Saturday, Sep 23rd, 2017

Sports

Help wanted

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Organizers of the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish have launched a website – www.so2018.com “With any function that is going on, there are going to be people, from across Canada, who are going to be checking the website to see what the activities are going to be, to see what date different events are happening and so forth,” Carl Chisholm, Games’ co-chair, said. “It is, basically, an [...]

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Chisholm wins Riverside finale for 2017

Posted on September 21, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

It was a great end to the racing season at Riverside International Speedway as Antigonish’s Donald Chisholm, once again, took the checkered flag for the Lucas Oil 150, held Sept. 9. It was Chisholm’s fourth win in the last eight years of the season finale at Riverside and his third consecutive. He led for 102 of the 150 laps. The win was his first of the year and Chisholm was [...]

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St. F.X. sports – Bye week ‘huge’ for X-Men

Posted on September 21, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The two-time defending Atlantic University Sport (AUS) football champions are 1-2 heading into their bye week. “We certainly would like our record to be a bit better,” X-Men head coach Gary Waterman said. He noted the team knew there would be a “learning curve,” noting the X-Men have new offensive [Warren Goldie] and defensive [Jon Svec] coordinators, along with a new starting quarterback [Josh Millar] and position players. “It is [...]

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Challenger Baseball continuing to grow

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

“Our biggest year yet.” That was the line Randy Crouse, who coordinates the Antigonish Challenge Baseball program, said about the 2017 season which wrapped up last month. From the Antigonish Baseball Association website, a definition is provided to summarize Challenger Baseball. “A program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive and/or physical special needs to enjoy the full benefits of participating in baseball at a level structured to their [...]

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National champions

Posted on September 14, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

His key hit may have come on a bunt, but it was as crucial as a grand slam home run. In the gold medal game of the 2017 Softball Canada men’s fast pitch championships, a sacrifice attempt turned into a go-ahead RBI double for Jonah Wright. “The whole game was just a lot of power offense – home runs on both sides,” Wright said, describing it as “back-and-forth” between his [...]

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Islanders begin defense of titles in Berwick

Posted on September 14, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Cape Breton West (CBW) Islanders begin defense of their unprecedented success from last year, with the start of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League’s regular season schedule this weekend. The Islanders, who became the first Atlantic Canadian based team to capture the Telus Cup – emblematic of a national major midget title in Canada – last season, start on the road with weekend games in Berwick versus the [...]

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Honouring Ashton

Posted on September 14, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The home opener for the St F.X. X-Men football team was an emotional one. Before cruising to a 37-0 victory over the visiting Mount Allison Mounties, the program and St. F.X. Athletics honoured the memory of Ashton Dickson. The All-Canadian, record-setting running back, who wrapped up a stellar five-year career in 2015, was shot and killed June 26, outside a bar in his native Ottawa. Members of Dickson’s family, including [...]

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Defending AUS champs will have new look

Posted on September 8, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The St. F.X. X-Women will start defense of their Atlantic University Sport (AUS) crown this weekend. “I want to temper the expectations because we lost nine players,” head coach Graham Kennedy said. “Not only did we lose nine good players, we lost nine players that were, kind of, the foundation of the leadership on our team, so to come back from that will take some building.” He added that group [...]

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Veteran X-Men focussed on taking next step

Posted on September 8, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The veteran-laden St. F.X. X-Men have set their sights on an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship. “We are going to graduate 10 guys this year, which is a really big crop of seniors,” head coach Graham Kennedy said in an interview [Aug. 21], just as training camp was set to begin. “It is a tribute to our program – I know an awful lot of programs where they graduate three [...]

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Huskies outscored X-Men as 2017 season begins

Posted on September 8, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

It wasn’t the start the St. F.X. X-Men were looking for as they look to defend their Atlantic University Sport (AUS) football conference title from last season, as well as 2015. On the road in Halifax Aug. 25, the hometown St. Mary’s Huskies, led by the Subway player of game – quarterback Kaleb Scott – downed the X-Men 38-23. The Huskies outscored the X-Men in each quarter of the game [...]

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Tagliani passing along important allergy messages

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie richardmac@thecasket.ca

Well-known Canadian race car driver Alex Tagliani may have not had the race result he wanted, while competing at Riverside International Speedway for the Bumper to Bumper 300 Aug. 20 (he finished sixth), but he did have the opportunity to showcase his messages about food allergy awareness and the importance of EpiPen. An ambassador for Food Allergy Canada (foodallergycanada.ca) since 2013, Tagliani noted his team was able to convince EpiPen [...]

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Rugby X-Women to defend national crown

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The St. F.X. X-Women rugby program has five national crowns, but none have come in back-to-back fashion.     The defending U SPORTS champions can change that this season.     “I think we are going to be in the hunt, again, but I don’t want to say that too loudly,” head coach Mike Cavanagh said.     He noted the X-Women have lost only three starters – Breanna Allison, Ellen Murphy and [...]

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X-Men start quest for conference three-peat

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

[Editor’s note: The St. F.X. X-Men kicked off the AUS regular season (Aug. 25), on the road, against the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies. Results were unavailable as of press time.] The St. F.X. X-Men will host the Mount Allison Mounties in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) football action Friday night at Oland Stadium.     Opening kick-off is set for 7 p.m.     The match-up will be the regular season home opener [...]

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St. F.X. cross country back on course

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The St. F.X. cross country team will open training camp Aug. 31.     “We are looking at, hopefully, in the vicinity of 25 to 30 athletes [coming in],” head coach Bernie Chisholm, who is entering his 32nd and final season, said.     He noted the student-athletes will participate in a time trial Saturday, Sept. 9, on the Oland Stadium track, with the X-Women and X-Men running 5k and 8k, respectively. [...]

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Labbe races to Bumper to Bumper 300

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series Bumper to Bumper 300 lived up to its name at Riverside International Speedway.     It was a bumper-to-bumper finish on a scorching Sunday afternoon (Aug. 20) in James River, Antigonish County, with Alex Labbe taking the checkered flag in dramatic fashion.     On the last corner of the final lap, the Victoriaville, Quebec driver executed a bump-and-run pass to overtake Kevin Lacroix, who led – sometimes [...]

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Archibald versus Avery – The Sequel

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Sequels, when it comes to movies at least, often don’t live up to expectations.     But, when it comes to the 2017 AGR playoff tournament, they were exceeded.     In a rematch of last season’s championship game, the Pomquet Acadians faced the Guysborough Broadhorns, with Donnelly Archibald and Cory Avery, once again, taking the mound for their respective teams.     In this second installment – one that could be titled [...]

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Berthiaume looking forward to leading X-Women hockey program

Posted on August 25, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

An Antigonish native has started his tenure as head coach of the St. F.X. X-Women hockey team. Ben Berthiaume took the reins of the program, officially, Aug. 1. “I am extremely excited to have been given this opportunity. I am really looking forward to it,” he said. Berthiaume, a St. F.X. Sports Hall of Fame inductee as a defenseman with the 2003-04 national champion X-Men hockey team, will be starting [...]

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Strait Pirates round out coaching staff

Posted on August 25, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Although nothing has happened on the ice, it has been a busy summer for the Strait Pirates. “We have been working every day to make the team better,” first-year head coach Taylor Lambke said in an Aug. 16 interview. That ‘we’ Lambke referenced includes general manager Tim MacMillan and assistant general manager Brad Raike. Part of their work has been rounding out Lambke’s coaching staff, which will include a familiar [...]

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MacNeil joins CBW bench staff

Posted on August 25, 2017

The Cape Breton West Islanders of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League announced, in an Aug. 6 press release, that Nick MacNeil will be joining their coaching staff for the upcoming season. MacNeil, a native of Creignish, is a former assistant captain with the Islanders. He was also a former draft pick of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles where he enjoyed four strong seasons. After finishing his [...]

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AGR playoffs underway

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

[Editor’s note: In our Aug. 23 print edition, we incorrectly indicated Saturday games in the AGR championship tournament were scheduled for MacPherson Field in St. Andrews. They will actually take place at Pomquet Fire Department Field. We apologize for the error.] The regular season champion Pomquet Acadians opened the 2017 AGR championship tournament Wednesday night (Aug. 23) with a pair of victories.     On their home field, the Acadians started [...]

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