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Posted at 10:09 am on November 23, 2017

The St.FX Women’s hockey team is looking ahead to next season already, with 6 players committing to the school in just the last week. One of those players is St. Andrews, Antigonish County native Josie Chisholm.
Head coach Ben Berthiaume says that Chisholm is a great pickup for the team, and has proven to be a leader after being captain of Team Atlantic in an under 18 national championship. Berthiaume says Chisholm will bring some depth to the team:
Chisholm currently has three goals and two assists in 11 games with the Nepean Jr. Wildcats.

Posted at 9:18 am on November 21, 2017

Two Antigonish County natives are competing at a national curling championship. Jason van Vonderen, who is a third with Team Nova Scotia and Andrea Heffernan, a second with Team Newfoundland and Labrador are at the Travelers Curling Club Championship in Kingston, Ontario.

Van Vonderen and Team Nova Scotia downed Northern Ontario in their opening game 8-3, while Heffernan and Team Newfoundland and Labrador lost to Manitoba 12-2.

Posted at 1:59 pm on November 20, 2017

Two hockey forwards are this week’s St. FX Athletes of the week.

The Female Athlete of the week is Emerson Elliot, who scored four goals and added an assist in two games for the X-Women to move St. FX into first place in the

Emerson Elliot

AUS standings. Elliot had had the game winning goal in the X-Women’s 3-1 win over Saint Mary’s. She also had a hat trick and assisted on another in a 4-1 win for St. FX over Moncton.

The Male Athete of the Week is Michael Clarke, who like Elliot had four goals and assist in two games for the X-men. He had a hat trick in a

Michael Clarke

6-1 win over UPEI and scored the winning goal in overtime and assisted on another in a 3-2 win over UNB.

Posted at 1:46 pm on November 20, 2017

Several local competitors received top honours at the annual Athletics Nova Scotia Awards in Halifax over the weekend.

Mike Tate of Heatherton, who runs track for Southern Utah University was named Top Senior Male. Parker Swain of Stellarton was named best Midget Male, while Matthew MacLeod of New Glasgow was tops in Bantam Male. Top participant in the Run, Jump, Throw, and Wheel is Chloe Ferguson of Westville.

Posted at 11:42 am on November 16, 2017

The St.FX Women’s hockey team is already bolstering their lineup for next year, even though the current season isn’t half over. The team has announced that three Alberta born athletes have committed to St.FX for the 2018-19 season. They include Emma Thomas and Hannah MacDonald on defence and forward Tyra Meropoulis.

Posted at 8:52 am on November 14, 2017

St. FX University has weighed in on the decision by a Nova Scotia Court Judge  to reinstate the Loney Bowl.  The game was initially cancelled by Atlantic University Sport, amid concerns about the eligibility of a Saint Mary’s Huskies receiver.  It will be played today; Acadia will host Saint Mary’s.
In a statement, St. FX Athletics Director Leo MacPherson says the university believes in academic excellence and the integrity of university athletics.  MacPherson says unfortunately over the past couple of weeks, integrity for student-athlete eligibility rules have taken centre stage.  MacPherson says beyond obvious ethical and education considerations, St. FX contends that without integrity in university sport, there can be no fair play and competition.
MacPherson says the court decision decided upon issues of due process, but did not address the issue of student-athlete ineligibility.  MacPherson encourages Saint Mary’s University to remove any impediments that may prevent U Sports from making a ruling on the student-athlete eligibility and release the ruling to the public.

Posted at 8:50 am on November 14, 2017

The St. FX Athletes of the Week come from the sports of hockey and cross country.

The Female Athlete of the Week is X-Women Hockey forward Daley Oddy.  Oddy scored the game winning goal Friday night in the X-Women’s 2-1 overtime

Daley Oddy

victory over Mount Allison.  She was also named Player of the Game.

The Male Athlete of the Week is cross country runner Angus Rawling. Rawling finished 10th overall at the U Sports national championship

Angus Rawling

race Sunday in Victoria.  He was also an all Canadian, named to the second all star team.  Rawling is the only the third X-Men runner to receive an All Canadian award and the first since 2008.

Posted at 9:39 am on November 10, 2017

Two athletes with local connections will be making their way into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Former NHL Stanley Cup Champ Colin White will be

Colin White

inducted during the ceremony. Originally from New Glasgow, White won two cups with the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and 2003.

Amy Cotton of Judique is being inducted after representing Canada in two Olympic games. Cotton competed in judo for 18 years,

Amy Cotton

amassing 13 World Cup Medals. She competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as a member of team Canada.

The ceremony takes place tonight at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. A combined 5 athletes, one team and two builders will be inducted during the ceremony

Posted at 9:16 am on November 10, 2017

No Loney Bowl game will be played this year. The governing body for university sports in Atlantic Canada, the AUS has determined that no Loney Bowl will be played this year, due to controversy surrounding the 2017 season.

Issues around player eligibility this year with Saint Mary’s resulted in an internal investigation, where it was determined that a conference championship final will not be played this season. Therefore, Acadia, who won the regular season, will advance to the U-Sports Uteck Bowl.

Posted at 7:36 am on November 9, 2017

St. FX X-Men Soccer striker Dan Hayfield has been named the U Sports Men’s Soccer Player of the Year.  The third year player from Exeter, England, finished fourth

Dan Hayfield

in the country in scoring with 13 goals, breaking the St. FX school record for goals scored in a single season.  He also led the AUS in game-winning goals with six.

Hayfield was also named a U Sports All-Canadian, making the first all star team.  X-Men team mate, midfielder Blake Fenton of Halifax joins Hayfield as a U Sports All-Canadian, selected for the second all-star team.