Friday, Nov 24th, 2017

Sports

Bance honoured with AUS football coaching award

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

A veteran assistant coach with the St. F.X. X-Men has garnered a prestigious honour.     Defensive line coach Dave Bance is the 2017 recipient of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Phil Hughes Award, which honours a volunteer coach who does not make their living with that university football role.     “It is a privilege. It is quite the honour and I was certainly surprised,” Bance, a long-time educator in Antigonish, [...]

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Hayfield garners national player of the year award

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

It wasn’t with his teammates – as they had hoped and worked for – but Dan Hayfield travelled to the recent U Sports men’s soccer championship tournament.     On his flight back to the East Coast, the third-year midfielder from Exeter, England, needed more room in his suitcase.     At the annual All-Canadian gala, Hayfield not only garnered first-team recognition, but also the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy, which goes to [...]

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Rawling races to tenth place at nationals

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

St. F.X. runner Angus Rawling finished 10th in the men’s 10k race during the recent U Sports cross country championships.                “It was pretty good – certainly much better than last year,” the third-year runner from Calgary said, with a laugh, noting his 68th place finish in 2016.     Rawling – the 2017 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) champion – stayed with the lead pack throughout the race, reaching as high [...]

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X basketball teams to welcome rival Capers Saturday

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

Saturday (Nov. 25) will feature a pair of Atlantic University Sports (AUS) basketball rivalry games at the newly-renovated Oland Centre.     The St F.X. X-Women and X-Men will host the Cape Breton University Capers at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.     “We expect it will be a scrambly game,” X-Men head coach Steve Konchalski said, noting the visitors have been playing a variety of line-ups in pre and early-season action. [...]

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Bulldogs break out offensively

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

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs recorded 100 shots on goal in splitting a pair of recent Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games.     On the road (Nov. 12), the Bulldogs scored five unanswered goals in the third period to secure an 8-4 doubling of the Cumberland County Blues, in Springhill.     “We are playing better each week,” Bulldogs head coach David Synishin said, noting the players are “getting more [...]

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Islanders edge Wolfpack, McDonald’s

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

If there is a perfect hockey score, it might be 4-3. Just enough offence to entertain fans while not giving coaches fits for too many goals allowed. The Cape Breton West (CBW) Islanders major midget hockey team found themselves on the right side of that score for both of their games in the HRM, over the Nov. 4-5 weekend. In their first game Saturday evening, at Cole Harbour Place versus [...]

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Coach K Court unveiled

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Whether it has been in sneakers or dress shoes, Steve Konchalski has walked the floor at Oland Centre for more than 43 years.     For this season’s home opener, it was a bit different; the veteran head coach of the St. F.X. X-Men patrolled the sidelines in a recently-renovated gymnasium, which includes a new floor that bears his name.     “Wow, this is amazing,” Konchalski said, following a thunderous standing [...]

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X soccer teams eliminated in quarterfinals

Posted on November 16, 2017

We did everything but score.     That’s an often-heard comment in sports, one that is apt when it comes to the abrupt end of the season for the St. F.X. X-Men soccer team.     In semi-final action during the recent Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship tournament at Cape Breton University, the Blue and White dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision to the UNB Varsity Reds.     “We had a great season, [...]

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Bulldogs, Pirates to clash Friday night

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

There will plenty of waves crashing at ‘Pirate Ship’ Friday night.     In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Strait Pirates will host the rival Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.     Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.     “We have to stick to our game plan – like we did in the first game – use our speed and get pucks to [...]

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X-Women garner U Sports bronze medal

Posted on November 16, 2017

It may not be the colour they were shooting for, but the St. F.X. X-Women rugby team has returned home with a U Sports national tournament medal.     In the bronze medal match, Nov. 5 in Lethbridge, Alberta, the X-Women secured third place with a 22-12 victory over the Calgary Dinos.     After falling behind early – 7-0 – St. F.X. pulled even on a try from prop Sam Lake [...]

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Freshman Elliott notches OT winner

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Freshman forward Emerson Elliott notched the game-winner for the St. F.X. X-Women in a 3-2 overtime victory (Nov. 5) over the UPEI Panthers in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hockey action.     “I think it was a good all-around team play,” the Aurora, Ontario native said, outside the X-Women locker room, after the game.     Fellow first-year forward Kristen McKinley and veteran defender Nicole Corcoran provided the helpers.     “It was [...]

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Rugby X-Women capture conference crown

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

[Editor's note: The St. F.X. X-Women rugby team captured bronze at the recent U Sports championship tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta.]  The three-time Atlantic University Sport (AUS) rugby MVP played like one as the St. F.X. X-Women secured another conference championship with a 58-21 victory over the Acadia Axewomen.     Joanna Alphonso scored four tries as the Blue and White hoisted the Birks Memorial Trophy, Oct. 27, on home turf at Oland [...]

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Penguins ice Bulldogs

Posted on November 9, 2017

A third-period rally fell short as the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs dropped a 5-3 decision to the East Hants Penguins in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action.     The teams faced-off Oct. 29 at the Antigonish Arena.     After surrendering three unanswered goals in the first period, the Bulldogs trailed 4-0, when Mark Vokey scored six minutes into the third period.     Defenseman Brendan Richards started the Bulldog rally, [...]

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Rawling races to AUS cross country championship

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

Angus Rawling fashioned a golden race in the recent Atlantic University Sport (AUS) cross country championships.     The third-year St. F.X. X-Men runner raced to top spot in the men’s 10k, with a 31:43.55 clocking, Oct. 28, on the Hennigar’s Farm course in Wolfville.     “I opened up my stride and I was able to get a bit of a gap,” the Calgary native said of the move he made, [...]

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Hayfield earns U Sports soccer MVP

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc [email protected]

[Editor's Note: Dan Hayfield was named national player of the year, Nov. 8, at U Sports championship tournament banquet.]  Midfielder Dan Hayfield of the St. F.X. X-Men is the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) soccer most valuable player.     “It is an honour. It is not something that I was expecting,” he said.     “I think there are four or five players on our team who could have received the award. [...]

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X-Men clinch bye to semis

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

The St. F.X. X-Men soccer team earned the all-important bye to the AUS semi-finals following a 1-0 victory over the Dalhousie Tigers, Oct. 22, at Oland Stadium. U Sports and AUS male athlete of the week [ending Oct. 22] Dan Hayfield, a third-year arts student from Exeter, England, scored on a penalty kick in the 88th minute to provide the X-Men with the margin of victory and compliment a stellar [...]

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Experienced squad suits up for X-Men

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

The 2017-18 St. F.X. X-Men will certainly not lack for experience. Twelve players return to coach Steve Konchalski’s team which includes five seniors; four of whom were in the starting line-up last season, on a regular basis. “Leading the way will be All-Canadian and reigning AUS most valuable player Kevin Bercy, a 6’7” forward who averaged 19.8 points per game (ppg) to go along with 11.3 rebounds per game (rpg),” [...]

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X-Women ready for a new year

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

In 2016-17, the St. F.X. X-Women basketball team struggled to win; the natural byproduct of a young, inexperienced team. But in the struggle, experience was gained and now the 2017-18 X-Women are looking to make the learning pay off, as they start their regular season this evening (Nov. 1) at Dalhousie, and at home this Saturday (Nov. 4) at the renovated Oland Centre, hosting the Tigers in an early-season rematch. [...]

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X hockey teams remain unbeaten

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

St. F.X. men’s and women’s hockey teams remained unbeaten on the young season, following wins during the Oct. 20-22 weekend. X-Women The X-Women were on the road for games at St. Thomas and UPEI, and came away with a 4-0 victory over the Tommies, Oct. 20, and a 6-2 win against the Panthers, the following day. Captain Daley Oddy, reigning U Sports MVP Sarah Bujold, Nicole Halladay and Kristen McKinley [...]

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St. Croix shutouts Outlaws

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

In recent Antigonish Rural League hockey action, St. Croix shutout the Outlaws 3-0. In the game played at the Antigonish Arena Oct. 21, Bryden Boudreau and James Williams each recorded a goal and assist. Steve Doyle had the other St. Croix marker. The previous Saturday (Oct. 14), St Croix was the victim of a 3-0 shutout, at the hands of Pleasantdale. Ryan Keefe had two goals and an assist in [...]

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