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Posted at 3:37 pm on September 19, 2017

Two St. FX teams are listed as among the best in the country.  U Sports released its weekly top ten lists for its fall varsity sports today.  In Women’s Rugby, the defending national champion St. FX X-Women are ranked first in the nation, unchanged from last week.
In Men’s Soccer, the St. FX X-Men have moved up three spots to seventh place.  St. FX is the highest ranked AUS team for Soccer in the weekly coaches poll.
The St. FX men’s and women’s cross country teams didn’t make the top ten, but received some coaches’ votes in the weekly rankings.

Posted at 3:21 pm on September 19, 2017

The St. FX athletes of the week come from cross country and rugby.  The male athlete of the week cross country runner Alex Neuffer.  He was the top AUS runner at the UNB/St. Thomas University meet in Fredericton over the weekend.  He finished the 8 kilometre race in a time of 26 minutes and 47 seconds, bettering a field of 56 competitors.

The female athlete of the week is X-Women rugby wing June Beals . She was the player of the game in the X-Women’s 90-0 win over UPEI.  She scored a try early in the game on a long scoring play, breaking free of several tackles.  She already has four tries in two games.

Posted at 8:26 am on September 15, 2017

The St. FX Rowing Club will be hosting the Atlantic Championships this year on Lochaber Lake. Among the teams that will be coming are Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities, UNB,as well as several rowing clubs in the region.  St. FX will be looking to qualify for nationals later this fall in Burnaby BC. The Atlantic Championships will be held on October 14th.

Posted at 7:57 am on September 13, 2017

The Antigonish Jr. B Bulldogs are ready to hit the ice for competition for the first time this season. Head Coach Dave Synishin says the team has had a busy off season and training camp leading up to the regular season.
Synishin says the coaching staff is nailed down, and they must now trim the roster down:
 The Bulldogs play this Friday at home against the Valley Maple Leafs at 7:30. Synishin says he hopes to see a packed arena to kick off the new season for the Bulldogs.

Posted at 8:27 am on September 12, 2017

The St. FX Athletes of the Week come from the sport of Soccer.  The female athlete of the week is X-Women Soccer Forward Kelsey Ellis.  In their 4-0 shutout of

Kelsey Ellis

UPEI on Saturday, Ellis scored the first two X-Women goals, including one 20 seconds into the match.  She played another strong game in their 2-1 win Sunday over Saint Mary’s

The male athlete of the week is X-Men Soccer Forward Natneal Tecle.  He was player of the game for their X-Men Saturday in their 2-0 win

Natneal Tecle

over UPEI, with a goal and an assist.  He had another strong game, generating numerous scoring chances in the X-Men’s 4-0 victory over Saint Mary’s

Posted at 8:23 am on September 12, 2017

One local Maritime Hockey League team has cracked the top 20 pre-season rankings for the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers slot in the 17th position ahead of the season. The Crushers finished the last season with an excellent record of 38-9-2-1. The regular season kicks off on Thursday night for the Weeks, as they take on St. Stephen.

Posted at 8:20 am on September 12, 2017

X-Men Football have named their players of the week following a 38-24 loss at home against Acadia. Offensive player of the game honours went to Greg MacDonald, who had 108 total yards with 9 receptions. Nathaniel Fermin picked up the defensive player of the week nod wth a game high 8.5 tackles. Fermin leads the team overall in tackles this season. Finally, long snapper Gordon Whyte was named special teams athlete of the week. Aside from the long snapping duties, the linebacker played a key game tackling and blocking on the punt return defense team.
The X-Men football team have a bye week before they hit the road to play Bishop’s on the 23rd.

Posted at 8:19 am on September 12, 2017

Players and members of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association are still frustrated that their group is being denied the ability to play against other females from the area. In early August, the members voted 96% in favour of remaining with the AMHA, rather than joining the new Fundy Highland Zone, which would mean less playing time, loss of the Antigonish Bulldog name and increased costs for travelling.

The AMHA claims that Hockey Nova Scotia have not listened to the concerns of locals, who are worried about the future of the minor hockey association in the area. A loss of the female players could result in a drop of 25% of memberships for the group. As a result, AMHA will be holding a community rally this weekend and continue to work creatively to find ways to provide female players with valuable on ice time.

The rally will be held at the Antigonish Arena this Saturday at 11:00.

Posted at 10:20 am on September 11, 2017

Donald Chisholm took home the checkered flag at Riverside Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil 150, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton finished in the fifth position. Crafton says he was saving his car for the end of the race, but may have waited too long.

Chisholm started the race in second, and battled Craig Slaunwhite for the win. Chisholm says that after a tough year, taking home the checkered flag is great medicine:

Crafton heads back to the NASCAR trucks next weekend as he competes for his third championship in the series. The Pro-Stock Series travels to Halifax next weekend for the series finale.


Posted at 2:41 pm on September 8, 2017

Tomorrow marks the season finale at Riverside Speedway, as the championship hits it’s second to last race. The Lucas Oil 150 will include two time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Matt Crafton.
Crafton says he’s tried three times already to win at Riverside in the 250. He says the track and fans continue to pull him to the area:
Crafton, along with the other drivers of the Maritime Pro-Stock Tour hit the track tomorrow at 5:00 for the start of heat races. Tomorrow will also feature the NAPA Sportsman Series and the R&D Performance 75.