoria Robertson and 1 from Isa MacKay. They also defeated Antigonish 6 to 0. Goal scorers there were Georgie Gunn with 3, Tess Murray, Isa Mackay and Megan MacKenzie with one goal each.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is at the Pioneer Coal Track on Thursday. The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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This Saturday is the season opener at Riverside Speedway in James River. Action begins at 6pm with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick 150 and the Legends Sportsmen 50. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics, and Pictou's Rollie MacDonald (driven by Brad Eddy) will be on the track.
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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In AGR League Action, St.Andrew’s plays Arisiag on Friday at 6:30, while Heatherton takes on Guysbrough at 7:30. Sunday afternoon, it's Guysbrough versus Arisiag at 1:30.
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June 18 will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 10
Wednesday 10th June 2015

Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is at the Pioneer Coal Track on Thursday. The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season tonight from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 9
Tuesday 9th June 2015

With the MHL draft coming this weekend, the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have selected as their territorial pick Weeks Major Midget forward Grant Fraser. The 5’ 9” forward from Stellarton collected 6 goals and added 6 assists in his rookie season with the Weeks Major Midgets. Before making the jump to Major Midget, Grant was Team Captain of the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers. The territorial selection is a start of a busy week for the Crushers as team staff heads to Campbellton, New Brunswick on Thursday for the 2015 MHL Entry Draft.
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The North Nova Education Centre girls fast pitch team finished an undefeated season with the NSSAF Division 1 Championship on Sunday. In their first game of the tournament, North Nova defeated Cole Harbour 12-3 in five innings. Top batters included Hilary Taylor, Taylor Perry, Hailey Fahie and Kelyn Palmer, who was the winning pitcher. The second game was an 11-7 victory over Cobequid Education Centre. Hannah Williams started on the mound with relief from Palmer. Leading batters were Sophia Wornell, Meghan Fox, Williams, Camryn Halliday and Rylee Forsyth, with strong defence from Emily Livingstone and Courtney Smith. In the third game, NNEC won 9-2 over Avonview in five innings. Winning pitcher Hannah Williams had only three hits against her, and the top batters were Bailey Koehoorn, Wornell, Jill MacDonald and Williams. The championship game against Cole Harbour capped off the perfect season – winning 13-3 in five innings. Pitcher Palmer had a two-hitter, and the leading batters included Fox, Palmer, Williams, Perry and Wornell.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track on Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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Pictou County Ultimate welcomes everyone to a pick-up game Tuesday at 6:30 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex at Parkdale. Registration will be taken for their upcoming co-ed summer league, held Tuesday nights from next week until the end of August. Registration fee is $30 including jersey; email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or follow Pictou County Ultimate on facebook for more information.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL BUSINESSES RECEIVE FUNDING FROM MICHELIN PROGRAM
Monday 8th June 2015

Eighteen small businesses in northern Nova Scotia are getting a boost. The Michelin Development community loan program is providing $1.2 million in funding for these companies this year. The program, a partnership between Bergengren Credit Union, Northern Opportunities For Business Limited, Guysborough CBDC and Michelin Development, is entering its second year. New and existing small business owners interested in submitting a business proposal to Michelin Development are invited to visit michelindevelopment.ca for more information.
Michelin Development community loan program recipients:
Ron’s Small Engine, Thorburn
Chelsea's Hair Salon, New Glasgow
South Main Car Care, Westville
Hunt Outdoors Shooting Range, Truro
TKM Trucking (2 loans), Loch Broom
Whack it Down Yer Neck, New Glasgow
Baini Development Ltd. (Convenience Store), Brookfield
MacPherson’s Trailer Service, Westville
3D Auto Parts, Stellarton
McKay Fuels, New Glasgow
TruLeaf/GoodLeaf, Truro
Pete's Pizza, Thorburn
Noremac Tires Ltd, Antigonish
TNB Plumbing & Heating, Westville
Bennett's Market, Antigonish
Forever Memories Equestrian, Bible Hill
Nature's Nook and Kranny, West Branch


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 8 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Monday 8th June 2015

A face familiar to CFL fans will be patrolling the sidelines in Antigonish this fall, as the X-Men Football program has added Jim Daley as Special Team Coordinator. Daley served as CFL head coach with Winnipeg (2004-05) and Saskatchewan (1996-98), guiding the Roughriders to the 1997 Grey Cup game. His Roughriders appointment marked the first time a former CIS or CJFL head coach earned a CFL head coaching position, after coaching at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and with the CJFL Ottawa Sooners.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards peewee AA baseball team took both ends of a double header on Sunday over the Hants North Jays. The Blizzards soared past the Jays in game 1 by a score of 14-1. Cody Leblanc pitched a complete game 1 hitter, striking out 10 batters along the way. Leading the offence was Ray Lowe-Chisholm with 3 hits while Jayden Hatchard added 2. Sam Hickey, Scott Long, Cody MacDougall, Luke Young and Skyler Earle helped out with 1 hit each. The Blizzards rolled to an 11-1 win in game 2, behind a solid pitching performance by Chisholm and Hatchard. Chisholm allowed only 2 hits while striking out 6 over 5 innings, Hatchard struck out all three batters he faced in the 6th. Hickey and Hatchard had 2 hits each to lead the Blizzards offence; while Thomas Devine, Nick MacInnis, Chris Avery, Braydon Killen, MacDougall and Chisholm cracked one hit each. The Blizzards travel to Truro Friday night for a game and then return home on Sunday for a double-header vs. Dartmouth at 1:00 & 3:30
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The North Nova Gryphons’ boys rugby team suffered their first loss of the year, in the provincial high school finals. The Gryphons were shut out 10-0 by the Citadel Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. North Nova was 3-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament, and had a 28-10 win over King’s-Edgehill in a Saturday morning crossover. Kale Mason, J.C. MacRae, Ryan MacDonald and Jacob Pentz had tries for NNEC against King’s-Edgehill, while Mark Leemberg kicked four converts. On the girls' side, the Gryphons lost to CEC 12-8 in a crossover match. Lindsay Feit scored a try, while Caroline Straub kicked a field goal. The Northumberland Nighthawks boys’ team did not make it into Saturday’s games.
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Tough weekend for the XFC boys and girls teams: U12 XFC girls lost 1-0 to Suburban, U14 XFC girls lost 3-2to Halifax Dunbrack, U16 XFC girls lost 4-2 to Halifax Dunbrack, and U18 XFC girls lost 3-0 to Halifax Dunbrack. The U12 XFC boys lost 3-1 to Dartmouth United, and U14 XFC boys lost 3-2 to Halifax County.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track on Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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Pictou County Ultimate welcomes everyone to a pick-up game Tuesday at 6:30 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex at Parkdale. Registration will be taken for their upcoming co-ed summer league, held Tuesday nights from next week until the end of August. Registration fee is $30 including jersey; email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or follow Pictou County Ultimate on facebook for more information.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 6
Saturday 6th June 2015

The Guysborough Broadhorns took both ends of a doubleheader over the St. Andrew's Flyers yesterday in AGR League action. Game 1 saw Rene D'Entremont pitch a shutout as the Broadhorns won 7-0 in five innings. Game 2 was a much closer match-up, as the 'Horns needed 8 innings to earn a 10-9 win. D'Entremont earned his second win on the mound, after coming in to relieve Andrew Connolly.
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A face familiar to CFL fans will be patrolling the sidelines in Antigonish this fall, as the X-Men Football program has added Jim Daley as Special Team Coordinator. Daley served as CFL head coach with Winnipeg (2004-05) and Saskatchewan (1996-98), guiding the Roughriders to the 1997 Grey Cup game. His Roughriders appointment marked the first time a former CIS or CJFL head coach earned a CFL head coaching position, after coaching at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and with the CJFL Ottawa Sooners.
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The Birch Hill MX Team took part in the first round of the CMRC Atlantic Motocross Series at Riverglade MX in Salisbury, New Brunswick on May 30th. Many of the riders were sporting bigger bikes and/or riding in new classes. Brent Chapman finished 6th and 5th in the 65 cc class for a 6th overall and rode his 65 cc bike in the 85 cc (7-11 year old) class to two 8th place finishes. Sammy Daling finished 4th overall in the young ladies class with 3rd and 4th place finishes in her motos. Nole Chapman finished 8th overall in the 85 cc (12-16 year old class) and 9th overall in Supermini. Brandon Daling finished 13th in the Schoolboy class and 14th in the MX2 Junior class. Adam Hilling finished 7th overall in Schoolboy with 5th and 7th place finishes and 5th overall in the MX2 Junior class with a 3rd and a 6th place finish. Colin Holmes rode to finish 6th and 5th in his two motos for 5th overall in Beginner GP. In the Intermediate MX2 Class, David Butler finished 6th overall (5th and 6th). Butler also finished 7th overall in the Under 30 class. The Birch Hill MX team riders will compete again at Strang’s MX Park in Malden, New Brunswick on June 14.
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The Pictou County Thorne’s Burner Kinsmen AAA Bantam baseball team will open the home portion of their season with two doubleheaders on the weekend. The Bantams, who are 2-1 after three road games, will host the Dartmouth Arrows for two games today and then host two tomorrow against the Halifax Mets. Both doubleheaders begin at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season this afternoon with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto will get underway tonight at 6pm with the 5-9 age group while the 10-14 will hit the floor at 7pm, and the 15 & over will play at 8pm. It's $10 per player and there's only three weeks left.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 5 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 5th June 2015

The Birch Hill MX Team took part in the first round of the CMRC Atlantic Motocross Series at Riverglade MX in Salisbury, New Brunswick on May 30th. Many of the riders were sporting bigger bikes and/or riding in new classes. Brent Chapman finished 6th and 5th in the 65 cc class for a 6th overall and rode his 65 cc bike in the 85 cc (7-11 year old) class to two 8th place finishes. Sammy Daling finished 4th overall in the young ladies class with 3rd and 4th place finishes in her motos. Nole Chapman finished 8th overall in the 85 cc (12-16 year old class) and 9th overall in Supermini. Brandon Daling finished 13th in the Schoolboy class and 14th in the MX2 Junior class. Adam Hilling finished 7th overall in Schoolboy with 5th and 7th place finishes and 5th overall in the MX2 Junior class with a 3rd and a 6th place finish. Colin Holmes rode to finish 6th and 5th in his two motos for 5th overall in Beginner GP. In the Intermediate MX2 Class, David Butler finished 6th overall (5th and 6th). Butler also finished 7th overall in the Under 30 class. The Birch Hill MX team riders will compete again at Strang’s MX Park in Malden, New Brunswick on June 14.
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The Pictou County Thorne’s Burner Kinsmen AAA Bantam baseball team will open the home portion of their season with two doubleheaders on the weekend. The Bantams, who are 2-1 after three road games, will host the Dartmouth Arrows for two games on Saturday and then host two on Sunday against the Halifax Mets. Both doubleheaders begin at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow.
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Another Pictou County athlete is preparing to make a name for himself on the world stage later this month. Durham's Jason Sanford is part of Team Canada at the Men's World Softball Championships in Saskatoon from June 26 to July 5. This isn't Sanford's first time representing Canada, having been a part of the team on several occasions since 2008. You can follow Sanford and all of Team Canada's progress through the tournament at the tournament website.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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In the AGR League, with Sunday's doubleheader in Heatherton cancelled due to repairs being done to the field, there will be a make-up game tonight between Arisaig and Heatherton in Heatherton at 6:40. The doubleheader between St.Andrew's and Guysbrough begins at 7.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto will get underway Saturday night at 6pm with the 5-9 age group while the 10-14 will hit the floor at 7pm, and the 15 & over will play at 8pm. It's $10 per player and there's only three weeks left.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 4 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Thursday 4th June 2015


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Another Pictou County athlete is preparing to make a name for himself on the world stage later this month. Yesterday, Softball Canada announced the 17 players named to the roster for the Men's World Softball Championships taking place in Saskatoon from June 26 to July 5. Included on the roster is Durham's Jason Sanford. This is not Sanford's first time representing Canada, having been a part of the team on several occasions since 2008. You can follow Sanford and all of Team Canada's progress through the tournament at the tournament website.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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In Wednesday AGR League action, the season opener saw the Pomquet Acadians down the Heatherton Warriors 5-4. Winning Pitcher was Richie Connors in relief of Murray MacNeil, while the losing Pitcher was Paul Purcell. Top Hitters for Pomquet were: Mark Dort (2/3, Double, Single, 2 RBI’s), Chad O’Connor & Blair Van Orischot each with Solo Homers. For Heatherton: Burton Chisholm Sr (2 Run Homer, 2 RBI’s) and Ricky Bowie (2 RBI’s). On Friday, there's a doubleheader between St.Andrew’s and Guysbrough starting at 7pm, while Sunday’s doubleheader between Arisaig Blues & Heatherton Warriors is cancelled due to work being done on the Heatherton Ball Field.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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FOUR DRIVERS CHARGED WITH STUNTING
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The warmer weather might be leading to cases of lead foot, as RCMP have charged four people with stunting in the last week. On May 28, a 17-year-old female from Antigonish County was charged after being clocked at 143 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Highway 7. Two days later, a 17-year-old Pictou County male was charged with stunting on Hwy 104 near Westville. The driver was allegedly travelling 165 km/h in a posted 110 km/h zone.

On Saturday, two adult males, one from Pictou County and the other from P.E.I., were charged for stunting following a suspected road rage incident in Telford, Pictou County. According to police, one was attempting to pass the other at 172 km/h and the other sped up to 158 km/h to try and prevent the passing.

All four drivers charged face a seven-day suspension of driving privileges. Their vehicles were also towed and seized, and they each face fines of over $2,418.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 3
Wednesday 3rd June 2015


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The summer Pictou County Athletics 13 plus team registration is Tuesday, June 9th at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility from 5:30 to 6:30. Practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 8 pm with the first practice starts on Tuesday, June 9th. For further information, please contact Pat Carty at cartab@hotmail.com or check the website at www.pictoucountyathletics.com
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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The AGR League begins this week. On Wednesday, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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One of the biggest names in hockey is coming to play in the Scott Weeks Charity Golf Tournament next month. Habs legend Guy Lafleur will be this year’s marquee guest. The event is held each year to generate funds for the Scott Weeks Bursary Program, which so far has supported 72 alumni of the Weeks Major Midget and Junior hockey programs.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 30
Saturday 30th May 2015

The Subway Stingers will be holding their next registration for the 2015 season today from 9am-1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse on Foord Street Stellarton. In other news there will be an identification session for the U-10 and U-12 Subway Stingers Rep teams on Monday June 1st. at 6pm on Field-1. The purpose of this session is to evaluate player(s) availability and skill level moving forward with the U-10 and U-12 programs at the competitive levels. Stinger Registration is required to participate If you are not able to attend or require further information please contact Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com
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The Subway Stingers U-14 Rep team will be hosting the Cole Harbour Comets today for a pair of games beginning at 2pm on Dorrington Field-1. The Subway Stingers organization will be playing host tomorrow to Team NS's Female U-18 team as they host Team New Brunswick in a pair of games scheduled to begin at 12pm on Dorrington Field-1. Stingers alumni Hilary Taylor and Kelyn Palmer are part of a strong NS team which is preparing to compete at the Softball Canada U-18 Championship later this summer.
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The NSSAF Regional Track meet continues today at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility. The top 8 finishers from the District Track Meet from Pictou and Cumberland Counties will be competing against the top 8 finishers from the Colchester/Antigonish District Meet. Competition will begin at 9:00 am. The top 8 finishers in each event will qualify for provincials June 5 & 6 at Acadia University.
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Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville was scheduled to hold a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31, however, that tournament has now been postponed to the fall.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday, June 7 th from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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The AGR League begins next week. On Wednesday, June 3, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday, June 5, it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 29
Friday 29th May 2015

The Subway Stingers will be holding their next registration for the 2015 season on Saturday May 30th from 9am-1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse on Foord Street Stellarton. In other news there will be an identification session for the U-10 and U-12 Subway Stingers Rep teams on Monday June 1st. at 6pm on Field-1. The purpose of this session is to evaluate player(s) availability and skill level moving forward with the U-10 and U-12 programs at the competitive levels. Stinger Registration is required to participate If you are not able to attend or require further information please contact Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com
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The Subway Stingers U-14 Rep team will be hosting the Cole Harbour Comets on Saturday for a pair of games beginning at 2pm on Dorrington Field-1. The Subway Stingers organization will be playing host on Sunday to Team NS's Female U-18 team as they host Team New Brunswick in a pair of games beginning at 12pm on Dorrington Field-1. Stingers alumni Hilary Taylor and Kelyn Palmer are part of a strong NS team which is preparing to compete at the Softball Canada U-18 Championship later this summer.
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The NSSAF Regional Track meet will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility. The top 8 finishers from the District Track Meet from Pictou and Cumberland Counties will be competing against the top 8 finishers from the Colchester/Antigonish District Meet. Competition will begin at 9:00 am both days. The top 8 finishers in each event will qualify for provincials June 5 & 6 at Acadia University.
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Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville was scheduled to hold a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31, however, that tournament has now been postponed to the fall.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday, June 7 th from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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The AGR League begins next week. On Wednesday, June 3, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday, June 5, it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 28
Thursday 28th May 2015

The NSSAF Regional Track meet will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility. The top 8 finishers from the District Track Meet from Pictou and Cumberland Counties will be competing against the top 8 finishers from the Colchester/Antigonish District Meet. Competition will begin at 9:00 am both days. The top 8 finishers in each event will qualify for provincials June 5 & 6 at Acadia University.
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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Westville Minor Hockey's Annual General Meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 upstairs in the rink annex. The new executive will be introduced at that time.
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Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville is holding a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on Sunday. For more information please contact the town office at 902-396-1500 or check the Town of Westville Facebook Page for updates.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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The AGR League begins next week. On Wednesday, June 3, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday, June 5, it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 25
Monday 25th May 2015

Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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Congratulations to the JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish who won the first Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate Tournament on Saturday, in a close final, edging out Northumberland 10 - 8 for the championship. The tournament was hosted by Pictou County Ultimate, and featured students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis. Northumberland and JH Gillis will be moving on to represent Northern Nova Scotia at the provincial tournament in June.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games. On Tuesday at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
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This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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Westville Minor Hockey's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday at 6:30 upstairs in the rink annex. The new executive will be introduced at that time.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville is holding a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31st - note that the date has changed from Saturday to Sunday. For more information please contact the town office at 902-396-1500 or check the Town of Westville Facebook Page for updates.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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RESPECT FOR WOMEN MARCH SUNDAY *CORRECTION*
Saturday 23rd May 2015

The fourth annual Respect for Women March takes place in Pictou this weekend. The march is a chance for men to speak out about the abuse of women and girls. The first Respect for Women March was held four years ago in Antigonish in honour of Ottilia Chareka, a St. FX professor who was murdered by her husband. While the event is geared towards men, women and children are encouraged to take part. Correction: The march begins at the deCoste Centre Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 23
Saturday 23rd May 2015

The first high school field lacrosse tournament is happening this weekend in Bible Hill from 9:00am-2:00pm. Players from NNEC, Northumberland, P.A, and Hants East will be playing. The next tournament is May 30th at the NNEC field.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament today from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
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The Prostock Racing tour kicks off today at 4:00pm at Scotia Speedworld. The 100 lap race features Pictou driver Rollie MacDonald.
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This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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The Hector Arena in Pictou will be holding another event for their Summer ball hockey league tonight. For more information on costs, times, age groups and what you need to play, check out “Hector Arena” on Facebook.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 22
Friday 22nd May 2015

The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament tomorrow from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games next week. On Tuesday, May 26th at 5:20pm the #1 seed Team White will hold court versus #4 seed Team Red. At 6:20pm the #2 seed Team Blue will play the #3 seed Team green. Games will take place at New Glasgow Academy.
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The Prostock Racing tour kicks off tomorrow at 4:00pm at Scotia Speedworld. The 100 lap race features Pictou driver Rollie MacDonald.
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This summer from July 10th-12th the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games will be held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. These games include; Track & Field, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Bocce, Bowling, Swimming and Basketball. There are plenty of Volunteer opportunities for these games. Volunteer sign-up can be found on www.sons.ca
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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The Hector Arena in Pictou will be holding another event for their Summer ball hockey league tomorrow night. For more information on costs, times, age groups and what you need to play, check out “Hector Arena” on Facebook.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 21
Thursday 21st May 2015

The Y Tri Club are having their first Annual indoor triathalon this Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The event begins at 8:00am and features swimming, spin biking, and an outside run. There is a $25.00 registration fee. Register at raceroster.com
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The third and final tryout for the U-14 Subway Stingers girls softball team will be held tonight at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is at 7:30pm on field-1. Registration will be taking place for the teams Saturday May 23rd and Saturday May 30th from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Dorrington Field-1 Clubhouse.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting the Northern Nova Scotia High School Ultimate tournament this Saturday from 8-5 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Games will be held all day, with the championship at 4pm. Teams feature students from North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, and JH Gillis from Antigonish. Come out and cheer them on, and take in this fast-paced, growing sport!
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The Hector Arena in Pictou had their first night of ball hockey on Saturday, sponsored by Shiretown Home & Auto. There were 39 kids involved across three divisions: 5 to 9 year olds, 10 to 14 year olds, and 15 and over. It's played pick-up style, choosing teams with the throwing of sticks. Cost is $10 - for more information on this week's schedule check out Hector Arena on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Scotians are now accepting applications for head coach for the upcoming season. Interested applicants may forward a resume to artforsyth7@hotmail.co, or wallysworld1@msn.com. Resumes will be accepted up to and including June 1. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
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PCMHA – Rep Division is now accepting applications for head coaches at all levels. The selection will take place in June. The application process will be open until June 02 . Only those candidates that are shortlisted will be interviewed. The application can be found on the PCHMA website under forms and policies. If you want to apply for more than one team please put that on the application. PCMHA Rep Division is planning the following teams for the 2015-16 season:
Two novice advanced teams
Two Atom A teams
Atom AA
Peewee A
Peewee AA
Peewee AAA
Bantam A.....if the numbers allow it, there could be two
Bantam AA
Midget.....could be A or AA.
These projections will depend on registration numbers.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Trenton Rink Annex. PCMHA is the governing body of hockey in Pictou County and represents more than 1100 minor hockey players. PCMHA is represented by it’s eight divisions comprising of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Trenton, Thorburn, Westville, Pictou, Female and the Rep Division. This meeting is for the PCMHA governing body and the various divisions hold their own annual meetings. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
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SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE IN CAPE BRETON
Wednesday 20th May 2015

A team of sexual assault nurse examiners will soon be available in Sydney.

A release from the provincial government says the nurses have specialized training to help with emotional support, crisis intervention, and forensic evidence collection.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says there are already teams of this nature in both Halifax and Antigonish, and this team will begin helping patients later this year.



MAN DIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Monday 11th May 2015

A 20-year-old man has died after being injured in a car crash in Antigonish county.

The vehicle flipped over May 4th after the driver lost control on Pomquet River Road.

A 21-year-old female passenger was ejected from the car, treated in hospital and eventually released.

The man -from Guysborough County- was airlifted to a hospital in Halifax, but died Saturday.



ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CAUGHT DRIVING IMPAIRED. TWICE.
Thursday 7th May 2015

A 21-year-old man from Heatherton was arrested two times yesterday for impaired driving by drug.

Police say it happened in Antigonish County. He was arrested and taken to the R-C-M-P detachment and charged before being released.

It's alleged he was seen driving on another road less than two hours later, arrested, and charged again.

This time his vehicle was impounded.

The man was released on conditions and is to appear in court August 26th.



20TH JUBILEE ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS
Tuesday 5th May 2015

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New Glasgow Jubilee, and some big names are coming to town. The headliner on Sunday August 2nd will be three-time grammy winners Steve Earle and the Dukes, kicking off their cross Canada tour. The Friday night show July 31st will rock courtesy of Antigonish favorites, The Trews. And there are more acts to be announced in the weeks ahead. Tickets for the three day music festival go on sale starting Saturday morning at 10am. More information can be found on the Jubilee website.

ROAD CLOSED IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY FOLLOWING SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT
Monday 4th May 2015

Drivers in Antigonish County should expect delays. RCMP say there’s a road closure on the Pomquet River Road from Highway 104 to the Meadow Green Road. Police don’t expect the road to re-open until late this afternoon. The closure is due to a single vehicle accident that occurred around 3:15 this morning. Police say the driver of the vehcile lost control of the car, which left the highway and flipped.

The male driver and a female passenger, both 20 years old, were ejected from the vehicle. The male driver has been airlifted to Halifax. The passenger was treated for her injuries and released. The accident is under investigation.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 4 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Monday 4th May 2015

North Nova's rugby teams continue to dominate on the pitch. On Thursday, it was the Gryphons defeating the Northumberland Nighthawks in both boys and girls divisions. North Nova's next trip to Antigonish will be Friday 8 May against Hants East Rural High. The first game will start at 4 p.m. Both Northumberland teams are in Truro on Wednesday to play the CEC Cougars.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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There's still spaces available for the Miss Miles Run on Mother's Day – they have more slots available this year. For complete details, click here.
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ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING STABBING
Sunday 3rd May 2015

A 47 year-old man has been arrested after another man was stabbed in the face in Antigonish County. RCMP say emergency crews responded to a home on Highway 4 in Afton early Saturday morning. A 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and has since been released. Police say a Heatherton man was arrested at a residence in Tracadie around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. He'll appear in court Monday on charges of aggravated assault and breach of probation. Police are investigating, but don't believe the incident was a random act.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 3 *UPDATED 9:50AM*
Sunday 3rd May 2015

Indoor Bantam and Midget baseball, originally scheduled for 6pm and 7pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer complex has been rescheduled to 8pm and 9pm respectively.
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North Nova's rugby teams continue to dominate on the pitch. On Thursday, it was the Gryphons versus the Nighthawks at the St. FX field. On the boy's side, North Nova's Carson Dunbar scored first to take an early lead in the first half. Eric MacLeod kicked the conversion to give the Gryphons a 7-0 lead going into half time. As both teams played hard, passionate rugby it was Jared Livingstone scoring the only other try late in the game, to give North Nova the win. MacLeod also converted to give the Gryphons a 14-0 win. In the second game the Gryphon girls went on to defeat the Nighthawks 61-0. Scoring for North Nova was Katie Pentz with four tries, Keeley MacCuish with two tries and an impressive drop goal for three points, Chay Heath had two tries, Kayla Green with a try Caroline Straub with three converts. Rachel Brown rounding the scoring out with a convert of her own. North Nova's next trip to Antigonish will be Friday 8 May against Hants East Rural High. The first game will start at 4 p.m. Both NRHS teams are in Truro on Wednesday to play the CEC Cougars.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The session will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball is holding another registration for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kinsmen baseball clubhouse, behind the Dairy Queen. Players born between 2000 to 2010 may register for this season. Information regarding the season, registration cost and registration forms are available on their website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com.
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Albion Boxing Club presents a night of amateur boxing at Summer Street Industries this Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, the boxing begins at 7. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any club member or at Big Al's for $15, it's $18 at the door. For more information, e-mail albionboxing@hotmail.com or call 902-771-1876.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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Time is running out to sign up for this year's Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races on 18 May in Trenton. There's races for all ages, so get your entry in by Friday 15 May. Include your name, address and the event you wish to enter. E-mail joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com, call 902-755-4426, or write Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, P.O. Box 684, Trenton NS, B0K 1X0.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 30
Thursday 30th April 2015

North Nova's rugby squads took both games against the CEC Cougars on Tuesday at the St.FX field in Antigonish. The boys were first, with a commanding 33-12 win against the Cougars. Leading the way for the Gryphons was Eric MacLeod with four conversions and eight points, while scoring tries were J.C. MacCrae, Kale Mason, Jacob Pentz, Ryan MacDonald and Carson Dunbar. In the second game, NNEC staved off a strong early push from CEC and scored first on the way to a 43-12 win. Leading the charge for North Nova was Katie Pentz with three tries, Rebecca Taylor with a pair of tries and singles by Haley Conley and Keeley MacCuish. Caroline Straub rounded out the scoring with four conversions. The Gryphons will take on the Northumberland Nighthawks at the St. FX field this afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
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Six members of the New Glasgow-based Pictou County Gymnastics Club – three girls, three boys – competed at Atlantics last week in Saint John, N.B. On the girls’ side, Lindsey Wilson finished fourth on the beam, third in floor and was part of a Team Nova Scotia contingent that won gold in the 14-and-up category. Erin Noftall placed second in bars, floor, beams and vault, and also had a second-place, all-around result. Sydney Condon was third in bars, fourth in floor, sixth in vault and fourth all-around. She also won Team Gold in the Open 7 category. In the boys’ competition, Andrew Fraser finished second overall in the Under-12 category and was named the Top Nova Scotian, barely losing to the eventual champion in his age division, who was from Newfoundland and Labrador. Brady Kennedy was second overall in the 13 and Up division and also won Team Gold. Kennedy, who will head to Moncton in May for the eastern Canadian championships, placed third in floor, rings and the vault, and first in the high bar. Patrick Minehan was third in the high bar, sixth in parallel bars and also won Team Gold in Level 3 boys.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball has set the dates for the initial rep team tryouts for peewee (born 2003, 2002) and Mosquito (born after 2003) for Kinsmen baseball. Due to the poor spring field conditions, tryouts must begin at the indoor sports facility in Stellarton. Cost for each player is $20. Coaches will also have at least two on-field tryout sessions as soon as possible before the teams are posted. Parents are asked to read the rep team information and policies provided on the program’s website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com. Mosquito tryouts at the indoor complex are April 30 from 6-8 p.m, with more to follow. Peewee tryouts at the complex will take place May 3-4, and May 10-11. All times are 6-8 p.m.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:45 am to 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am to 10:30 am Fitness Testing
11:30 am to 1:00 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Registration will be closing soon for the Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on May 10. For complete details, click here.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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Anyone interested in joining a summer ball hockey league at the Hector Arena is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 902-759-8077 or e-mail kentcorbett@bellaliant.net. The idea is in the early stages, but names will be taken until 9 May with more information to come.
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SAFETY STUDY MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Earlier today the province released results of safety studies done for parts of Highway 101, 103, and 104 as a result of the number of accidents taking place on those roads and the call from the public for action. The report for Highway 104, looking at the section between Sutherland's River and Antigonish, a section of road roughly 37.5km long, reported on 11 fatal collisions resulting in 14 deaths from 2008 to 2014. As a result, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has been given a total of 37 recommendations to deal with 27 identified issues related to the safety of that stretch of highway. One such recommendation is to realign the curves of the highway through the Barney's River – Marshy Hope area. Mike Croft, Manager of Traffic Engineering for TIR, says there are obvious issues with that particular area, including the surrounding geogrpahy. Croft says that realignment of those curves will be an expensive undertaking, which means it will likely go into the longer-term solutions five to ten years out. TIR Minister Geoff MacLellan says the recommendations have been accepted, and the next step is to create a plan on how to bring those recommendations into action.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 28
Tuesday 28th April 2015

The North Nova boys and girls rugby teams went undefeated at the Saint Mary's University Annual rugby tournament over the weekend. The Gryphon girls began with a 10-0 win against the Halifax Citadel Phoenix. They then went on to defeat the Avonview B team and the J.L. Ilsley Flames. The boys team played two games in the tournament, shutting out Avonview 40 – 0, and beating Sir John A of Halifax 15-5. North Nova is back to play their regular season, with their home games being played at the St. FX field in Antigonish due to field conditions in Pictou County. This afternoon, both teams will take on CEC Cougars starting at 4 p.m. and Thursday against county rivals Northumberland High School starting at 3 p.m.
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Feelers are being put out to see if anyone is interested in participating in a ball hockey league at the Hector Arena. The idea is in the very early stages to see if there is any interest in such an event in the summer months at the arena. As of now, all ages are being accepted. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kent Corbett at 759-8077 or via email at kentcorbett@bellaliant.net.Names of interested participants will be taken until May 8 and more information in regards to costs, team structure and dates will follow.
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Dawson Fraser of the Albion Boxing Club won a unanimous decision over P.E.I.’s Charlie MacDougall Saturday night at Membertou Boxing Club. The lone Albion fighter on the card, Fraser got the win in his 10th amateur bout, moving him into the Open class as he prepares to fight in a May ninth card at Summer Street Industries.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball has set the dates for the initial rep team tryouts for peewee (born 2003, 2002) and Mosquito (born after 2003) for Kinsmen baseball. Due to the poor spring field conditions, tryouts must begin at the indoor sports facility in Stellarton. Cost for each player is $20. Coaches will also have at least two on-field tryout sessions as soon as possible before the teams are posted. Parents are asked to read the rep team information and policies provided on the program’s website: www.kinsmenbaseball.com. Mosquito tryouts at the indoor complex are tonight from 6-7:40 p.m., and April 30 from 6-8 p.m, with more to follow. Peewee tryouts at the complex will take place May 3-4, and May 10-11. All times are 6-8 p.m.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre tonight @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are unable to attend registration, please contact the Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-759-1321 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club will be conducting Spring ID Camps at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on 3 May and 5 May.
Sunday May 3rd
8:00 am to 8:15 am Registration
8:30 am to 9:30 am Fitness Testing
10:00 am to 11:30 pm On-Ice Session
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm On-Ice Session
Tuesday May 5th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm On-Ice Session
For further information please contact Bob Perry, e-mail bperry@ns.sympatico.ca
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On Sunday, May 3rd, North Nova Education Centre's Athletic Council will host their 2nd annual True Grit Race at Trenton Park. The race will start at 9:30am and participants can run distances of 5km or 10km. Cost is $30 for adults or $15 for students, which includes a race shirt. To register, go to: raceroster.com. For additional information about the event, please contact lewislk@ccrsb.ca. All funds raised at the event will go to support student-athletes and upgrades in North Nova's athletic facilities.
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Registration will be closing soon for the Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on May 10. For complete details, click here.
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The 5th annual Relay for Life Ball Hockey tournament will take place May 9 at the North End Rec Centre’s outdoor rink in New Glasgow, beginning at 8 a.m. Money raised will go toward the police service’s entry in the Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 27 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. There are no age restrictions and it is a co-ed event, if teams choose. The entry fee is $20 per player, with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, and organizers are now selling 50/50 tickets, with the draw to be held the day of the tournament. For more information, contact Ryan Leil at 301-5836, Brian Haines at 755-1999 or Dave Guthro at 759-9309.
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A baseball umpiring clinic is coming May 9 to in the gymnasium at the town office in Westville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., the clinic running 9 to 5. This clinic offers Levels 1, 2, and 3, with a cost of $70 for levels 1 and 2, and $100 for Level 3. The cost includes BNSUD membership rates, clinic fees and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current Level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in the Pictou County region must attend. Returning umpires are asked to bring their rulebooks, are advised to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing and are asked to bring a ball glove and a mask if possible. For more information or to pre-register, email joel.rodgers@sobeys.com, or call 902-752-6575 (after 6 p.m.) or 902-752-8371 (ext. 8027) weekdays.
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BERGENGREN CREDIT UNION HOLDS AGM
Friday 24th April 2015

Bergengren Credit Union presented their financial record for the year at its Annual General Meeting in Antigonish. Assets increased to over $228 Million, with a equity position of 6.65 per cent. Net earnings for the year were just under $670 Thousand. At the Annual Meeting, the membership approved the recommendation of the Board of Directors to provide a Patronage Reward to the members of $150,000. A five percent dividend on Equity Shares was also approved.

On the new Board of Directors, newly elected Blair van Veld and Daniel Doiron were joined by returning directors Chris Boyd, Eileen Curry, Kevin MacDonald, Mary Oxner, Randy Peters and Bill Timmons. Incumbents David Harrison, Anne Sears, Garrett Juurlink and Helen MacPherson were re-elected.

LOBSTER FISHERS AND FERRY OPERATORS WATCHING THE ICE
Friday 24th April 2015

The start of the lobster season is being delayed by ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The season in the southern gulf was supposed to start next Thursday, but federal Fisheries officials say there is too much ice in the area. Fishermen from Pugwash to Antigonish and communities in Cape Breton are affected by the delay. It's not clear when it will open, but the department says it will provide an update next week. It says the season for fishermen in Area 29 on the south side of Cape Breton should open as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Northumberland Ferries says that there is still ice build up on the PEI side, but if the wind and weather are favorable they should make their May 1 start date.

NO EX IN ANTIGONISH THIS SUMMER
Thursday 16th April 2015

This year's Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition has been cancelled. In a release this morning, the Exhibition's board says they cannot stage the EX because the Antigonish Arena, where it is usually held, is undergoing renovations between the first of June and the end of September, and there isn't another viable location.


EASTERN STRAIT REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK CREATED
Wednesday 8th April 2015

Five municipalities in the strait area and eastern mainland have come together to create the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network.
The REN is a partnership between the provincial government and municipalities which will take a regional approach to economic development by creating an economic strategy, coordinating efforts and focusing on helping businesses in the region grow.
A private-sector board of regional business leaders will be chosen to lead the network and set its strategic direction.
The board will be appointed by a committee of municipal and provincial representatives.
An inter-municipal agreement gives each partner rights and authority, and outlines the governance for the network.
Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, says this is a significant positive step forward for economic development in the region.
The five municipalities involved are the towns of Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury, and the municipalities of Antigonish, Guysborough and St. Mary's.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 1
Wednesday 1st April 2015

The Dieppe Commandos hold a one game lead in the Meek Division Final of the MHL after doubling Miramichi 8-4. Game 4 will be in Miramichi Thursday. The Truro Bearcats continue their winning ways, edging Valley 4-3. Truro leads 3-0 in the series, and could wrap it up at home Thursday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets is searching for a General Manager for next season. The GM handles team finances, registrations, accommodations, parent meetings, coaches, equipment, and supervises other staff. To apply for the volunteer position, e-mail Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump and Throw Program begins this month in New Glasgow and Pictou. The program is for kids 5-12 years of age, and costs $60 per child, with family rates available. Pictou sessions run each Monday at 6:15, beginning April 13 through June 1. For information, contact genahenderson@icloud.com or phone 902-485-1914. Sessions in New Glasgow will be Wednesdays at 6, starting April 15 through June 3. For information, contact trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or call 902-695-2490.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers participated in the Provincial Day of Champions on Saturday, March 28th and came away as silver medalists! The South Shore Ice Sharks won the provincial title in a well-matched game against the Crushers with a final score of 3-2. The Atom A Crushers had an amazing season which included winning silver at the KFC Tournament in Truro, gold at the Antigonish Automobile Association Tournament, finishing first in the Highland Fundy League and winning the North Conference Championship which took them to the Day of Champions!
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The Bantam A Crushers came home with silver in their final game of their season. Playing Saturday evening at the Colchester Legion Stadium in the Provincial final against the Sackville Flyers, the final score was 6-2 for Sackville. Player of the game went to Spencer Nichol. A huge thank you from all the boys and their families to coaches Larry and Ron Turnbull, Terry DeCoff, Kevin Peterson and Manager Pearl Kelly for a very successful season.
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Shout out to the Pictou County Atom AA Crushers who captured the provincial title on the weekend in Truro. Players are Landon Sim, Keefer Avery, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Liam Berthiume, Lucas Canning, Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, William Fraser, Camden Kelly, Cory MacGillivary, Cameron Young, Michael Law and Thomas Gariepy. Thanks to the coaching staff Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiume, Scott Canning and manager Korey Avery for a great season!
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The Midget A Maripacs won their provincial title over the weekend, with a decisive 7-3 victory. Kiel MacDonald was game MVP with 4 goals and an assist. On Thursday, the Maripacs defend their SEDMHA Odyssey title.
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The Nighthawks U-14 Girls Volleyball team finish March with a perfect record after going 12-0 to win the Saint Mary University U-14 Tournament this weekend. That makes the girls 28-0 for the month.
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The Basketball Nova Scotia U12 Division 5 championships were held this weekend at West Pictou Consolidated School. Stellarton Oak Ridge Royals took home the gold going undefeated in their 5 games. Halifax's Mainland Express, Dartmouth's ABA Celtics, Shelbourne Thrashers, and Valley Shooting Stars all fell to the Royals. The last game saw a great match up between Stellarton and North Preston with Stellarton taking the game 38-36. Tournament MVP went to Marcus MacLeod, Tournament All Star went to Cody MacDougall. Player of the Game awards went to Pierre Aucoin, Brayden MacDonald, and Aaron Hubley. Congratulations also to team members Isak Lannon, Owen Brophy, Kalan Sharpe, Blayse Stevenson, Max MacCallum and Aidan MacPhee for putting up some strong numbers on the boards and playing intense defence! Well done boys! Your coaches and families are very proud!
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A shout out to the Pictou County Lightning basketball U12 boys and girls on their provincial tournaments this past weekend. D5 girls and D6 boys came home with bronze medals, and the D2 girls just missed their bronze but are in 12th place overall in the province! Good showing by all our teams!!
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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The Panthers Volleyball Club's U16 team traveled to Antigonish this past weekend for the 3rd Superseries event hosted by Volleyball Nova Scotia. They came away with three wins and three losses, with two losses going to a tie-breaking third set and within 2 points. Their wins were against Dartmouth in 3 sets, The South Shore Smash in 2 sets, and a nail biter against Bedford Blizzard by scores of 32-30, 26-24. Their strong showing will place them seeded higher in the upcoming Volleyball Nova Scotia Championships taking place in May at the Canada Games Centre.
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A member of the Kanokai Judo Club travelled to Fredericton, NB over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn won silver in the under 81 kg division for Male U21. Congratulations to Kyle!
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP MARCH 31
Tuesday 31st March 2015

The Miramichi Timberwolves look to take the lead in the Meek Division Final of the MHL tonight against the Dieppe Commandos. The Best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. The Truro Bearcats are up 2-0 on the Valley Wildcats in the Eastlink Division Final following a 6-5 win Sunday, game 3 is tonight as well.
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The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team played three games this weekend but could only garner one point and were not able to advance to the crossovers in provincial play. In a hectic day for the tournament organizers, the Gryphons played their first game at the Westville Arena as the Pictou County Wellness Centre was experiencing roof leaks on both ice surfaces. The Gryphons faced the Millwood Knights and were shut out 2-0.
The second game was played out of the Wellness Centre and saw the Gryphons lose 5-2 to JL Ilsley out of Halifax. NNEC faced the Riverview Redmen and had to go to sudden death overtime, where the Redmen scored 30 seconds in to take the win. Kieran MacGillivray played a strong game in the net for the 3-2 loss.
The Citadel Phoenix won the provincial title on Sunday afternoon against the JL Ilsley Judges 4-0.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers participated in the Provincial Day of Champions on Saturday, March 28th and came away as silver medalists! The South Shore Ice Sharks won the provincial title in a well-matched game against the Crushers with a final score of 3-2. The Atom A Crushers had an amazing season which included winning silver at the KFC Tournament in Truro, gold at the Antigonish Automobile Association Tournament, finishing first in the Highland Fundy League and winning the North Conference Championship which took them to the Day of Champions!
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The Bantam A Crushers came home with silver in their final game of their season. Playing Saturday evening at the Colchester Legion Stadium in the Provincial final against the Sackville Flyers, the final score was 6-2 for Sackville. Player of the game went to Spencer Nichol. A huge thank you from all the boys and their families to coaches Larry and Ron Turnbull, Terry DeCoff, Kevin Peterson and Manager Pearl Kelly for a very successful season.
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Shout out to the Pictou County Atom AA Crushers who captured the provincial title on the weekend in Truro. Players are Landon Sim, Keefer Avery, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Liam Berthiume, Lucas Canning, Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, William Fraser, Camden Kelly, Cory MacGillivary, Cameron Young, Michael Law and Thomas Gariepy. Thanks to the coaching staff Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiume, Scott Canning and manager Korey Avery for a great season!
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association ended its season Sunday with two silver medals and one gold. The PeeWee AA Subway Selects had a nail-biting final at Hector Arena Sunday during the provincial finals.  The Selects defeated the Dartmouth Whalers 2-1 in overtime to claim the provincial title. Jenna Hickey scored the winning goal.  The Selects were undefeated in round robin play throughout the weekend.
The Atom A Subway Selects also had their own battle on the ice against the Valley Wild in their provincial showdown Sunday in Truro. The Selects came from behind twice to tie the game, but lost 5-4 in overtime. The Midget A Subway Selects were also silver medalists Sunday in Truro after losing 2-1 to the Yarmouth Mariners.
Both the Atoms and Midgets were named North Conference champions earlier this month which earned them a spot in the Day of Champions provincial finals Sunday. This weekend marked the official end of the Pictou County Female Hockey Association's hockey season. It iced eight female teams this year from novice to midget, all of which had their own success.
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The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons female hockey team won silver medals at the NSSAF Division 1 provincials, the best finish for the club in its history. The Gryphons played a back and forth contest in the championship game at the Antigonish Arena against the C. P. Allen Cheetahs. In a back and forth contest, CPA held on for a 3-2 victory. The Gryphons advanced to the final after defeating the Lockview Dragons in a close 1-0 match in the cross-over. NNEC made it to the semi-final with a perfect record, winning all three round-robin games to take first place in their pool. CPA earned the berth in the final with a 3-1 victory over the host Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals in the other semi-final. The championship game was the second game on Sunday for seven of the players, who also play on the Pictou County Midget A Subway Selects team. They competed at the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions in the morning in Truro, where they also won silver.
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The Midget A Maripacs won their provincial title over the weekend, with a decisive 7-3 victory. Kiel MacDonald was game MVP with 4 goals and an assist. On Thursday, the Maripacs defend their SEDMHA Odyssey title.
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The Nighthawks U-14 Girls Volleyball team finish March with a perfect record after going 12-0 to win the Saint Mary University U-14 Tournament this weekend. That makes the girls 28-0 for the month.
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The Basketball Nova Scotia U12 Division 5 championships were held this weekend at West Pictou Consolidated School.  Stellarton Oak Ridge Royals took home the gold going undefeated in their 5 games.  Halifax's Mainland Express, Dartmouth's ABA Celtics, Shelbourne Thrashers, and Valley Shooting Stars all fell to the Royals.  The last game saw a great match up between Stellarton and North Preston with Stellarton taking the game 38-36.  Tournament MVP went to Marcus MacLeod, Tournament All Star went to Cody MacDougall.  Player of the Game awards went to Pierre Aucoin, Brayden MacDonald, and Aaron Hubley.  Congratulations also to team members Isak Lannon, Owen Brophy, Kalan Sharpe, Blayse Stevenson, Max MacCallum and Aidan MacPhee for putting up some strong numbers on the boards and playing intense defence!  Well done boys!  Your coaches and families are very proud!
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A shout out to the Pictou County Lightning basketball U12 boys and girls on their provincial tournaments this past weekend. D5 girls and D6 boys came home with bronze medals, and the D2 girls just missed their bronze but are in 12th place overall in the province! Good showing by all our teams!!
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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The Panthers Volleyball Club's U16 team traveled to Antigonish this past weekend for the 3rd Superseries event hosted by Volleyball Nova Scotia. They came away with three wins and three losses, with two losses going to a tie-breaking third set and within 2 points. Their wins were against Dartmouth in 3 sets, The South Shore Smash in 2 sets, and a nail biter against Bedford Blizzard by scores of 32-30, 26-24. Their strong showing will place them seeded higher in the upcoming Volleyball Nova Scotia Championships taking place in May at the Canada Games Centre.
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A member of the Kanokai Judo Club travelled to Fredericton, NB over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn won silver in the under 81 kg division for Male U21. Congratulations to Kyle!
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 30 *UPDATED 1:30 PM*
Monday 30th March 2015

The Miramichi Timberwolves have evened up the Meek Division Final of the MHL with a 5-1 home win Saturday night over the Dieppe Commandos. The Best-of-7 series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Tuesday. The Truro Bearcats are up 2-0 on the Valley Wildcats in the Eastlink Division Final following a 6-5 win yesterday.
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The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team played three games this weekend but could only garner one point and were not able to advance to the crossovers in provincial play. In a hectic day for the tournament organizers, the Gryphons played their first game at the Westville Arena as the Pictou County Wellness Centre was experiencing roof leaks on both ice surfaces. The Gryphons faced the Millwood Knights and were shut out 2-0.
The second game was played out of the Wellness Centre and saw the Gryphons lose 5-2 to JL Ilsley out of Halifax. NNEC faced the Riverview Redmen and had to go to sudden death overtime, where the Redmen scored 30 seconds in to take the win. Kieran MacGillivray played a strong game in the net for the 3-2 loss.
The Citadel Phoenix won the provincial title on Sunday afternoon against the JL Ilsley Judges 4-0.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers participated in the Provincial Day of Champions on Saturday, March 28th and came away as silver medalists! The South Shore Ice Sharks won the provincial title in a well-matched game against the Crushers with a final score of 3-2. The Atom A Crushers had an amazing season which included winning silver at the KFC Tournament in Truro, gold at the Antigonish Automobile Association Tournament, finishing first in the Highland Fundy League and winning the North Conference Championship which took them to the Day of Champions!
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The Bantam A Crushers came home with silver in their final game of their season. Playing Saturday evening at the Colchester Legion Stadium in the Provincial final against the Sackville Flyers, the final score was 6-2 for Sackville. Player of the game went to Spencer Nichol. A huge thank you from all the boys and their families to coaches Larry and Ron Turnbull, Terry DeCoff, Kevin Peterson and Manager Pearl Kelly for a very successful season.
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Shout out to the Pictou County Atom AA Crushers who captured the provincial title on the weekend in Truro. Players are Landon Sim, Keefer Avery, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Liam Berthiume, Lucas Canning, Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, William Fraser, Camden Kelly, Cory MacGillivary, Cameron Young, Michael Law and Thomas Gariepy. Thanks to the coaching staff Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiume, Scott Canning and manager Korey Avery for a great season!
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association ended its season Sunday with two silver medals and one gold. The PeeWee AA Subway Selects had a nail-biting final at Hector Arena Sunday during the provincial finals.  The Selects defeated the Dartmouth Whalers 2-1 in overtime to claim the provincial title. Jenna Hickey scored the winning goal.  The Selects were undefeated in round robin play throughout the weekend.
The Atom A Subway Selects also had their own battle on the ice against the Valley Wild in their provincial showdown Sunday in Truro. The Selects came from behind twice to tie the game, but lost 5-4 in overtime. The Midget A Subway Selects were also silver medalists Sunday in Truro after losing 2-1 to the Yarmouth Mariners.
Both the Atoms and Midgets were named North Conference champions earlier this month which earned them a spot in the Day of Champions provincial finals Sunday. This weekend marked the official end of the Pictou County Female Hockey Association's hockey season. It iced eight female teams this year from novice to midget, all of which had their own success.
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The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons female hockey team won silver medals at the NSSAF Division 1 provincials, the best finish for the club in its history. The Gryphons played a back and forth contest in the championship game at the Antigonish Arena against the C. P. Allen Cheetahs. In a back and forth contest, CPA held on for a 3-2 victory. The Gryphons advanced to the final after defeating the Lockview Dragons in a close 1-0 match in the cross-over. NNEC made it to the semi-final with a perfect record, winning all three round-robin games to take first place in their pool. CPA earned the berth in the final with a 3-1 victory over the host Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals in the other semi-final. The championship game was the second game on Sunday for seven of the players, who also play on the Pictou County Midget A Subway Selects team. They competed at the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions in the morning in Truro, where they also won silver.
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The Midget A Maripacs won their provincial title over the weekend, with a decisive 7-3 victory. Kiel MacDonald was game MVP with 4 goals and an assist. On Thursday, the Maripacs defend their SEDMHA Odyssey title.
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The Nighthawks U-14 Girls Volleyball team finish March with a perfect record after going 12-0 to win the Saint Mary University U-14 Tournament this weekend. That makes the girls 28-0 for the month.
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The Basketball Nova Scotia U12 Division 5 championships were held this weekend at West Pictou Consolidated School.  Stellarton Oak Ridge Royals took home the gold going undefeated in their 5 games.  Halifax's Mainland Express, Dartmouth's ABA Celtics, Shelbourne Thrashers, and Valley Shooting Stars all fell to the Royals.  The last game saw a great match up between Stellarton and North Preston with Stellarton taking the game 38-36.  Tournament MVP went to Marcus MacLeod, Tournament All Star went to Cody MacDougall.  Player of the Game awards went to Pierre Aucoin, Brayden MacDonald, and Aaron Hubley.  Congratulations also to team members Isak Lannon, Owen Brophy, Kalan Sharpe, Blayse Stevenson, Max MacCallum and Aidan MacPhee for putting up some strong numbers on the boards and playing intense defence!  Well done boys!  Your coaches and families are very proud!
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A shout out to the Pictou County Lightning basketball U12 boys and girls on their provincial tournaments this past weekend. D5 girls and D6 boys came home with bronze medals, and the D2 girls just missed their bronze but are in 12th place overall in the province! Good showing by all our teams!!
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North Nova Education Centre will host their annual Girls Basketball Spring League during the months of April and May. The league is open to all girls in grades 7-12. Games will be played over a 6 week period. Cost for the league is $50 per person, which includes a league t-shirt. Open registration will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6pm at North Nova Education Centre. For more information please contact Shane Hampton at 755-8180 ext. 143 or email hamptons@ccrsb.ca.
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A member of the Kanokai Judo Club travelled to Fredericton, NB over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn won silver in the under 81 kg division for Male U21. Congratulations to Kyle!
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 29
Sunday 29th March 2015

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The Miramichi Timberwolves have evened up the Meek Division Final of the MHL with a 5-1 home win last night over the Dieppe Commandos. The Best-of-7 series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Tuesday. One game tonight has the Truro Bearcats looking to go up 2-0 on the Valley Wildcats when they host Game 2 of the Eastlink Division Final.
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The semi-finals of the NSSAF Division 1 Boys Hockey Final were played last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, and JL Ilsley and Citadel booked places in the championship game this afternoon. JL Ilsley defeated CEC of Truro 4-1, while Citadel got past Riverview 3-1 to set up this afternoon's meeting. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 1pm. The host North Nova Gryphons finished the Round Robin portion of the tournament with 2 losses and 1 tie.
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The Pictou County Peewee AA Subway Selects have made it into the Championship game of the Provincial Championship tournament being held at the Hector Arena. Game time this morning is 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Women's Hockey Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. They finished the Round Robin with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Auburn 6-1 yeste4rday afternoon. That put them into the semi-finals, where they got past Lockview with a 1-0 win, and have advanced to this afternoon's Gold Medal Game against CP Allen. Game time is 2pm at the Antigonish Arena.
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Today is the final day before the ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shinny pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 28
Saturday 28th March 2015

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The Truro Bearcats have struck first in the Eastlink Division Finals of the MHL, earning a 6-4 victory over the Valley Wildcats last night in Berwick. Jimmy Soper led the way with two goals and an assist. Game 2 in the Best-of-7 series will be played tomorrow at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. In the Meek Division Final, the Dieppe Commandos take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 tonight in Miramichi.
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Results from the opening day of the Division 1 NSSAF Provincial Boys Hockey Championships at the Wellness Centre, with some games yesterday played at the Westville Arena:
CEC 2  Sir John A 1
Citadel 2  Parkview 1
Millwood 2  NNEC 0
Riverview 5  JL Ilsley 4 (shootout)
CEC 4  Parkview 2
Citadel 4  Sir John A  2
Millwood 3  Riverview 4
NNEC  3  JL Ilsley 5
Games continue today at the Wellness Centre.
9:00am. Citadel vs CEC
10:45 am. Parkview vs Sir John A
12:30 pm. Riverview vs NNEC
2:15 pm. JL Ilsley vs Millwood
The semifinals will be played at 7:15pm and 9pm.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. They won both of their opening day games, beating CP Allen 3-2, before shutting out Avon View 7-0. They wrap up the round robin at 12:00noon against Auburn before the semi-finals go tonight at 5:30pm.
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The Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions has moved – because of concerns of snow on the roof at the BMO Centre in Bedford, the tournament will now be played at the Colchester Legion Stadium and Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams!
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub tonight from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They play twice today, at 8:30 this morning and 12:30 in the afternoon.
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The final matchup is set for the NSJHL playoffs, as the Valley Maple Leafs finished off the defending champion Sackville Blazers with a 5-3 win last night. The Maple Leafs win the Fred Fox Division Final in 6 games, and advance to face the Glace Bay Miners in the Provinicial and League Championship series. The series schedule is yet to be announced. The winner will advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Atlantic Canadian Championship hosted by the Western Red Wings of the IJHL.
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Tomorrow is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shinny pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be continuing spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season. All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors. The first session is Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2:30-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions:
March 29 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 4 -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 25 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 2 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 9 - 1:00 to 3:00
may 16 - 1:00 to 3:00
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 27 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Friday 27th March 2015

Division Finals in the MHL are underway. In the Meek Division, the Dieppe Commandos took the first game of the series beating the Miramichi Timberwolves 3-1. The Eastlink Division Final begins tonight in Berwick, when the Valley Wildcats host the Truro Bearcats.
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High school girls curling provincials are taking place in Truro, and this morning two Pictou County schools do battle. North Nova lost to West Kings 8-1 in their Thursday morning game before defeating Halifax West, while Pictou Academy beat Prince Andrew 8-7 before losing to Forest Heights later Thursday. The winner of today’s match advances in the tournament, the losing team gets eliminated. Pictou Academy also had a mixed team at provincials, but lost both of their games – 9-2 against North Kings Education Centre and 8-1 to Halifax West – and are out of the event.
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The Division 1 High School Provincials , hosted by North Nova Gryphons, have made some changes because of roof leaks at the Wellness Centre. The opening ceremonies have been cancelled, and the early games, including North Nova's game against Millwood at 12:30 p.m., have moved to Westville. Tonight at 7:45 p.m., the Gryphons play J.L. Isley, and they have a Saturday tilt against Riverview, at 11:45 a.m.
Semifinals are Saturday night at 6:30 and 8:30, with the championship game slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. Their first match is with Charles P. Allen of Bedford at 10am Friday morning, then Avon View of Windsor at 7:30. Saturday, the Lady Gryphons face off with Auburn Drive at Noon.
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The Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions has moved – because of concerns of snow on the roof at the BMO Centre in Bedford, the tournament will now be played at the Colchester Legion Stadium and Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams!
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub on March 28th from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They have a pair of matches today at 11 and 5, and Saturday at 8:30 and 1:30.
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Sunday is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shimmy pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be continuing spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season. All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors. The first session is Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2:30-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions:
March 29 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 4 -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 25 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 2 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 9 - 1:00 to 3:00
may 16 - 1:00 to 3:00
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 26 *UPDATED 1:00 PM*
Thursday 26th March 2015

Division Finals in the MHL begin tonight. In the Meek Division, as the Dieppe Commandos host the Miramichi Timberwolves. The Eastlink Division Final begins tomorrow in Berwick, when the Valley Wildcats host the Truro Bearcats.
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The North Nova Gryphons are hosting the Division 1 provincials at the wellness centre, beginning on Friday. The opening ceremonies will be Friday at 11:30am at the Wellness Centre and will be hosted by Gene Mills. North Nova plays Millwood at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, have a 7:45 p.m. game against J.L. Isley and a Saturday tilt against Riverview, at 11:45 a.m.
Semifinals are Saturday night at 6:30 and 8:30, with the championship game slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. Their first match is with Charles P. Allen of Bedford at 10am Friday morning, then Avon View of Windsor at 7:30. Saturday, the Lady Gryphons face off with Auburn Drive at Noon.
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The full schedule for the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions is set, and 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams as they play for Provincial titles this Saturday in Bedford.
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub on March 28th from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They have a pair of matches tomorrow at 11 and 5, and Saturday at 8:30 and 1:30.
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Sunday is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shimmy pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The Pictou County Old Timers Hockey League Year End Banquet was held this week at the end of another great season.  Some highlights of the evening included Manager of The Year going to Roddy Urquart after a decade of runner ups. Second Team All-star Center man went to Brian Levy. Marc Theriault took home The League MVP and Best Plus Minus award for the season.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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WINTER STORM WARNING AS SYSTEM PREPARES TO MOVE IN TOMORROW
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Keep your shovels handy. Another round of snowfall is expected in the Maritimes, with some areas of Nova Scotia expecting anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of snow by Wednesday.
Forecasters say the amounts and severity of the storm could vary depending on the track of a low pressure zone.
With the incoming system, Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Pictou, Antigonish, and Colchester Counties, and a Snowfall Warning is in place for eastern Prince Edward Island.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 16 *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Monday 16th March 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are now tied at one game apiece with the Truro Bearcats in their Maritime Hockey League playoff series.

The Weeks went to Truro up 1-0 after a dominating 9-1 victory Thursday night, but couldn't find their stride as the Bearcats picked up a big 7-2 win to even it up.

Game two goes tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre starting at 7:00pm.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers defeated the Truro Bearcats in the final game of the three game series to determine the winner of the Highland/Fundy Zone.

The Crushers will now face the winner in Cape Breton for the Northern Conference title and the right to compete in the Day of Champions.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers have won the Mainland League Championships. They downed the Truro Bearcats on Saturday iwth a score of 5-3. They'll play the Cape Breton League Champions on March 21st at the Wellness Centre.

If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on May 28th at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Glace Bay Miners have a 1-0 series lead over the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Game two was originally set to be played yesterday in Trenton, but due to weather has been postponed again. The new date will be announced soon!
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The Knighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team won the Antigonish U15 and U16 tournament over the weekend.

They went 10-0 in round robin games, and beat the Sackville Sonics U-16 team 25-10, and 25-7 in the final.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30.

Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

Pre-registration is available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.

Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break.

Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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WAITING FOR HOME CARE TOUGHER UNDER LIBERALS: NDP
Thursday 12th March 2015

NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson says the Liberal government has allowed home care wait lists to get longer and longer. Earlier this week the NDP obtained a document through Freedom of Information that shows the waitlist for home care in the Capital District tripled to more than 250 people since October 2014. The data shows waitlists in Pictou County, the Annapolis Valley, and Antigonish have also increased. Wilson says the Liberals have to stop picking fights with health care workers and make health care a priority.

SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 12
Thursday 12th March 2015

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It's playoff time in the Maritime Hockey League. Puck drops on the opening round of the playoffs tonight on two fronts. In Dieppe, the Meek Division semi-final between the Campbellton Tigers and Dieppe Commandos kicks off. Meanwhile, at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Crushers and the Truro Bearcats will start their Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-final. The Crushers limp into the playoffs having won just twice in their last nine games, but all of the stats get reset to zero with the start of the series. All of the games from Truro will be on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with game 2 on Saturday. Tonight's game at the Wellness Centre starts at 7:00pm.
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The second round of the NSJHL playoffs started last night with game 1 of the Fred Fox Division Final. The Sackville Blazers are on the quest for a third consecutive Division and League Championship, and opened their best-of-7 series with the Valley Maple Leafs by earning a 2-1 win at home. Game 2 of the series will be played at the Hants County Arena on Friday. Game 1 of the Sid Rowe Division Final between Glace Bay and the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be played Saturday night in Glace Bay, with Game 2 at Trenton Arena on Sunday night at 7pm.
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All three teams competing from North Nova Education Centre won bronze medals at yesterday's NSSAF Ski Provincials. Over 130 skiers participated in the provincial competition held at Ski Wentworth. The Intermediate girls won the Regional Banner last week and capped off their season with the bronze at provincials. Team members are Kendyl MacDonald, Sarah MacNeil, Kayla Attenborough, Danielle MacEachern, and Victoria Robertson. The senior girls finished second at Regionals and placed third at provincials. The senior girls team members are Maria MacIvor, Nicole Corkum, Breanna McGee, Brittany Lodge, and Sarah Livingston. The Senior Boys also earned a Regional banner last week and followed up with a strong third place finish at provincials. The senior boys team members are Gerry Holle, Kaine Burgess, Connor MacDougall, Brett Quinn and Andrew Straub. Coaches for the NNEC Ski Team are Ed Stewart and Andrew Parsons. 
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The PeeWee AA Pictou County Subway Selects beat TASA 2-0 at the Hector Arena to win the league championship last night.
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It was an incredible season for the Anchor Motors PEEWEE AA Crushers Hockey team.  They prepared themselves well as they travelled to Berwick for the PeeWee AA Mainland HockeyLeague tournament last weekend, March 6-8th.The first team they played was against West Hants  They started the tournament off to a great start as they defeated their opponents 6-3.  Scoring were Brycen MacDonald (2), Luke Young, Kyle Reim, Thomas Devine, and Brody Bowering.  Assists came from Devine, Reim, Nolan MacDonald, Jayden Hatchard (2).  Vaughn MacEachern played the nets.  Brycen MacDonald was named Player of the game.  Second game, the Crushers faced the first place team in the league standings, Western Valley.  They fought hard to keep the valley team close.  Final score was a loss of 1-0.  Cody MacDougall was in nets and earned player of the game for his spectacular performance.  With a good night’s rest, the Crushers met the Amherst Ramblers with a 6-0 shut out by Vaughn MacEachern.  Scoring for the Crushers were Reim, Carson (2), Nolan MacDonald, Hatchard, and Lucas Fraser.  Great team effort was displayed as assists came from Fraser (3), Jansen Langille, Devine, Reim and B. MacDonald. Lucas Fraser was awarded player of the game.Crushers advanced to the playoffs as they played their fourth game against Truro Bearcats.  Crushers had a great match against the Bearcats as the game ended in a 4-4 tie.  Crushers would advance and put Truro out of the tournament.  Scoring were Luke Young (2), Carson, and Devine.  Their assists came from Brycen MacDonald (2), Evan Reynolds, and Devine.  Thomas Devine received player of the game.  The Crushers competed with the Antigonish Bulldogs in the semifinals.  The Bulldogs went 4-0 the whole tournament.  It was a nail biter game as the score remained tied in each period.  Nolan MacDonald scored first with an unassisted goal.  Bulldogs trailed behind closely as they were in the lead after the first period.  Reim and Hatchard were precise with the puck and tied the game going into the third period.  The assists were passed from Young, Reynolds, Nolan MacDonald, and Langille.  As the crowd sat on the edge of their seat with less than five minutes left of the game, Reim and Reynolds teamed up to make the pass for Young to make the wrap around goal into the net.  Final score was a 4-3 win.  MacEachern exceeded his duties in nets, as Young earned player of the game.  The Crushers played their sixth game for the Championship.  Hatchard was on a roll as he opened the scoring and received the assists from Reim and Young.  Brycen MacDonald diligently scored the second goal as he met the puck pass from Devine.  Hatchard had great determination at the puck and carried it after a pass from Reim and Young again, and made a slap shot to the back of the net to put the Crushers ahead 3-1 after the second period.  Western Valley did not give up and were just as determined for the comeback and defeated the Crushers, 5-3, in the Championship game.  MacDougall played in nets and made impressive acrobatic saves as many shots came at him from the opponents.  Hatchard received player of the championship game.Although the regular season hockey games are over for the Peewee AA Crushers, they will be playing in the Home of Hockey Tournament in Windsor next weekend as well as the SEDMHA tournament April 3-5th.
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The Newbridge Academy Gladiators have taken a 3-0 stranglehold on their Best-of-7 NSMMHL semi-final series against the Cole Harbour Wolf Pack with an 8-2 win last night in Cole Harbour. The Gladiators can book their spot in the League Championship Finals with a win at home tomorrow night in Dartmouth. In the other semi-final series, South Shore and Halifax are tied at 1-1. Game three is tomorrow in Bridgewater.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break. Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 10
Tuesday 10th March 2015

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The Pictou County Atom A Subway Selects won the North Conference Female Hockey Federation Championship on Sunday at the Hector Arena with a 4-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Selects were in tough against the Bulldogs with goals in the first period from Abigail MacKenzie for the Selects and Madison Beson for the Bulldogs the game was ties going into the third. The selects came out strong in the third to get the go ahead goal from Jaylen Langille at the beginning of the period. Kenzie Greencorn added the insurance marker with less than two minutes to go. Olivia Fitt also added an empty net goal for the Selects. Goaltender Caitlin Cleary was strong in net for the selects. The Girls now travel to Bedford March 28 to play the winner of the South Conference for the Provincial Championship.
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After a one-week delay the Pictou County Bantam A Crushers were finally able to play their second round playoffs this past weekend against the Truro Bearcats.  Game 1 at the PC Wellness Centre saw Tyler Watters strong in nets as the Crushers and Bearcats scoreless first period. A power play for Truro early in the second period gave the Bearcats the initial lead which did not last long as Munroe MacKay scored for the Crushers with an assist from Carson Ripoll.  Both teams held fast until 4:17 left in the third when Truro scored.  The Crushers then let loose in the final 2 minutes as Noah Teed began with an unassisted goal followed by Ben MacDonald scoring assisted by Spencer Nichol and Nichol secured the win with a pass from Lucas LeBlanc to score the fourth empty net goal, making the final score 4-2 in favor of the Crushers. Game 2 took place Sunday morning at the Truro RECC. The Crushers led this nail bitter of a game as Carson Ripoll scored in the first assisted by Seth Marcipont.  With less than 2 minutes left in the second Truro got past Crusher goalie Wesley Kelly but a long rush by Seth Marcipont and popped in by Nichol had the Crushers ahead 2-1 going into the third period. A hard unassisted shot from point by Cairan Boone gave the Crushers goal 3 but Truro answered shortly after to bring the score up 3-2. With only 3.3 seconds to go and a 2 man advantage the Bearcats evened the score to take the game into OT.  With tensions high Noah Teed was exceptional, and also 'crushed' by his teammates, as he scored the winning sudden death goal 5 minutes into OT. The Crushers ended the weekend as they hosted an exhibition game with the South Shore sharks. With the tension gone from the previous 2 games the Crushers led the Sharks to a 7 - 3 win. The Crushers will next play the winner of the Cape Breton Conference for the right to move on to the Provincial final.
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The Northern N.S. Regional 9-Ball Playoff on March 7th at Century Club was won by an undefeated Billy Martin over Nick Kaiser. Peter Borden was third and Nick Turner was fourth. 5th and 6th were Chris Kemp and John Rushton. 7th and 8th were Lorne Medley and Neil van Rossum.  9th 10th and 11th were Kris Dunbar, Archie Best and Kelly MacIntyre. Based on the results for the entire season, Martin, Kemp, Borden, and Kaiser have advanced to Nationals in Saint John, NB., with Jeff Gillin , Herb Watters, Archie Best, and William Holmes on stand-by if more spots become available.
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The snooker rankings for the Northern Mainland N.S. Region are finished. Century Club will pay the entry and hotel cost for the top eight qualified players to play at SHOTz on March 28th.
The top eight finishers are as follows:
1st    Billy Martin                 102
2nd    Peter Borden               66
3rd     Jeff Gillin                     37
4th    Nick Kaiser                  37
5th    Archie Best                  36
6th    Chris Simmons            24
7th    John Rushton              20
8th    Kris  Dunbar                14
The other ranked players also qualify to play if they wish to: 9th    Don Latter
10th   Jack MacKinnon
11th   Bill Matheson
12th   Shawn Fequet
13th   Chris Kemp
14th    Kyle Henderson
15th    Herb Watters
16th    Jody Turner
17th    Jason Billington
18th    Larry Watkinson
Snooker rankings will resume again in September. Good Luck to you all.
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It's one game, winner take all for the Division One High School Boys Hockey Regional Championship. After North Nova and CEC split the first two games of the best-of-3 series over the weekend, the deciding game goes tonight at 8pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Admission is $2.00 for students and seniors and $4.00 for adults.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is tomorrow night at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 9
Monday 9th March 2015

All four series in the opening round of the NSJHL have now wrapped up, and the Division Finals are set to go. The Sid Rowe Division Final between the Glace Bay Miners and the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians begins this coming Saturday in Glace Bay, with game 2 on Sunday at 7pm in Trenton Arena. Meanwhile, the Sackville Blazers finished off the Liverpool Privateers in 6 games, wrapping up the series on Saturday night, and they now advance to face the Valley Maple Leafs, who needed game 7 last Friday to get past East Hants. Game 1 of the Fred Fox Division Final will go Wednesday when the Maple Leafs visit the Blazers.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are off the ice until this Thursday night when they host the Truro Bearcats in game one of their Maritime Hockey League playoff series. That game starts at 7:00pm Thursday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Here's the Bearcats/Crushers schedule:
Game 1 – Thur, 12 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 2 – Sat, 14 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 3 – Tue, 17 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 4 – Thur, 19 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
If necessary
Game 5 – Sat, 21 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 6 – Mon, 23 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 7 – Wed, 25 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
The other opening round series in the Eastlink Division will have Yarmouth facing Valley. In the Meek, the top seeded Dieppe Commandos will take on the Campbellton Tigers and Woodstock faces Miramichi.
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The Northern Subway Selects have advanced to the Provincial Finals in the NSFMHL after winning game 5 over the East Hants Penguins 5-3 yesterday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Game MVP Patti- Ann Tracy led the Selects attack with 2 goals and an assist. Megan Stewart chipped in with a goal and 2 assists while Julia Scammell and Katie Pentz had single goals. Hilary Taylor and Madelyn Bourque also added assists. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. Sundays game was the third in 3 days for the teams. The ProCresting Penguins forced game 5 with a 6-2 win over the Selects on Saturday evening at the East Hants SportsPlex Julia Scammell led the Selects with a goal and an assist. Madelyn Bourque also scored for the Selects with assists to Patti-Ann Tracy and Amanda Dunning. Saturdays game featured late game heroics from the Subway crew with two late goals to take a 2-1 series lead The first one by forward Hilary Taylor to tie the score and an unassisted effort from linemate Katie Pentz to seal the victory in game three of the Best of 5 Series. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The Selects will now face Metro Boston Pizza in a Best-of-5 series for the right to advance to the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Bedford this weekend, with games 3 and 4 at the Wellness Centre on March 20 and 21. Game 5, if necessary, will be in Bedford on March 22.
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In a hotly contested weekend of exciting female Bantam AA Hockey in Glace Bay, The Pictou County Subway Selects came away with a record of one win, one loss and two ties. Their effort was good enough for a third place finish and a Bronze medal for the second straight year. A couple of Selects were recognized for their stellar play in the tourney. Lindsey Smith was named the top defenseman for the tourney and was also named to the all star team. Defenseman Sophia Wornell was named to the all star team as was Selects goalie Jenna Landry. The Selects continue with the league playoffs this weekend when they host Halifax on Saturday in Pictou.
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The North Nova Gryphons and CEC Cougars are tied at one game each in the best two of three Division One High School Regional Banner Play Offs. On Friday night, the Gryphons earned a 2-1 double overtime victory. On Saturday evening, the Gryphons travelled to Truro for game 2, but lost 4-2. The third and deciding game for the Regional Banner will take place Tuesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $2.00 for students and seniors and $4.00 for adults.
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The Jr high boy\'s basketball team at New Glasgow Academy won bronze at Regionals hosted at their school this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Raptors Mini Boys Basketball Team took home Gold on Sunday March 7th attending The Bedford Classic, known as the largest basketball tournament held in Atlantic Canada, hosting 126 teams and over 1200 players.
In the Raptors opening game Friday night they faced the Jr. X-Men from Antigonish in an intense, fast paced game but out powered the X-Men to take the win 39-34.
On Saturday morning they played the Bedford Eagles. The host team got into foul trouble which had the Raptors scoring a high percentage of points from the foul line. Final score for the Raptors 38-21.
In their third game on Saturday evening the Raptors went head to head with the South Shore Surfers. Both teams matched up equally as the score went back and forth. Raptors pulled away in the final quarter and took the win 48-38.
These wins put the Raptors in the Championship final where they would face the Jr. X-Men again. As in the first game the boys played very intense and the pace picked up as each new quarter started. Both teams battled it out as they knew it could be anybody's game. At the start of the last quarter the Raptors went from a 12 point lead to a 2 point lead when the Jr. X-men had a good run for the basket. The Raptors came out strong in the last four minute shift and pulled ahead. They finished the game 40-32 to take the win.
Game "Hustle" Awards went to Jordan Cameron, Xander Rorison, Keigan Falcitelli and Cal Maxner. Tournament MVP was Cohen Ross.

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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 7
Saturday 7th March 2015

The Valley Maple Leafs staved off elimination in a big game 6 in East Hants earlier this week, and came back in game 7 to take their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series against the East Hants Penguins.

The home team Maple Leafs picked up a 5-2 win last night to move on to the next round of the playoffs.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers swept the Antigonish Bulldogs in their playoff series. The first game ended 10-2, and the 8-3 in favor of Pictou County. This eliminated the need for a game 3.

The Crushers will meet the Truro Bearcats this week-end in their second play-off series to determine the Northern Conference Champion.
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The Pictou County Lightning Mini A girls are hosting an 8 team tournament at NNEC, and teams from across the province are in the county.

Their next games are today at 9 AM, and tonight at 7:30 PM.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email.

Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters.

The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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The Scotsburn Bantam AAA are having an identification camp for the Major Bantam Crushers. It's taking place May 6, 7, and 8th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. The 4 and ½ hours will consist of high tempo practices and inner squad games, as we look for candidates for next year’s Team.

The cost of the camp is $50.00. Please also understand that Hockey NS and the NSMBHL dictate that in order to play in the League with any team you must attend a Spring Camp in your home jurisdiction.

The cost of playing in this Program is $1900 which provides you two (1.5 hrs.) practices each week and most often two games per weekend. There is an opportunity to retrieve $400 by obtaining 2-$200 sweater sponsors. Your family will be responsible for all travel costs.

You can pre-register by providing your name, date of birth, team for 2014-15 and preferred position to greenjeffr@gmail.com.

Registration will take place at 3:45 on May 6, 2015 at which time the fee is required. A brief parent meeting (Q&A session) is scheduled on the first night May 6th right after the on ice session at 6:10 at the Wellness Center.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 6
Friday 6th March 2015

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There were two games in the MHL last night – one was a playoff preview, the other had huge playoff implications. The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers closed out the regular season with a match-up against the team they will face in the opening round of the playoffs. The Crushers scored the first three golas against the Truro Bearcats, but gave up the next five as the 'Cats earned a 5-4 win at the Wellness Centre. These teams will meet in the Eastlink Division semi-finals starting next Thrusday. Our first playoff broadcast on Classic Rock 97.9 will be Game #2, when the Crushers visit Truro on Saturday, 14 March. The other game last night saw Dieppe keep their slim hopes for first place in the Meek Division alive with a 5-3 win over the Woodstock Slammers.
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The full schedule for the series between the Crushers and Bearcats is as follows:
Game 1 – Thur, 12 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 2 – Sat, 14 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 3 – Tue, 17 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 4 – Thur, 19 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
If necessary
Game 5 – Sat, 21 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 6 – Mon, 23 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 7 – Wed, 25 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
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The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final of the NSJHL between the Glace Bay Miners and Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians has been set:
Game 1 – Sat, 14 March – Aecon Atlantic Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 2 – Sun, 15 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7pm at TRENTON ARENA
Game 3 – Sat, 21 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 4 – Sun, 22 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7:30pm at TRENTON ARENA
If necessary
Game 5 – Tue, 24 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 6 – Thu, 26 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7pm at WELLNESS CENTRE
Game 7 – Sun, 29 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers swept their first playoff series against Antigonish in the first two games. The Crushers met the Bulldogs in Antigonish for the first game. The Crushers dominated the second and third periods to win the game 10-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie (5), Lane Lochead (2), Cameron MacKinnon, Dylan Kontuk, and Seth Gallant. Assist went to Lochead, Kontuk, Tanner Murphy, Ian Reynolds, Gallant and Adam Farrell. Later that day the Crushers met the Bulldogs on the ice at home for the second game of the three game series. The Crushers came out on top again with a score of 8-3, eliminating the need for the third playoff game. Scoring for the Crushers was MacKinnon with a hat trick, Reese Smith, Bonvie, Farrell, Gallant and Lochead. Assists went to Smith (3), Murphy, Kontuk (2), Farrell, Conrad Robertson, Brennan Dalton (2), and Bonvie. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Crushers will meet the Truro Bearcats this week-end in their second play-off series to determine the Northern Conference Champion.
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Good luck to the Pictou County Lightning Mini A girls on their home tournament this weekend! They are hosting an 8 team tournament at NNEC, and they will welcome teams from across the province. Their games will be Friday at 6 PM, Saturday at 9 AM, and 7:30 PM. A big thanks to the coaches Brian Macleod and Mark Arbuckle, all the parents an volunteers that help to organize this tournament.
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Good luck to the Panthers Volleyball Club's U-16 team travelling to Cape Breton this weekend to participate in Volleyball Nova Scotia's "Superseries". They will be taking on 6 teams from Cape Breton, Antigonish, West Hants and Truro areas.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs today at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes tomorrow at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Division 1 NSSAF Regional Boys Hockey Championship finals will take place this coming weekend in New Glasgow and Truro. The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey Gryphons will host the CEC Cougars tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7:30 pm. The Gryphons had a bye to the championship round due to their first place finish in regular league play. CEC defeated Dr. JH Gillis in their best two of three to advance to the Championship round.   Game two will take place at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Saturday March 7th at 7:30. If a third game is needed, it will take place on Tuesday, March10th at the Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show tonight with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Will be having open registration for term 3 this evening from 6-8 pm at their building.Cash or cheque only. Spots for ages 18 months and up
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: MARCH 5
Thursday 5th March 2015

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The East Hants Penguins could not finish off the Valley Maple Leafs last night in NSJHL playoff action, as game 6 of the Best-of-7 series went to the visiting Leafs by a score of 3-0. The series is now tied at 3-3 in a series where the home team has lost all six times. That may be good news for the Penguins, as game 7 will go in the Valley on Friday. The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division finals between the Glace Bay Miners and Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians is still yet to be announced.
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What was nearly unthinkable at the Christmas break has happened. The Campbellton Tigers have clinched a playoff spot in the Maritime Hockey League. The Tigers beat the Truro Bearcats 2-0 last night to clinch a playoff spot in the Meek Division. The Tigers could still catch Miramichi for third in the Meek Division if they win both of their final games and the Timberwolves lose both of theirs. The loss by the Bearcats also locks them into fourth place, meaning the game tonight between the Crushers and Bearcats will be a preview of the Eastlink Division semi-final series. Also last night, Miramichi beat Summerside 5-1.
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Congratulation to the A.G. Baillie Memorial School Girls Basketball team for finishing 1st in their league. The team, coached by Sol MacKay and Nichole Bailey, went undefeated throughout their entire season.
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The third and final snooker ranking tour for the Northern N.S. Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia ended at the end of February. The results were:
1st   Bill Martin              25
2nd   Peter Borden         21
3rd    Archie Best           18
4th    Nick Kaiser            10
5th    Chris Simmons      10
6th    John Rushton         9
7th     Kris   Dunbar         7
8th     Kyle Henderson     4
9th     Herb Watters        4
10th   Jody Turner           0
11t     Jeff   Gillin            0
The top EIGHT ranked players overall will be playing at the AAA provincial chanpionship at SHOTz on March 28th and Century Club will pay their entry fee and their hotel cost for Saturday night.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Division 1 NSSAF Regional Boys Hockey Championship finals will take place this coming weekend in New Glasgow and Truro. The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey Gryphons will host the CEC Cougars tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7:30 pm. The Gryphons had a bye to the championship round due to their first place finish in regular league play. CEC defeated Dr. JH Gillis in their best two of three to advance to the Championship round.   Game two will take place at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Saturday March 7th at 7:30. If a third game is needed, it will take place on Tuesday, March 10th at the Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Will be having open registration for term 3 on March 6th from 6-8 pm at their building.Cash or cheque only. Spots for ages 18 months and up
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 4
Wednesday 4th March 2015

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After no games were played last night in the NSJHL playoffs, a big game 6 goes tonight in East Hants. The Penguins have the chance to finish off the Valley Maple Leafs, as they come into game 6 at home with a 3-2 series lead. However, the home team has yet to win in the first five games of the series.
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No games last night in the MHL. Tonight, two games that could decide some playoff positioning will be played. The Miramichi Timberwolves visit the Summerside Western Capitals and the Truro Bearcats head to Campbellton to face the Tigers. A win by the Tigers will clinch a playoff spot for them, while at the same time locking Truro into the fourth seed in the Eastlink Division. A Miramichi win will also clinch the playoff spot for Campbellton.
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Two games were played yesterday in The Walter Duggan European Team Handball League. In the opening game, Denmark defeated Russia 6-4.
Denmark: Raine DeCoste 3, Lucas Cameron 2, Keegan Murray 1
Russia: ChrisAvery 1, Brandon Cameron 1, Lauren Conrad 1, Victoria Robertson 1
In the second game, Britain got past Sweden by a score of 8-6.
Britain: Celine Tran 2, Ethan MacKenzie 2, Gavin Bourque 1, Ethan Mathias 1, Emma Webb 1, Ray Chisholm 1
Sweden: Lucas Cameron 2, Luke Penny 1, Laurel MacIntosh 1, Emma Nuaffts 1, Carris Austin 1
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Congratulations going out to the West Pictou Girls Elementary Basketball Team for placing 1st in their league. The team went undefeated through the entire season under the tutelage of coach Mrs. MacEachern.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 3
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

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There was one game last night in the NSJHL playoffs, as the Sackville Blazers won at home against the Liverpool Privateers, 3-2. The win gives the Blazers a 3-2 series lead in the Fred Fox Division semi-final. Game 6 will go on Saturday. Meanwhile, Game 6 of the series between East Hants and Valley will be played in East Hants tomorrow night.
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The Valley Wildcats moved closer to clinching third place in the Eastlink Division with another convincing win in Amherst last night. In a game that was rescheduled four times due to weather before it finally got played last night, the Wildcats beat the Ramblers 8-2, giving them a 7 point lead on Truro, with the Bearcats having four games remaining. One more win for Valley, or one Truro loss, will ensure the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Bearcats meet in the first round, while Valley will face Yarmouth. The win was also the tenth in a row for the Wildcats.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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A local athlete was honored last night by Pictou County Council for her outstanding achievements in women's rugby. Emma Taylor spent four years as part of St. FX's women's team, which won four straight AUS titles and 3 CIS Titles. Taylor won several tournament MVP and all-star awards at both the regional and national levels in that time. She is currently playing with the X-Women's basketball team as she finishes her degree in Business Administration.
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The NNEC JV Girls basketball team won the bronze medals this past weekend at the NSSAF JV girls provincial championships. They went into the tournament ranked #5 in the province and came out as #3.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club is hosting open registration for the public on Friday March 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for their spring term. Recreational classes are $120.00 for the 12 week term, as well as an additional insurance fee of $30.00 for new members, cash and cheque. Contact (902) 695-3699, or Facebook Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 2
Monday 2nd March 2015

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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Five points from Brandon Verge and four points for Brendon Duff led the Scotians to an 8-3 win last night over the Strait Pirates, and a 4-1 series victory. The Scotians will now face the Glace Bay Miners in the Sid Rowe Division final, after the Miners also ended their first round series last night with a 5-3 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs to complete the sweep. Dates and times for the series between the Scotians and Miners will be announced in the coming days.
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Meanwhile, in the Fred Fox Division, the Liverpool Privateers won 4-2 last night at home against Sackville to even that series up at 2-2. Game 5 goes tonight in Sackvillle. And the series between the East Hants Penguins and Valley Maple Leafs has still yet to see a team win at home. East Hants won in the Valley 3-2 last night to take a 3-2 series lead. If they can break the trend on Wednesday and win at home, they can end the series.
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Three games in three nights for the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers this past weekend saw them end with three losses, falling at home 5-2 to Woodstock on Thursday, before losing to the Wildcats in Berwick on Friday by the same score line, and then dropping a shootout in Truro on Saturday, 5-4. The Crushers have just one regular season game remaining, as they will face Truro again at home on Thursday. Game time at the Wellness Centre will be 7pm.
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The Northern Subway Selects backed by outstanding goaltending from Adi Small salvaged a split in the first two games of the opening best of 5 playoff series with the ProCresting Penguins. Small answered the bell in the first two games stopping all the Penguins shots in regulation and the 5 minute overtime on Saturday. Despite her heroics the Penguins won the first contest on Saturday 1-0 with veteran Penguin forward Taylor Keeping the only player to score during the shootout. The teams returned to action on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the game quickly took on the same look as Saturday with both teams sticking to a tight defensive game backed by solid goaltending. The Selects opened the scoring early in the second on an outstanding second effort play by Kaila Reid with assist from Taylor Perry. Reid and Perry contributed assists on the second goal by Madelyn Bourque late in the second frame to make the final score 2-0. The series resumes at the East Hants Sportsplex on Friday March 6th at 8pm and Saturday March 7th at 5pm. Game 5 if necessary will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday March 8th game time TBA
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers opened their best-of-3 playoff series against the Bay Gulls on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, falling by a score of 6-2. The Crushers will head to St. Margaret's Bay arena this coming Saturday and Sunday, needing to win both games to advance to the provincial championship tournament.
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A number of Pictou County judoka competed at the Canada Games in Prince George, BC. The team had a 5th place finish in the team male and female competitions. Individually, there were 5th place finishes for Maddy Fitt in the female 78 kg division and Cody Angevine of Merigomish in the male 90kg Judo division. Marshall Fitt, in the male 73kg, Kyle Sutherland in the male 81kg, and Megan Constable in the female 57kg category all had 7th place finishes.
Also at the Canada Games, Brandon Bent of New Glasgow finished 8th in the Novice Singles Figure Skating.
Overall, Team Nova Scotia came home with four medals, two silver and two bronze.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects had a win and a loss in Nova Scotia Provincial Bantam AA League playoffs this weekend. The Selects lost to TASA by a score of 3-2 on Friday and beat Cole Harbour 2-1 on Saturday.
On Friday the Subways travelled to Bedford where they took on the Ducks. Sophia Wornell got the selects out to a 1-0 lead in the first period only to have the Ducks score twice to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Hanna Porter tied it up early in the third period and gave the Selects some life. The girls got into penalty trouble late in the third, however and gave up a power play goal with just over a minute to go in a 3-2 loss. Jenna Landry took the loos in goal.
On Saturday The Subways hosted the Cole Harbour Wings at the Hector Arena, a game which saw the return of Camryn Halliday, who has been out the past eight weeks with a severe lower body injury. The Selects spotted a one goal lead in the first before responding themselves a few minutes later. Eva Wornell tied it after tipping a Heath Miller point shot to even it at one. The Selects got the winner late in the third period. Halliday won the faceoff deep in the Wings zone and got the puck to Sarah Macneil who fed Sophia Wornell at the point. Wornell fired a hard pass across to Miller who ripped a slapper through a screen that found the back of the net for the 2-1 win. Victoria Dunn got the win in goal.
The Selects are in late stage preparations for their trip to the Provincial Championships in Glace Bay this weekend. They head to the Cape on Friday where they will take on the Host Glace Bay Miners in Game 1 and then face a strong squad from the Valley in game 2 Friday evening. The winner of the Championships will head to St. John's NL Easter Weekend for the Atlantic Championships.
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Congratulations to the North Nova Varsity Girls' Basketball Team. The girls played in the Provincial Qualifier Tournament on the weekend and have advanced to Division 1 Provincials to be held at Horton High School March 5-7. The girls defeated Dartmouth High School (who were seeded 5th in the Metro High School League) on Friday Night by a score of 77-57. On Saturday morning, the Gryphons went on to defeat the CP Allen Cheetahs (who held the 4th seed in the Metro High School League) by a score of 94-69. Good Luck representing the Northumberland Region at Provincials Girls!
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The “small but mighty” West Pictou Wolverines came out victorious as they captured the 2015 Pictou County Elementary Boys League Championships in a tournament held at New Glasgow Academy this past weekend. It was not an easy task for these boys as with each game played the intensity and pace of the game increased the challenge. The West Pictou team are a very young team consisting of seven grade 4’s one grade 3, one grade 2 and three grade 6’s. In their opening game Friday night the Wolverines faced host team New Glasgow Academy. They took this win with a 49-32 win. The Hustle Defence Award for this game went to Xander Rorison and the Hustle Offence Award went to Cal Maxner. This game crossed them over to play the winners of the other game in their pool which put them up against the AG Baillie Bears The season record with this team was 1-1 (The only game they lost all season, just one week ago) West Pictou came out on top again with a 39-37 finish. The Hustle Offence Award went to Henry Parks and the Defence Hustle Award went to Caden Ross. Results of these two game put the Wolverines in the Championship game where they would face the Walter Duggan Mavericks. The game went back and forth as each team had the lead at various points in the game. The Wolverines came out with a well deserved win with the final score of 47-45. The Offence Hustle Award went to Aidan Tingley and the Defence Hustle Awrd went to Jordan Cameron. Tournament |“All Stars” went to Cohen Ross and Cal Maxner.
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Congratulations to the Peewee A Crushers for wrapping up first place in their league on Friday night. They now head into the playoffs, with dates and times to be announced.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 1
Sunday 1st March 2015

A third consecutive loss for the Weeks Jr A Crushers wrapped up a tough weekend for the team, although this time they did earn a point in the standings as they lost to the Truro Bearcats 5-4 in a shootout.

A wild second period saw 7 goals, including 5 which came in a span of just over 6 minutes. The Crushers and Bearcats will meet again on Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, and with the Valley Wildcats winning 9-1 last night in Amherst, the Crushers and Bearcats will also most likely meet again in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Other scores from the MHL last night have Yarmouth locking up second place in the Eastlink Division with an 8-5 win at home against South Shore, and the Campbellton Tigers move closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 1-0 win against Miramichi.
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Game 3 of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series between the Antigonish Bulldogs and the Glace Bay Junior Miners went last night. The home team Miners picked up an 8-3 win. The Miners now lead that series 3-0.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville today at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 27
Friday 27th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers got a pair of goals from Stephen MacInnis, but it was not enough, as the Woodstock Slammers finished a sweep of the season series with a 5-2 victory last night at the Wellness Centre. The win for the Slammers opens up a four point lead for them over the Dieppe Commandos in the race for first in the Meek Division. The Crushers continue their stretch of three games in three nights tonight in Berwick when they visit the Valley Wildcats. The game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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There were no games last night in the NSJHL playoffs, however tonight will see action resume in two series with a pair of Game 4's. In the Sid Rowe Division semi-finals, the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians bring a 2 games to 1 series lead into Port Hawkesbury for a game with the Strait Pirates. The home team has won all three times so far in this series. Meanwhile, in a series where the home team has yet to win, the East Hants Penguins bring a 2-1 series lead into their home game against the Valley Maple Leafs in a Fred Fox Division semi-final.
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After a short break in league action the Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey club begins their quest for Hockey Nova Scotia’s Female Midget AAA Provincial championship this weekend with games 1 and 2 of a best of 5 Semi-final series against the defending provincial champions ProCresting Penguins. Both games are being played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with game times 5:30pm Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday. The Selects and Penguins faced each other 8 times during the regular season with the Selects taking the season series 5-2-1. Despite the winning record against the Penguins the Selects are taking nothing for granted as the majority of games scores were within 1 or 2 goals. The Selects are led by a balanced offensive attack and solid goaltending from Adi Small and Katie Henderson while the Penguins rely on playoff experience from team leaders Taylor Keeping and Lauren Donovan. To help promote the series the Selects are offering free admission to all Pictou County, Truro and Antigonish Minor hockey players who wear their respective hockey jerseys to the games.
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Golf pro Brain Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 26
Thursday 26th February 2015

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Darryl Smith has stepped down as President of the Maritime Hockey League. The announcement was made by Valley Wildcats Governor Graham Baxter, co-chairman of the Board of Governors, Tuesday. Baxter indicates that the move, effective immediately, was made by Smith due to personal health issues. Dave Ritcey, one of three league vice-presidents, will take over as president on an interim basis.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be looking to do something tonight they have yet to do this season, defeat the Woodstock Slammers. The Slammers are the only team the Crushers do not have a victory against this season, having lost the previous two meetings. This is the final time these teams will meet in the regular season. Game time at the Wellness Centre tonight is 7pm.
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The East Hants Penguins opened up a 2-1 series lead on the Valley Maple Leafs in NSJHL playoff action lat night. The home team has yet to win in the first three games of this series. Game 4 goes tomorrow night in East Hants. Game 4 of the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians series with the Strait Pirates also goes tomorrow night in Port Hawkesbury. The Scotians bring a 2-1 series lead into the game.
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The Peewee AA Crushers faced off with their strong competitors, Antigonish Bulldogs, on the weekend. Crushers persistently demonstrated how to play like a team. The Defense held their opponents off and the Crushers conquered the 4-2 win. Thomas Devine scored the first goal when he took a pass from Brycen MacDonald on a two-on one rush at the net. The second goal was scored by Matthew Carson, passed in from Devine, when he lifted the puck over the Bulldog goalie. It was a 2-2 tie late into the third period when a pass came out from centre ice to Nolan MacDonald from Brody Bowering, and he broke in over the blue line before whipping a shot into the net. Two penalties against the Bulldogs trailed. The Crushers were on a power play and stormed around their opponents net in the final minute of the game. Jayden Hatchard redirected a perfect pass to Kyle Reim and the puck was fired into the Bulldogs net. Vaughn MacEachern robbed the Bulldogs with his impressive glove saves. In the second game, the Crushers did everything they could to gain the win. The first goal was scored by Lucas Fraser as he got himself free with the puck just inside the Bulldogs’ blue line after a pass from Devine and he fired a shot to beat the Bulldog goalie. Hatchard scored the unassisted second goal. Devine received a pass from Landen MacDonald and brought the game to a tie. Even though the Crushers worked hard, the Bulldogs led the game 4-3 into the third period. With less than five minutes to go, the Bulldogs defeated the Crushers with the final score, 5-3. The Crushers stuck together as a team and never let the pressure keep them from displaying sportsmanship throughout the entire game. Cody MacDougall was stellar in the game as goalie. The Peewee AA Crushers will face off with two games against Acadia this upcoming Saturday at the Wellness Centre.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 23
Monday 23rd February 2015

Three games were played last night as the playoffs are in full swing in the NSJHL. At Trenton Arena, the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians took a 2 games to 1 series lead with a 6-3 victory over the Strait Pirates. Brandon Verge had two goals and an assist, while Liam Murphy added three assists in the win. Game 4 goes Friday in Port Hawkesbury, with Game 5 in Trenton next Sunday. Elsewhere, Glace Bay went up 2 games to 0 on the Antigonish Bulldogs with a 5-2 win, while Valley evened up their series with East Hants with a 5-4 win. There is one game tonight, with Game 3 of the series between Liverpool and Sackville. That series is tied 1 game apiece.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers clinched the number one spot in the Eastlink Division last night, without even taking to the ice. The Yarmouth Mariners lost in Berwick to the Valley Wildcats, and with that loss, the Crushers have been guaranteed to finished as the top seed in the Division. Meanwhile, the win by the Wildcats has pushed them into third place, one point in front of the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers have three games in three nights this week, with the Woodstock Slammers coming to the Wellness Centre on Thursday in a matchup of the Division Leaders. Then on Friday the Crushers visit the Wildcats before heading to Truro on Saturday. Both road games will be available on Classic Rock 97.9.
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The NNEC Gryphons have won the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League Championship. The boys team beat the Colchester Education Center Cougars last night at the Wellness Centre with a score of 2-1. Kirklin Murray and Jacob Pentz netted the goals for the Gryphons victory. The team will play the winner of a series between Antigonish and Truro for a Regional 'A' Championships.
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It was a great weekend for Pictou County athletes at the Provincial Winter Special Olympic Games in the Valley. The Pictou County Floor Hockey team had a win and a loss in the round-robin portion, and then went on to win the Consolation Final.
Sherri Wolfenden finished third in her 100m Snowshoe race and2nd in the 200m, .
Michelle Zuethoff finished second in her 100m Snowshoe race.
Daniel Martin had a 2nd in the 100m Snowshoe, 3rd in the 200m, and won gold in the 800m and 1600m.
Shawn Bennett had a 3rd in the 100m Snowshoe, 2nd in the 200m, 3rd in the 800m, and 3rd in the 400m.
Shey MacDonald finished third in the 400m Snowshoe.
The Pictou County relay team won gold in the 4x100m Snowshoe.
The Pictou 1 Curling team took home a silver medal in the Howard Division, while the Pictou 2 team finished with 2 wins and 2 losses.
Congratulations to all of the Pictou County athletes for a great job this past weekend!
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played a pair of exhibition games this past weekend. The first game went in Truro on Saturday at the RECC vs the Bearcats. The Crushers were outplayed from the start, giving up 5 power play goals in the third period, dropping the tilt 6-0. On Sunday, the Crushers welcomed the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles to the PC Wellness Centre. The Crushers came out on top 4-3. Scoring for the Crushers were Sam McDow with the hat trick, and Matt Munroe with a single. Assists going to Parker Hickey with a pair, Zach Houston, Spencer Creed, Luke Sheehan, Nick Dykstra and Michael MacGillivray. Both Ryan Royles and Nicholas Laffin shared the goaltending duties. The Bantam AA Crushers will be getting ready for their league tournament in Bridgewater beginning on Friday, March 6th.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 22
Sunday 22nd February 2015

There were two games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League last night. The Sackville Blazers looked good against Liverpool, tripling them with a final of 6-2 at the Emera Centre. In other action, the Glace Bay Jr. Miners hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs and beat them 9-4.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians host the Strait Pirates at the Trenton Arena tonight for game 3 in their playoff series, which is currently tied at 1 game apiece.
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The NNEC Gryphons have won the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League Championship. The boys team beat the Colchester Education Center Cougars last night at the Wellness Centre with a score of 2-1.

Kirklin Murray and Jacob Pentz netted the goals for the Gryphons victory.

The team will play the winner of a series between Antigonish and Truro for a Regional 'A' Championships.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 21
Saturday 21st February 2015

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are now sitting at 1-1 with the Strait Pirates in their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series. Each team has a win at home heading into game three which takes place tomorrow night at the Trenton Arena starting at 7:30pm.

In other league action, the East Hants Penguins picked up a one sided road win, beating the Valley Maple Leafs 7-1 last night at the Windsor Ex.
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Westville Minor Hockey's Annual Pee Wee Tournament at the Westville Miners Sports Center is ongoing until tomorrow afternoon. Sixteen teams representing their respective organizations from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be taking part in the Tournament: 10 B teams and 6 House League Teams.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is holding an evaluation for girls aged 11 and under.

It takes place today from 1:00-4:00pm at NNEC.

Two teams will be formed and based out of Northumberland/Pictou Town and New Glasgow/Stellarton respectively.
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The North Nova Education Centre team beat Antigonish 9-2 last night at the Wellness Centre to advance to today's championship game in the High School League Championships. Their opponents today will be the CEC Cougars, who beat East Hants 3-2 to make the finals. They'll be playing at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7:45pm.
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The Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual free-throw contest at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium today.

The event is for all kids aged 8-14, and runs from 10:00am to 11:30am.

There will be both Male & Female categories for each individual age from 8-14. Winners, of age 10-14 categories will go on to compete in the Regional Championships later this month. Winners from there will go onto the Provincial Championship level.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 20
Friday 20th February 2015

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The Strait Pirates evened up their opening round playoff series with the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians with a 2-1 victory. Spencer Morse scored his second of the playoffs, along with Quinn Marshall, while Brandon Verge got his second of the series for the Scotians. The series is now tied one game apiece. Game 3 of the Best-of-7 goes Sunday night in Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers took both ends of a home and home series with the Amherst Ramblers. After winning 3-0 back on Saturday in the Jungle, the Crushers backed that up with a 5-1 win last night at the Wellness Centre. Lucas Zwaagstra had a three point night for the Crushers with a goal and two assists. Joel Horodzeijczyk had a shut out streak of more than 111 minutes ended when Keegan Marcott got the Ramblers only goal in the third period.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club traveled to Annapolis Valley recently  to compete in Volleyball Nova Scotia's first of three "Superseries" tournaments . The girls team competed in the very competitive U16 division along with 34 other teams across the province. On Saturday they came up against Dartmouth, South Shore and Antigonish teams, winning  all three of their matches. On Sunday they were defeated by the Sackville Sonics team, as well as Antigonish team B and the South West Fusion by a 2 point margin. They acquired 440 points out of a possible 500. Coach Kellock said that the team played hard and all matches but one were very close. The team is travelling to Cape Breton in early March to compete in the second Superseries.
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The League Championship tournament for the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Wellness Centre, with one game played in Antigonish. Action begins today with three quarter-final games, while the North Nova Gryphons get a bye into the semi-finals as the top seed. The quarter-final matchups will pit CEC from Truro against Northumberland tomorrow at 1pm, followed at 3pm by Hants East facing off against Amherst. In Antigonish, the Dr. JH Gillis Royals will host Dalbrae. The three winners from this afternoon will join North Nova later this evening for semi-finals played at the Wellness Centre at 7:00 and 7:30pm. Then on Saturday the Bronze Medal and Championship games will be played, with both games set to start at 7:45pm.
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Westville Minor Hockey is holding their Annual Pee Wee Tournament at the Westville Miners Sports Center starting this morning and ending Sunday afternoon. Sixteen teams representing their respective organizations from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be taking part in the Tournament: 10 B teams and 6 House League Teams.
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Two games were played in the Walter Duggan European Indoor Team Handball League yesterday. The opener had Italy defeating Portugal 7-5.
Italy: Brendan Avery 3, Joe Walsh 2, Kaiden Moulaison1, Ben Strickland 1
Portugal: Braden James 2, Emma Marshall 2, Kate Phillips 1
In the second game, Mexico and Ireland played to a 5-5 tie.
Mexico: Jake Barkhouse 2, Fox Irving 2, Emma MacLeod 1
Ireland: Kate Koch 2, Kaleb Melanson 2, Sam LeBlanc 1
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The 2015 Provincial Winter Special Olympics are taking place in the Valley this weekend, starting with the Opening Ceremonies this evening. Good luck to all participants!
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is holding an evaluation for girls aged 11 and under. It takes place this Saturday, February 21st from 1:00-4:00pm at NNEC. Two teams will be formed and based out of Northumberland/Pictou Town and New Glasgow/Stellarton respectively.
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The Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual free-throw contest at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium this Saturday, February 21st. The event is for all kids aged 8-14, and runs from 10:00am to 11:30am. There will be both Male & Female categories for each individual age from 8-14. Winners, of age 10-14 categories will go on to compete in the Regional Championships later this month. Winners from there will go onto the Provincial Championship level.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 18
Thursday 19th February 2015

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Three point nights from Lucas Eshelman and Brad MacEachen, along with a 45 save performance from Mitchell Dunlevy, led the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians to a 5-1 win in Game 1 of their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Strait Pirates last night at Trenton Arena. The NSJHL Regular Season scoring champion Brandon Verge was held to a single goal, but the scoring from the rest of the lineup was more than enough. The Scotians scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded, and once on a penalty shot on their way to the victory. Game 2 goes tonight in Port Hawkesbury, with Game 3 back at Trenton Arena this Sunday at 7pm.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan European Team Handball League. In the first game, Russia defeated Sweden 7-4.
Russia: Lauren Conrad 3, Cole Greene 1, Brandon Cameron 1, Victoria Robertson 1, Raymond Chisholm 1
Sweden: Carris Austin 1, Laurel MacIntosh 1, Ryan Meikle 1, Lucas Cameron1
The second game had Denmark getting past England 8-6.
Denmark: Raine DeCoste 2, Keegan Murray 2, Noah Spaulding 1, Tommy Clark 1, Ty LeCreux 2
Britain: Ethen MacKenzie 2, Celine Tran 2, Emma Webb 1, Matthew Carson 1
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers look to build on a win the last time out in Amherst when they again face the Ramblers tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers have a four point lead in the Eastlink Division over the Yarmouth Mariners, and both teams have five games remaining. This is the only game the Crushers have on their schedule for this week.
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The League Championship tournament for the Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Wellness Centre, with one game played in Antigonish. Action begins Friday with three quarter-final games, while the North Nova Gryphons get a bye into the semi-finals as the top seed. The quarter-final matchups will pit CEC from Truro against Northumberland tomorrow at 1pm, followed at 3pm by Hants East facing off against Amherst. In Antigonish, the Dr. JH Gillis Royals will host Dalbrae. The three winners from Friday afternoon will join North Nova later that evening for semi-finals played at the Wellness Centre at 7:00 and 7:30pm. Then on Saturday the Bronze Medal and Championship games will be played, with both games set to start at 7:45pm.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is holding an evaluation for girls aged 11 and under. It takes place this Saturday, February 21st from 1:00-4:00pm at NNEC. Two teams will be formed and based out of Northumberland/Pictou Town and New Glasgow/Stellarton respectively.
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The Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual free-throw contest at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium this Saturday, February 21st. The event is for all kids aged 8-14, and runs from 10:00am to 11:30am. There will be both Male & Female categories for each individual age from 8-14. Winners, of age 10-14 categories will go on to compete in the Regional Championships later this month. Winners from there will go onto the Provincial Championship level.
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton has teamed up with Brian Affleck, local PGA of Canada Teaching Professional, to run a tune up golf clinic starting this Thursday, February 19th. Tee off times will be between 1:00 and 1:50 that afternoon. Please call the complex, 902-752-3793, to book your mat for $20.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 15
Sunday 15th February 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers found the offense that they needed, as they earned a 3-0 win over the Amherst Ramblers last night at the Jungle in MHL action. Garrett Lambke's 18th of the season was the game winner shortly before the half-way mark of the second period. Joel Horodziejczyk stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn his first shutout as a Crusher. The Crusher win, combined with an 8-2 loss by Yarmouth to the Dieppe Commandos, has reopened a 4 point lead for the Crushers at the top of the Eastlink standings. The loss by the Ramblers, meanwhile, has mathematically eliminated them from playoff contention. Other results from last night saw Campbellton move into fourth place in the Meek Division with a 5-1 win over the County Aces, and the Valley Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with a 4-3 win in Miramichi, eliminating the South Shore Lumberjacks.
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The Strait Pirates found themselves in the win column last night after taking down the Glace Bay Jr. Miners at the BayPlex. The only other game in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League was a high scoring affair, as the Liverpool Privateers hosted the Brookfield Elks, and downed them 8-6.
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The Sackville Flyers took home the championship in the AA Division of the Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Tournament at the Wellness Centre last night, defeating the Shelburne Flames 4-1. The Major Bantam semi-finals go this morning at 8:00 and 8:15. The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers face the Truro Bearcats in one semi-final, while the other semi-final has the Nova Juniors out of Antigonish facing off against the Newbridge Senators from Dartmouth. The Championship game in the Major Bantam Division will take place at 12:00 noon. The schedule was adjusted to try to get the games in as much as possible before the weather system moves in.
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The season has come to an end for the Weeks Major Midgets, after they lost at home last night, 4-2, to the Newbridge Gladiators. The Gladiators win the opening round best-of-7 series against the Weeks in 6 games, and advance to the second round. Two other games last night saw the Halifax Macs take a 3 games to 2 lead on the Valley Wildcats with a 5-4 win, and the Cole Harbour Wolfpack stayed alive with a 4-1 win over the Cape Breton Tradesmen. That series is now tied 3-3.
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton has teamed up with Brian Affleck, local PGA of Canada Teaching Professional, to run a tune up golf clinic starting next Thursday, 19 February. Tee off times will be between 1:00 and 1:50 that afternoon. Please call the complex, 902-752-3793, to book your mat for $20.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 14
Saturday 14th February 2015

After dropping a surprising 4-1 decision to the expansion County Aces, the Weeks Jr. A Crushers have lost their last 3 games in a row. They'll try to get back into the win column tonight as they hit the road to take on the Amherst Ramblers. That game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 6:45pm.
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There were four games in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action last night. The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians earned a road win over the Cumberland Blues with a 5-3 final. The Strait Pirates welcomed the Antigonish team at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and blanked them with a final of 6-0. The Liverpool Privateers picked up a 5-3 win over the East Hants Penguins. And finally, The Valley Maple Leafs hosted the Cole Harbour Colts and beat them 6-4.
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The Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Hockey Tournament kicked off Thursday, and the host Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers earned a 3-0 win over the Newbridge Senators in their first action. The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers were not able to get the win in their first game, as they fell to Strait Richmond by a score of 5-3. Action continues all weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Trenton Minor Hockey will be hosting their FOR THE LOVE of HOCKEY Valentine's Dance at Northend Rec Center tonight from 7:30pm-1:00am. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at Big Al's Convenience Store.
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The Pictou County Bantam A hockey team won both games of their first round playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs. They'll take on the Truro Bearcats in the second round.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this morning starting at 9:00am. You do not need a Nova Scotia fishing license to participate. There is a $5.00 registration fee for adults, but teens and children under 12 can participate for free.
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton has teamed up with Brian Affleck, local PGA of Canada Teaching Professional, to run a tune up golf clinic starting next Thursday, 19 February. Tee off times will be between 1:00 and 1:50 that afternoon. Please call the complex, 902-752-3793, to book your mat for $20.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk tomorrow at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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The Viola Desmond girls volleyball tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather. The tournament is now scheduled to take place on April 18th.
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The Nighthawks under-14 girls volleyball team will be hosting the Antigonish Stoirm under-14 and under-15 at G.R. Saunders Elementary School from 2pm to 4:30pm this Saturday afternoon.
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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER STUDENT CONTRACTS MENINGITIS TWICE
Friday 13th February 2015

A student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish contracted two different strains of meningitis two months apart.
The first year student, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons, has recovered from bouts of Meningitis B in November and Meningitis Y in January, as has returned to his home out-of-province.
The province's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Strang, calls the situation of one student contracting the disease twice very unusual.
Both strains have resulted in deaths in the province this year, with Rylee Sears of Lower Sackville succumbing to the Y strain last month, before Sarah Hastings died at Acadia University on 1 February.
Strang says Nova Scotia is not implementing travel restrictions at this time, instead focussing efforts on vaccinations.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 13
Friday 13th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost their third in a row, while the County Aces won for just the sixth time in their inaugural season as the Aces came into the Wellness Centre and shocked the home town crowd with a 4-1 win. Curtis Hastings scored twice for the Aces,and Anderson Snair stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn the win. The Crushers will look to rebound on Saturday when they visit the Amherst Ramblers. You can catch that game on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Antigonish Bulldogs clinched a playoff spot in the NSJHL last night, without even taking the ice. The Strait Pirates defeated the Cumberland County Blues, 7-2, in Port Hawkesbury, knocking the Blues out of playoff contention and earning the Bulldogs the 4th seed in the Sid Rowe Division. The playoff match-ups are now set, as the Glace Bay Miners will face Antigonish, while the Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have home ice against the Strait Pirates. In the Fred Fox Division, Sackville has earned the top spot, and will take on Liverpool, while East Hants will take on Valley. The only thing left to be decided on the final weekend of the regular season is who will have home ice advantage in the series between the Penguins and Maple Leafs.
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They may have needed overtime to do it, but the Weeks Major Midgets have lived to fight another day. Ben Higgins scored 5 minutes into the second overtime period to earn the Weeks a 2-1 victory over the Newbridge Gladiators in Game 5 of their Best of 7 opening round NSMMHL series. Luke Melanson was one of the huge stories of the game, stopping 43 of 44 shots to keep the Weeks alive in the series. The Gladiators still lead 3 games to 2, and the Weeks will again have their backs to the wall on Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. Game time is 8:30pm to accommodate the schedule of the Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Tournament.
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The Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Hockey Tournament kicked off yesterday, and the host Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers earned a 3-0 win over the Newbridge Senators in their first action. The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers were not able to get the win in their first game, as they fell to Strait Richmond by a score of 5-3. Action continues all weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers continue to add points to keep them on top of their league standings. On the week-end of January 24, 2015, they played a home and home against the Cumberland County Ramblers. The first game in Springhill was a close 6-5 win for the Crushers who had a short bench due to illness. Scoring for the Crushers was Seth Gallant (2), Adam Farrell, Peyton Clements, Cameron MacKinnon, and Ben Wallace. Assists went to Clements (3), Wallace, Farrell, Brent Chapman, and Gallant. At home on Sunday, the Crushers skated to a 9-4 victory over the Ramblers. Farrell had a hat trick, MacKinnon added a pair, and singles went to Clements, Gallant, Wallace and Nikos Bonvie. Assists went to Reese Smith (2), Wallace (2), Dylan Kontuk (2), Brendan Avery (2), Farrell and Bonvie. On Feb 1, the Crushers played an exhibition game at home against the Strait Richmond Atom A team with a 13-2 win. Wallace led the way with five goals, Farrell with three, Chapman with two, and Clements, Brennan Dalton and Lane Lochead with singles. Assists went to Chapman (3), Wallace (3), MacKinnon (2), Lochead, Kontuk, Dalton, Gallant, Bonvie, and Smith. This past week-end the Crushers played two league games against the Antigonish Bulldogs and came away with more two wins. They won the first game 10-2 with Bonvie recording a hat trick, MacKinnon with two, Wallace, Clements, Reynolds, Bonvie and Gallant adding singles. Assists went to Smith (2), Gallant (2), MacKinnon, Reynolds, Farrell, Conrad Robertson, and Tanner Murphy. The second game, on Sunday, ended with a score of 7-2 also in the Crushers favor. Bonvie, Farrell, Lochead, Chapman, Smith, Gallant, and Kontuk scored, with assists to Wallace (2), Gallant, Bonvie, Chapman, Robertson, MacKinnon, Murphy, Farrell, and Avery. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared all the games between the pipes. The Pictou Atom A’s have a break from games this week-end as Pictou County hosts the Bantam Memorial Tournament at the Wellness Center. Come out and support the two local Bantam teams participating in the tournament!
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Trenton Minor Hockey will be hosting their FOR THE LOVE of HOCKEY Valentine's Dance at Northend Rec Center Saturday from 7:30pm-1:00am. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at Big Al's Convenience Store.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this Saturday. In the event of poor weather, the make up date will be Sunday. The Derby will start at 9:00am and run until noon. Participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for adults. teenagers and children 12 and under can participate for free.
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton has teamed up with Brain Affleck, local PGA of Canada Teaching Professional, to run a tune up golf clinic starting next Thursday, 19 February. Tee off times will be between 1:00 and 1:50 that afternoon. Please call the complex, 902-752-3793, to book your mat for $20.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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The Viola Desmond girls volleyball tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather. The tournament is now scheduled to take place on April 18th.
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The Nighthawks under-14 girls volleyball team will be hosting the Antigonish Stoirm under-14 and under-15 at G.R. Saunders Elementary School from 2pm to 4:30pm this Saturday afternoon.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 12
Thursday 12th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to end a two game losing skid tonight when they host the County Aces at the Wellness Centre tonight. The Crushers have met the Aces twice previously this season, winning both. It is the first of two games for the Crushers this week, as they will head to Amherst on Saturday to face the Ramblers. Saturday's game will be on Classic Rock 97.9, with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Cumberland County Blues keep their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Antigonish Bulldogs, 8-4, last night in Springhill. The Blues will need to win tonight in Port Hawkesbury against the Strait Pirates, then beat the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians twice in a home and home series, plus hope that the Bulldogs lose to the Pirates tomorrow night. The Scotians games with the Blues go Friday in Springhill, and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will be trying to keep their season alive when they hit the ice tonight at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. The Weeks are down 3 games to 1 to the Newbridge Academy Gladiators going into Game 5 of the Best-of-7 opening round NSMMHL playoff series. If the Weeks win tonight, Game 6 will go at the Wellness Centre on Saturday at 8:30pm.
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The Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Hockey Tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament honors the memories of three players and one parent who were killed in an automobile accident while returning from a tournament in New Brunswick in February, 1984. The tournament, which includes AA and Major Bantam Divisions, kicks off today and runs through Sunday.
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Trenton Minor Hockey will be hosting their FOR THE LOVE of HOCKEY Valentine's Dance at Northend Rec Center Saturday from 7:30pm-1:00am. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at Big Al's Convenience Store.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this Saturday. In the event of poor weather, the make up date will be Sunday. The Derby will start at 9:00am and run until noon. Participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for adults. teenagers and children 12 and under can participate for free.
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton has teamed up with Brain Affleck, local PGA of Canada Teaching Professional, to run a tune up golf clinic starting next Thursday, 19 February. Tee off times will be between 1:00 and 1:50 that afternoon. Please call the complex, 902-752-3793, to book your mat for $20.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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The Viola Desmond girls volleyball tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to inclement weather. The tournament is now scheduled to take place on April 18th.
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Victim Identified
Tuesday 10th February 2015

Police have released the name of a 48-year-old man who died in a collision in Antigonish County. The Mounties say two vehicles and a transport truck crashed Friday morning on Highway 104 near Monastery. Brian Glen Dove of Sydney was airlifted to a Halifax hospital, where he later died.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 10
Tuesday 10th February 2015

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, as the host Sackville Blazers dominated the Cumberland County Blues 13-3. With the loss, the Blues are on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. One win by Antigonish, or one more Blues loss will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the Sid Rowe Division for the Bulldogs. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are on the road tonight to face the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians will then wrap up the regular season with a home-and-home series against Cumberland on Friday and Sunday.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova League. At the Stellarton Rink, the Thistle Bar will take on Maltese Sports, while at the Hector Arena in Pictou, the Pictou Landing Falcons face off against Nat Pro Gas.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey team took part in an exhibition game this past Friday in Bedford. They played the Metro Boston Pizza team in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie at the BMO Centre. The two teams will meet again this Sunday at the Hector Arena in Pictou at 1:00pm.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column on Thursday when they host the expansion County Aces. The Crushers have lost two in a row, and are just four points ahead of the Yarmouth Mariners in the race for first place in the Eastlink Division. The Crushers will also hit the road this weekend to face the Amherst Ramblers. Saturday's game from the Jungle will be liveon Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45pm. One game in the MHL tonight has the Miramichi Timberwolves in Dieppe to face the Commandos.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will be looking to stave off elimination when the visit the Newbridge Gladiators on Thursday night at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Newbridge carries a 3-1 lead into Game 5 of the Best-of-7 opening round series. If the Weeks win on Thursday, Game 6 will be played at the Wellness Centre, with the date and time yet to be determined.
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The Rugby Nova Scotia Awards Gala was recently held Feb 7th In Halifax . Pictou County's Kris Works and Tanisha Campbell were named the Rugby Nova Scotia Division 2 Male and Female MVPs. Other local Players were named to the Nova Scotia All-Star team in the Mens 2nd division were Graham Hayden ,Bryan Campbell, Kris Works, Dan Briggs and Chase Kirkendall. In the Womens Rugby Nova Scotia Division 2 Allstars included Jami Henley and Tanisha Campbell. In the Rugby Nova Scotia Division 3 local All-Stars named were Carson Dunbar, Kenny Briggs and Corey Bennett. This ends a extremely successful season for the Pictou County Rugby Club which claimed the mens and womens provincial championship .
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Trenton Minor Hockey will be hosting their FOR THE LOVE of HOCKEY Valentine's Dance at North-end Rec Center on February 14th from 7:30pm-1:00am. Entertainment consists of Hypnotist/magician extraordinaire Carmen Giorno with a dance to follow. Music will be provided by NOVASOUNDS. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at Big Al's Convenience Store.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this Saturday the 14th, with the 15th as a back up date in case of poor weather conditions.
Participants can expect to catch brook trout and rainbow trout through the ice. Participants are able to keep two rainbow trout but all speckled trout caught must be released.
The Derby will start at 9:00am and run until noon. Prizes will be awarded to adults and children for the largest rainbow trout caught. As well, all participants will be eligible for draw prizes. The PCRA will be providing free hot and cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks for all Derby participants.
Participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license to participate. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for adults and teenagers and children 12 and under can participate for free.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NORTHEAST NOVA SCOTIA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY OPENS TODAY
Monday 9th February 2015

The new jail in Priestville opens its doors for business today.
The facility replaces those closed in Antigonish and Springhill.
The Department of Justice says the opening will increase the province's capacity by 150 beds.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 9
Monday 9th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers continue to struggle in the third period of home games, as for the fourth time in the last five games at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers could not hold a lead.
They went into the third period with a 4-1 lead last night, but a hat trick by Matt Bursey and a goal from Johnny Erbs gave the Woodstock Slammers a come-from-behind 5-4 win.
The Crushers are still four points up on Yarmouth in the race for first in the Eastlink Division of the MHL with 7 games remaining.
Up next are the expansion County Aces at the Wellness Centre this Thursday.
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The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians had only 13 players available last night, and the short bench showed, as the Scotians fell to the Glace Bay Miners 9-2.
The Scotians have three games left in the regular season, and will finish second in the Sid Rowe Division.
Their opening round opponents in the playoffs, the Strait Pirates, were also in action last night, as they went into Antigonish and beat the Bulldogs 5-4.
One other game in the NSJHL had the host Sackville Blazers get past Valley 7-6.
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The Weeks Major Midgets could not even up their best-of-7 opening round series against the Newbridge Gladiators yesterday afternoon.
The Weeks took Game 3 on Saturday night by a score of 4-3, but the Gladiators came back to win Game 4 5-2, and take a 3 games to 1 lead in the series. The date and time for Game 5 has yet to be determined.
In the other series, Halifax has a 2 games to 1 lead on Valley, Cape Breton and Cole Harbour are tied 2 games apiece, and South Shore has finished a sweep of Cape Breton West in 4 straight games.
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The Pictou County Midget Boys Lightning basketball team picked up a win over the Cole Harbour Rockets Saturday night. The game at the NSCC campus saw the boys walk away with an 83-63 win.
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The Pictou County Lighting Bantam Boys basketball team split two nail-biters over the weekend. In the first game on Saturday, the Lightning defeated Dartmouth Lakers 74-73 with Jaren Johnson hitting a free-throw with one second left to seal the victory. Johnson led the Lightning in scoring with 47, while Glen Cox fired 14 and Jeremy Voutour chipped in 9. Jonah MacEachern and Matt Margeson had 2 each to round out the scoring. On Sunday the Lightning lost a heart-breaker to Truro 56-53. Once again Johnson led the way with 32 points, with Cox adding 11. Nick MacInnis swished home 5 points while Luc and Brett Corbin-Claveau helped out with 4 and 1 points respectively
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It was another split weekend for the Anchor Motors Pee Wee AA Crushers hockey team as they battled the West Hants Warriors. In the first game, the Crushers came up short with a 4-2 loss.
Lucas Fraser hustled from end to end and scored early in the first period, assisted by Nolan MacDonald. Fraser was on fire as he also scored the second goal, unassisted. It wasn’t enough, as the Warriors came to win.
Sunday had a different outcome as the Crushers revealed their own determination to keep their fourth place spot in the league standings.
Matthew Carson (2), Nolan MacDonald, Brycen MacDonald and Brody Bowering all found the back of the net, with assists coming from B. MacDonald, Fraser, Devine (2), Skylar Earle, Bowering, Carson, and Ben MacGillivary.
Warriors bowed their heads as they were defeated 5-1.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects closed out their regular season this past weekend with a tough three game series against metro opponents. On Friday night the Subways travelled to Bedford where they took on the Blues in a physical, tightly contested affair. The Selects came up on the short end of a 3-1 score for only their 4th loss of the regular season. Mariah Linehan had the only goal from Lindsey Smith. Victoria Dunn took the loss in goal.
On Saturday the Selects hosted the TASA Ducks at the Hector Arena in Pictou. The Selects came out hard looking to avenge the loss and had the edge in play for the majority of the game but could not capitalize on the many scoring chances they generated. The game was scoreless through two periods with the Selects having a decided edge in shots on goal. It was TASA, however, who got on the board first, just a minute into the third period. The Subways pressed hard for the equalizer and despite pulling their netminder late in favour of an extra attacker, were unable to score. The Selects outshot the Ducks 25-8 but lost by a score of 1-0. Jenna Landry suffered the loss between the pipes.
On Sunday the Selects returned to Bedford where they took on the Blues in the last game of the regular season. Bedford took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first period. The Selects rallied and carried most of the play and were rewarded just two minutes into the middle frame. Eva Wornell walked out from behind the Blues net and slid one through the five hole to tie it at one. Hannah Porter drew an assist on the play. The Selects got took the lead on the power play on a nice backdoor feed to Chloe MacDonald from Jenna Reid. The Blues tied it up four minutes later when they broke down the right wing and fired a shot that found the mark. After a spirited chat at intermission, the Selects came out hard in the third and got the go ahead goal on the power play. Taylor MacKenzie scored on a rebound in front from Sarah MacNeil and Heath Miller. The Selects looked good for the win but the blues capitalized on a power play of their own with just over five minutes to play in the game. With the score tied at three late in the game, the Selects took another penalty. Jenna Landry made several key saves to hold off the Blues helping the Selects to a 3-3 final.
Pictou County finished second in league standings with 33 points and have earned a birth in the Provincial Championships to be held in Glace Bay the weekend of March 6th. The Selects will travel to the Sweetheart Tournament in PEI next weekend and then begin the building process for their trip to Provincials.
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The PC Bantam A Crushers played the first game of a 3 game playoff series with Antigonish this past Saturday at home in the Wellness Center. After a slow first period the Crushers poured it on in the second with Noah Teed leading the scoring two minutes in, assisted by Cairan Boone and Bryce Thomsen. Three minutes later Spencer Nichol scored assisted by Boone and Seth Marcipont. Less than a minute later Carson Ripoll netted one unassisted. Caden Mclaren answered for Antigonish on a 5 on 3 power play late in the second to leave the score 3-1. The third period began rough for the Crushers as the Bulldogs again scored on a 5 on 3 advantage with Linden Mattie scoring for the Bulldogs. The Crushers then reinforced their lead as Thomsen scored five minutes in to leave the Crushers with a 4-2 win. They face the second game in the series this coming Thursday in Antigonish.
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The Bantam A Subway Selects didn't get any help from Lady Luck against Cape Breton West Sunday in the championship game Sunday at the Antigonish arena.
The Selects fell 1-0 to the Islanders in the gold medal game of the Antigonish Credit Union Female Challenge, but it wasn't from a lack of effort on the part of the Pictou County girls. Goaltender Leigha MacDonald was strong in the nets while the game went end to end for the entire three periods.
The Pictou County Bantam girls played three round robin games on weekend that got them to the finals. They were defeated by the Cape Breton Islanders 2-1 Saturday with Maddie Robertson scoring the lone goal with an assist by Ryleigh Sutherland.
The Bantam A girls rallied in second game and defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 5-1 with goals scored by Sutherland, Lauren Hicks, Hannah Fraser and a double by Mackenzie Ells.
The Subway Selects defeated the Glace Bay Miners 5-0 Sunday morning with goals by Shalyn Bona, Megan MacCarthy, Garyn Purvis and two by Emma Martin. Goaltender Ashley Niven put in a good defensive game between the pipes.
This the Bantam A Subways third tournament of the year and the third time they made it to the championship game. Up next, they head to Prince Edward Island Friday for the 2015 Sweethearts tournament.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this Saturday the 14th, with the 15th as a back up date in case of poor weather conditions.
Participants can expect to catch brook trout and rainbow trout through the ice. Participants are able to keep two rainbow trout but all speckled trout caught must be released.
The Derby will start at 9:00am and run until noon. Prizes will be awarded to adults and children for the largest rainbow trout caught. As well, all participants will be eligible for draw prizes. The PCRA will be providing free hot and cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks for all Derby participants.
Participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license to participate. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for adults and teenagers and children 12 and under can participate for free.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 8
Sunday 8th February 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are back in action tonight after splitting a home and home series with the South Shore Lumberjacks.

On Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, they picked up a 2-1 win, but dropped a 3-2 shootout decision on Friday night in Bridgewater.

They're playing tonight at 7pm against the Woodstock Slammers. This game was originally to be played in November, but the Slammers could not get out of Woodstock that day due to the road conditions.
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There were only two games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League last night. In the first, The Antigonish Bulldogs skated to a 4-3 win in Port Hawkesbury against the Strait Pirates.

The other game saw the Valley Maple Leafs travel to Liverpool to take on the Privateers. The Leafs doubled them up and won 4-2.
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The Pictou County Midget Boys Lightning basketball team picked up a win over the Cole Harbour Rockets last night. The game at the NSCC campus saw the boys walk away with an 83-63 win.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 8th Annual Ice-Fishing Derby at Gairloch Lake this Saturday the 14th, with the 15th as a back up date in case of poor weather conditions.

Participants can expect to catch brook trout and rainbow trout through the ice. Participants are able to keep two rainbow trout but all speckled trout caught must be released.

The Derby will start at 9:00am and run until noon. Prizes will be awarded to adults and children for the largest rainbow trout caught. As well, all participants will be eligible for draw prizes. The PCRA will be providing free hot and cold drinks, hot dogs and snacks for all Derby participants.

Participants will not require a Nova Scotia fishing license to participate. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for adults and teenagers and children 12 and under can participate for free.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell.

There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 7
Saturday 7th February 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have split a home and home series against the South Shore Lumberjacks.

The game last night in Bridgewater needed a shootout to decide a winner, and the Lumberjacks skated away with the win. The final of that game was 3-2.

The night before, the Weeks picked up a 2-1 win at the Wellness Centre.

Added to their schedule is a game tomorrow night at 7pm against the Woodstock Slammers. This game was originally to be played in November, but the Slammers could not get out of Woodstock that day due to the road conditions.
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There were three games last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hit the road and picked up a convincing 8-2 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Sackville Blazers squeaked out a 3-2 victory over the Cole Harbour Colts, and the Brookfield Elks skated to a 2-1 win on the road against the East Hants Penguins.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers hit the road for two away games this weekend. The first game is today in Barrington against the Shelburne Flames.

Tomorrow, they'll visit Bridgewater for a game against the South Shore Sharks.
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The NNEC Gryphons 10th annual female hockey tournament has been cancelled.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell.

There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance.

Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 5
Thursday 5th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will play three games this weekend, including a make up game from November that was postponed due to a storm in western New Brunswick.
The Crushers were already scheduled to play a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at the Wellness Centre, and tomorrow from the LCLC.
Tomorrow's game from Bridgewater will be on Classic Rock 97.9.
Added to the schedule is a game Sunday evening at 7pm against the Woodstock Slammers. This game was originally to be played November 27, but the Slammers could not get out of Woodstock that day due to the road conditions.
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There was one game last night in the MHL. The Woodstock Slammers started a strech of 4 games in 5 nights with a 5-2 win in Summerside. This game was rescheduled twice in the past week before it was finally played last night.
The Slammers now lead the Meek Division by 8 points over the Dieppe Commandos. Woodstock has a home and home set with Miramichi on Friday and Saturday before they make their way here on Sunday.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have locked up second place in the Sid Rowe Division of the NSJHL with five games left on their schedule.
The Scotians play twice this week.
Tomorrow night they visit the Antigonish Bulldogs, before hosting the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club wrapped up the 2014-15 regular season with a pair of games against the McIntyre Chevy Panthers.
The teams met at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday, 31 January with the Selects winning 5-2.
Hannah Richards led the Subway crew with a pair of goals with single markers going to Annika Mason, Madelyn Bourque and Megan Stewart.
Assists went to Kenzie Reid, Kayla Reid and Hilary Taylor with two each. Megan Stewart and Katie Pentz added single helpers.
Katie Henderson played a strong game in goal for the Selects in picking up the win.
Sunday the teams travelled to Centre 200 to complete regular season.
The Selects needed a win and either a Metro Boston Pizza loss or tie against the ProCresting Penguins to claim first place. In a chippy affair the Subway Selects played a disciplined game and backed by the shutout goaltending of Adi Small defeated the Chevy Panthers 4-0.
Patti-Ann Tracy and Katelyn Dunn led the Selects with a goal and 2 assists each with single goals to Megan Stewart and Siena Forance.
With the victory the Selects finished in a first place tie with Metro Boston Pizza. The Metro squad claimed first place overall in a tie breaker having finished with one more win.
Despite the second place finish the Subway Selects finished 15 points better than last year.
The Selects will face the defending provincial champions ProCresting Penguins in the best of 5 semi-finals with two home games on Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Game times TBA.
The Selects will be staying sharp by practicing and playing a number of exhibition games leading up to the start of the playoffs. This Saturday the Subway crew will be travelling to Bedford’s BMO Centre to face Metro Boston Pizza at 1:30pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will need to win at home this weekend to keep their season alive. The Weeks come into the weekend games down 2-0 in their Best-of-7 opening round NSMMHL Playoff series against the Newbridge Gladiators. Game times at the Wellness Centre are 7:30pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will host the Newbridge Senators on Saturday afternoon at 4:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in regular season NSMBHL action. They will then visit the Halifax Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
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The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women basketball teams dropped both ends of a double-header with the Saint Mary's Huskies at the Oland Centre last night. The X-Women fell by a score of 57-46, before the X-Men lost 93-73.
The X-Men and X-Women hockey teams will hit the road tomorrow. The men play St. Mary's in Halifax at 7:00pm, and the women cross the bridge to take on UPEI.
They'll both continue their road trips the next day, when the women hit the ice against Dalhousie at 7:00 in Halifax, and the men play in Wolfville against Acadia.
The track teams will also be participating in meets in Halifax on Saturday and Sunday.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 4
Wednesday 4th February 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will play three games this weekend, including a make up game from November that was postponed due to a storm in western New Brunswick. The Crushers were already scheduled to play a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday and Friday. The Friday game from Bridgewater will be on Classic Rock 97.9. Added to the schedule is a game Sunday evening at 7pm against the Woodstock Slammers. This game was originally to be played November 27, but the Slammers could not get out of Woodstock that day due to the road conditions.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have locked up second place in the Sid Rowe Division of the NSJHL with five games left on their schedule. The Scotians play twice this week. On Friday, they will visit the Antigonish Bulldogs, before hosting the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena. There was one game in the NSJHL last night, as Brookfield got past East Hants 7-6 in overtime.
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The St.FX Sports line up is busy in the next few days. Both basketball teams will host The St. Mary's Huskies tonight at the St. FX Oland Centre.

The women play at 6:00pm, and the men hit the court at 8:00pm.

The X-Men and women's hockey teams will hit the road Friday. The men play St. Mary's in Halifax at 7:00pm, and the women cross the bridge to take on UPEI. They'll both continue their road trips the next day, when the women hit the ice against Dalhousie at 7:00 in Halifax, and the men play in Wolfville against Acadia.

The track teams will also be participating in meets in Halifax on Saturday and Sunday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will need to win at home this weekend to keep their season alive. The Weeks come into the weekend games down 2-0 in their Best-of-7 opening round NSMMHL Playoff series against the Newbridge Gladiators. Game times at the Wellness Centre are 7:30pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will host the Newbridge Senators on Saturday afternoon at 4:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in regular season NSMBHL action. They will then visit the Halifax Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 3 ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 3rd February 2015


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It was a big day yesterday for a former Weeks Jr A Crusher, and a future Crusher. Goaltender Brandon Thibeau was named Universite de Moncton male athlete of the week.
Thibeau was the Crushers starting goalie last season, and this past week started both games, giving up just three goals. Meanwhile, Crusher draft pick Nick Ormon was named the Halifax Macs Player of the Week.
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Some good news for a current Crusher, as well. Stephen MacInnis was named second star of the week for the MHL. In his lone game last week, the 20 year old from Cable Head East, PEI scored once and added a pair of assist in the Crushers’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Yarmouth Mariners at home on Thursday night.
MacInnis currently sits with four goals and 14 assists in 32 regular season games. In addition to already besting his previous high for regular season points in the MHL, MacInnis was honored as the league’s Character Award.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have locked up second place in the Sid Rowe Division of the NSJHL with five games left on their schedule. The Scotians play twice this week. On Friday, they will visit the Antigonish Bulldogs, before hosting the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will need to win at home this weekend to keep their season alive. The Weeks come into the weekend games down 2-0 in their Best-of-7 opening round NSMMHL Playoff series against the Newbridge Gladiators. Game times at the Wellness Centre are 7:30pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.
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The East River Valley Community Development Association will be having their annual Winter Wobble Snowshoe walk on Sunday, February 15th at 1pm. They will be meeting at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Hopewell. There are some snowshoes available but quantities are limited so please book in advance. Register by calling Donna at 759-1734 or email ervcda@live.ca They will be having their usual homemade baked beans & wieners with rolls and hot chocolate.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville on March 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 2
Monday 2nd February 2015


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The North Nova Boys hockey team lost both games of a home and home series against the CEC Cougars this past week.
In Truro, at the Colchester Legion Stadium the Cougars scored the only goal of the first period. Luke Pelton tied the game early in the 2nd frame assisted by Campbell Burrows and Jacob Pentz. Truro scored less than a minute later to take the lead and then put one more in the net before the end of the game. The Gryphons pulled netminder Matt Murray late in the third but were unable to capitalize with the extra attacker and fell 3-1.
The Gryphons hosted the Cougars on Friday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Gryphons had a short bench with 6 injured or sick players and goalie Kieran MacGillivray sustained an injury early in the first period. Call up goalie Thomas Baudoux replaced MacGillvray for the remainder of the of the game. The Cougars got off to a 3 goal first period lead before Chris Brooker broke through with a goal assisted by Cody Haas midway through the second frame. Truro scored two quick goals to start the third and took the game 5-1.
The Gryphons are scheduled to travel to Hants East Tuesday, February 3rd to take on the Tigers in the last regular league game of the season.
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A loss by the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians on Saturday night at home against Cole Harbour, combined with a Glace Bay Miners win at home over the Antigonish Bulldogs has clinched top spot in the Sid Rowe Division for the Miners.
The Scotians will finish second in the Sid Rowe, and will face the third place Strait Pirates in the opening round of the playoffs. Still up for grabs is the final playoff spot in the division, with Antigonish holding a five point lead on Cumberland County with five games remaining.
There is still plenty left to determine in the Fred Fox Division. Sackville, East Hants, Liverpool, and Valley will make the playoffs, but could still end up in virtually any order.
The Scotians still have five regular season games remaining, including a game Friday in Antigonish before hosting Glace Bay on Sunday night.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have dropped the first two games of their first round best-of-seven series against the Newbridge Gladiators. Game one on Saturday went to the Gladiators 5-3, and then yesterday afternoon the Weeks gave up 3 goals in the first period and never recovered as they lost 4-1. Games three and four go this weekend at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou Atom B Maripacs won gold on Sunday at the 21st Annual Adam Larade Tournament in Pictou. The boys won all 3 games to advance to the Gold Medal game against Stellarton. It was an intense game , tied 3-3 at the end of the third period; leading to a 5 minute sudden death overtime period. A few minutes later the game winning goal was scored by Jaden Duplessis. Final score 4-3 for Pictou to win the GOLD.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects shutout the Bedford Blues by a score of 2-0 on Saturday at the West Colchester Arena in Debert.
In only their second meeting of the season, a Selects win could guarantee themselves a birth in the Provincial Championships scheduled for March in Glace Bay.
The teams came out hard in a physical, penalty filled affair. The game was scoreless through the first period and most of the second before Taylor MacKenzie got the Subways on the board with just three minutes remaining in the middle frame. Hannah Porter scored an insurance marker early in the third on a nice feed from MacKenzie.
The Selects managed to kill off a five on three midway through the third to maintain the lead and ultimately secure the win. Jenna Landry played a strong game in goal, earning the shutout.
The victory places the Selects in second place in league standings with three games remaining in their schedule.
The Selects return to league action with a tough three game series next weekend. The Subways travel to Bedford to take on the Blues on Friday night, then host the TASA Ducks on Saturday in Pictou before returning to Bedford to close out their league play against the Blues on Sunday afternoon.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 1ST
Sunday 1st February 2015

There were three games last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians hosted “Minor Hockey Appreciation Night” at the Trenton Rink, but Cole Harbour didn't show too much appreciation for the team when they doubled them up 6-3.

The Glace Bay Jr. Miners had the Antigonish Bulldogs on a tight leash as they blanked them 6-0 at the BayPlex.

The last game saw The East Hants Penguins skate to a 8-4 victory over the Liverpool Privateers.


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In the only game that went last night in the Maritime Hockey League, the Yarmouth Mariners bounced back from their loss to the Crushers and soundly defeated the Campbellton Tigers 4-1. Will King's performance in nets for the Tigers should be noted, as he stopped 30 of 34 shots faced. Compare that to the 12 shots faced by Chase Gaudet, and it's clear how one sided the affair truly was.


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In Major Midget action, the Weeks Major Midgets tasted defeat as the NewBridge Academy team downed them 5-3. The Cape Breton Tradesmen picked up a 1-0 win over the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack, and the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs took down the Cape Breton West Islanders 5-2.


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Hike Nova Scotia, the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, and Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook today at 1 pm.

Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.


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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 27
Tuesday 27th January 2015

There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The home-town Sackville Blazers defeated the visiting Liverpool Privateers 6-4 to extend their lead in the Fred Fox Division to 7 points. The game scheduled for tonight between East Hants and Brookfield has been moved to next Tuesday. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians play twice this week – they will visit the Valley Maple Leafs tomorrow night, then they will be at home Saturday at 5pm against Cole Harbour. The Saturday game will be Minor Hockey Night for the Scotians. Any minor hockey player in Pictou County who wears their jersey to the game will be given free admission when accompanied by an adult.
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The Pictou County Lightning MINI A Girls won their two games on the weekend. The first game was vs Amherst Select 43-22; and the second one vs Celtics (Halifax) 35-27.
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This past weekend the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee A AA Crushers travelled to Sydney and p earned a place in the championship game of the MacDonald Gallagher Memorial Tournament hosted by the Cape Breton County Islanders.
Friday afternoon the Crushers faced off against the Antigonish Bulldogs, and won by a score of 5-4. Connor MacLeod set the tone with an early goal in the first period with Scott Long and MacLean Tobin picking up assists. Scoring next was Sam Hickey from Evan Shea and MacLeod and Ethan MacDonald unassisted giving the crew a 3-0 lead after one. The second period saw MacLeod score from Ryan Greene and Tobin and one by Colin MacGillivray. Brayden Leblanc was rock solid between the pipes. Raymond Chisholm earned player of the game honours.
The second game was against the host team. It was a high scoring affair with the Crushers defeating the Islanders 6-1. Scoring for the Crushers were MacLeod(2), Chisholm, Long, Hickey, and Tobin with Cal Maxner(2), Nole Chapman, Shea, MacLeod, R. Greene, and Long earning assists. In goal was Keegan Walker. Connor MacLeod was named player on the game.
On Saturday the boys went to work and defeated the Bedford Blues 4-0. Scoring for the Crushers were Shea(2), MacLeod, and R.Greene with helpers to Blake Kontuk, R. Greene, Hickey, Chisholm and Shea. Leblanc made key saves to earn the shutout. Evan Shea was selected player of the game.
Even with a 3-0 record, the Fuel Kids needed a tie or win to get to the crossover game on Sunday. The crew faced a tough Sydney Steelers team and dug deep to advance with a 2-1 victory. Walker had the game of his life and kept his team’s quest alive by making impressive saves. Kontuk opened the scoring with a feed from Long in the second and the Steelers came back to tie it. Kontuk scored again to regain the lead. The third period was intense with end to end play, but with strong defensive play by MacGillivray, C. Greene, Maxner, Alexander, and Tobin and with MacLeod shadowing their best player, the crew held it together for the win earning first place in their division. Player of the game went Keegan Walker.
Sunday morning the Crushers faced the Chebucto Atlantics in the crossover and would not be denied. They came out strong and never looked back earning a 4-1 victory. Scoring for the crew were MacLeod(2), Kontuk, and Long with Maxner(2), Tobin and Long picking up assists. Brayden Leblanc had a terrific game in goal. Cole Greene was named player of the game.
With only an hour break the team had to regroup and prepare to play against the Truro Bearcats in the Championship. The Crushers came out strong with Ethan MacDonald opening the scoring with Chapman and Chisholm earning assists. Truro answered back with 3 goals with MacLeod scoring on a perfect feed from R. Greene late in the second to bring them within one. The Bearcats scored early in the third period and sealed the win with an empty net goal for a 5-2 victory. Keegan Walker was solid in goal. Colin MacGillivray was chosen player of the game.
The goaltenders had a fanastic weekend allowing only 11 goals in 6 games earning a combined goals against average of 1.83. Missing due to injury was defenseman Thomas Schnare.
This weekend the Crushers will host the Yarmouth Mariners at the Wellness Centre. Saturday’s game is at 6:15 pm and Sunday’s game is at 9:15 am. Come out and support the team.
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With Tyler Watters in nets and a strong defense the Bantam A Crushers left the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles grounded with a 10-0 home game win. Noah Teed led the charge with 7 points including a hat trick and 4 assists. Carson Ripoll scored 2 and singles went to Spencer Nichol, Cairan Boone, Lauchie Malcolm, Tyler Foote, and Lucas Le blanc. Bryce Thomson helped with 3, Seth Marcipont 2, while Foote, Blake Fraser, Ben Turnbull, and Nichol all had 1 each. The Crushers are scheduled to visit Acadia this coming Sunday in Kentville.
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This coming Saturday, the fifth annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be played. The Northend AllStars and Westside AllStars will face off at the Northend Rec Centre at 7pm. A dance will be held after the game, and all are welcome to attend.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 26
Monday 26th January 2015

Another win for the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians last night at Trenton Arena. Matt Oldfield had a four point night, with two goals and two assists, to lead the Scotians to a 7-4 win over the Valley Maple Leafs. The Scotians will be back on the ice against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, in a game that was postponed from December, before hosting Cole Harbour on Saturday night – note the date change – at Trenton Arena. One other game last night had Antigonish defeat Brookfield 6-1.
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Three games yesterday in the Maritime Hockey League, including the Yarmouth Mariners pulling to within four points of the Weeks Jr A Crushers in the battle for first in the Eastlink Division with an 8-5 win in Summerside. The Mariners and Crushers will face off against each other on Thursday at the Wellness Centre. Other games yesterday saw Truro get past Amherst 7-1, and Campbellton upset Miramichi 5-2.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers welcomed the West Hants Warriors on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers capitlized on many of their scoring opportunites, defeating the Warriors 7-1. Sam McDow lead the way for the Crushers in scoring with 5 points, potting 2 goals and picking up 3 helpers. Also scoring for the Crushers were Matt Martin with a pair, singles to Braydon MacDonald, Zach Houston, and Matt Munroe. Assists going to Nick Dykstra and Michael MacGillivray with 2 each, Parker Hickey and Martin. Nick Laffin made many key saves to pick up the win. The Crushers play a pair of home and home games this weekend vs the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles. Game 1 goes at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday, January 31st at 2:30pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects suffered their first loss since November 23rd at the hands of the Glace Bay Miners this past weekend. The Selects travelled to Glace Bay on Saturday and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Miners who are tops in the Provincial Bantam AA league. The Selects came out flat and were unable to sustain any pressure in the Glace Bay end. The Miners scored ten minutes into the first period and held that lead through three periods. The Selects had the edge in play through most of the second and third periods but were unable to solve the Glace Bay net minder. Victoria Dunn suffered the loss in the Pictou net. The Selects had a much better effort in the Sunday morning match at the Bayplex. Despite spotting a 2-0 lead early, the Subways battled back and scored two of their own to even things up after two periods. Taylor MacKenzie got the Selects on the board after jamming a loose puck home. Mariah Linehan had an assist on the goal. Linehan evened the score on a nice individual rush, beating two defenders and roofing one to the blocker side. Linehan then put the Selects ahead for the first time with eight minutes remaining in the third when, again, she rushed the puck up ice and slipped one over the pads of the Glace Bay goalie. The Selects looked good to earn the win but with just over four minutes to play, gave up a power play goal to the Miners. The Subways pushed hard in the final four minutes to get the extra point but settled for a 3-3 tie. Jenna Landry was in goal for Pictou who were short three players due to the injury bug. The Selects are back in action next weekend when they take on the Bedford Blues at the West Colchester arena in Debert on Saturday. Game time is at 3pm.
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Finland defeated Russia 5-3 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey action last night at the Westville Miners Sports. Julie Anderson’s hat trick and Jayne Murphy’s two goals led the way for Finland. Gina Markie and Stacey Ferguson and Leanne MacDonald replied for Russia.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 24
Saturday 24th January 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers dropped a 5-4 overtime decision at the Wellness Center on Thursday night to the Valley Jr. A Wildcats, but managed to bounce back last night and pick up a 4-3 road win against the Mariners in Yarmouth.

Chase Gaudet and Crushers netminder Joel Horodziejczyk both had busy nights, facing 41 and 31 shots respectively.

Ross Martin picked up two for the Mariners, and Billy Hartley netted a powerplay goal, but it wasn't enough to take down the Crushers.

Daniel Walsh, Luc Poirier, Justin McDonald, and Lucas Zwaagstra picked up the goals for the Weeks victory.


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Four games went last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians came out with a 9-3 victory over the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury.

The East Hants Penguins doubled up the Cole Harbour Colts 12-6.

The Sackville Blazers went to Windsor and left victorious with a final of 5-2 over the Maple Leafs.

And finally, the Antigonish Bulldogs hit the road to Springhill and beat the Cumberland Blues 4-3.


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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue.

Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play.

Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital.

All are welcome.


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Three games go tomorrow in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. 5:00pm has Dewtie's Excavating taking on Thistle Bar. At 6:20 Whitey's Vikings play Maltese Sports, and at 7:50 Nat Pro Gas takes on the Pictou Landing Falcons.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th.

The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.


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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm.

Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize.

See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.


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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Trainer Adam Berry.

The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills.

Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own.

Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.


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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 22
Thursday 22nd January 2015

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians earned their third consecutive victory over the Cumberland County Blues, although this time they needed overtime to do it. Matt Oldfield scored in the extra frame to give the Scotians a sweep of the rare home-and-home-and-home series.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan European Team Handball League. In the first game, Mexico got past Italy by a score of 2-1.
Mexico: Fox Irving 1, Ronnie Hendsbee 1
Italy : Harley Davidson 1
The second game also ended 2-1, this time with Ireland defeating Portugal.
Ireland: Brendan Avery 2
Portugal: Daniel Seymour 1
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers earned another silver medal in the 2015 Antigonish Automobile Association ‘A’ tournament. The Crushers led their division with 2 wins and a tie to take on the Antigonish Bulldogs in the crossover game on Sunday Morning.
Game 1 against Cape Breton West resulted in a 5-0 win with Tyler Foote netting 2, Noah Teed and Spencer Nichol each scored 1 and an assist, Bryce Thomsen scored the 5th goal while Ben MacDonald assisted 2, Broden Decoff, Carson Ripoll, Ben Turnbull, and Lauchie Malcolm all helped.
Saturday morning saw the Crushers lead the TASA ducks as Foote netted the first 2,assisted by Nichol and Malcolm. Cairan Boone scored goal 3 assisted by MacDonald then switched as Macdonald scored assisted by Boone. TASA scored their 4th goal late in the third to tie the second game.
Game 3 saw the Crushers take the Cape Breton County Islanders 2-0 with MacDonald scoring first assisted by Foote then Foote assisted by Macdonald.
The crossover game leading to the championship saw the Crushers face their rival Bulldogs.  The Dogs came out with 2 quick goals on Tyler Watters who then shut them down. Malcolm led the Crushers assisted by Seth Marcipont in the first and Boone tied it up with 1.4 seconds left with help from Malcolm and Foote. The Crushers again came out strong scoring another 3 in the second. Nichol scored the winning goal assisted by LeBlanc, then Blake Fraser secured the win with Boone and Monroe Mackay helping. Ripoll put in the 5th helped by Thomsen and Teed. Third period saw Nichol getting his 5th point of the tournament, Foote his 8th and DeCoff his 2nd.
The Crushers battled the TASA ducks for gold Sunday afternoon but with the officiating against them didn’t have a chance as the Ducks scored 5 powerplay goals taking the banner with a 5-0 win.
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Peewee AA Crushers travelled to Windsor and Kentville last weekend coming home with 2 wins, 2 losses. Crushers played a pair of hard fought games as they defeated West Hants twice, winning 5-4 and 4-2.
Scoring were Brycen MacDonald, Jansen Langille, Lucas Fraser, Brody Bowering (2), and Kyle Reim (2), Luke Young, and Jayden Hatchard. Assists came from Matthew Carson, MacDonald, Ben MacGillivary, Hatchard, Nolan MacDonald and Young.
Sunday’s games had a different outcome as they played the Acadia Bearcats and fell to two losses. Scoring in these games were Skylar Earle, Hatchard, N. MacDonald, and Young.  Assists were Hatchard, Thomas Devine, and Earle.  Final scores were 3-2 and 5-2.
Cody MacDougall and Vaughn MacEachern shared the goaltending duties for all games.
The Anchor Motors Peewee AA team will travel to Moncton this upcoming weekend.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tonight when they host the Valley Wildcats in MHL action. The Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column after losing for the first time in 2015 last week in overtime against the South Shore Lumberjacks. It is the first of back to back games for the Crushers, as they will hit the road Friday to face the Yarmouth Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Northern N.S. Regional Satellite, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, 9-ball ranking tour on Jan. 17th at Century Club in New Glasgow was won by Nick Kaiser of Westville over Neil van Rossum of Antigonish. Kelly MacIntyre of Antigonish came in third and Archie Best of Stellarton was fourth.
The fifth and last satellite tour is still scheduled for Feb 7th 2015 but the Regional Playoff date has been changed from March 28th to March 7th. The AAA Provincial Snooker Championship will now be on March 28th.
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On January 17th, 12 athletes from Pictou County Athletics competed in the Jump Start athletics Moncton Open held at the University of Moncton. All PCA athletes had medal placings and represented the club very well. Participants and placings are as follows:
Kelsey Hann- 12-13 yr old category- 2nd in 60m, 2nd in long jump.
Lauren Quann- 16-17 yr old- 1st in high jump, 1st in 200m, 2nd in 60m Hurdles, 3rd in shot put.
Maria Garcia-Mina- 16-17- 3rd in 60m Hurdles, 7th in 200m
Tatum McLean-16-17- 1st in shot put, 1st in weight throw
Alyssa MacNeil- 18-19- 2nd in 60m
Hailey Fahey- 14-15- 3rd- 300m, 3rd- 800m
Genevieve Lemieux-16-17- 2nd- 800m, 3rd- 1500m
Sarah Munroe- 18-19- 3rd-shot put, 3rd- weight throw
Peter Corbin- 16-17- 1st- 3000m, 3rd- 60 m
Brady Walsh- 18-19- 1st-300m, 2nd 200m, 5th- 60m
Scott Langille-18-19- 1st- 3000m, 2nd-1500m
Tony Corbin- 35+- 2nd- 69m
Pictou County Athletics practices three times per week through the winter and these practices are a great way to stay in shape for any and all spring sports. If you are interested in joining the club, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out the Pictou County Athletics website or Facebook page.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 21
Wednesday 21st January 2015

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, as the Brookfield Elks got past the Antigonish Bulldogs by a score of 4-3. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will hit the ice tonight when they visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. It is the third meeting between these teams in less than a week, with the Scotians winning both previous matchups by a combined scored of 16-7.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers earned another silver medal in the 2015 Antigonish Automobile Association ‘A’ tournament. The Crushers led their division with 2 wins and a tie to take on the Antigonish Bulldogs in the crossover game on Sunday Morning, before moving to the championship game on Sunday where they lost 5-0 to the TASA Ducks.
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Russia and Sweden played to a 5-5 tie In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League at the Westville Miners Sports Center on Sunday evening.
Russia: Debbie MacLean 3, Amy Cameron 2
Sweden: Dawn MacKay 1,  Kayla Robichaud 1, Jayne Murphy 1, Caitlyn MacIsaac 1, Daniel Morin 1
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The girl's NRHS basketball team fell to Hants Easts last night 67-54. Courtney Cruikshank had 14 points and Emilee Feltmate had 10 and Hanna MacDonald added 9. Feltmate also added 13 rebounds and Hannah Mertin dished out 7 assists
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The St. FX men's hockey team are scheduled to play one home game, and hit the road for two away games. They'll host the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at 7:00pm at the Keating Millennium Center, before hitting the road Friday to take on the UPEI team in Charlottetown. They'll wrap up their weekend with a stop in Fredericton to play St. Thomas. The women's team have two games in New Brunswick this weekend. Playing St. Thomas in Fredericton Saturday afternoon, and wrapping up their road trip with a game against Mt. Allison Sunday afternoon in Sackville. Both the womens and mens basketball teams are in Wolfville Friday night to take on the Acadia teams at 6:00pm and 8:00pm respectively. The St. FX Track and Field team will participate in the McGill Challenge meet this weekend in Montreal.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tomorrow when they host the Valley Wildcats in MHL action. The Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column after losing for the first time in 2015 last week in overtime against the South Shore Lumberjacks. It is the first of back to back games for the Crushers, as they will hit the road Friday to face the Yarmouth Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit.
Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry.
The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.
Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills.
Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own.
Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 20
Tuesday 20th January 2015

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the host Sackville Blazers dominate the Cole Harbour Colts 11-2. With the win, the Blazers open up a five point lead at the top of the Fred Fox Division ahead of Valley, East Hants, and Liverpool who are in a three-way tie for second place. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action tomorrow night when they visit Cumberland County for the third consecutive game. The Scotians won the previous two.

The first two games of the Walter Duggan World Handball League were played yesterday at the Maverick gymnasium. In Game one, Russia defeated Britain 4-2.
Russia: Brandon Cameron 1, Cole Greene 1, Victoria Robertson 1, Keara MacKenzie 1
Britain: Shaylee Fraser 1, Matthew Carson 1
Game two saw Denmark get past Sweden 7-5.
Denmark: Raine DeCoste 2, Keegan Murray 2, Noah Spaulding 1, Shawna Cunningham 1, Jessie MacKay 1
Sweden: Nolan MacDonald 1, Lucas Cameron 1, Eric Wilcox 1, Laurel MacIntosh 1, Emma Webb 1

The home overtime loss by the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers last Thursday has moved them out of the top 20 on the national rankings, although the Crushers do remain on the list as an honorable mention. The Woodstock Slammers dropped one spot from 7th to 8th after splitting a pair of games last weekend. The Crushers play twice this week, with the Valley Wildcats coming to the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, before the Crushers hit the road to visit the Mariners in the Fishtank on Friday. The game in Yarmouth will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 Friday night starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League split a pair of games against the East Hants Penguins this past weekend, with both teams winning at home. On Saturday, the Selects skated to a 1-0 win at the Wellness Centre, before the Penguins earned a 2-1 win on their home ice on Sunday. With two games left in the regular season, the Selects and Metro Boston Pizza are tied for first place. The Selects finish the season with a pair of games against Cape Breton on 31 January and 1 February, while Metro ends with a home-and-home set against East Hants that same weekend.

The Pictou County Bantam Boys Lightning took home silver in the Fall River Rebel Run Tournament over the weekend. The Lightning went undefeated in the round robin portion of the tournament. Their first game was the most exciting with the Lightning defeating the host Fall River Rebels 69-68.  Jaren Johnson sank 2 of his "51" points with 5 seconds remaining to clinch the victory. It was the Lightning's first lead of the game. Glen Cox added 8 while Jeremy Voutour fired 7. Andrew Little helped out with 3.  In the second game the Lightning tied Bedford 51-51.  Once again Johnson led the scoring with 33 while Cox scored 11. Voutour added 3 with Jonah MacEachern and Nick MacInnis notching 2 each.  After two close games the Lightning soared past St. Margarets Bay 51-31 with Cox pouring in 27 and Johnson firing 21. MacEachern had 2 with Voutour scoring 1.  In the finals the Lightning fell 67-53 to Fall River with Team MVP Johnson leading the way with 30 points while game star Cox adding 19. Voutour finished with 4 points.

Pictou County Female Subway Selects Midget had good results after narrowly missing a gold medal in the 2015 Subway Cup held at the Wellness Center. The Selects lost in a game that went to overtime then a shootout to decide the winner. The final score was 3-2 with Caitlyn Taylor and Lindsay Feit scoring. Kara Mason made several key saves to keep the game close to the final minute. In regular league play the Selects rebounded and faced the Port Hawkesbury Pirates and came away with a 3-2 victory. Brittany Duff took the win in nets, while also getting an assist. Goals went to Brittany Chisholm, Keeley MacCuish and Lindsay Cheek. Assists went to Rachel Brown, Brittany Duff, Lindsay Feit and Tracey Denny. The Selects then took on the Antigonish Bulldogs and came out with a deciding 6-0 win. Rachel Brown netted a hat trick and had an assist to lead the way. Other goals were scored by Lauren Quann, Paige MacDonald and Lindsay Feit. Assists went to Lindsay Cheek, Breanna Sandluck, Caitlyn Taylor, Quann , MacDonald and Feit. Kara Mason took the win in nets. In a home and home series with Nova Ice, the Selects visited the Lions Arena in Parrsboro. Lindsay Feit scored at the 4 minute mark of the 1st, assisted by Keeley MacCuish and Tracey Denny. The Cumberland squad tied the game at the midway mark of the 2nd period. The Selects regained the lead in the 3rd with another goal scored by Feit assisted by MacKenzie Bell. Nova Ice gained momentum with the Selects shorthanded and benefited from  of a 5-3 player advantage to tie the game with 48 seconds remaining ; resulting in a 2-2 tie. Brittany Duff played a solid game in the net. Nova Ice visited the Selects at the Trenton Arena and the Selects came out on top with a score of 2-0. Tracey Denny scored an unassisted goal in the 2nd, MacKenzie Bell scored in the 3rd assisted by Rachel Brown and Brittany Chisholm. Kara Mason earned the shut out in nets. Next up for the Selects in regular league play is a meeting in Antigonish against the Bulldogs on Saturday. The Selects will participate in the 2015 Sweetheart Tournament in PEI held in February.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night this Wednesday, January 21st from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided. For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 18
Sunday 18th January 2015

The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league had two games last night, the first saw Cole Harbour drop another decision, this time on the road in a 6-3 loss to the Liverpool Privateers. In the other game, the Glace Bay Jr. Miners downed the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-1 at the BayPlex.

The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey team picked up a win over the Northumberland Nighthawks on Friday night at the Wellness Centre. The final of that game was 5-3. The Gryphons travel to Truro this Thursday, January 22nd to take on the CEC Cougars in their last game before the high school exam break.

The Northern Subway Selects picked up a win in the NS Female AAA Hockey League last night in a shutout win over the Procresting Penguins. Annika Mason scored the only goal of the 1-0 verdict, and Selects goaltender Adi Small stopped all 20 shots she faced. The Selects next hit the ice today at the East Hants Sportsplex.

There are three games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Hockey League. The first game goes at 5:20pm when Dewtie's Excavating takes on the Elks Club. At 6:50, Thistle Bar faces Connor's Transfer Limited, and at 8:20, Whitey's Vikings go up against Nat Pro Gas. All games are at the Stellarton Rink.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, January 21st from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit.

Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.

For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 15
Thursday 15th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will bring a five game winning streak into their game tonight at home against the South Shore Lumberjacks. This will be the fourth meeting of the season, with the Crushers having won the previous three. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls basketball team defeated North Nova Junior Varsity 50-43 Wednesday evening. Courtney Cruikshank paced the Nighthawks with 14 points and Sally Bates had 11. Hannah Mertin added 11 rebounds and Victoria MacKenzie led with 3 assists. The Nighthawks next travel to East Antigonish for a tournament this weekend.

Pictou native, and Sportsnet Connected host Ken Reid hs written a book that hockey fans and hockey card collectors young and old will love. Hockey Card Stories shares Reid's interviews with 59 former NHL and WHA players about the pieces of cardboard that captured their images and highlighted moments in their playing careers. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Hector Arena Commission. Catch an interview with Reid tonight at 6pm on Classic Rock 97.9 on Slapshot as he talks about the book, growing up in Pictou, and his career as a sportscaster.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament on Jan 16-17th at NNEC. Their first game is Friday the 16th at 2pm, come by this weekend and catch some exciting games.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women host a pair of games this weekend at the Keating Milennium Centre, with the Saint Mary's Huskies visiting tomorrow night at 7pm, followed by St. Thomas Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The X-Men hockey team are on the road for a pair of games against UNB and Moncton.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, 21 January, from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 13
Wednesday 14th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will bring a five game winning streak into their game tomorrow night at home against the South Shore Lumberjacks. This will be the fourth meeting of the season, with the Crushers having won the previous three. Game time at the Wellness Centre tomorrow night is 7pm.

Brycen MacDonald scored 3 goals to lead the PEEWEE AA Crushers to yet another victory. They downed the Truro Bearcats 4-2 this past Saturday. Also scoring for the Crushers was Lucas Fraser. All goals were unassisted. Cody MacDougall was superior in the net. The Crushers travel to Windsor and Kentville this coming weekend for 4 games against West Hants and Acadia.

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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers played two more league games this past week-end against Antigonish Bulldogs and they came away with four more points. On Saturday, the Crushers had a 5-2 victory with Dylan Kontuk, Seth Gallant, Cameron MacKinnon, Brent Chapman and Peyton Clements scoring for the Crushers. Assists went to Conrad Robertson, Ben Wallace, Kontuk, Nikos Bonvie and Reese Smith. The Crushers won 5-1 on Sunday with Clements, MacKinnon, Gallant, Kontuk and Lane Lochead scoring this game. Assists went to MacKinnon, Smith, Clements, Chapman, Bonvie, Wallace and Brennan Dalton. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared solid games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers travel to Antigonish this week-end to participate in the Antigonish Automobile Dealership A Tournament.

Truro native Zach Sill earned his first career NHL point last night in the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Sill assisted on a goal by Marcel Goc to open the scoring, and was named the game's third star.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, and it was a one-sided affair as the visiting Sackville Blazers dominated the Brookfield Elks 10-1. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action on Friday when they visit the Cumberland County Blues in the first half of a home and home set that wraps up Sunday at Trenton Arena at 7pm.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament on Jan 16-17th at NNEC. Their first game is Friday the 16th at 2pm, come by this weekend and catch some exciting games.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 13
Tuesday 13th January 2015

The five game winning streak of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers has brought them back onto the national scene, as the most recent rankings have the Crushers re-entering the list at 18th in the country. The Woodstock Slammers, who have been on the list since the beginning of the season, slipped one spot from 6th to 7th, while the Dieppe Commandos have been listed as an Honourable Mention. The Crushers play just once this week, at home on Thursday against the South Shore Lumberjacks. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm.

Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team finished 4th place in their division at the C4P Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Halifax this past weekend. There were 24 teams from across the Maritimes competing in three divisions; congratulations to the team on a great showing. Pictou County Ultimate wants to welcome everybody to their Indoor Ultimate Frisbee league, Tuesday nights at 7:30 at the New Glasgow Academy gym. It is co-ed, all experience levels, and only $20 for the entire season. For more information, "like" Pictou County Ultimate on facebook, or email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.

Brycen MacDonald scored 3 goals to lead the PEEWEE AA Crushers to yet another victory this season. They downed the Truro Bearcats 4-2 this past Saturday. Also scoring for the Crushers was Lucas Fraser. All goals were unassisted. Cody MacDougall was superior in the net. The Crushers travel to Windsor and Kentville this coming weekend for 4 games against West Hants and Acadia.

The Bantam A Crushers have had a series of wins over the last 2 weeks. On Saturday Jan 3rd the Crushers hosted Cape Breton West to a 7-1 win. Bryce Thomsen scored 2 goals and assisted 1, Lauchie Malcolm, Tyler Foote, Carson Ripoll, Lucas LeBlanc and Broden DeCoff all scored with assists going to Cairan Boone, Ben MacDonald, Spencer Nichol, Foote, Ripoll, Malcolm, and Thomsen. Sundays second game against this team was cancelled due to weather. This past weekend the Crushers played a home game against Clare/Digby as Wesley Kelley had his turn to celebrate his birthday with a 10-2 win in nets. Noah Teed led the scoring with a hat trick and 2 assists, Ben MacDonald and Bryce Thomsen each earned 2 goals and 2 assists, Spencer Nichol netted 2 and Tyler Foote had 1. Also assisting were Lauchie Malcolm with 2 and Seth Marcipont and Cairan Boone each with 1. Sunday the team travelled to Lunenburg to take on the South Shore Ice Sharks. Once again the Crushers dominated to a 8-1 win with Tyler Watters taking his turn in nets.  Munroe MacKay found his hat trick, Noah Teed and Tyler Foote each netted 2 while Lauchie Malcolm had 1. Assists went to Blake Fraser and Thomsen with 2, MacDonald, Nichol, Foote, Max MacKinnon, Boone and LeBlanc all had 1. This coming weekend the team travels to Antigonish to take part in their annual Tournment.

The North Nova Girls' Varsity basketball team returned home from the 32nd Annual Charlottetown Confederation Classic this weekend with a Championship banner. The girls defeated Three Oaks Senior High School, Charlottetown Rural A and Charlottetown Rural AAA to advance to the final against the host team Charlottetown Rural AAA. The girls won the championship 80-63.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 12
Monday 12th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers extended their winning streak to five games with a pair of 3-goal wins this past week. On Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers earned a 5-2 victory over the Campbellton Tigers, as Daniel Walsh scored twice in the win. Then on Saturday, the Crushers went into the Jungle and beat the Amherst Ramblers 4-1. Joel Horodziejczyk stopped 35 of 36 shots faced in his Crusher debut after being acquired in a trade from the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday. Two other players will make their debut with the team this Thursday, as the Crushers acquired defenseman Bryan Greene from Campbellton in exchange for Matt Cox, and also got Lucas Zwaagstra from Gloucester of the CCHL.

The Riverview Redmen took the gold at the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament. They beat the North Nova Gryphons 5-2 in the Championship game at Westville Arena yesterday afternoon.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians earned 3 of a possible 4 points in NSJHL action over the weekend. On Saturday night, they dropped a shootout 3-2 to the Glace Bay Miners, but bounced back with a 5-3 win over the Brookfield Elks last night at Trenton Arena. The Scotians continue to chase the Miners in the Sid Rowe Division. The Scotians are 13 points back, but have played 6 fewer games. They will next face the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill on Friday. One other NSJHL game last night saw Antigonish beat the Blues 4-3.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers faired out well at the recent Royal Canadian Legion Bantam AA Challenge Cup in Sydney, which consisted of top AA teams from across the province. The Crushers finished with a record of 2-2 among some strong competition. Game 1 went Thurday night at Centre 200 vs the Northside Vikings. The Crushers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Northside 4-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Liam Fraser with 2, singles to Brayden MacDonald and Spencer Creed. Assists going to Parker Hickey, Kyle Walsh, Alex MacKinnon, Matt Martin and Luke Sheehan. Nick Laffin was solid in goal for the Crushers, getting the win. Player of the game award went to Zach Houston. The Crushers win also came with a huge loss, as Liam Fraser received an upper body injury that will see him sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks. Game 2 went Friday vs the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles. The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Crushers answered back with 3 goals to take the game 3-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Sam McDow, Parker Hickey, and Matt Martin. Assists going to Matt Munroe, Kyle Walsh, and Brayden MacDonald. Ryan Royles picked up the win in goal. Player of the game award went to Matt Martin. On Saturday, the Crushers played games 3 and 4 of the tournament. Game 3 went against the Cape Breton County Islanders. The Crushers carried a 4-2 lead late into the third period, on a pair of goals by Alex MacKinnon, and singles to Sam McDow and Michael MacGillivary. Assists going to MacGillivary with 2, Riley Sheehan, Kyle Walsh, Matt Martin, Brayden MacDonald and Daniel Molyneaux. However, with 3 minutes remaining in the game, the CB Islanders outworked the Crushers, scoring 3 quick unanswered goals, with the game winner coming with only 27 seconds remaining, to take the game 5-4. Player of the game award went to Michael MacGillivary. Game 4 went against the Cole Harbour Red Wings at County Arena in Coxheath. The Crushers put up a fight, but were outplayed by the powerful Red Wings squad. The Crushers fell to the Wings, 7-0. Player of the game award for the Crushers went to Matt Munroe. The Dartmouth Whalers won the Challenge Cup by defeating Cole Harbour 3-1 in the final. Full results and stats of the tournament can be found at http://rclchallengecup.goalline.ca/. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers play a pair of home games this coming weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The first game will go Saturday at 1:00pm vs the Western Valley Spartans. The second game goes Sunday at 9:15am vs the Truro Bearcats.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects won two more games this weekend as they continue to climb the female Bantam AA Provincial League Standings. The Selects played host to the Cole Harbour Wings in Pictou on Saturday and came out on top with a score of 2-0. Eight minutes into the first period, Lindsey Smith broke down the left wing and fired a snapshot through the pads of the Cole Harbour net minder to put the Selects ahead 1-0. Pictou County goaltender, Jenna Landry had her first career assist on the play. The game would remain 1-0 for Pictou until Lindsey MacDonald iced it with a wrap around goal with just over four minutes to play. Line mates Rhea Young and Briana Cameron earned assists on the goal. Landry got the shut out between the pipes. On Sunday, the Subways travelled to Halifax where they took on the Hawks in an afternoon tilt. Halifax came out hard and kept the Selects off the board and limited scoring opportunities, despite being outshot 5-0. The Hawks had the edge in play in the second, outshooting Pictou 6-1. Selects goaltender Victoria Dun made several key saves to keep the game knotted at zero heading into the third period. The Selects found their legs in the final frame and had several good scoring chances before Eva Wornell finally put the Subways ahead 1-0 four minutes into the period. Pictou County would hang on to the lead and complete their weekend sweep with the 1-0 victory over the Hawks. Dunn earned the shutout for her team. Pictou County returns to league play with three big games on tap next weekend. The Selects host TASA at the Wellness Center on Friday night, Valley in Pictou on Sunday, then travel to Bedford to play TASA on Sunday.

The North Nova Girls' Varsity basketball team returned home from the 32nd Annual Charlottetown Confederation Classic this weekend with a Championship banner. The girls defeated Three Oaks Senior High School, Charlottetown Rural A and Charlottetown Rural AAA to advance to the final against the host team Charlottetown Rural AAA. The girls won the championship 80-63.

The Northumberland Regional High Girls Varsity Basketball team finished with a record of 2-1 and took home second place honours at the Dalbrae Invitational tournament over the weekend. Sally Bates lead the Nighthawks scoring over the three games with 54 points, followed by Emily Mertin with 49. Emilee Feltmate led the team with 31 rebounds and Hannah Mertin was the top playmaker with 11 assists. The Nighthawks next face NNEC Junior Varsity Wednesday night at 5:45pm at North Nova.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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FIRE IN ANTIGONISH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING DAMAGES MINI HOME
Saturday 10th January 2015

Three people are temporarily homeless after an overnight fire damaged a mini-home early yesterday morning in the Lower South River area, a few kilometres east of Antigonish.

Volunteers with the Red Cross have assisted one man and two women with emergency lodging, food, clothing purchases and other aid.

The fire was reported around 2:30am Friday.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 10
Saturday 10th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will have a new goaltender on the roster when they take to the ice tonight in Amherst. The Crushers have picked up Joel Horodzieczyk from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. In 21 appearances with the Lumber Kings this season, Horodzieczyk has a 2.51 GAA, and a .914 save percentage. To make room for him on the roster, Head Coach and GM Jason Malone has indicated that Devon Tremblay has been released by the club.

The annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament continues today at The Westville Rink. The action kicks off at 9:00am when Dalbrae takes on Northumberland Regional High School. Games are scheduled all day, with the final game of the evening taking place at 9:00pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are both busy this weekend, with each team playing twice. The X-Men are at Dalhousie tonight before hosting Acadia tomorrow. The X-Women will play at the Keating Millenium Centre twice, tonight against Dalhousie, then Sunday afternoon they will host Mount Allison. The X basketball teams are on the road for their only action this weekend – against the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen.

There were three games last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. Liverpool made a successful trip to Cole Harbour, and blanked the Colts 5-0. The Glace Bay Miners downed the Strait Pirates 8-3, and the East Hants Penguins picked up a 7-2 win over the Valley Maple Leafs.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers were to play two league games this past week-end in a home and home with Cumberland County Ramblers, but poor weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of the second game. On Saturday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill to face the Ramblers. It was a close game, but the Crushers went ahead in the third period to seal the 7-5 win. Seth Gallant netted a hat trick for the Crushers, with Ben Wallace, Nikos Bonvie, Lane Lochead and Dylan Kontuk adding singles. Assists went to Gallant (2), Bonvie, and Cameron MacKinnon. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers meet the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games at the Wellness Center this week-end.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 9
Friday 9th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers remain perfect in 2015 after a 5-2 home win against the Campbellton Tigers last night in the MHL. Daniel Walsh scored twice to lead the way for the Crushers who have now won 4 in a row going back to the last game before the Christmas break. They have also opened up a 10 point lead on the second place Yarmouth Mariners in the Eastlink Division. Up next for the Crushers is a Saturday night trip to the Jungle to face the Amherst Ramblers. Game time is 7pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Northumberland Regional High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team are hosting the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament this weekend at the Westville rink. It's an eight team tournament, starting this morning. Northumberland plays twice today, at 10:45 and 7:30 pm following the 7:15 opening ceremonies. They play again Saturday at 10 am. Visiting teams are North Nova, Hants East, Riverview, Amherst, J.H. Gillis, Dalbrae and West Kings.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are both busy this weekend, with each team playing twice. The X-Men are at Dalhousie tonight before hosting Acadia tomorrow. The X-Women will play at the Keating Millenium Centre twice, tonight against Dalhousie, then Sunday afternoon they will host Mount Allison. The X basketball teams are on the road for their only action this weekend – against the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers were to play two league games this past week-end in a home and home with Cumberland County Ramblers, but poor weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of the second game. On Saturday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill to face the Ramblers. It was a close game, but the Crushers went ahead in the third period to seal the 7-5 win. Seth Gallant netted a hat trick for the Crushers, with Ben Wallace, Nikos Bonvie, Lane Lochead and Dylan Kontuk adding singles. Assists went to Gallant (2), Bonvie, and Cameron MacKinnon. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers meet the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games at the Wellness Center this week-end.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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NORTHEAST NOVA SCOTIA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY TO OPEN NEXT MONTH
Thursday 8th January 2015

The new prison in Pictou County is expected to open next month.

The Antigonish and Springhill correctional facilities will be closing their doors this Monday, and prisoners will be moved to other facilities across the province until they begin arriving to Pictou County on February 9th.

Several jobs still remain available at the new location, including correctional officers, administration, and a social worker position.

A public open house is scheduled for February 7th.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 5
Monday 5th January 2015

A seven point weekend for Mike Lyle led the Weeks Jr A Crushers to a pair of wins, as they defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 6-4 on Saturday night and followed that up with a 4-2 win in Dieppe over the Commandos yesterday afternoon. The one goal and six assists for Lyle moves him into second place in the MHL in both points and assists. The two wins also extend the Crushers lead in the Eastlink Division to 8 points over the Yarmouth Mariners, and 11 points up on the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers continue inter-divisional play when they host the Campbellton Tigers on Thursday.

Staying with the MHL, some big news out of Yarmouth over the weekend, as the Mariners have fired Head Coach and General Manager Jim Bottomley. Mariners owner Mitch Bonnar says Assistant Coach John Murphy will assume the duties of Head Coach and General Manager for the time being, and former Junior C and High School hockey coach Kyle Boudreau has joined the coaching staff. Bottomley, the winningest coach in league history joined the Mariners last May after a stint as Head Coach and GM with the Amherst Ramblers. His record in his 30 games with the club was 17-10-0-3.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects came out on top at the Subway Cup tournament Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The bantams had two wins and tie in the round robin and won the championship game 1-0 over the Yarmouth Mariners. Ryleigh Sutherland scored the lone goal for the Selects and Leigha MacDonald was the winning goaltender, earning the shutout. The Selects only had one goal against during the tournament. The Pictou County Peewee A and Midget A Selects won silver, each losing their championship games in shootouts.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game against the Cole Harbour Colts last night was postponed due to inclement weather. One NSJHL game that did go ahead saw Sackville defeat Valley 6-2.

The Weeks Major Midgets were to have a home-and-home series this weekend against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Major Midgets got the win in their first game Saturday night at the Wellness Centre, 3-2. The return match in Port Hood that was to be played yesterday was postponed due to the weather, and will be rescheduled.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played two games this past weekend.  The first game went Friday night in Antigonish at the Millenium Centre. The Crushers were down a pair of goals early to the Bulldogs, but stormed back in the third period on two quick goals by Daniel Molyneaux and Brayden MacDonald to tie things up. Assists going to MacDonald, Luke and Riley Sheehan. Antigonish were able to capitalize on a Crushers defensive breakdown in the final 2 minutes to take the game 3-2. Game 2 went on Saturday at the Legion Stadium in Truro vs the Bearcats. It was an action packed game, with the Bearcats coming out on top 4-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Spencer Creed and Kyle Walsh. Assists going to Zach Houston and Matt Munroe. A third game vs the Bearcats that was to be played on Sunday at the PC Wellness Centre was postponed because of bad weather. The Crushers are away to the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup this coming weekend in Sydney. Their first game is Thursday evening at 8:30pm at Centre 200 vs the Northside Vikings.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams hosted a double-header Saturday against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women grabbed the first win against the Huskies, 4-2 at the Keating Millenium Centre. Later, the X-Men defeated SMU 2-1.

The StFX X-Women's basketball team returned home to Antigonish Saturday night after posting a 3-0 record in exhibition play at the Dyrick McDermott invitational tournament at Mount Saint Vincent University. They qualified for the tournament championship game versus Dalhousie but opted not to compete due to the weather conditions.

Pictou County Athletics will hold registration for their winter season this Wednesday Jan 7th at the YMCA in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration will take place from 7pm to 8pm with the first practice following registration at 8pm. PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 4
Sunday 4th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers took advantage of a three point night from Mike Lyle as they completed a season sweep of the Summerside Western Capitals with a 6-4 win last night on the Island. The Crushers got four goals in an 8 minute stretch of the second period that was the difference in the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams. Elsewhere last night in the MHL, Amherst got past Truro 4-3, Valley beat Woodstock 3-1, Miramichi doubled up South Shore 6-3, and the County Aces got just their third win of the season, 5-3 over Campbellton. The Crushers are back in action this afternoon against Dieppe, before playing their first home game of 2015 on Thursday against Campbellton.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects came out on top at the Subway Cup tournament Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The bantams had two wins and tie in the round robin and won the championship game 1-0 over the Yarmouth Mariners. Ryleigh Sutherland scored the lone goal for the Selects and Leigha MacDonald was the winning goaltender, earning the shutout. The Selects only had one goal against during the tournament. The Pictou County Peewee A and Midget A Selects won silver, each losing their championship games in shootouts.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game against the Cole Harbour Colts at 7pm has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Weeks Major Midgets have a home-and-home series this weekend against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Major Midgets got the win in their first game last night at the Wellness Centre, 3-2. The return match is today in Port Hood at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams hosted a double-header yesterday against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women grabbed the first win against the Huskies, 4-2 at the Keating Millenium Centre. Later, the X-Men defeated SMU 2-1.

The StFX X-Women's basketball team returned home to Antigonish Saturday night after posting a 3-0 record in exhibition play at the Dyrick McDermott invitational tournament at Mount Saint Vincent University. They qualified for the tournament championship game today at 1:00 pm versus Dalhousie but opted not to compete due to the weather conditions. Dalhousie will play the AUS all-star team instead.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 30
Tuesday 30th December 2014

Derrick Walser of New Glasgow and the rest of Team Canada at the Spengler Cup needed to overcome a slow start in the quarter-finals yesterday to get past Jokerit Helsinki. The Finnish club scored twice in the first 4:08 of the game, but Canada scored the rest in a 5-2 final. Walser, playing in his fifth consecutive Spengler Cup as a member of Team Canada, had an assist on Canada's second goal which came on the power play early in the second period. Canada advances to face the defending champions, Geneve Servette in one semi-final today, while the hosts HC Davos face Salavet Yulaev Ufa in the other semi-final. The championship game goes tomorrow morning.

The North Nova Boys Hockey team participated in the Citadel High Christmas Classic in Halifax this past weekend and came away with a 2 win, one loss record in round robin play. The Gryphons began play at the Saint Mary's Arena against the Cole Harbour Cavaliers and came away with a 4-3 win. Noah Delorey opened the scoring in the first period on a goal from Parker Stewart and Austin Mason. After killing off a 5 on 3 penalty, the Gryphons roared back with a goal from Duncan Byrne assisted by Connor MacDougall and Taylor Publicover. Campbell Burrows opened the second frame with a goal set up by Publicover and Cole Harbour got on the board before the period ended. Jacob Pentz scored early in the third assisted by burrows on the power play but Cole Harbour stormed back to score two goals 8 seconds apart to narrow the lead to one goal. With 28 seconds left in the game, CH was awarded a penalty shot but didn't score. They pulled the goalie while NNEC was already a man short but netminder Matt Murray shut the door to secure the victory. MVP for the game was Jacob Pentz. In their second game of the day, the Gryphons lost a hard fought battle against the host Citadel Phoenix 1-0. Goal tender Matt Murray received MVP honours for the game for his excellent play. On Sunday afternoon, the Gryphons faced Halifax West at the Saint Mary's Arena. Halifax West opened the scoring early in the first but Tyler Baird scored on the power play with 5 minutes left in the first assisted by Carson Dunbar. Jacob Pentz scored the only marker in the second period assisted by Ryan Chabbassol and Taylor Publicover. Halifax tied it up with 3 minutes remaining the third frame but Colin Holmes put the Gryphons ahead with 1:25 left in the game assisted by Jacob Pentz. Halifax pulled the goalie but Matt Murray once again stood tall in the net to shut the door. Colin Holmes was awarded MVP honours for the game. The two win, one loss record was not enough to get the Gryphons to the semis in the 12 team tournament. The Gryphons next see action at home in the Wellness Centre on Friday January 2 at 7 pm when they host cross county rivals Northumberland Nighthawks in a regular season league game.

Pictou County AA Crushers extended their winning streak to 9 games this past weekend with a clean sweep at the KFC Christmas Tournament held in Truro to win the Gold. The hard fought championship game against the Antigonish Bulldogs ended regulation time in a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal by Luke Young.  An  “edge of your seat” overtime period proved scoreless, then it was off to a shootout.  Cody MacDougall was flawless in the net as he was the whole tournament.  He shut down all 3 Bulldog offenders, earning him MVP of the championship game.  Brycen MacDonald was one of three shooters in the shootout and scored the lone goal, which ended the game with the win and the championship. In Game 1, the Crushers started the tournament Saturday morning with Vaughn MacEachern stonewalling all defenders from West Hants with his third seasonal shutout.  The game ended with a 3-0 score.  He was awarded MVP of the game.  Scoring were Nolan MacDonald, Kyle Reim, and Brody Bowering.  Assists were delivered by Jayden Hatchard, Brycen MacDonald and Nolan MacDonald. Game 2, Crushers met the Sackville Flyers with a victorious 4-1 lead.  A determined Reim tied the game 1-1 in the first period with an assist from Young.  Heavy into the second period, Brycen MacDonald and Thomas Devine teamed up for a breakaway and a beauty pass from Devine allowed MacDonald to fire it in the net.  Sealing their fate was an unassisted third goal from Nolan MacDonald; and another by Matthew Carson, assisted by Devine and B. MacDonald.  As always, MacDougall was solid between the pipes.  He was MVP for this game. In Game 3, the Crushers clinched a buy into the championship game on Sunday morning as they defeated the Amherst Ramblers 3-1.  It wasn’t long before Hatchard put the first goal on the scoreboard, with assists coming from Young and Lucas Fraser.  Bowering and N.MacDonald were on a roll as they added two more goals with respective assists from Fraser, Skylar Earle and Bowering.  MacEachern played in the net for game 3.  Ben MacGillivray was named MVP for being solid in the defensive zone for the Crushers.  A special recognition for all the other hard working defencemen all tourney, as they only allowed 3 goals in 4 games.

There are two games scheduled for tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, both of which are set to start at 8pm. In Stellarton, Whitey's Vikings face Can-Connect, while at the Hector Arena in Pictou, Nat Pro Gas takes on the Pictou Landing Falcons.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 29 *UPDATED*
Monday 29th December 2014

Derrick Walser of New Glasgow and the rest of Team Canada at the Spengler Cup will be playing in a quarter-final game this afternoon against Jokerit Helsinki. After one period, the game is scoreless. Follow along at:www.livescores.co.uk/ice-hockey/europe/spengler-cup-davos Canada had a win and a loss in the pool stage, losing to the hosts HC Davos 2-1 before defeating Medvescak Zagreb 3-1. If they beat Jokerit this afternoon, they will go on to face Geneve Servette in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Tyler Watters celebrated his 14th birthday with a 3-2 win in nets over the Antigonish Bulldogs this past Saturday for the Bantam A Crushers. Bryce Thomsen scored, assisted by Ben MacDonald 5 minutes in. The Dogs answered back to even the score in the first period.  MacDonald scored early in the second period assisted by Tyler Foote and Lauchie Malcolm with the Dogs answering back ten minutes in. The Dogs fell into penalty trouble in the third as Lucas LeBlanc scored the game winner assisted by Thomsen. On Sunday the short benched Crushers hosted the Bulldogs . The Dogs came out strong scoring 2 early in the first. Lauchie Malcolm came through with an unassisted goal late in the period to boost the Crushers to score 5 goals in the second. Carson Ripoll led the scoring assisted by Malcolm, Bryce Thomsen followed helped by LeBlanc, Spencer Nichol then scored assisted by Broden DeCoff, closely followed by Malcolm netting one helped by Max Mackinnon. Antigonish then threw one in with 5 minutes left in the second. Nichol scored his second unassisted to secure a tie with the Dogs who scored three in the last 16 minutes of the game. Final Score was a tie of 6 each.

On Sunday, in exhibition play, the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers hosted the East Hants Penguins. Sam Hickey scored early for the local crew with Connor MacLeod picking up the assist. Blake Kontuk scored the next goal unassisted, extending the lead to 2-0. Late in the period the Penguins scored to bring them within 1 goal. In the second period the Penguins scored 3 and Kontuk answered back with 2 unassisted goals. The game was tied 4-4 going into the third period. The Crushers were rewarded with 2 goals one by Ryan Green assisted by Raymond Chisholm and one by Scottie Long assisted by Colin MacGillivray and Kontuk. The Penguins scored late in the period and had an extra attacker out the last minute of play but the Fuel Kids hung on to an exciting win. Keigan Walker was rock solid between the pipes. Next action for the squad is next weekend when they host the Yarmouth Mariners at the Wellness Centre on Saturday at 4:00pm and Sunday at 9:15am.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers participated in the KFC Christmas Tournament in Truro this past weekend and came away with the Silver Medal. The first game was against the host team, Truro Bearcats. The Crushers defeated the Bearcats 5-4. Scoring for the Crushers was Peyton Clements, Adam Farrell from a feed from Dylan Kontuk, Lane Lochead, Farrell again from Seth Gallant, and Gallant netting a rebound from Brent Chapman. Dylan Kontuk received Player of the Game. Later the same day, the Crushers faced off against the South Shore Ice Sharks. They faced tough competition and lost to the Ice Sharks 10-3. Clements, Cameron MacKinnon and Nikos Bonvie scored for the Crushers, with assists to Reese Smith and Gallant. Player of the Game was Ben Wallace. The Crushers won their third game of the tournament, defeating the Western Valley Spartans 5-2 and securing their spot in the Championship game. Scoring for the Crushers was Smith, Wallace, Farrell, Bonvie and Lochead. Ian Reynolds, Chapman and Farrell had assists. Goalie, Cole Battist, received Player of the Game. The Crushers faced off against the South Shore Ice Sharks, once again, in the Championship game. With a final score of 6-2, the Crushers came away with the silver medals. Wallace scored on a feed from Farrell and Smith, unassisted. Ian Reynolds was named Tournament MVP for the Crushers. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod were strong between the pipes.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 23
Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Bantam A Crushers were at it again this past weekend with a home and away pair of games. Saturday they faced the Cole Harbour Wings at the Wellness Centre where they had a resounding 8-3 win. Tyler Watters was strong in nets while Noah Teed led the scoring with 2 goals and an assist. Lauchie Malcolm also poked in 2 and Tyler Foote, Ben MacDonald, Lucas Leblanc, and Cairan Boone each scored one. Assists went to Spencer Nichol, Boone, Blake Fraser, and Bryce Thomsen with 3. On Sunday the Crushers travelled to The Shearwater Arena to face the Wings in their home rink. After a strong first two periods scoring 6 the Crushers stalled and ended with a 6-6 tie. Teed scored two, Thomsen netted 1 and 2 assists, Nichol had one, MacDonald scored with one assist and MacKay scored one. Foote assisted 2, while LeBlanc and Fraser each helping with one. The Crushers next play Antigonish over the Christmas weekend.

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Under 18 Women's World Championships next month, and Amherst native Carly Jackson is one of three goalies named to the team. The tournament begins January 5 in Buffalo. While Jackson is the only Nova Scotian on the roster, on other player, Madison Field of Oakville, Ontario, is the daughter of Shelley Field, who was born in Westville, and her grandfather still lives in Pictou County.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink. Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 22
Monday 22nd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 victory over the Amherst Ramblers Saturday night at the Jungle. The Crushers were led by Daniel Walsh with a hat trick and an assist. The Crushers go into the break with a 4 point lead on the Yarmouth Mariners for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next game for the Crushers will be January 3 in Summerside, and that game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9

The Weeks Major Midgets dropped both ends of a home-and-home set with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack this weekend. Aaron Maillet scored 3:28 into overtime on Saturday night at the Wellness Centre to give the Wolfpack the 3-2 win. Cole Harbour followed that up with a 6-3 home win yesterday afternoon. The NSMMHL schedule continues over the Christmas break, with games on the 27th and 28th, including the Weeks hosting Valley for a double header Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm.

The NSJHL wrapped up for the Christmas break with one game Saturday night, and it was a one-sided affair, as the Glace Bay Miners dominated the Antigonish Bulldogs 10-2. The Miners go into the break with an 11 point lead on the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Sid Rowe Division, however the Scotians will have 5 extra games to play in the 2015 portion of the schedule, so there will be plenty of opportunity to close that gap. Action resumes January 2, with the Scotians first game on January 4 at home against Cole Harbour.

The Pictou Academy Boys Basketball team won the JV Vikings Christmas Classic Tournament on Saturday.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played three home games this weekend, coming out with a win and 2 losses. The Crushers hosted the Truro Bearcats on Friday night at the PC Wellness Centre. The Crushers fell to the Bearcats 4-0. On Saturday, the Crushers hosted the Cumberland Ramblers, coming out on top with a 3-2 victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Liam Fraser, Parker Hickey and Kyle Walsh.  Assists going to Walsh, Michael MacGillivary, Zach Houston and Matt Martin. Nick Laffin was solid in goal, picking up the win for the Crushers. On Sunday, the Crushers hosted the Acadia Axemen. It was a penalty filled affair, with the Crushers falling to the Axemen 6-0. The Crushers see their next action vs the Antigonish Bulldogs on January 2nd at 7pm at the Millenium Centre.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects put their unbeaten streak on the line again this past weekend and improved it yet again with a win and a tie in Provincial league action. On Friday Night the Selects travelled to Bedford where they took on the TASA Ducks at the BMO Center. The Ducks gave the Selects al they could handle but a late third period power play marker by Hannah Porter was the difference in the 4-2 win for the Selects. Camryn Halliday opened the scoring midway through the first period when she broke down the wing and cut to the net, depositing a wrister to the far side. Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell had assists on the play. Wornell put the Selects up by two when she drove home a rebound in the crease. Halliday picked up an assist on the goal. The Ducks came roaring back I the second, with two goals of their own to tie it at two apiece. With nine minutes to play the Ducks were called for tripping, putting the Subways on the power play. It took only 10 seconds off the ensuing faceoff for Mariah Linehan to feed Sophia Wornell at the point. Wornell fired a bullet slap pass to Porter who was waiting on the doorstep to redirect it into the back of the net, giving the Selects the 3-2 lead. Halliday iced it with her second of the game finding the empty net to seal the 4-2 win for Pictou County. Jenna Landry stopped 13 of 15 shots fired her way in the close checking contest. On Saturday the Selects hosted the Cole Harbour Wings. The teams played a tight checking game through two periods with the Selects having a big upper hand in the shots department. The Pictou girls outshot Cole Harbour 18-2 through two periods, yet it remained scoreless at the intermission. After a spirited intermission speech by the coaching staff, the Selects dominated play in the third and struck early, just two minutes into the frame. Sophia Wornell fired a point shot that found it's way into the back of the net after taking a feed from Camryn Halliday. Eva Wornell also drew an assist in the play. Four minutes later, though, the Wings would get the equalizer on a lucky bounce in front. With four minutes to play, the Selects would strike again on the power play to take a 2- lead. Hannah Porter found herself alone in front and rifled a one timer from the slot on a bullet pass from Halliday. Lindsey Smith added an assist on the power play marker. The Subways looked strong to take the two points and earn their sixth straight win, but the Wings fought back. With just 23 seconds remaining in the game and the Cole Harbour net empty in favour of an extra attacker, the Selects were unable to clear their zone and the Wings capitalized on a rebound in front ending the game in a 2-2 tie. Vctoria Dunn was solid, despite having a fairly quiet afternoon in goal, facing only six shots from the Wings. The tie extends the Subways unbeaten streak to eight games and holds the Pictou County squad in 3rd place in the Bantam AA Provincial League. The girls will take a week off before preparing to head to the DQ tourney in Moncton on January 2nd. The Selects resume league play on January 9th.

On Saturday, the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travelled to Truro to play the Bearcats. The Crushers fell short losing 5-3. Scoring for the locals was Connor MacLeod assisted by Colin MacGillivray and Ryan Green, Blake Kontuk from MacLeod and Sam Hickey and Ethan MacDonald unassisted. Brayden Leblanc was solid between the pipes.

Friday night  the NNEC gryphons boys hockey team travelled to Amherst to meet the Amherst Vikings and lost their first regular league game of the season 6-3. Amherst built up a 3 goal lead before Carson Dunbar found the back of the net. Cody Haas and Jacob Pentz assisted. Austin Mason brought the gryphons within one before Amherst scored to end the second period. Tyler Baird and Noah Delorey assisted. Amherst opened the third period with a goal before Pentz replied, assisted by Ryan Chabbassol and Kirklin Murray.  NNEC pulled the goalie with 1:30 remaining but Amherst scored in the empty net to seal the 6-3 win. On Sunday, the Gryphons hosted the Dalbrae Dragons at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and got back into the win column with a 4-3 victory. Parker Stewart and Austin Mason scored in the first period before Dalbrae tied it up in the second. Taylor Publicover put the Agryphons ahead again, only to have Dalbrae tie it up. Duncan Byrne scored with 46 seconds left in the second frame with what turned out to be the winning goal in the 4-3 victory. Assists went to Colin Holmes with 2, Austin Mason, Connor MacDougall, Tyler Baird, Noah Delorey, Ryan MacDonald, and Taylor Publicover .

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Under 18 Women's World Championships next month, and Amherst native Carly Jackson is one of three goalies named to the team. The tournament begins January 5 in Buffalo.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 21
Sunday 21st December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 victory over the Amherst Ramblers last night at the Jungle. The Crushers were led by Daniel Walsh with a hat trick and an assist. The Crushers go into the break with a 4 point lead on the Yarmouth Mariners for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next game for the Crushers will be January 3 in Summerside, and that game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9

The Weeks Major Midgets dropped the first half of a home-and-home set with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack in overtime last night at the Wellness Centre. Aaron Maillet scored for Cole Harbour 3:28 into the extra frame. These two team meet again in Cole Harbour this morning at 11:30.

The NSJHL wrapped up for the Christmas break with one game last night, and it was a one-sided affair, as the Glace Bay Miners dominated the Antigonish Bulldogs 10-2. The Miners go into the break with an 11 point lead on the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Sid Rowe Division, however the Scotians will have 5 extra games to play in the 2015 portion of the schedule, so there will be plenty of opportunity to close that gap. Action resumes January 2, with the Scotians first game on January 4 at home against Cole Harbour.

The Pictou Academy Boys Basketball team won the JV Vikings Christmas Classic Tournament yesterday.

Three games on the schedule tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. At 5:20pm Nat Pro Gas will face the Elk's Club. At 6:40pm Dewtie's Excavating takes on Thistle Bar. Finally, at 8:20pm Pictou Landing Falcons face off against Can-Connect.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 19
Friday 19th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers dug themselves another first period hole, but this time they could not dig their way back out.

The Crushers were down 4-0 to the Amherst Ramblers after 15 minutes last night at the Wellness Centre, and despite dominating the shot clock the rest of the way, could not close the gap.

The final score was 4-2 in favor of the Ramblers in the first half of the home and home series which wraps up tomorrow night in the Jungle.

You can hear that game live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The United States are moving on to the finals of the World Junior A hockey challenge after a dominating win over Canada-East last night.

7 different shooters put the nail in the coffin of the Canadians, who's only goal was scored by Alex Tonge in the first period.

With the 7-1 victory, the Americans will take on Denmark in the gold medal game. The Danes beat Russia last night 5-1.

That game goes Saturday afternoon.

The Canadian-East team will play for Bronze on Friday against Russia, while Canada-West takes on Switzerland for 5th.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers played two league games and an exhibition game this past week-end.

The Crushers faced off at home against the Antigonish Bulldogs on Saturday and came away with a 7-4 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon (2), Reese Smith, Adam Farrell, Peyton Clements, Lane Lochead and Seth Gallant.

Assists went to Farrell, MacKinnon, Brennan Dalton, Ben Wallace, Brent Chapman, Nikos Bonvie and Clements.

On Sunday, the Crushers met the Bulldogs once again, but this one ended in a 4-4 split. Scoring for Crushers was Gallant (2), Clements, and Lochead. Smith and Bonvie had assists.

Later on Sunday, the Atom A Crushers had an exhibition game with the Pictou County Atom A Subway Selects, where they picked up the win.

Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers have a home and home with Truro this week-end.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts. They're coming off back to back wins this past weekend.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hit the road this coming weekend - they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

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ANTIGONISH TAXI DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY 2015
Thursday 18th December 2014

An Antigonish taxi-driver charged with two counts of sexual assault had his case adjourned in Provincial Court yesterday. 48-year-old William Roger MacLellan was charged after two women told police they were touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose while customers in a cab.  One incident is alleged to have occurred in October, the other in February. MacLellan will be back in Antigonish Provincial court on January 21st.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 17
Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

The Sackville Blazers put on a dominating performance last night.

The Junior A Hockey League action saw them take on Brookfield in a high-scoring, but one sided affair.The Blazers came away with an 11-3 victory.

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travel to Truro to play the Bearcats. They're coming off of a pair of games last weekend with a win and a loss.

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will finish off 2014 with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from Amherst will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts. They're coming off back to back wins this past weekend.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hit the road this coming weekend - they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish last weekend. The Crushers earned a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final to capture the gold medal.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). Thecamp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *DECEMBER 16* UPDATED*
Tuesday 16th December 2014

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either of these sessions call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

The Bantam A Crushers played a pair of games this past weekend. Saturday they faced the Truro Bearcats & came up short to the Cats in a high scoring 10-7 loss. Scoring for the Crushers were Tyler Foote with 2, Noah Teed, Cairan Boone, Carson Ripoll, Ben Turnbull and Munro Mackay. Assists went to Spencer Nichol and Seth Marcipont both having 2, Broden DeCoff, Lauchie Malcolm, Blake Fraser, MacKay and Boone with 1 each. Sundays game proved a better match for the Crushers as they hosted the Western Valley Spartans to a 9-2 win. Wesley Kelley kept all but 2 shots out of his net while Tyler Foote netted a hat-trick, Noah Teed scored 2 and assisted 2. Ben MacDonald and Lauchie Malcolm each scored 1 and assisted 2. Munroe MacKay and Bryce Thomsen each scored 1, while assists went to Spencer Nichol, Lucas LeBlanc with 2, Broden DeCoff and Ben Turnbull.

This past weekend the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travelled to Bridewater to play South Shore Sharks and split the weekend. Saturday afternoon the Fuel Kids came out strong and earned an 8-1 victory. Scottie Long and Connor MacLeod each had a hat trick with singles to Blake Kontuk and Ryan Green. Earning assists were Raymond Chisholm, Sam Hickey, Colin MacGillivary, Kontuk(3), MacLeod and Long.  Brayden Leblanc helped earn the victory with strong goaltending. On Sunday, Ethan MacDonald opened the scoring on a rebound shot from MacGillivary early in the first period, but the Sharks won the game 3-1. Keigan Walker was solid between the pipes.  Next action for the squad is this   weekend when they travel to Truro to play the Bearcats.

The Pictou Peewee AA crushers picked up two wins this past weekend.  Cumberland met them at the Wellness Centre on Saturday.  In the first period, Lucas Fraser started the scoring streak, followed by Skylar Earle.  Assists came from Thomas Devine (2) and Landen MacDonald.  Brycen MacDonald started the second period with the third goal of the game as a pass came from Matthew Carson; another goal followed by Luke Young as Nolan MacDonald passed the assist.  Peewee AA will meet Sackville on Saturday at the wellness center then they will visit the Whalers at the Metro Center on Sunday.

It was 4-2 for the Crushers as the third period started.  Shortly into the third, Jayden Hatchard backhanded the puck between the pipes leaving the goalie shocked.  Hatchards’ assist came from Kyle Reim and Devine.  The goals kept coming as Devine and Nolan MacDonald scored 2 more with assists from Earle, MacDonald and Young.  Vaughn MacEachern played in nets.  Final score was 7-4.  On Sunday, the Crushers picked up a 6-0 victory over the Dartmouth Whalers.  Scorers were Hatchard (2), Brycen MacDonald, Devine, Fraser, Nolan MacDonald and assists were Young (2), Devine (2), Brycen MacDonald, Landen MacDonald, Fraser, and Evan Reynolds. 

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will finish off 2014 with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from the Jungle will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians hit the road and downed the division leading Glace Bay Jr. Miners by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night, then followed that up with a 6-1 win at home Sunday night over the Cumberland County Blues. One other game last night saw the Strait Pirates top the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3. The Scotians are now 7 points back of Glace Bay, and still hold 4 games in hand. They have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts.

The Weeks Major Midgets suffered a pair of losses at home this weekend, falling 5-2 to the Halifax MacDonalds on Saturday before losing 2-1 Sunday afternoon to the Newbridge Gladiators. The Weeks will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams lost twice this past week, falling to Bedford on Thursday night by a score of 3-0, then losing to Nova 4-3 yesterday afternoon. This coming weekend, they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Female Midget Subway Northern Selects played to a 2-2 tie with the Cape Breton Panthers yesterday, and now sit 2 points back of Metro Boston Pizza in the race for first place in the league. The league is now off until January 10.

Team Canada East fell just short against Switzerland Sunday at the opening day of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, losing 4-3 in a shootout.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish over the weekend. The Crushers earned a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final on Sunday to capture the gold medal.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team defeated Yarmouth Sunday by a score of 84-59. Eight players scored for the lightning led by Jaren Johnson with 33, followed by 12 each for Tasean Clyke and Ryan Power.

The Pictou County Female Bantam AA Selects picked up two 3-0 wins this weekend over Glace Bay, and Cole Harbour respectively. The Selects now sit in third place, one point behind the Valley Wild and four points behind the league leading Glace Bay Miners. The Subways return to action next weekend when the travel to TASA on Friday night and host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday in Pictou.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend the skills camp. This camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 15
Monday 15th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers earned 4 of a possible 6 points as they played their second consecutive weekend of three games in three nights. On Thursday, the Crushers lost at home to the Yarmouth Mariners 3-2. Then they hit the road and earned back to back victories, 4-2 in Campbellton and 6-5 in a shootout at Miramichi. The Crushers finish off the 2014 portion of their schedule with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from the Jungle will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians hit the road and downed the division leading Glace Bay Jr. Miners by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night in the NSJHL, then followed that up with a 6-1 win at home last night over the Cumberland County Blues. Six different players scored for the Scotians as they outshot the Blues 58-36. One other game last night saw the Strait Pirates top the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3. The Scotians are now 7 points back of Glace Bay, and still hold 4 games in hand. They have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts.

The Weeks Major Midgets suffered a pair of losses at home this weekend, falling 5-2 to the Halifax MacDonalds on Saturday before losing 2-1 yesterday afternoon to the Newbridge Gladiators. The Weeks will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams lost twice this past week, falling to Bedford on Thursday night by a score of 3-0, then losing to Nova 4-3 yesterday afternoon. This coming weekend, they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSFMHL played to a 2-2 tie with the Cape Breton Panthers yesterday, and now sit 2 points back of Metro Boston Pizza in the race for first place in the league. The league is now off until January 10.

Team Canada East fell just short against Switzerland yesterday at the opening day of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Valley Wildcats goalie Blade Mann-Dixon earned the start in the opening game, and stopped 21 of 24 shots through the 65 minutes of action. The only other MHL player on Team Canada East, Lucas Batt of the Amherst Ramblers, had a goal and an assist.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played in the Atlantic AA Classic tournament this past weekend in Antigonish. Game 1 went on Friday night at the Millenium Centre vs the Sydney Steelers. The Crushers tied 1-1.  The Crushers goal was scored by Spencer Creed, assisted by Zach Houston. Player of the Game for the Crushers went to goalie Ryan Royles. Game 2 went on Saturday morning vs the Bedford Blues. The Crushers scored in the first minute of the game with a slick shot by Nick Dykstra, assisted by Liam Fraser and Kyle Walsh. The Crushers were tied with the Blues until late into the third period.  With 50 seconds left in the game, the Blues were able to take advantage of a Crushers defensive breakdown, scoring the game winner to win 2-1. Braydon MacDonald got Player of the Game for the Crushers. Game 3 went Saturday afteroon vs the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers fell behind 2-0 early in the game, and were not able to get anything going. The Crushers fell to the Miners 2-0. Player of the Game for the Crushers went to Nick Dykstra. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers play 3 home games this weekend at the Pictou County Welleness Centre. The Crushers welcome the Truro Bearcats on Friday night at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the Crushers host the Cumberland Ramblers at 1:00pm, and Sunday they host the Acadia Axemen at 2:15pm.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers were successful in capturing the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish on the weekend. The Crushers scored four 2nd period goals en route to a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final on Sunday to capture the gold medal. The Pictou County team went a perfect 3-0 in the round robin portion of the competition, defeating Cape Breton West 9-1, the Tasa Ducks 4-3, and the Glace Bay Miners 4-1. The Crushers then played the Dartmouth Whalers in the semi-final in an exciting contest which saw the two teams tied after regulation, thanks in part to a clutch save on a breakaway by goaltender Thomas Gariepy with less than a minute remaining in the game. Pictou County then took advantage of a Whaler penalty in overtime, and Lucas Canning scored the game winner on the power play. In the final the Antigonish Bulldogs struck first 4mins & 40secs into the game, with the Crushers replying via Joseph Mason’s rebound goal with less than a minute to play in the first period. The host team then scored with just 4 seconds left in the first frame to restore their 1-goal lead. Less than a minute into the 2nd period the Bulldogs netted another marker to take a 3-1 lead. Kiefer Avery closed the gap to 3-2, and Lucas Canning tied to score minutes later. With the Crushers killing a penalty, Avery and Canning each struck again just 27secs apart to take a 5-3 lead into the locker room. Less than 2mins into the 3rd period the pesky Bulldogs scored again to close the gap to 5-4. Landon Sim then restored the Crushers’ 2-goal margin with 9mins & 37secs left in the game to go  up 6-4. The Antigonish squad replied 5mins later, before Sim iced the game with 2mins & 45secs left with his 2nd of the afternoon. Crusher goalie Michael Law made several key saves to keep the contest close, and give his team a chance to win. Members of the team include goaltenders Thomas Gariepy & Michael Law; defensemen Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, Willem Fraser, Cameron Young, Camden Kelly, and Cory MacGillivray; forwards Liam Berthiaume, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Gabe Paquet, Landon Sim, Lucas Canning, & Kiefer Avery. The team is coached by Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiaume, and Scott Canning.

The Westville Miners Pee Wee B team played a strong game against the Cumberland Ramblers PeeWee 'A' team taking the game 7-1. Scoring for the Miners were Christopher Avery, Keegan Murray, Gavin Bourque, Logan Beaton, Colby Sarty, Dawson MacDonald, and John Otto Bell. Assists were given by: Mitchell Jardine, Taylor Ebbet, Parker Swain and Dawson MacDonald. Jacob Fraser played a strong game in nets during the first half of the game as well as Jared Snell finishing in the second half. Scoring for the Ramblers was Ty Ingraham.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team defeated Yarmouth Sunday by a score of 84-59. Eight players scored for the lightning led by Jaren Johnson with 33, followed by 12 each for Tasean Clyke and Ryan Power.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Selects climbed the Provincial Female Bantam standings this past weekend with two more wins, 3-0 over Glace Bay and 3-0  over Cole Harbour. On Saturday the Selects played host to the Glace Bay Miners at the Hector Arena. The Selects got off to a quick start when Camryn Halliday opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game. Eva Wornell drew the only assist on the play. The Subways continued to pour on the pressure and opened a two goal lead on Halliday's second of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the first. Wornell and Hannah Porter assisted on the goal. Lindsey Smith scored her first of the season on a great individual end to end rush to make it 3-0. That's all the Pictou County squad would need to secure their fourth win in their last five games. The Selects outshot the Miners 30-6 with Jenna Landry stopping all six shots fired her way for the shutout. On Sunday The Selects travelled to Cole Harbour where they took on a tough and determined Wings team. The Selects got off to an early lead on a goal by Jenna Reid. Rhea Young and Chloe MacDonald drew assists. The teams battled a physical, close checking brand of hockey through the remainder of the first and second periods. Unable to generate any offence, the Selects regrouped in the third. Just 27 seconds in, Chloe MacDonald put the Selects ahead when she fired home a Sarah MacNeil rebound. Eva Wornell iced the game three minutes later when she capitalized on a scramble play in front of the Cole Harbour net to make the final 3-0. Hanna Porter and Reid assisted on the play. Victoria Dunn was stellar in goal, making several key saves to keep the Wings at Bay and earning a shutout. The Selects now sit in third place, one point behind the Valley Wild and four points behind the league leading Glace Bay Miners. The Subways return to action next weekend when the travel to TASA on Friday night and host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday in Pictou.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend our skills camp. This camp is our main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running.

Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 13
Saturday 13th December 2014

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers picked up a 4-2 win over the Campbellton Tigers in New Brunswick last night. Evan Morrison, Daniel Walsh, Cole Murphy, and Ryan Caswell netted the goals in the Weeks victory, while Eddie Banville put two past goalie Justin Ritcey for Campbellton.

Tonight The Weeks will face the Miramichi Timberwolves, and that game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.

Three games go tonight in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. At 7:15 the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs meet the Newbridge Academy Gladiators. 7:30 has the Halifax McDonald's taking on the Weeks Major Midgets, and at the same time the Cape Breton West Islanders face the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Action, the Brookfield Elks fell to the East Hants Penguins 10-6, and The Cole Harbour Colts squeaked out a 5-4 win over the Sackville Blazers.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers travelled to PEI this past weekend for the Markan Hardwood Pownal AA Tournament. The first game was against the Woodstock Slammers, where the Crushers were defeated 9-1.

Later the same day, the Crushers faced off against Pownal. Peyton Clements scored in the first period for the Crushers, but the opposing team scored three unanswered goals to take the game, 3-1.

The Crushers won their third game of the tournament on Saturday, defeating the Morell Mustangs 6-1.

The Atom A Crushers play two league games at home this week-end against the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK.

In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play.

Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend our skills camp. This camp is our main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program.

Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running.

Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 11 *UPDATED*
Friday 12th December 2014

The three game winning streak for the Weeks Jr A Crushers came to an end last night as they fell 3-2 to the Yarmouth Mariners in MHL action at the Wellness Centre. For the sixth consecutive game the Crushers were trailing after 20 minutes, as the Mariners struck twice in the opening frame. Cole Murphy pulled the Crushers to within one, but the Mariners regained the two goal lead before the end of the second period. Mike Lyle scored on the power play to bring the game back to within one, but that was as close as the Crushers would get, and there would be no comeback victory. The Crushers are right back on the ice tonight as they make the road trip to Campbellton to face the Tigers. Tomorrow night they will face the Miramichi Timberwolves, and that game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm. One other game last night in the MHL saw Dieppe hand the Woodstock Slammers just their fourth loss of the season, 3-1.

North Nova Boys High School hockey game v. Dalbrae at 7pm Friday Dec 12 at the Wellness Centre is cancelled.

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club played a pair of games this past weekend against league foes. Saturday saw the Selects and the visiting ProCresting Penguins battle to a 3-3 tie at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Rachelle Hinkley, Katie Pentz and Hilary Taylor scored goals for the Selects with assists from Megan Stewart, Hannah Richards and Taylor Perry. Katie Henderson picked up the tie in goal for the Subway Crew. On Sunday the Selects travelled to Truro’s Rath Eastlink Centre for a game against Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal from Julia Scammell assisted by defensive partner Hannah Richards. The Metro team tied the score midway through the second and scored the eventual winner late in the third to come away with the 2-1 victory. Adi Small played a strong game in goal for the Selects stopping 27 or 29 shots in taking the loss. With the loss the Selects dropped to second in the standings one point behind Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects final game of 2014 takes place Sunday December 14th when they travel to Cheticamp to play the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers travelled to PEI this past weekend for the Markan Hardwood Pownal AA Tournament. The first game was against the Woodstock Slammers. Crushers were defeated 9-1 with Cameron MacKinnon scoring the only goal, assisted by Peyton Clements. Reese Smith received Player of the Game and Lane Lochead was named Most Sportsmanlike. Later the same day, the Crushers faced off against Pownal Team 2. Peyton Clements scored in the first period for the Crushers, but the Mustangs scored three unanswered goals to take the game, 3-1. Player of the Game was Nikos Bonvie and Brennan Dalton received Most Sportsmanlike. The Crushers won their third game of the tournament on Saturday, defeating the Morell Mustangs 6-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Lochead and Seth Gallant, both with two goals, and singles from Ben Wallace and Reese Smith. Assists went to MacKinnon, Dylan Kontuk and Adam Farrell. Brent Chapman was the Player of the Game and Most Sportsmanlike went to Conrad Robertson. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers play two league games at home this week-end against the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages - birth to 16 years. Smaller sized toys are perfect, i.e. dinkies, action figures, barbies, movies, video games, etc.). These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned.  They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will host a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to receive coaching on the skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child(or $70 per family). The camp is the team's main fundraiser and 100% of the profit goes to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments and referees. Clinic registration forms can be picked up at all Pictou County Elementary Schools or by emailing hamptons@ccrsb.ca. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or check out the event Facebook page: Holiday Hoop Clinic.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps (including high jump, triple jump, and long jump), or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE LAID IN GUYSBOROUGH SHOOTING
Tuesday 9th December 2014

An 18-year old suspected in a weekend shooting in Guysborough County remains in custody pending a show cause hearing today. Charles James MacPherson of North Riverside made a brief appearance in court yesterday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, and was ordered to be held until today. Police indicate further charges may be laid as the investigation continues. RCMP say the preliminary investigation concludes that MacPherson and another 18-year old man got into an altercation, leading to the victim being shot in the shoulder. The Boylston man was taken to the St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 9 *UPDATED*
Tuesday 9th December 2014

The North Nova Education Centre girls hockey team came out on the winning end of a 7-3 decision last week over the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars in Thorburn. Scoring for the Gryphons were Katie Pentz and Meagan Stewart with a hattrick each, and a single from Meaghan Fox. Assists were marked by Katelyn Dunn with three, Sophia Wornell and Camryn Halliday with two apiece, and Lindsay Feit, Kourtney Barker and Taylor Perry with one each. The Lady Gryphons play their next game on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Thorburn against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals.

The Panthers Volleyball club will be holding an open tryout for its girl's U16 team on Sunday, December 14th at the New Glasgow Academy gymnasium from 5pm to 7 pm.

This is open to any player born in 1999 or after. There will be a $10.00 tryout fee payable at the door. There will be a second tryout at another time to be determined later.

Any inquiries can be made to panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com

Three wins in three games over the weekend have moved the Weeks Jr A Crushers back into the top 20 in the national rankings released yesterday. The Crushers re-enter the list in the 20th spot after wins over Summerside, South Shore, and Yarmouth to open up a 4 point lead in the Eastlink Division. Woodstock continues to lead the way for MHL teams, although they fell from 2nd to 4th after a loss Sunday afternoon in Summerside. The Crushers have three games in three nights again this weekend, with Yarmouth coming to the Wellness Centre on Thursday. The Crushers then hit the road for the northern New Brunswick swing through Campbellton and Miramichi. Classic Rock 97.9 will carry the game from Miramichi on Saturday night with the pregame show beginning at 6:45pm.

More good news for the Crushers, as Regan Spears was named the first star of the week in the MHL. In three games, the 19 year old from Port Hood scored three goals and added three assists as the Crushers went undefeated on the week. On Thursday night at home, Spears assisted on the insurance goal as Pictou County defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 4-2. The following night in Bridgewater, he scored once, assisted on the eventual game winner and was named first star of the contest as the Crushers downed the South Shore Lumberjacks 5-4. Finally on Saturday night in Yarmouth, the second year MHLer scored twice and added an assist in Pictou County’s 7-5 win over the Mariners. After 25 games heading into this week’s action, Spears has already eclipsed his numbers from last year. He currently stands with 11 goals and 30 points after scoring 10 goals and 19 points in 49 games last season. Jacob Fancy of Truro and Lindon Bekcwith of Dieppe were the second and third stars respectively.

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers travelled to Springhill this past weekend to participate in the 49th Annual “Bluenose Annual Invitational Hockey Tournament”. After a shutout for goalie Tyler Watters, and a hat-trick for Ben Macdonald with a score of 7-0 against the Riverview Blues the Crushers next faced the Truro Bearcats. Noah Teed netted 2, while Bryce Thomsen found one to beat the cats 3-1. The Team came away with the silver medal after narrowly conceding the championship game to the Sackville Flyers with a score of 4-2. Lucas LeBlanc and Monroe MacKay scored for the Crushers assisted by Max Mackinnon, Tyler Foote, Seth Marcipont, and Bryce Thomsen. Cairan Boone was awarded the ‘Game Changer’ medal for his offensive and defensive plays.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, which saw the host Sackville Blazers dominate the Cole Harbour Colts 10-3. The Blazers move into a tie with the Valley Maple Leafs for second place in the Fred Fox Division, one point behind the Liverpool Privateers. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are off until Saturday when they visit the Glace Bay Miners. The Scotians next home game will be Sunday when they host the Cumberland County Blues.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects lost a home and home this weekend with the Colchester Cyclones.   The Selects were defeated  2-1 to the Cyclones on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  Biancia Bourgeois scored the only goal for Pictou County and it was assisted by Hannah Fraser. On Sunday, the Selects travelled to Colchester County where they defeated 3-1. MacKenzie Ells scored an unassisted goal for Pictou County.  Selects goaltender Leigha MacDonald was strong in nets for both games.

On Saturday, the Ballantyne Fuel Pee Wee AAA Crushers traveled to the KMC to play the Antigonish Bulldogs. The local squad had numerous opportunities but couldn't capitalize and we're defeated 2-1. Scoring the lone goal unassisted was Scott Long. Keegan Walker played a solid game in net making many tough saves to keep his team within striking distance. Next action will see the crew travel to Bridgewater to face off against the South Shore Sharks.

Braeshore's Joey MacDonald improved his record to 6-4-1 on the AHL season with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night. MacDonald stopped 28 of 30 shots in the win, bringing his goals against average down to 2.70 and his save percentage up to .900. The Hamilton Bulldogs next game will be tomorrow night when they visit the Adirondack Flames.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 8
Monday 8th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have won three games in three nights. On Thursday night, they earned a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals at home, and followed that up with a 5-4 win Friday night in Bridgewater against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers were down 4-2 going into the second period but scored three unanswered for the come from behind victory. They wrapped up their schedule Saturday night in the Fish Tank against the Yarmouth Mariners, winning 7-5. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 3 goals and an assist , and Regan Spears added 2 goals and an assist. This week, the Crushers host Yarmouth for a return match on Thursday before heading to Campbellton and Miramichi for another set of three games in three nights. We will have the Miramichi game on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

Five members of the Kanokai Judo Club were named to Team Nova Scotia for the upcoming Canada Winter Games Judo team at the selection event held at Northumberland Regional High School on Saturday. Megan Constable of New Glasgow, Maddy Fitt and Marshall Fitt of Egerton, Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn and Cody Angevine of Merigomish will make up fully half of Team Nova Scotia in Prince George, BC in February. Along with the Canada Games selection event, the provincial championships were held on Saturday, with fourteen competitors from the host club medalling. Ryan Hislop earned an LTAD in the Recreational Category. Kaden MacDonald and Omar Alsaidan won gold. Megan Constable, Brittany Lodge, Maddy Fitt, Cody Angevine, Peter MacGrath, and Cory Odo all earned silvers, while Grayson Hislop, Ari Hislop, Kieran Hislop, Luke Perrin, and Lagan Horton took home bronze.

The Antigonish Bulldogs took advantage of a very short Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians bench to earn a 4-2 win last night at Trenton Arena. The Scotians had just 9 regulars in the lineup, with 6 affiliated players dressed to flesh out the roster. With the loss, the Scotians remain 11 points out of first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but hold 5 games in hand on the Glace Bay Miners. The Scotians and Miners will face off against each other Saturday in Glace Bay, before the Blues come to Trenton Arena this coming Sunday.

The North Nova Boys hockey team played three games this weekend, earning victories in all three games despite having several injured players and requiring some call-up players.  On Thursday, the Gryphons travelled to Truro to play the CEC Cougars at the Colchester Legion Stadium.  Colin Holmes, Jacob Pentz (2), and Taylor Publicover scored for NNEC while Matt Murray was solid in the nets for the 4-2 win. On Friday night at the Pictou county Wellness Centre, NNEC hosted a return exhibition match against the Tantramar Titans from Sackville, NB and skated to a 5-0 win. Matt Murray and Kieran Mac Gillivray shared netminding duties for the shut out. The Gryphons got goals from Austin Mason, Duncan Byrne, Colin Holmes, Campbell Burrows and Taylor Publicover. Saturday night at the Trenton Arena, the Gryphons faced off against the Dr. JH Gillis Royals in a regular season game. There was no scoring in the first period but the floodgates opened in the second frame. Sean Duggan scored thirty seconds into the second assisted by Austin Mason and Ryan MacDonald. The Royals evened the score only to have Cody Haas put the Gryphons ahead 20 seconds later. He was assisted by Jacob Pentz and Carson Dunbar. Antigonish scored the next two goals and that seemed to light a fire for the Gryphons who scored four unanswered goals to round out the period. Jacob Pentz had two, Ryan MacDonald and Colin Holmes had one each. Chris Brooker scored the only Gryphon goal in the third assisted by Duggan. Antigonish scored late in the third but could not mount enough offense to catch NNEC as they won 7-4. Kieran MacGillvray got the win in nets. The Gryphons will host the Dalbrae Dragons on Friday night at 7:00pm at their new home- the Pictou County Wellness Centre, in their only game next weekend.  

The Weeks Major Midgets had an offensive outbreak this weekend, scoring 12 goals in earning a pair of victories in interleague play against opponents from Prince Edward Island at the Wellness Centre. On Saturday, the Weeks beat the Charlottetown Islanders 6-2, then yesterday afternoon they shut out the Kensington Wild 6-0. Thirteen different players earned at least one point over the weekend. The Weeks play another pair of home games this weekend, with Halifax and Newbridge visiting on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The battle between the top two teams in the NSFMHL went to Metro Boston Pizza yesterday afternoon in Truro, as they got past the Subway Northern Selects 2-1. The Selects also played on Saturday, skating to a 3-3 tie against the Penguins. Metro now has a 1 point lead in the standings, and holds a game in hand on the Selects. The Selects will only play once this coming weekend, when they visit the Cape Breton Panthers Sunday afternoon in Cheticamp.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Selects grabbed four huge points after defeating Halifax in a home and home series this past weekend. On Saturday the teams met at the Hector Arena where the Selects gave up a 1-0 lead to Halifax  late in the second period. Pictou County bounced back a minute and a half later when Hannah Porter batted home an Eva Wornell rebound. The Selects spotted another one goal lead when Halifax scored a power play goal early in the third period. Camryn Halliday knotted it at two when she took a nice feed from Mariah Linehan and smoked a one timer past a stunned Halifax netminder. Taylor Mackenzie was the hero when she scored a power play marker with just over two minutes to play in the third to make the final 3-2. Lindsey Smith had the only assist on the goal and Victoria Dunn got the win between the pipes. The return match in Halifax on Sunday saw a penalty filled affair which seemed to kill offensive momentum on the part of both teams. The Selects struck first, however, when Taylor MacKenzie scored mid way through the third period to put the Selects ahead 1-0. Chloe MacDonald secured the 2-0 win on a scramble play as Halifax was pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. Jenna Landry was slid in nets for the Selects in getting the win. The Selects are now tied for third with the Bedford Blues in the Provincial League. Pictou County plays host to Cape Breton next Saturday and then travels to Cole Harbour on Sunday as league play continues.

The Picotu County Lightning Girls Mini A basketball played a pair of close games in Antigonish over the weekend. In the first game, the Lightning fell just short against the hosts by a score of 26-23, but followed that up with a 27-25 win against Truro.

There were three games last night in Stellarton in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. The opener saw Dewtie's Excavating defeat the Pictou Landing Falcons 10-3. Whitey's Vikings then got past the Elk's Club 13-8. The night wrapped up with Nat Pro Gas winning 8-3 over Can-Connect.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 6
Saturday 6th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have won the first two of their three games in three nights this week. Back on Thursday night, the Crushers earned a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals at home, and followed that up with a 5-4 win last night in Bridgewater against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers were down 4-2 going into the second period but scored three unanswered for the come from behind victory. They wrap up their schedule tonight in the Fish Tank against the Yarmouth Mariners.

The North Nova boys hockey team next league game is today at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are in action tomorrow night at 7pm. They're playing at the Trenton Arena, where they will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play this afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre today against the Penguins. Then tomorrow at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team lost both of their matches on the opening day of the NSSAF Division 2 Championships. They will wrap up pool play this morning against the hosts from JL Ilsley. The winner of that match will go to the 5th place game against the winner of Yarmouth and Sydney Academy, while the losers of those matches will play for 7th place.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma today. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

The third of five 9-ball, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, ranking tournaments for Northern Nova Scotia Region is scheduled for today.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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DECISION RESERVED IN APPEAL OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CONVICTION
Friday 5th December 2014

An Antigonish man convicted of two counts each of Impaired Driving by Drugs Causing Death and two counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death is seeking a new trial. William Edmund Byron Fogarty appeared before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal earlier this week, and the court has reserved its decision. Fogarty was found guilty following a trial in July, 2013, and sentenced to serve six years in prison. The charges stem from a fatal two car collision in November, 2011 in Tracadie which killed 16-year-old Kory Mattie and 17-year-old Nicholas (Nico) Landry, both of whom were in the other vehicle. No date has been given for when the decision on the appeal will be handed down.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 5
Friday 5th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers won their first of three games in three days last night as they got past the visiting Summerside Western Capitals 4-2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The game was a special “Blue in the Barn” event, as the Crushers celebrated the end of “Movember” was a fundraiser for the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association. The Crushers held a silent auction of five jerseys from last night's game, raising over 600 dollars. They are back in action on the road tonight in Bridgewater to face the South Shore Lumberjacks, a game you can catch on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm. Then tomorrow night they will visit the Yarmouth Mariners.

The North nova boys hockey team will host the Tantramar Titans tonight at 7:00pm at the Wellness Centre. Their next league game is Saturday at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury tonight. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play three games in three days this weekend, starting with a road game in Cole Harbour tonight. The Major Bantams will then host the Cougars Saturday afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre Saturday against the Penguins. Then on Sunday at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts this afternoon. They will play Horton later this evening, before wrapping up pool play tomorrow morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played tomorrow afternoon.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma tomorrow. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

The North nova boys hockey team will host the Tantramar Titans on Friday night at 7:00pm at the Wellness Centre. Their next league game is Saturday evening at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The third of five 9-ball, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, ranking tournaments for Northern Nova Scotia Region is scheduled for tomorrow.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 4
Thursday 4th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers host Summerside tonight, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts with Blue in the Rink. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury on Friday night. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play three games in three days this weekend, starting with a road game in Cole Harbour tomorrow night. The Major Bantams will then host the Cougars Saturday afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre Saturday against the Penguins. Then on Sunday at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts Friday afternoon. They will play Horton later that evening, before wrapping up pool play on Saturday morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played Saturday afternoon.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma on Saturday. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

PEEWEE AA Crushers played Sunday in Amherst, defeating the Ramblers 7-3. Crushers had a slow start in the first period as the Ramblers were leading 1-0.  The game turned around as the Crushers scored 4 goals in the second period.  Scoring were Luke Young with an assist by Evan Reynolds; Jayden Hatchard unassisted; Nolan MacDonald with Brycen MacDonald assisting; and Landen MacDonald scoring unassisted.  Crushers stayed strong going into the third period adding three more goals by Brycen MacDonald with Thomas Devine assisting.  Nolan MacDonald added another goal assisted by Young and then Devine finished the game with the 7th goal.  Crushers have a busy weekend with two games this Saturday against Western Valley and then Sunday against Truro.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had a home and home this weekend with the Cumberland County Ramblers. The first game was in Springhill where the Crushers opened the game with a strong first period with goals netted by Lane Lochead (2), Reese Smith, Ben Wallace, and Cameron MacKinnon. Adam Farrell had two assists in the first, and Wallace, MacKinnon, Conrad Robertson, and Lochead tallied an assist each. Cumberland had one goal in the first period. Pictou County tallied three more in the second with Cumberland netting two. Scoring in the second for the Crushers were Wallace, Brent Chapman, and Peyton Clements. Seth Gallant picked up an assist. Crushers held the Ramblers back in the third while Clements (assisted by Smith) and Farrell added two more for the Crushers, for a final score of 10-3. At home on Sunday, the Crushers kept the Ramblers scoreless, winning 6-0. Scoring for the Crushers were Nikos Bonvie, Gallant, Ian Reynolds, MacKinnon, Wallace and Lochead. Chapman, Brennan Dalton and Farrell each earned two assists, and Clements had one assist. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts, both making outstanding saves and getting a shut-out in Sunday’s game. The Atom A Crushers travel to Prince Edward Island this week-end to participate in the Markan Hardwood Plus Memorial AA Tournament.

There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. Both games will be played in Thorburn. At 7pm, Whitey's Vikings face Dewtie's Excavating. Then at 8:20pm, Thistle Bar will take on Elk's Club.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 3
Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be without Mike Lyle for their schedule of three games in three nights this weekend, as the forward has been invited to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Jr A Hockey Challenge. Lyle is one of five MHLers out of the 40 players invited to the camp in Toronto. From that list, 23 players will make up Team Canada East at the tournament later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The Crushers will be hosting Summerside on Thursday night, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The NSJHL saw action on just one front last night, with the Brookfield Elks earning a 3-1 win on home ice against the Cole Harbour Colts. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury on Friday night. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma on Saturday. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games - selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

PEEWEE AA Crushers played Sunday in Amherst defeating the Ramblers 7-3 for the win. Crushers had a slow start but the game turned around as the Crushers scored 4 goals in the second period. Scoring were Luke Young with an assist by Evan Reynolds; Jayden Hatchard unassisted; Nolan MacDonald with Brycen MacDonald assisting; and Landen MacDonald scoring unassisted. Crushers stayed strong going into the third period adding three more goals by Brycen MacDonald with Thomas Devine assisting. Nolan MacDonald added another goal assisted by Young and then Devine finished the game with the 7th goal. Crushers have a busy weekend with two games this Saturday against Western Valley and then Sunday against Truro.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects lost 3-0 to Cape Breton West Islanders Saturday during a morning game the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The Bantam A girls hit the highway Sunday for two games in Glace Bay.  The Glace Bay Miners defeated the Selects 1-0 in the first game and the second game ended in a 1-1 tie.   Biancia Bourgeois scored the only goal for the Selects and it was assisted by Shalyn Bona.   The Bantam A Subway Selects have a home and home with the Colchester Cyclones this coming weekend.  

In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Sports Center on Sunday evening, the Leafs and Bruins played to a 3-3 tie. Debbie MacLean led the Leafs with two goals and Satina Rushton picked up a single marker. Dawn MacKay, Amy cameron and Julie Anderson replied for the Bruins.

Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League. Game one saw Ireland defeat Italy 3-1. Ireland: Brendan Avery 1, Joe Walsh 1, Kale Behie 1 Italy: Seth Foster 1 In Game 2, Mexico got past Portugal 4-3. Mexico: Braden Janes 2, Daniel Seymour 1, Ethen Gilmore 1 Portugal : Fox Irving 1, Megan Palmer 1, Ben Strickland 1

There was one game Monday night in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, with Nat Pro Gas coming out on top of the Pictou Landing Falcons 9-3. One game last night had Can-Connect fall to the Elk's Club 10-5.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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HIGHWAY 104 TWINNING TO BE PAID FOR WITH TOLL BOOTH?
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

County Councillor Robert Parker proposed adding tolls to Highway 104 to raise the funds needed for the twinning of the highway. This was in response to correspondence from the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Renewal discussed at the monthly meeting of Council last night. Minister Geoff MacLellan says a safety study will be conducted on the area west of Antigonish to identify opportunities for improvement. At this time the minister has not put a timeline on when twinning will be started. There have been 14 fatal accidents on this stretch of highway since 2009.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 2
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be without Mike Lyle for their schedule of three games in three nights this weekend, as the forward has been invited to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Jr A Hockey Challenge. Lyle is one of five MHLers out of the 40 players invited to the camp in Toronto. From that list, 23 players will make up Team Canada East at the tournament later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The Crushers will be hosting Summerside on Thursday night, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games.  Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers dropped two games in league play this past weekend.  The Crushers faced the Landworks Gulls November 29, and fell just short with a 2-0 loss.  An unlucky bounce put the Gulls on the scoreboard early in the first, and despite a strong effort from the Crushers, a goal midway through the third gave the Gulls the win.  The Crushers were assessed 20 minutes of penalties, but held the Gulls off and perfected their penalty kill, never giving up a goal to the Gulls while defending short handed.  Andrew MacLeod took the loss in nets. Sunday, November 30 saw the Crushers skating hard and matching the Truro Bearcats in shots, but the game ended in a 5-1 loss for the Crushers.  Wayne Denny held the only Crushers goal on a set up from Jake Martin early in the second period.  Mitchell Cummer took the loss in nets for the Crushers. The Crushers have three league games scheduled for this upcoming weekend.  They face off against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm Friday, December 5, host the Joneljim Cougars at the Pictou County Wellness Center Saturday, December 6 at 4:00, then host the Dartmouth Whalers at home Sunday, December 7 at 12:15.  

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Sackville Blazers continue their defense of back-to-back league championships with a 5-2 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Blazers improved to 13-6 on the season, good for third place in the Fred Fox Division. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. It is the back end of a home-and-home set, with the opener won 5-1 by Strait on Sunday night in Trenton.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts Friday afternoon. They will play Horton later that evening, before wrapping up pool play on Saturday morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played Saturday afternoon.

The past two weekends saw the Subway Selects win three of 4 games to remain in first place in the Nova Scotia Female AAA Hockey league. On Saturday November 22nd the Selects defeated the ProCresting Penguins 6-3 at the Wellness Centre. Annika Mason led the Selects with two goals with singles to Hannah Richards, Emily Doiron, Julia Scammell, Patti-Ann Tracey and Katie Pentz. Assists went to Megan Stewart with two, Hannah Richards, Julia Scammell and Emily Doiron added single helpers. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. On Sunday November 23rd the Subway Selects traveled to Bedford to play the Metro Boston Pizza squad. The game featured the two top teams in the Nova Scotia league. Despite their recent success against the Metro squad the home team dominated from the opening faceoff to defeat the Selects. This past weekend had the Northern Subway Selects win a pair of games in a home and home series with the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Saturday’s game featured a natural hat trick from veteran blue liner Julia Scammell including the eventual winner in a 5-4 victory. Kaila and MacKenzie Reid also scored for the Selects. Megan Stewart added two assists with single helpers from Hannah Richards, Patti-Anne Tracey and Hilary Taylor. Katie Henderson picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The return match on Sunday at the Wellness Centre saw the Selects score a pair of power play goals from Patti-Anne Tracey and Megan Stewart in a chippy affair which saw a total of 19 penalties handed out. Tracey added her second goal of the game assisted by Amanda Dunning. Other helpers came from Kaila Reid, Kenzie Reid, Taylor Perry and Annika Mason. The game was suspended with 16:18 left in the third period when a Panthers player went awkwardly into the boards requiring medical attention and transport to the local emergency department. The injured player is resting comfortably and fortunately she suffered no major injuries and expects a full recovery. The Selects return to action this weekend when they face the ProCresting Penguins at Home at 12:30pm at the Wellness Centre and host the Metro Boston Pizza squad at the Rath Eastlink Arena in Truro on Sunday at 1pm.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played a pair of games this past weekend vs the #1 team in the league, the South Shore Sharks. Game 1 went in Bridgewater on Saturday. The Crushers came out strong and took a 1 goal lead into the third period.  South Shore were able to take advantage of a Crusher mistake, potting a goal to tie it up. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Scoring the lone goal for the Crushers was Kyle Walsh. Ryan Royles backstopped the Crushers to the tie. Game 2 went on Sunday at the Pictou County Welleness Centre. The Crushers came out flat, giving up 3 goals in the first and 1 goal in the second. The third period was a different story for the Crushers, as they came out aggressive, controlling most of the play. With less than 2 minutes remaining, Liam Fraser scored the Crushers first goal of the game. Assisting was Connor Boudreau and Matt Munroe. Less than a minute later, goalie Nick Laffin made a pass up ice that spung Nick Dykstra in for the Crushers who then potted the Crushers second goal of the game. Despite their hard work and determination for a comeback, the Crushers fell 4-2 to South Shore. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers have the upcoming weekend off, and will resume action again when they participate in the 2014 Atlantic Classic AA Tournament in Antigonish from December 12-14.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 1
Monday 1st December 2014

The Pictou County Scotians suffered a loss at home last night in NSJHL action against the Strait Pirates. The Scotians fell by a score of 5-1 in the first half of a home-and-home set that will wrap up in Port Hawkesbury on Friday.

The Weeks Major Midgets earned a split in their double header against the Valley Wildcats this weekend in Berwick in NSMMHL action. On Saturday, Ben Higgins goal in the latter stages of the third period was the difference in a 3-2 win for the Weeks. Then yesterday the Wildcats bounced back with a 3-2 victory of their own. The Weeks will next be in action this weekend with a pair of home interleague games against two PEI teams. Charlottetown will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Kensington Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The Jr A Crushers were also in Berwick this weekend to face the Wildcats on Saturday night. The Crushers were outshot 20-6 in the first period but escaped the frame down by only a goal, 2-1. They gave up a pair in the second and another in the third on the way to a 5-2 loss. The Crushers will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Summerside Western Capitals. The special fundraising events scheduled for last Thursday to wrap up Movember will take place this week after the game against Woodstock was postponed.

Staying with the Weeks Crushers, some good news as Mike Lyle was named to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Junior A Hockey Challenge. The tournament takes place later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan after being played in Yarmouth the last two years. Lyle is one of 5 MHL players invited to the camp.

The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team came up short in the championship game of the 15th annual Allan Cameron Memorial Tournament, falling 4-1 to Rothesay High School yesterday in Trenton. North Nova will see action again this Friday when they host an exhibition game against the Tantramar Titans at 7:00 pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. They are back to regular league action on Saturday evening at 5:00pm in Trenton where they will meet the Dr. JH Gillis Royals of Antigonish.

The Pictou County Peewee AA Subway Selects took home the gold medal at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival over the weekend in Calgary. The Selects went undefeated in the Pee Wee Tier 2B Division, winning their four round robin games by a total combined score of 44-5 before winning the Gold Medal Game 7-0 over the Heat.

The Pee Wee A Selects were also at a tournament this weekend, going 2-2 at the Source for Sports tournament in PEI. The Selects defeated the North River Flames Red in the opener 2-1, then lost to the host East Prince Wildcats 6-0. The Selects got another win against the North River Flames White team 1-0, and advanced to the semi-final where they fell to the eventual tournament champions, the Northumberland Bruins, by a score of 2-0.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team split a pair of games against Antigonish on Saturday. In the first game, the Lightning won 62-42 led by Tasean Clyke with 29 points followed by Chad Russell with nine. The Lightning also had a strong team defensive effort led by Ryan Power with 13 rebounds. In the second game, the Lightning fell to Antigonish 69-65. Tasean Clyke again paced the squad with 35 points, followed by Ryan Power with 8 and Ethan MacQuarrie with 5 points.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls went undefeated this past weekend at home in a round-robin against Yarmouth, Dr. JH Gillis, Millwood, and Citadel.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects took three of four points in a home and home series against the Valley Wild this past weekend. On Saturday The Selects opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Hannah Porter batted home a Camryn Halliday rebound. The Selects struck again early in the second period when Sophia Wornell broke down the right side and snapped a hard shot over the glove of the Valley net minder on a pass from Sarah MacNeil. Halliday padded the lead just 12 seconds later when she slid home a rebound in front to make it 3-0. The Wild got one back four minutes later but that's as close as they would get. Hannah Porter scored her second of the game with just 17 seconds to play in the middle frame. Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell, with her fourth assist of the game, had helpers on the play. Neither team managed a goal in the third period making the final 4-1. Jenna Landry made several key saves for the Selects in getting the win. On Sunday the Subways travelled to Windsor for an afternoon tilt against the Wild. The Selects came out flat and got stung early in the first to fall behind 1-0. The Selects gave up another early in the second period to fall behind 2-0. Pictou County rallied, however, and turned momentum in their favour after the second goal against. Camryn Halliday got the Selects on the board with just over two minutes to play in the second to close within one before the intermission. The Subways came out flying in the third and took the game to the Valley for most of the period and then got a lift when Halliday scored her second of the game, a shorthanded marker, knotting it at two. with just over two minutes to play. The Subways hung on and earned a 2-2 tie in the hard fought affair. Victoria Dunn was solid in goal helping the Selects get a point. League play resumes again next weekend when the Selects play a home and home against Halifax. The Selects play host in Pictou, Saturday at 1PM.

Three games last night in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, all played in Stellarton. Nat Pro Gas got past Dewtie's Excavating 11-8, Thistle Bar defeated Pictou Landing 9-1, and Whitey's Vikings over Connor's Transfer 11-2.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 30
Sunday 30th November 2014

The Weeks Major Midgets and Jr A Crushers both paid visits to the Valley yesterday with mixed results as both teams took on the Valley Wildcats in their respective leagues. The Weeks Major Midgets opened up the double-header with a 3-2 victory as Ben Higgins scored with 2:38 left in the third period to earn the victory. They were followed onto the ice by the MHL teams, and the hosts exacted some revenge for their midget counterparts as the Valley won by a score of 5-2. The game marked the return of last year's Rookie of the Year to the MHL as Blade Mann-Dixon was sent down by the Saint John Sea Dogs to Valley for the rest of the season. Mann-Dixon stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

With two wins and no losses, The Pictou County Peewee Subway Selects top the leaderboard in their round-robin at Wickfest. Currently underway in Calgary, Haley Wickenheiser's World Female Hockey Festival has 60 female teams of girls of all ages from across the country battling for hockey supremacy. With the time change, the Selects will not start playing until 10:15 tonight against a team called the Nightmares. If you are looking for them online, they are in Pee Wee Tier 2 B & we are wishing them the best of luck, and the time of their lives.

The North Nova boys won their crossover game yesterday to advance to the championship game of the 15th annual Allan Cameron Memorial Tournament.

The boys take on Rothesay High School for the tournament crown. That game goes today at 1pm at the Trenton Arena.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team split a pair of games against Antigonish on Saturday.  In the first game, the Lightning won 62-42 led by Tasean Clyke  with 29 points followed by Chad Russell with nine.  The Lightning also had a strong team defensive effort led by Ryan Power with 13 rebounds.

In the second game, the Lightning fell to Antigonish  69-65.  Tasean Clyke again paced the squad with 35 points, followed by Ryan Power with 8 and Ethan MacQuarrie with 5 points.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29*
Saturday 29th November 2014

With two wins and no losses, The Pictou County Peewee Subway Selects top the leaderboard in their round-robin at Wickfest. Currently underway in Calgary, Haley Wickenheiser's World Female Hockey Festival has 60 female teams of girls of all ages from across the country battling for hockey supremacy. With the time change, the Selects will not start playing until 9:15 tonight against a team called the Nightmares. If you are looking for them online, they are in Pee Wee Tier 2 B & we are wishing them the best of luck, and the time of their lives.

Northumberland Nighthawk girls volleyball team are hosting a provincial qualifying tournament today from 9:30 until 4pm at the Northumberland gym. Teams are Northumberland, Yarmouth, Citadel, Millwood and JH Gillis & the top two teams qualify for provincial championships.

The 15th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial hockey  Tournament is this weekend. North Nova takes on Rothesay High at noon. Crossovers are at 4:30 and 6:00 today with the championship game at 1pm on Sunday. All games are at the Trenton Arena.

In Major-Midget action, the Crushers take on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick on Saturday at 7pm. Catch the action with Michael Petter live on 97.9

Thistle Bar picked up a win over Connor's Transfer Thursday night at the Thorburn rink with a final score of 13-9. In other Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action, Can-Connect beat the Pictou Landing Falcons 6-5 after a Riego Carter shootout goal.

Basketball fans can head to Antigonish today, with two matches against visiting UNB – the X-women play at 4pm, and the X-men at 6pm. Both games at the Oland Center.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers play Cumberland in Amherst on Saturday ahead of a homegame Sunday.

The Pictou County Squash Society will be having an Open House this Saturday (November 29) from 2-4 pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex on the Old Foxbrook Rd in Stellarton. They provide equipment, so anyone wanting to try just needs to bring clean, non-marking sneakers, and gym wear. Discounts will be available for new members who join at the open house. There will also be a draw for a new racquet for anyone who tries it out! And if you can’t make, you can get info from Kent MacDougall (kent@kmica.ca) 902 755-1356.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 28 *UPDATED*
Friday 28th November 2014

The Pictou County PeeWee Subway Selects are currently in Calgary at Haley Wickenheiser's tournament WickFest – and the girls have won their first game by a score of 10-3. They play again at 1pm, which means they begin at 4pm our time. We'll keep you posted.

Northumberland Nighthawk girls volleyball team are hosting a provincial qualifying tournament beginning tomorrow (Sat) morning at 9:30 until 4pm at the Northumberland gym. Teams are Northumberland, Yarmouth, Citadel, Millwood and JH Gillis & the top two teams qualify for provincial championships.

The 15th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial hockey  Tournament takes place this weekend. Opening ceremonies are this evening at 6pm, then NNEC taking on Amherst at 6:30. North Nova plays their third round robin game at noon on Saturday when they take on Rothesay high. Crossovers are at 4:30 and 6:00 Saturday with the championship game at 1pm on Sunday. All games are at the Trenton Arena.

In Major-Midget action, the Crushers take on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick on Saturday at 7pm. Catch the action with Michael Petter live on 97.9

Thistle Bar picked up a win over Connor's Transfer last night at the Thorburn rink with a final score of 13-9. In other Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action, Can-Connect beat the Pictou Landing Falcons 6-5 after a Riego Carter shootout goal.

Basketball fans can head to Antigonish this weekend, as both the ST FX teams host 2 university at home. Friday evening at 6, the X-women taken on UPEI at 6pm, followed by the men's match against UPEI at 8. On Saturday the matches are against visiting UNB, with X-women playing at 4pm, and the X-men at 6pm. All games at the Oland Center.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had two games last week-end against the Truro Bearcats. On Saturday, the team came away with a 7-3 win. Scoring 2 goals for the Crushers in the first period was Ben Wallace, one unassisted. Cameron MacKinnon, Nikos Bonvie and Lane Lochead also contributed goals. On Sunday, the teams played to a 4-4 tie. Scoring for the Crushers was Adam Farrell, assisted by Lane Lochead, and Ian Reynolds, Bonvie, and Wallace, all unassisted. Jacob MacLeod and Cole Battist shared goaltending duties. This week-end the Crushers will play Cumberland in Amherst on Saturday ahead of a homegame Sunday.

The Pictou County Squash Society will be having an Open House this Saturday (November 29) from 2-4 pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex on the Old Foxbrook Rd in Stellarton. There will be racquets, protective eyewear and balls available to use, so anyone wanting to try just needs to bring clean, non-marking sneakers, and gym wear. Discounts will be available for new members who join at the open house. There will also be a draw for a new racquet for anyone who tries it out! And if you can’t make, you can get info from Kent MacDougall (kent@kmica.ca) 902 755-1356.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP *THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27* UPDATED
Thursday 27th November 2014

Basketball fans can head to Antigonish this weekend, as both the ST FX teams host 2 university at home. Friday evening at 6, the X-women taken on UPEI at 6pm, followed by the men's match against UPEI at 8. On Saturday the matches are against visiting UNB, with X-women playing at 4pm, and the X-men at 6pm. All games at the Oland Center.

The Pictou County Squash Society will be having an Open House this Saturday (November 29) from 2-4 pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex on the Old Foxbrook Rd in Stellarton. There will be racquets, protective eyewear and balls available to use, so anyone wanting to try just needs to bring clean, non-marking sneakers, and gym wear. Discounts will be available for new members who join at the open house. There will also be a draw for a new racquet for anyone who tries it out! And if you can’t make, you can get info from Kent MacDougall (kent@kmica.ca) 902 755-1356.

The Maritime Junior A Hockey League game in Pictou County tonight has been CANCELLED due to weather in NB. The Eastlink Division leading Weeks Jr. A Crushers will reschedule the game against the Roger Meek Division leaders, the Woodstock Slammers. The inaugural “Blue in the Barn” event in support of the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association will also take place at a later date. ECFM will update as soon as possible.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had two games last week-end against the Truro Bearcats. On Saturday, the team came away with a 7-3 win. Scoring 2 goals for the Crushers in the first period was Ben Wallace, one unassisted. Cameron MacKinnon, Nikos Bonvie and Lane Lochead also contributed goals. On Sunday, the teams played to a 4-4 tie. Scoring for the Crushers was Adam Farrell, assisted by Lane Lochead, and Ian Reynolds, Bonvie, and Wallace, all unassisted. Jacob MacLeod and Cole Battist shared goaltending duties. This week-end the Crushers will play Cumberland in Amherst on Saturday ahead of a homegame Sunday.

In Major Midget action, the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs are now the top team in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. The Mustangs downed the Valley CIBC Wood Gundy Wildcats 5-0 last night. In other Major-Midget action, the Newbridge Academy Gladiators beat the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack 4-3.

PEEWEE AA Crushers visited PEI last weekend for the Early Bird Tournament & played well against challenging teams.  Game One, they were defeated 3-2 by the Pownal Red Devils.Scoring for Crushers were Luke Young and Jansen Langille, both unassisted.  Cody MacDougall played a strong game between the nets.  Nolan MacDonald and Jansen Langille earned MVP and sportsmanlike players.  Game 2 was played against Halifax Hawkes with a 2-1 loss.  Thomas Devine had the lone goal with assists from Matthew Carson and Langille.  Vaughn MacEachern played nets and earned MVP for his hard effort and amazing saves. Skyler Earle was most sportsmanlike player.  The Crushers played their 3rd game against the Kent Centre Bears.  Brycen MacDonald put the first two goals on the scoreboard with assists from Ben MacGillivary and Carson.  Luke Young scored the third goal of the game, assisted by Lucas Fraser and Brycen MacDonald, as the Crushers led 3-1.  To finish the game, Jayden Hatchard lined up at center ice with less than 30 seconds of the game and made a breakaway, netting the puck to make the game a final 4-3 for the Crushers.  MacDougall and MacEachern split the duties in the net on the last game.  Brycen MacDonald earned MVP and Matthew Carson earned most sportsmanlike player.

One game went in the Labatt's Nova Hockey League Wednesday night. Dewtie's Excavating blanked Can-Connect 10-0.

There was one game in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League last night. Elks Club beat Connor's Transfer with a final of 9-3. The league has two games tonight when Thistle Bar faces Connor's Transfer at 7:00, and the Pictou Landing Falcons take on Can Connect at 8:20. Both games go at the Thorburn rink.

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ANTIGONISH TAXI DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS HIS CASE RESCHEDULED
Wednesday 26th November 2014

An Antigonish taxi driver facing 2 charges of sexual assault has had his case rescheduled. William Roger MacLellan was scheduled for an election-and-plea hearing in Provincial Court this morning, but his lawyer asked for more time and was given a new court date for December 17th in Antigonish. RCMP say they arrested the 48-year-old man after an 18-year-old reported she was touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose while she was driven home alone in a taxi in February. A 19-year-old reported a very similar incident in October. MacLlennan's bail conditions including not operating a taxi or working in any driver-for-hire capacity.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 24
Monday 24th November 2014

It was a busy weekend in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. The action kicked off Friday when the Woodstock Slammers beat the Dieppe Commandos 6-4. On Saturday, the Bridgewater Lumberjacks picked up a win over Summerside 4-3. That same night the Campbellton Tigers took the Valley Jr. A Wildcast to Overtime, taking the game with a 4-3 win. Also on Saturday, the Yarmouth team beat Truro 3-2 and Miramichi beat Amherst 5-4 in overtime.

On Sunday, the Tigers downed the Bearcats 2-1 in a shootout. Miramichi fell to Summerside 5-2, Amherst picked up a win over Yarmouth 6-5 in a shootout. Dieppe beat Bridgewater 5-2, and the Woodstock Slammers extended their lead in the Roger Meek division with a 6-2 win over St. Stephen County Aces.

In a repeat of last week’s hockey games, the North Nova Education Centre Lady Gryphons faced the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals and the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars again this week, but with a slightly different outcome.

In a close match on Thursday in Thorburn, the Gryphons tied the Royals 4-4, improving over last week’s one-goal defeat. Meagan Stewart got a hat-trick on that game.

On Sunday night in Truro, the girls once again beat the Cougars, this time by a score of 6-1.

The NNEC girls next face action on Thursday at home in Thorburn in a rematch against the Royals.

In the Nova Scotia Major Midget league, Charlie's Pizza and the Tradesmen split 2 games. Charlie's Pizza took home a 5-1 victory on Saturday, and the Tradesman picked up a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

The Weeks Major Midgets fell two straight games to the Halifax McDonald's Major Midgets, losing 3-0 on Saturday, and 4-0 on Sunday. The Weeks play next this Saturday when they take on the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks at 4:00pm.

The Northern Subway Selects beat the ProCresting Penguins 6-3 on Saturday in the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League. Also on Saturday, Metro Boston Pizza doned MacIntyre Chevy 4-0.

On Sunday, the Penguins picked up a win over MacIntyre Chevy 4-0, And Metro Boston Pizza blanked the Subway Selects with a final of 5-0.

There were three games last night in Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action. Nat Pro Gas took down Thistle Bar 9-6, Whitey's Vikings beat the Pictou Landing Falcons in convincing fashion with a 10-1 victory, and Dewtie's Excavating squeaked out a win over the Elks Club 9-8.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers took a loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday night with a final of 3-1. On Saturday, they took on the West Hants Warriors in a tight game. Despite being considerably outshot, the Crushers managed to hold on and finish with a 3-3 tie.

The Bantam team hit the road on Sunday, and despite giving up an early goal, they took down the Warriors 4-2 in Windsor. They'll play two games this weekend against the South Shore Ice Sharks. Game one is in Bridgewater on Saturday at 4:30pm, and game 2 is on home ice at the Wellness Centre on Sunday starting at 2:15.

The Westville Miners PeeWee B team won in exhibition play yesterday, defeating the St. Mary's Coyotes 5-1.

Logan Beaton scored two goals in the effort, and Jared Snell only let in one goal from Coyotes player Matt Burns.

The Pictou County Female Atom A Subway Selects have kept things rolling with a tournament victory this weekend in PEI.

The Selects beat Capital District 5-0 to take the championship game in the Grant Thornton Early Bird Tournament, going undefeated in the tournament.

The West Pictou boys basketball team picked up a win over AG Baillie on Friday night with a score of 46-41. The middle school boys team started their season off the right way with a 61-16 win over Redcliffe in an exhibition game.

The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team extended their league win streak this weekend with two victories. In Antigonish on Thursday night the Gryphons shut out the Dr. JH Gillis Royals 5-0. Kieran MacGillivray recorded the shut out for the Gryphons in the net.

On Friday night, the Gryphons hosted the CEC Cougars from Truro at the Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz netted the first goal just 30 seconds into the game. The final score was 3-1.

The NNEC Gryphons host the 15th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Trenton Arena. North Nova opens the tournament on Friday at noon against NRHS. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 pm with NNEC hosting Amherst at 6:30.

NNEC takes on Rothesay High at noon on Saturday to finish off round robin play. Crossovers are at 4:30 and 6:00 with the Championship game at noon on Sunday.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 23
Sunday 23rd November 2014

The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team extended their league win streak this weekend with two victories. In Antigonish on Thursday night the Gryphons shut out the Dr. JH Gillis Royals 5-0. Duncan Byrne led all scorers with two goals and 1 assist. Carson Dunbar, Cody Haas and Noah Delorey had singles for the Gryphons. Assists were also credited to Colin Holmes, Jacob Pentz, Kale Mason with one each and Chris Brooker with two. Kieran MacGillivray recorded the shut out for the Gryphons in the net. On Friday night, the Gryphons hosted the CEC Cougars from Truro at the Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz scored thirty seconds into the game assisted by Carson Dunbar and Campbell Burrows. Carson Dunbar scored to round out the scoring in the first assisted by Jacob Pentz. Kale Mason scored the only goal of the second frame with assists from Pentz and Kirklin Murray.  CEC scored their only goal of their game to open the third. The final score was 3-1.

The NNEC Gryphons host the 15th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Tournament next weekend, November 28-30th at the Trenton Arena. North Nova opens the tournament on Friday at noon against NRHS. Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 pm with NNEC hosting Amherst at 6:30. NNEC takes on Rothesay High at noon on Saturday to finish off round robin play. Crossovers are at 4:30 and 6:00 with the Championship game at noon on Sunday.

The Westville Miners PeeWee B played the Pictou Maripacs on home ice yesterday. The game went to the miners 6-1. A strong game in nets by Jacob Fraser who allowed 1  goal by Kaleb Clarke

There are three games on tap today in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. At 5:25 - Thistle Bar vs Nat Pro Gas, 6:50 - Pictou Landing Falcons vs Whitey's Vikings and at 8:20 - Elk's Club vs Dewtie's Exv.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 21
Friday 21st November 2014

Power-skating lessons get underway at Westville Rink this coming Sunday, November 23rd. Registration opens at 3pm, with lessons at 3:30pm. Children must have CSA-approved helmets, and the cost is $40 per child, with a family maximum of $80.

The Weeks Jr A Crushers got back into the win column last night with a 5-1 victory over the expansion County Aces last night at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers regain sole possession of first place in the Eastlink Division with the win. Luc Poirier had three assists for the Crushers, while Michael Evoy scored his first career Jr A goal. The Crushers are back in action tonight, as they head down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre to face the Bridgewater Lumberjacks. You can catch that game on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:5pm.

There were two games played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League. Canada went over Argentina 3-1. Jordyn Feguson picked up two goals, and Bryden Hutton netted one for Canada. In game 2, Italy beat Canada with a score of 5-2.

Two games went in Thorburn last night for the Labatt's Nova Hockey League. Thistle Bar & Grill beat Dewtie's Excavating 9-7, and Whitey's Vikings downed Can-Connect 10-4.

The PeeWee Triple A Crushers play next on Saturday against the Acadia Axemen at 4:00pm, and again at 9:15 at the Wellness Centre.

There is Friday night hockey in Antigonish. Today @ 7:00 pm, the X-Men take on Moncton at StFX Keating Centre

One game goes tonight in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League when the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack faces the Newbridge Academy Gladiators at 7:05pm.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers will go head-to-head with the Truro Bearcats this weekend, first in Truro on Saturday and home at the Pictou County Wellness Center on Sunday.

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PICTOU ANTIGONISH REGIONAL LIBRARY'S "ADOPT-A-BOOK" CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY
Thursday 20th November 2014

The fourth annual “Adopt-a-Book” campaign is now underway, when residents help the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library build their collection one book at a time. The campaign will run until December 31 and is a reasonably-priced gift option for those who love books and are hard to shop for. Go to your local library or online at www.parl.ns.ca to view the Christmas Wish List of Books which start at $5, pick a title & make your donation, then the library will purchase that book and put a special bookplate with the donor’s name inside the front cover. The book donations can also be branch specific, so you can choose the library you would like the book to be placed in & also be the very first person to read it.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 20
Thursday 20th November 2014

In Labatt's Nova Hockey League action The Elks Club downed the Pictou Landing Falcons 7-6 last night in Stellarton.

The PeeWee Triple A Crushers participated in the Bluewave Challenge Cup this past weekend. They picked up a win, two ties, and a loss. On Friday, they tied the Dartmouth Whalers 2-2.

The next game saw the Crushers face Pownal, in which they suffered a 4-1 loss. On Saturday, they took on Cape Breton West and picked up a 7-2 win. Blake Kontuk put in 5 goals in the win.

In the final game, the Crushers tied 1-1 in a hard fought game against the Sherwood Falcons. They play again this Saturday against the Acadia Axemen at 4:00pm, and again at 9:15am at the Wellness Centre.

The Woodstock Slammers downed the Campbellton Tigers 3-2 last night in Maritime Junior A Hockey action. Matthew Bursey, Kyle Haas, and Angus Johnston scored for the Slammers, while Tyler Johnson and Eddie Banville eached netted a goal for the Tigers.

There are two games in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League tonight in Thorburn.

Thistle Bar takes on Dewtie's Excavators at 7:00pm, and Can-Connect faces the Whitey's Viking's at 8:20.

One game goes tomorrow night in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League when the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack faces the Newbridge Academy Gladiators at 7:05pm.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had two games this past week-end in Antigonish. The Crushers left Antigonish with another win and their first tie of the season.

On Saturday, the final score of the game was 4-2 for Pictou County. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon, Brennan Dalton, Ian Reynolds, and Seth Gallant. Assists went to Reese Smith and Nikos Bonvie.

On Sunday, the Atom A Crushers returned to Antigonish to take on the Bulldogs. After a hard fought, high-scoring game, the teams tied 5-5.

This week-end the Crushers will go head-to-head with the Truro Bearcats, in Truro on Saturday and home at the Pictou County Wellness Center on Sunday.

The Red Wings downed the Bruins 6-4 in Leo Fahey Hockey League action this past Sunday at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Caitlyn MacIsaac got a hat trick for the Wings, and Debbie MacLean picked up two goals in the winning effort.

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PICTOU COUNTY BUSINESS ANALYST GIVEN AWARD FOR EFFORTS IN WORKPLACE EDUCATION *UPDATED*
Wednesday 19th November 2014

A Pictou County business analyst has been given an award by the Department of labour and Advanced Education for her efforts in workplace education. Shannon Bouchie, who works for CBDC NOBL in New Glasgow, was one of 3 recipients of the Workpplace Education Champion Award given by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. When the Pictou Regional Development Authority ceased to operate, Bouchie became instrumental in coordinating and promoting the successful delivery of workplace education programs in addition to her full-time job. Bouchie has coordinated programs attended by approximately 450 business owners or employees in Pictou and Antigonish counties since 2011.Premier Stephen McNeil congratulated today's recipients for being such strong role models to Nova Scotians looking toward a better life and a brighter future.

ST FXU DEALING WITH DEFICIT PROJECTED TO BE OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS THIS FISCAL YEAR
Wednesday 19th November 2014

St. Francis Xavier University is trying to attract more students as it contends with a projected 1.4 million−dollar deficit for the current fiscal year. Andrew Beckett, vice-president of finance and administration at St. FX, says the school wants to boost enrollment by 200 students a year. While he’s aware of the cost pressures facing students, Beckett says tuition hikes are also needed. He says the university in Antigonish wants to help support students by increasing endowments by about 25 million dollars.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 19 *UPDATED*
Wednesday 19th November 2014

Active Pictou County is offering an educational session called High 5 Sport. It's training that focusses on social, emotional and cognitive development of athletes, designed for coaches, instructors or volunteers providing direct leadership to children aged 6 to 12 in a competitive environment. The training is based in research and has been designed to assist coaches in handling top concerns such as dealing with parents, keeping children’s interest, ensuring fair play and creating an emotionally safe environment. It is at the PCWC on Saturday, Nov 29th from 9 am until 2:30pm and includes lunch. Registration is required and can be done by leaving a message at 902-759-3502 or emailing coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday. In game one, Italy beat Portugal 3-1. Emma MacLeod, Seth Foster, and Aiden Turnbull picked up the points for Italy. In game two, Mexico downed Ireland 4-2. Austin Pettipas netted two goals. Daniel Seymour and Braden Janes also picked up a goal each.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had two games this past week-end in Antigonish. The Crushers left Antigonish with another win and their first tie of the season. On Saturday, the final score of the game was 4-2 for the Pictou County team. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon, Brennan Dalton, Ian Reynolds, and Seth Gallant. Assists went to Reese Smith and Nikos Bonvie. On Sunday, the Atom A Crushers returned to Antigonish. The Bulldogs were ready to challenge the Crushers and the game ended in a 5-5 tie. Scoring for Crushers was Adam Farrell, Lane Lochead (assisted by Peyton Clements), Reese Smith, Ben Wallace and Cameron MacKinnon. Jacob MacLeod and Cole Battist shared goaltending duties for the games. This week-end the Crushers will go head-to-head with the Truro Bearcats, in Truro on Saturday and home at the Pictou County Wellness Center on Sunday.

The North Nova Education Centre girls hockey team split the two games they played this past week. On Tuesday in Trenton the Gryphons faced the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish. The score was 2-1 for the Gryphons heading into the third period, on goals from Gena Cyr, assisted by Lindsay Feit, and Katelyn Dunn assisted by Katie Pentz. They couldn’t hang onto the lead, however, with the Royals adding two in the third period to take the game 3-2. On Thursday the NNEC squad played the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars in Thorburn. The Gryphons dominated the game from start to finish – winning 6-0. Goals were scored by Sophia Wornell with two, Meghan Fox, Pentz, Brittany Chisholm and Bailey Koehoorn. Helpers were marked by Cyr (3), Feit, Keeley MacCuish, Zoe Lucas, Caitlyn Sandluck, Rachel Brown and Taylor Perry. Jenna Landry got the shut-out in nets. The NNEC girls play their next game on Thursday in Thorburn at 5 p.m. against the Royals.

Pictou County Gymnastics Club Will be holding registration for their next session tonight. Info @ Wendy.cruickshank@hotmail.com

Nat Pro Gas downed the Elks club 12-6 last night in Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action. There's one game tonight taking place at 9:00pm when The Pictou Landing Falcons take on the Elks Club at the Stellarton Rink.

The NNEC Girls varsity basketball team won the Avon View Icebreaker Tournament last weekend, going unbeaten in their tournament victory. The North Nova team next plays tonight against the CEC Cougars in Truro at 6:00pm.

The Red Wings downed the Bruins 6-4 in Leo Fahey Hockey League action this past Sunday at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Caitlyn MacIsaac got a hat trick for the Wings, and Debbie MacLean picked up two goals in the winning effort.

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PORT HAWKESBURY TOWN COUNCIL TO DECIDE ON ESTABLISHING A OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
Tuesday 18th November 2014

Port Hawkesbury may soon establish an off-leash dog park. Port Hawkesbury mayor Billy Joe MacLean pledged that town council will quickly make a decision on a proposal presented during last night’s town council meeting. Leah Doiron, who heads up the committee hoping to establish the new dog area said it would contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of the town. She also told council that residents of communities as diverse as Arichat and Antigonish have told her committee that they would visit Port Hawkesbury on a daily basis if an off-leash dog park is approved. Pending council’s approval, the off-leash dog park would set up shop this spring on land adjacent to the town’s tennis courts.

CELEBRATION IN HALIFAX AS 43RD NOVA SCOTIAN CHRISTMAS TREE DEPARTS FOR BOSTON
Tuesday 18th November 2014

Our annual thank-you gift to Boston for help following the Halifax Explosion in 1917 was cause for celebration this morning. Premier Stephen McNeil, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, MLAs and residents were in attendance at the Grand Parade. Halifax-based band the Stanfields performed as the 13-metre tall white spruce donated by an Antigonish county couple began it's 1100 kilometre journey to Boston Common for a tree-lighting on Dec. 4th. The province has also chosen to send the Stanfields to Boston as our ambassadors. They will perform at the festivities there, which will be broadcast on ABC Boston. Later today, the truck carrying the tree will stop at the Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre at the New Brunswick border for public viewing and a photo op. Lead vocalist for the Stanfields, Pictou County native Jon Landry says the tree has itself a twitter account this year...he says if you are a person who is so inclined to talk to trees...check out @TreeForBoston!


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 18
Tuesday 18th November 2014

In Maritime Junior A hockey action from Sunday, the Summerside Western Capitals beat the St. Stephen County Aces 4-0. Goaltender Alex Kelly picked up first star of the game with the shutout.

The Woodstock Slammers also defeated the Miramichi Timberwolves with a score of 2-0. Jonny Erbs and Keaton Lubin netted the goals for the Slammers.

The Red Wings downed the Bruins 6-4 in Leo Fahey Hockey League action this past Sunday at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Caitlyn MacIsaac got a hat trick for the Wings, and Debbie MacLean picked up two goals in the winning effort.

The NNEC Girls varsity basketball team won the Avon View Icebreaker Tournament this weekend, going unbeaten in their tournament victory. They opened by defeating the Dartmouth Spartans 65-58. In the second game, they beat the host Avon View Avalanche 70-49. In the championship game, they beat the Three Oaks Axewomen by a score of 71-42. They next play this Wednesday against the CEC Cougars in Truro at 6:00pm.

The Pictou County Pee-Wee A Subway Selects lost to Antigonish on Saturday with a score of 4-1. Taya MacLean got the only goal for the selects in the loss at home.

The Selects had better luck on Sunday, when they beat the Colchester Cyclones by a score of 4-0 in Debert. Goaltender Kenzie O'Donnell got the shut out. The Selects are in action this Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 11:00am against the Cape Breton West Islanders. Later that day they'll take on the Islanders in Trenton at 5:00pm.

The PC Lightning Girls Mini A basketball team played their first two games of the season on Sunday. The Lightning suffered their first loss against Truro with a score of 30-26. They came up short in their second game as well, losing to Antigonish 32-24.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers had two games this weekend. The first saw them travel to Canning on Saturday to face the Acadia Axeman in a losing effort, with a final score of 2-0. They played again on Sunday at home, but unfortunately came up short when Acadia ran out the clock. The score of that game was 2-1.

The NNEC Gryphons boys hockey team went to Antigonish this weekend to participate in the Dr. JH Gillis Millenium Tournament. They won their first game Thursday night against the Lockview Dragons with a score of 2-1. The Gryphons faced the Citadel Phoenix the next morning and suffered a loss against the eventual tournament winners. Later that day, the CEC team from Truro downed the Gryphons 4-0. The Gryphons are back in action this Thursday in a road game against the Antigonish Royals.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house tonight from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

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TREE FOR BOSTON CUT THIS MORNING IN PURLBROOK
Monday 17th November 2014

The 43rd Annual Tree for Boston was cut this morning in Purlbrook, Antigonish county.

A send-off ceremony for the tree will take place tomorrow morning at 11:00am in Halifax. Premier Stephen McNeil, amongst other government representatives will be on hand to commemorate the occasion.

A televised tree-lighting ceremony will air on December 4th.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 17
Monday 17th November 2014

Three games were played yesterday at the Stellarton rink. Connor's Transfer LTD beat the Whitey's Vikings 6-5 after a shootout.

Dewtie's Excavators beat Nat Pro Gas 5-4

The Pictou Landing Falcons downed Can-Connect 5-4 after an Aaron Prosper shootout goal.

The Pictou County Pee-Wee A Subway Selects lost to Antigonish on Saturday with a score of 4-1. Taya MacLean got the only goal for the selects in the loss at home.

The Selects had better luck on Sunday, when they beat the Colchester Cyclones by a score of 4-0 in Debert. Goaltender Kenzie O'Donnell got the shut out. The Selects are in action this Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 11:00am against the Cape Breton West Islanders. Later that day they'll take on the Islanders in Trenton at 5:00pm.

The Westville Miners Pee Wee B hockey team started their regular season with a bang when they downed the Thorburn Golden Hawks 9-1 on home ice.

The PC Lightning Girls Mini A basketball team played their first two games of the season yesterday. The Lightning suffered their first loss against Truro with a score of 30-26. They came up short in their second game as well, losing to Antigonish 32-24.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers had two games this weekend. The first saw them travel to Canning on Saturday to face the Acadia Axeman in a losing effort, with a final score of 2-0.

They played again on Sunday at home, but unfortunately came up short when Acadia ran out the clock. The score of that game was 2-1.

The NNEC Gryphons boys hockey team went to Antigonish this weekend to participate in the Dr. JH Gillis Millenium Tournament. They won their first game Thursday night against the Lockview Dragons with a score of 2-1. The Gryphons faced the Citadel Phoenix the next morning and suffered a loss against the eventual tournament winners. Later that day, the CEC team from Truro downed the Gryphons 4-0.

The Gryphons are back in action this Thursday in a road game against the Antigonish Royals.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tomorrow from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and learn more about archery and the association.

If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 16
Sunday 16th November 2014

In Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey, there will be three games this evening at the Stellarton Rink. At 5:25 - Connor's Transfer LTD. vs Whitey's Vikings, 6:50 - Nat Pro Gas vs Dewtie's Exv. And 8:20 - Pictou Landing Falcon's vs Can - connect

Power Skating for ages 4 to 12 is getting underway in Westville. Today at 3pm, Westville Recreation will hold a registration at the Westville Rink, followed by a family skate at 3:30pm. CSA helmets are mandatory.

The Pictou County Lightning Basketball, Girls Mini A team, will play their first two games of the season today at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. At 11am they will face the hosts from Truro, followed by a 12:30pm game against Antigonish.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be hosting the East Hants Penguins tonight at 7pm in the Trenton Arena. The Scotians only play the one game this weekend, and currently sit 3 points back of Glace Bay with three games in hand in the race for first place in the Sid Rowe Division.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and shoot a couple of arrows and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 15
Saturday 15th November 2014

Four games last night in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. The Dieppe Commandos downed the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks with a score of 8-2. Robbie Graham picked up two goals in the second period.

The Miramichi Timberwolves hosted St. Stephen and beat the Aces 8-4.

The Woodstock Slammers roughed up The Ramblers with a final score of 10-4. Jonny Erbs got a hat trick for the Slammers.

Finally, the Summerside Western Capitals mauled the Campbellton Tigers 11-2. Thomas Stavert was the first star of the game after picking up four goals and an assist.

The Weeks Jr A Crushers fell for the third straight game Thursday night, by a score of 4-3 against the visiting Truro Bearcats at the Wellness Centre.

The lead in the Eastlink Division has narrowed to two points over the Yarmouth Mariners and three points over the Bearcats in the past week. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday, when they host the expansion County Aces.

Power Skating for ages 4 to 12 is getting underway in Westville. Tomorrow at 3pm, Westville Recreation will hold a registration at the Westville Rink, followed by a family skate at 3:30pm. CSA helmets are mandatory.

The NSMMHL is off this weekend as the teams compete in the Monctonian Tournament.

The first game for the Weeks Major Midgets went Thursday night, and one of the strongest Midget programs in the Country, the Notre Dame Argos from Wilcox, Saskatchewan beat the Weeks by a score of 4-1.

The Weeks play today at 12:30pm. They will conclude the round robin with a match-up against the Fredericton Canadiens.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers participated in the KV Bantam AAA Tournament in Saint John, NB last weekend and fell just short of qualifying for the quarter finals round.

Game 1 paired the Crushers against the Truro Bearcats. Evan Callaghan gave the Crushers an early lead when he scored on a pass from Mason Hawley early in the first, but the Bearcats clawed back and snuck four pucks past Mitchell Cummer, leaving the Crushers with a 4-1 loss.

Ben Callaghan was named Game MVP. Game 2 saw the Crushers facing off against the Nova Jr. X-Men. The Crushers played hard, but the X-Men capitalized on Crushers penalties and skated away with a 3-0 win. Andrew MacLeod played a solid game in nets and was awarded Game MVP.

The Crushers faced the Fredericton Canadians in Game 3 who were 2-0 in the tournament. The Crushers' determination to improve upon their play paid off and they left the Canadians defeated 5-2. Evan Callaghan scored midway through the first assisted by Wayne Denny.

The Canadians answered late in the first to make it 1-1. Both teams battled on the boards for the second period, which remained scoreless. The third period belonged to the Crushers as they dominated the play and lit up the scoreboard 4 more times.

Wayne Denny and Jaden Mason both netted passes from Kevin Mason, then Kevin Mason scored unassisted on an empty net to broaden the gap. The Canadians scored late in the third, but Jake Martin top-shelved the puck unassisted with just a few seconds left in the game to give the Crushers the 5-2 final.

Mitchell Cummer and Andrew MacLeod shared the victory in nets, and Wayne Denny was named Game MVP. Despite the Crushers' solid goals for/against ratio, a tie game between two opponents pushed them out of the quarter finals.

The Crushers have no games scheduled this weekend and will spend their time preparing for the 2014 Esso Atlantic Challenge Cup in Halifax November 20-24.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had three games last week-end, two leagues games in Antigonish and an exhibition game in St. Margaret’s Bay. On Saturday, the Crushers faced-off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in what proved to be a very close match-up.

At the end of the first, the Bulldogs were up 3-2 against the Crushers. Lane Lochead scored for the Crushers, assisted by Reese Smith. Peyton Clements had the second goal. The game was tied at the end of the second, with goals coming from Ian Reynolds, Lane Lochead, and Cameron MacKinnon. Brent Chapman scored early in the third for the go-ahead goal, but this was short lived as the Bulldogs answered back to tie the game once again.

The game remained tied for rest of the third period, until Smith fired the game winner with three seconds left on the clock.

The Crushers then travelled to play TASA for an exhibition game later that day. The team started strong with a goal from Adam Farrell, assisted by Lochead.

The Crushers held the 1-0 lead until late in second period. TASA then came on strong against the tired Crushers to win the game 5-1. On Sunday, the Atom A Crushers returned to Antigonish.

This time, the Crushers came away with a more convincing 8-6 win against the Bulldogs. Scoring for the Crushers were Reynolds (2), Seth Gallant (2), Lochead, Nikos Bonvie, MacKinnon, and Clements. Smith had an assist. Jacob MacLeod and Cole Battist shared goaltending duties for all three games.

This week-end the Crushers travel to play two more games in Antigonish.

The Pictou County Lightning Basketball, Girls Mini A team, will play their first two games of the seasson tomorrow at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. At 11am they will face the hosts from Truro, followed by a 12:30pm game against Antigonish.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be hosting the East Hants Penguins tomorrow at 7pm in the Trenton Arena. The Scotians only play the one game this weekend, and currently sit 3 points back of Glace Bay with three games in hand in the race for first place in the Sid Rowe Division.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and shoot a couple of arrows and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

A free introductory class designed to teach the fundamentals of paintball will take place today from 6:30 to 8:00pm. It's happening at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Participants under age 18 must have waivers signed by parents to participate, although parents are invited to join in as well.

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ANTIGONISH TAXI DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Friday 14th November 2014

RCMP have charged an Antigonish taxi driver following two alleged sexual assault incidents involving two women. On February 15th, 2014, an 18-year-old woman reported being touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose while being driven home alone in a taxi earlier that morning. Antigonish RCMP began to investigate. Then on October 19th, a 19-year-old woman reported a strikingly similar occurrence. 48-year-old William Roger MacLellan of Antigonish is charged with two counts of sexual assault. Antigonish RCMP believe there could be other possible victims and those individuals are asked to call (902) 863-6500. MacLellan was released on conditions including not to be employed in the capacity of a driver of a taxi cab, shuttle service or any similar driving for hire position. He will appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on November 26th, 2014.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 14
Friday 14th November 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers fell for the third straight game last night, by a score of 4-3 against the visiting Truro Bearcats at the Wellness Centre. The lead in the Eastlink Division has narrowed to two points over the Yarmouth Mariners and three points over the Bearcats in the past week. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday, when they host the expansion County Aces.

Power Skating for ages 4 to 12 is getting underway in Westville. This Sunday (Nov. 16) at 3pm, Westville Recreation will hold a registration at the Westville Rink, followed by a family skate from 3:30 until 4:20pm. CSA helmets are mandatory.

The NSMMHL is off this weekend as the teams compete in the Monctonian Tournament. The first game for the Weeks Major Midgets went last night, and one of the strongest Midget programs in the Country, the Notre Dame Argos from Wilcox, Saskatchewan beat the Weeks by a score of 4-1. The Weeks are back on the ice this morning at 10:15am, when they face the Tri-Pen Ospreys from Newfoundland. Then tomorrow at 12:30pm the Weeks will conclude the round robin with a match-up against the Fredericton Canadiens.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers participated in the KV Bantam AAA Tournament in Saint John, NB last weekend and fell just short of qualifying for the quarter finals round. Game 1 paired the Crushers against the Truro Bearcats. Evan Callaghan gave the Crushers an early lead when he scored on a pass from Mason Hawley early in the first, but the Bearcats clawed back and snuck four pucks past Mitchell Cummer, leaving the Crushers with a 4-1 loss. Ben Callaghan was named Game MVP. Game 2 saw the Crushers facing off against the Nova Jr. X-Men. The Crushers played hard, but the X-Men capitalized on Crushers penalties and skated away with a 3-0 win. Andrew MacLeod played a solid game in nets and was awarded Game MVP. The Crushers faced the Fredericton Canadians in Game 3 who were 2-0 in the tournament. The Crushers' determination to improve upon their play paid off and they left the Canadians defeated 5-2. Evan Callaghan scored midway through the first assisted by Wayne Denny. The Canadians answered late in the first to make it 1-1. Both teams battled on the boards for the second period, which remained scoreless. The third period belonged to the Crushers as they dominated the play and lit up the scoreboard 4 more times. Wayne Denny and Jaden Mason both netted passes from Kevin Mason, then Kevin Mason scored unassisted on an empty net to broaden the gap. The Canadians scored late in the third, but Jake Martin top-shelved the puck unassisted with just a few seconds left in the game to give the Crushers the 5-2 final. Mitchell Cummer and Andrew MacLeod shared the victory in nets, and Wayne Denny was named Game MVP. Despite the Crushers' solid goals for/against ratio, a tie game between two opponents pushed them out of the quarter finals. The Crushers have no games scheduled this weekend and will spend their time preparing for the 2014 Esso Atlantic Challenge Cup in Halifax November 20-24.

Two games played last night in the Chediac Nova Hockey League at Thorburn Rink. In the first game Thistle Bar defeated Elk's Club 8-4. The second game saw Dewtie's Excavating dismantle the Pictou Landing Falcons 15-3.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had three games last week-end, two leagues games in Antigonish and an exhibition game in St. Margaret’s Bay. On Saturday, the Crushers faced-off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in what proved to be a very close match-up. At the end of the first, the Bulldogs were up 3-2 against the Crushers. Lane Lochead scored for the Crushers, assisted by Reese Smith. Peyton Clements had the second goal. The game was tied at the end of the second, with goals coming from Ian Reynolds, Lane Lochead, and Cameron MacKinnon. Brent Chapman scored early in the third for the go-ahead goal, but this was short lived as the Bulldogs answered back to tie the game once again. The game remained tied for rest of the third period, until Smith fired the game winner with three seconds left on the clock. The Crushers then travelled to play TASA for an exhibition game later that day. The team started strong with a goal from Adam Farrell, assisted by Lochead. The Crushers held the 1-0 lead until late in second period. TASA then came on strong against the tired Crushers to win the game 5-1. On Sunday, the Atom A Crushers returned to Antigonish. This time, the Crushers came away with a more convincing 8-6 win against the Bulldogs. Scoring for the Crushers were Reynolds (2), Seth Gallant (2), Lochead, Nikos Bonvie, MacKinnon, and Clements. Smith had an assist. Jacob MacLeod and Cole Battist shared goaltending duties for all three games. This week-end the Crushers travel to play two more games in Antigonish.

The Pictou County Lightning Basketball, Girls Mini A team, will play their first two games of the seasson on Sunday, 16 November at Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro. At 11am they will face the hosts from Truro, followed by a 12:30pm game against Antigonish.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be hosting the East Hants Penguins this coming Sunday at 7pm in Trenton Arena. The Scotians only play the one game this weekend, and currently sit 3 points back of Glace Bay with three games in hand in the race for first place in the Sid Rowe Division.

NNEC Varsity Boys basketball team will host SAREC tonight at 7 p.m. Saturday team will travel to Halifax to play Lockivew High & J.L. Isley High School.

The Pictou County Lightning bantam boys basketball team will play host to Bedford tonight at 7:30 at the Northumberland high school gym.

Are you looking for some activity this winter? Then head out to the Stellar Curling Club and throw away the winter. The Stellar Curling Club will be holding their Open House from Monday 10 November 10 to Friday 14 November from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME, with special new member membership fees. Drop in during the Open House and meet current members, ask questions, throw a few rocks if you like and enter your name for a FREE 2014/15 membership.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and shoot a couple of arrows and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

A free introductory class designed to teach the fundamentals of paintball will take place Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. It's happening at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Participants under age 18 must have waivers signed by parents to participate, although parents are invited to join in as well.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 12
Wednesday 12th November 2014

The New Glasgow Karate Club is inviting all past, present and future members and the general public to an open house tonight to celebrate 40 years as a karate club. There will be martial arts demonstrations, then a meet and greet. The open house gets underway at 6:40pm this evening at the New Glasgow Fire Hall.

One game last night in the NSJHL in Brookfield needed a shootout before the winner could be decided. An 8-8 tie after regulation between the Elks and East Hants Penguins went all the way to a shootout before the Pens earned the victory. Those same Penguins will be making their way to Trenton Arena this Sunday night to face the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians. Game time on Sunday will be 7pm.

The Pictou County Pee-Wee A Subway Selects played 3 games this weekend, the first at home on Saturday at the Wellness Center winning over Antigonish 3-1. Scoring for the Selects were Lani Coolen, Taylor Long and Mallory Wilson, with assists going to Katie Crawford and Keeley Shipley. Sunday the Selects travelled to Cape Breaton playing a double header against the Cape Breaton West Islanders. First game was played in Mabou with the Selects losing by a score of 3-1, scoring the lone goal was Keeley Shipley with the assist going to Rory Thompson. The second game found the Selects playing at the Port Hood Arena, falling to the Islanders again this time by a score of 6-2. Scoring for the Selects were Mallory Wilson and Megan Pettipas with the lone assist going to Lani Coolen. The Selects will be back in action this Saturday November 15 at 11:00 at the Pictou County Wellness Center against Antigonish.

There is one game on the schedule tonight in the Nova Hockey League. Connor's will face Nat Pro Gas at 9pm in the Stellarton Arena.

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are getting ready to face the Truro Bearcats for the fourth time this season. The game will be played tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre at 7pm. The Crushers have won the two most recent meetings, including a 5-4 shootout victory at the RECC late last month. This is the only game the Crushers will have this weekend. Mike Lyle comes into the game leading the points race, with 31 points in 18 games, one point ahead of Jordan Kennedy of the Miramichi Timberwolves, and 2 points up on Tyler Brown, also of the 'Wolves. The Bearcats were in action yesterday, beating Amherst 5-2 in the Jungle in a special Remembrance Day game. Also yesterday, the Summerside Western Capitals beat the Yarmouth Mariners 4-3 in a shootout. The Mariners are in Dieppe for a game with the Commandos tonight.

Are you looking for some activity this winter? Then head out to the Stellar Curling Club and throw away the winter. The Stellar Curling Club will be holding their Open House from Monday 10 November 10 to Friday 14 November from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME, with special new member membership fees. Drop in during the Open House and meet current members, ask questions, throw a few rocks if you like and enter your name for a FREE 2014/15 membership.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and shoot a couple of arrows and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

An introductory class designed to teach the fundamentals of paintball will take place Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. It's happening at the at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Participants under age 18 must have waivers signed by parents to participate, although parents are invited to join in as well.

If you have an item for local sports give us a call 755-1320 or email anytime ckec@ckecradio.ca


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR NOVEMBER 11th
Tuesday 11th November 2014

The PeeWee AAA Crushers made a great effort this Sunday against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were up 2-0 after the first, but the Crushers came back to tie it up 2-2. Blake Kontuk and Connor MacLeod scored for the Crushers. Next weekend the Triple A Crushers participate in the Atlantic Blue Wave Challenge Cup.

The Pictou county Pee-Wee A Subway selects played 3 games this weekend, the first at home on Saturday at the Wellness Center winning over Antigonish 3-1.

Sunday, they played a double header against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The first game was played in Mabou in a 3-1 losing effort.

The second game found the selects playing at the Port Hood arena, falling to the islanders again this time by a score of 6-2.

The Selects will be back in action this Saturday November 15 at 11:00 at the Pictou County Wellness Center against Antigonish.

There was only one game in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League last night. The Summerside Western Capitals beat the Campbellton Tigers at home with a score of 2-0. Thomas Stavert and Mason Krueger scored for the Capitals. Summerside goalie Brodie Barrick stopped 24 shots in the winning effort.

The Weeks Major Midgets had a tough road trip to Cape Breton this weekend, losing both ends of the double-header to the Tradesmen. On Saturday, the Tradesmen earned a 5-1 victory, and followed that up with a 2-0 win yesterday morning. This coming weekend the Weeks are home to the Halifax MacDonald's for a pair of games.

Congratulations to the Westville Miners PeeWee B team for winning 4 games this past week during exhibition games against Thorburn and New Glasgow.

Are you looking for some activity this winter? Then head out to the Stellar Curling Club and throw away the winter. The Stellar Curling Club will be holding their Open House from Monday 10 November 10 to Friday 14 November from 6:30 to 8:30 each evening. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME, with special new member membership fees. Drop in during the Open House and meet current members, ask questions, throw a few rocks if you like and enter your name for a FREE 2014/15 membership.

The Northumberland Strait Archery Association will host an open house Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Westville Civic Building’s Gymnasium.  This is an invitation to come out and shoot a couple of arrows and learn more about archery and the association. If you choose to get additional training it will be provided to new archers in the weeks to follow.  Registration for this introductory training will take place during the open house and will cost $30 for three nights.  Family rates are available.

An introductory class designed to teach the fundamentals of paintball will take place Saturday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. It's happening at the at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Participants under age 18 must have waivers signed by parents to participate, although parents are invited to join in as well.

Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate today at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29.

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