Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

Sports

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

It wasn’t how they wanted it to end, but a trio of players with the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Royals girls’ basketball program have completed their high school careers. Brianna Gottschall, Gemma MacPherson and Abby MacIntosh donned their uniforms for the final time, March 4, when their team hosted an exhibition game versus the rival North Nova Gryphons at the Regional Gym in Antigonish. The fourth-year players had planned [...]

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Olympic path could start at Oland Centre

Posted on March 23, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Who hasn’t dreamed about being an Olympian? For local athletes between the ages of 14 and 25, a first-step towards the dream could be to attend the RBC Training Ground event coming to the Oland Centre at St.F.X. this Saturday (March 25), beginning at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with testing underway by 10 a.m. and the event going until, approximately, 2 p.m. From promotional material regarding [...]

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Strait Pirates making changes

Posted on March 23, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

For those who have dreamed of owning a hockey team, here’s your chance. The Strait Pirates of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League will be adopting, as Adam Rodgers described, “a more community-ownership model.” “We are going to sell memberships and those members will, essentially, be the owners of the club,” the incoming president of the Pirate organization, said. As part of that membership, they will receive season tickets for [...]

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High Five Sport Training March 28

Posted on March 23, 2017

As a follow-up to former NHL star Theo Fleury’s Feb. 15 and 16 presentations in Antigonish, the Naomi Society and Government of Nova Scotia are offering free High Five Sport training. High Five Sport is a four-hour training session which is aligned with the ‘FUNdamental’ and Learn to Train stages of the Canadian Sport for Life model and focuses on social, emotional and cognitive development of athletes. Participants who are [...]

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PHAST swimmers attended Junior Olympic Trials

Posted on March 23, 2017

The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) had three swimmers attend the Junior Olympic Trials in Bath, Maine the weekend of March 10 to 12. Hannah Austen, Liam Kennedy and Anna Robinson were part of Swim Nova Scotia’s 28 member team of some of the most promising 11 to14 year old swimmers in the province. The team was coached by a group of coaches from clubs across the province and [...]

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The Chase is over

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The St. F.X. X-Men are back-to-back Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hockey champions.     After rallying from a two-goal deficit, the Blue and White secured the title with a dramatic 5-4 victory over the rival UNB Varsity Reds, March 8, to sweep their best-of-three final series.     For the second consecutive season, the X-Men swept the Varsity Reds for the title, with both closing wins coming on home ice.     “This [...]

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MacKenzie steps down as Bulldogs head coach/GM

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs have been eliminated from the playoffs.     With a convincing 7-0 victory, March 3 at the Trenton Arena, the Pictou County Scotians secured a 4-2 series win in the teams’ best-of-seven Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Sid Rowe Division semi-final series.     “It was disappointing because, up until that point, it had been a competitive series,” Bulldog head coach Richard MacKenzie said.     “There [...]

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Nova Bantams preparing for provincial tournament

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Nova Bantams will skate for a provincial championship this weekend in Berwick.     The Strait area based squad will be one of seven vying for the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League championship.     “We have to come ready to work. We have a team that has beaten some of the best teams in the province and anyone can win in this league this year,” head coach Mike Stewart [...]

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Bercy earns all-Canadian selection

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The season is over for the St. F.X. X-Men basketball team.     The Blue and White dropped an 80-79 decision to the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies in quarterfinal action at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) tournament, March 3, at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.     “I thought, overall, we played very well,” X-Men veteran head coach Steve Konchalski said, noting the Huskies “came within a possession” of winning the conference championship [...]

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Huskies edge X-Women in triple OT thriller to claim conference crown

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The St. F.X. X-Women are preparing to drop the puck at the U Sports Women’s Hockey National Championship this weekend in Napanee, Ontario.     “I think playing defensively is something that we stressed a lot – we do a lot of work on it in practice,” X-Women head coach David Synishin said, when asked about keys to success on that stage.     At that level, he noted, a couple things [...]

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Islanders start playoffs off on right foot

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The regular season champion Cape Breton West (CBW) Islanders took a two-game-to-none lead over their Cape Breton rivals, the Sydney-based Tradesmen, to begin the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL) playoffs, Feb. 25 and 26. With both games in Port Hood, the Islanders piled on the shot totals – 56 in game one, 62 in game two – on their way to 5-2 and 5-3 victories. Five different players [...]

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X teams performing well

Posted on March 10, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

In recent action involving teams created to make-up for varsity sport teams at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional School, the Antigonish Under-18 X-Women posted a two-win and one-loss record at the Truro Tigers’ tournament, held Feb. 25 and 26. In their first game, they defeated North Nova by the score of 93-75. For the U-18 X Women, Brianna Gottschall scored 41 points while adding 11 rebounds. Abbie Macintosh had 21 points [...]

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Visitors win first five games of Bulldogs, Scotians series

Posted on March 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Fans of the home team have been going home unhappy during the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series between the Pictou County Scotians and Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs. The visiting team won the first five contests of the best-of-seven Sid Rowe Division semi-final, including a 5-1 victory for the Scotians in Game 5, March 1, at the Antigonish Arena. “I thought we weren’t as good defensively, especially around [...]

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Marchand making the most of opportunities

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

In his final year of junior hockey eligibility, first-year St. F.X. X-Men goaltender Chase Marchand made a name for himself, on a national level, by leading his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title, in a record-setting performance (zero goals in 223 minutes), and into the Memorial Cup final against a star-studded London Knights squad. Marchand, from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, and the Huskies would lose the [...]

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Silver anniversary for Highlander Curling Club

Posted on March 2, 2017

The Highlander Curling Club in St. Andrews turned 25 this year and a late afternoon celebration was held Feb. 18, at the club, to recognize the anniversary. “It was a pretty good turnout,” Graeme Fraser, a board member for the club and one of the celebration organizers, said. “It started around 3 p.m. with a bit of an open house. We had some pictures on display of when the club [...]

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Fleury’s messages

Posted on March 2, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

I remember a newspaper picture of a very young Theo Fleury, blood all over his face, gripping Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings’ jersey while the Great One returned the action, gripping Fleury’s Calgary Flames sweater, only, as it appeared from the picture, with a lot less intensity. It should be noted too that Fleury was minus his helmet and gloves while Gretzky still had on his signature Jofa equipment, so [...]

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PHAST competes in Long Course meet

Posted on March 2, 2017

With Nova Scotia Senior Championships fast approaching, the Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team sent seven of their ‘Phastest’ swimmers to the Long Course Prep Meet in Halifax Feb. 17 and 18. They recorded eight top eight place finishes and set four new team records. Jacob Bennett took 6th in the 50m backstroke, and 2nd in the 100m freestyle. Josh Elsworth stroked to 7th in the 200m butterfly. Ava Hart powered [...]

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Bulldogs, Scotians wage playoff battle

Posted on March 2, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Bulldogs and Pictou County Scotians are continuing their first round battle in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action. In the series opener, Feb. 17, the visitors skated to a 4-1 victory at the Antigonish Arena in the best-of-seven Sid Rowe Division semi-final clash. “Not being able to score,” Bulldog head coach Richard MacKenzie said, when asked for some thoughts on the loss. Reminding that finding [...]

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X-Women claim first AUS curling championship banner

Posted on February 24, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The St. F.X. women’s curling team rocks. They’ve earned the bad-pun description after claiming the university’s first-ever Subway Atlantic University Sport (AUS) curling championship banner with a 9-3 win over the Dalhousie Tigers, Feb. 12, at the Truro Curling Club. Members of the X-Women team include skip Emma Logan, Lauren MacFadyen, Ashley Francis, Therese McCurdy and Sarah Snair. They’re coached by Carolyn Rose, a former curler with the team. Playing [...]

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Gottschall selects St. F.X.

Posted on February 24, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The St. F.X. X-Women basketball team will have another player who lists Antigonish as their hometown in the program next season, after Dr. J. H. Gillis Regional School Royals power-forward Brianna Gottschall committed to the program earlier this month. Gottschall’s older sister Melissa played two seasons with St. F.X. and current X-Women guard Holly Scott was a teammate of Gottschall with the Royals. “I have had the pleasure of watching [...]

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