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BEN MACLEAN TO MAKE A SECOND RUN FOR PICTOU COUNTY COUNCIL
Monday 29th August 2016

An Abercrombie resident is running in October's municipal elections. Ben MacLean announced this morning that he is running in Pictou County's District 8, which includes Abercrombie, Alma, Granton, Mount William & Westville Road. This is MacLean's second campaign, as he also ran in 2012. He says that the county needs a fresh approach to the issues facing those who live and work here. There are still two and a half weeks left to enter your name as a candidate in this fall's elections for local government and the school board.

MACKAY SEEKING ANOTHER WESTVILLE TERM; RYAN SEEKING FIRST TERM IN PICTOU *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Monday 22nd August 2016

Roger MacKay announced on his Twitter feed this morning that he is running for a third term as Mayor of Westville. MacKay and Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe are the only sitting Pictou County mayors to re-offer in this October's elections, and so far, neither is facing a challenger. Meanwhile, a third name has been added to the race for mayor of Pictou. Retired principal of Pictou Academy and Dr. Thomas McCulloch School Jim Ryan has announced that he is seeking the position.

MORE MUNICIPAL NOMINEES COMING FORWARD
Wednesday 17th August 2016

A second name is in the Trenton mayoral race. Fred Charlton announced his candidacy today. He will be running against town councillor Fergie MacKay. So far, Westville is the only town to not have a candidate formally declared for mayor. As well, two more people have confirmed that they will be on the ballot for seats on councils. In New Glasgow, Ward 3 Councilor Trudy Vince has announced her intention to return for a second term, while in Trenton, Steven Stewart will be looking to fill one of the four at-large seats. The deadline to apply is 13 September.


FIRE AT OLD HIGHLAND CONSOLIDATED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 15th August 2016

The Westville Fire Department is investigating a fire at the old Highland Consolidated School. Chief Kenny Dunn tells NG News that crews found several small fires in the hallways when they arrived around 6:30 Saturday night. Crews managed to bring the fires under control within a half hour. The former school was purchased by a New Brunswick developer, who plans on converting the site into an apartment building.

MUNICIPAL VOTERS WILL HAVE AN ELECTRONIC OPTION THIS FALL
Wednesday 10th August 2016

Electronic voting will be an option for many in this fall's muncipal election. Josephine MacDonald, returning officer for New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton and Pictou County, tells NG News that residents of those four units will be able to cast a vote electronically from 3 October until 11 October, or with paper ballot on election day. There won't be advance polls. However, the towns of Trenton and Westville have their own returning officers, and will have traditional advance polls and election-day polls with paper ballots, without an electronic vote. MacDonald said electronic voting worked well during the amalgamation plebiscite in May. The final day to declare a candidacy for this October's election is 13 September.

WESTVILLE CONSOLIDATED SURPLUS APPROACHES 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Tuesday 26th July 2016

The Town of Westville finished the 2015-16 fiscal year with a consolidated surplus of just under 580-thousand dollars. This comes from the audited financial statements received at Monday night's council meeting. The numbers come in roughly 330-thousand better than budgeted. The General Operating and Water Utility funds both ended up in the black. At the same time, the town was able to reduce net debt to 1.5 million dollars, and increase reserves by 683-thousand.


SPORTS JULY 8 *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Friday 8th July 2016

Best of luck to Kaelan Schmidt, who is in Edmonton at the Canadian Juniors this weekend to compete in the high jump.
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Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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Eastern Canadian Under 18 Rugby tournament is being held in Truro this weekend. Half of Team Nova Scotia is made of Pictou County athletes. They won their first match 7-5 over Eastern Ontario, and they play Newfoundland and Labrador at 2 this afternoon.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic is facing Swiss star Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The winner advances to the men's final. Raonic has dropped nine of 11 career matches against Federer but won in the final of the Brisbane International in January, the last time the two met.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson has some ground to make up at the U-S Women's Open in California. The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario carded an opening-round 4-over 76 yesterday and stands 12 shots behind leader Mirim Kim. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the top Canadian at 2 under.
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The Toronto Blue Jays look for a seventh straight win when they face the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Lefty J-A Happ goes to the mound for Toronto. Detroit counters with right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
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The Ottawa Redblacks face the Calgary Stampeders in their home opener. Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris leads the C-F-L with 687 passing yards and six touchdowns. Also, Edmonton hosts Saskatchewan in former Eskimos' head coach Chris Jones's return to Alberta.
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Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will be Jon Jones' replacement at U-F-C 200. He'll face Daniel Cormier, the U-F-C's 205-pound champion, in a light heavyweight bout. Cormier's rematch with Jones was cancelled after Jones failed a doping test.
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It's France versus Portugal in the final of the European soccer championship. France beat world champion Germany 2-0 yesterday to advance to Sunday's championship game. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for the French.

SPORTS JULY 7
Thursday 7th July 2016

Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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For the first time since 2009, Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Cole Harbour. Crosby's hockey school tweeted yesterday that Pittsburgh Penguins captain would be bringing Lord Stanley's cup on July 16th, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy. The 28-year-old was named post-season M-V-P after scoring six goals and 13 assists in 24 games.
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For the second time in three years, it will be Canada's Milos Raonic against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals. Raonic advanced to the semis after a four-set victory over American Sam Querrey at the All England Club. Federer beat Raonic in 2014.
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The Blue Jays are rolling. They won their fifth straight and completed a series sweep of the defending World Series champs with a 4-2 win over Kansas City at Rogers Centre. Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out six. Michael Saunders paced the offence with a solo homer and tiebreaking R-B-I double.
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The Giants have bumped the Cubs from the top. Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter to become the N-L's first 13-game winner, and San Francisco beat the Rockies 5-1 to move atop the major league standings. The Giants are 54-and-33. The Cubs are 52-and-32 after losing to Cincinnati earlier in the day.
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Chicago has added to its back court at Miami's expense. The Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal worth about 47 million U-S dollars with 12-time all-star Dwyane Wade. Wade is leaving the Heat after 13 seasons. Shortly after the 34-year-old Wade informed the Bulls that he was leaving Miami to return to play in his hometown, Chicago traded Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland to make room.
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Steve Kerr went with a familiar face when selecting his new assistant coach. The Warriors have hired former Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown to join Kerr's staff. Brown was an assistant in San Antonio when Kerr played for the Spurs. He replaces Luke Walton, who took the head coaching job with the Lakers.
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Another possible failed drug test for Jon Jones. The U-F-C interim light heavyweight champion has been notified of a potential doping violation, ruling him out of his bout with Daniel Cormier in the main event of U-F-C 200. Jones has failed drug tests around two of his past three scheduled fights. He tested positive for apparent cocaine use before his first fight with Cormier at U-F-C 182 in January 2015.

SPORTS JULY 6 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Wednesday 6th July 2016

Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting free Ultimate Frisbee clinics for ages 12-15, they are co-ed and no experience is necessary. A great chance for youth to learn more about this fun and growing sport! Starting Wednesday, July 6 at Parkdale from 6:30-8pm, register by showing up to the field, at New Glasgow Recreation, or emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs, running 3 mornings a week (Tue-Thurs) from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers, running weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children (Tues, Wed and Thurs) from 4pm -8pm. Open registration is being held on Wednesday, July 6th from 4 to 8pm  For more information, find us on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic will aim to book his ticket into the semifinals at Wimbledon today when he faces 28th-seeded Sam Querrey. The sixth-seeded Raonic recovered from two sets down in his fourth round match to reach the quarter-finals. Querrey beat Raonic at Wimbledon in 2012. The American also beat Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament.
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Roger Federer will try to put his last match against Marin Cilic behind him today at Wimbledon when the pair face each other in quarter-final action. Cilic routed Federer in straight sets during their last match at the U-S Open semifinals in 2014. Also, Andy Murray plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And, Tomas Berdych goes up against Lucas Pouille.
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Cristiano Ronaldo against Gareth Bale -- that's the marquee matchup set for this afternoon at Euro 2016 when Portugal plays Wales in semifinal action. The duo are teammates in Spain with club team Real Madrid. Bale has three goals so far in the tournament, while Ronaldo has two. A win for either country would set up a final against Germany or host France.
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Marcus Stroman gets the ball for the Blue Jays tonight in the finale of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre. Toronto is going for the series sweep after an 8-3 win last night. Ian Kennedy will toe the rubber for K-C. Stroman had a strong outing his last time out, but it resulted in a no-decision during the Jays' 19-inning marathon loss to Cleveland on Canada Day.
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Reigning American League M-V-P Josh Donaldson was among three Blue Jays named to the M-L-B all-star game roster yesterday. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and right-hander Marco Estrada were also named as reserves. Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders was one of five finalists for the all-star game final vote. That winner gets announced Friday.


LOCAL POLICE ISSUE BEAR WARNING
Thursday 16th June 2016

A collision between a motorist and a bear yesterday in Three Brooks has prompted RCMP to issue a warning about the animals. Police say a Westville man suffered minor injuries after his vehicle hit the 350 pound adult black bear on Highway 6. The bear had been rummaging through green bins near the roadside before the collision. Department of Natural Resources and RCMP found the bear nearby suffering from injuries sustained in the incident, and it was put down. Police are also reminding residents to reduce food smells that attract bears. If you see a bear, call your local Department of Natural Resources office.

NEW GLASGOW POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOPLIFTER
Tuesday 7th June 2016

The New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for the public's assistance in identifying an alleged shoplifter. On Sunday afternoon around 2:45pm a man entered the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road, and placed a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer in the cart and proceeded to exit the store without paying. The mixer is valued at about 460 dollars. Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941, or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. There is a picture of the man on our Facebook page.

LONG-TERM E-H-S EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED
Tuesday 24th May 2016

The province took the opportunity today to recognize 63 Emergency Health Services staff members for their years of service, including three from here in Pictou County. Honoured for 20 years of work were Perry Sidney Maxwell Kaiser of Westville and Derrick McNeil of Stellarton. Meanwhile, William Mackeigan of Pictou was recognized for spending 35 years working in Emergency Health Services. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says Emergency Health Services staff provide expert care in  emergencies, and are working in teams across the province to enhance health care.  


EIGHTEEN WHEELER HITS HOUSE
Monday 9th May 2016

A woman sitting in her living room was in for a bit of a shock this afternoon when an 18-wheeler crashed into her house. Westville Police Chief Don Hussher says the woman was shaken up when the truck went through a guard rail, ran over a hydrant and ended up hitting her home at the intersection of North Main and Cowan Streets around 1:30pm today. She was treated at the scene by EHS personnel. Hussher says the driver of the rig was not injured in the collision, but was showing signs of needing medical assistance, and was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital by EHS. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

WESTVILLE WOMAN HITS TRACTOR TRAILER
Monday 2nd May 2016

A Westville woman was taken to hospital after she struck a parked tractor-trailer on Main Street with her car Sunday morning. Police said the woman suffered no apparent injuries, but was taken to the Aberdeen for observation. The investigation continues.

SECOND CAR DEALERSHIP BROKEN INTO OVER WEEKEND
Monday 25th April 2016

New Glasgow Regional Police say that they are investigating a second break-in to an auto dealership from this past weekend. Police received a call this morning that Atlantic Dodge on Westville Road was the victim of a break-and-enter sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. This was the second break and enter into a car dealership during the same time period. The other break and enter was at the Target Mazda dealership also on Westville Road New Glasgow. New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you believe you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by their Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. 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 from $50 - $2000.


BAR BRAWL LEADS TO DAMAGE, ARRESTS
Monday 25th April 2016

Police have arrested two people following a bar brawl at the Glasgow Pub early Sunday. New Glasgow Regional Police, along with Stellarton and Westville Police, Pictou RCMP, and EHS responded to a call around 1:45 am of several patrons fighting inside the pub. Several people suffered minor injuries, and the pub was damaged. Police arrested a 27 year old man and a 27 year old woman. The investigation continues.

SPORTS - APRIL 22
Friday 22nd April 2016

The Dieppe Commandos aren't giving up: they defeated the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 3-1 Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, with the series even at 2 wins apiece. Benji Curtis opened the scoring to give the hometown Crushers a 1-0 lead after the first period. But it would be the only goal scored by the home team. Game 5 is back in Dieppe Saturday night, with all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15. Game 6 is Monday night at the Wellness Centre at 7pm, with a 7th game if needed back in New Brunswick next Wednesday at 7:30. 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.
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Everything old is new again.  The Yarmouth Mariners recently announced that TJ Smith would no longer be coach and GM of the MHL franchise, and the man replacing him behind the bench is no stranger to the Fishtank.  Laurie Barron will take over the reigns, effective immediately.  Barron had previously spent 11 seasons with the Mariners, including four years as Head Coach until he was let go in April 2014.  Barron was with the South Shore Lumberjacks for the first 40 games of the season this year, before being replaced.  Barron's first task will be to prepare for the MHL draft, which takes place in Amherst on 11 June.
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The Pictou County Lightning is running a Boys Basketball Spring League during the month of April and May at New Glasgow Academy. Boys in grades 7-8 are welcome to sign up. Cost of registration is $40 for BBNS/Pictou County Lightning Members and $60 for non members.  All participants will receive a t-shirt, and are guaranteed 8 games. Games are played Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 or 8:00pm. The league starts on Tuesday April 26th. Space is limited to the first 40 players to register and submit payment.  Please email pclightning@eastlink.ca for more details.
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Pictou County Lightning will be providing Basketball skill sessions for boys in current grades 9-11 on Sunday afternoons out of Northumberland Regional High from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, starting this Sunday. There is no cost to current members.  Non Members there is a $20 BBNS insurance fee. Depending on the number of regular participants, players could be broken into to teams a couple of times over the next 3-4 months and play some games with referees. Providing players with a chance to employ their learning in a fully competitive atmosphere. Members or non Members please e-mail pclightning@eastlink.ca to book your spot.
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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday 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 a Standard First Aid CPR “C & AED Recertification Course on Friday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. Pre-registration required by calling 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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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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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The defending Stanley Cup champions are still alive thanks to their leading scorer. Patrick Kane scored at 3:07 of the second overtime to lift the Blackhawks over St. Louis 4-3 in Game 5 of their series. The Blues still lead the set 3-2, with Game 6 going in Chicago on Saturday. Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith logged a game-high 42 minutes of ice time. 
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The Detroit Red Wings are heading home. Alex Killorn scored the winner and Ben Bishop made 34 saves as Tampa topped the Red Wings 1-0 to take the series 4-1. Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers with a 5-0 victory. And the Anaheim Ducks tied their series at two games apiece with a 4-1 win over Nashville.
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DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry turned in a solid performance as the Raptors took control of their first-round playoff series. DeRozan and Lowry poured in 21 points each to lead Toronto to a 101-85 win over the Pacers in Indiana. That gives the Raptors back-to-back playoff wins and a 2-1 series lead.
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James Harden hit the game-winner with 2-point-7 seconds left to lift the Rockets over Golden State 97-96 in Game 3. Harden finished with 35 points for Houston, which still trails the series 2-1. The Warriors played again without Steph Curry because of a sore ankle. Also, Kevin Durant had 34 points as Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead in their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over Dallas.
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The Toronto Blue Jays ended their road trip on a sour note. Manny Machado drove in the winning run with a double in the eighth inning as Baltimore rallied for a 3-2 victory over Toronto. The Jays start a six-game homestand tonight by welcoming the Oakland Athletics to Rogers Centre.
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N-B-A commissioner Adam Silver is cranking up the economic pressure on North Carolina officials to change a new law that directs transgender people to use public toilets corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate. The NBA boss says the league has been "crystal clear" that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if that controversial North Carolina law goes.

SPORTS - APRIL 21 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Thursday 21st April 2016

Sports April 21 The Pictou County Weeks Crushers dumped the Dieppe Commandos 7-0 Wednesday night in Dieppe to take a 2-1 series lead in a penalty-filled Kent Cup final match. Mike Lyle led the Crushers with 1 goal and 3 assists while Cole Murphy added 1 goal and 2 assists. Regan Spears collected 2 goals, and Drew Packman, Michael Dill and Benji Curtis also added to the Crushers' total. Daniel Vautour stopped 31 shots for the shutout. Game 4 is tonight beginning at 7 at the Wellness Centre, while Game 5 is back in Dieppe Saturday night, with all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15. 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 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 Pictou County Lightning is running a Boys Basketball Spring League during the month of April and May at New Glasgow Academy. Boys in grades 7-8 are welcome to sign up. Cost of registration is $40 for BBNS/Pictou County Lightning Members and $60 for non members.  All participants will receive a t-shirt, and are guaranteed 8 games. Games are played Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 or 8:00pm. The league starts on Tuesday April 26th. Space is limited to the first 40 players to register and submit payment.  Please email pclightning@eastlink.ca for more details.
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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday 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 a Standard First Aid CPR “C & AED Recertification Course on Friday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. Pre-registration required by calling 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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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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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two first-round N-H-L playoff series can end tonight. The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues head into their respective Game 5's with 3-1 series leads. Tampa Bay is hosting Detroit while St. Louis is home to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
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Anaheim visits Nashville for Game 4. The Predators lead that series 2-1. And the Penguins are in New York taking on the Rangers with a 2-1 series lead.
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Canada's under-18 men's hockey team takes the ice tonight against Switzerland in quarter-final action at the under-18 world championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Canada finished first in Group B with a 4-and-0 record through round-robin play. The Swiss were 0-3-and-1.
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The Toronto Raptors' playoff series against the Pacers shifts to Indiana for Game 3 tonight. That best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is knotted at a game apiece after the Raptors took Game 2 on Monday in Toronto.  Game 4 will also be in Indiana on Saturday before returning to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday.
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Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is still questionable to play in tonight's Game 3 against the Rockets in Houston due to a right ankle injury. Curry was injured during Game 1 of the N-B-A playoff series and sat out Game 2. He has no serious structural damage to the ankle. Golden State leads the series 2-0.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will look to shake off a tough loss as they close out their three-game series in Baltimore tonight. Toronto lost 4-3 to the Orioles in 10 innings last night when Caleb Joseph scored from third on a passed ball. The Blue Jays send Marco Estrada to the hill against Baltimore's Chris Tillman.
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Chyna, the W-W-E star who in the 1990's became one of the best-known and most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died at the age of 45.  Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead in Redondo Beach, California last night.  Authorities have not yet released any information on a cause of death.


SPORTS - APRIL 20
Wednesday 20th April 2016

Game 3 between the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Dieppe Commandos returns to New Brunswick tonight, 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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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday 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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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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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and a 39-save outing from Brian Elliott gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks and a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference quarter-final series. In the West's other game, Frederik Andersen made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Nashville Predators 3-0. Nashville still has a 2-1 series edge. 
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are within one win of advancing to the second round of the N-H-L playoffs. They beat Detroit 3-2 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. And the Pittsburgh Penguins inched closer to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.
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Another dominating win for the San Antonio Spurs. They're up 2-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series over Memphis after downing the Grizzlies 94-68. Earlier, the Atlanta Hawks took a 2-0 series lead over Boston by downing the Celtics 89-72.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are on a roll now. Marcus Stroman allowed three runs over seven innings and Troy Tulowitzki drove in two as Toronto topped the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at Camden Yards for the Blue Jays' first three-game winning streak of the season. The win also puts them above .500 for the first time since April 5th.
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Jason Hammel worked six strong innings and had both R-B-I's for the Chicago Cubs in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. St Louis stranded two runners against the Cubs bullpen in the seventh and eighth.

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.

MCLELLANS BROOK ROAD FIRE
Friday 15th April 2016

A structure fire on McLellans Brook Road destroyed a building Thursday afternoon. Firefighters from Thorburn, New Glasgow, Plymouth, Linacy and Westville were on scene, but were unable to save the building. Neighbours say it was being used as a shop.


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 ROUNDUP - APRIL 13
Wednesday 13th April 2016

LOCAL SPORTS
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have their opponent for the Kent Cup Final. The Dieppe Commandos finished off the Eastlink North Division Championship with a 3-2 victory over the Summerside Western Capitals in double overtime last night at the Arthur J LeBlanc Arena. The Crushers and Commandos will face off in the Best-of-7 Final for the Kent Cup, with the series starting in Dieppe on a date to be determined. The winner of that series will advance to the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championships in Woodstock beginning 4 May.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Aaron Sanchez pitched well in his second start of the season, but he didn't leave with the victory. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run off reliever Brett Cecil and the New York Yankees slipped past the Blue Jays 3-2 at Rogers Centre. The Yankees held Toronto to just three hits. Jose Bautista drove in both Blue Jays runs with a double.
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Adrian Beltre drove in five runs and Derek Holland pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-0.  Holland gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four in six and two-thirds innings for his first win of the season.
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Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.  Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive singles to start the game before Cain homered to make it 3-0.
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An encouraging outing from DeMarre Carroll. He poured in eight points in 21 minutes as the Toronto Raptors closed their regular-season home schedule with a 122-98 win over Philadelphia. Carroll's 22 minutes were the most he has played since his return from knee surgery.
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A win by the Pacers and a loss from the Pistons means Toronto will face Indiana in the first round of the N-B-A playoffs. Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points as Indiana beat the New York Knicks 102-90. The Pacers secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference when Miami beat Detroit 99-93. 
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The Memphis Grizzlies continue to stumble as the N-B-A regular season draws to a close. Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Memphis 110-84.  That's the Grizzlies' ninth loss in 10 games, dropping them into a tie with the Dallas Mavericks for sixth place in the Western Conference. Each team has one game remaining.
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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 - APRIL 11 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Monday 11th April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers dominated the South Shore Lumberjacks Sunday night at the Wellness Centre, winning 9-0 and taking the division final in five games. Mike Lyle and Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 3 goals and 2 assists each while Benji Curtis added 1 goal and 2 assists. Also scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Mike Kennedy. The Crushers advance to the Kent Cup final, but have to wait to see who their opponents will be. The Summerside Western Capitals edged the Dieppe Commandos 4-3 Sunday night to cut the Commandos lead in the series to 3-2. Dieppe defeated Summerside on Saturday 5-1. Game 6 will be in Dieppe on Tuesday.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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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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The Toronto Blue Jays head into an off day on a positive note. Marco Estrada threw seven shutout innings yesterday as the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Rogers Centre. The win helped Toronto avoid a series sweep and snapped a four-game losing skid. The Blue Jays are back in action tomorrow when they host the New York Yankees for a three-game series.
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Former Blue Jay David Price will start his second game of the season this afternoon when the Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles. It's a rematch of Game 1 starters from last year's A-L-D-S with former Texas Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo getting the ball for Baltimore.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to gain some ground on the idle Raptors when they host Atlanta in one of nine games on tonight's N-B-A schedule. Toronto beat the New York Knicks 93-89 last night to climb within two games of Cleveland for top spot in the East. Both teams have two games to play and the Raptors won the season series to hold the tiebreaker.
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Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic takes the court this morning in first-round action at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Thornhill, Ontario product is seeded 10th at the tournament. He'll be facing undeeded Italian Marco Cecchinato.

SPORTS - APRIL 8 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Friday 8th April 2016

The Crushers are in the driver's seat again, with a 3-1 series lead over the South Shore Lumberjacks following last night's 6-3 win in Bridgewater. Scoring for the Crushers were Mark Kennedy, Ethan Marsh, Drew Packman, Lucas Zwaagstra, Michael Dill and Mike Lyle. With a win on Sunday at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers can advance to the league finals. Game time is 7:30. In the North Division, the Dieppe Commandos have a 2-1 series lead over the Summerside Western Capitals, with Game 4 Saturday night in Dieppe.  
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The Wellness Centre will see plenty of hockey this weekend, as it hosts the RBC Day of Champions. Over three days, 15 provincial titles will be given to minor and female hockey teams. All games will feature three 15-minute stop-time periods. The ice will be resurfaced between the second and third periods. In the event of a tie, there will be a five-minute 4-on-4 overtime period followed by a three-round shootout. If a winner is not determined after three rounds, "sudden-death" shots will be taken to reach a decision. RBC Olympian and national women's team member Jill Saulnier is a special guest at the weekend hockey fest, while fellow national women's team member and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull serves as the honorary chair on Sunday during the women's games while Stanley Cup winner and New Glasgow's Jon Sim will be the honorary chair on Friday and Saturday during the minor hockey portion.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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Pictou County Basketball Association has four teams taking part in provincials this weekend. Two are hosting their tournaments: the Midget D2 Boys are at Northumberland under Coach Bill Findlay and Marcus MacLean, while Midget D2 Girls will be at North Nova and the NSCC in Stellarton under Coach Peggy MacLean. The Juvenile AA Boys will be in Amherst under Coach Mark Stinson and Tony Wright, and the Midget D3 Girls are playing in Metro under Coach Gene Mills and Peter Douthwright. Below are the games involving home teams and the games at home.
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Friday Northumberland 6:00 PM Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) Team 6 - Fall Rivers Rebels (Fulmore) U16 Boys - Division 2 Friday Amherst Regional High School 6:00 PM Team 2 - Yarmouth Vikings (Smith) Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) U18 Boys - Division AA Friday St. Agnes Junior High 7:45 PM Team 2 - West End Steelers (Kennedy) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday Northumberland 10:45 AM Team 2 - Cole Harbour Rockets (Cox) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday NNEC 12:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 3 - Halifax Hurricanes (Ingraham) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 1:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 6 - Cumberland Sonics (Morse) U18 Boys - Division AA Saturday St. Agnes Junior High 3:15 PM Team 3 - Northside Junior Marauders (Whalen) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday NNEC 4:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 5 - Fall Rivers (White) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Northumberland 4:00 PM Team 3 - CBA Tigers (Dahr) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 5:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 5 - Cumberland Blazers (Maddison) U18 Boys - Division AA
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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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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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Milan Lucic and Kris Versteeg scored 93 seconds apart, and the Kings closed in on just their second division title in franchise history with a 2−1 victory over the Ducks. L−A opened a two−point lead on Anaheim atop the Pacific Division. Anaheim still has a game in hand, but the Kings can clinch the division with a home victory over Winnipeg on Saturday in their regular−season finale.
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The N−H−L’s Eastern Conference playoff picture won’t be decided until the weekend. Boston beat Detroit 5−3 to move into a tie with the Red Wings at 93 points. Meanwhile, Philadelphia lost 4−3 to Toronto in overtime, which leaves the Flyers one point back of the Bruins and Wings. Only two of those three teams can qualify. All three play Saturday.
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game at 3:37 of overtime, and the Blues beat the Blackhawks 2−1 in a possible playoff preview.  St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games to remain tied with Dallas for the Central Division lead. The Stars beat Colorado 4−2.
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Charlie Lindberg stopped 26 shots in his N−H−L debut as Montreal beat Carolina 4−2. Buddy Robinson scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa’s 3−1 win over Florida. Mikael Backlund had his first career hat trick as Calgary beat Vancouver 5−3. And Dustin Byfuglien scored the winner at 19:50 of the third as Winnipeg edged San Jose 5−4.
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Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll was back in the lineup after missing 41 games from right knee surgery, but Toronto fell 95−87 to Atlanta. He had five points in 13 minutes. That leaves the Raptors 3−and−a−half games behind Cleveland for first in the East. And Golden State joined the 95−96 Bulls as the only team with a 70−win season by beating San Antonio 112−101.
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Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, Joe Panik drove in three runs to key San Francisco’s comeback, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12−6 in their home opener. The Dodgers’ 31−inning shutout streak ended in the fifth — one inning shy of the record to begin a season set by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.


NO CHARGES AGAINST POLICE IN WESTVILLE ARREST
Friday 8th April 2016

The provincial police watchdog has released its report of a November arrest of a 22-year-old man outside of a Westville Pub. During the arrest by Westville and Stellarton police officers, the man suffered a fractured wrist. According to the report from the Serious Incident Response Team, the man and his friends were at Westville pub shortly before midnight when a fight broke out inside the business. As he was moved to another police vehicle, the man became very upset and aggressive, and spit blood into an officer’s face. The wrist fracture apparently resulted from attempts by the officers to get the man under control as his hands were cuffed behind his back. SIRT says video taken by a civilian on their phone showed that the actions of the officers were measured and appropriate throughout.

SPORTS - APRIL 7
Thursday 7th April 2016

In the MHL division finals, the Dieppe Commandos edged the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night to lead the series 2-1. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers look to take a two game lead in their series tonight over the South Shore Lumberjacks. Michael Petter will have the action live from Bridgewater tonight on Classic Rock 97.9 starting at 6:45.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is tonight and Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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Pictou County Basketball Association has four teams taking part in provincials this weekend. Two are hosting their tournaments: the Midget D2 Boys are at Northumberland under Coach Bill Findlay and Marcus MacLean, while Midget D2 Girls will be at North Nova and the NSCC in Stellarton under Coach Peggy MacLean. The Juvenile AA Boys will be in Amherst under Coach Mark Stinson and Tony Wright, and the Midget D3 Girls are playing in Metro under Coach Gene Mills and Peter Douthwright. Below are the games involving home teams and the games at home are highlighted.   Friday Northumberland 6:00 PM Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) Team 6 - Fall Rivers Rebels (Fulmore) U16 Boys - Division 2 Friday Amherst Regional High School 6:00 PM Team 2 - Yarmouth Vikings (Smith) Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) U18 Boys - Division AA Friday St. Agnes Junior High 7:45 PM Team 2 - West End Steelers (Kennedy) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday Northumberland 10:45 AM Team 2 - Cole Harbour Rockets (Cox) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday NNEC 12:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 3 - Halifax Hurricanes (Ingraham) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 1:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 6 - Cumberland Sonics (Morse) U18 Boys - Division AA Saturday St. Agnes Junior High 3:15 PM Team 3 - Northside Junior Marauders (Whalen) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday NNEC 4:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 5 - Fall Rivers (White) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Northumberland 4:00 PM Team 3 - CBA Tigers (Dahr) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 5:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 5 - Cumberland Blazers (Maddison) U18 Boys - Division AA
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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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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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Edmonton won at Rexall Place for the final time, beating Vancouver 6-2. It was the final N-H-L game to be played at Rexall, with the Oilers moving into a new downtown arena in the fall. More than 150 Oilers alumni were there for the farewell game and lengthy post-game ceremony, including the likes of Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr.
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Jimmy Howard made 30 saves as Detroit shut out Philadelphia 3-0. The Red Wings are close to clinching their 25th straight playoff appearance now that they have a two point lead on Boston in the Atlantic. And Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals as Columbus beat Toronto 5-1 at Air Canada Centre. Morgan Rielly scored for the Leafs. They can now finish no better than 29th place overall in the league.
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San Diego has set the new major league record with 27 straight scoreless innings to start a season. The Padres surpassed the mark set by the 1943 St. Louis Cardinals when they failed to score a run in a 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres were outscored 25-0 in the opening three-game series.
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A-L M-V-P Josh Donaldson is day to day after straining his calf this afternoon in Toronto's 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays and Rays split the four-game set. Also, Robinson Cano's major league-leading fourth homer of the season capped a five-run ninth inning and gave Seattle a 9-5 win over Texas.
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J-J Barea scored 27 points and the Mavericks kept a slim lead over Utah and Houston in the race for the last two Western Conference playoff spots with an 88-86 victory over the Rockets. Dallas is a game up on the Jazz and two up on the Rockets.
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Austin Collie told the B-C Lions he plans to retire. The 30-year-old receiver spent his only C-F-L season with the club in 2015, making 43 receptions for 439 yards and seven touchdowns. Collie was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, where he became a preferred target of star quarterback Peyton Manning.

SPORTS - APRIL 6 *UPDATED 10:15 AM*
Wednesday 6th April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are in the lead again after a tough 3-0 win over the South Shore Lumberjacks on Tuesday. Garrett Lambke, Ethan Marsh and Taylor Davis scored for the Crushers. Daniel Vautour only needed to make 16 saves for the shutout. In the other division final, the Dieppe Commandos and the Summerside Western Capitals play Game 3 tonight in Summerside.
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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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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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Good bye Rexall Place.  The Edmonton Oilers host Vancouver tonight and will bid farewell to the arena where they won all five of their Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and 1990.  The Oilers move to a new downtown arena next season called Rogers Place.  Also tonight, Columbus visits the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia travels to Detroit.
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Canada is alone in the lead of the 12-team men's curling world championship in Basel, Switzerland. Kevin Koe and his Calgary team stand at 7-and-0 in the round-robin entering games today against South Korea, then against reigning world champ Niklas Edin of Sweden.
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Wearable technology is coming to Major League Baseball. Sources say the sport's playing rules committee has approved two devices for use during games this season. The Motus Baseball Sleeve measures stress on elbows, and the Zephyr Bioharness monitors heart and breathing rates.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 5 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Tuesday 5th April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to move ahead in their series with the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. In the other division final, the Dieppe Commandos evened their series at one win each after doubling Summerside 4-2. Game 3 will be played on Wednesday in Summerside.
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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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With playoffs out of sight, Canadian teams will look to play spoiler tonight in the N-H-L. Montreal hosts the Atlantic-Division leading Panthers. Red-hot Pittsburgh has a stop in Ottawa and is going for seven straight wins. Calgary entertains L-A while Winnipeg is in Anaheim. The Kings and Ducks are battling it out for top spot in the Pacific.
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The Raptors host the Charlotte Hornets in one of 11 N-B-A games tonight. A Toronto win would guarantee the Raptors no worse than the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland leads Toronto by 3-and-a-half games for first in the East with six regular-season games to go.
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The Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game series in Florida tonight. Righty Aaron Sanchez will make his first start of the season for Toronto after earning a spot in the starting rotation out of training camp. Righty Jake Odorizzi is expected to be on the hill for Tampa Bay. Last night the Jays went deep three times in a 5-3 win over the Rays.
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Kevin Koe's Calgary rink sits alone atop the round-robin standings at the men's world curling championships. Canada plays Germany and Russia as the tournament continues in Basel, Switzerland this morning. Koe improved to 5-and-0 with a pair of convincing wins yesterday over Scotland and Japan. Glenn Howard won Canada's last title in 2012.

SPORTS - APRIL 4 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Monday 4th April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are even with the South Shore Lumberjacks after a 4-1 defeat in Bridgewater. Ethan Marsh scored for the Crushers. Game 3 will be at the Wellness Centre Tuesday night at 7. In the other series, the Summerside Western Capitals took the first game of the Eastlink North Division final at home on Saturday over the Dieppe Commandos by a score of 3-2. Game 2 in that series will be played on Monday in Dieppe.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team is the best in the province. The Gryphons shut out Halifax West 4-0 in the final of the provincial championship, capping a perfect run of 5 wins and no losses.
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The North Nova Girls did not fair quite as well, as they lost their last Round Robin game yesterday, 3-2 to Citadel. The Gryphons finished with a 1-2 record, and missed out on the semi-finals.
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The Pictou Academy Pitbulls Girls Hockey Team wrapped up the Division 2 NSSAF Championship with a 6-2 loss to Glace Bay in the semi-finals yesterday, after going 1-1 in the round robin portion on Friday. Glace Bay will now face Horton in the final.
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Shout out to the Pictou Midget A hockey team on winning the SEDMHA hockey tournament this weekend.
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The Pictou County Lightning basketball teams did extremely well at provincials. Team MacInnis won Gold in Bantam Boys Division 3B in a close 39-38  win over the Valley Blue Devils. In Bantam Girls Division 5 it was Gold for Team Johnson/Fast in a OVERTIME 44-35 win over Kentville, and Bantam Boys Division 5 won Gold for Team Smith/MacGregor in a runaway 51-29 win over SLAM. Overall, of 10 Pictou County Lightning teams that have gone to provincials, 4 have won Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
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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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A good start to the 2016 M-L-B season for the Toronto Blue Jays. Marcus Stroman allowed three runs and six hits over eight-plus innings for the Blue Jays as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 yesterday. The four-game series resumes tonight with knuckleballer R-A Dickey starting for Toronto. Drew Smyly will counter for the Rays.
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A busy day around Major League Baseball with most of the league celebrating Opening Days. Last year's A-L Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel gets the ball for Houston when the Astros visit the New York Yankees. Jake Arrieta, the 2015 N-L Cy Young winner, will start for the Chicago Cubs when they face the Los Angeles Angels.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs host the playoff-bound Florida Panthers tonight in N-H-L action at Air Canada Centre. On the West Coast, the L-A Kings face the Canucks in Vancouver. The Steven Stamkos-less Tampa Bay Lightning are also in action against the New York Islanders. Stamkos is scheduled to have surgery to repair a blood clot in his right arm which will keep him out for 1-to-3 months.
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Canada and the U-S will battle again tonight for gold at the women's world hockey championships in Kamloops, B-C. Canada won the first eight world championships starting in 1990, but the Americans have dominated lately winning six of the last eight, including the last two. The archrivals have played each other 17 times for gold at the tournament.
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Roy Williams is one victory away from joining coaching royalty. The North Carolina head coach needs a win to capture another N-C-double-A national championship. He'll get that chance tonight when his Tar Heels face Villanova for college basketball supremacy. Williams has previously won titles in 2005 and 2009. Only five men have won more than two national championships.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 3
Sunday 3rd April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to go up 2-0 in their best-of-7 Eastlink South Division Final against the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight in Bridgewater. The Crushers took game 1 back on Friday night with a 4-1 victory. Game time tonight is 7:30, and you can catch all of the action live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 7:15. In the other series, the Summerside Western Capitals took the first game of the Eastlink North Division final at home over the Dieppe Commandos by a score of 3-2. Game 2 in that series will be played on Monday in Deippe.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team is one win away from being declared the best in the province. The Gryphons wrapped up their round robin portion of the Division 1 NSSAF Championship tournament with a 6-1 win over Glace Bay yesterday, before heading back on the ice for a semi-final game later in the day, which they also won, 5-2 over Parkview. The final will go this afternoon at 1pm when the Gryphons face Halifax West.
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The North Nova Girls did not fair quite as well, as they lost their last Round Robin game yesterday, 3-2 to Citadel. The Gryphons finished with a 1-2 record, and missed out on the semi-finals.
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The Pictou Academy Pitbulls Girls Hockey Team wrapped up the Division 2 NSSAF Championship with a 6-2 loss to Glace Bay in the semi-finals yesterday, after going 1-1 in the round robin portion on Friday. Glace Bay will now face Horton in the final.
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The Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets are one win away from becoming the Atlantic Champions. The tournament in St. John's has seen the NSMMHL Champions sweep their way through the round-robin portion of the tournament, and advance to the finals against the Saint John Vito's of the NBPEIMMHL. Both teams have already clinched places in the National Championship Tournament, the Telus Cup. The Vitos are hosting the tournament, so Dartmouth earns the Atlantic berth regardless of the outcome of today's game.
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Another Nova Scotia team is one win away from attending a National Championship tournament. Metro Boston Pizza of the NSFMMHL is in the Atlantic Championship game today against the Moncton Rockets in Charlottetown. The winner will head to Weyburn, Saskatchewan for the Esso Cup later this month.
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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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Bad news for Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team announced that their captain has a blood clot in his right arm and will have surgery on Monday to repair it. Stamkos is expected to miss one to three months as he recovers.
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Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund each scored twice and goalie Joni Ortio made 28 saves for the shutout as the Calgary Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.  Joe Colborne also scored for the Flames, who played their final game against their Alberta rivals at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
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The Montreal Canadiens couldn't hold on the a three-goal lead. Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal with 28.1 seconds left as Florida rallied for a 4-3 win over Montreal. In other action, the Detroit Red Wings edged Toronto 3-2 to jump into a playoff spot. And Wayne Simmonds scored twice as Philadelphia topped Ottawa 3-2.
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The Toronto Raptors ran into a tough opponent in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points and LaMarcus Aldrige poured in 31 points and added 15 rebounds as the Spurs beat Toronto 102-95 for their franchise-record 64th victory. San Antonio has yet to lose on home court this season.
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Former Raptor Rudy Gay had 25 points and nine rebounds and Seth Curry scored 17 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 115-106 to sweep the three-game season series. Darren Collison had 14 points and eight assists for Sacramento, which played without DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.
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The Seattle Sounders finally earned a point. Clint Dempsey scored off a header in the 79th minute as Seattle beat the Montreal Impact 1-nil. Elsewhere, the Vancouver Whitecaps held on for nil-nil draw with the L-A Galaxy despite losing Matias Laba to a red card early in the game. And Colorado topped Toronto F-C 1-nil.
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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.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 1 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Friday 1st April 2016

Round two of the MHL playoffs begin tonight, as the South Shore Lumberjacks take on the Weeks Crushers at the Wellness Centre at 7pm. Game 2 is Sunday night in Lunenberg – Michael Petter will call all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 7:15. Tomorrow night, the other division final begins as the Dieppe Commandos travel to PEI to play Summerside.
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The Pioneer Track in Stellarton is now open for the season. The track is open to the public for walking/running from 8:00am until dusk every day.
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Congratulations to Norma Marshall of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club, who won her match by unanimous decision against an Ontario fighter at the Canadian boxing championships in Quebec City in the women’s Elite division yesterday.
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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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The Vancouver Canucks are one of two Canadian teams in action in the N-H-L tonight. They'll look to carry their momentum from last night's 4-2 win over San Jose when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. In the other game, the Winnipeg Jets host Chicago.
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The Toronto Raptors will look to build on their winningest season in franchise history when they play the Grizzlies in Memphis tonight. Toronto notched win number 50 on Wednesday, a milestone they hadn't reached since joining the league in 1995. The Raptors open play two-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for top spot in the Eastern Conference. They clinched the Atlantic Division with Boston's 116-109 loss to Portland last night.
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The Golden State Warriors continue their historic season by hosting the Boston Celtics. Golden State enters the game with 68 wins, four less than Chicago's record-setting 72-win season set in 1996. The Warriors need to go 5-and-2 over their last seven regular-season games to break that record.
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The Blue Jays are back on Canadian soil. They're in Montreal to take on Boston at Exhibition Stadium tonight in the first of a two-game series to close out spring training. It's the third straight year that Montreal has hosted the Jays in exhibition play. Toronto opens the regular season Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 31 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Thursday 31st March 2016

A big upset in the MHL, as the South Shore Lumberjacks defeated the Truro Bearcats in the 7th game of their division semi-final last night. The Lumberjacks won the match 5-2, even though they were 0 for 6 on the powerplay. The Crushers will begin their series with the Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre.
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Kanokai Judo Club joined athletes from across the Atlantic Provinces in Summerside, PEI over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kanokai's Rob Falconer took Silver, while Landon MacPherson & Kyle Sutherland won bronze. Kudos as well going out to Mya Cameron as well for her excellent showing at her first Atlantic Championships.  Next up for Kanokai athletes are the NUMA Cup taking place April 30th in Spryfield and the Amherst Invitational on May 28th.
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New Glasgow boxer Zack Vaughan won a gold medal this week at the Canadian boxing championships in Quebec City without having to step into the ring.  The Albion Amateur Boxing Club member received gold as he was the only boxer in his weight class. Stellarton’s Kage MacDonald dropped his bout on Tuesday to a Quebec fighter. Norma Marshall, the third Albion Amateur Boxing Club competitor at nationals, fights in the women’s Elite division today.
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Final registration for the Run Jump Throw Wheel program will be held on Thursday at New Glasgow Academy at 5:30. For more information please contact Trevor Boudreau at trevorboudreau@hotmail.com
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The Pioneer Track in Stellarton will open for the season on Friday at 8:00am. The track is open to the public for walking/running from 8:00am until dusk every day.
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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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Montreal will try and play spoiler tonight on the road against Tampa Bay in one of 10 N-H-L games. Montreal is out of the playoff picture, but Tampa Bay is in a fight for first in the Atlantic Division. Also, Toronto is in Buffalo, Minnesota hosts Ottawa, Calgary is in L-A while San Jose entertains Vancouver in the second half of a home-and-home.
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Canada will play its final round-robin game tonight at the women's world hockey championship against Finland. Both countries are 1-and-1 after close losses to the United States in Group A play. The winner will join the Americans with a spot in the semifinals while the loser will have to go through the quarters. Canada beat the Finns 6-2 at last year's worlds.
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Canadian Milos Raonic is in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open tonight. The Thornhill, Ontario native is up against Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Raonic and Kyrgios have met three times before in their career, with the Canadian taking two of those matches.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 29 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Tuesday 29th March 2016

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are moving on. The Crushers downed the Valley Wildcats 5-1 Monday night at the Wellness Centre in New Glasgow in Game 6 of their division semi-final. With the win, the Crushers win the series 4-2. Benji Curtis led the Crushers with 2 goals while Garrett Lambke, Luc Poirier and Mark Kennedy added 1 goal and 1 assist each. Daniel Vautour stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win. The Crushers will face the winner of the Lumberjacks/Bearcats series, which wraps up with Game 7 on Wednesday.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have little time to rebound from last night's loss to Tampa. They continue their road trip tonight against the Florida Panthers tonight. That's one of nine games on the N-H-L schedule. Elsewhere, Montreal is home to Detroit, and the Vancouver Canucks host San Jose.
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Canada will face Russia today at the women's world hockey championship in Kamloops, B-C. The Canadians opened the tournament last night with a 3-1 loss to the United States, the defending champs.  Laura Fortino scored the lone Canadian goal. Russia also opened with a loss, falling 5-3 to Finland. The Americans play the Finns today.
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The hunt for 73 wins continue as the Golden State Warriors host Washington in one of six games on the N-B-A schedule. Golden State is seven victories away from beating the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins in a single season set in 1995-96. The Warriors have nine games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
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Toronto gets another look at its Opening Day opponent this afternoon as the Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays in one of two split-squad spring training games for the Jays. Toronto visits Detroit in the other one. Yesterday, manager John Gibbons confirmed that right-hander Aaron Sanchez will start the regular season in the rotation.
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The Canadian men's soccer team continues its road to World Cup qualifying when it plays Mexico in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium tonight. Canada lost 3-nil to Mexico in Vancouver Friday night but still stands second in Group A in the penultimate round of the regional qualifier. The top two advance to the final round.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 28 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Monday 28th March 2016

The Valley Wildcats secured the chance to play another night after a 4-1 win over the Crushers Saturday. Down 3-1 in the series, the Valley team was looking for a home ice series victory when Pictou County visited the Apple Dome. With the win, the first-round MHL series stands at 3-2 in favour of the Crushers. The Weeks Jr. A Crushers face off against the Valley Wildcats in Game 6 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Subway Selects Female Midget AAs defeated the Halifax Hawks on Sunday to solidify their place at the Provincial Championships which will be held in Kingston April 8, 9, and 10. The Selects won the final two games in the best of 3 series to move past the Hawks. Despite facing a strong offensive Halifax team the Selects held them to just one goal in the first until Caitlin Taylor tied it up on an end to end solo effort. The Selects struck again in the second when Chloe MacDonald tipped in a beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Rhea Young and Selena Denny. The Selects sealed the game late in the third frame when Sarah MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Eva Wornell. The final score 3-1. Brittany Duff provided an amazing performance between the pipes to fuel the Selects’ defense.
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In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Pictou County Scotians ended their season in a 5-2 loss to Glace Bay Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Jordan Yochoff and Ryan Dunfield scored for Pictou County, but it wasn't enough to power past the Miners. Glace Bay will now face off against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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Two Peewee hockey teams made history over the weekend, after what's thought to have been the longest hockey game played in Nova Scotia. The 10- and 11-year-old girls faced off Saturday morning, and the game was declared a tie more than four hours later. The Pictou County Subway Selects and TASA Ducks were declared co-provincial Peewee AA champions after the epic 1-1 battle. The game started at 11 a.m., and was finally called at about 3:30 p.m., after the seventh overtime period.
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Congratulations to the Nighthawks Girls Volleyball team who went undefeated at the Viola Desmond championship at New Glasgow Academy over the weekend. After going 4-0 in pool play, the girls defeated Bedford in the semifinals, then Truro in the final, both in two straight sets. Special thanks to Henderson Paris, the honorary chair of the tournament.
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31 Pictou County athletes took part in the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Moncton . The team finished second in points and many athletes had personal bests, with more than a dozen athletes Atlantic Indoor Champions. Results can be found on Trackiereg or Athletics NB website. Tatum McLean our 16 year old thrower (discus, shot,weight and hammer) won the weight throw yesterday with a throw of 14.66 which ranks her 4th in under 18 category called Youth in Canada. Kaelan Schmidt our 18 year old jumper ( high, long and triple ) won the high jump yesterday with a jump of 2.01m. This ranks Kaelan 3rd in Canada in the Junior Category ( Under 20 years of age). Lauren Quann our 17 year old Multi Event Athlete ( high jump, hurdles, shot put, 800m and long jump ) won the Multi event yesteday with a point total 2981 which ranks her 3rd in Canada in the Junior Category and only 10pts behind the 2nd place position. Canadian Rankings can be found on the Athletics Canada Website. ( Youth Category and up )
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex tonight from 7:30-9:00. There will also be try-outs 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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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning today. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The defending Stanley Cup champions are heading back to the playoffs. Chicago downed Vancouver 3-2 last night to secure its eighth straight post-season appearance. Andrew Ladd scored the winner with 2:27 to play in the third period, handing the Canucks their eighth loss in a row. 
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with four Canadian teams in action. The Winnipeg Jets are in Philadelphia to take on the playoff-seeking Flyers. The Flyers currently hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Elsewhere, the Maple Leafs are on the road against Tampa Bay, the Ducks visit the Oilers in Edmonton and the Calgary Flames are in the desert against the Coyotes.
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Canada begins its quest for a gold medal tonight in Kamloops, B-C when it takes on the United States at the women's world hockey championship. The Canadians have won four straight Olympic golds, beating the U-S in three of them, but have fallen to the Americans in five of the last six world titles. The U-S defeated Canada 7-5 in last year's final in Malmo, Sweden.
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The Raptors have a tough task ahead of them tonight when they welcome Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to Air Canada Centre. Toronto is two and a half games back of the Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Oklahoma City is riding a seven game winning streak and are third in the West standings.
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Marcus Stroman will likely get his last start of the spring this afternoon when the Blue Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Florida. Stroman will pitch in Toronto's season opener on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Vince Velasquez gets the ball for the Phillies. The Jays beat Tampa Bay 7-3 yesterday.

LOCAL SPORTS UPDATE - MARCH 27
Sunday 27th March 2016

The Wildcats have secured the chance to play another night after a 4-1 win over the Crushers yesterday. Down 3-1 in the series, the Valley team was looking for a home ice series victory when Pictou County visited the Apple Dome. With the win, the first-round MHL series stands at 3-2 in favour of the Crushers. The Weeks Jr. A Crushers face off against the Valley Wildcats in Game 6 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series Monday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Pictou County Scotians ended their season in a 5-2 loss to Glace Bay Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Jordan Yochoff and Ryan Dunfield scored for Pictou County, but it wasn't enough to power past the Miners. Glace Bay will now face off against the Valley Maple Leafs.

Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex coming up this Monday March 28—7:30-9:00. There will also be try-outs 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

Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.

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)       

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

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


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 25
Friday 25th March 2016

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers could not finish off the Valley Wildcats in Game 4 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. John Deacon scored twice and added an assist as the Wildcats stayed alive with a 6-2 win to close the gap in the Best-of-7 series to 3-1. The Crushers will get another chance to wrap things up and move on to the second round tomorrow night when they travel to Berwick for Game 5. Alex Theriault will have the call for that game, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 on Classic Rock 97.9. Elsewhere last night in the MHL playoffs:
Truro 1 @ South Shore 4 (Best-of-7 series tied 2-2, Game 5 Saturday in Truro)
Woodstock 4 @ Dieppe 3 (2OT) (Best-of-7 series tied 2-2, Game 5 Saturday in Woodstock)
Campbellton 4 @ Summerside 6 (Campbellton Tigers lead Best-of-7 series 3-2, Game 6 Saturday in Campbellton)

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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs will play their third and deciding game of their Provincial playdown series with Halifax tomorrow night in Halifax. The Selects lost the first game of the series, but won game 2 on Tuesday night to keep their season alive.
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Shout-out to Kara Mason and Hayley Foote who are both members of the Holland College Hurricanes Women's Hockey team. The Hurricanes captured the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey League title by defeating UNB 3-2 this past weekend at Acadia University. Foote served as an Assistant Captain while Mason finished the season as Top Goaltender and was named to the First All-Star team.
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The Nighthawks Girls U15 Volleyball team is hosting the Viola Desmond Memorial Tournament today and tomorrow. Action begins this afternoon at 3pm, going until 7pm this evening, then continues throughout the day tomorrow at New Glasgow Academy. Medal games begin at 4:30pm tomorrow, to be followed by the medal presentations by Honorary Chair Henderson Paris.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A productive night for Patrick Maroon. He scored the eventual winner in the second period and added two assists to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 victory over the Sharks in San Jose. Taylor Hall scored twice while Jordan Eberle, Lauri Korpokoski, and Adam Clendening rounded out the offence for the Oilers.
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Craig Smith scored the shootout winner as the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 3-2. Nashville scored twice to tie the game in the third period. And the Wild spoiled Niklas Backstrom's return to Minnesota with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-zay) scored three times for his third hat trick of the season.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs recovered from letting a three-goal lead slip. Nazem Kadri had four points, including the winning goal in overtime, as Toronto slipped past the Anaheim Ducks 6-5. Around the ice, Montreal dropped a 4-3 decision to the Detroit Red Wings and Dustin Byfuglien (BUFF'-lin) and Paul Postma scored less than three minutes apart early in the third as Winnipeg beat L-A 4-1.
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Kevin Durant had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 113-91 for their sixth straight victory. Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak ended at three games. He had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter.
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A big game from Canada's Dillon Brooks put Oregon into the Elite 8 at the N-C-double-A men's basketball tournament. The Mississauga, Ontario native had 22 points and Montreal's Chris Boucher added 11 more to lift the Ducks over defending champion Duke 82-68. Oregon will next play Oklahoma, which rolled to a 77-63 win over Texas A-and-M earlier in the evening. 
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Canada's Chelsea Carey has advanced to the 3-4 Page playoff at the women's world curling championship. Carey beat Scotland's Eve Muirhead 9-4 in nine ends in the evening draw in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The game served as a virtual tiebreaker with the teams sharing identical 7-and-3 records heading into the match.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 24 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Thursday 24th March 2016

Three boxers from the Albion Amateur Club will be competing for National Titles next week in Quebec City. Norma Marshall, Zach Vaughn and Kage MacDonald will compete as part of team Nova Scotia. They will be joined on their trip by head coach Al Archibald and club president Jim Worthen. Marshall will be looking for her fifth national title as she continues an in-ring comeback. The group will get home just in time to prepare for the Albion's next host card, set for April 9th.
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Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys won four straight games, trouncing Colchester Tigers twice last weekend to win the two-day Harbour Hoops tournament in East Preston. The Lightning started off with an 89-76 win over Colchester, following that up with a 74-73 win over Fall River Rebels. On the second day, they opened with a 97-51 win over the Dartmouth Lakers, before the rematch against Colchester in the championship game, which ended 70-48 for the Lightning.
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Get the brooms ready: The Weeks Junior A Crushers are one win away from sweeping the Valley Wildcats in their opening playoff series. Game 4 is at the Wellness Centre tonight. If the Wildcats do get the win, game 5 is in Berwick on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs tied up their Provincial playdown series with Halifax Tuesday night routing the Halifax Hawks 5-1 at the BMO Centre. Sarah MacNeil opened the scoring for the Selects in the first with a solo effort. Hayley MacDougall and Kassidy MacKinnon added 2 more later in the first assisted by Taylor MacKenzie and Eva Wornell. The Selects continued to outplay the Hawks and added a forth in the second period when MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Wornell. The Hawks got on the board late in the second. The third period seen strong play from the Selects and Rhea Young sealed the win with a final blow late in the frame. Brittany Chisholm provided the assist. Jenna Landry provided an extraordinary effort in nets to shut down Halifax. The third and decisive game will be played Saturday in Halifax.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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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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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins tonight. 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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It's a busy Thursday in the N-H-L with 11 games on tap. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of six Canadian teams in action. They host the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada Centre. Elsewhere, Montreal visits Detroit, Vancouver is in Nashville, Calgary takes on the Wild in Minnesota, Winnipeg is home to the L-A Kings and Edmonton tangles with the Sharks in San Jose.
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The Toronto Raptors clinched a spot in the playoffs last night and they didn't even need to win to do it. Toronto locked up its third straight post-season berth when the New York Knicks beat Chicago 115-107. That victory came moments after the Raptors fell 91-79 to the Celtics in Boston. Toronto sits two-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for first place in the Eastern Conference.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers can extend their two-and-a-half-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings with a win tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. That's one of five games around the N-B-A schedule. Elsewhere, Indiana hosts New Orleans, Chicago visits the Knicks, Oklahoma City is home to Utah and Portland plays the Clippers in L-A.
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The Oregon Ducks and their trio of Canadian players hit the court tonight as the Sweet 16 round of the N-C-double-A's men's basketball tournament begins. Oregon plays Duke in the late start on the four-game schedule. Mississauga, Ontario's Dillon Brooks, Brampton, Ontario's Dylan Ennis and Montreal's Chris Boucher all play for Oregon.  
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their spring training schedule by hosting the Detroit Tigers at Dunedin's Florida Auto Exchange Stadium this afternoon. Veteran knuckleballer R-A Dickey takes the hill for Toronto while the Tigers counter with former Blue Jays prospect Matt Boyd. Boyd was part of the deal that sent ace David Price from Detroit to Toronto last season.
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Canada's Chelsea Carey gets the morning off at the women's world curling championship before taking on Japan in the afternoon draw and Scotland in the evening in their final round-robin game. Carey improved to 7-and-2 through preliminary play in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, with a 7-1 victory over Finland last night.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 23 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Get the brooms ready: The Weeks Junior A Crushers are one win away from sweeping the Valley Wildcats in their opening playoff series after a 4-1 victory in Berwick. Scoring for the Crushers were Brett Tidman, Drew Packman, Garrett Lambke and Mike Lyle. Game 4 is at the Wellness Centre tomorrow night. If the Wildcats do get the win, game 5 is in Berwick on Saturday.
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Home Ice proved to be very good for Nick Walsh, as he was able to handle all 33 Pictou County Scotians shots on his goal at the BayPlex, and give his Jr. Miners a 3 game to 2 lead in their playoffs. Game 6 goes Saturday night at 7:00pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs tied up their Provincial playdown series with Halifax Tuesday night routing the Halifax Hawks 5-1 at the BMO Centre. Sarah MacNeil opened the scoring for the Selects in the first with a solo effort. Hayley MacDougall and Kassidy MacKinnon added 2 more later in the first assisted by Taylor MacKenzie and Eva Wornell. The Selects continued to outplay the Hawks and added a forth in the second period when MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Wornell. The Hawks got on the board late in the second. The third period seen strong play from the Selects and Rhea Young sealed the win with a final blow late in the frame. Brittany Chisholm provided the assist. Jenna Landry provided an extraordinary effort in nets to shut down Halifax. The third and decisive game will be played Saturday in Halifax.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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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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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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It's a light N-H-L schedule tonight with just two games, including Ottawa in Brooklyn to face the Islanders. It's the Senator's second of back-to-back games after last night's 4-2 loss against the Capitals in Ottawa. Also, the Bruins will try and snap a three-game skid on Broadway against the Rangers.
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The Raptors ride a four-game win streak into Boston tonight to face the Celtics. Toronto can match its franchise-best mark for single-season victories at 49 with a win over Boston. The Raptors are just a game-and-a-half back of Cleveland for first in the East. The Cavaliers host Milwaukee.
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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard hits the court this afternoon for first-round action at the Miami Open. The Westmount, Quebec native is up against Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. Thornhill, Ontario's Milos Raonic has a bye to the second round on the men's side.
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Toronto manager John Gibbons will have another look at Aaron Sanchez as a potential starter this afternoon when the Blue Jays host the Mets in Dunedin, Florida. Veteran Bartolo Colon is expected to be on the hill for New York. 
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Canada's Chelsea Carey heads into Draw 12 this morning at the women's world curling championships sitting atop the standings. Canada won both of its draws yesterday to move to 6-and-1, good for a first-place tie in round-robin play with Switzerland and Scotland. Carey's Calgary rink plays Korea and Finland today.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 22 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Tuesday 22nd March 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers look to take a commanding lead in their opening playoff series against the Valley Wildcats in Berwick tonight. The Crushers have already won the first two games. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 6:45 tonight.
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The Pictou County Scotians have evened up their series 2-2 with Glace Bay after a 4-3 win over the Miners in Trenton Sunday night. Game 5 is in Glace Bay tonight.
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday 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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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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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 Senators have their work cut out for them tonight as they try to stay in playoff contention. Ottawa will host the league-best Washington Capitals at the Canadian Tire Centre in one of 10 N-H-L games. The Senators are seven points out of the playoffs with nine games to go in their regular season.
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It's an all-Canadian match-up in Winnipeg tonight as the Jets host the Canucks. Vancouver has lost four straight and will drop to the Western Conference basement with a loss. The Montreal Canadiens will host the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers are in Arizona to battle the Coyotes.
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The Blue Jays will see a familiar face on the mound this afternoon in Lakeland, Florida. Toronto resumes its spring season schedule against lefty Daniel Norris and the Detroit Tigers. Norris was shipped to Detroit last season in the deal that brought David Price to Toronto. Righty Drew Hutchison is expected to go for the Jays.
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Calgary skip Chelsea Carey is back at it this morning at the women's world curling championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The Canadians face Germany in the morning, then Italy in the afternoon. Carey is 4-and-1 after a win and a loss yesterday.  Four other teams also sit at 4-and-1.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 21 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Monday 21st March 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the Valley Wildcats 3-2 Sunday night in New Glasgow in Game #2 of their division Semi-Final. With the win, the Crushers lead the series 2-0. Taylor Davis led the Crushers with 1 goal and 1 assist while Garrett Lambke added 2 assists. Benji Curtis and Ethan Marsh also scored. Daniel Vautour stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win while Ryan Huestis stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss. Game 3 in the series is tomorrow night in Berwick – Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Scotians have evened up their series 2-2 with Glace Bay after a 4-3 win over the Miners in Trenton last night. Game 5 is back in Glace Bay Tuesday night.
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The UNB Varsity Reds returned to the 2016 CIS championship and defeated St. FX 3-1 on Sunday for the school's sixth national championship in Halifax. Earlier this month, the X-Men swept the Varsity Reds in two games for the AUS conference crown. The Maritimes were well represented at this year's finals, as the Saint Mary's Huskies toppled the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies 5-2 to claim CIS bronze.
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday 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: 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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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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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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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with four games on the schedule and only one involving Canadian teams. The Calgary Flames will look to build on last night's 4-1 victory over Montreal as they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Toronto is coming off a 4-1 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night.
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The Golden State Warriors will look to rebound from a rare loss when they take on Canada's Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves in Minnesota tonight. Golden State star Steph Curry was held to just 14 points in an 87-79 loss at San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs, meanwhile, aim to extend their six-game winning streak when they travel to Charlotte tonight.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory against the Denver Nuggets if they hope to keep some distance between themselves and the surging Raptors. Cleveland is just one game up on Toronto entering tonight's game. Elsewhere, Atlanta puts its five-game winning streak on the line as it hosts Washington and Boston will hope to end a five-game slide as the Celtics welcome Orlando. 
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The women's world curling championship continues today with round-robin play in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Chelsea Carey leads Canada's team into action against Russia in the morning draw before playing Sweden in the evening match. Canada is 3-and-0 after beating the United States in last night's draw.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 18
Friday 18th March 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers post-season begins tonight in Berwick as the team faces the Valley Wildcats in the opening playoff round. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45. Game 2 is Sunday at 7 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers are at home vs the Glace Bay Miners at the Wellness Centre at 1:30 pm today. The Midget AA Crushers are the only local minor hockey team still in the running for an official provincial title - they are asking all minor hockey players' parents and regular fans to show up and support pictou county pride and cheer on your home team.
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The Pictou County Scotians look to even up their series with the Glace Bay Miners Sunday night in Trenton in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Miners lead 2 games to 1. Puck drops at 7 o'clock. Game 5 will be in Glace Bay Tuesday night.
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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 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 to 111! 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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Dwane Casey liked what he saw in his 200th win as coach of the Toronto Raptors. Toronto got it done on both ends of the floor in a 101-94 overtime win over host Indiana. Bismack Biyombo cleaned up the glass with a franchise-record 25 rebounds, while star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both poured in 28 points.
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You normally don't need a lot of luck to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nevertheless, Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring with flukey two goals that deflected off Toronto sticks, and the visiting Florida Panthers cruised to a 4-1 win over the Leafs. Last-place Toronto saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.
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Anze Kopitar scored the tying goal with 4:10 to play and tipped home the winner at 1:34 of overtime, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Jeff Carter had three assists for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who pulled six points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks.
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Canada's Jamal Murray made up for a brutal first half, scoring 19 points in Kentucky's 85-57 rout of Stony Brook at the N-C-A-A men's basketball tournament. Murray shot just 1-for-9 in the opening half, but made up for it buy pouring in 15 points over a 10-minute span in the second half.
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General manager John Elway bolstered both his offensive line by luring former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung to the Denver Broncos. Okung's choice of Denver shows Elway can still attract a marquee free agent even without recently retired star quarterback Peyton Manning as a selling point. The former Oklahoma State star was a Pro Bowler in 2012.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 17
Thursday 17th March 2016

The Pictou County Scotians proved too much for the Glace Bay Miners last night at the BayPlex, winning 4 – 3 and putting the series at 2 games to 1 for Glace Bay. Troy Disiplo started the scoring for the Scotians with a Power Play goal in the first period. Also scoring were Josh Hartley, Jordon Yochoff and Matthew Papineau. Scotians goaltender Brandon MacDonald turned aside 51 shots for the win. Game 4 in the series is Sunday night at 7 p.m.
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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 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 to 111! 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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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Letestu each scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in N-H-L action last night. Around the league, Mikkel Boedker scored twice as the Avalanche beat the Canucks 3-1, the Flames downed the Jets 4-1 and the Canadiens edged Buffalo 3-2 in O-T.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only Canadian N-H-L team in action tonight. They host the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre. The Leafs are in the basement of the league standings, but have won three of their last four games. Florida is first in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic division.
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DeMar DeRozan is expected to be back in the Raptors lineup tonight when they visit the Indiana Pacers. DeRozan sat out Toronto's 107-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. All-star guard Kyle Lowry was dominant in that game, scoring 25 points and adding 11 assists.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson will tee off this afternoon (12:45 p.m. Eastern) at the J-T-B-C Founders Cup in Phoenix. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native is paired with fellow young stars Ha Na Jang and Alison Lee. It's Henderson's first L-P-G-A tournament where she's in the Rolex world top 10 rankings. The 18-year-old is ranked 10th.
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  The Blue Jays will have a pair of split-squad games this afternoon in M-L-B spring training action. Off-season signing Brad Penny gets the start for Toronto against Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros. Meanwhile in Dunedin, Florida, Canadian Scott Diamond will get the nod as the Jays face Canada's junior national team.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 16
Wednesday 16th March 2016

Don't call it a must-win, call it a need-to-win. The Pictou County Junior Scotians are down 2-0 in their series against the Glace Bay Miners, and play Game 3 tonight in Glace Bay. Game 4 in the series is Sunday night at 7 p.m.
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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 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 to 111! 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 newcomers got the job done for the Maple Leafs. Connor Carrick and Ben Smith both scored their first goals with Toronto in a 4-1 win over the Lightning. Jonathan Bernier put together his second straight solid outing, stopping 26 shots for the win. He has turned away 64 of 65 shots in those two games, both wins.
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The Senators kept their slim playoff hopes alive thanks to their captain. Erik Karlsson scored in overtime and set up two more as Ottawa edged Minnesota 3-2. Mika Zibanejad tied the game with 7-point-1 seconds remaining in regulation. The Sens are five points behinD Detroit for a playoff spot.
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Alex Galchenyuk is a positive in a disastrous season for the Canadiens. Montreal dropped a 4-1 decision to Florida, with Galchenyuk supplying the only offence for the Habs. Galchenyuk has 12 goals in his last 10 games and 26 on the season.
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Toronto moved within two games of idle Cleveland for best record in the Eastern Conference after beating Milwaukee 107-89. Kyle Lowry scored 25 and dished out 11 assists. Norman Powell got the start so that DeMar DeRozan could sit out and rest and he didn't disappoint, finishing with 17 points.
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the B-N-P Paribas Open. Also, two-time champion Serena Williams fired seven aces in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the fourth round.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 15 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Tuesday 15th March 2016

The MHL handed out its end of season hardware, and one of the Crushers was the recipient of one of the major awards. Michael Dill was named Rookie of the Year. Dill led all rookies in goals with 25, and points with 51, while playing 47 games. Dill's stats were also enough to lead the Crushers in both of those categories. Dill, and the rest of the Crushers will face the Valley Wildcats in the Best-of-7 Eastlink South Division Semi-final which begins in Berwick on Friday. Game 1 will be on ClassicRock 97.9, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is holding open registration for their upcoming Spring session tonight from 5-7pm at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow (the old YMCA building). There are spaces available in Kindergym, Preschool and Recreational Gymnastics. The new session of classes, for all ages and levels, begins the week following March Break.  Funding is available through Kidsport and Jumpstart programs.
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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 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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The Senators will try to keep the post-season in sight when they welcome the Wild in one of eight N-H-L games tonight. Ottawa is seven points behind Detroit for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Minnesota holds down the second wild card in the West.
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Around the N-H-L, there are two Atlantic Division battles tonight that could impact playoff seeding. Tampa Bay is in Toronto to face the last-place Maple Leafs and Florida hosts a depleted Canadiens lineup. The Lightning and Panthers are tied for second in the division, one point behind Boston.
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The Raptors have a quick turnover after their close loss against Chicago last night at home. Toronto is on the road tonight to face the Bucks. Milwaukee has won three in a row but still sits five games out of the final playoff spot n the Eastern Conference.
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Golden State isn't the only team in the N-B-A dominating its home court. San Antonio will try and push its unbeaten streak at the A-T and T Centre to 42 games when it hosts the L-A Clippers tonight. The Spurs' mark is the third longest in N-B-A history, behind the '96 Bulls and this year's Warriors, who beat New Orleans last night for their N-B-A record 49th straight home win.
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The Blue Jays host the Orioles this afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Off-season acquisition Jesse Chavez is expected to be on the hill for Toronto in Dunedin, Florida. Chris Tillman is expected to start for Baltimore.


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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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.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 13
Sunday 13th March 2016

Canada downed the United States 7−4 to take the women’s gold medal at the world junior curling championships in Denmark. The Canadians, led by skip Mary Fay of Chester, Nova Scotia scored two in the eighth end and another in the ninth to seal the win.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action this weekend, the Pictou County Junior B Scotians were in Cape Breton last night and opened the series with a loss to the Glace Bay Miners 4-2. Game 2 is tonight at Trenton arena, puck drops at 7pm. The third game in that series is Wednesday back in Glace Bay.

The Crushers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Cente in Truro last night. While the Crushers have completed their regular season, they await the outcome of the Truro vs South Shore game this afternoon. A Truro win will result in the Crushers facing the Valley Wildcats in the first round of the playoffs. A loss will result in a Bearcats vs Crushers series in the first round.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 10 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 10th March 2016

Congratulations to the New Glasgow Academy Junior Boys Downhill Ski Team for taking home gold and winning the Provincial banner.  Nick Manos, Cale MacLaughlin, Matt Allen and Isaac Willison were fast and fierce down the course.  And Cale MacLaughlin also won the title of fastest junior boy when he won the gold medal as an individual racer.
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Fresh off a 3-0 win last night over Yarmouth in a make-up match on the road, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host Woodstock at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7pm. Scoring last night for the Crushers were Ethan Marsh with 2 and Cole Murphy. Daniel Vautour only needed to turn aside 24 shots for the shutout.
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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. 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 Maple Leafs' rookies got the job done. William Nylander scored the tying goal late in the third, Nikita Soshnikov had the winner in the shootout and Zach Hyman also scored as Toronto slipped past the Islanders 4-3 last night to snap a six-game losing skid. Elsewhere, Mikael Backlund scored in overtime as Calgary edged Nashville 3-2 and Markus Granlund scored in the extra period as Vancouver beat Nashville 3-2.
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There are six games on the N-H-L schedule tonight with half of them involving Canadian teams, including Montreal hosting the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre. The Habs upset Dallas on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Elsewhere, the Ottawa Senators visit Florida and the Edmonton Oilers play the Wild in Minnesota.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their push for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings as they host the Atlanta Hawks at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto opens play 2-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for top spot in the East after the Cavaliers beat Sacramento 120-111 last night. Cleveland plays the Lakers in L-A tonight.
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Around the hard courts, the San Antonio Spurs host a Chicago Bulls team that will be missing all-star Jimmy Butler. He's getting a second opinion on his injured left knee from renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Later, the Denver Nuggets are home to Phoenix.
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The Tim Horton's Brier continues today in Ottawa with round-robin play. The only remaining undefeated skip, Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs, gets the morning off before putting his perfect 8-and-0 record on the line in the afternoon draw. Jacobs will be up against Manitoba's Mike McEwen, who's 6-and-2.
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The Toronto Blue Jays make the short drive from Dunedin to Tampa this afternoon to take on a split-squad Yankees team in spring training action. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is expected to be in the lineup for the first time this pre-season. He sat out Toronto's first nine games to ease into the spring schedule. Drew Hutchison will start for the Jays.

AMALGAMATION HEARINGS WRAP UP IN STELLARTON
Thursday 10th March 2016

The third and final day of hearings into the proposed amalgamation revolved around the issue of shared services. The current six municipalities have agreements covering such things as collection of residential solid waste, organics and recycling, and wastewater collection and processing for the upriver Towns and parts of the County. The debate was whether the amalgamated units should be treated as one, which would see the number of seats held on various Boards and Commissions reduced from four to one. The applicants say the New Municipality should retain the number of seats to ensure equitable representation and as a reflection of their financial contributions. The four units represent 86% of the population and 92% of the property assessment. But the towns of Westville and Trenton have intervened on this issue, arguing that this would represent an imbalance, in which the new Municipality would have a built-in majority and more power. The Utility and Review Board are accepting further written submissions on the amalgamation proposal until March 29th, and will issue a preliminary decision at the end of April. There are several community meetings planned to discuss the proposal ahead of the May 28 plebicite.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES TONIGHT IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 10th March 2016

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board are meeting in Westville tonight as part of the board's review of school boundaries and board electoral districts. The meeting is one of four giving the public the opportunity for input into how the boundaries and number of electoral districts could be determined for the future. The Board has to apply to the Utility and Review Board every eight years to confirm or change the number and boundaries of electoral districts for the elected members of the school board. Tonight's meeting is at the Westville Office of the School Board on Westville Road at 7pm.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 9 *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Wednesday 9th March 2016

The North Shore Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche has made it into the top 10 of this year's Kraft Hockeyville competition. The winning community will get $100,000 in arena upgrades, and will have the chance to host an NHL Pre-Season game.  Voting for the top 2 opens Sunday morning at 10 am and closes early Tuesday morning at 12:59 am. The two communities that receive the most votes, will move on to the final round for a chance to win the grand prize.  Ahead of the upcoming vote, there is an event tonight at 6:30 at the North Shore Recreation Centre. Everyone is invited to come out and show your community spirit, especially all those who use the facility whatever sport you play.
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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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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 Toronto Maple Leafs will try to halt a six-game slide when they welcome the New York Islanders to Air Canada Centre tonight. Five of those six Toronto losses have been by one goal, including Monday night's 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo. Elsewhere, Calgary hosts the Nashville Predators and Vancouver is home to the Arizona Coyotes.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to keep their distance from the surging Raptors as they visit the Sacramento Kings in one of nine games on the N-B-A schedule tonight. In other action, the Golden State Warriors go for their 46th straight regular-season home win as they host the Utah Jazz.
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The Tim Horton's Brier continues today in Ottawa with round-robin play. Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs remains the only unbeaten skip at 6-and-0. He's off this morning before facing Ontario's Glenn Howard in the afternoon draw. Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue is in second place at 5-and-1 while Manitoba's Mike McEwen is alone in third at 4-and-2.
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Left-hander J.A. Happ takes the hill this afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays travel to Port Charlotte, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training action. It'll be Happ's second exhibition outing. He went two scoreless innings his last time out. Chris Archer is expected to start for the Rays.

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.


CHARITY HOCKEY GAME PLANNED FOR TUESDAY
Saturday 5th March 2016

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. 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. 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.

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 11:45 AM*
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

The Strait Pirates have evened their playoff series with the Pictou County Junior Scotians at 2-2 after a 4-3 Overtime win in Port Hawkesbury. Scoring for the Scotians were Ryan Dunfield with 2 and Joshua Hartley. Game 5 is tonight at 7:30 in Trenton.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club opened their best of 5 semi-final playoff series against the defending Provincial Champions Metro Boston Pizza with a pair of games in Bedford this past weekend. Game one saw the teams battle to a scoreless tie through two periods. Jessica O'Malley opened the score for Boston Pizza early in the third. The Selects responded with a pair of power play goals from Josie Chisholm and Annika Mason assisted by Katelyn Dunn and Sophia Wornell to take 2-1 lead. Boston Pizza tied the game with a powerplay goal from Ainsley Lloyd to send the game into sudden death overtime.  The teams began the extra period 4 on 4 and exchanged chances at both ends until Carly Colbourne scored the winner with a little more than two mintes remaining to give the Metro squad a hard fought 3-2 victory and game one of the best of 5 series. Katie Henderson faced 30 shots in the Selects goal in taking the loss. The teams returned to action Sunday at the BMO Centre with the Selects hoping to even the series and avoid going down two games to none in the best of 5. Unlike Saturday's game when the teams remained scoreless through 2 the Metro squad scored two early goals to lead 2-0 after one. Despite the Selects registering 20 shots in the second they were unable to beat goaltender Jose Thibeau and trailed 3-0 going onto the third. There was no scoring in the third as Metro Boston Pizza took a 2-0 lead in the best of 5 series. Adi Small took the loss in goal for the Selects facing 37 shots. The teams return to action for game 3 this Friday night March 4th at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday March 5th 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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The Rangers and Bruins played to a 1-1 tie in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Debbie MacLean tallied for the Bruins with Tracy Latremouille replied for the Rangers.
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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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It's best-versus-worst tonight in the N-H-L as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Washington. The Leafs featured a lineup filled with rookies on Monday when they lost at home to Tampa Bay. Tonight also marks the return of Brooks Laich to Washington where he played over 12 seasons with the Capitals. The Leafs acquired him on Sunday.
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The Montreal Canadiens will hope for some better luck in the second game of a four-game Western swing tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks. The Habs were routed 6-2 by the San Jose Sharks on Monday. They'll have a tough task on hand with Anaheim. The Ducks have won eight in a row.
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Preliminary rosters for this fall's World Cup of Hockey have already started trickling out. Russia and Finland have already released part of their rosters, which contain 16 players. Team North America, Canada and the United States are due to release their rosters later today. Canadian general manager Doug Armstrong and head coach Mike Babcock will have plenty of talent to chose from.
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Kyle Lowry is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when the Toronto Raptors open a seven-game homestand against the Utah Jazz at Air Canada Centre. Lowry was given a night of rest on Sunday when Toronto fell 114-101 to the Detroit Pistons. The Raps are two-and-a-half games out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
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Knuckleballer R-A Dickey is due to get the start this afternoon when the Blue Jays face the Phillies in spring training action in Dunedin, Florida. Righty David Buchanan will counter for Philadelphia. Toronto beat the Phillies 5-3 yesterday in the first spring action for both teams.

ALLEGED AX WIELDER GOING TO TRIAL IN JULY
Tuesday 1st March 2016

A 56-year old man arrested after an incident involving an axe at the Dragon Bowl Restaurant has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault. Ding Gou Fang of Westville is charged with threatening a co-worker with an axe last Wednesday night. No one was injured. Fang was accompanied by a Cantonese translator during his brief appearance in court. His trial is set for July 5.

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 23 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Tuesday 23rd February 2016

The Bruins and Leafs played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Debbie MacLean and Bethany Martin scored for the Bruins. Chrissie MacKay and Christa Webber tallied for the Leafs.
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Brody Blair will be starting a boxing fitness class called Brody Blair's Boxer-Fit beginning next Monday, 29 February. Youth (ages 10-15) will be from 6pm-7pm, followed by Adults (ages 16 and up) from 7pm-8pm. The class will be a 6 week boxing fitness course on Monday evenings. Brody has 15 years in the sport of boxing, having over 110 amateur fights in 17 different countries. The course will be held in the studio room of the Pictou County YMCA. Training will consist of boxing exercises, cardio, strength and conditioning, and calisthenics. Brody will also be taking clients for personal 1 hour, one on one boxing fitness training Monday-Saturday. If Interested call or text Brody at (902) 574-6701 or e-mail brody_blair@hotmail.com
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The Montreal Canadiens suffered another blow to their season last night. Defenceman Tom Gilbert will miss the rest of the N-H-L campaign with a left knee injury that will need surgery.  Gilbert was expected to be on the trade market if the Habs decided to be sellers ahead of the N-H-L's trade deadline on February 29th.  Defenceman Victor Bartley was called up from the American Hockey League to replace Gilbert.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with nine games on tap. There are five Canadian teams hitting the ice, starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting Nashville. Later, the Winnipeg Jets welcome Dallas, the Ottawa Senators visit the Edmonton Oilers and in the last game of the night the Calgary Flames are in Los Angeles.
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The Scotties Tournament of Heats -- Canada's women's curling championship -- rolls on today in Grand Prairie, Alberta.  The morning draw sees Ontario take on B-C, Manitoba faces Quebec, Northern Ontario plays P-E-I and New Brunswick meets Canada. Alberta's Chelsea Carey remains the only undefeated rink at 5-and-0. Krista McCarville's Northern Ontario team is next at 3-and-1.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 19
Friday 19th February 2016

It was a rout at the Wellness Centre as the Weeks Junior A Crushers lost 7-2 to the Dieppe Commandos. Scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears and Michael Dill. Some good news for Crushers fans – the public is invited to skate with the Crushers at the Wellness Centre on Sunday from 6 to 7 pm.
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Russia and Britain played  to an 8-8 tie in Walter Duggan Division 2  World Handball action yesterday. Scoring for Russia: Caleb Janes 3, Daniel Seymour 2, Patrick MacNeil 1, Nathaniel Horne 1, Nathan Greencoen 1. Britain: Aiden Turnbull 2, Sam LeBlanc 2, Joe walsh 2, Gavin Hayes 1, Braden Janes 1
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A tense game last night in Westville as the Westville Miners faced the New Glasgow Bombers. Forty two seconds into the first period Kayden Moulaison started the scoring for Westville with a break away goal. Conrad Robertson scored in the first for the Bombers only to be immediately followed with a goal by Patrick MacNeil of the Miners. In the second Logan MacKenzie scored for the Miners only to see Taylor Robertson score for the Bombers six seconds later. Early in the third Conrad Robertson scored his second goal of the game tying the score three to three. With only fifteen seconds remaining in the game, Daniel Seymour of the Miners found the perfect opportunity to find the back of the Bombers net leading to a 4-3 win for the Miners over the Bombers.
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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 Knights of Columbus are preparing to hold their annual Free Throw Contest, for children ages 8-14 as of January 1, 2016. It will take place this coming Saturday at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium, starting at 10:00am. You do not have to be a basketball player to enter. All entries will receive a participation certificate and a sports-drink, and awards will go to the various winners in each category. As well, the various age group winners in each gender will go on to the provincial championships. Contact Brian MacKinnon at 902-759-5029 for more information, or to register. You can also register on the day of the event.
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The red-hot Ducks continue to roll. Anaheim beat the Canucks 5-2 to end its seven-game road trip with 11 of a possible 14 points. Ryan Getzlaf had the eventual winner early in the third for the Ducks, who are now just two points behind the Kings for top spot in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, Vancouver has dropped three in a row.
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The Minnesota Wild continue to win under interim head coach John Torchetti. Matt Dumba and Thomas Vanek each recorded a goal and an assist as the Wild ran their winning streak under Torchetti to three games with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Minnesota had lost 13 of its previous 14 games before firing Mike Yeo on Saturday.
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The losses keep piling up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Derick Brassard scored twice as the New York Rangers topped the Leafs 4-2 to hand them their 14th defeat in 18 games. Elsewhere, Cody Ceci had the winner as the Senators topped Carolina 4-2. And Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout as Tampa Bay slipped past Winning 6-5 after blowing a three-goal lead.
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Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way to beat San Antonio 105-86, snapping the Spurs' six-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break. Paul scored 18 points in the fourth quarter alone as San Antonio trimmed a 20-point deficit down to five before L-A regained control.
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Around the hardcourts, LeBron James poured in 25 points as the Cavaliers started the second half of their season with a 106-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls.  And Marcin Gortat had 22 points and 10 rebounds and John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists to give the Wizards a 103-89 win over Utah.

WESTVILLE POLICE DETERMINE RIDE OFFER WAS NOT SUSPICIOUS *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Thursday 18th February 2016

As a result of the Westville Police Service investigation, a man has come forward stating that he was the person responsible for offering the child a drive to school. He was driving his own children to school at the time because of weather conditions. This matter has been concluded by the Westville Police and is no longer deemed suspicious. Westville Police Service would like to thank everyone who shared the post as it was helful to this matter.


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.

NEW DISPATCH SYSTEM DEPLOYED IN ROCKLIN FIRE
Thursday 4th February 2016

Fire departments were called out to a structure fire in Rocklin Wednesday afternoon. Westville Fire Chief Kenny Dunn told NG News his department responded to assist Alma. Dunn said he thought there were two people in the home at the time of the fire, but they both got out safely. This is the first time that Automatic Aid was used since it was put into effect on Monday. The new system automatically dispatches fire departments to assist in situations such as a structure fire or motor vehicle accident. Dunn says Automatic Aid worked well, with plenty of manpower deployed to deal with the fire.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 2 *UPDATED 11:10 AM*
Tuesday 2nd February 2016

The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting the 2016 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Provincial Championship starting Friday through Sunday. This is the first time that the event will be held outside the Halifax area and also the first time that there will be 3 teams competing for the provincial title. The winner will advance to the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Regina in April. The local team is skipped by Devin Forbes, who curls out of the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou, with teammates Bill MacKenzie, Philip Sutherland and Kathy McIsaac, all members of the Bluenose club in New Glasgow. Jane Marshall, who is the chairperson of the event, says that the club members are very excited to be hosting this provincial and they are able to do it because of a generous donation from the local Investor's Group Financial office for the purchase of a portable ramp that allows the wheelchairs access to the ice surface. The host team is hoping ,with both the Bluenose and New Caledonian clubs being accessible and bringing a provincial event to the area, that other wheelchair users will be encouraged to give the game a try. Everyone is welcome to come and see this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are in Halifax tonight to play the Hawks.
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The Pictou County Scotians were roughly equal with the opposition in shots on goal, but couldn't get past Pierrick Heudes as they were shut out 5-0 by Cumberland County last night in Springhill. The Scotians next game is in Glace Bay on Saturday against the Junior Miners.
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Kelly MacInnis stopped 41 shots as the Rangers deafeated the Canadians 3-2 last night in Leo fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Jana Shaw paced the Rangers with two goals with Katie Bray chipping in with a single tally. Julie Anderson and Gena Henderson replied for the Canadians.
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Canada won the 1st Division World Indoor Handball Tournament yesterday at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium by defeating Italy 10-9 and Argentina 10-3.
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Rookie sensation Connor McDavid returns to the ice tonight. McDavid skated with his Oilers teammates in practice yesterday after breaking his clavicle in a game against Philadelphia on November 3rd. Edmonton hosts the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
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The N-H-L's all-star break is over, with a packed schedule of 12 games.  They include the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting Boston, Montreal in Philadelphia and the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh.  Later, the Winnipeg Jets host Dallas and the Edmonton Oilers welcome Columbus.
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The Phoenix Suns will have a new head coach when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek yesterday with the Suns in the midst of a 2-and-19 skid that leaves them 14-and-35. He has been replaced by 13-year veteran point guard Earl Watson, who was in his first season as a Suns assistant.


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.

INFO SESSION ON REFUGEES IN WESTVILLE TONIGHT
Thursday 28th January 2016

With stories about Syrian refugees much in the news, there are many in Pictou County who want to help. To that end, there's a Refugee Resettlement Information meeting tonight at 7 at Westville Town Gym. Speakers from CaiRN, Safe Harbour, and the Multi Cultural Association of Pictou County will be on hand to answer questions and show how best to offer aid to arriving newcomers.

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.


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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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 22 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Friday 22nd January 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers lived up to their name, crushing the Yarmouth Mariners 6-1 at the Wellness Centre last night. Michael Dill had 2 goals for the Crushers, with singles from Lucas Zwaggstra, Luc Poirier, Cole Murphy and Regan Spears. Daniel Vautour stopped two dozen shots for the win. The Crushers are now tied for the division lead with the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers' next match is at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre tomorrow against the Bearcats, who are three points behind in the division. Michael Petter will have the play by play on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pre-game show beginning Saturday night at 6:45.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are at the Wellness Centre this weekend, as they tangle with the Cape Breton Tradesmen Saturday night at 6.
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In the Junior B League, the Pictou County Scotians have three games, starting in Springhill Friday against Cumberland County. The Scotians play in Trenton Sunday night at 7 against the Strait Pirates, and Monday at home against Cumberland in a make up game from December that was postponed.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers travel to the St. Margaret's Bay arena Saturday night to play the Landworks Gulls, then on Sunday it's a road match against the Western Hurricanes.
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The 2016 Curl For Cancer in Westville is set for Friday, February 12th at 6pm.  This is a fun-filled event where teams of four hit the ice, have fun, and raise funds to fight back against cancer. There will also be live music with Jug in Hand,  Next Exit, & more! For more info on the event or to sign up your team, contact: Devan 902-331-1139.
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Canada's Daniel Nestor and doubles partner Radek Stepanek will try again tonight at the Australian Open. Their matchup against Poland's Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot was postponed due to rain early this morning. Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil advanced to the third round with a doubles win by walkover.
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Fans will get to see one of their own later this month when the N-B-A all-star game is played in Toronto. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was named an Eastern Conference starter last night by the Association. Kobe Bryant was the leading vote-getter for his final all-star game. He racked in 1.9 million votes, which earned him his 18th all-star game selection.
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The Raptors will aim to keep the good times rolling tonight when they host the Miami Heat at Air Canada Centre. Toronto enters the matchup with a six-game winning streak. The Heat are treading in the opposite direction, having lost their last three in a row and seven of their last 10. The two teams have split the season series so far this year.
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The Ottawa Senators will try for a better start to their matchup tonight when they host the New York Islanders. The Sens gave up five first-period goals last night in a 6-3 road loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders sit in third place in the Metropolitan division with 54 points.
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Patrick Chan is the talk of Halifax this weekend. He's returning to the men's short program tonight at the Canadian figure skating championships. Canada's three-time world champion is back after taking last season off to ponder his competitive future. He'll be gunning for his eighth title at the event.
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Canada is off to the final of the world sledge hockey challenge in Bridgewater. Billy Bridges scores twice and added three assists as the Canadians rolled past South Korea 10-0 in the semifinals. Canada will play the United States tomorrow in the four-team tournament's final.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 21 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Thursday 21st January 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are looking to pick up a couple of points at the Wellness Centre tonight, as they face the last-place Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm. The Crushers sit just two points behind the division-leading Valley Wildcats, with Truro nipping at their heels. Speaking of Truro, the Crushers will be at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre Saturday to take on the Bearcats, and Michael Petter will have the play by play on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pre-game show beginning Saturday night at 6:45.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are at the Wellness Centre this weekend, as they tangle with the Cape Breton Tradesmen Saturday night at 6.
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In the Junior B League, the Pictou County Scotians have a pair of games, starting in Springhill Friday against Cumberland County. The Scotians play in Trenton Sunday night at 7 against the Strait Pirates.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers travel to the St. Margaret's Bay arena Saturday night to play the Landworks Gulls, then on Sunday it's a road match against the Western Hurricanes.
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The 2016 Curl For Cancer in Westville is set for Friday, February 12th at 6pm.  This is a fun-filled event where teams of four hit the ice, have fun, and raise funds to fight back against cancer. There will also be live music with Jug in Hand,  Next Exit, & more! For more info on the event or to sign up your team, contact: Devan 902-331-1139.
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No Canadians play at the Australian Open tonight, but there will still be plenty of big tennis names on the court. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska are all scheduled to play in the women's bracket. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori will see action in men's play.
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The saga of Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin took another turn last night.  The 20-year-old was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Lightning after his failure to report for an A-H-L game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies.  Drouin was assigned to Tampa's minor-league affiliate in Syracuse, New York, on January 2nd. He asked for a trade from the Lightning back in November.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with 10 games on tap, with six Canadian teams hitting the ice. The Vancouver Canucks visit Boston, the Ottawa Senators travel to New Jersey, and the Calgary Flames are in Columbus. The Toronto Maple Leafs host Carolina, the Winnipeg Jets welcome Nashville and the Edmonton Oilers visit Dallas.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 16 JANUARY
Saturday 16th January 2016

Justin Ritcey was the first star of the game, and was the story of the game as the Weeks Jr A Crushers went down to Bridgewater and beat the South Shore Lumberjacks 3-1 last night in MHL action. Ritcey stopped 39 of 40 shots, while the Crushers got all three of their goals in a 4:08 span of the third period to come back from the 1-0 deficit. With the win, the Crushers climb back into a tie for first place in the Eastlink Division with the Valley Wildcats, however Valley holds three games in hand. Elsewhere last night, Amherst got past Yarmouth 1-0, and Woodstock beat Campbellton 6-5 in OT. Next up for the Crushers is a home game against Yarmouth on Thursday.
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The Pictou County Scotians earned a 5-2 victory last night in Springhill against the Cumberland County Blues in NSJHL action to continue to close the gap between themselves and the Glace Bay Miners in the Sid Rowe Division. Josh Hartley led the way for the Scotians with a hat trick and an assist. The Scotians are within 10 points, and still hold a game in hand on the Miners, and the NSJHL uses the 3 point system that is used in the IIHF, so 3 wins would put them within 1 point. The Scotians and Miners will face off against each other tomorrow night in Trenton.
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The 10th Annual Danny Dorrington Hockey Tournament continues today at the Westville Arena. The round robin wraps up with North Nova hitting the ice in the 11:00am game against SAERC, Norhumberland facing Bridgewater at 12:45pm, and St. Malachy's facing off with Dalbrae at 2:30pm. After that, the semi-finals go at 6:00 and 7:45pm tonight. Then the championship game is tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. Admission is $15 for a tournament pass or $5 per game for adults and $2 for students/seniors. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road, taking on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
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The Scotsburn Crushers are also in Berwick Saturday afternoon at 1 to play Kings Mutual, then at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:15 hosting Dartmouth.
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The Female Midget AAA Subway Selects have a home and home series against Metro Boston Pizza, starting at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon, followed by a tilt at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:30.
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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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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 Jets rookie Connor Hellebuyck earned his second shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild were held without a goal for the first time all year. Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots and Winnipeg got an early goal from Blake Wheeler to edge the Wild 1-0 in Minnesota.
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The Chicago Blackhawks extended their win streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Patrick Kane scored three times, giving him his first career regular-season hat trick. And in Carolina, Bo Horvat scored his second of the game in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
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The Anaheim Ducks scored all their goals in the first period, then held on for a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry all scored within 12 minutes in the first. Mattias Janmark scored shorthanded for the Stars in the second period and Jamie Benn added a power-play goal in the third.
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Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers wrapped up their longest road trip of the season with a 91-77 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers capped six games away from home and were playing for the second straight night.
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Around the N-B-A, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead Dallas past Chicago 83-77.  Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72. Jimmy Butler missed two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally.
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Eugenie Bouchard's strong run at the Hobart International ended with a straight-sets loss in the final. The tennis star from Westmount, Quebec fell 6-1, 6-2 to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the title match of the Australian Open warm-up event. The Grand Slam tournament begins on Monday. ---

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 15 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Friday 15th January 2016

Even with new players on the roster, familiar names appeared on the scoreboard as the Weeks Junior A Crushers defeated Truro 3-1 last night at the Wellness Centre. Garrett Lambke, Michael Dill and Taylor Davis all scored while Daniel Vautour turned aside 23 shots for the win. The Valley Wildcats also posted a victory last night over Amherst, so the Crushers are in second place, two points out of the division lead. Next up for the Crushers is a road match in Bridgewater tonight – Michael Petter will have all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 starting at 6:45.
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The 10th Annual Danny Dorrington Hockey Tournament starts today and runs through Sunday at the Westville Arena. The first game today has hosts Northumberland Regional High School taking on SAERC,  at 11 am. Opening ceremonies are at 6pm. Additional teams are North Nova Education Centre, Dalbrae, Bridgewater, and St. Malachy's. Admission is $15 for a tournament pass or $5 per game for adults and $2 for students/seniors. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road, taking on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
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The Scotsburn Crushers are also in Berwick Saturday afternoon at 1 to play Kings Mutual, then at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:15 hosting Dartmouth.
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The Pictou County Scotians begin a home and home with Cumberland County tonight in Springhill. The Scotians' home game is Sunday night at 7 in Trenton.
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The Female Midget AAA Subway Selects have a home and home series against Metro Boston Pizza, starting at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon, followed by a tilt at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:30.
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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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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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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has earned a spot in the final of the Hobart International tennis tournament in Australia. She advanced today with a three-set victory Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and face seventh-seed Alize Cornet of France in Saturday's final. Cornet defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in their semifinal. Bouchard is playing her best stretch of tennis since suffering a concussion at the U-S Open last September.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to turn things around tonight when they host red-hot Chicago in one of six N-H-L games. The Leafs have lost three in a row and have only scored twice in those outings. The Blackhawks, fresh off a 2-1 win in Montreal last night, are gunning for their 10th straight win.
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Winnipeg will host Minnesota tonight for the fourth of five meetings this season. The Jets have taken two of three against the Wild.  Vancouver in Carolina to face the Hurricanes. It's the Canucks second of a six-game road trip. Also, Boston is in Buffalo, Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh and Anaheim entertains Dallas.
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Two of the N-B-A's top scorers meet tonight in Houston. LeBron James and his Cavaliers tip off against James Harden and the surging Rockets in one of nine games. James is fifth in the league with 25-point-7 points per game while Harden is second with 28 per outing. Houston has won five straight.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 13
Wednesday 13th January 2016

In Atom B action, Pictou defeated Trenton Tuesday evening 5-4. Scoring for Pictou was Archie Meier 2, Ryan Chapman 2, Luc Baillie 1. Assists came from Liam Maclean, Zachary Macinnis , Brayden Johnston , and Chapman . Trenton goals came from Derrick Mackay with 2, Gage Conners 1, Landon Martin 1, assists came from Braden Macdonald and Derrick Mackay.
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Plenty of excitement last night in Atom B hockey as the Stellarton Royals won 3-1 over the Westville Miners. Nicholas Duff scored the first and lone goal for Westville early in the first. Zack MacLean quickly scored for Stellarton tying the game. Stellarton continued the scoring in the second by Ethan Barker and in the third by Owen MacCormick.
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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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Make it four straight wins for the Arizona Coyotes. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with nine seconds left in overtime and Max Domi had a hat trick to lead Arizona to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night. Arizona forced overtime with two power-play goals from Domi in the third period.
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The Winnipeg Jets are on a three-game losing streak. Joe Pavelski and Chris Tierney had a goal and an assist apiece to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 victory over the Jets at M-T-S Centre last night. Winnipeg was the latest Canadian team to fall victim to the Sharks. They beat Toronto and Calgary earlier this week. 
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight after three days off. They're in Toronto hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets following a west-coast road trip that saw them lose two of three games in California. The Blue Jackets head into the matchup with an 8-15-and-0 record when playing on the road. Toronto is 7-6-and-5 at Air Canada Centre.
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Around the N-H-L, the Calgary Flames will look to bounce back from a loss to San Jose on Monday when they host the Florida Panthers. Florida had its 12-game win streak snapped during its last game, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks in Vancouver. Elsewhere, Boston visits Philadelphia and the Ottawa Senators take on the Ducks in Anaheim.
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A pair of N-B-A teams extended their winning streaks last night. LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their eighth straight game, 110-107 over Dallas. And Tony Parker scored 31 points to lead San Antonio to its ninth straight victory, 109-99 over Detroit.
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There are 10 games on the N-B-A schedule tonight. The Brooklyn Nets aim to reverse a 10-game losing skid at home when they host Minnesota. On the other end of the spectrum, the L-A Clippers hope to extend their win streak to 10 games as they welcome Miami to Staples Centre. The Raptors are off tonight before playing the Orlando Magic in London, England tomorrow.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 11 *UPDATED 11:20 AM*
Monday 11th January 2016

Team Canada dominated in their second contest in the World U18 Womens Hockey Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario on Saturday. Lindsay Agnew, Amy Potomak and Kristin O’Neill each had two goals and an assist – and 13 players in total put up points – as Canada shut out the Czech Republic 11-0. Canada opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Russia. Next up, Canada faces the US on Monday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers made it to the round of 16 at the 2016 Ice Jam tournament, but lost to the Northwest Bulls 4-2. Scotsburn goals were scored by Kade Mason and Ethan MacDougall, with Blake Kontuk assisting on both goals. A total of 28 teams took part in the bantam division.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a crucial two points with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Liverpool Privateers at the Trenton Arena last night.  Troy Disipio received a long lead pass from Liam Murphy 1:36 into the extra session to go in on a breakaway and score 5-hole on Jacob Dempsey.  Brad MacEachen had the other goal for the Scotians while Brandon MacDonald stopped 44 of 45 shots to earn the win.  The Scotians are comfortably in second place in the Sid Rowe division.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers were once again active as the trade deadline passed in the MHL at 10pm last night.  The Crushers added another forward, Benji Curtis, from the Dieppe Commandos, in exchange for a pair of draft picks in 2017 and the rights to Brock MacLeod.  Curtis is a 19-year old forward from Fredericton, and will add even more scoring depth to the second most potent offense in the Eastlink Division.  The first game for the new-look Crushers will be on Thursday when they host the Truro Bearcats.
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In Atom B action, Kayden Moulaison started the scoring only three minutes into the game as Westville Miners faced the Stellarton Royals over the weekend. Westville continued with three more goals in the first period scored by Nathaniel Horne, Daniel Seymour and Dylan Kelly. Fox Irving of Westville continued with a goal in the second. Brett Stroud came on strong for Stellarton scoring two goals in the second and third. Caden Hawes scored one goal in the third ending the game with Westville winning 5-3 over Stellarton. These two teams face each other Tuesday evening in Stellarton.
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Trenton Peewee C defeated Tatamagouche Saturday afternoon 10-1. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 5 goals, Colby Niles with 2, with singles from Nathan Roper, Owen Brophy, and Zander Jones. Assists came from Dawson Mackay, Ethan Elms, and Lauren Roper. Tatamagouche's goal came from Emery Sinclair. Winning goalie was Michael Francis. On Sunday evening Tatamagouche visited Trenton and got outscored 7-1. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 2, Barrett Baker 2, and 1 each from Colby Niles, Keagen Fournier, and Owen Brophy. Assists came from Zander Jones (2) and Baker. Tatamagouche goal came from Josh Heitkemper. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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There are four games on today's N-H-L schedule and two of them involve Canadian teams.  The red-hot Florida Panthers continue their western road trip with a stop in Vancouver to play the Canucks. Florida has won 12 straight, while the Canucks are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
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The Calgary Flames host a San Jose team that  beat Toronto 7-nothing on Saturday. They'll try to ride that momentum into the Saddledome, where Calgary is 13-8-and-0 on the season. In the other games, the New York Rangers are home to Boston and Detroit visits L-A.
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The N-F-C divisional round playoff teams are set. Green Bay will play the Cardinals in Arizona next Saturday after toppling Washington 35-18 in one of yesterday's wild-card games. In the early game, the Seahawks slipped past Minnesota 10-9 when Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds remaining. Seattle will play Carolina next week.
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Tony Brown will coach the Brooklyn Nets tonight as they host the San Antonio Spurs. Brown was the Nets assistant coach but he was promoted to interim head coach yesterday after the team fired Lionel Hollins. The Nets are on a four-game losing skid and are winless in their last nine home games.
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In other N-B-A action tonight, the Chicago Bulls will aim for their eighth win in 10 outings as they welcome the Washington Wizards to United Center. And the Golden State Warriors can extend their winning streak to seven games with a victory over the visiting Miami Heat. Golden State is 35-and-2 on the season.

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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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 6 *UPDATED 11:35 AM*
Wednesday 6th January 2016

The Bruins defeated the Canadians 3-1 on Monday night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sportscenter. Gina Markie, Julie Anderson and Meredith Roossinck tallied for the Bruins while Jayne Murphy scored for the Canadians.
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Looking for some winter activity? Pictou Recreation and Parks is now accepting registration for winter programs, including Learn to Skate, Ringette, Futsal, Badminton, Youth and Adult Floor Hockey, Tumblebugs, Babysitting Courses, Tai Chi, Nutrition and Chair Yoga, Aquafit, Aqua Turbo, youth and adult swim lessons and more. Most programs begin this month. Call for details at 902-485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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Former Canucks netminder Eddie Lack returns to Vancouver tonight for the first time since he was dealt to Carolina last June.  It's one of five N-H-L games on the schedule.  Montreal welcomes New Jersey and Toronto visits Anaheim.
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The Toronto Raptors are one of four Eastern Conference teams at the 21-win mark entering tonight's game at Brooklyn.  Chicago, Miami and Atlanta are the other clubs just behind first-place Cleveland in the East.  The Raptors have lost two games in a row.
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The Spurs will try to keep their perfect home record intact when they host Utah tonight.  San Antonio is unbeaten in 20 home games, including a 31-point win over the Jazz last month.  The Southwest Division-leading Spurs have won five in a row.
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Ken Griffey Junior seems assured of election to the baseball Hall of Fame when results of the balloting are announced today.  He's expected to get a record vote of close to 100 per cent.  Former Expos star Tim Raines is also a strong candidate. 
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N-F-L executives and owner committee members are poring over applications from the Chargers, Raiders and Rams to relocate to Los Angeles for the coming season.  Owners are expected to vote next week on whether to allow any of the teams to move.  A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 24
Thursday 24th December 2015

In Peewee C action, Trenton defeated New Glasgow 8-4. Scoring for Trenton was Colby Niles with 2, and singles from Ethan Elms, Barrett Baker, Dawson Mackay, Ashlyn Bona, Derrick Mackay, and Keegan Fournier. Assists came from Dawson Mackay 2, Austin Fraser 1, Owen Brophy 1. New Glasgow's goals came from Conner Chennell, Zachariah Robertson, Landon McGibbon, Breton MacDonald, with assists from McGibbon and Brady White. Winning goalie was Ethan 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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The Westville Christmas Minor Hockey Tournament begins on Sunday, running until December 30th. The annual tournament will feature Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget teams. Teams from Westville, Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou, Trenton, and Truro are entered. Championship games in all divisions will take place on Dec. 30, with all tournament games being played at the Westville rink.
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Golden State downed Utah 103-85 last night in its final tuneup before an N-B-A Finals rematch against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas.. Klay Thompson had 20 points and Steph Curry added 16 points for the Warriors, who are a perfect 14-and-0 at home and 27-and-1 overall. 
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Elsewhere in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki passed Shaquille O'Neal for sixth place on the league's all-time scoring list while delivering 22 points in Dallas' 119-118 win at Brooklyn. And Philadelphia fell to an astonishing 1-and-30, including 0-and-18 on the road, with a 113-100 loss to Milwaukee. The Raptors are idle until Saturday, when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee.
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The Oakland Raiders welcome the San Diego Chargers in an N-F-L Christmas Eve matchup. Both clubs sit in the basement of the A-F-C West standings. Oakland is 6-and-8 after falling to Green Bay last week. Meanwhile, San Diego is just 4-and-10 after beating Miami in Week 15.
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The N-H-L is on day two of its three-day break for the holiday. Dallas leads the league with 54 points, while Washington tops the Eastern Conference with 52. Chicago's Patrick Kane heads into the break with 50 points to top the league in scoring, while Dallas' Jamie Benn and St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko league the league with 22 goals.
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Canada will have three returning players this year as it chases its first Spengler Cup championship since 2012. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre and forwards Alexandre Giroux and Chris DiDomenico were named to Canada's roster yesterday. They were part of Canada's 2014 squad that lost in the tournament semifinal. Canada opens the tournament on Saturday against a Russian club in Davos, Switzerland.

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 8
Tuesday 8th December 2015

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA boys took to the ice for two league games this past weekend offering up a win and a loss against stiff competition.   Saturday  was retribution against the West Hants Warriors as Ben Callaghan and Logan MacKay provided enough offense for Cody MacDougall to record the seasons first shutout in a 2-0 victory.  Assists were recorded by Spencer Creed and Munro MacKay.  Sunday morning’s game was also a goaltenders duel  with Wesley Kelley holding the Acadia Axemen to a 2-2 draw until late in the third when bad luck and an empty net spoiled the day with Acadia ultimately coming out on top 5-2.  Scoring for the home team were Connor Dewar form Nick Horne and Duncan Cameron and Spencer Creed on a nice high shot from Ben Callaghan and Joe McCarron.  The Bantam AA boys travel to Yarmouth against the league leading Mariners next weekend.
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Last night at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Bruins and Rangers played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey 4 on 4 Twilight Hockey League action. Bethany Martin and Debbie MacLean scored for the Bruins while Chrissie MacKay and Tracy Dart replied for the Rangers.
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In Peewee Rec, Trenton defeated Thorburn 6-5 last night in Thorburn. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 3 goals, Colby Niles 2, and Austin Fraser 1. Assists came from Danial Cameron and Niles. Thorburn's goals came from Robert Walsh 3, George Leil 1, Keegan Norris 1. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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There are two games in two locations tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. At 8 pm at the Stellarton rink, it's Connors vs Shenanigans. And at 9 pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou, it's Maltese Sports vs Nat Pro Gas.
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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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There are nine games in the N-H-L tonight, including Toronto hosting New Jersey with rookie goaltender Garret Sparks expected to get his fourth career start. Sparks is 2-1-and-0 for the Leafs since being called up from the A-H-L's Marlies over a week ago. Elsewhere, the Senators play the Panthers in Florida and Calgary hosts San Jose.  
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The Golden State Warriors will look to improve to 23-and-0 when they visit the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Warriors earned their 26th consecutive regular-season victory on Sunday when they beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-98. That overall win streak in one behind the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest in N-B-A history.
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There are five other games on the N-B-A schedule, including the Cavaliers hosting Portland and Oklahoma City visiting Memphis. The Raptors have the night off after topping Kobe Bryant and the L-A Lakers 102-93 last night. Toronto will be back in action tomorrow when they host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs.
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M-L-B's winter meetings continue today in Nashville, where baseball executives are discussing everything from trades to free agents. A big trade sending Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers was put on hold late last night after Yahoo Sports reported that police have investigated a domestic violence accusation from October 30th involving the pitcher. 

YOUNG DRIVER CHARGED IN WESTVILLE AFTER TRYING TO OUTRUN POLICE
Monday 30th November 2015

A young Pictou County man learned last night that outrunning the police is harder than it looks. The young driver was stopped after 9pm last night on the Westville Road, and was charged with dangerous driving.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 30 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Monday 30th November 2015

It was a battle of the top two teams in the Eastlink Division at the apple Dome in Berwick Saturday night, and while the Weeks Jr A Crushers were never able to create distance between themselves and the Valley Wildcats, they were able to come away with the incredibly valuable two points, as they earned the 5-4 victory on the road. Cole Murphy led the way for the Crushers with a 4 point effort, earning 2 goals and 2 assists, while Justin Ritcey was great in net, stopping 39 of 43 shots. The Crushers also got some help in the standings as the third place Truro Bearcats lost to Miramichi in overtime, 3-2, so with those results the Crushers were able to extend their lead over the Wildcats to 4 points, and their lead over the Bearcats has increased to 5 points.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians dropped a 3-2 decision on the road Friday night to the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. Brad MacEachen and Josh Hartley scored for the Scotians in a losing effort. The Scotians won in a shootout 5-4 over the Valley Maple Leafs in Trenton on Sunday.
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A split weekend for the Weeks Major Midgets at the Wellness Centre. On Sunday, they were defeated 6-2 by the Saint John Vitos. Scoring for the Weeks Major Midgets were Grant Fraser and Chad Tucker. On Saturday, the home team earned a 6-5 win in overtime over the Fredericton Canadiens in crossover league play. Evan MacLennan led the way for the Weeks with a hat trick and an assist, one of his goals being the overtime winner.
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Luke Pelton had 3 goals and 2 assists as the Pictou County Midget AA Crushers skated to an 8-5 win over the New Waterford Sharks Sunday in Cape Breton. Adding to the scoring was Isaac Koehoorn with 2 and Kyle Walsh, Brandon Benjamin and Dan Molyneux each adding 1 marker. The Crushers, although playing with a short bench due to recent injuries, showcased their talent and determination  to control the game for most of the 60 minutes. The Midget AA Crushers are in action this Saturday at 2:30 when the New Waterford sharks visit the Wellness Centre for a rematch.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers spotted the Truro Bearcats a 4-0 lead before mounting a comeback, but ended up falling just short, losing 4-3 Saturday at the Rath Eastlink Centre. The Crushers scored twice in the final 1:16 of the game to make it close, but could not find the equalizer. The same two teams played again Sunday at the Wellness Centre, which the Bearcats won 4-1 in a game where all the scoring was in the final period.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA played a pair of games on the weekend... on Saturday the team edged the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers 5-4 at the Wellness, then on the road Sunday they were edged out 2-1 by the ProCresting Penguins.
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Great turnout in Westville Friday night as the Westville Miners faced the Thorburn Golden Hawks for a tie game 3-3. Scoring for the Miners was Kayden Moulaison followed by Nathaniel Horne and Patrick MacNeil. Scoring two goals for the Golden Hawks was Cole T Miller with Evan Stewart scoring one. This weekend, the Westville Miners face the Pictou Maripacs.
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Kanokai Judo Club hosted the 2015 Provincial Judo Championships at North Nova Education Center over the weekend. Approximately 200 athletes from across the maritimes were in attendance. Kanokai Medalists included: In the LTAD Division: Ralph Baldwin, Seth Cormier, Paige Landru, John MacEachern, Liam MacPherson, and Mekhi Reddick.
Gold Rylan Hislop, Landon MacPherson, Luke Perrin, and Rob Falconer
Silver Grayson Hislop, Ari Hislop, and Marshall Fitt
Bronze Adrian Stuart, Kaden MacDonald, Omar Alsaidan, Keagon MacDonald, Mya Cameron, Brady Robinson, Brittany Lodge, Mason Dakin, and Kyle Sutherland (with double bronze).
Congratulations to all the Kanokai participants! 
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The Pioneer Coal Track has now closed for the winter, and will reopen in April. They want to thank all of the patrons who used the track over this past season, and a special thanks goes out to the volunteer gatekeepers – Charlie, Alden, and Bob!
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Edmonton Eskimos have their 14th Grey Cup title. Jordan Lynch ran in a touchdown from one yard out with 3:22 left to rally the Eskimos to a 26-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks in Winnipeg. It's Edmonton's first C-F-L championship since 2005. Eskimos Q-B Mike Reilly was named M-V-P of the game while receiver Shamawd Chambers took home the Most Outstanding Canadian honours.
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The Ravens will play their first game in eight years without starting quarterback Joe Flacco tonight as the Cleveland Browns host Baltimore in the Monday Night N-F-L game. Flacco tore his A-C-L and M-C-L in a win over St. Louis last week. Cleveland, meanwhile, will start Josh McCown after relegating Johnny Manziel to third string.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will turn to rookie netminder Garret Sparks when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto has lost three straight, including a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday that saw Jonathan Bernier fall to 0-8-and-1 on the season. James Reimer is still out with a lower-body injury.
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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with only three other games scheduled. The New York Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche, the Rangers are hoping to reverse a three-game slide as they entertain the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Vancouver Canucks are in Anaheim taking on the Ducks.
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Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors can improve to 19-and-0 to start the season with a win tonight against the Utah Jazz. Golden State beat Sacramento Saturday night for their N-B-A-record 18th straight win to begin the year. The Raptors are off for two nights before taking on the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday. Toronto dropped a 107-102 decision to Phoenix last night.  


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 27 *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Friday 27th November 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost again to Summerside, but they fought hard. It was a back and forth match that the Western Capitals needed overtime to win 4-3. Scoring for the Crushers were Luc Poirier, Cole Murphy and Drew Packman. The Crushers head on the road to play the Valley Wildcats tomorrow, and we'll have the action on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pre-game show at 6:45.
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Very close game last night in Thorburn as Westville Miners faced the Thorburn Golden Hawks with a 3-2 win. Scoring for the Golden Hawks was Joe Walsh and Cole T. Miller - both in the second period. Patrick MacNeil scored the lone goal in the second period for the Miners followed by Fox Irving and Daniel Seymour clinching the win in  the third period. These closely matched teams face each other again in Westville tonight at 6pm.
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The 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament begins today at the Trenton Arena, hosted by the North Nova Gryphons. Six teams will be participating, including the Northumberland Nighthawks. Games take place throughout Friday and Saturday, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday evening and the Championship game Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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This is the final night for the Stellar Curling Club, Foord St. Stellarton, Open House. 7:00pm. No experience necessary. A great way to pass the winter months.
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The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships this weekend at North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow . Everyone is invited to come out and watch - it's FREE for spectators. The opening ceremonies will take place at 10:00 am, with competition immediately following and running throughout the day.
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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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Grey Cup week continues in Winnipeg as C-F-L commissioner Jeffrey Orridge addresses media to review the past season and look ahead to the league's future.  Both the Ottawa Redblacks and Edmonton Eskimos will be on the fields as they prepare for Sunday's Grey Cup.
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It's a busy day in the N-H-L with 12 games on the ice.  The Winnipeg Jets visit Minnesota while the Montreal Canadiens travel to New Jersey and the Edmonton Oilers play in Detroit. The later games will see Dallas host Vancouver and Calgary continuing a road trip with a stop in Arizona.
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Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors look to keep rolling tonight as they visit the Phoenix Suns. Curry has led the Warriors to a perfect 16-and-0 start to the season, setting the N-B-A's record for best start to a season.  There are 11 other games around the league but the Toronto Raptors have the night off.

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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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.

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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WESTVILLE ARREST BEING INVESTIGATED: MAN MAY HAVE BROKEN WRIST AS A RESULT OF POLICE ACTIONS
Friday 20th November 2015

The provincial police watchdog is investigating an arrest of a 22-year old man in Westville. The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is looking into the incident, which occurred outside of Acropole Pizza on Main St. just before midnight, 10 November. Stellarton and Westville police were called to an altercation involving several people outside the business, and a man was arrested at the scene and placed into a police vehicle. There was an alteraction as the man was moved to another vehicle, and it was later determined he sustained a broken wrist at some point in the evening. The matter was reported to SiRT, as the injury may have happened due to the actions of police. They're asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 NOVEMBER
Friday 20th November 2015

For the first time this season, the Weeks Jr A Crushers went to overtime on home ice. The Crushers and Valley Wildcats played an incredibly close game all night long, tied 1-1 after 1 period; 2-2 after 2, and 3-3 after 3 periods. The 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime decided nothing, but rookie sensation Michael Dill and Cole Murphy both scored in the shootout while Daniel Vautour stopped both shooters he faced to give the Crushers the 4-3 victory. The Crushers now have a 2 point lead on both Valley and Truro for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next action for the Crushers will be Saturday night across the Strait, when they visit the Summerside Western Capitals, and we will be there. Join the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:15, puck drop is set for 6:30.
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Barcelona defeated Ireland 6-5 yesterday in World Indoor Soccer League action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium. Today, Mexico plays host to Portugal
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Westville Power Skating still has registration spots left. Cost is $45 or $90 for a family of two or more. Ages 4-12. Session is 17 weeks. Lessons are Sundays from 3:30 to 4:20 at the Westville Arena. For more info call 902-396-1059, visit the Town of Westville Facebook Page, or register on the spot Sunday at 3:30 at Westville Miners Arena.
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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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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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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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Pictou County Athletics starts up its 2016 season on Wednesday, January 6th at the YMCA. Registration begins at 7pm to 8:15 and the team practices from 7:40 to 9:25. Other practice days are Fridays at the Indoor Soccer Facility (from 4 to 5:30) and Goodlife Fitness Center ( 6:30 to 8:30 ) and Sundays from 3pm to 5pm at NNEC. Full season(Jan. To Aug 20th) cost is $275 and this includes ANS fee and team warm up shorts. Winter( Jan. To April 1st) is $155 and this includes ANS fee of $75. Second registration is at the Indoor Soccer complex on Friday, Jan.8th from 3:30 to 4:30. We have family rates. If you require more information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com and if you have questions concerning registration contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Josh Donaldson continues to be rewarded for his stellar 2015 season. The Blue Jays third baseman was named the American League M-V-P, edging out Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the honour. In the National League, Bryce Harper became the youngest unanimous M-V-P in baseball history, taking N-L honours after leading the majors with a .649 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base average.
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Alexander Steen scored the shoutout winner and Jake Allen made 32 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.  St. Louis has won seven straight games and 17 of its last 19 against Buffalo since 1999.  Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in regulation for the Blues, who had lost three of four.
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Around the N-H-L, the Montreal Canadiens dropped a 3-2 decision to the Arizona Coyotes at Bell Centre. Early goals from Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal helped Arizona snap a two-game losing skid. And the Ottawa Senators got a 25-save outing from Craig Anderson en route to a 3-0 win over Columbus. Captain Erik Karlsson scored twice for the Sens.
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Another loss for the Tennessee Titans. Rashad Greene returned a punt 63 yards to set up a touchdown with 3:30 remaining, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Tennessee 19-13, handing the Titans their eighth loss in nine games. The Jaguars improved to 4-and-6 with their second win in a row. It's the first time they've won consecutive games in more than two years.
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Stephen (STEF'-ihn) Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 23-point, first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 for their 13th consecutive victory to start the season. Golden State is one of four teams in N-B-A history to open 13-0.
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In other N-B-A action, LeBron James scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Milwaukee Bucks 115-100, and Chris Bosh had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Miami Heat beat Sacramento 116-109. In the Development League, Raptors 905 lost its inaugural home opener in Mississauga, Ontario, 109-104 to the Maine Red Claws.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 19 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Thursday 19th November 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers face a division rival tonight, playing the Valley Wildcats at the Wellness Centre tonight. The Crushers currently lead the division with 24 points, with Valley just two points behind, and the Truro Bearcats one point behind.
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Westville Power Skating still has registration spots left. Cost is $45 or $90 for a family of two or more. Ages 4-12. Session is 17 weeks. Lessons are Sundays from 3:30 to 4:20 at the Westville Arena. For more info call 902-396-1059, visit the Town of Westville Facebook Page, or register on the spot Sunday at 3:30 at Westville Miners Arena.
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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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Mike Condon will once again start for the Montreal Canadiens tonight when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Bell Centre. Condon made 23 saves in the Canadiens come-from-behind win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Goaltender Carey Price is back practising with Montreal but doesn't know yet when he'll be ready to play.
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Just like that the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a roll. After a disastrous start to the season, Columbus will be looking for its fourth-straight win tonight in Ottawa when they take on the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. The Sens are enjoying a good start to the season and are in second place in the Atlantic division.
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has a chance to win some hardware tonight when Major League Baseball announces its M-V-Ps for the American and National Leagues. Donaldson is one of three finalists for the A-L, joining Lorenzo Cain of the Royals and Mike Trout of the Angels. Canadian Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Bryce Harper are finalists in the N-L.
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Marcus Mariota will be without his top receiver tonight when the Tennessee Titans play in Jacksonville against the Jaguars in N-F-L action. Titans veteran receiver Kendall Wright will miss his third consecutive week with a sprained ligament in his left knee. The Jaguars are ahead of Tennessee in the A-F-C South standings with a 3-6 record. The Titans are 2-7.
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A light schedule around the N-B-A tonight with only three games scheduled. The 12-0 Golden State Warriors will try and remain perfect when they visit the L-A Clippers. The Raptors are off today after a 93-89 loss to the Utah Jazz last night. Toronto continues its road trip tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Lakers.


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.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 17 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Tuesday 17th November 2015

It's a good news/bad news day for the Weeks Jr A Crushers. The bad news is that they have lost Jacob Hickey, likely for the remainder of the season. The good news is the reason he will no longer be with the Crushers is because he has been called up by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. General Manager Chad McDavid says the team is happy for Hickey and wish him all the best in the next chapter of hockey career. Hickey received the call yesterday, and is leaving today to join the Armada, whose next game is on Saturday at home against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
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Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center , Amy Cameron’s two goals led the Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Rangers.Tracy Dart and Nadine leBlanc also scored for the Bruins while the Rangers were led by Bethany Martin’s two goals and a single by Debbie MacLean.
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Pictou County Ultimate's touring team, named "Brown Sauce" after our famous Pictou County Pizza, had an outstanding showing at the Halifax Ultimate C4P indoor ultimate tournament last weekend in Halifax. There were 24 teams from across Atlantic Canada, and Brown Sauce entered ranked as the 22nd seed, and had a strong showing by finishing in 12th place. This is the best result for the club to date. Pictou County Ultimate's indoor season begins tonight at 8:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. The league is co-ed, and all experience levels are encouraged. Games are on Tuesdays, going from now until April and is 100$ for members, with a 70$ student rate, and drop-in players are also welcome.
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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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It's a busy day in the N-H-L with eight games lined up including two in Canada.  Colorado visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has won three of its last four games, but the Avalanche are on a three-game win streak.  Later, the Calgary Flames host New Jersey.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their west coast road trip with a stop in Oakland against the N-B-A champion Golden State Warriors. Toronto sits atop the Atlantic division with a 7-and-4 record.  However, Golden State hasn't let up since it won the league title, with the Warriors winning the first 11 games of the season.
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Newly re-signed Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada will address Toronto media today.  The right-hander came to terms with the Blue Jays on a two-year deal worth 26-million dollars U-S for two years on Friday. Estrada had a career year with 13 wins, eight losses, a 3.13 E-R-A and 131 strikeouts.
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Canada's quest for a World Cup berth in soccer continues as they visit El Salvador in a qualifying match. Captain Julian de Guzman is set to surpass Paul Stalteri's men's record of 84 caps for Canada.

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. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 8
Sunday 8th November 2015

The Weeks Major Midgets fell in Cole Harbour to the Wolf Pack 10 – 2 last night. Scoring for the Weeks squad were Kevin Mason and G Blackmore. This afternoon, the team is in Darmouth taking on Steele Subaru.
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The Pictou County Scotians are in Trenton tonight to play Cumberland County at 7pm. The Scotians were 5 – 3 winners against the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will tangle with the Joneljim Cougars at the Wellness Centre this afternoon at 1:15.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA squad is at the Wellness Centre at 12:15 to play Metro Boston Pizza.
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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 took 19 weeks but the C-F-L East division is finally sorted out. Henry Burris threw six touchdown strikes and the Ottawa Redblacks locked up first place in the division with a 44-28 win over Hamilton in the final game of the regular season. In other C-F-L action, Calgary toppled the B-C Lions 28-7 in a preview of next week's West semifinal.
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Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and added an assist as Calgary snapped a nine-game losing streak against Pittsburgh with a 5-2 win. The Flames last victory against the Penguins was on December 3rd, 2005.  Phil Kessel scored his team-leading sixth goal of the year for the Pens.
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In other N-H-L action, Alex Ovechkin scored in a shootout to give Washington a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. David Desharnais (DAY'-har-nay) had the winner as Montreal doubled up the Bruins 4-2. Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-virth) was perfect on 28 shots as Philadelphia blanked the Jets 3-0, and the Sabres spoiled Ryan Miller's return to Buffalo with a 3-2 win over the Canucks. 
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Trey Burke scored 24 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz held off the struggling Memphis Grizzlies for an 89-79 victory. The Jazz improved to 4-and-2 for their best start to a season since 2008-09.  Utah's Gordon Hayward had his best game of the season, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, and the undefeated Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 103-94. Golden State is off to its best start since moving to the West Coast. The defending N-B-A champions are two wins away from matching the Philadelphia Warriors' 9-and-oh franchise-best start in 1960-61.
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy tweeted "regret" on Saturday night after photos of his bruised ex-girlfriend from his domestic violence case were released by Deadspin a day earlier. Hardy said on Twitter that he "had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past." Hardy missed 14 games last season while with Carolina due to the domestic case and served a four-game suspension from the N-F-L to begin this year.

WESTVILLE LATEST TOWN TO CHASE THE ACE
Friday 6th November 2015

Westville is joining the “Chase the Ace” craze. Westville Fire Rescue, along with Westville & Area Recreation & Planning Commission, will begin a "Chase the Ace" fundraiser on Sunday from 2-4pm at the Westville Fire Hall. The idea of doing some type of fundraiser was first suggested by Westville Business owners Rhonda and Andre Kougias. The Fire Dept will use proceeds from the event to ratchet up the annual Canada Day Celebration, plus purchase fire/rescue equipment. The Commission will use the funds to enhance day to day operations at the Westville Miners Rink. Both groups agreed to contribute to the Grand Prize: a guaranteed four thousand dollars if the Ace of Spades is drawn on Sunday. For full information and house rules, go to their Facebook page.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 6 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 6th November 2015

With several players out due to injuries, the Weeks Jr. A Crushers stepped up their game and routed Miramichi 7 – 1 last night at the Wellness Centre. Taylor Davis had a hat trick, with singles from Mike Lyle, Michael Dill, Mack Darragh and Lucas Zwaagstra. Daniel Vautour turned aside 26 shots for the win. The Crushers head to Bridgewater tonight, and Michael Petter will have all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 6:45.
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Canada has fallen to 1-1 at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden after a 3-0 loss to the United States. Today is an off day before the Canadians wrap up the Round Robin against the host Swedes on Saturday. With a win, they will get the chance to avenge the loss in the Gold Medal game on Sunday.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan  Division 3 World  Indoor Soccer League: Game 1 Barcelona 6 vs Portugal 2, Game 2 Mexico 4 vs Ireland 4
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The YMCA will be having an Open House at the Squash Courts at the William M. Sobeys Indoor Complex on Saturday from Noon to 2pm. Come out to see the courts and learn how the game of Squash is played.
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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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There are six games around the N-H-L tonight with two Canadian teams in action.  First up, it's an Original Six matchup as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Later, the Edmonton Oilers host the Pittsburgh Penguins without rookie sensation Connor McDavid, who broke his collarbone on Tuesday night.
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The class of 2015 will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame today in Toronto.  Legendary N-H-L defencemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley will be enshrined, as will forward Sergei Fedorov. Women's hockey star Angela Ruggiero as well as executives Peter Karmanos junior and Bill Hay will also be inducted.
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Two struggling C-F-L teams meet in Toronto tonight as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit the Argonauts.  Winnipeg has lost back-to-back games, while Toronto has dropped three straight.  The Argonauts have clinched a playoff spot, however, while the Bombers are missing the post-season.
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Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors hope to continue their franchise-best start to the season.  Toronto faces the Orlando Magic tonight in Florida, with a perfect 5-and-0 record. It's the best start in Raptors history and ties Toronto with the N-B-A champion Golden State Warriors as the only perfect teams in the league.

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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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.

NS PARAMEDICS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE
Friday 30th October 2015

Fourteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Exemplary Service Medal for their work. Lieutenant-Governor J-J Grant presented the medals Thursday during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax. It is a federal award and paramedics must have shown exemplary service for at least 20 years, with at least 10 years in a position that could put them at risk. Amoung the recipients were Perry Kaiser of Westville and Dwayne Semple of Tatamagouche.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 22
Thursday 22nd October 2015

Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Hockey League on Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center. In Game 1, Canadians defeated the Red Wings 4 – 2. Game 2 saw the Maple Leafs edge the Rangers 6 – 5.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers are at the Wellness Centre tonight, taking on the Dieppe Commandos at 7pm. Dieppe is second in the Roger Meek division, while the Crushers are currently fourth in the Eastlink division.
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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 Friday 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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In Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action there's two games in Thorburn tonight, as Dewtie's Excavating plays the Pictou Landing Falcons at 7, followed by Whitey's Vikings against Shenanigans.
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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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The Blue Jays are still alive in the American League Championship Series. Marco Estrada was brilliant on the mound as Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 5. Estrada allowed just one run on three hits over 7-and-two-thirds innings for the Jays who were coming off a 14-2 humiliation in Game 4. Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs.
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It's an off-day for the Blue Jays as they take a brief break from the American League Championship Series. With their victory over the Kansas City Royals earlier today, Toronto forced a Game 6 on Friday at Kauffman Stadium. David Price will start on the mound for Toronto. Yordano Ventura counters for the Royals.
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Daniel Murphy has almost single handedly got the New York Mets back to the World Series. He homered in his record sixth straight post-season game as the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. The victory completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. It's the first time the Mets are in the World Series in 15 years.
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Another goal for hockey phenom Connor McDavid. He scored his fourth of the season in the second period as the Edmonton Oilers got past the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. It was the third-straight win for the Oilers, who started the year with four-straight losses. Teddy Purcell added another quick goal in the second for Edmonton.
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Around the N-H-L, Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson scored in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Claude Giroux (zhih-ROO') had a goal in the third period and the overtime winner as the Flyers rallied to beat the Bruins in Boston 5-4. And, Victor Rask scored in O-T as the Hurricanes blanked Colorado 1-0.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 19
Monday 19th October 2015

The Crushers took it to overtime, but lost 7-6 against the Yarmouth Mariners on Friday. Scoring for the Crushers were Luc Poirier and Cole Murphy with 2 each, Regan Spears, and Mike Lyle. The Crushers are back at the Wellness Centre Thursday night against Dieppe.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 by the Steele Subaru squad on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The team's next game is in Halifax on Saturday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers dropped one against the Western Hurricanes 4-1 on Sunday. Colin MacGillivary scored for Scotsburn. Next up for the team is a trip to Cole Harbour on Friday.
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NNEC Gryphons boys hockey team posted 2 wins this weekend. Friday night saw the Gryphons defeat East Hants 8-0. Goal scorers were Robert Burrows (2), Jared Livingstone (2), Matt Chediac, Colin Holmes, Ryan MacDonald and Noah Teed. Assisting on the goals were Ryan Chabassol, Evan Callaghan (3), Livingstone (2), Holmes (2), Teed, Braydon Ross, Austin Mason, Sean Duggan and Ryan MacDonald. Thomas Baudoux recorded the shut out. On Saturday, in Westville, the Gryphons defeated their local rivals the Northumberland Nighthawks 7-2. Jared Livingstone had a hat trick, Robert Burrows added 2 and singles went to Matt Chediac and Sean Duggan. Assists went to Duggan (2), Kirklin Murray (3), Evan Callaghan (3), and Campbell Burrows. Matt Murray recorded the win in nets. Northumberland goal scorers were Briden Hawes, Justin Walsh with assists coming from Ryan Dykstra, Reed MacDonald and Tyler Swain. The Gryphons will travel to Truro on Thursday night to play CEC at 630 pm, and will host Dalbrae Friday night in Trenton, game time 700 pm.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA hockey Club returned to league action with an afternoon tilt against the ProCresting Penguins at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday. The Selects started well with a goal from Siena Forance assisted by first year player Maddie Quinn late in the first period. The lead was short lived as the Penguins tied it minutes later just before the period ended. The teams played a fast paced second period but neither team had anything to show for it. Going into the third it looked like the next goal by either team would win it. The Penguins forward broke in alone on Selects goaltender Adi Small and scored what turned out to be the winner at 13:35 of the third. The Penguins added an empty net goal to make the final 3-1. The Subway Crew next see action on Saturday October 24th at 12:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. The two teams meet again on Sunday the 25th at the Emera Centre in North Sydney. Game time is 11am.
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The Maritime Hockey League has announced the roster for the 2015 Eastern Canada Cup Tournament, which will be played in Cornwall, Ontario next month. The tournament pits all-star teams from each of the five easternmost Jr A leagues across the country against each other. One member of the Weeks Jr A Crushers has been selected to the team. Defenseman Matt Morgan will be on the roster that heads to Cornwall for the tournament November 16-18.
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On Saturday night in Truro, at the 2015 Atlantic CMRC Series Motocross Banquet, two Birch Hill MX Park Team Riders received awards. Samantha Daling of Scotsburn placed third overall for the Atlantic Championship in the Junior Ladies class. Third overall for the Atlantic Championship in the 65 cc class went to Brent Chapman of Broadway. Samantha and Brent participated in 10 races this season at different tracks across the Atlantic Region. Congrats to both of them!
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Mets are up 2-oh in the N-L Championship Series. Former Blue Jays pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard went 5-and-2-thirds innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out nine as New York beat the Cubs 4-1 in Game 2 of the N-L Championship Series. Game 3 returns to Chicago on Tuesday.
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The Oilers have back-to-back wins thanks to Lauri Korpikoski. The Finnish winger scored in overtime to lift Edmonton over the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Also, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Brian Elliott made 27 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
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Elsewhere, Adam Henrique scored once and then set up Lee Stempniak's overtime winner as New Jersey beat the Rangers 2-1, Anaheim got its first win of the season by downing Minnesota 4-1, and the L-A Kings edged Colorado 2-1 thanks to Tyler Toffoli's (TAW'-foh-leez) go-ahead goal in the second period.
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Andrew Luck's return wasn't enough for the Colts to beat the Pats. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as New England beat Indianapolis 34-27. Luck was 30 of 50 for 312 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back from an injured right shoulder.
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The Carolina Panthers maintained their perfect record as Cam Newton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left to rally the 5-and-oh Panthers to a 27-23 win at Seattle. The defending N-F-C champs are 2-and-4 following their second straight fourth-quarter meltdown.
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Peyton Manning drove Denver 72 yards to set up Brandon McManus' 34-yard field goal with 4:56 to go in overtime, giving Denver a 26-23 win at Cleveland. Manning overcame three interceptions to help the Broncos improve to 6-and-oh for the seventh time in team history. He went 4 for 4 for 39 yards on the winning drive.

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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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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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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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 13
Tuesday 13th October 2015

The Pictou County Scotians bounced back from a 7-2 loss at home on Sunday to the Glace Bay Jr Miners with a 4-3 win on the road last night against the Sackville Blazers. Matt Oldfield scored the game winner with 1:45 remaining in the third period with an assist going to Brad MacEachen, improving the Scotians record to 2-4 on the season. Troy Disipio, Jordon Yochoff, and Chris Brooker with his first of the season also scored for the Scotians.
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On Friday, October 9th, the North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey Team opened their season with an 8-0 decision over Northumberland Nighthawks.  After a scoreless 1st period, Austin Mason put the Gryphons on the score board 6 minutes into the 2nd period.  Other goal scores were Jared Livingston, Ryan MacDonald, Colin Holmes, Robert Burrows (2) and Matt Chediac (2).  Assists went to Kirklin Murray, Ethan Snell, Robert Burrows (2), Sean Duggan and Braydon Ross.  Matt Murray recorded the shut out.  On Sunday, the Gryphons travelled  to Port Hood to play the Dalbrae Dragons and recorded the win defeating Dalbrae 4-1.  Colin Holmes scored a hat trick, while Matt Chediac  picked up the single goal.  Assisting on the goals were Ryan MacDonald (2), Robert Burrows, Kale Mason and Evan Callahan.  Net minder Thomas Baudoux picked up the win.  Dalbrae's lone goal was scored by Shaun Cameron.  NNEC Gryphon's upcoming games are Friday, October 16th at 7:00pm at the Trenton Rink against East Hants and a rematch against the Northumberland Nighthawks on Saturday, October 17th at 6:00pm at the Westville Rink.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers began their season with exhibition games against the Cumberland County Ramblers. The teams met in Springhill on Saturday with the Crushers coming out on top, dominating the Ramblers 8-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Covey Cameron (2), Aidan Hahn (2), Isaac Willison, Peyton Clements, Andrew Webster, and Ethan Tibbets. Assists went to Ty Briand, Hahn, Clements (2), Webster, Kirk Turnbull (2), and Brennan Dalton. On Sunday, the Ramblers travelled to Pictou County with the Crushers winning once again with a score of 3-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron, Brent Chapman and Reilly Grant. Josh MacDonald, Jake Baird, Briand, Willison, Hahn, and Clements all earned assists. The Peewee A Crushers will have a Home and Home against the Strait Richmond Pirates this coming weekend.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays are headed back to Toronto, alive and most certainly kicking after a second straight win in Texas. Backed by three early home runs, R-A Dickey and David Price combined for 7-and-2-thirds innings as Toronto defeated the Texas Rangers 8-4 to tie their American League Division Series at two games apiece. The rubber match goes Wednesday at the Rogers Centre.
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The Royals have stretched their respective A-L Division Series to a fifth and deciding game by beating the Astros 9-6 in Houston. Kansas City scored five times in the eighth with help from shortstop Carlos Correa's two-run error on a potential double-play grounder. The deciding game goes Wednesday.
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Curtis Granderson drove in five runs with two doubles off the wall, Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes homered, and New York's dangerous bats busted loose for a 13-7 victory Monday that gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five N-L playoff. And the Cubs set a post-season mark with six home runs and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 for a 2-1 lead in their N-L Division Series.
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Le'Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard wildcat run as time expired as the Pittsburgh Steelers stunned the San Diego Chargers 24-20 in the N-F-L Monday nighter. Earlier in C-F-L action, the Argonauts beat the Alouettes 25-17 to move into a first-place tie with the Tiger-Cats in the East Division.
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Radim Vrbata and Alex Burrows scored in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks spoiled the Anaheim Ducks' home opener with a 2-1. Kevin Bieksa played nearly 25 minutes in his second game with the Ducks. Anaheim acquired the veteran defenceman from Vancouver last summer after he played 10 years with the Canucks.
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TWENTY YEAR OLD WESTVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR STABBING
Saturday 10th October 2015

A 20-year-old Westville man has been sentenced to 2 years less a day in prison after a conviction in the Pictou Courts for stabbing another man in Stellarton.
Court heard yesterday that it resulted from what was a drug deal gone bad back in January. Justice Patrick Murray told Alexander Logan MacLeod, who was 19 when the crime was committed, that “he has the ability to succeed, but the rest of his life is up to him.”
The 16-year-old victim was wounded in the stomach area, upper back and chin, and court heard that one of those knife wounds came very close to the victim's heart. After serving his time, MacLeod will be placed on probation for 2 years.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 7 *UPDATED 9:35 AM**
Wednesday 7th October 2015

Ahead of tomorrow night's home game against the Truro Bearcats, the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have made a couple of significant trades which should amount to an upgrade between the pipes. The Crushers have sent Christofer Langlais to the Campbellton Tigers for future considerations. This comes just days after acquiring goalie Daniel Vautour from the Dieppe Commandos for the rights to Alex Elsliger, a third round pick in the draft next year, and future considerations. In three starts with the Crushers, Langlais went 2-1 with a solid 3.34 GAA and a .902 SV%. Vautour was released by the Acadie Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL after appearing in 3 games for them earlier this season. His last appearance was September 25 in a loss at Cape Breton.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers will be hosting the Truro Bearcats tonight at 8pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting a Open House through Thursday this week. The goal is to expose the sport to new potential curlers, and give them an opportunity to try it out before making a commitment. Registration for the season will be taking place throughout these planned events. Wednesday will feature the Little Rocks and Juniors, while Thursday is the final Open House night.
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Trenton Learn to Skate Program Registration today at the Trenton Park Office from 11:00am - 7:00pm. Cash/cheque only. More info available at www.trenton.ca or call 902-752-1019
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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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Westville Minor Hockey will hold a final hockey registration at the Westville Fire Hall (not at the annex) tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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East Pictou Silver Blades is holding registration for learn to skate programs tonight from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm at the Thorburn Rink. You can contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or epsbcoach.1@outlook.com. with any questions.
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The YMCA and Y-Tri Club are hosting an Open House tonight at 6:30pm at the Wellness Centre. All tri-club members NEW AND OLD and anyone who may be interested in learning about doing a triathlon are welcome to attend. There is no commitment by attending, just come and learn what they are all about and what it takes to complete a Triathlon and how they can help you acheive that goal.
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Six teams will compete in a High School Regional Baseball 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 Mike Babcock era officially begins in Toronto tonight as the puck drops on the N-H-L regular season. The Maple Leafs will host the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre. Montreal has its sights set on contending for the Stanley Cup after three straight playoff appearances. Toronto hopes to reach the post-season after missing out last season.
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There are three other games on the N-H-L's opening night. In Calgary, the Flames begin their season with a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver will be looking for some revenge after losing to the Flames in the first round of the playoffs last season. Chicago hosts the Rangers and San Jose visits Los Angeles.
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It'll be Houston versus the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals in the A-L-D-S. Dallas Keuchel (KYE'-kull) pitched six stellar innings of three-hit ball as the Astros blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 in the A-L wild-card game last night. Former Blue Jay Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer for Houston.
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The St. Louis Cardinals will know their National League Division Series opponent by the end of the night. The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates square off in the wild-card game at P-N-C Park, for the right to challenge the N-L best Cardinals. Cy Young contender Jake Arrieta gets the ball for the Cubs. Pittsburgh counters with Gerrit Cole.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have another day off before hosting Texas to open their American League Division Series. Meanwhile, the latest issue of Sports Illustrated out today features several Jays stars and manager John Gibbons on the cover. Some consider being on the magazine cover a jinx. Cleveland, Seattle, Kansas City and Washington were featured on S-I's baseball season preview issue and only the Royals made it to the post-season.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 6
Tuesday 6th October 2015

The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting a Open House from Tuesday through Thursday this week. The goal is to expose the sport to new potential curlers, and give them an opportunity to try it out before making a commitment. Registration for the season will be taking place throughout these planned events. On Tuesday, they will be “Going to Bat for Autism”, as an initial fundraiser for Autism Nova Scotia, Pictou County Chapter. Participants can try out curling as a “batter” or “pitcher” with different skills shots for each position. Wednesday will feature the Little Rocks and Juniors, while Thursday is the final Open House night.
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Are you looking for someting to do on Saturday afternoons, how about floor hockey? Drop by the Pictou Academy Gym from 1-3pm every Saturday. Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a Youth Drop In Floor Hockey program, You must be at least 13 years old. Only $2, bring a friend. Bring your own stick and gear, goalie equipment provided if needed. Nets available. For more information call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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Trenton Learn to Skate Program Registration on Wednesday at the Trenton Park Office from 11:00am - 7:00pm. Cash/cheque only. More info available at www.trenton.ca or call 902-752-1019
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Westville Minor Hockey will hold a final hockey registration at the Westville Fire Hall (not at the annex) on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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East Pictou Silver Blades is holding registration for learn to skate programs on Wednesday from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm at the Thorburn Rink. You can contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or epsbcoach.1@outlook.com. with any questions.
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The Chediac Furniture Labatt's Hockey League is starting another season of hockey, any teams that would like to join, call Vernon: 902-752-2491.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed again due to unforeseen installation delays. The opening date is set for Wednesday, which will also be the beginning of the Fall Swim Lessons session. Thank You for your patience and continued support.
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The YMCA and Y-Tri Club are hosting an Open House Wednesday at 6:30pm. All tri-club members NEW AND OLD and anyone who may be interested in learning about doing a triathlon are welcome to attend. There is no commitment by attending, just come and learn what they are all about and what it takes to complete a Triathlon and how they can help you acheive that goal.
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NATIONAL SPORTS A goal-line stand saved the day for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the one-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead. Seattle held on to win 13-10 and improved to 2-and-2 on the season.
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Raffi Torres will be missing the first 41 games of the San Jose Sharks' season. He's been suspended and will lose more than $440-thousand in salary after being suspended by the N-H-L for a hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg (SIHL'-vur-burg) in a pre-season game on Sunday in Anaheim, California. It is the fifth suspension of Torres's N-H-L career.
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Newly-acquired Canadiens forward Zack Kassian is off to a rough start in Montreal. He has entered a substance abuse program after being involved in a motor vehicle accident Sunday morning. He is suspended without pay until he is cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators. Kassian broke his nose and left foot in the crash in Montreal.
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It didn't take long for the Washington Nationals to begin their housecleaning following a disappointing season. The Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favourite to missing the playoffs. Washington finished second in the National League East at 83-79, seven games behind the division-winning New York Mets.
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The Toronto Raptors had a hard time handling the N-B-A champions. DeMarre (duh-MAR'-ay) Carroll scored 15 points for the Raptors as Toronto fell to the Golden State Warriors 95-87 in pre-season play. Leandro Barbosa scored 15 points and Klay Thompson added 14 for Golden State.

PROVINCE TO HELP FUND TRAIL UPGRADES
Tuesday 6th October 2015

A pair of community projects in Pictou County will receive funding from the province through its sustainable transportation grant program. The Town of Trenton is getting $28,550 to build a trail connector between Trenton Park and Smelt Brook, along the Trenton Airport corridor. The trail and the road signs that show people how to get to it make up the third phase of the town's plan to close the Trans Canada Trail gap from Pictou to New Glasgow. The Town of Westville is set to receive $4,850 for a signage project called Connecting the Dots to lead visitors and residents in and out of the town along existing trails.


TRENTON AND WESTVILLE TO TAKE PART IN MOU HEARINGS NEXT YEAR
Wednesday 30th September 2015

The two towns not involved in the MOU are getting involved in public hearings. The News reports that both Trenton and Westville want to be interveners at the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board's hearings in February on the memorandum of understanding between Pictou County and the towns of Pictou, New Glasgow and Stellarton. Westville and Trenton state in letters to the Review Board that they are applying to be interveners because of services they currently share with the four units involved in the MOU, including policing, libraries, solid waste management and water agreements. As an intervener, a group or person can speak or cross-examine other parties, provide evidence, and have access to all the information provided. Public consultations and a formal plebiscite to gauge the views of the residents will take place before the Board's final decision next June.

WESTVILLE WOMAN WINS INVERNESS DRAW, BUT STILL NO ACE: ONE MORE RAFFLE ON SATURDAY
Monday 28th September 2015

A Westville woman was the big winner in Inverness on Saturday, but the Ace is still out there. Carol Hartling's ticket was worth over $235,000. She wasn't sure what she might spend the money on when asked by reporters. Saturday's ticket sales totalled nearly $1.2 Million. The legion will take 50 per cent of those winnings and split it with the Inverness Cottage Workshop, which provides vocational and skill development for adults with intellectual disabilities. With five cards still left in the deck, organizers say Chase the Ace will end next week. Next Saturday, if the first winning ticket holder doesn't draw the ace, organizers will continue to pull raffle tickets until it's picked.

FUNERAL PROMPTS STREET CLOSURES
Sunday 20th September 2015

A large crowd is expected Monday for the funeral of police officer Catherine Campbell. As a result, there are street closures to tell you about. The services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church with internment afterward. As a result, the funeral procession will be taking place through New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Westville starting about 1:30 PM. EXPECT DELAYS on East River Road, Bridge Avenue, and Foord Street during the afternoon. Also, FOORD STREET will be CLOSED from Jubilee Avenue to Bridge Avenue from about 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, while JUBILEE AVENUE will be closed to traffic most of the day. Drivers are asked to avoid the area during this time-frame.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 18
Friday 18th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost to the Summerside Western Capitals 5-3 Thursday night in Summerside. Scoring for the Crushers were Cole Murphy, Regan Spears and Luc Poirier. Christofer Langlais stopped 30 of 34 shots in the loss. Tomorrow, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers as they face the Truro Bearcats for the first time in the regular season at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games Saturday & Sunday against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be this Tuesday when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards host the Peewee AA Atlantics tournament this weekend. Coming to compete will be teams from Summerside, P.E.I., Grand Falls, N.L., the Halifax Mets and Western Valley in New Brunswick. The Blizzards' first game is Friday at 1 p.m. against the Mets, then under the lights at 7:30 p.m. against Grand Falls. All games are at Kinsmen Field.
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This weekend the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place. There will also be a skills competition tonight at 5:45. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss! Lots to do for both young and old. All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection today at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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It's the last race of the season at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday. The Dartmouth Dodge 200 will feature local racers George Koskulics, Donald Chisholm and Cassius Clark – riding Rollie MacDonald's entry from Pictou – in the pack.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home on a winning note. M-V-P candidate Josh Donaldson hit his 39th home run to help lift Toronto to a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-car-nah-see-OHN')and Cliff Pennington also homered. The Jays return to Rogers Centre for a three-game series against the Red Sox.
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Emmanuel Sanders had a game-tying touchdown with 36 seconds left and cornerback Bradley Roby returned a fumble for a T-D nine seconds later as the Denver Broncos stunned Kansas City 31-24. Peyton Manning threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
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Rafael Palmeiro has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and plans to play alongside his son Patrick for the remainder of this season. The 50-year-old Palmeiro was a four-time All-Star who played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas and Baltimore. His career was tarnished by a 10-day suspension in 2005 for a positive steroids test.
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Former Pistons bad boy Bill Laimbeer was named the W-N-B-A's coach of the year. He guided New York to a franchise record 23 wins and the Number 1 overall seed in the playoffs for the first time. It's the second time in his career that he's earned the award, also winning it in 2003 when he was coaching Detroit.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 17
Thursday 17th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this week, starting tonight in Summerside against the Western Capitals. On Saturday, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers on their trip across Mount Thom to face the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be next Tuesday, 22 September when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin today and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards host the Peewee AA Atlantics tournament this weekend. Coming to compete will be teams from Summerside, P.E.I., Grand Falls, N.L., the Halifax Mets and Western Valley in New Brunswick. The Blizzards' first game is Friday at 1 p.m. against the Mets, then under the lights at 7:30 p.m. against Grand Falls. All games are at Kinsmen Field.
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This weekend, September 19 and 20, the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place, and they still have room for one more team to register. There will also be a skills competition Friday night at 5:45. Five teams have already confirmed entry. The cost is $150 for a team of 13 players. Contact tournament organizer Barry Coady to reserve your spot. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss! Lots to do for both young and old. All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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David Price gave up six hits and had nine strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 9-1. He improved to 7-1 since coming to Toronto in a trade with Detroit. The Blue Jays maintained their three game lead in the American League East as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.
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Slava Voynov is ending his N-H-L career in the wake of ongoing legal troubles. The L-A Kings defenceman is returning home to Russia after pleading no contest in July to a misdemeanour charge of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova. Voynov made the announcement in a statement released by his lawyer.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 16
Wednesday 16th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this week, starting tomorrow night in Summerside to face the Western Capitals. Then on Saturday, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers on their trip across Mount Thom to face the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be next Tuesday, 22 September when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin on Thursday and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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This weekend, September 19 and 20, the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place, and they still have room for one more team to register. There will also be a skills competition Friday night at 5:45. Five teams have already confirmed entry. The cost is $150 for a team of 13 players. Contact tournament organizer Barry Coady to reserve your spot. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss!  Lots to do for both young and old.  All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays still have a three-game lead in the American League East, despite losing. Andrelton Simmons' tie-breaking R-B-I single in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta Braves over the Blue Jays 3-2. Toronto maintained its lead in the A-L East thanks to the New York Yankees losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3.
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It's official -- five cities are in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. The I-O-C announced the final list of bidders today -- Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. Toronto decided against a last-minute bid yesterday, as did the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. The I-O-C will select the host city in September 2017.
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There will be a new name on N-H-L sweaters in 2017. Adidas will be producing uniforms for the league for seven years beginning with the 2017-18 season. Adidas replaces Reebok.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 15 ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 15th September 2015

The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin on Thursday and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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The Northern Nova Falcons Under 14 Girls took Gold in Tier 2 B Soccer Nova Scotia provincials over the weekend in New Minas. The girls won all three games in their division and defeated New Waterford in the final 2 – 0 in an exciting overtime match. Abby Lou MacDonald had the 2 points for the Falcons win. The U 12 Falcon girls also went to provincials this past weekend in Chester and ended up second in their division and fourth overall.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registrations 15 and 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Toronto has had its fill of multi-sport events for the time being. A source tells The Canadian Press that Toronto Mayor John Tory will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics after he received a lack of firm support from the provincial government and a lukewarm response from potential sponsors. Mayor Tory looked into a bid after Toronto hosted the Pan American Games this summer.
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Carlos Hyde scored two touchdowns to lead the host San Francisco 49ers past the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards playing his first game in more than a year following paid leave and then a suspension in the fallout from a child-abuse case.
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Julio (HOO'-lee-oh) Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons held off the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24. Jones reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, including a 22-yard grab that put the Falcons ahead 20-3 with 45 seconds left in the first half.
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Slade Heathcott's three-run homer in the ninth inning gave the New York Yankees a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of A-L East-leading Toronto. The Blue Jays had the night off.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 14 (UPDATED 9:45 AM)
Monday 14th September 2015

The Pictou County Scotians have a win and a loss in exhibition play with the Strait Pirates. Saturday night in Port Hawkesbury the Scotians earned a 5-4 victory. The Pirates got payback on Sunday night, defeating the Scotians 7-2 at the Wellness Centre.
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In Roller Derby: the Kicken Vixens were across the Strait playing the Bootleg Betties on PEI. The Vixens were triumphant 250-167. Patina LaRoche was named MVP Blocker and DC Comicazi was MVP Jammer.
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Saturday was an exciting night in the MHL, with four games all decided by a single goal. The County Aces earned a 2-1 win at home against the Campbellton Tigers, while the other 3 games all ended 4-3 in favour of the road team. Truro snuck past Amherst, South Shore got by Miramichi, and Summerside used overtime to beat Woodstock.
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The Weeks Major Midgets played to a 1-1 tie against the Cape Breton Tradesmen. In Early Bird play so far, the team has 3 losses and a tie.
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In University Soccer, UNB visited St. FX on Sunday. The women played to a 1-1 draw, while the X-men blanked UNB 3-nil.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Second place in the C-F-L's East Division belongs to the Redblacks. Jeremiah Johnson rushed for two second-half touchdowns and Chris Milo kicked five field goals as Ottawa came back to beat the B-C Lions 31-18. The Redblacks have a 6-4 record and a game in hand on the Toronto Argonauts in the standings.
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A thriller at A-T-and-T Stadium. Tony Romo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 7 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys overcame three turnovers that led to easy New York points to beat the Giants 27-26. It was the fifth straight win for the defending N-F-C East champion Cowboys over their division rival.
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The Blue Jays are leaving New York with three-and-a-half game lead in the division. Toronto was shutout 5-nothing by the Yankees this afternoon but still took three of four in the series. Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kuh) went seven innings allowing just four hits for New York. The Jays are off today (Monday) before starting a three-game set on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
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Roger Federer made it interesting, but he didn't have enough to win the U-S Open final. Federer fell to Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in four sets at Flushing Meadows. It was Djokovic's 10th Grand Slam title. He also topped Federer to win Wimbledon earlier this year. Djokovic had been just 1-and-4 in U-S Open title matches.

WESTVILLE POLICE TRACK STOLEN TRUCK WITH DANGEROUS CARGO
Monday 14th September 2015

Westville Police are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate the theft of a tractor-trailer carrying a potentially fatal cargo. A 2007 Freightliner was stolen from Nova Truck Centre on Barker Lane in Westville. The liner is green with New Brunswick plate PTW 079. Also taken was a white trailer containing over 40,000 pounds of snow crab that has been treated with a preservative for shipping to Japan. The chemical is not for human consumption, and eating the snow crab while treated with the preservative can be fatal. The trailer has the letters NYK in blue on the sides, with Nova Scotia licence PT 58845. Anyone with information is asked to call Westville Police (902-396-4911) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477).


SPORTS ROUNDUP - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Sunday 13th September 2015

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The Pictou County Scotians played their first exhibition game of the NSJHL season last night in Port Hawkesbury, and earned a 5-4 victory over the Strait Pirates. Darryl Wheadon led the way with a pair of goals, while Brendan Duff and Josh Hartley added a goal and an assist each. These same two teams will meet again tonight in another exhibtion game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is set for 7pm.
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The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women soccer teams had a successful double header at home yesterday, earning a win and a tie over the Universite de Moncton. The X-Women dominated in a 6-2 decision, while the X-Men played to a 1-1 tie.
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It was an entertaining night in the MHL last night, with four games all decided by a single goal. The County Aces earned a 2-1 win at home against the Campbellton Tigers, while the other 3 games all ended 4-3 in favour of the road team. Truro snuck past Amherst, South Shore got by Miramichi, and Summerside used overtime to beat Woodstock.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
Mike Reilly threw for 352 yards and three touchdown as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Calgary Stampeders 27-16. It's Edmonton's first victory over Calgary in 13 games dating back four seasons. Earlier, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers topped Saskatchewan 27-7 to halt a four-game losing streak. Julian Feoli-Gudino had a 37-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
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The Toronto Blue Jays opened a season-high four-and-a-half-game lead in the A-L East, sweeping a doubleheader from the sagging New York Yankees 9-5 in 11 innings, and 10-7 on a rainy night in the Bronx. Marcus Stroman won in his return from a spring training A-C-L tear. The right-hander went five innings and gave up three runs. The Jays have also very quietly pulled to within 2 ½ games of Kansas City for the best record in the American League.
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The Blue Jays could be without all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki over the next little while. Tulowitzki sustained a small crack in his shoulder blade after colliding with Kevin Pillar on a catch during the first game of the doubleheader. He left the game and an M-R-I revealed the damage. The team says they'll watch him closely over the next week. 
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Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 7-2 win against the Colorado Rockies. Cano's deep homer set a milestone. It was the 50th extra-base hit of the season for Cano, who is one of five players to have least 50 extra base hits in each of his first 11 seasons. Cruz's two-run homer was his 41st, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the major league lead.
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Canada's men's basketball team had to settle for third place at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. Cory Joseph hit the winning bucket with no time left on the clock as the Canada beat host Mexico 87-86.  Andrew Nicholson led the Canadian squad with 20 points.
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The Montreal Impact began a two-game West Coast road trip with a nil-nil draw against the L-A Galaxy.  With this draw, the Impact remains sixth in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Union with four games in hand.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 12
Saturday 12th September 2015

Call it sweet revenge. Making up for their opening night loss, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers downed the Valley Wildcats 7-4 Friday night in Berwick. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 1 goal and 3 assists while Mike Lyle added 2 goals. Grant Janes led the Wildats with 2 goals. Also scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears, Michael Dill, Taylor Davis, and Mark Kennedy. Christofer Langlais stopped 48 of 52 shots for the win. The Crushers were 3 for 6 on the power play. Next up for the Crushers is a game in Summerside on Thursday.
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In University Women's Rugby, it wasn't even a contest at St. FX blanked SMU 83-0.
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Due to the rain the Washer Toss Tournament at the Churchville Community Hall has been cancelled today.
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Weather permitting, there's racing today at the Riverside Speedway, with the Highland Sportsmen Building 75 and the Prostock Lucas Oil 150.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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THREE PEOPLE DISPLACED, NONE INJURED, IN WESTVILLE FIRE
Friday 11th September 2015

Three people have been displaced after a mid-morning fire damaged their two-storey, wood-frame house in Westville. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food , clothing purchases and other support for a couple in their 70s and their son. There were no injuries from the fire, reported around 10 a.m. today on Elmwood Street.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 11
Friday 11th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers started their season with a 3-1 loss to the Valley Wildcats at the Wellness Centre. Regan Spears scored on the powerplay for the Crushers. Justin Ritcey stopped 16 of 18 shots in the loss. Hector Broadcasting will be there for the return match in Berwick tonight. Join Michael Petter on Classic Rock 97.9 for the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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On Saturday there will be a washer toss tournament at the Churchville Community Hall. Registration takes place from 10am to 11am, with the tournament itself starting at 11am. There will be cash prizes, door prizes, and 50/50 draws available. For more info contact Donna at 902-759-1734 or ervcda@live.ca
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There's racing on Saturday at the Riverside Speedway, with the Highland Sportsmen Building 75 and the Prostock Lucas Oil 150.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 10
Thursday 10th September 2015

Tonight marks the start of the MHL regular season, and the Weeks Jr A Crushers will get things rolling with a home-and-home set against the Valley Wildcats. Tonight's game is at the Wellness Centre beginning at 7pm, followed on Friday by the Wildcats home opener at the Apple Dome in Berwick. Hector Broadcasting will be there for the return match in Berwick. Join Michael Petter on Classic Rock 97.9 for this and 14 other Crushers broadcasts throughout the 2015-16 season. Puck drop on Friday will be 7pm, with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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This coming Saturday there will be a washer toss tournament at the Churchville Community Hall. Registration takes place from 10am to 11am, with the tournament itself starting at 11am. There will be cash prizes, door prizes, and 50/50 draws available. For more info contact Donna at 902-759-1734 or ervcda@live.ca
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 9
Wednesday 9th September 2015

Wednesday Morning Housewives Bowling League will start bowling on today at 9am. New bowlers welcome.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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NATIONAL SPORTS
The Toronto Blue Jays' bats came alive in the 10th inning. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) singled in the go-ahead run off Alexi Ogando to trigger a four-run inning and the A-L East-leading Blue Jays beat Boston 5-1. Toronto increases its lead in the East to one-and-a-half games over the New York Yankees, who lost 2-1 to Baltimore.
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Another big game for Andrews on Canada's men's basketball team. Andrew Wiggins had a game-high 17 points and Andrew Nicholson added 15 off the bench as Canada downed host Mexico 94-73 in second-round action at the FIBA (FEE'-bah) Americas Championship. Canada closes out the second round with a game against the Dominican Republic tonight.
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Canada is on to the fourth round of FIFA (FEE'-fah) World Cup qualifying. Will Johnson scored as Canada drew 1-1 in the second leg of their qualifying tie against Belize. Canada downed Belize 3-nil in the first leg last week in Toronto to win the two-game series 4-1 on aggregate.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 8
Tuesday 8th September 2015

The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards Captured the Nova Scotia Provincial 13U 'AA' Baseball Championship over the weekend in Bedford. The Blizzards went 4-0 defeating Halifax 14-4 in the finals. The Blizzards will host the Atlantic Championships September 18th-20th
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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NATIONAL SPORTS
The Calgary Stampeders have a bit of breathing room in the West Division stadings following a 16-7 win over Edmonton at McMahon Stadium. The victory gives Calgary an 8-and-2 record, four points ahead of the 6-and-4 Eskimos. Earlier, the Tiger-Cats took sole possession of first place in the East with a 42-12 rout of the Toronto Argonauts.
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The Toronto Blue Jays didn't begin their road trip the way they wanted to. Veteran Mark Buehrle (BURR'-lee) couldn't get out of the fourth inning en route to an ugly 11-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Buehrle gave up five runs on nine hits through three and a third innings as the Blue Jays saw their lead in the A-L East slip to just half a game following New York's 8-6 win over Baltimore.
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It was the Andrew show at the FIBA (FEE'-bah) Americas Championship. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and Andrew Nicholson added 15 more to go with his 10 rebounds as Canada downed Uruguay 109-82 in second-round action. The victory was Canada's fifth straight at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico City.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 7
Monday 7th September 2015

The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards Captured the Nova Scotia Provincial 13U 'AA' Baseball Championship over the weekend in Bedford. The Blizzards went 4-0 defeating Halifax 14-4 in the finals. The Blizzards will host the Atlantic Championships September 18th-20th
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have another exhibition game at the Wellness Center, where they will play the Port Hawkesbury Novas at 2:30.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 5
Saturday 5th September 2015

The Weeks Junior ‘A’ Crushers finished the pre-season with another 4-2 win over the Amherst Ramblers at the Jungle in Amherst. Scoring for the Crushers were Drew Packman, Brook Hiddink, Cole Murphy and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers' regular season opener is Thursday at home against the Valley Wildcats.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of exhibition games through the weekend. Today they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaining games are at the Wellness Center. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time.
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The Stellarton Albions are hosting U11 baseball provincials at the Sample Field complex this weekend. The Albions opened their tournament with a pair of wins, 11-1 over the Dartmouth Arrows, and 16-3 over the Glace Bay Colonels. The tournament continues today.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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Bridgewater, N.S., has been selected to host some of the world’s best high-performance sledge hockey players for the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. The annual event, which has become a staple of the international sledge hockey calendar, runs Jan. 17-23 at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Canada’s National Sledge Team will face off against three countries in a battle for gold. In the tournament’s eight-year history, Canada has won five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Canada beat Korea 4-1 in the bronze-medal game at the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alta.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 4
Friday 4th September 2015

The Weeks Junior ‘A’ Crushers got a pre-season win defeating the Amherst Ramblers 4-2 at the Wellness Centre. Christoper Langlais made 22 saves in the Crushers net. Their final exhibition game is against the Ramblers tonight from the Jungle in Amherst. The Crushers' regular season opener is Sept. 10 at home against the Valley Wildcats.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of exhibition games through the weekend. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaining games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time.
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The Stellarton Albions will host the Under-11 AA baseball provincials at the Sample fields in Stellarton this weekend. The winning team represents the province at the Atlantic Tournament in Cardigan, P.E.I., Sept. 18-20. The Albions have had a strong season - they are 26-3 and on a 10-game winning streak. Their first match is Friday at 2:30 versus Glace Bay.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 3
Thursday 3rd September 2015

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of four exhibition games through the weekend. Thursday they will travel to Truro to take on the Bearcats at 7 pm at the Rath Center. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaing games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time. The team is finalizing its roster. They currently have 22 players and will use these games to get down to their 18 man roster.
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The Stellarton Albions will host the Under-11 AA baseball provincials at the Sample fields in Stellarton this weekend. The winning team represents the province at the Atlantic Tournament in Cardigan, P.E.I., Sept. 18-20. The Albions have had a strong season - they are 26-3 and on a 10-game winning streak. Their first match is Friday at 2:30 versus Glace Bay.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP SEPT 2
Wednesday 2nd September 2015

On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize.
Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of four exhibition games starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend. Thursday they will travel to Truro to take on the Bearcats at 7 pm at the Rath Center. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaing games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time. The team is finalizing its roster. They currently have 22 players and will use these games to get down to their 18 man roster. The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 1
Tuesday 1st September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have shored up their goaltending, adding Chris Langlais in a deal with the South Shore Lumberjacks. Langlais and Ritcey will now make a very strong tandem in goal. Going the other way, the rights to Nick Ormon, who this year is playing Prep School hockey in New York.
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Last night at the Albion Field, co-captains Patsy MacKinnon and Amy Cameron accepted the Charlie Hafey Memorial Trophy on behalf of the Giants by virtue of their highest percentage of player participation during the season in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twight Softball League. The Leo Fahey Excellence in Sport Award went to Debbie D’Entremont for her high level of play and leadership over the past eight seasons.
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On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize.
Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on tonight and tomorrow from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association has coaching positions open in Midget AA, Midget A and PeeWee A. The Midget AA team will play in an eight team provincial league while the Midget A and PeeWee A division will play in the northern conference. Anyone interested in these positions is asked to contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca by September 3.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 31 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Monday 31st August 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers opened their exhibition season with a pair of losses in a home-and-home series with the Truro Bearcats. The Bearcats won in Truro 3 – 1 Saturday night, then defeated the Crushers at the Wellness Centre 4 – 3 on Sunday. The first cuts to finalize the team roster are expected ahead of the Crushers hosting Amherst on Thursday in the first of a home-and-home with the Ramblers.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were also in exhibition action Saturday as they took on Dartmouth at the Wellness Centre. The Weeks fell by a score of 3-2.
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Congratulations to the North Nova Falcon Senior Women's team, who took Gold at their provincial championship over the weekend, defeating Dunbrack 1-0 in the final.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League on Saturday evening at the North-End Field.
Game 1: Giants 8 vs Blue Jays 4
Game 2: Yankees 9 vs Cardinals 9

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On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize. Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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NNEC will hold their annual boys and girls soccer team tryouts on September 1st & 2nd at 5pm. Tryouts are open to all students in grades 9-12 interested in playing on the varsity or junior varsity teams. All athletes are asked to please meet at the NNEC field. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association has coaching positions open in Midget AA, Midget A and PeeWee A. The Midget AA team will play in an eight team provincial league while the Midget A and PeeWee A division will play in the northern conference. Anyone interested in these positions is asked to contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca by September 3.
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NNEC Baseball will hold tryouts on September 2nd & 4th at 4:30pm at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow. All interested students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to tryout. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817.
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LOW GAS PRICES CAUSING STATIONS TO RUN OUT
Friday 28th August 2015

The low fuel prices are having a negative side effect - some stations in the city are running out of fuel. Halifax area gas stations are running low, while some have gone dry. The low price is driving up demand, but that is only one factor in the equation. Supply is also down, because of a shutdown of a refinery in Delaware that supplies about one-sixth of the gasoline that goes through the New York Harbour area. Most of the stations we have talked to in the Hector Broadcasting newsroom are not facing shortages, although Kevin's Shell on Westville Road tells us they have run out of premium gasoline and are starting to run low on regular grade.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 27
Thursday 27th August 2015

Only one Pictou County golfer remains on the course after two rounds of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur at Abercrombie Country Club. Kevin Scott of New Glasgow shot a 76 on Wednesday, coming in at 10 over par. Other local golfers Greg LeBlanc of New Glasgow, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, Bruce Horne of Trenton and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn didn’t make the cut. Defending champion Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., is still the leader after scores of 65 and 73. Paul Coulson of Bible Hill carded a two-round total of 147 to make the cut tied for 15th place. The championship features the top amateur golfers in Canada over the age of 25.
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The Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers opened their training camp on Wednesday at the Wellness Centre. Among the players returning to camp this year are forwards Nate Leger of New Glasgow, Cole Murphy, Regan Spears, Luc Poirier, Ethan Marsh, Mike Lyle, Garrett Lambke and Lucas Zwaagstra; defencemen Mac Derraugh and Rory Graham; and goaltender Justin Ritcey. Assistant GM Chad McDavid tells NG News that all the returning players will be part of the team, but their roles may change this season. Local players taking part in the camp include forwards Evan MacLennan and Grant Fraser (territorial pick), and defencemen Lance Emery and Connor MacLaughlin, who were all Weeks Major Midget players last season, along with Major Midget player Caelen Blaikie of Truro, and Robert Burrows of New Glasgow, who played with Kings-Edgehill last season. A total of 45 players are attending the camp. 23 will make the team’s roster for the upcoming season. McDavid says the team will be finalized the first week of September.
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North Nova U16-B soccer team defeated Amherst 1-0 on Wednesday in the play-off semi final. The lone goal was scored by Billy Hoare. Player of the game was Bailey Fraser. NNU will now meet Truro on Friday in the play-off final with the winner advancing to represent the Highland Region at provincials.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Tryouts for North Nova Education Centre’s baseball team will take place September 2nd and 4th at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday the 5th at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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Northumberland Karate Classes resume for Trenton location on Wed., Sept 9th & the Scotsburn location on Sun., Sept. 13th. For details check the web site www.northumberlandkarate.com or email nkarate@eastlink.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 25
Tuesday 25th August 2015

Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull will begin her professional hockey career as a member of the Calgary Inferno. Turnbull and fellowe Nova Scotian Jill Saulnier were selected by the Inferno in the CWHL draft over the weekend. Saulnier was a third round selection for the Inferno. Turnbull, who completed her NCAA career with the University of Wisconsin this past spring, was taken in the fourth round. Turnbull becomes the second Pictou County native in the CWHL, joining Kori Cheverie of New Glasgow, who plays for the Toronto Furies.
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The Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow is hosting this year's Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, with the event teeing off this morning. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin this afternoon at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Northumberland Karate Classes resume for Trenton location on Wed., Sept 9th & the Scotsburn location on Sun., Sept. 13th. For details check the web site www.northumberlandkarate.com or email nkarate@eastlink.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 24
Monday 24th August 2015

The Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow is hosting this year's Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting this Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session today, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin Tuesday at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 23
Sunday 23rd August 2015

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The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow beginning tomorrow. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts today at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold one final registration today from 1-5pm, for boys and girls from age 7-17, 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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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Roughriders are still in search of their first victory after falling 34-31 to the first-place Stampeders. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns as Calgary improved to 6-and-2 to take sole possession atop the West Division. Saskatchewan is now oh-and-8.
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Josh Donaldson went 4 for 5 with a three-run homer, driving in six runs and propelling the Blue Jays to a 15-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. He now has 100 RBI's for the first time in his career. It was Toronto's 18th victory in 22 games. The Jays remain a half game back of the Yankees for first place in the A-L East division. The two teams wrap up the three-game set this afternoon, while the Yankees wrap up a four game series at home against the Cleveland Indians.
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Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) had another solid outing, but didn't get much offensive help from his teammates. Greinke gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings, taking his first loss in more than two months as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. Greinke was 8-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps took over first place in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win over F-C Dallas. Earlier, the Montreal Impact dropped a 1-0 decision at home to the Philadelphia Union. And Toronto F-C hammered Orlando City 5-0 at B-M-O Field.
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Two-time champion Lydia Ko and Candie Kung share the lead at 12 under after three rounds at the L-P-G-A's Canadian Pacific Open at Vancouver Golf Club. Ko shot a 3-under 69 to make up two strokes on Kung, who led after 36 holes. Ko won the tournament in 2012 and 2013.
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Canadian Ben Thorne won bronze in men's 20 kilometre race walk at the I-A-A-F world championships. The 22-year-old from Kitimat, B-C finished the race in one hour 19 minutes 57 seconds to set a Canadian record. It's Canada's first medal at the competition.
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LOCAL SPORTS August 22
Saturday 22nd August 2015

Results from the AGR Championship on Friday:
Pomquet Acadians defeated the Heatherton Warriors 3-1.
It was the Arisiag Blues over the St.Andrew’s Flyers 6-5.
Guysbrough Broadhorns got the win 4-3 over the St.Andrew’s Flyers.
And the Heatherton Warriors won against the Arisiag Blues 8-5.
Action continues today at the Pomquet Ballfield:
Pomquet vs Guysbrough 9am
St.Andrew’s vs Heatherton 11am
Pomquet vs Arisiag 1pm
Heatherton vs Guysbrough 3pm
St.Andrew’s vs Pomquet 5pm
Arisiag vs Guysbrough 7pm

The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow next week. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing against a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, played in his first RBC Canadian Open, and is currently at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts Sunday, Aug 23 at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Pictou County Basketball Association are holding registration today, open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) 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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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held today at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session this Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center today starting at 10am.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes today from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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MILITARY AWARENESS DAY BEING HELD TODAY IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 22nd August 2015

The Pictou County Military Museum is hosting their annual Canadian Veterans & Military Awareness Day from 9am until 3pm today. The event was to take place at Victoria Park in Westville, across the road from the Pictou County Military Museum, but because of the inclement weather, displays have been moved into the gym at the Westville Town office building. The event showcases Military vehicles, weapons, displays and has been used as a recruiting tool for Cadet Corps as well as the Reserves and Canadian Forces. 25 to 30 displays will be set up for the day. Founder of the Pictou County Military and Heritage Museum, Vince Joyce says the day will also include a visit from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd).


SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 21
Friday 21st August 2015

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The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow next week. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing against a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, played in his first RBC Canadian Open, and is currently at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts Sunday, Aug 23 at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) 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 NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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This 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. Because of this event, Provost Street, Archimedes Street, Jury Street and a portion of George Street (between Provost and Archimedes streets) will be closed on Sunday, August 23 from 8:30am until 2:30pm. There will be no parking permitted on Provost and Archimedes streets on August 23 from 6:00am until 3:00pm.The event however is spectator friendly. Parking will be available in the free parking lots near the New Glasgow Farmers Market building and there will be access to these lots via Riverside Parkway.  There will be access to Temperance Street and Riverside Parkway both northbound and southbound of the Town of New Glasgow.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center Saturday August 22nd starting at 10am. Must be 19 years or older to register. For info or to register please contact Vernon Earle at 902-921-4055 or email vernon_earle@hotmail.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Saturday, 22 August from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The New York Yankees' lead in the AL East is down to 1 1/2 games over Toronto following Cleveland's 3-2 victory in the Bronx. Josh Tomlin surrendered just a run and two hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez. Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI double and Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
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Jose Abreu capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double, getting the benefit of a video replay reversal, and the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-2 victory.
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Former Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider is back with the Pirates organization after being signed to a minor league deal. Snider hit .237 with three home runs and 20 R-B-Is in 69 games for Baltimore before he was released earlier this month.
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The L-A Dodgers are close to becoming the first major league team with a 300-million luxury-tax payroll after acquiring second baseman Chase Utley from Philadelphia on Wednesday. Major League Baseball says the arrival of the six-time all-star raised team payroll for tax purposes to about 298-point-5 million dollars, well above the 189 million tax threshold.
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Backup quarterback Tanner Marsh's one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pass to Tyrell Sutton in the fourth quarter staked Montreal to a 23-13 victory over the B-C Lions. The Alouettes ended a three-game losing streak as they posted only their second win in Vancouver in 15 games since 2000.
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Karine Icher shot a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at The Vancouver Golf Club. Icher's 7-under puts her ahead of two-time champion Lydia Ko, who birdied the final two holes of her opening round to shoot a 5-under 67.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 13
Thursday 13th August 2015

The Westville Miners Scotiabank Peewee A baseball team are going to provincials next month in Halifax, after winning a qualifying tournament this past weekend in North Sydney. After an opening 11-3 loss against New Glasgow, the team rebounded with a 13-11 win over Sydney Mines followed by a thumping of North Sydney 20-3. The Miners faced New Glasgow again in the final, edging them out 11-10.
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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 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.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 12
Wednesday 12th August 2015

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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The Westville Miners Scotiabank Peewee A baseball team are going to provincials next month in Halifax, after winning a qualifying tournament this past weekend in North Sydney. After an opening 11-3 loss against New Glasgow, the team rebounded with a 13-11 win over Sydney Mines followed by a thumping of North Sydney 20-3. The Miners faced New Glasgow again in the final, edging them out 11-10.
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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 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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BLUENOSE AND WESTVILLE CURLING CLUBS BENEFIT FROM FEDERAL FUNDING
Friday 31st July 2015

Two curling clubs in Pictou County will benefit from improved recreational facilities thanks in part to Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding announced today. Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay made the announcement at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow on behalf of ACOA Minister Rob Moore. The Bluenose Curling Club will receive nearly 16-thousand dollars to assist with enhancements to the building’s airflow and improvements to the ice surface. Meanwhile, the Westville Curling Club is getting 25-thousand, 5-hundred dollars toward the replacement of building's perimeter tile drainage, as well as roof improvements and renovations to the locker room area, including electrical work. These funding amounts are part of the up to $16.6 million in funding allocated for projects in Atlantic Canada under CIP 150.

WESTVILLE FREEZES TAX RATE FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Wednesday 29th July 2015

Westville Town Council presented their budget at their Monday meeting, and their tax rate is staying the same. They passed the budget and tax rate at last month's meeting, but didn’t review it until after completing their capital and water budgets. Their residential tax rate sits at $2.08 per $100 of assessment while their commercial rate is $3.69 per $100 of assessment. Council passed their water operating budget on Monday as well as their capital budget, noting that this coming year could save between $85,000 and $95,000 in the water budget. Westville purchases their water from New Glasgow, and according to CEO Kelly Rice was being billed for 200,000 cubic metres of water they weren’t using. The Utility and Review Board has ordered an engineering study, and if it finds the issue to be from New Glasgow's system, there will be savings.

FIRE CAUSES MINOR DAMAGE
Tuesday 28th July 2015

A fire in a garage behind a home in Westville around noon today caused some damage to a vehicle that was in the building. Westville Fire Chief Ken Dunn says they are not sure what caused the blaze, which was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries.


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.

PICTOU COUNTY LEGIONS RECEIVE PROVINCIAL FUNDING FOR UPGRADES
Friday 24th July 2015

Three Royal Canadian Legion branches in Pictou County have received assistance from the province for improvements announced this afternoon by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey on behalf of the Municipal Affairs Minister. Westville Legion, Branch 35, is receiving roughly 15-hundred dollars for replacement of windows, while Pictou Legion, Branch 16, is getting just under 3-thousand dollars to upgrade the heating system in the building. River John Legion, Branch 108, has been given the maximum of 10-thousand dollars under this cost-sharing program, which will go toward septic system upgrades. In total, 18 Royal Canadian Legion Branches across the province will receive over 108-thousand dollars from the Legion Capital Assistance Program.

NEW GLASGOW WATER RATES GOING UP
Monday 13th July 2015

The Utility and Review Board has approved New Glasgow's application to raise water rates. The town's water utility applied for increases over a three year period in order to deal with increased costs and continue funding their capital improvements. The rates for wholesale water delivery to Westville and the County will also increase over the three year period. After the water utility has filed a compliance filing with the board, the first increase is set to take effect August 1st, with subsequent increases on April 1st of 2016 and 2017.


FORMER MARITIME LIGHTWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION PASSES AWAY
Wednesday 8th July 2015

A member of the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame passed away last week in Huntington Beach, California. John William (Jackie) Hayden was a fantastic boxer, originally from Westville, whose career in the ring started at the young age of just 15. By the time he hung up his gloves, Hayden was the Maritime Lightweight Champion.He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Kaiser) Hayden, daughter Christine (Bill) Collinsworth, grandchildren Nicki and Andrue, great grandchildren Kyla and Logan, all of Huntington Beach California, Sister Connie (Brenton) Murphy, MacLellans Brook, several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Jack was predeceased by his brother Harry and sister Karen. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date in Huntington Beach. Donations in Jack's memory can be made to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame or a charity of choice. Jackie Hayden was 82.

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

RCMP INVESTIGATING HWY 104 CRASH
Monday 29th June 2015

Pictou County RCMP is investigating a two-vehicle crash on Highway 104 on Sunday that resulted in traffic being diverted for several hours. Pictou County RCMP, EHS and fire services from Alma and Westville were called at about noon to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lane of the Trans-Canada in Limerock. Preliminary investigation determined a mid-sized car struck the rear end of a dump truck hauling gravel. The female driver and lone occupant of the car was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 24
Wednesday 24th June 2015

Westville native and Olympic Champion Coach Lisa Haley is hoping to take back the World Championship title from the United States. Haley has been named the head coach of Canada’s National Women’s U18 team late last week. Canada has won the IIHF Ice Hockey women’s U18 world champion four out of five years between 2010 and 2014. At the 2015 tournament, Canada fell in overtime to the USA. Haley said the Canadian team will come together for a preparation camp in late December before heading to the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, taking place from Jan. 8 to 15, 2016 in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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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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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 20
Saturday 20th June 2015

Westville's Lisa Haley is back with the Hockey Canada women's progam. Haley was an assistant coach with the senior team that won gold at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, and yesterday was named as the head coach of the U-18 program. Haley will lead the team into the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Women Hockey Championships on home soil in St. Catharine's, Ontario next January.
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Another piece of the puzzle has been put in place for the Weeks Jr A Crushers as they continue a busy off-season. The Crushers announced the acquisition of Brook Hiddink yesterday. Hiddink has spent the last three seasons in the OHL with the Niagara Ice Dogs, playing over 100 games. Hiddink still has two years of junior eligibility remaining, and will be adding some valuable skill and experience to the lineup.
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As the Johnny Miles Marathon gears up for the weekend, some Special Recognition Awards were handed out recently. The Johnny Miles Williston Character Award was presented to the original committee from 1975. Bob MacEachern won the Verna VamBommell Community Volunteer Award. The Danny McLeod Inspirational Award was awarded to Elaine White & Billy MacEachern. And five runners were inducted into the Glenn “Big Dog” Chenell Runners' Hall of Fame: Beth Williston, Lynn Sue Wyse, Doug Craig, Bob Reid & John Squeak White.
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Tonight will be the final night of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena (sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto). But, next Saturday afternoon, June 27th. will see an appreciation event which is free for everyone who came out over the last six weeks. It's also a Kickoff event for Pictou Recreation Summer programs with games of all sorts, as well as free Hotdogs and Smoothies.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock tour is back at Scotia Speedworld this weekend with the Nova Truck Centres 150 tonight at 6pm. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics, and Rollie MacDonald's King Racing entry, driven by Brad Eddy, will be on the track.
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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 next 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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LISA HALEY RETURNS TO TEAM CANADA PROGRAM
Friday 19th June 2015

Westville's Lisa Haley is back with the Hockey Canada women's progam. Haley was an assistant coach with the senior team that won gold at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, and today was named as the head coach of the U-18 program. Haley will lead the team into the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Women Hockey Championships on home soil in St. Catharine's, Ontario next January.


POWER RESTORED IN PICTOU COUNTY *UPDATED AS OF 7:55 AM*
Friday 19th June 2015

A power outage affected nearly a thousand customers in the area beginning at 5 this morning, including Bridgeville, Glencoe, Sunnybrae, Lorne Station, Springville, Hopewell, Riverton, and Westville to Union Centre.

WESTVILLE RETURNS TO AT-LARGE COUNCIL
Friday 19th June 2015

The Utilities and Review Board has approved Westville's application to revert back to an at-large system as of next year's municipal election. Westville had previously been under an at-large system of electing councillors, until adopting the two-ward system in 2000. Westville's council will still consist of one mayor and four councillors.

WESTVILLE & STELLARTON KEEPING A (RADAR) EYE ON SPEEDERS
Wednesday 17th June 2015

The towns of Westville and Stellarton are watching your speed, and they'll tell you about it. The police departments of the two towns have purchased a radar sign that both monitors and displays vehicle speeds, and will be placing it in various locations. Police Chief Don Hussher said the sign has been quite successful at collecting data to determine what enforcement may be needed to stop speeders. The new sign builds on an earlier project where a radar sign was borrowed from Halifax.


POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING 2600 LASTS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES
Saturday 13th June 2015

Roughly 2600 NS Power customers in parts of Stellarton, Westville and the surrounding area lost power this morning. Nova Scotia Power indicates the outage was caused by a lightning strike in the area. According to the NS Power website, they had power restored 29 minutes later.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE NETS FINE, PROBATION
Wednesday 10th June 2015

A Westville man found guilty of animal cruelty has been sentenced to 18 months probation. The Nova Scotia SPCA says Josh Horne is also banned from owning an animal for 10 years, and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,000 to the group. The SPCA says a local vet reported the 35 lb female German Shepherd to them, in accordance with the Animal Protection Act. The vet noted the animal's extremely emaciated condition, as well as a severe flea infestation, sunken eyes, and bed sores. The SPCA says the dog had to be euthanized.

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


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.

CLOSING OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN PICTOU COUNTY PROPOSED
Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Declining attendance could lead to the closing of three Catholic churches in Pictou County in the fall. A Pastoral Planning Committee for the Pictou Deanery recently sent a letter to parishioners with a proposal that could see St. Ann Parish in Thorburn and Trenton's Christ the King Parish close by the end of October. It's also proposed that one of three other churches, Holy Name in Westville, Our Lady of Lourdes in Stellarton or New Glasgow's St. John the Baptist, will also close.

Stella Maris in Pictou and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Pictou Landing would operate under reduced hours and the Pictou Deanery would be served by two priests instead of four. Parishioners are invited to respond in writing to the proposal by July 15.

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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 27 *UPDATED 9:05 AM*
Wednesday 27th May 2015

There will be a PeeWee Softball meeting tonight for show of players interest at Trenton Ball Field at 7pm. Boys and Girls Ages 13 and 14 are invited to attend.
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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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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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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 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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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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


WESTVILLE ACROPOLE DAMAGED IN COLLISION
Tuesday 26th May 2015

The Acropole in Westville had an unpleasant surprise last night, as a truck collided with the side of their building, leaving a huge dent. Acropole employee Stephanie Heighton says she was cleaning up when the sink and wall "came flying" towards her. A police officer on site said the driver was cooperative, but did not have insurance. No one was injured.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 26
Tuesday 26th 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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The regular season for the NNEC girls basketball spring league has wrapped up and teams will now prepare for semifinal games. Tonight 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 tonight 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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 24
Sunday 24th May 2015

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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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 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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

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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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca

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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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 20
Wednesday 20th May 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have named a new head coach. Doug Doull of Glace Bay will take the honors as coach, aided by the new General Manager and former assitant coach Chad McDavid.
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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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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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The North Nova Wolves PeeWee tier 1 team were undefeated as they played their gold medal game on Sunday in Truro against the TASA Tigers. And when it was over, they remained undefeated, with a 6-3 victory. Scoring for the Wolves were Kyle Reim, Dave Matthews with a hat trick, Brycen MacDonald, and Luke Young. Dave Matthews was named championship game MVP. The Wolves will play in the Atlantic Cup tournament in two weeks.
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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 Thursday, May 21st at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is the same day 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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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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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 19 *UPDATED 4:00 PM*
Tuesday 19th May 2015

The North Nova boys and girls rugby teams were in Summerside, P.E.I. for the 19th annual James Voye rugby tournament. The tournament featured 24 high school teams from across the maritimes. North Nova boys' first match was a 38-0 shutout of Avonview High School. Scoring for the Gryphons were Marshall Fitt, Jacob Pentz, Baillie MacDonald, Ryan MacDonald and Carson Dunbar. Mark Leemberg kicked four conversions. Next up was a 26-3 win over Westisle from P.E.I. Scoring single tries were Marshall Fitt, Isiah MacKinnon, Ethan Snell and Ryan MacDonald. Eric MacLeod kicked two conversions and Mark Leemberg added one. Saturday's semi final game saw the Gryphons go up against the hosts from Three Oaks High School. In a close battle, it was a 5-3 victory for North Nova. Ryan MacDonald scored the lone try of the game. In the banner game, North Nova comfortably pulled out the victory over KISH of Kensington, P.E.I. 23-0. Scoring tries were Cambell Burrows, Jared Livingstone, Chris Cole and Eric Macleod. MacLeod also kicked a penalty to round out the scoring.
The girls played Friday with Westisle, winning 38 – 3. Scoring for the Gryphon girls was Keeley MacCuish and Haley Conley with two tries apiece. Selena Denny and Lilly MacDonald scored one try while Caroline Straub kicked four conversions. In their second game, they beat Halifax West High School 29 - 0. Lilly MacDonald, Katie Pentz and Lyndsey Fiet crossed the line for single tries. Keeley MacCuish added two tries and Caroline Straub kicked two conversions. On Saturday, the Gryphon Girls had their only loss, falling to the CEC Cougars of Truro 17 - 0 in their semi final game. Both teams now play the Northumberland Nighthawks on Thursday for the Pictou County cups. These trophies are donated by the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club.
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The Nighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend at the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. They were beaten by a New Brunswick team 15-12, and came away with the silver medal.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have named a new head coach. Doug Doull of Glace Bay will take the honors as coach, aided by the new General Manager and former assitant coach Chad McDavid.
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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 Thursday, May 21st at 8:00pm at Dorrington Field-2. The first tryout for the U-16 team is the same day 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.

You can learn more here.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club's U10 and U12 Rec (boys and girls) program starts tonight at 6pm at the Stellarton Soccer Complex.
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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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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 18
Monday 18th May 2015

The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 this evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. The next tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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The Nighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend at the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. They were beaten by a New Brunswick team 15-12, and came away with the silver medal.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM tomorrow night 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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HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Sunday 17th May 2015

Two people were displaced by a fire Friday night that heavily damaged an older two-storey house in Westville. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food, clothing and other support for a man and his 15-year-old son. There were no injuries in the fire, reported around 8:30 p.m. Friday at 2150 Church Street.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 17
Sunday 17th May 2015

The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 team today and Monday. Both days run 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. A third tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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Ten members of the Pictou County Lightning have made the Nova Scotia Provincial Basketball Teams. These players will be practicing and playing with the best in Nova Scotia and Canada all Summer, practicing up to 10 hours a weekend. Many will be traveling across the county for nationals. Congratulations out to these young players, their Coaches and their parents for supporting their dreams...
U14 Boys: Glen Cox from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team
U15 Boys: Jaren Johnson from Lightning Bantam MacInnis/Desmond Team, Chris Gillan from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Neilson/Wright Team
U13 Girls: Isabella MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacLeod/Arbuckle Team
U14 Girls: Karielle Floyd from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team, Hayley Earle from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Developmental Girls: Aliyah Fraser from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U15 Girls: Lucia MacKay from Lightning Bantam MacKay/Johnson Team
U16 Developmental Girls: Danielle Farrell from Lightning Midget MacKinnon/Delaney Team
U17 Girls: Kendra MacKinnon from Lightning Juvi MacKay Team.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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 16
Saturday 16th May 2015

The Subway Stingers Minor Girls Softball Association is holding tryouts for their U-14 team tomorrow and Monday. Both days run 7:00pm-8:30pm at Dorrington Field-1. A third tryout date is still to be determined. To be eligible for selection, a player would need to attend 2 out of 3 sessions. The cost is $10.00. Organizers ask that players arrive 20 minutes early to register.
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North Nova's rugby squads continued their perfect seasons with a pair of wins over the CEC Cougars. The boys squad shut out CEC 12-0, while the girls were the 29-20 victors. The Gryphons are in P.E.I for a tournament this weekend before they square off next week in Alma against the Northumberland Nighthawks, in the conclusion of the Pictou County Cup.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park Today from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be today from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this evening at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played tonight. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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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MORE BIG WINNERS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 15th May 2015

Luck seems to running in Pictou County this week – following the news that Evelyn and John MacIsaac of New Glasgow won a million dollar prize on a scratch ticket in a Mother's Day card, comes word of a Westville couple winning a big prize. Sharon and Larry Maloney are now the proud owners of a dream cottage in Chester, courtesy the QEII Home Lottery. They also won golf for a year and $10,000 in cash.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 15
Friday 15th May 2015

North Nova's rugby squads continued their perfect seasons with a pair of wins over the CEC Cougars. The boys squad shut out CEC 12-0, while the girls were the 29-20 victors. The Gryphons will head to P.E.I for a tournament this weekend before they square off next week in Alma against the Northumberland Nighthawks, in the conclusion of the Pictou County Cup.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be Saturday from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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 14
Thursday 14th May 2015

The North Nova Gryphons came back from a seven runs down to edge the CEC Cougars 8-7 in high school girls softball on Wednesday. The Gryphons trailed 7-0 in the third inning, before their bats came alive in support of pitcher Kellen Palmer, who got the win in relief of starter Courtney Smith. Hilary Taylor led the NNEC offence with a triple, a single, and an inside-the-park home run.
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The Northumberland Nighthawks boys rugby team are now 4-1, following a dominating 72-0 win over the Hants East Tigers on Wednesday. James MacKenzie kicked six converts and scored three tries, Jacob Read collected three tries, Jordan Wheeler had two, while Reed MacDonald, Cody Battist, Keegan Rauh and Tyler MacLennan had singles. The girls rugby squad dropped a 43-5 decision to the Tigers. NRHS travels to P.E.I for a tournament on Friday, then end their regular season with a home date next week against the Gryphons, before regional playoffs begin.
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The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre tonight from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 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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Registration for Westville minor baseball will be Saturday from 11 am. until 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field, located near the intersection of Foxbrook and Drummond roads.
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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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 13
Wednesday 13th May 2015

The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Midget A and AA Baseball Registration will be held tonight from 6:30 to 8pm at the Sobeys Indoor soccer complex. This will be the only registration. Contact robertm@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Thursday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 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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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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 12 *UPDATED 8:55 AM*
Tuesday 12th May 2015

The Pictou County Rivers Association will hold its 17th Annual Children’s Fisherama at Trenton Park on Saturday from 9am to Noon. The event is open to kids 4 to 15 years old, and there is no charge to participate. The children can expect to catch brook trout and are permitted to keep up to five fish. All applicable Nova Scotia fishing regulations will apply. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the children who catch the largest speckled trout. As well, there will be 5 tagged fish put in the pond and any child catching one of these tagged trout will receive a $5.00 cash prize. All participants will be eligible for draw prizes.
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Midget A and AA Baseball Registration will be held on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm at the Sobeys Indoor soccer complex. This will be the only registration. Contact robertm@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding its final registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Thursday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 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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A pick up ball hockey league will start this coming Saturday at the Hector Arena. A meeting will take place at 6:30 pm for everyone interested in finding out more such as costs, play times, team make up, etc. The first games will be played this Saturday. Players will be broken into different age groups for teams. Helmets, sticks and sneakers are mandatory. Other gear such as elbow pads, knees pads and gloves are optional. Registration will remain open until Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.
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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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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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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association will be holding its AGM Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm at 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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PRESCRIPTION DROP OFF DAY IS TOMORROW
Friday 8th May 2015

Police in Nova Scotia and Pictou County are supporting the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day on Saturday. Constable Ken MacDonald of New Glasgow Regional Police says anyone can bring their unused or expired prescriptions in to local police stations tomorrow for free and safe disposal.

You can bring your old prescriptions to the New Glasgow Regional Police HQ tomorrow from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or to Stellarton and Westville Police from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR ROSELAND ASSAULT
Thursday 7th May 2015

A Westville man has been given an 18 month Conditional Sentence for assault. 23 year old Stephen James Lawrence originally pled not guilty to aggravated assault following an altercation on 10 October 2014 at the Roseland Cabaret, where he punched 46 year old Glenn Fraser in the face, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk. Fraser suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed. Crown Attorney Patrick Young said that Fraser has no memory of the incident, and now requires regular adult supervision, as he needs to be reminded to perform everyday tasks like eating and dressing himself.

Lawrence changed his plea to guilty, as the Crown amended the charge of aggravated assault to assult causing bodily harm. Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli followed most of the joint recommendation presented by Crown and Defense councils when he handed Lawrence an 18 month Conditional Sentence Order, which includes 8 months House Arrest, a DNA order, counselling, and a 5 year firearms prohibition. Scaravelli rejected a recommendation that Lawrence's house arrest include an allowance to attend a gym for daily workouts, saying that in his opinion it did not serve the punitive issues of the case.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 6
Wednesday 6th May 2015

The Junior ‘A’ Crushers' search for a new bench boss is almost over. Team president Wade Sullivan says the position will be filled within the next two weeks. Coach Jason Malone was fired during the Crushers' first-round series against Truro, which the Bearcats went on to win in six games. Assistant coaches Chad McDavid and James Cooley are expected to return to their positions. The Weeks Major Midgets have already named a new coach, as former assistant Kyle MacLennan has been promoted to the main job next season.
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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. The card will be headlined by local heavyweight Mike Jordan fighting Aaron Francis from Sydney. There will be 7 other local boxers on the card, 12 bouts in total. 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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Miss Miles Race Kit Pick Up and On-Site Registration is on Saturday between 4-7 PM at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and Sunday between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM at Glasgow Square. Online Registration is still open and there will be on-site registration while spots are available on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $30.00. For complete details, click here.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MAY 5
Tuesday 5th May 2015

The Nighthawks’ Under-14 girls volleyball program reached the playoff round of U15 provincials on the weekend before falling to the Bridgewater Chill. After going 3-0 in the round robin, sweeping all six sets, the Nighthawks beat the Sackville Sonics in a crossover before losing to the Chill. The team is now preparing for the Atlantic Under-14 championships, which will take place the weekend of May 16 in Moncton.
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Judo Athletes from across the Maritimes travelled to Halifax over the weekend for the Nova United Martial Arts Cup at the Spryfield Lions Club Recreation Centre. Kanokai Judo Club athletes took home the following medals: Gold – Kyle Sutherland (double bronze) and Adam Smith. Silver – Mya Cameron, Brittany Lodge, and Cody Angevine. Bronze – Mason Dakin. Congratulations going out to them from everyone at Kanokai!
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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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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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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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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MAY 2
Saturday 2nd May 2015

Registration for Westville minor baseball will begin this morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Further registration will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The sessions will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball has set dates for their first registrations for the upcoming season. Players can register today and 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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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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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MAY 1
Friday 1st May 2015

Registration for Westville minor baseball will begin Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Further registration will be held May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The sessions will be in the gymnasium at the Westville town office on Queen Street.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen baseball has set dates for their first registrations for the upcoming season. Players can register Saturday, May 2 and 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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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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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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LOCAL SPORTS UPDATE APRIL 29
Wednesday 29th April 2015

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 51st Annual Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races will continue this year on May 18th. A number of races take place that day starting at 9:30am based on age and distance. All entries must be in by Friday, May 15th. For more information on the races, to register, or for general inquiries you can call 902-755-4426 or e-mail JoeEarleRoadRace@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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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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WESTVILLE PASSES PROPERTY TAX WAIVER FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Westville town council has passed a property tax exemption for the fiscal year. Town residents who own their own property and receive no more than $15,357 in annual household income can apply to have $185 in property tax waived. Residents who are eligible are asked to apply no later than June 30th.

WESTVILLE TO SET NEW RATES FOR GYM RENTALS
Tuesday 28th April 2015

The town of Westville is changing its fees for renting the town’s gym facilities. Town CAO Kelly Rice presented to council a new draft policy for renting the gym: for regular and private functions, $100 per 4 hour rental and $150 per 8 hour rental. The cost for non-profit groups would be $50 for 4 hours and $75 for 8 hours. For youth groups, the fee would be $25 for 4 hours and $50 for 8 hours. This would only cover use of the space, not equipment. There would also be provisions to lower the fee at the discretion of town officials for youth groups that cannot pay the full fee.

Rice noted that the new fee structure is not designed to fully cover all costs, but to encourage use of the facility and encourage more activity in the community. Council passed the new fee structure unanimously.


WESTVILLE ECHOES SAWMILL GROUP CONCERNS OVER JOBS
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Westville town council is showing its support for local forestry workers. At last night’s monthly meeting, the town received a copy of a letter that Groupe Savoie has written to premier Stephen MacNeil and the minsters of Environment and Natural Resources. In that letter, Groupe Savoie notes their concern that the Industrial Approval of Northern Pulp’s mill at Abercrombie Point is too restrictive, which could lead to the closure of the mill and affect saw mills and woodlot owners in the region. Council passed a motion to forward a copy of the letter with council’s endorsement.

Counsellors Lynn MacDonald and Lennie White asked CAO Kelly Rice to see if it was possible to have a copy of the letter available at the town office for residents to see and put their names to it as well, possibly as a petition. MacDonald says the public should be involved, as local livelihoods are on the line.

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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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 27
Monday 27th April 2015

Big congratulations to the U14 Nighthawk Girls Volleyball team who won the provincial championship this weekend in Halifax for the second straight year! Kaylin, Madison, Maya, Leah, Mila, Holly, Jessica, Riley and Peyton made their coaches, parents and especially their two biggest fans (Lisa and Andrew) proud!
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Bowlers from Pictou & Colchester Counties took top honors in the annual 12-team CNR Todd Memorial Bowling Tournament in Bible Hill last week. After finishing the round robin tied with a team from Campbellton, New Brunswick, ColPic Connections won the tournament by one pin in a four box roll off. The tournament is North America's oldest Candlepin Bowling tournament. Congratulations to Pictou County's Ed Cormier, Ray Watters and Jim Lyons, as well as Don Lowe, Mike McGill, and Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor!
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Northern Nova Soccer club is holding try outs for the Under 16 boys team. The first try out is tonight from 8-9pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration forms will be available at the first try out, as well as available online @ www.nnusc.com. You have to be registered prior to trying out! Any questions please call Phil Casey at 902-755-1362
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Pictou County Lacrosse will be holding registration at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Tuesday, April 28 @ 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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STELLARTON SITS OUT REN DISCUSSION
Tuesday 21st April 2015

Another town is opting out of the REN debates. At last night’s meeting of Stellarton town council, Councillor Ken Frances reported on his recent meetings with the municipalities looking to join Regional Enterprise Networks 4 and 5, saying he felt that neither group was eager to have Pictou County’s municipal units join. Councillor Judith MacLellan made the point that while it would be better to have provincial funding for economic development by joining a REN, it makes more sense to have all the units agree on which one to join.

Westville and New Glasgow have also decided to put off the decision on joining a REN for now. Mayor Joe Gennoe says he will bring up the topic at the next meeting of the county’s Mayors and Warden.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP APRIL 8
Wednesday 8th April 2015

The schedule has been set for the MHL finals. The first game will be on the Dieppe Commandos' home ice this Sunday, with game 2 at the RECC Centre in Truro Tuesday the 14th. Game 3 will be Thursday in Dieppe, then back in Truro for game 4 Friday night. Game 5, if necessary, will be Sunday the 19th in Dieppe. The Bearcats host game 6 on the 21st, with game 7 set in Dieppe Friday the 24th.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball continue their perfect season after winning the U14 tournament in Bridgewater over the weekend. The team was 10-0 in the round robin, and defeated Acadia in the final. That puts the girls' season at 40 wins with no losses!
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 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 next week 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 Lightning has a pair of teams involved in the Division 2 Bantam B provincial basketball tournament this weekend. Games at North Nova begin Friday afternoon.
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Spring Training for Bantam and Midget baseball starts this Sunday (April 12) at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Bantam will run from 6pm to 7pm. Midget will run from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $60 for10 sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Rob Mackay for more information at robertm@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-759-0992.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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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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Interested in trying triathlon? May 24th, the first ever YMCA Indoor Triathlon will be hosted by the Tri-Club at the Pictou County YMCA. It's 300 metres of swimming, 10 K on spin bikes, and a 3K run along MacGregor Avenue. The event is open to both YMCA members and non-members, and will cost $25. There's a limit of 100 participants. The Triathlon is affiliated with Johnny Miles Running Events.
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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 APRIL 7 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Tuesday 7th April 2015

It's going to be the Dieppe Commandos vs the Truro Bearcats in the MHL final. Dieppe finished off the Miramichi Timberwolves last night in game 6 of their series, winning 3-2 in OT. Last week, the Bearcats swept the Valley Wildcats. The schedule for the league final will be announced soon.
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The Nighthawks U14 Girls Volleyball continue their perfect season after winning the U14 tournament in Bridgewater over the weekend. The team was 10-0 in the round robin, and defeated Acadia in the final. That puts the girls' season at 40 wins with no losses!
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The MacGregor Midget AAA baseball club will resume training on April 11th from 3-5pm at the Sobey's Indoor Soccer Complex. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
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Congratulations to the Westville Miners Midget B and coaches for a fabulous hockey season, topped off with winning the SEDHMA Accord division gold medals on Sunday. From your very proud parents, families and fans.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 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 next week 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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Northern Nova United Soccer club will be holding in-person registrations on Tuesday, April 7th from 6pm-8pm and another on Saturday April 11th from 10am-1pm. All registerations are at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is available too: it's easy, convenient and highly encouraged. Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 30th, so register as soon as possible
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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 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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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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FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR WESTVILLE FAMILY DISPLACED BY FIRE.
Monday 6th April 2015

A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up to aid a Westville family after a fire destroyed their home the night before Easter.

A relative set the page up with a $10,000.00 goal. The family has already been overwhelmed with donations, and they've told East Coast FM they have no room to store any more goods donated by the community, as they have two hotel rooms full of items.

The fire displaced the family consisting of two adults and five children, ages 12 and under.

Here is the link to the page:
http://www.gofundme.com/r2j5aug?fb_action_ids=10153159641281469&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined


HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Sunday 5th April 2015

A family from Westville has been displaced by a house fire.

The blaze happened last night shortly after midnight.

The couple and their five children are being assisted by the Canadian Red Cross.

There were no injuries.



FILL YOUR LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS' BOOTS FOR CHARITY
Thursday 2nd April 2015

With the Easter weekend upon us, Pictou County firefighters will be asking the public to fill their boots. The annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for Muscular Dystrophy takes place across the region today and Saturday with 23 departments taking part. Firefighters and their boots can be spotted at more than a dozen businesses in New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton, Pictou, River John and Lyons Brook.

The money raised goes to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to support their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by providing ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well funded research.


WESTVILLE SUMMER STUDENT WANTED TO HELP DEVELOP MORE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Tuesday 31st March 2015

The town of Westville is getting a Recreation Intern for the summer. The town is one of ten municipalities being funded for a 15-week Leadership Intern through the Clean Nova Scotia's Youth Conservation Corp. The position involves developing trails and active transportation in Westville, working with the town's Recreation Co-ordinator.

WESTVILLE BEGINS EXAMINATION OF COMMON PLANNING STRATEGY
Tuesday 31st March 2015

The town of Westville has taken its first steps to streamline its by-laws. At last night's town council meeting, there was a public hearing concerning a proposed new Inter-Municipal Planning strategy. The idea is for the five towns in the County to adopt a common set of rules for future planning, as well as a common set of land use by-laws.

The strategy is still in the early stages, and the town encourages citizens to contact them if they have questions or concerns. Town council will accept written or oral submissions until April 24th.

WESTVILLE SCHOOL SITE TO BECOME RESIDENTIAL SPACE
Tuesday 31st March 2015

The future of Highland Consolidated has been secured, but not as a school. The building, which has been a hot potato over the last several months between the town of Westville and the School Board, will be converted into apartments and office space. Westville CAO Kelly Rice told council last night that the town has entered into an agreement with a New Brunswick developer who has done similar work with other schools in the province.

The agreement will see the developer take ownership of Highland Consolidated after it has been converted into 41 residential units, and 6 commercial units. Once the proper permits are in place, work could begin as early as August.


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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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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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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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 20 ***UPDATED 12:15pm***
Friday 20th March 2015

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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have made a shocking move one day after losing game four of the Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-final, firing Head Coach and General Manager Jason Malone. In a release issued earlier today, Team President Wade Sullivan said it was a difficult decision to make, particularly at this stage of a playoff series, but he has confidence that Assistant Coach Chad McDavid can turn the series around, beginning with Game 5 tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre.
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Rodell Wigginton and the rest of the Buffalo Bulls have a tall task ahead of them today when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament. Wigginton is one of over 25 Canadians on roster of teams to make the tournament, and the only one from Nova Scotia. Tip-off time for the Bulls and Mountaineers is scheduled for roughly 3:00pm AT.
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The top two seed in the Eastlink Division are both on the brink of elimination after losses on the road last night in MHL playoff action, while the winners of the Meek Division have completed a sweep of their opening round series. The Weeks Jr A Crushers gave up 3 power play goals, 2 of which came during 5-on-3s, as the Truro Bearcats won 7-0 to take a 3-1 series lead. Jacob Fancy has now not let in a goal in over 5 periods, and the Crushers have scored just 4 times since the 9-1 victory to open the series. Meanwhile, Valley pushed Yarmouth to the edge with an 8-3 win in Berwick, and Dieppe eliminated Campbellton with a 4-3 overtime victory.
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After a successful season the New Glasgow Bombers Peewee B team captured the Highland/Fundy league championship after a close game with the Westville Miners. With a 3-2 final score Braydon Killen lead the way with a hat trick. Xander Vohs was strong in nets while battling shots from the teams strongest competition all season. Coaches credit the win to the teams hard work and dedication over the past few weeks. The Bombers will play the Northside Vikings on Saturday for the Northern Region Championship title.
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While the weather has wreaked havoc with the Sid Rowe Division Final in the NSJHL, the Fred Fox Division Final continues to roll along. Game 4 between the Sackville Blazers and Valley Maple Leafs will be played tonight at the Hants County Arena. The Blazers lead that series 2-1. Meanwhile, Game 2 of the series between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners will finally be played tomorrow night in Glace Bay. The rest of the series schedule now looks like this:
Game 3 – Sun, Mar 22, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Mon, Mar 23, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 5 – Tue, Mar 24, 7:30pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
Game 6 – Thu, Mar 26, 7pm @ Wellness Centre
Game 7 – Sun, Mar 29, 5pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
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The Northern Subway Selects will try to keep their season going tonight as they host Game 3 of the Best-of-5 NSFMHL League Championship Series against Metro Boston Pizza. Metro leads 2-0 after a pair of close fought wins in Bedford last weekend. Game time tonight at the Wellness Centre is 7:30pm. If the Selects win tonight, Game 4 will also be at the Wellness Centre tomorrow at 12:00, and if the Selects can force a fifth and deciding game, it will go Sunday at 1:45pm in Bedford. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers will take on the Cape Breton League Champions tomorrow at the Wellness Centre. If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on March 28 at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers will play the Cape Breton winners this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials next weekend.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget A team is hosting Glace Bay tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm at the Hector Arena. The winner of the game will advance to the Provincial Championships in Bedford next weekend.
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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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The sounds of bats hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding 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 will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 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 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is tomorrow. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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NOVA SCOTIANS STILL DIGGING OUT *UPDATED 8:50AM*
Thursday 19th March 2015

Parts of Atlantic Canada are digging out after the second large storm this week. In some areas, they're dealing with more total snowfall than when White Juan hit in 2004. Military bases in Halifax have closed for the day and Canadian Forces Base Halifax is offering free parking for residents as the city has banned all street parking to help snow removal efforts.
The Pictou Causeway is closed at this hour, the Drummond Road in Westville is closed until 4pm, and the town will re-asses at that time. Highway 6 from Amherst to Port Howe is also closed. The Canso Causeway is closed to high-sided vehicles, and the Confederation Bridge is closed to all traffic. Stay tuned to East Coast FM for the latest conditions, or call 511.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 18
Wednesday 18th March 2015

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The Truro Bearcats got three unanswered third period goals to break a 2-2 tie and earn a win in game 3 of the Eastlink Division Semi-Finals last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against the Weeks Jr A Crushers. The Bearcats now hold a 2-1 series lead in the Best-of-7 heading into game 4 tomorrow night in Truro. Tomorrow's game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Elsewhere last night in the MHL playoffs, the Valley Wildcats take a 2-1 series lead with a 1-0 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners in the Fishtank. Blade Mann-Dixon stopped 39 shots for the shutout. The series shifts back to Berwick for game 4 on Thursday. Dieppe have pushed the Campbellton Tigers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 win at home, taking a 3-0 series lead. Marc Theriault earned the shutout in that game with 27 saves. The Tigers will need a win at home on Thursday to extend the series to a fifth game.
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One game tonight in the MHL playoffs, as the Woodstock Slammers host the Miramichi Timberwolves in game 3 of their Meek Division Semi-final. That series is tied at 1-1.
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The NSJHL playoffs continue... The Sackville Blazers lead their series 2-1 over the Valley Maple Leafs with game 4 set for Friday. The oft-delayed Game 2 of the Sid Rowe Division Final between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners is Thursday night at Trenton Arena, with puck drop set for 7pm.
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In the NSFMHL playoffs, the Subway Northern Selects trail Metro Boston Pizza 2-0 in the Best-of-5 Provincial Championship Series. Game 3 will be played Friday at the Wellness Centre, with puck drop set for 7:30pm. Game 4, if needed, will also be at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:00. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget B team played in the Barry Lush Memorial Tournament in Sydney this past weekend, posting a record of two wins and a tie. The Maripacs won 1-0 against the Cape Breton Senators and tied 1-1 against the Cape Breton Islanders before a come-from-behind 6-5 victory against the Northside Vikings. The tournament was called early due to Sunday's storm, but the Maripacs were ahead in points.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Mainland League Championships this past weekend, and next they'll take on the Cape Breton League Champions on Saturday 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 Pictou County Atom A Crushers win the Highland/Fundy playoff series in 3 straight games against the Truro Bearcats. The team will play the Cape Breton winners beginning this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials.
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Westville Recreation is holding Daily Free Skates every day through until Friday during March Break from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Westville Miner's Sports Centre.
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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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The sounds of balls hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding 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 will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 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 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is March 21. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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MEETING PLANNED TO PROTEST BILL C-51
Tuesday 17th March 2015

A meeting scheduled for this Sunday in Westville is being organized to protest the government's proposed Bill C-51, formally titled the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Opponents of the Bill are calling it the most serious attack on civil liberties and democracy since the War Measures Act.
The meeting, scheduled for 3pm at the Westville Recreation Centre, is being organized by Mark Hamilton.
Hamilton says the goal is to find a way to stop the legislation from being enacted into law.
Drew Garvie, a former candidate for the Communist Party of Canada and long-time activist, will be speaking at the meeting.
Garvie says one of the concerns in the Bill is the overly broad definition of terrorism, which could be interpreted to include strikes.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 17
Tuesday 17th March 2015

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It's game night in the MHL playoffs, as the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are getting set to host the Truro Bearcats in Game 3 of the Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-finals. The series is tied at 1-1 after both teams have won convincingly on home ice. Game time tonight at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Also tonight, Game 3 of the other Eastlink Division semi-final will be played in Yarmouth, as the Mariners and Valley Wildcats are tied 1-1, and Dieppe looks to take a 3-0 series lead at home in the Meek Division semi-final against the Campbellton Tigers.
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While the game between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners was postponed for the second consecutive time last night, one playoff game in the NSJHL did go ahead as scheduled. The Valley Maple Leafs traveled to Sackville and beat the Blazers 6-3 to close the gap in their Fred Fox Division Final. The Blazers still lead the series 2-1, with game 4 set for Friday. Game 2 of the Sid Rowe Division Final will now be played Thursday night at Trenton Arena, with puck drop set for 7pm.
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In the NSFMHL playoffs last night, the Subway Northern Selects fell to Metro Boston Pizza by a score of 3-0, to go down 2-0 in the Best-of-5 Provincial Championship Series. Game 3 will be played Friday at the Wellness Centre, with puck drop set for 7:30pm. Game 4, if needed, will also be at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:00. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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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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Westville Recreation is holding Daily Free Skates every day through until Friday during March Break from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Westville Miner's Sports Centre.
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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 today and tomorrow from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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TEEN GROUP ORGANIZES FUNDRAISER FOR SKATE PARK IN WESTVILLE
Friday 13th March 2015

A group of teens from in and around Westville have taken it upon themselves to do their part to make positive changes in their community.
The group is organizing a dance for their peers that will be held tonight at the Westville Town Gym, with the proceeds going toward a skate park in the town.
This is the first event for the skate park committee, who made a presentation to Westville Council and had the proposal approved earlier this year.
The dance, from 7 to 10 pm tonight, is for youth aged 12 to 16, with a five dollar admission charge and a cash canteen operating.
Door prizes and a dance-off competition will add to a fun night in support of a great cause.


GROUPE SAVOIE RUNNING OUT OF LUMBER
Thursday 12th March 2015

The Groupe Savoie sawmill in Westville is running out of supplies, and some temporary layoffs may be happening as a result.
Mill manager Andrew Watters says there is a lack of raw material available for the mill to maintain its current production pace.
Watters says there are negotiations in the works to get access to more wood, but they need some help from the province and their private sector suppliers.
Watters indicates that when some roads open up in the spring, then supply will be replenished, but in the meantime, some employees may be temporarily out of work.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFT
Wednesday 11th March 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police are asking for the public's help locating a truck that was stolen early yesterday evening.

The red older model Ford F-150 was taken from the Wonder Auto and Trim on Westville Road in New Glasgow around 5:00pm by a pair described as a white male in his mid to late twenties, and a white female about 5',6” in height with long brunette hair.

Police say anyone with information should call them at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.



CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR MULTIPLE THEFTS
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A man who pleaded guilty to a number of shoplifting and theft incidents was sentenced today in Pictou Provincial Court.

32 year old John Mark Fulton committed a series of thefts from stores, and one from a vehicle between July and December of 2014.

In some of the cases, he was accompanied by a female companion who was due to be sentenced today, but her case was put over.

On July 6th and 8th, Fulton and his partner committed two acts of shoplifting, taking a total of almost $1,500.00 from the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road.

In September, he missed a court date, and a few weeks later stole a satellite radio from a car parked in Stellarton.

After more thefts from Wal Mart, Canadian Tire, and Mark's Work Warehouse in October and December respectively, he was remanded into police custody.

He was sentenced to a 12 month conditional jail term, to be served in the community, and for the first 6 months, he is under house arrest.

Judge Del Atwood explained that although these are his first criminal offenses, if he breaches any of his conditions, it's very likely he will be expected to serve the remainder of his sentence in jail.

In addition, he's also been fined $300.00 in victim surcharges.



SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN NEW GLASGOW
Thursday 26th February 2015

New Glasgow Police, New Glasgow Fire Department and EHS are currently on the scene of a single motor vehicle accident near the intersection of Westville Road and Stellarton Road.
Eyewitness reports indicate that the Jaws of Life may be required to extract an occupant from the vehicle.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


WEATHER CAUSES TRANSFORMERS TO SPARK
Tuesday 24th February 2015

Over the past couple of days, there have been multiple reports of transformers catching fire in the New Glasgow and Westville areas.

There was a call around 7:30 this morning to Archimedes Street in New Glasgow, and another in Westville later in the morning.

Beverly Ware, a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power, says the report in New Glasgow found that there had been arching, which is essentially sparking on the wire. She also stated that sparking on the transformer in Westville was caused by trees touching the wire, which have since been trimmed.

Ware says the inclement weather has played a part in these incidents. "In essence, what is happening is the gusts of wind are causing the wires to touch and to spark," she said in a statement earlier today, "And that's quite typical on windy days such as we've experienced today in the Pictou County area."

Ware ensures there that in neither case did the pole or transformer actually catch on fire.



TRANSFORMER FIRE IN WESTVILLE DISRUPTS MORNING TRAFFIC
Tuesday 24th February 2015

About 16 hours after a transformer fire in Pictou, another one in Westville had an impact on morning commutes today.
Nova Scotia Power and the Westville Fire Department responded to the scene on North Main Street, which resulted in a section of the street being closed to traffic.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FEBRUARY 24
Tuesday 24th February 2015

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In NSJHL playoff action, the Sackville Blazers opened up a 2 games to 1 series lead over the Liverpool Privateers last night, with a 6-1 home victory. The Fred Fox Division Best-of-7 Semi-Final is off until Sunday when the Privateers host Game 4. The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hold a 2-1 lead over the Strait Pirates in their Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final, with Game 4 Friday in Port Hawkesbury. There are no games tonight in the NSJHL playoffs.
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The Valley Wildcats have strengthened their hold on third place in the Eastlink Division of the MHL with a 9-4 win over the Amherst Ramblers in Berwick last night. The Wildcats now have a three point lead over Truro for third place, and can extend that lead when the Wildcats visit Amherst on Wednesday night. The Crushers have already clinched first place in the Eastlink and will face the team that finishes fourth in the opening round of the playoffs, set to begin in about two weeks. This week the Crushers play three games in three nights, hosting Woodstock before hitting the road for games against their two potential opening round opponents. Games on Friday from Berwick and Saturday in Truro will both be on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Russia and Canada Played to a 4-4 draw in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center on Sunday evening. Goaltenders Sherry Whytewood and Kelly MacInnis played outstanding hockey to keep their respective teams in the game. Russian goalscorers , with a goal apiece were Dawn MacKay, Jayne Murphy, Chrissie MacKay and Danielle Morin. Amy Cameron, Debbie MacLean, Julie Anderson and Lyndsay MacKinnon took care of Canada’s scoring.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan European Handball League. In the first game, Denmark beat Sweden 7-4.
Denmark: Keegan Murray 3, Tommy Clark 2, Raine DeCoste 2
Sweden: Luke Penny 2, Lucas Cameron 2
In Game 2, Russia defeated Britain 8-7.
Russia: Victoria Robertson 5, Ray Chisholm 3
Britain: Ethan MacKenzie 2, Emma Webb 3, Shaylee Fraser 2
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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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The Pictou County Basketball Association, (Lightning), are holding a Provincial Teams Evaluation session, this Sunday March 1st from 9 am-12 pm at North Nova Education Center...  open to all Juvenile Aged boys in the county, (17 or under as of Oct 1st 2014).  They are forming 2 teams and we will have one team based out of the Northumberland/ Pictou Town area, and one out of the NG/Stellarton Area. These two teams will be formed with the purpose of learning skills, playing seeding games and playing in provincials. Pre-Registration can take place by emailing, Name, Birth Date, age, gender, grade, address, and e-mail address to pclightning@eastlink.ca
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STELLARTON WOMAN GIVEN HOUSE ARREST FOR SHOPLIFTING
Monday 23rd February 2015

A Stellarton woman was given house arrest after pleading guilty to shoplifting.

Elizabeth Dorothy Turner pleaded guilty after an incident this past October at the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road, New Glasgow.

She was seen taking several items and loading them into her car before police arrested her.

At the time of the incident, she had no drivers license and was bound by a different undertaking.

Crown Attorney Bill Gorman addressed Turner's 13 prior convictions - 6 of which were for theft - and said her actions were a "flagrant disregard of the retailers ownership of the product."

He recommended a 5-6 month jail term.

Defense attorney Steve Robertson argued that Turner was benefiting from her current house arrest situation, and explained she was in a drug rehabilitation program in Truro.

When offered the chance to speak, Turner said she's been in the program for a year, and the help she's received from her mother has benefited her greatly.

Judge Del Atwood said he sincerely believes she is trying to improve, and comments from her mother have satisfied him that house arrest has been effective.

She was ordered to continue house arrest as part of a 6 month conditional sentence.



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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WESTVILLE FINANCIAL VIABILITY
Wednesday 18th February 2015

A new online report card was released yesterday, showing that three Nova Scotia Municipalities are not meeting enough benchmarks to be considered financially viable.
On this list is the town of Westville. Westville Mayor Roger Mackay says the town has been taking steps over the past year to address the concerns by the Financial Condition Index.
Mackay states that he feels that there will be significant changes next year due to the improvements made since last year's report. He says council and staff are working very hard to move Westville forward and they are seeing the result.
Mackay says some of the indicators are out of the municipality's direct control, but he says they are making positive progress on others.
He says the municipality appreciates the FCI as a tool to guide them to future success.


POWER RESTORED IN PICTOU COUNTY ***UPDATED AT 3:30PM***
Wednesday 18th February 2015

Roughly 500 Nova Scotia Power customers in Pictou County were in the dark this morning, as an outage affected areas across the county.

Power crews patrolled the line, and discovered the issue was at the Westville Arena.

"They were able to isolate the arena, and restore power to all the other customers in the area," said Nova Scotia Power senior communications representative Beverly Ware.

The power went out around 11:00am, and was restored about an hour later.



WESTVILLE ONE OF THREE TOWNS NOT MEETING FINANCIAL BENCHMARKS
Wednesday 18th February 2015

Three municipalities in the province are not meeting benchmarks to be considered financially viable, and one of them is the Town of Westville.
An online report card released yesterday shows that Westville, along with Clark's Harbour and Mulgrave, have failed a test that could result in an automatic review of their financial viability.
The grading system, established by the Department of Municipal Affairs, ranks performance in 15 categories such as revenue, budget deficits and capital assets.
The towns are considered to be falling short if they receive red warnings in six or more categories over a three year period.
Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey says he is working with municipalities to finalize the review process, which was recommended in a draft report released last fall.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE INVESTIGATE SKIDOO THEFT
Tuesday 17th February 2015

New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for help from the public as they investigate the theft of a Skidoo and trailer from a parking lot in New Glagsow.
Police say the incident occurred between 2:30am and 3:00am on the morning of 12 February, when three suspects broke the lock off of a trailer hitch in a parking lot on Westville Road in the area of the TravelLodge and Swiss Chalet.
Minutes later, a pickup truck pulled up to the trailer and the suspects drove off, with the trailer in tow.
The trailer is a 2013 Clam Shell Trailer, with the license plate T38-1886.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police or CrimeStoppers.


VEHICLE DESTROYED, BUILDING DAMAGED IN FIRE
Tuesday 10th February 2015

A vehicle has been destroyed, while the garage it was in suffered smoke and water damage in a fire yesterday in Westville.
The blaze at Arbuckle's Service Centre on North Main Street started around the noon hour.
Westville Fire Department responded to the scene, with assistance from Stellarton Fire Department, and remained on site for roughly two hours.
While crews were on the scene, Westville Police kept North Main Street blocked to traffic.
Westville Fire Chief Ken Dunn says the damage within was contained to one end of the building.

POLICE CLOSE SECTION OF NORTH MAIN STREET IN WESTVILLE
Monday 9th February 2015

Police have blocked off a section of North Main Street in Westville.

Police, Fire, and EHS are all on site at Arbuckle's Service Centre, but at this time few details are available.

They have blocked off a section of the area near the intersection of North Main and Truro Road.

An officer on site had no comment when our East Coast FM News team arrived at the scene, and no further updates were available when we called the department.

We WILL have updates as they become available, and we're expecting a call back from the Westville Police Department when more information is known.



STABBING VICTIM RECOVERING WHILE ACCUSED SET TO APPEAR IN COURT
Monday 26th January 2015

A stabbing incident in Stellarton Friday evening has resulted in charges against a 19 year old Westville man. The accused will be arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon when he appears in Pictou Provincial Court today. The incident took place on Foord Street in Stellarton, and resulted in the 16 year old victim being airlifted to hospital in Halifax. Police say the young man is recovering.


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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POLICE INVESTIGATING STABBING IN STELLARTON *UPDATED AT 2:15*
Saturday 24th January 2015

Stellarton Police have made an arrest in last nights stabbing. They've taken a 19 year old Westville man into custody, and he'll appear Monday morning in Pictou Provincial Court.

He's facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Stellarton Police say the victim is a 16 year old Pictou County resident.

The victim was originally brought to the Aberdeen Hospital, but was airlifted to Halifax shortly after.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 22
Friday 23rd January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost in overtime for the second consecutive time, but picked up a point in the standings for the seventh consecutive game. Last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Crushers brought a 4-1 lead into the third period, but a fierce comeback from the Valley Wildcats sent the game to overtime. The Crushers had a power play in the extra frame but could not take advantage thanks to some solid goaltending from Blade Mann-Dixon. Then Brady Atwater scored for the Wildcats to give them the 5-4 win. The Crushers won't have time to dwell on the loss, as they are back in action tonight in Yarmouth. We will have that game from the Fishtank tonight, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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One other MHL game last night had the Dieppe Commandos dominate the Summerside Western Capitals, 7-2. Seven different Commandos had multi-point games, led by Ryan Groom with four assists.
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Last evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Westville Pee Wee B Miners defeated the Truro Pee Wee A Bearcats 5-2 behind solid goaltending from Jared Snell and Jacob Fraser. Parker Swain led the Miners with two goals. Chris Avery, Gavin Bourque and Kolbe Sarty each had a goal.
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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 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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WELLNESS CENTRE STILL RUNNING IN RED
Wednesday 21st January 2015

The Pictou County Wellness Centre is continuing to operate at a deficit in its third season. The deficit for this year is projected to reach roughly 740-thousand dollars, and County Councilor David Parker says there does not seem to be a plan in place to fix the problem. Warden Ron Baillie, who is a member of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority, says the deficit is a topic every time the group meets, and events such as the upcoming Lorrie Morgan concert should help. Baillie reiterated the concern that ice usage is still too far below capacity because of the glut of operating ice surfaces within the county. Revenue from deed transfer taxes should cover roughly one-third of the deficit figure this year, leaving five of the county's six municipalities on the hook for the rest of the shortfall. Westville is the lone exception, as they did not sign on to help fund operating costs for the facility.

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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WESTVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING HIT AND RUN
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Westville Police are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of a hit and run accident that happened Januay 17th.

A Ford Escape was parked in front of the Acropole restaurant on Main St., and was hit by a white Dodge truck with a long box and a yellow V shape plow on the front. The driver of the truck continued on without stopping.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Westville Police or Crime Stoppers.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 17
Saturday 17th January 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers lost Thursday night at the Wellness Centre.

Layton Parsons scored a powerplay goal in overtime to lift the South Shore Lumberjacks to a 3-2 win.

The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

This week in The Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League, Canada defeated Russia 4-3 at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

Five games went last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.The Glace Bay Miners netted 5 against the Strait Pirates on their way to a 5-2 win. The Sackville Blazers picked up a 6-4 road win against the East Hants Penguins.

The Liverpool Privateers made it a one-sided affair as they downed the Valley Maple Leafs 7-1.

The Pictou Landing Falcons doubled up the Cumberland Blues on the road with a final of 8-4, and finally, the Cole Harbour Colts dropped a home game to the Elks with a final of 10-8 in favor of Brookfield.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team continues play in The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament today at NNEC.

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 tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow 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 tonight at 7pm, followed by St. Thomas tomorrow 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, 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 16
Friday 16th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost in overtime for just the second time this season, and for the second time it was a power play goal that was the difference. Layton Parsons scored with the man advantage 1:19 into the extra frame to give the South Shore Lumberjacks the 3-2 win last night at the Wellness Centre. With the overtime loss, the Crushers move 9 points ahead of the Yarmouth Mariners in first place in the Eastlink Division standings. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

This week in The Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League, Canada defeated Russia 4-3 in a well played game held at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club returned to action after their December break by participating in the DQ Tournament in New Brunswick January 2nd- 4th. The Selects went through the round robin 3-0 and advanced to the semi-final game against the Moncton Rockets. The game was a tight checking affair with the Rockets prevailing 2-1. The Selects had a number of chances late to tie the score but the Moncton goaltender thwarted their attempts. This past weekend the Selects returned to action in the Nova Scotia Female AAA League with a home and home series with Metro Boston Pizza. The teams travelled to Berwick for a late afternoon tilt at the Apple Dome. Madelyn Bourque opened the scoring in the third for the Selects assisted by Taylor Perry. The goal looked like it was going to hold up until with 53 seconds remaining and the extra attacker on the Metro squad evened the score at 1 -1. Not to be outdone, after the faceoff the Subway Selects pressed for the winner and with just 1 second remaining in the third Amanda Dunning scored the winner assisted again by veteran blueliner Taylor Perry. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Northern Subway Selects. The two teams squared off again Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in what turned out to be another game of tight checking and excellent goaltending from Katie Henderson. There was no score until late in the third when Mackenzie Reid took a perfect pass from linemate Madelyn Bourque to score what turned out to be the winner as the Selects completed their sweep of the Metro squad and moved atop the Nova Scotia Female AAA Standings. The Selects next see action this coming weekend with a pair of games against the ProCresting Penguins. The two teams meet on Saturday January 17th at 12:30pm at the Wellness Centre and return to action on Sunday January 18th at 11am at the East Hants Sportsplex.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament today and tomorrow at NNEC. Their first game is this afternoon 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 tonight 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.

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 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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TOWN OF WESTVILLE APPOINTS NEW RECREATION COORDINATOR
Wednesday 14th January 2015

The Town of Westville has made a new hire.

Sally O'Neill has been named the town's new Recreation Co-ordinator.

O'Neill has worked as the Active Pictou County Trails Coordinator for the last two years.

She will start as Recreation Coordinator at the beginning of February.



MACGREGOR MINE EXPLOSION 63 YEARS AGO TODAY
Wednesday 14th January 2015

The date of 14 January is one that holds significance in the mining industry, particularly in Pictou County. Sixty-three years ago today, in 1952, an explosion took the lives of 19 miners, and trapped three others underground at the MacGregor Mine in Stellarton. Many of the men who lost their lives that day were from Stellarton and Westville. It was the worst mine disaster in Pictou County until Westray forty years later.

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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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 11TH
Sunday 11th January 2015

Joel Harodacheck was outstanding in his debut with the Weeks Jr A Crushers last night in Amherst, as he stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced in leading the Crushers to a 4-1 win.

Regan Spears, Cole Murphy and Mike Lyle each had one goal and one assist as the Crushers won their fifth in a row.

The Truro Bearcats also won last night, 6-3 over the South Shore Lumberjacks, while the County Aces beat the Valley Wildcats 3-2, and Miramichi snuck past Woodstock, also 3-2.

The Crushers are now off until Thursday when they host the South Shore Lumberjacks.

The Crushers made two other roster moves on trade deadline day in the MHL.

They acquired Lucas Zwaagstra from the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL for future considerations.

Then, to add some extra depth on the blueline, the Crushers picked up Bryan Greene from the Campbellton Tigers, in exchange for Matt Cox.

To see the complete list of trade deadline deals in the MHL, go to themhl.ca, and click on transactions under the news tab.

There are three games in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League tonight at the Stellarton Rink.

At 5:20, Whitey's Vikings take on Dewtie's Excavating. 6:50 has Connors Transfer Limited facing the Pictou Landing Falcons, and at 8:20 the Elk's Club faces Nat Pro Gas.

The final of the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament takes place this afternoon at the Westville Arena. That game goes at 1:15pm when the NNEC Gryphons take on the Riverview Redmen from Cape Breton.

There were two games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League last night. The Glace Bay Jr. Miners downed the Pictou Scotians 3-2 in a shootout. The other game saw the Sackville Blazers beat the Liverpool Privateers 8-4.

In CIS hockey action, the St. FX X-Men beat the Acadia Axeman with a final of 4-2.

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 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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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 8TH
Thursday 8th January 2015

There was only one game in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League last night. The Summerside Western Capitals downed the Dieppe Commandos 5-4 in a shootout. Mason Krueger had two goals, and Thomas Stavert had two assists in the winning effort.

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 from January 9-11.

It's an eight team tournament, starting Friday at 9am. Northumberland plays twice on Friday, 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.

PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Scotsburn Bantam AAA Crushers started off the new year on the right foot winning their first two games of 2015. On Saturday at the Pictou County wellness Center they defeated the Halifax ACCEL Hawks 3-0 in League play.

Andrew Mac Leod earned the shut out stopping all 16 shots he faced. Oliver Schnare brood a scoreless tie in the first minute of the third period when he rifled a puck past the Hawks goaltender on an assist from Jaden Mason.

Kevin Mason scored at the midway of the third assisted by Jake Martin. Kevin then added an empty net goal assisted by his brother Jaden to seal the victory.

This was the Crushers first win since Dec 5th when they defeated Cole Harbor.

On Wednesday night the Crushers travelled to Bedford to play an exhibition game against the St John's Ice Breakers who are here to participate in a tournament.

They fell behind 2-0 early as they took two penalties in the first 5 minutes, but went on to score 5 straight goals to win 5-2.

Ben Callaghan scored his first goal of the season tipping home a shot from his brother Evan. Mason Hawley also picked up an assist.

Schnare evened the score with a power play marker early in the second on an assists from Cameron Mac Callum and Jake Martin. Martin scored the winning goal assited by Evan Callaghan. Jaden Mason scored another power play goal late in the second and was set up by Ryan MacLennan. Martin rounded out the scoring on a great set up by Kevin Mason.

Mitchell Cummer played well in goal stopping all but two of the 18 shots he faced.

The Crushers are on the road this weekend playing in Cole Harbour Saturday and Truro on Sunday.

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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JP CORMIER MOVES ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH TO NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 7th January 2015

JP Cormier is moving his now legendary birthday bash and community fund raiser to Glasgow Square Theatre this month, and with it a star-studded lineup in support of the Pictou County Christmas Fund. The well-known Cape Breton born singer-songwriter, who now lives in Westville, has celebrated his birthday with musical friends at a Cape Breton venue the past five years. However, the well-known musician wanted to bring the event closer to his new home for 2015, and as a result JP’S Annual Birthday Bash will be at Glasgow Square on 24 January, 7pm, the day after his 46th birthday. Cormier will be joined by special guests Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Dave Gunning, Thom Swift, The Elliott Brothers, Jim Dorie, Decota McNamara and Dylan Cormier. Tickets will be on sale Thursday, 8 January, and are $40 advance, plus applicable fees. The show is a fundraiser for the 2015 Pictou County Christmas Fund. Tickets are available at Glasgow Square Theatre Box Office, H and R Music, any Ticketpro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or call 1-888-311-9090. For more information go to www.glasgowsquare.com or call 902-752-4800, or check out Glasgow Square’s Facebook and Twitter page.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 7
Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects continue to roll along with a superb season. After silver medal finishes at the Subway Cup in Pictou County and the Grant Thornton Early Bird in the PEI, The Selects were golden in Moncton this past weekend after winning the 10th annual West Kent tournament. The Selects racked off five straight wins enroute to their Gold medal finish. The Selects began their quest against the Fundy Hurricanes on Friday afternoon. It was a physical, fast paced affair that saw each team take multiple penalties. It also resulted in the loss of second year Subway, Camryn Halliday, who suffered a severe lower body injury, early in the first period.  The Selects rallied around the injury and prevailed with a 2-0 win. Sarah MacNeil and Sophia Wornell did the scoring for Pictou County. Jenna Reid and Chloe MacDonald added assists. Jenna Landry earned the shutout. The Selects then took on the Central Storm of PEI in a late evening match. Again it took the Selects to the third period before they could solve the Storm's netminder. Eva Wornell and Brianna Cameron, with her first of the season, led the Selects to the 2-0 victory. Victoria Dunn earned the shutout in goal. Saturday morning the Subways had a chance to earn their way into Sunday's semi final with a win over New Brunswick's Western Phantoms. This would be another close checking, hard fought match with limited scoring opportunities. Sophia Wornell took a pass from her sister Eva late in the first to take a 1-0 lead. That turned out to be the only scoring play in the game and the 1-0 victory sent the Selects directly into the Sunday morning semi-final. Landry earned her second shutout of the weekend. Sunday morning would turn out to be one of the tightest, most exciting games of the weekend as the Selects took on the Moncton Rockets, the team who had defeated the Selects in the final at the Early Bird in November. The Subways came out flying in the first period and kept the Rockets hemmed in. Heath Miller opened the scoring with her first of the season to give Pictou County a 1-0 lead. Taylor MacKenzie made it 2-0 when she deflected a Sophia Wornell slap shot into the back of the net. The Rockets kept coming though and made it 2-1 before the end of the second. Late in the third, Moncton tied it at two, sending the game to overtime. After seven minutes of sudden death three on three, neither team could finish, sending it into a shootout. Hannah Porter scored what proved to be the winner in the fourth round after Pictou goalie Victoria Dunn stymied the last shooter for Moncton. The shootout win earned a spot in the afternoon final against the Valley Wild. The final saw two evenly matched teams square off in a repeat of the final at the Subway Cup. In that tourney, it was the Wild who walked off with the Championship. At the DQ, however, the Subways had an alternate plan. Sophia Wornell got the Pictou County squad out to an early lead with assists from Rhea Young and Taylor MacKenzie. Sarah MacNeil put the Selects up 2-0 with assists from Chloe MacDonald and Eva Wornell. The Wild came back with one of their own in the second period only to be countered by Lindsey MacDonald to give the Selects a 3-1 lead.  Brianna Cameron and Young picked up assists. The Valley would get one more but the Selects hung on for the 3-2 victory and the gold medal. Jenna Landry got the win between the pipes. Following the game, coaches Dave MacNeil and Dave Wornell spoke about the resilience of the girls. "it was tough on the girls to see one of their team mates injured but they really rallied and came together as a group", said Wornell. "We faced some real challenges in every game this weekend but the girls adapted and responded to every one of them and we're very proud of their performance", added MacNeil. The Selects return to league action this coming weekend when they host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday at the Hector Arena and then travel to Halifax to take on the Hawks on Sunday.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The visiting Brookfield Elks got past the Liverpool Privateers by a score of 5-2. The Elks will be the visitors for the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians next home game this Sunday at Trenton Arena. The night prior to that the Scotians will be in Glace Bay to face the Sid Rowe Division leading Miners.

The fourth of five satellite, Open 9-ball Provincial ranking tournaments will be at Century Club in New Glasgow on Saturday January 17th for the Northern Mainland Nova Scotia Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia. Presently Billy Martin of Toney River is the top ranked player followed by William Holmes of Durham and Jeff Gillin of New Glasgow. Century Club will pay the entry fees for FOUR pool players into the National 9-ball Championship in Toronto this coming June. All pool Players in Nova Scotia are welcome to play in these 5 satellite tours but only players who reside in Northern Nova Scotia can play in the Regional Championship which will be on March 28th 2015.

The second of four, round robin, snooker ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia ended on Dec 31st 2014. Century Club will have four snooker players representing our region in the National Snooker Championships in Toronto, June 6th to 20th 2015. The present standings would see Bill Martin ( his tenth National ), Jeff Gillin, Peter Borden and Nick Kaiser being those four players. Archie Best and John Rushton presently the alternates. The third snooker tour is now underway and will end on February 15th.New players are always welcome. Call 902-755-2255.

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 from January 9-11. It's an eight team tournament, starting Friday at 9am. Northumberland plays twice on Friday, 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.

Pictou County Athletics will hold registration for their winter season tonight at the YMCA. 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 FOR JANUARY 3RD
Saturday 3rd January 2015

The MHL resumed regular season play last night. The Woodstock Slammers picked up the first win of the year, downing the Truro Bearcats 3-2 in a shootout.

That wasn't the only game for the Bearcats though, and they didn't let the loss slow them down as they came back later to down the Valley Jr. A Wildcats 4-3 in a shootout.

In other MHL action, the Amherst Ramblers edged the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners 5-4. and the Campbellton Tigers blanked the South Shore Lumberjacks 4-0. Darcy Burley got a hat trick in that game, and Will King stopped 31 shots in the impressive shutout victory. Also worth noting is Christopher Langlais' performance for Campbellton. He did allow 4 goals, but faced 40 shots.

The NSJHL also got rolling last night with one game in regular season play. The East Hants Penguins took down the Brookfield Elks 10-3.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hit the ice on Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts. The last time those two teams played, Cole Harbour picked up a 6-3 win.

The Weeks Major Midgets begin the stretch run in the 2014-15 NSMMHL season with a home-and-home series against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The game in Pictou County goes tonight at the Wellness Centre at 7:30pm, with the return match in Port Hood on Sunday at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are hosting a double-header today against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women will face off against the Huskies at 3pm at the Keating Millenium Centre, followed by the X-Men at 7pm.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, continuing today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Championship games start at 2:15 p.m.

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 New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow today from 9:00am-3pm.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 2
Friday 2nd January 2015

The regular seasons for the MHL resumes tonight, although the Crushers do not play until later this weekend. The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. Tomorrow night they will make the trip across the Northumberland Strait to face the Summerside Western Capitals starting at 7pm. That game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm. Then on Sunday they will be in Dieppe for an afternoon match up against the Commandos. That game will not be on Classic Rock 97.9, although you can catch it on FastHockey-dot-com. The Crushers come into 2015 with a 4 point lead in the Eastlink Division over the Yarmouth Mariners.

The NSJHL also gets rolling tonight, with one game, while the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will kick off 2015 with a home game this Sunday against Cole Harbour. It is a rematch of the last game the Scotians played before the Christmas break, which was won by the Colts 6-3. The Scotians come out of the break in second in the Sid Rowe Division, 11 points behind Glace Bay, but holding 5 games in hand.

The Weeks Major Midgets begin the stretch run in the 2014-15 NSMMHL season with a home-and-home series against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The game in Pictou County goes tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre at 7:30pm, with the return match in Port Hood on Sunday at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are hosting a double-header this weekend against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women will face off against the Huskies at 3pm on Saturday at the Keating Millenium Centre, followed by the X-Men at 7pm.

For the second time this hockey season, The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an all-female tournament this weekend. The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, will take place today and tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. this morning, and championship games start at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow. The complete two-day schedule can be found on the website at www.sport.ca/2015Subwaycup.

Tonight's game between NNEC and Northumberland High will not be played. The make up time will be January 16th at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.

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

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday, January 3 from 9-3pm. If the weather is bad, it will be held the following Saturday.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton; this Saturday, January 3rd starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE AS OF 12:20 P.M.
Thursday 1st January 2015

A power outage affecting roughly 400 customers this morning in parts of Stellarton, Westville, Union Centre, Landsdowne and area, as well as areas of SaltSprings and Mount Thom has been restored. The outage lasted roughly 2 hours for many of the customers.


NEW YEAR'S LEVEES ACROSS THE COUNTY
Thursday 1st January 2015

As residents of Pictou County ring in 2015, the tradition of mayor's levees continues. The first levee to get underway today will take place at 10am in the Trenton Rink. At noon, New Glasgow will host a levee at the Town Chambers. Two events begin at 1pm, in the Stellarton Fire Hall, and the Municipal Building in Westville.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 1
Thursday 1st January 2015

For the second time this hockey season, The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an all-female tournament this coming weekend. The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and championship games start at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The complete two-day schedule can be found on the website at www.sport.ca/2015Subwaycup.

The Friday January 2 game between NNEC and Northumberland High will not be played. The make up time will be January 16th at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.

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

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday, January 3 from 9-3pm. If the weather is bad, it will be held the following Saturday.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton; this Saturday, January 3rd starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 31
Wednesday 31st December 2014

It would have gone down as one of the great comebacks in hockey history. Team Canada, with Derrick Walser of New Glasgow in the lineup, spotted Geneve Servette a 5-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period. The Canadians clawed their way back into the game, but came up just short, losing 6-5 in the Spengler Cup semi-final yesterday in Davos, Switzerland. It is the second straight year that Canada lost in the semi-final to Geneve Servette, both years by a score of 6-5. Walser finished the tournament with 3 assists in 4 games.

For the second time this hockey season, The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an all-female tournament this coming weekend. The Subway Way Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and championship games start at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The complete two-day schedule can be found on the website at www.sport.ca/2015Subwaycup.

The Friday January 2 game between NNEC and Northumberland High will not be played. The make up time will be January 16th at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.

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

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday, January 3 from 9-3pm. If the weather is bad, it will be held the following Saturday.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton; this Saturday, January 3rd starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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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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WESTVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN NEW GLASGOW GRANTED BAIL
Thursday 18th December 2014

Today in Pictou Supreme Court, a man accused of aggravated assault last Thankgiving weekend in New Glasgow was granted bail. 23-year-old Steven James Lawrence of Westville was charged following an incident October 10th outside the Roseland Cabaret that saw 46-year-old Glenn Fraser airlifted to hospital in Halifax with serious head injuries. Lawrence's strict bail conditions include house arrest. He returns to court on February 2nd.

WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PROPERTY DAMAGE AND BODILY HARM
Tuesday 16th December 2014

A 21-year-old Westville man will be sentenced in the new year after pleading guilty to mischief that involved property damage, and assault with bodily harm stemming from an incident in November in Blue Mountain.

Cody Evan MacPherson will be sentenced on February 19th in Pictou Provincial Court.



STELLARTON MAN CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER
Tuesday 16th December 2014

A Stellarton man charged with allegedly breaking into a house with the intent to commit an offense appeared in Pictou Provincial court yesterday.

20-yr-old Tyler James Turner of Stellarton elected to be heard by Supreme Court judge alone after he was charged following an incident September 26th in Green Hill.

Turner was also charged on the same date with the theft of a truck in Westville.

He returns to court on January 8th to enter his pleas.



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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THREE MEN FACING CHARGES OF MISCHIEF TO PROPERTY
Saturday 13th December 2014

Three men from Westville are facing 13 counts of mischief to property after a string of incidents that saw windows broken in vehicles, homes, and businesses throughout the county.

Police determined the incidents were related, as evidence showed that ball bearings were the item used to damage the property.

A collaboration between policing units in the county is being credited for the quick apprehension of the suspects.



POLICE CHARGE 4 MALES WITH MISCHIEF FOLLOWING A SPREE OF BROKEN WINDOWS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 12th December 2014

Police cooperation in Pictou County has solved a series of acts of mischief. The Pictou District RCMP, with New Glasgow and Westville Police have charged  4 males: two 19-year-old and one 18-year-old from Westville, as well as a youth from Greenhill with a total of 13 counts of Mischief to Property. On December 10, 2014, RCMP responded to seven complaints of broken windows to motor vehicles, businesses and residences throughout Pictou County. New Glasgow Police responded to five incidents of broken motor vehicle windows and Westville Police had one complaint. It was determined quickly that the incidents were related as multiple scenes showed that ball bearings had caused the damage to the property. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police calls the acts random, irresponsible acts of vandalism that had great cost to the community. The investigation is ongoing.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS BEGINS TODAY
Friday 12th December 2014

The major campaign to keep the roads safe over the holidays kicks off in full force today in Pictou County. Law Enforcement partners from the New Glasgow Regional Police, Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton, Westville Police Service along with Fire Departments, EHS, MADD, SADD, DNR, Crime Prevention, Crime Stoppers, and probation services will host Operation Christmas. All partners will be set up on East River Road today from 1:00pm to 2:30pm as an information checkpoint passing out Operation Christmas cards and red ribbons. The campaign is designed to send one main message - “DO NOT DRIVE IMPAIRED.”

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 10
Wednesday 10th December 2014

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Valley Maple Leafs hit the road and earn a 4-2 win over the Brookfield Elks to move into sole possession of first place in the very tight Fred Fox Division, just one point ahead of Liverpool and two points up on the Sackville Blazers. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians, who currently sit in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, will visit the Sid Rowe leading Glace Bay Miners on Saturday night, before hosting the last place Cumberland County Blues in Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.

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. The Lady Gryphons play their next game on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Thorburn against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals.

Yesterday, Britain defeated Denmark 4-3 and Sweden defeated Russia 5-3 in the final two games of this season’s  Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League

The Bruins and Rangers played to a 4-4 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action on Sunday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

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. Cairan Boone was awarded the ‘Game Changer’ medal for his offensive and defensive plays.

Busy weekend for the Peewee AA Crushers as they travelled to Western Valley and played back to back games this past weekend.  In the first game they were defeated 4-2, but certainly made the Ramblers work for the win.  Kyle Reim scored both Crusher goals.  Vaughn MacEachern was in nets.  With only a short break in between games, the Crushers rested well and came out strong surprising the Ramblers with a tough lead on the score board.  Skyler Earle had the first goal.  Nolan MacDonald swiped another.  Luke Young also scored.  Crushers were not finished as Brycen MacDonald and Brody Bowering added 2 more goal.  Cody MacDougall played strong and determined as goaltender in the second game, which the Crushers won 5-3. After two games played against the Ramblers on Saturday, Crushers met at the wellness center to play the Truro Bearcats on Sunday.  Throughout the whole game it was neck and neck.  Crushers scored with Matthew Carson swiping the first goal. Near the end of the second period, Truro were up 3-1.  Crushers never lost their drive and with less than one minute left of the second period, Brycen and Kyle Reim scored two goals.  It was tied 3-3 as the third period began.  Truro ended up defeating the Crushers with a close 4-3 match on a power play.  MacEachern played hard in nets.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers competed in the Moncton Challenge Cup this past weekend in the Hub city. The team had a successful tournament going undefeated in the round robin and cross-over games before falling to the eventual champions from the host city. The Crushers won their opening contest 2-1 on Friday, defeating a tenacious Halifax Hawks squad. Later on in the day Pictou County took on the scrappy Kent-Sud Flames, and came away with another hard fought 2-1 victory. On Saturday the team played the Sherwood Falcons, and they were able to hold off the PEI squad 3-2. At the end of round robin play the Crushers were a perfect 3-0, earning themselves home ice in the cross-over game on Sunday morning. Pictou County then faced off with the Riverview Blues, with Halifax facing Moncton in the other semi-final game. Pictou County started strong and never looked back, defeating a very good Riverview team 5-0 behind the shut-out goaltending of Michael Law. In the final game the Crushers struck first against Moncton, scoring early in the first period. Moncton responded with 2 quick goals, and the first period ended with the Crushers down 2-1. In the second frame Moncton notched 2 more goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead. In the final period the Crushers scored to make it 4-2, and gave themselves a chance for a comeback, but eventually fell short to the host team. The Crushers used their combination of aggressive fore-checking, dogged defending, and stingy goaltending to reach the finals. Tournament goal-scorers for Pictou County were: Lucas Canning, Landon Sim, Kiefer Avery, Liam Berthiaume, Blaise MacDonald, and Logan Crosby. Defensemen Cameron Young, Cale Archibald, Willem Fraser, Jack Noftall, Camden Kelly, and Cory MacGillivray anchored the blueline, and kept the scoring chances to a minimum. The Crusher goaltending tandem of Thomas Gariepy and Michael Law were dominant, surrendering just 8 goals in 5 games for a stingy 1.60 Goals Against Average for the tournament.

NNEC JV Boys Basketball team will host John Hugh Gillis JV team this evening at 7pm.

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

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 receive coaching indribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Individual skills during the mornings will be followed by team games in the afternoon. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) & 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.

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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NEW GLASGOW WENDY'S WILL REMAIN OPEN AFTER BURGER KING ACQUIRES TIM HORTON'S.
Tuesday 9th December 2014

The Wendy's location in New Glasgow that's shared with Tim Horton's will remain open, despite the iconic Canadian institution's purchase by Burger King.

A Wendy's representative says it will be “business as usual,” and there will be no impact on the Westville Road location.

Shareholders voted in favour of the takeover this morning. The federal government signed off on the deal last week, following a review under the Investment Canada Act.

The Burger King takeover is said to be worth 12 billion dollars in stock and cash.


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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PROVINCE TO PAY HALF OF COST OF STUDY TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PICTOU COUNTY WELLNESS CENTRE
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Government is supporting a feasibility study that will identify how people can use sustainable transportation to better access the Pictou County Wellness Centre near New Glasgow. Minister of Energy Andrew Younger announced today that government is providing Twenty-five thousand dollars to the Municipality of Pictou County to conduct the study. The municipality wants to determine how routes near the centre, including routes from a nearby business development park in Stellarton and the Westville Road commercial district can better accommodate people travelling on foot or by bike to the centre. The study will include a public consultation and will be completed in March.


MOTION PASSED BY WESTVILLE COUNCIL FOR SKATE PARK.
Tuesday 25th November 2014

Westville Town Councillors say they are impressed by a youth groups commitment to their cause.

At last night's regular monthly meeting, council passed a motion to allow a skate park to be planned and installed in Victoria Park.

The decision was made after a presentation from a group of teenage boys from Westville who proposed the replacement of half of the tennis courts in Victoria Park to facilitate the skate park.

The boys said the skate park is a safer alternative to the streets, and said they would fundraise for the 6,400 square foot park themselves.

The expected cost is between $75,000.00 and $100,000.00


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP NOVEMBER 25 *UPDATED*
Tuesday 25th November 2014

Two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey: First game at the Stellarton Rink @ 8:00 - Dewtie's Excavating   vs.  Can – connect, and the second game will be played at the Hector Arena, Pictou, also @ 8pm when Nat Pro Gas takes on  Whitey's Vikings.

Pictou Recreation in partnership with the Royal Bank Pictou branch will present a celebration of the power of sport. To mark Sports Day in Canada – this Saturday, November 29th, multi-sport “try-it-out” events will take place in the town- including floor hockey, archery, pickle ball, road hockey, youth aquafit and free swimming. For schedule & details call 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects had a strong showing on PEI this past weekend, but the Grant Thornton Early Bird Tournament Championship eluded them. The Subways advanced to the finals against Moncton, but the Rockets held on to a 2-0 to take the victory. The Selects are back at the Hector Arena this Saturday to host the Valley Wild.

In Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer play : Sweden beat Denmark with a score 3-1. Two winning goals were scored by Carris Austin, and the other by Ethan Mathias. In Game 2 Britain tied Russia 4-4. Potting two each for Britain were Noah Spaulding & Emma Nauffts. Lucas Cameron , Payton Halliday, Sarah Sherman and Shawna Cunningham all had singles for Russia.

There was a tight game in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey on Sunday night when the Bruins tied the Rangers 3-3 at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Sue Rankin, Gina Markie, and Julie Anderson netted goals for the Bruins, while Debbie MacLean, Satina Rushton, and Kate Bray picked up the points for the Rangers.

There's some mid-week action in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League tomorrow when the CIBC Wood Gundy Wildcats take on the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs. The Mustangs are just one point shy of leading the division. That game goes at 7:05pm. Also in the Major Midget league, The Newbridge Academy Gladiators lock horns with the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack at 7:30.

There were three games Sunday 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 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. Please note the championship game on Sunday has been changed from noon to 1pm.

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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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TOWNS OF PICTOU COUNTY WORK TOWARD COMMON MUNICIPAL PLANNING DOCUMENTS
Thursday 20th November 2014

The 5 towns of Pictou County are working towards adopting an Inter-municipal Planning Strategy and a uniform Land Use By-Law. The goal of the new documents is to establish common land-related regulations to better facilitate development growth, as well as increase administrative efficiency. In addition, six new planning initiatives are being proposed:

1) allowing for development by site plan approval in certain instances instead of development agreement thus enabling a more streamlined and quicker process of development approval; 2) update and adopt uniform definitions of terms that would apply to all Towns; 3) standardization of land use zones throughout the Towns, with the ability for each Town to decide which zones are to be employed within their unit; 4) new requirements for Traffic Authority approvals for non-residential developments; 5) allowance for garage, garden and secondary suites to permit for housing options in our changing economy and environment; and 6) Addressing wind energy and the siting of telecommunications towers.

Section 204 of the Municipal Government Act requires that the respective Town Councils adopt a public participation program concerning the preparation of planning documents. Residents are invited to attend any of the public sessions planned to provide feedback. All last from 2-8pm.

TOWNS OF STELLARTON/WESTVILLE Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Westville Town Hall 2020 Queen Street Westville, NS

TOWN OF TRENTON Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Trenton Rink Annex 119 Park Road

TOWN OF PICTOU Thursday, November 27, 2014 Pictou Town Hall 40 Water Street

TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW Thursday, December 4, 2014 New Glasgow Town Council Chamber 111 Provost St.



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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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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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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WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO BREAK & ENTER, ASSAULT AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
Monday 17th November 2014

A young man has pleaded not guilty to three charges stemming from an alleged break and enter in Westville last summer. In addition to the B&E charge, 19-year-old Kyle Jeffrey Hudson faces charges of assault with bodily harm and mischief for damage to property valued under 5000 dollars related to an incident at a residence on Queen Street on August 22nd. Hudson will proceed to trial on the afternoon of March 9th, 2015 in Pictou Provincial Court.

NOVA SCOTIA GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES TO WESTVILLE TRAIL
Monday 17th November 2014

The Nova Scotia Government is supporting the construction of a trail in Westville. MLA Lloyd Hines announced today that the government will contribute $10,000 to help the Town of Westville build a two-kilometre path called the Black Diamond Trail. The Trail will run along Cowan Street, between Whitman Drive and Diamond Street. The construction is part of a four-phase project to connect Westville to Stellarton via the Trans Canada Trail. Construction on the two-kilometre section of the trail will finish by the end of March.

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