Monday, Feb 26th, 2018

Sports

A passion for family, hockey and St. F.X.

Posted on February 22, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

It will be a reunion, of sorts, for the Kyte family. And it will involve, appropriately enough, the sport of hockey; and will take place, again appropriately, in Winnipeg. Members of the family, including St. F.X. students Thomas, Emma, Abi and Sean, are gearing up for the Canada Deaf Games, from Feb. 21 to 24, in the Manitoba capital. The foursome will be part of Team Kyte at the event […]

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Basketball Royals capture home tournament

Posted on February 22, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Led by a 33-point performance from senior guard Jack Pittman, the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Royals captured their home tournament with a 93-78 victory over the Pugwash Panthers. The six-team tournament took place, Feb. 9 and 10, at the Regional gym in Antigonish. “It is my last home game and it feels so good to win,” Pittman, a member of Team Nova Scotia for the 2017 Canada Games, said […]

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RBC Training Ground at St. F.X. March 25

Posted on February 22, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

As the 2018 Olympic Winter Games kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, organizers with the RBC Training Ground announced a day session will return to Antigonish this March. RBC Training Ground will take place at St. F.X.’s Oland Center, starting at 9 a.m. and going to 3 p.m., on March 25, which is a Sunday. A release notes, “RBC Training Ground is a day of physical challenges for athletes, aged […]

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Bulldogs fall in semi-final

Posted on February 22, 2018

The Antigonish Midget ‘AA’ Bulldogs advanced to the semi-final game of the Winter Classic Tournament they hosted, Feb. 9 to 11, before falling to eventual champion Cape Breton County Islanders, 2-0. The Islanders defeated the TASA Ducks, 4-2, in the final at the Antigonish Arena. In advancing to the semi-finals, the Bulldogs posted a win and two-ties record in round-robin play. In their opening game Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs tied […]

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Bulldogs to host Scotians in playoff action

Posted on February 22, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs will host the defending-league champion Pictou County Scotians Tuesday in Game 4 of their Sid Rowe Division semi-final series. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, at the Antigonish Arena. The results of the opening three games of the best-of-seven series were unavailable at press time. “We need to keep up the work ethic that brought us success in the regular season,” […]

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Miners to visit Pirate ship Friday night

Posted on February 22, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre – affectionately known by many fans as the ‘Pirate Ship’ – will be the sight for Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday. The Strait Pirates will host the Kameron Miners in Game 3 of their Sid Rowe Division best-of-seven semi-final series. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. “For us, we need to focus on shutting down their top players or, at least, […]

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Islanders have begun playoff chase

Posted on February 22, 2018

The Cape Breton West Major Midget Islanders have begun defence of their league playoff title against the same team they started against last season – the Cape Breton Tradesmen. Game four in their best-of-seven Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL) quarter-final series goes Thursday (Feb. 22) night in Membertou. The first three games took place Feb. 17 and 18 in Port Hood, and Feb. 20 in Membertou, with results […]

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Warriors, Outlaws strike first

Posted on February 22, 2018

The Antigonish Rural League playoffs started Feb. 10 and, already, there is an upset in the making. The number four-seed Heatherton Warriors, last year’s playoff champs, surprised one-seed Pleasantdale, 4-1, in the opening game of their best-of-seven series. Four different goal scores found the range for Heatherton including; Burton Chisholm, Ricky Bowie, Mark Fougere and Alex Chisholm. Mike Tobin recorded two assists for the winners. Brandon MacKenzie scored the Panthers’ […]

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Swimmers compete at Dalplex

Posted on February 22, 2018

The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) sent six senior qualified swimmers to the Senior Long Course Development meet at Dalplex Feb. 10 to 11. The six person squad had an impressive showing. Open unofficial results show Riley Avery taking sixth place in the 1500m freestyle and fourth in the 400m individual medley. Abby Poffenroth swam to eighth in the 100m and sevent in the 200m, and fourth in the […]

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Freshmen lead X-Women to first-place clincher

Posted on February 22, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

On senior night, it was the freshmen who spearheaded the offence for the St. F.X. X-Women in a decisive 6-2 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers. With the win, coming Feb. 9 in their regular season finale at the Keating Centre, first-year players scored five goals, including two apiece from forwards Kristen McKinley and Patti-Anne Tracey. “We were on top of them every time they touched the puck and we took […]

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Opening round bye for X-Men

Posted on February 15, 2018

 The St. F.X. X-Men will start their pursuit of a third consecutive Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship with an opening-round playoff bye. “If we are playing well, you are going to see the same kind of team you have seen all year,” X-Men head coach Brad Peddle said. “It is a great group to coach – they work hard every night – and they buy into playing a specific way […]

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Dirk defensive stalwart for X-Men

Posted on February 15, 2018 corey leblanc [email protected]

Hockey has taken Jagger Dirk from coast-to-coast. “Honestly, I had never heard of St. F.X., when I was playing junior,” the Penticton, B.C. native said, when asked about his decision to lace up his skates for the X-Men. While playing for the Kootenay Ice in his final Western Hockey League (WHL) season, Dirk said he received a call, around Christmas time, from X-Men head coach Brad Peddle. After that initial […]

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Bantam ‘AA’ Bulldogs skate to silver

Posted on February 15, 2018

The Antigonish Bantam ‘AA’ Bulldogs earned a hard-fought silver medal at the 34th Annual Bantam Memorial Hockey Tournament, in Pictou County, Feb. 2 to 4. The Bulldogs were defeated by the narrowest of margins in the championship game, 2-1 in double overtime, by the NB EDZA East Phantoms. Antigonish goaltender Donovan Walker made 41 saves in the contest, with his play being described as “outstanding.” The contest was 0-0 after […]

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X basketball to host SeaHawks

Posted on February 15, 2018 corey leblanc [email protected]

 The St. F.X. varsity basketball teams will wrap up their Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season home schedule this weekend. The Memorial SeaHawks will visit Coach K Court at Oland Centre Saturday (Feb. 17) and Sunday (Feb. 18). The tip-off times Saturday are 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men), while Sunday the teams will hit the court at 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men). Huskies visit Despite racing […]

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X-Women focussed on championship run

Posted on February 15, 2018 corey leblanc [email protected]

It is a case of wait-and-see for the St. F.X. X-Women hockey team. The Blue and White, along with the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies, have byes for the opening round of the Atlantic University Sports (AUS) playoffs. “Overall, it has been a strong regular season,” X-Women head coach Ben Berthiaume said. “I think we have to clean up a few areas of our game, heading into the playoffs, but, again, […]

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Tate sets 3,000m indoor record

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Mike Tate, once again, is a record-breaker. The Heatherton, Antigonish County native set a new provincial mark for senior men’s in the indoor 3,000m late last month. Tate, who is a student-athlete with the NCAA’s Southern Utah University Thunderbirds, raced to a 7:56.43 mark during a Big Sky Conference meet, Jan. 27, at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle. “I really wasn’t thinking of the provincial record – my […]

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Berthiaume scores shootout winner for Novas

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

First-year forward Liam Berthiaume roofed a hard wrist shot under the crossbar to give his Novas a 4-3 victory – in a shootout – over the visiting Bedford Barons in Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League action. The teams clashed Jan. 27 at the Antigonish Arena. “I just wanted to do my best to help our team win,” he said outside the victorious locker room. After Berthiaume – the Nova’s […]

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Ricky Bowie shines for Warriors

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Veteran forward Ricky Bowie scored four goals for the Heatherton Warriors in a 6-4 victory over the County Outlaws, Jan. 27, in Antigonish Rural League action. With 48 seconds remaining in the third period, on the power play, Bowie scored the game-clincher on assists from Mike Tobin and Kory Tate. In the first period, the teams traded two goals apiece, with Bowie opening the scoring, on assists from Milan Boyd […]

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Bulldogs to host Elks

Posted on February 8, 2018 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs will host the Brookfield Elks Friday at the Antigonish Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. “We are in a very good place in a lot of areas and in a lot of ways,” first-year Bulldogs’ head coach David Synishin said. He noted the team’s ongoing improvement in the ‘D’ zone. “It is always a key for any team to be successful and […]

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Ditching the offensive logos

Posted on February 8, 2018 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

I fully applaud the act of Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians for, finally, doing away with their offensive ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo. It was announced Jan. 29 the team is phasing out the logo and the start of that movement will be removing it from their uniforms for the 2019 season. I know there is a large segment out there who feel annoyed by this decision; feel it’s ‘overly […]

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