Pictou Advocate sports

It was a privilege to have known him

There’s one heck of a void down in Antigonish. A hockey star, rugby player, baseball talent, hall of fame inductee, compassionate physical education teacher, coach, referee and community worker recently left the playing grounds in the cathedral town for the last time. Geno Scattolon’s death at age 91 brought the curtain down on a highly-respected...

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Too bad it’s not all three of them

From the very beginning — some 37 years ago now — there were three of them. Always three. They were born in New Glasgow, within eight months of one another, during what was the 1977-78 hockey season. Even before starting school, they were ready for minor hockey. New Glasgow Stadium would become their second home....

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Special recognition for special people

I’m allowing my thoughts to meander a bit before I address a special group of people in Pictou County. First stop in my remindful excursion is Pictou Landing. That’s because it used to be my favourite place in the whole world during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. That’s where I spent the first 30 summers...

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Mark Babineau easy to admire, respect

Each time I reach a career milestone or anniversary — they seem to come much quicker the older you are — I fear readers will get tired of reading about them. Yet, for some time now, I was planning to focus this week’s column on the fact it was 65 years ago this week that...

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Hockey baptism 75 seasons ago

I believe I can still recall how it began. A very long time ago, the boy, six years old, was a Grade 1 pupil at Temperance Street School in New Glasgow. His teacher considered him a smart kid in everything she taught. It was wartime and the boy knew a bit about the Second World...

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The gals keep making waves

I don’t recall ever watching a major tennis event on television. I usually wait to see the highlights on the sports channels. Yet there I was, in the early afternoon two Saturdays ago, awaiting the U.S. Open final with Canada’s Bianca Andreescu up against none other than Serena Williams, the greatest player ever on the...

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Not at all excited over CFL chances

The questions have been thrown downfield in my direction more and more frequently in the last few months. Like a reliable wide receiver awaiting accurate passes, each time I attempt to respond with at least some form of acknowledgement. Whether I’ve run into an acquaintance in a local restaurant, or been approached by a total...

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Hall of fame is valuable museum

It’s an anniversary worth noting. Thirty years ago this month, Billy Dee’s childhood dream was realized when this sports page headline appeared in The Evening News: “County Sports Hall of Fame set to go.” For Billy, it was a long time coming. “The Hall of Fame idea,” he once told me, “came up when I...

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A Nova Scotian belongs on list

It was one of those typical summertime opportunities to get together and chat with an out-of-province acquaintance I hadn’t seen in many years. We were hardly seated before he was expressing pleasure that I had brought him to The Keg, a newly-opened restaurant in Dartmouth Crossing. He browsed the menu and wisely chose the highlight...

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Billy Werber and the church roof

Sixty-one years have whizzed by — almost a lifetime to many — since the Stellarton Albions played their ninth and final season in the legendary import-laden Halifax and District Baseball League. It was long ago. We were in the early stages of black and white TV, computers and cell phones were unheard of, and the...

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