Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Sports

Tiger Cats draft Okafor in third round

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Sundays, for many, are days of relaxation; ones with little or no excitement.     That wasn’t the case on May 4 for Kaetochukwu ‘Kay’ Okafor.     During the afternoon ceremony for St. F.X. spring convocation, the native of Enugu, Nigeria crossed the stage with his Bachelor of Business Administration with Major, which would, on its own, make for a memorable day.     But, the all-star defensive lineman with the X-Men [...]

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Volunteers needed for provincial SO summer games

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Organizers are seeking volunteers for the upcoming Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) summer games. The three-day celebration of athletics will take place from June 16 to 18 on the St. F.X. campus in Antigonish. “This year, what we are actually hoping to do is have some volunteers come out, who are also willing to come out for 2018 when we host nationals,” Anne Marie Shannon, SONS director — events and [...]

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Kennedy, Cameron and Poffenroth set swim team records

Posted on May 18, 2017

The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim Team (PHAST) sent 22 senior and junior age group swimmers to the fourth long course development meet in Halifax, May 5 to 7. The meet was an opportunity for swimmers to race their events before heading into the final training cycle before provincial championships. The swimmers posted a number of season best long course times. Hannah Austen placed sixth in the 100m breaststroke, fifth in [...]

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Setting sail

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Guysborough County Sailing Club will offer its school again this summer in Guysborough Harbour and Chedabucto Bay.     Organizer Kate Tompkins said it will be the third season for the sailing school.     “We are all about cruising, so we teach how to learn how to cruise courses, as opposed to racing,” she said.     Tompkins noted Sail Canada has two streams; racing and cruising.     “This year, we [...]

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New hockey option for 15 and 16 year-olds

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

There is a new option in the region for hockey players aged 15 and 16. The new Minor Midget AAA Hockey League begins next season and for Antigonish and area players (right up to the Canso Causeway), they are part of the Pictou County team’s jurisdiction. The Pictou County M.U. Rhino Renovations Minor Midget AAA catchment  area includes players who were part of the following minor hockey associations; Pictou County Minor [...]

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CBW travels to Prince George and becomes major midget kings

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Logan Chisholm turns, fires a wrist shot at the goal, the goalie gets a piece of it but not enough, it trickles in, the referee signals goal as the red light goes on … and the Cape Breton West (CBW) Major Midget Islanders are national champions. The Islanders, the team based out of Port Hood with players from all over the Quad Counties (Richmond, Inverness, Guysborough and Antigonish), captured the [...]

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Celtics back on the pitch

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

The Antigonish Celtics Soccer Club has kicked-off another season.     “We are normally between 600 and 700,” Bernard Hanifen, club vice-president, said when asked about enrollment numbers.     “We assume that we are going to drop a little bit each year, but a couple years ago we went up a bunch of numbers, so we never really know, but we are usually between 600 and 700.”     Competitive teams started [...]

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Antigonish Challenger Baseball readying for fourth season

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Opening pitch for the fourth season of Antigonish Challenger Baseball is fast approaching.     “It is going very well,” Randy Crouse said of the growing program.     He added 12 children and 20 ‘buddies’ participated in the inaugural season, while organizers expect 30 or so players and 35 to 40 ‘buddies’ to take the diamond this summer.     “It’s definitely grown – not just here, but also across the province. [...]

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Open for the season

Posted on May 5, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Antigonish Golf and Country Club (AGCC) is open for the season. Players teed off for the first time, April 26, at the venerable course in Cloverville. “Really good – the golf course is in great shape, fabulous shape,” Dave Deluzio, head golf professional, said on the season-opening morning. He added course superintendent Mike MacLellan said it is probably in its best condition in several years. “No real damage, no [...]

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Warriors polish off Panthers for title

Posted on May 5, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Heatherton Warriors are your 2016-17 Antigonish Rural League champions after doubling the Pleasantdale Panthers, by the score of 6-3, in game six of the finals, played April 22 at the Antigonish Arena. Nick Pye had two goals and an assist for the Warriors in the final game while captain, and playoff scoring champ, Ricky Bowie added a goal and two assists. Devin MacLaughlin, Alex Chisholm and Reilly Bowie completed [...]

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Former X-Men win Allan Cup

Posted on April 28, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts’ uniforms may be green and white but, if you look a little closer, you could certainly see some blue in there. Especially last week as the team participated in and won the 2017 Allan Cup; emblematic of senior hockey supremacy in Canada. The tournament was played in Bouctouche, N.B. and amongst the Cataracts’ roster, which defeated the defending champions from Lacombe (formerly Bentley), Alberta, 7-4 in [...]

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Bulldogs gather for year-end banquet

Posted on April 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs gathered for their traditional year-end awards’ banquet April 14. Veteran defenseman Brian MacDougall, in his first season with the Black and Gold, collected the most valuable player and best defenseman trophies, along with the honour as the team’s top point-getter. Richard MacKenzie, who has stepped down as head coach and general manager after three seasons, said MacDougall left “an indelible mark” on the organization. [...]

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Revisiting a great career

Posted on April 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

How time flies. We’re fast approaching the 10th anniversary of the emergence of one of the greatest harness racing horses in the history of the sport … arguably in horse racing in general. It was late-June and early-July 2007 when the great Somebeachsomewhere started his race career at the Truro Raceway. He won a few qualifiers with my brother-in-law, Brent MacGrath, driving and training. Brent was also part of the [...]

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Wilson soars for St. F.X. track and field team

Posted on April 27, 2017

When she arrived at St. F.X., Hayley Wilson jumped at the chance to compete with the varsity track and field team. There have been many highlights for the Skye Glen, Inverness County native in her three campaigns, including garnering the team’s coach’s award for this season during the annual St. F.X. Athletics awards gala earlier this month. “It was really nice – I wasn’t expecting it – and it is [...]

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MacLean roars with Tigers

Posted on April 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

An Inverness native garnered a first-team all-star nod for the recently completed Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s hockey season. Lisa MacLean, captain of the Dalhousie Tigers, laced up her skates, for the first time, as a four-year-old. “I come from a big family. I wanted to do what they were doing – typical younger sibling,” she said, with a laugh, when asked about her start in the sport. “I, basically, [...]

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Scotians boast Antigonish flavour

Posted on April 27, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, [email protected]

The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League champions have a definite Antigonish flavour. Brandon MacDonald, Riley Cameron and Liam Murphy, former Antigonish Bulldogs, are key members of the Pictou County Scotians, who skated to a 4-2 series win over the Liverpool Privateers to secure the provincial crown. In the clincher, April 14 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, Cameron collected four points, including a hat-trick, as the Scotians earned an 8-5 [...]

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CBW Islanders info – roster, road to P.G., Telus Cup schedule

Posted on April 22, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

22 Spencer Barron RW 1999 Right 5’9″ 180 Country Harbour Cape Breton West 39 Logan Chisholm LW 2001 Left 5’10″ 160 Upper Pomquet Nova Major Bantam 29 Colten Ellis G 2000 Left 6’0″ 181 River Denys Cape Breton West 25 Stephen Fox RW 2000 Right 5’7″ 160 New Town Cape Breton West 2 Keenan Gillis LD 1999 Left 6’2″ 186 Judique Cape Breton West 92 JacobHudson RW 2000 Right 5’8″ [...]

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AMHA celebrates 2016-17 season

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Antigonish Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) celebrated their 2016-17 season with a banquet which was held April 10 at the Keating Centre. This was the second year AMHA hosted the large year-end event which included atom, pee wee, bantam and midget players, as well as coaches and managers and AMHA executive, division-heads and special guests. Three major awards were handed out during the evening; the Female Bulldog of the Year was [...]

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CBW Islanders rally this Thursday

Posted on April 18, 2017

The Cape Breton West Islanders Major Midget Hockey Club will be holding a ‘Send off Rally’ event at the Antigonish Arena on Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. Hockey fans of all ages are encouraged to come out and show their support for the team before the Islanders head to Prince George, B.C., to compete in the Telus Cup, April 24 to 30. For the serious hockey fan, [...]

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Islanders off to Telus Cup

Posted on April 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; [email protected]

With a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat, 3-2 win in the title game of the Atlantic Major Midget Championships, the Cape Breton West (CBW) Islanders added to their season for the ages. And with the victory, they ensured their special season will last another few weeks as they earned a place in the national major midget tournament – the Telus Cup – which is being played in Prince George, B.C., April 24 to [...]

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