MacKay gears X-Men for baseball schedule

STELLARTON — Slowly but surely, a university baseball season is taking form, and coachRob MacKay feels the St. Francis Xavier X-Men appear to be ready for it with a roster that includes two Pictou County players. Fourth-year student Nathan Snell from Westville and fist-year student Spencer Murray from Trenton are Pictou County players on the...

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Leonard Thompson’s No. 39 retired

STELLARTON — It was a rare opportunity last Thursday to honour an accomplished athlete and employee when Leonard Thompson’s No. 39 was officially retired at Proudfoot’s Home Hardware Building Centre in Stellarton. The number signifies the 39 years he worked with the building centre’s locations in New Glasgow and Pictou before his last years at...

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He tossed ‘the big pole’ for 44 years

Mention the caber toss to me and three things instantly come to mind — telephone poles, immense human strength and, yes, retired school teacher Jim Sears. To me, they’ve been forever associated. In case you’ve never heard of it, the caber toss is a traditional athletic event that had its origin at the Scottish Highland...

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X-Men offer students football training

NEW GLASGOW — Students at New Glasgow Academy were recently introduced to football. Members of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, in partnership with Highland Nissan, led grades 7 and 8 students through a series of drills that mimic those the football team applies during pre-season training and between-game practice sessions. “We’re trying to keep it...

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MacDonald buoyed by Coach K’s decision

ANTIGONISH — Time has been fleeting for a basketball legend and a university president. But St. Francis Xavier X-Men head coach Steve Konchalski and outgoing university president Kent MacDonald share fond memories of another time when MacDonald studied at St. FX. MacDonald grew up in New Glasgow and earned an undergraduate degree from St. FX....

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55-Plus Games have early date

LITTLE HARBOUR — Plans are progressing for the 2019 Nova Scotia 55-Plus Games that are taking place this summer in Antigonish. Bob MacLeod, the Games’ Highland Region director, said the event has been moved from its usual late summer date on the calendar to July 31 to August 3. “The games are early this year...

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Gallant Hall of Fame inductee

ANTIGONISH – Peggy Gallant is among 2018 inductees in the builders category into the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame Induction Night will take place on November 2 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Gallant is among two builders, four athletes a team and a first for the Hall of Fame –...

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Fahey recalls 60’s X-Men

WESTVILLE — Fifty years ago, Gus Fahey was completing his four-year hockey career with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. As the 2017-18 X-Men were immersed in their first playoff round, Fahey was able to remember the seasons he played for the team from 1964-65 through 1967-68. The X-Men have been successful under head coach and...

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McNeil on BNS U-14 roster

TRENTON — Emily McNeil is repeating history in basketball. McNeil, who is a member of the Pictou County Lightning program, has cracked the lineup for the Basketball Nova Scotia girls Under-14 team for 2018. She tried out for the U-14 team in December in Halifax and learned on January 2 that she made the team....

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Washburn shares X award

ANTIGONISH — Ryan Washburn is a co-winner of the St. FX Male Community X-Cellence Award. The New Glasgow native and track and field team member was presented the award jointly with X-Men hockey player Eric Locke. Washburn, a fourth year sprinter, will graduate with a science degree in human kinetics degree this spring. He is...

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