Four county teams in N.S. rugby finals

ALMA – The Northumberland Nighthawks are in the Division I boy’s provincial high school rugby championship. Justin MacLennan scored two tries and converted all three of them, including one by Gavin Bourque, as the Nighthawks defeated Kings-Edgehill 21-12 on Tuesday in their qualifying match in Alma. The results have created a rarity for local high...

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Gryphon girls rugby champs

NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons have secured one Highland Region high school rugby championship. They are trying for another one today when the Gryphon boys visit the top-seed Northumberland Nighthawks in a battle for the regional boys’ banner. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. at the NRHS field. The Nighthawks...

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High school rugby season resumes

NEW GLASGOW – Rugby is back at two local high schools. The host North Nova Gryphons defeated the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals on Wednesday in their regularly-scheduled girls’ rugby game at the NNEC field. The Northumberland Nighthawks have moved their home games against their male and female counterparts from Cobequid Education Centre to Thursday at...

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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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Gryphons train for 2019 rugby season

STELLARTON — The high school rugby season is fast approaching. North Nova’s male and female teams have conducted tryouts and practices at the William Sobey Complex as they wait for field conditions to improve enough for them to go outdoors. Head coach Dougal MacInnis said 25 players came out for the female team that will...

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Gryphon girls host Div. 1 hockey finals

NEW GLASGOW — When deciding whether to apply to host a provincial championship, it’s often a question of whether being the host team is an advantage or a disadvantage. For North Nova Education Centre this year, members of the girls’ hockey team, their parents and bench staff are hoping it’s an advantage. “It’s a huge...

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Nighthawks boys’ hockey winners

TRENTON — The Northumberland Nighthawks will contest the Northumberland Region boy’s high school hockey championship. Ben MacDonald scored twice and Brayden LeBlanc collected the shutout during the Nighthawks’ 3-0 victory over the North Nova Gryphons in the deciding game of their best-of-three regional semifinal playoff series last Friday in Trenton. Cal Maxner also scored for...

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Nighthawks, Gryphons in rugby quest

ALMA — The Northumberland Nighthawks are Northumberland Region Division I boys high school rugby champions for 2018. The Nighthawks secured the regional banner and top seed out of the region for the provincial championship this week in Halifax after a convincing 40-12 victory over the visiting Hants East Tigers last Thursday in Alma. Tyler Lewis...

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Gryphon girls set rugby pace

NEW GLASGOW — A bigger challenge for the North Nova Gryphons in female high school rugby than preparing for the playoffs has been the level of competition. The Gryphons welcomed stronger opposition at the annual Three Oaks high school rugby tournament last weekend in Summerside, P.E.I. before scheduled visits to the Northumberland Nighthawks on Tuesday...

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Nighthawks improve boys rugby playoff hopes

NEW GLASGOW – The Northumberland Nighthawks have strengthened the grip on their destiny in boys’ spring high school rugby. The Nighthawks entered this week unbeaten, while the North Nova Gryphons remained winless after the Nighthawks’ 34-19 victory over the Gryphons last Thursday in New Glasgow. Northumberland head coach John Rushton praised the team’s overall defence...

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