Games softball girls take turn

WINNIPEG, MAN. — Three Pictou County players are among those on Nova Scotia’s team that is playing this week at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Courtney Smith, Kelyn Palmer and Hilary Taylor began playing on Monday at the Games in Winnipeg.

Smith and Palmer form a battery with Palmer pitching and Smith catching.

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Nova Scotia has won one game, an 8-3 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador, and is in the consolation round to determine placements of provincial and territorial teams.

Cyclist Tim Shea of Pictou was also preparing for road bike races during the second week. Shea was third in his heat his heat in mountain bike sprint heats last week and did not advance. He was 12th in his long-distance mountain bike race on Sunday.

Shea finished 30th on Tuesday in the individual team trial event and placed 11th on Thursday in the road race.

Criterium is the remaining bike discipline and is slated for Saturday.

Other Pictou County athletes completed their competitions during the first week.

In track and field, Heather Beaton was fourth in her 400-metre heat, advanced to the final run on Friday and wound up seventh overall.

Jenna MacDonald was 14th in her 5,000-metre final.

Megan Graham was seventh in her 400-metre hurdles heat and 12th overall to advance to the B final. There, she was fifth, which gave her 13th place overall.

Breanna Sandluck was 14th in her steeplechase race, while Logan Coulet was ninth and Kaelan Schmidt 10th overall in long jump.

Jake Temple was seventh overall in javelin, while Tatum McLean was ninth overall in hammer throwing.

Nova Scotia had the third best time in the male 4×400-metre heats and the fifth best time in the female 4×400-metre heats.

Final results showed Nova Scotia fifth in the 4×100-metre female final and sixth in both the female and male 4×400-metre relays.

Lauren Quann ended up ninth overall in the female heptathlon. Her performance included second place in javelin, fifth in high jump and eighth in 100-metre hurdles.

Peter Corbin did not finish the main triathlon last weekend but helped Nova Scotia to eighth place in the swim-cycle-run relay.

In basketball, Jaren Johnson was on the Nova Scotia team that defeated B.C. 66-56 to take seventh place in the final standings.

Lucia MacKay was on the provincial team that ended up sixth after a 103-72 loss to Manitoba.


From left: Courtney Smith, Kelyn Palmer and Hilary Taylor are Pictou County members of Nova Scotia’s female softball team that began its quest on Monday at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. (Goodwin photo)

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Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.