Friday, Jul 28th, 2017

Sports

Chisholm to step down after upcoming season

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Bernie Chisholm has decided this season will be his last one.     Earlier this month, the veteran head coach of the St. F.X. cross country and track and field teams made the announcement.     “The past 31 years coaching at St. F.X. has been a very special time for me, however, after a lot of thought, I have decided that this coming year will be my last,” Chisholm said in [...]

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Speedway packed as Blenkhorn battles to victory

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Truro driver Dylan Blenkhorn outlasted an ultra-competitive field to take the checkered flag and win the John W. Chisholm Cup, symbolic of the 2017 IWK 250 title. The race, presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body, was held July 15 under near-perfect weather conditions at Riverside International Speedway. The impressive field of drivers, which included NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin, and the ideal conditions converged to create a full and [...]

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Boutilier (triple) jumps at chance to compete at Canada Games

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Antigonish native Allan Boutilier will compete in the triple jump at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.     The soon-to-be second-year computer science student at the University New Brunswick, who is a member of the Varsity Reds’ track and field team, will represent that neighbouring province in athletics.     “I started in Grade 7,” the 19-year-old said, when asked about his beginnings in athletics, which, initially, focussed mostly on [...]

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Konchalski wins gold with Team Canada as mentor coach

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Steve Konchalski just returned from a golden trip to Egypt.     The veteran head coach of the St. F.X. X-Men basketball team was part of Team Canada that captured the FIBA Under-19 World Cup, July 9, in Cairo, Egypt.     “Canada Basketball has been – basketball has been – booming in this country, especially over the last 10 years,” Konchalski said, when asked about the achievement.     “I think we [...]

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Jeanie’s Joggers

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

‘Jeanie’s Joggers’ ran into the hearts of everyone watching the 5-Mile Road Race at the 154th Antigonish Highland Games.     More than 130 people – most donning pink T-shirts emblazoned with those words – participated in the July 7 event at Columbus Field to honour the late Dr. Jeanie Cameron.     Cameron, a multiple record-holder in the race, died Sept. 11.     “She was always big on running, especially running [...]

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Kennedy sets two Canadian lightweight records at Games

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

It was a record-setting weekend for Ryan Kennedy at the 154th Antigonish Highland Games.     The Antigonish native garnered the lightweight crown during the Scottish heavy events competition at Columbus Field.     “I think I had a great weekend,” he said the morning after securing the title.     “I had a strong competition the week before in Pugwash and I was happy to see that going into Antigonish.     “I [...]

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Lambke to guide Pirates

Posted on July 13, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

An Antigonish native is the new head coach of the Strait Pirates. The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League organization announced the signing of a three-year deal with Taylor Lambke in a June 30 press release. “I think, for me, it is probably the next step in my coaching career,” the 27-year-old, who coached the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Royals for the past two seasons, said in an interview. “I [...]

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IWK 250 star power growing

Posted on July 13, 2017

As the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body continues to reinforce its status as Canada’s ultimate stock car race, so too does the star power it attracts. The expected entry list for 2017 is the strongest in years for any stock car race in Canada, with top racers from six Canadian provinces and three U.S. states set to converge on Riverside International Speedway for the July 15 event. [...]

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Cyclists tackle Cape George and wet weather

Posted on July 13, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

As the old saying goes ‘it was raining cats and dogs,’ but that didn’t stop 13 cyclists from taking part in the Cape George Bike Race Sunday (July 2) morning; the first official event on the Highland Games’ schedule. Under a steady rain, the cyclists began from the Antigonish Heritage Museum parking lot and by the time they crossed the finish line on St. Mary’s Street, it was a sunny [...]

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Milner heading west

Posted on July 7, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

He once was a Lion and now he is a Dino. Antigonish native Andrew Milner will play U SPORTS basketball with the University of Calgary Dinos of the Canada West conference. “I just wanted somewhere that I knew I would be OK with who I was surrounded with and I knew I would be able to succeed there,” the Antigonish Minor Basketball Association (AMBA) product said. He also noted his [...]

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Chisholm selected for national U-17 camp

Posted on July 7, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

It has been quite a year for Upper Pomquet hockey player Logan Chisholm; and it became even better with a June 20 announcement that he is one of 111 players, from across the country, selected for Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp. The camp will take place in Calgary, starting July 22, and Chisholm is one of only five Nova Scotians who received an invitation; the others are defensemen Justin Barron [...]

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Former AMHA player selected by Senators

Posted on July 7, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Drake Batherson, who played a lot of his minor hockey in the Antigonish area, was drafted into the NHL June 24. Batherson donned the Bulldogs’ colours while his father Norm, from North Sydney originally, was an assistant coach with the St. F.X. X-Men hockey program. The family moved to the Valley area as Batherson reached bantam and he played the rest of his hockey in [...]

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Berthiaume takes helm of X-Women hockey

Posted on July 7, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Ben Berthiaume is the new head coach of the St. F.X. X-Women hockey team. Leo MacPherson, Director of Athletics and Recreation, made the announcement, June 28, in a department press release. “We are very pleased to welcome Ben Berthiaume to the position of head coach of our X-Women hockey team,” MacPherson said. “Ben knows our program inside and out and has contributed greatly to its success in the past and [...]

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Special Olympics athletes shine

Posted on June 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

More than 850 coaches and athletes – not to mention countless volunteers – just wrapped up a championship experience in Antigonish. The Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) Summer Games – from June 16 to 18 – took place, mostly on the St. F.X. campus, but also in other areas of the ‘Highland Heart’ of the province. Eastern Highlands – the host team for the celebration of sport – provided its [...]

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DeCoste takes checkered flag on home track

Posted on June 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

It was a triumphant return to the Riverside International Speedway track for Brad DeCoste. The Monastery native raced to the checkered flag in the NAPA Sportsman Series R&D Performancenter 75, June 18, as part of season-opening action in James River. It has been almost two years since DeCoste raced on his hometown track, a night when he was involved in a fiery seven-car crash. “Staying clean, for sure; just don’t [...]

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Kell to attend 10th championship

Posted on June 29, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

While people are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, Antigonish’s Garry Kell will be competing in his 10th Canadian Arm Wrestling Federation Championship. The championships are in Halifax during the Canada Day long-weekend and Kell noted this is only the second time the province has hosted the event, the first being in 1993, also in Halifax. “At the Marriott Hotel on Lower Water Street; that’s where I’m staying, it’s a nice hotel,” [...]

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McCarron fans 15 in Flyers’ win

Posted on June 29, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

Craig McCarron fanned 15 batters as the St. Andrews Flyers doubled the visiting St. Josephs Chiefs, June 16, in AGR softball action. McCarron also helped lead the offense, chipping in a two-run homer, while his battery mate – catcher Andrew MacIsaac – contributed a home run and two RBI. Jaron Kennedy took the loss for the Chiefs, a club made up of mainly under-21 players, while striking out six Flyers. [...]

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Celebrating a season for the ages

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

The Cape Breton West Major Midget Islanders wrapped-up their historic national championship season with a day-long celebration, June 11, that started with a rally at the Antigonish Arena and finished with an awards banquet at the team’s home rink; the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood. The team was saluted and cheered all along the drive, from one arena to the other, by proud Quad County residents who were [...]

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55+ Games attract strong contingent

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Antigonish 55+ Games, an event that promotes mental and physical well-being, took place June 9 and 10.     Here are some of the competition results:     Morning bowling: 1. The Leafs – Darlene Hart, Regina Bailey, Shirley Doiron, Sharon Gillis and Janice Ross; 2. Pilgrims – James MacDonald, Harlan MacLeod, Shirley Skinner, Frank Delorey and Paul Tomlik; 3. Neighbors – Jeanette Brosha, Claire Delorey, Margaret Delorey, Shawn Glenn and [...]

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Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School athletic awards

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

A complete list of Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School athletic awards for 2016-17: Golf; male MVP Craig Landry, female MVP Victoria Rankin  Football; offensive MVP Ryan MacDonald, defensive MVP Robbie Miller, team MVP Ryan Gillis, Donnie Campbell Award (awarded annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership and dedication to the Royals football team on-and-off field) Travis Grace. Cross Country; teams receive their school pin for their provincial [...]

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