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Posted at 2:22 pm on April 16, 2018

Riverside International Speedway has announced Henry’s NAPA Autopro has agreed to sponsor all four NAPA Sportsman Series Races at the oval this season. The Antigonish Service Centre’s involvement with the races will begin with the Henry’s Autopro 75 on June 16th.

The four race races at Riverside will cover all but one of the NAPA Sportsman Series Championship points events this year. The other is the Caleb Dunn Memorial 100 at Petty International Raceway on August 4th.

Posted at 2:20 pm on April 16, 2018

The Cape Breton West Islanders Major Midget Hockey Team has announced revised dates for its 2018 Spring ID Camp. There’s on ice sessions on Monday, April 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday the 24th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with a players meeting to follow, and Wednesday the 25th from 6 to 8 p.m at the Antigonish Arena

Posted at 2:19 pm on April 16, 2018

Nova Tech North #5 Swim Meet was held at the Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre on Sunday. Four teams from the Northern division of the province sent squads of young novice level swimmers to compete for advancement towards Junior and senior ranking. The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Team had 19 swimmers in the water, dropping time and setting new Personal Best times. Port Hawkesbury’s Ewan Kennedy secured his Bronze level ranking while team mate Ayden Johnson advanced to Silver level. These swimmers will have their final meet of the year next month when teams from the whole province compete in Truro at the Nova Tech Explosion.

Posted at 1:42 pm on April 10, 2018

An NHL Linesman and Antigonish native is headed to the playoffs. Matt MacPherson is one of 20 linesmen chosen for the first round of the league’s post-season. There are 34 full time linesmen in the league. MacPherson has officiated in 20 playoff games so far. MacPherson worked his first NHL game in 2011

Posted at 1:37 pm on April 9, 2018

The Strait Pirates of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League handed out its year-end awards recently. Bryce Reynolds picked up three trophies; Top Scorer,

Strait Pirates award winners

Pirate of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Randon MacKinnon was named the Most Valuable Player, while Avery Warner was the MVP for the playoffs.

Jordan Moss won the Team Leader Award, while Cody Hinkley picked up the trophy for the Most Game Stars and Olan Spears was the Most Dedicated Award Winner.

Winner of the Most Underrated Player Award was Jackson Beck, Nick MacGillivrary was honoured for Sportsmanship and Ability, and Best Defenceman was Christian Papineau. Most Improved Player was Josh Foster, Bob McCall and President’s Award Winner was Matt Stymest and the Coaches Award winner was Riley Keeling

Posted at 12:44 pm on April 5, 2018

St. FX Athletics celebrated a year of excellence by its varsity competitors in 12 sports last night.  The annual athletics awards gala was held at the Charles V.

(from left) St. FX President Kent MacDonald, X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield, X-Women Hockey Forward Daley Oddy, and St. FX Athletic Director Leo MacPherson

Keating Centre.

The St. FX Female Athlete of the year is X-Women Hockey Forward Daley Oddy, the U Sports Women’s Hockey Player of the Year. Oddy led the country in both points at 31 and goals scored at 16.  She was an AUS all-star in all five seasons with the X-Women.  Oddy credits her success this season to preparation

The St. FX Male Athlete of the Year Award is shared by X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield and X-Men Track and Field and Cross Country Runner Angus Rawling.  Rawling an all-Canadian and AUS runner of the year in both sports and a gold medalist in the 3,000 metres at the U SPORTS Track and Field Championship was not at the ceremony;  as he is in Switzerland for the World University Cross Country Championship this weekend.

Hayfield, the U Sports Player of the Year in Men’s Soccer set a new school record for most goals in a single season with 13.  Hayfield says he’s honoured to be sharing this award with Rawling.


The St. FX Male Athlete of the Year Award is shared by X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield and X-Men Track and Field and Cross Country Runner Angus Rawling.

Coach of the Year is X-Men Hockey Head Coach Brad Peddle.  There was also a tribute to retiring Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Bernie Chisholm,

Coach of the Year Award winner Brad Peddle of X-Men Hockey (left)

who is stepping down after 32 seasons.

Angie Kolen was the recipient of the StFX Athletics ‘X-Ceptional Award’ which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to contribute in a positive manner to StFX Athletics. A professor in the StFX Human Kinetics department, Kolen has lent her time to numerous StFX Athletics initiatives, committees and events at the university.

The StFX Female Community X-Cellence award was presented to Beth Lawrence from the X-Women track & field team, while Liam Elbourne from X-Men soccer was the winner of the StFX Male Community X-Cellence award.

2018 StFX Athletic Awards Gala – Individual Award Winners


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL                                                  

Rookie of the Year – Kim Kingsbury (Nepean, ON)

Defensive Player of the Year – Sammie Amoh (Scarborough, ON)

Most Valuable Player – Caroline Hrabinski (Toronto, ON)


WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY                                           

Rookie of the Year – Jane Hergett (Port Williams, NS)

Coach’s Award – Zoe Johnston (Pembroke, ON)

Runner of the Year – Liz MacDonald (Bedford, NS)


WOMEN’S HOCKEY                                                           

Rookie of the Year – Emerson Elliott (Aurora, ON)

Coach’s Award – Nicole Corcoran (Bloomfield, PE)

Most Valuable Player – Lindsey Donovan (Mirimichi, NB) & Daley Oddy (Cranbrook, BC)

WOMEN’S RUGBY                                                              

Rachel Duffley Memorial Rookie of the Year – Hannah Ellis (Halifax, NS) & Danielle Franada (Grand Prairie, AB)

Michelle Birks Memorial Coaches Award – Alison Blanchard (Herring Cove, NS)

Most Valuable Player – Joanna Alphonso (Ajax, ON)


Rookie of the Year – Emma Kuzmyk (Cookstown, ON)

Coaches Award – Olivia Czipf (Thunder Bay, ON)       

Most Valuable Player – Larissa White (Westphal, NS)

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD                                              

Rookie of the Year – Samantha Taylor (Canterbury, NB)

Coach’s Award – Allie Flower (Lunenberg, NS)

Track Athlete of the Year – Hayley Wilson (Skye Glen, NS)



Rookie of the Year – Jaydan Smith (Halifax, NS)

Most Improved Player – Azaro Roker (Nassau, Bahamas)

Most Valuable Player – Davonte Provo (East Preston, NS)



Rookie of the Year – Jonah Shankel (Coldbrook, NS)

Coach’s Award – Alex Neuffer (Stratford, PE)

Runner of the Year – Angus Rawling (Calgary, AB)



Joe Stewart Memorial Rookie of the Year – Jalen Burley (Winnipeg, MB)

Offensive Player of the Year –Jordan Socholotiuk (Fort McMurray, AB)

Defensive Player of the Year – Tyler Cordeiro (Oakville, ON) & Nathaniel Fermin (Pickering, ON)

Special Teams Player of the Year – Gordon Whyte (Toronto, ON)

Lineman of the Year – Jacob Czaja (Sudbury, ON)

Most Valuable Player – Kaion Julien-Grant (Toronto, ON)



Rookie of the Year – Santino Centorame (Mississauga, ON)

Melanson Top Scorer Award – Holden Cook (Oshawa, ON)

Wayne Mattie Memorial Unsung Hero Award – Mark Tremaine (Dartmouth, NS)

Most Valuable Player – Chase Marchand (Halifax, NS)



Rookie of the Year – Blake Fenton (Halifax, NS)

Coaches Award – Thomas Pieroway (Conception Bay, NF)

Most Valuable Player – Daniel Hayfield (Exeter, England)



Rookie of the Year – Quinn Alexander (Truro, NS)

Coach’s Award – Tim Brennan (Beechville, NB)

Track Athlete of the Year – Angus Rawling (Calgary, AB)

Posted at 9:50 am on April 3, 2018

The opener of Riverside International Speedway’s season will once again be the Ron MacGillivrary Chev Buick GMC 150. The Antigonish dealership has agreed to be the premier sponsor of this race for the 11th straight season.

The event will be June 16th, the third round of 12 stops on the 2018 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro is expected to be at the start line for the event. He’s won the race the past two seasons. He also won the IWK 250 in 2017. Antigonish native Donald Chisholm has also won this race twice.

Posted at 9:37 am on April 3, 2018

Two St. FX women’s hockey jerseys and game-used sticks are on their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Daley Oddy

Daley Oddy’s navy jersey and Sarah Bujold’s white jersey along with recently used hockey sticks by the two players are being added to

Sarah Bujold

the overall collection of the Hall and will be preserved within the U SPORTS women’s hockey collection.

The Hockey Hall of Fame initially requested Bujold’s jersey after she won the Broderick Trophy as the U SPORTS Player of the Year in the 2016-2017 season. St. FX deferred sending the jersey until she closed out this season. With teammate Daley Oddy winning the same award this season, both jerseys and game-used sticks will be preserved in the collection.

Posted at 12:44 pm on March 26, 2018

Popular NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace says he is looking forward to coming to Riverside International Speedway this summer.  Wallace will get behind the wheel for Nova Racing in the IWK 250 on July 14th.  Wallace says the main reason he is coming to the IWK 250 is because of Mark Martin, who participated in the race last year.

Wallace expects he’ll have no trouble adjusting to the Riverside track.  Riverside is copied after Bristol International Speedway in Tennessee, a track Wallace has raced on many times.

Posted at 12:40 pm on March 26, 2018

The Port Hawkesbury Antigonish Swim team (PHAST) sent two talented squads out across the Maritimes the weekend of March 23-25th. A squad of 14 with New Brunswick Championship qualifying competed in Saint John, while 9 Junior Age Group athletes headed for the Long Course Development meet in Halifax. Results from Dalplex in Halifax have Emma Crispo taking Silver in both the 50 and 200m Breaststroke.
In New Brunswick the squad finished 5th out of 21 teams from the Maritimes, Quebec, and the State of Maine for the 3 day N.B. Long Course Championships. Riley Avery took Silver in the 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle. Jacob Bennett swam to Silver in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle and Gold in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke. Malcom Cameron stroked to Bronze in the 200m Backstroke and 400m I.M. and Silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Aidan Doucet flew to Silver in the 200m I.M., and Gold in the 50m Butterfly. Alex Penner took Silver in the 100m Butterfly. Matthew Penner swam to Silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Abby Poffenroth glided to Bronze in the 200m I.M., Silver in the 100m Breaststroke. Anna Robinson swam to Bronze in the 200m Freestyle, Silver in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke, and Gold in the 800m Freestyle. Carter van de Wiel took Silver in the 100m Freestyle.