Monday, Feb 20th, 2017

Sports

Islanders slip by Bulldogs in tournament final

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The final of the Antigonish Midget AA Hockey Tournament, held Feb. 3 to 5, featured a couple of eastern Nova Scotia rivals in the final, including the host Bulldogs. Played at the Antigonish Arena Sunday afternoon, the tournament’s title game saw the Cape Breton West (CBW) Islanders double –up on Antigonish by the count of 4-2, which included an empty-net goal as the Bulldogs pushed to tie the contest. Islanders’ [...]

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Bulldogs beat Blues to assure playoff spot

Posted on February 17, 2017

With one weekend left in the regular season, the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs assured themselves no worse than a third place finish in the Sid Rowe Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The Bulldogs go into their final game of the regular season, on the road Feb. 11, versus the Jr. Miners in Membertou, with a four-point cushion over the third-place Pictou County Scotians. The Scotians have [...]

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My polarizing Patriots

Posted on February 17, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

It was Jan. 27, 1986 – a Monday evening. I was headed to hockey practice with the Truro Jr. ‘B’ Bearcats. Every Monday, back in those days, we would meet at the Colchester Legion Stadium, pick up our gear from our dressing room and car-pool to Debert (we practiced in Truro too but, probably, saved a few dollars practicing out of town). There was nothing exceptional about the day except [...]

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Rural League wrap-up

Posted on February 17, 2017

In recent Antigonish Rural League action, the County Outlaws nipped the St. Croix Angels 4-3. Tyler Doyle and Mitch Taylor both had a goal and an assist for the Outlaws in the victory with Jordan MacInnis and Garrett Holmes each tallying once and Tim MacDougall collecting a pair of assists. Mike MacIsaac scored twice for St. Croix with Bryden Boudreau adding a single marker and Ryan Keefe and Cory Bennett [...]

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Tracey commits to X-Women hockey

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

An Antigonish native will lace up her skates with the St. F.X. X-Women hockey program next season. “Growing up, I always loved St. F.X. athletics and my role models were always the people involved in St. F.X. athletics,” Patti-Anne Tracey said, when asked about her decision. “I always hoped that, someday, I could be that role model at St. F.X. and I am so happy that I am going to [...]

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Bulldogs making playoff push

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs are heading down the home stretch in the race for a playoff spot in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. “It is about being consistent throughout. It’s the old cliché – taking it one game at a time, but that’s certainly what we have to do,” Bulldog head coach Richard MacKenzie told the Casket, as his team prepared for its final four regular season [...]

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Miller time

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Jessica Miller is one of the young guns helping the St. F.X. X-Women basketball team set their sights on a bright future. The 18-year-old freshman shooting guard is making her mark in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) competition, particularly from the three-point line, where she has drained a team-high 23 shots from beyond the arc. “I love to shoot the ball, so that’s what I do,” Miller said, with laugh. The [...]

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Ross shooting for AUS championship

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

As a toddler he ran up and down the halls of Oland Centre, now Tristen Ross is doing the same on the basketball court as a sophomore shooting guard with the St. F.X. X-Men. “I get asked that all the time – what’s my favourite gym to play in the AUS? I am not just saying this – Oland Centre is really that gym that feels like home to me,” [...]

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Leading by example

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Her lunch pail effort leads to gourmet results. In her junior season with the St. F.X. X-Women hockey team, Sarah Bujold is one of the leading scorers in U SPORTS. She is not only a statistical star, but a tireless worker – on and off the ice. “Her work ethic just separates her from a lot of people,” X-Women head coach David Synishin said. The seeds for that second-to-none effort [...]

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Quick study

Posted on February 10, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

To say Kay Okafor is a fast learner may be an understatement. Despite only starting to play just more than four years ago, the St. F.X. defensive lineman is now on the threshold of a professional football career. “It was interesting; it was just like – I was a regular guy going to school and everyone was seeing me and would ask what sport I played,” he said, with a [...]

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St. Andrews hosts provincial curling championship

Posted on February 4, 2017

The Nova Scotia Club Mixed Provincial Curling Championship was held Jan 13 to 15 at the Highlander Curling Club in St Andrews, Antigonish County. Thirteen teams representing various clubs from around the province competed in the event, including two local teams; Team Duykers consisting of Johnny Duykers, Rosalie MacGillivray, Jim Marlowe, and Alicia Mills, as well as Team Butler consisting of Tyler Butler, Krista MacEachern, Rob Thompson, and Donna MacEachern. [...]

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DeYoung leads Bulldogs to win over rival Pirates

Posted on February 4, 2017 Corey LeBlanc, coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

Second-year forward Logan DeYoung scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs edged the Strait Pirates 5-3 in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, Jan. 22, at the Antigonish Arena. “I think we played great – there was great team work all around,” DeYoung, one of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) products on the Bulldog roster, said after the game. “It wasn’t about individual performances [...]

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Freshman defenseman has deep Cape Breton roots

Posted on February 2, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc

Cole MacDonald grew up in Alberta, but he may have the largest fan contingent in the stands during St. F.X. X-Men hockey home games.     The freshman defenseman has deep roots on the east coast – his parents, Kevin and Lorraine, are Inverness County natives, from Port Hood and Inverness, respectively.     “When we play in Antigonish, I have quite the crew coming up from Cape Breton, so it is [...]

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Islanders rule at Ice Jam

Posted on January 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Cape Breton West (CBW) Major Midget Islanders survived a slow start to the East Coast Ice Jam Tournament in Bedford, held Jan. 11 to 15, to win the title with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Halifax McDonald’s. Antigonish’s Jacob Hudson, team captain of the Islanders this season and a Moncton Wildcats’ draft pick, scored the game winner early in the third period of the title game. Another former [...]

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‘Cats top ‘Dogs in tourney final

Posted on January 27, 2017 Richard MacKenzie; richardmac@thecasket.ca

The Antigonish Pee Wee ‘AAA’ Bulldogs reached the final of the Bill Chisholm Memorial Tournament, Jan. 15, at the Antigonish Arena, but couldn’t overcome a tough Truro Bearcats squad who won the contest, 5-2, to take the title. The Bearcats were up 3-0 after two periods before Antigonish’s Phoenix Lydon-Ryan cut into the lead with an early third period goal. Jacob Cook drew an assist on the marker. The Bearcats [...]

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First-year goalies helping lead Bulldogs

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

Strong goaltending is a key for any hockey team and the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs are no exception.     A pair of first-year players with the organization – Jesse Gillis and Charles Jensen – are backstopping the Dogs as they make the push for the playoffs in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.     “I think it has been good – we have gone back and forth between Jesse [...]

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Bercy leading X-Men on, off court

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

He wanted to head south, but his basketball path took him east, and Kevin Bercy wouldn’t have it any other way.     “Coach K [Steve Konchalski] – he actually came to recruit others – ended up seeing me and he started recruiting me,” the St. F.X. X-Men senior forward said.     At that time, Bercy was focussed on “heading south” to play university basketball in the United States.     “That [...]

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From the press box to between the pipes

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

A future marine biologist is making a splash for the St. F.X. X-Women hockey team.     Ariana Orasanin, a third-year goaltender, has been a key to her team’s improved play, as they try to move up the Atlantic University Sport standings.     When the season began, the Ancaster, Ontario native was a third-stringer, a role she had filled during her time with the X-Women.     After an MCL injury to [...]

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McCarron making mark in coaching ranks

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc

 It may be in a different way, but Lee McCarron continues to leave his mark on the sport that he loves.     The former runner with the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional Royals and St. F.X. X-Men is now an up-and-coming coach.     “That’s a good question,” the St. Andrews, Antigonish County native said, when asked about why he has embraced coaching.     “The sport was really good to me, [...]

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Alphonso shines on the pitch

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Corey LeBlanc coreyleblanc@thecasket.ca

When it comes to rugby, Joanna Alphonso is, to say the least, a quick study.     After three varsity seasons, the X-Women prop is a two-time national champion and back-to-back Atlantic University Sport (AUS) most valuable player.     Not bad for someone who only touched that oddly-shaped ball for the first time in the tenth grade.     “My high school coach really begged me to play and I finally gave [...]

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