55+Games hockey teams take gold, bronze

PICTOU – Members of the Pictou County Oldtimers are looking forward to playing in the 2020 Canadian 55+Games. Pictou County won the gold medal in the 65-and-over division after winning two of three games against a team from Halifax during the Nova Scotia Games that took place from August 1 to 3 in Antigonish. The...

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Men’s teams split rugby games; women win

NEW GLASGOW — Men’s rugby teams from Pictou County will prepare for matches on the road and at home over the next two weekends after splitting games last Saturday in New Glasgow. The Pictou County Senior Rugby Club’s Division I team will visit Dartmouth and its Division II side will visit Eastern Shore in games...

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High school rugby cancelled

NEW GLASGOW – The local rugby community is reacting to a decision to eliminate rugby as a high school sport. Rugby teams heard over noon hour on Thursday that the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Board of Governors decided at its regular spring meeting to cease rugby play as of noon that day, citing safety...

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Why my third book is on hold

When I first began writing sports in Pictou County 65 years ago, I discovered very quickly that there was a terrible lack of background information available on local athletes, local teams, local leagues, local organizations. In many cases, there was nothing. All I could do — all anyone could do — was get out there...

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Peewee hockey camps slated for May

Peewee AAA and AA spring evaluations will take place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from May 28 to 31. Players must attend the spring evaluation in order to play Peewee AAA or AA hockey during the 2019-20 season. The evaluation will start with a player and parent information session at the Wellness Centre at...

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Abercrombie golf season to open soon

ABERCROMBIE — It is not quite yet time for Abercrombie Country Club to open the course that represents another milestone as the club marks its centennial, but it’s getting close. The highlight for Abercrombie during its 100th anniversary is hosting the 2019 men’s amateur championship from July 5 to 7, and golf director Jonathan Garron...

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Gymnast MacLane scales new heights

NEW GLASGOW — Jake MacLane has become a promising gymnast. MacLane is reaching elite athlete status at the Pictou County Gymnastics Club while becoming more proficient with various gymnastics disciplines that include vault, rings, high bar and parallel bar. Now nine years old, MacLane has been a gymnast for four years and enjoys competing at...

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Snipers part of bigger lacrosse league

TRENTON — The Pictou County Snipers are part of a new Nova Scotia Minor Lacrosse League, launching in time for the 2019 box lacrosse season. The Snipers have hosted in-person registrations, the last one being on April and began on Monday inviting others to try the sport for free to coincide with online registration. The...

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Fraser confirms gas tax funds

PICTOU – Local municipalities will receive nearly $4 million in extra, one-time federal gas tax revenues. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser confirmed the total amount of $3.8 million and what individual municipalities in the riding will receive during an announcement on Friday at the Municipality of Pictou County office. One-time top up in the federal...

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The top dynasty: ’70s rugby club

Statistics don’t lie. One plus one is always two. Those are mathematical facts I learned when I was in elementary school in New Glasgow way back in the post-war days. I’ve been fascinated with numbers ever since. In a much more recent explanation, I read an online definition that statistics “can be used to determine...

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