Sports schedules 03/01/17

2017 SUMMER SOCCER REGISTRATION

CC Riders Soccer Club will be accepting registrants for 2017 summer soccer from March 20, 2017 through to April 13, 2017. Additional information available to www.riderssocer.ca. Online registration will open March 20, 2017 and will require a PayPal account/credit card. Two walk-in registration dates will be held from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Douglas Street Recreational Centre – Early Registration on Thursday, March 30th and Regular Registration on Thursday, April 13. Only cash or cheque will be accepted at the walk-in sessions.

Maritime Hockey League
Yarmouth at Truro, 7 p.m.

Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Playoffs
Pictou County at Antigonish, 7:30 p.m.
(Series tied 2-2)
Valley at East Hants, 8:30 p.m.
(East Hants leads series 3-2)

NHL
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 9 p.m.

NBA
New York at Orlando, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 8:30 p.m.
Washington at Toronto, 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston, 9 p.m.
Denver at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.
Detroit at New Orleans, 9 p.m.
Indiana at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Utah, 10 p.m.
Brooklyn at Sacramento, 11:30 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Clippers, 11:30 p.m.

MLB Pre-season
Boston vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
Miami vs. Houston at West Palm Beach, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
Washington vs. Detroit (ss) at Lakeland, Fla., 2:05 p.m.
Detroit (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 2:07 p.m.
Arizona vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.
Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Oakland vs. San Diego (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
San Diego (ss) vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
Texas vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
Atlanta vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:35 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards Dinner

All are invited to attend the annual Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards Dinner March 5, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel. The event will recognize the many outstanding athletic achievements by local athletes and teams in 2016 along with deserving coaches and volunteers. Athletes of various ages from 12 to 78 will be honoured from a wide variety of sporting activities. Hosting the event will be Bruce Rainnie, the well known CBC TV commentator and sports announcer.  Bruce will speak about his experience of covering the Olympics and the various interesting experiences he has had with various athletes from around the globe.

Tickets are $25 for students and $40 for adults.  The deadline for ordering tickets is March 1st.  Tables of ten are available for group purchase.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Sara at 1-902-957-0084 or sara_mckenna@hotmail.com.

Over the next several days, the nominees for the various awards to be presented at the March 5th dinner will be featured below.

Tim Hortons Merit Award - Lyle Carter

Lyle Carter is a sports legend in Colchester County.  However, you won’t meet a nicer, more modest man. He has a genuine interest in getting to know people and telling their stories for others to enjoy, especially sports related stories.

As a country boy from Brookfield NS, Lyle was a rare athlete and hockey player that was drafted to play in Upper Canada at the young age of 18, for the Toronto Marlboros.  Lyle enjoyed a 13 year career in professional hockey, highlighted by playing in the NHL for the California Golden Seals in 1971-72.  After a back injury ended his career in 1975, he returned to his hometown to open a landmark sporting goods store, followed by a Truro store and other local businesses.  Lyle was also an all- Canadian fastball player with the famous Brookfield Elks fastball team.

Lyle’s interest in telling the public interesting sports stories about local athletes and teams began in the late 1970’s when he produced a weekly radio show for four years with Frank MacDonald on CKCL called “Sportscene” every Saturday morning. 

In 1994 he was encouraged by Terry Honey, Johnny Hutchinson and Larry Powell to start writing sports stories in the Truro Daily News.  He began producing interesting weekly articles and has continued to do so for an amazing 23 years.  He has produced a second weekly column of people’s interesting stories for the last 10 years as well.  His stories vary widely on topics and people.  It may be a reflection of great athletes from years gone by, such as Billy MacIntyre or Win Langille, or young up-and-comers such as Ben Higgins and Julia Schmitt.  

Lyle describes the column writing as a wonderful and enjoyable experience for him as he gets to know the people and their great stories.  He considers it a privilege to have people open up to him with their life stories so that he can communicate various highlights and human interest stories to a very significant fan base of his newspaper column.  His obvious love of kids and getting to know and encourage them is evident in many articles.  Their enthusiasm is well reflected in his articles.  In fact, one could say that Lyle has played a very important role of encouraging young Colchester County athletes for 23 years.  He has also helped local citizens and visitors gain more of an understanding and appreciation of the rich sports heritage in this area of NS.

Luckily, this humble and multi-talented man intends to continue writing his columns for as long as he is able.  Lyle and his supporting wife Susan still reside in Brookfield.  Their grown children – Donald, James and Rob and grandchildren Emma and Sydney are proud of their father and grandfather.  We want to acknowledge and thank Lyle for the extraordinary good work he has done as a communicator and supporter of sports in Colchester County.  Congratulations Lyle on receiving the Tim Horton’s Merit Award.

Male Athlete – 50 + Years – Larry Burt

As a former hockey player, Larry Burt took on tennis as a safer replacement sport at the age of 48.  After being introduced to the game by Truro’s Bill Berry, he soon loved tennis and was playing regularly with different groups and individuals of all ages.  After many years of living and playing elsewhere, Larry and wife Joyce were delighted to see that the Cougar Dome was being built when they moved back to the Truro area in 2012.  Larry quickly became the first member of the Cougar Dome.  He is also an active member of the Truro Tennis Club and Northcliffe Tennis Club in Halifax. 

Currently at the age of 78, Larry plays a great game of tennis.  He often plays against opponents in ladder matches half or one-third of his age (and usually is victorious).  A regular participant in singles and doubles in the Nova Scotia Championships, Larry’s highest rankings have been 2nd provincially and 17th nationally.

Each year Larry plays in 5 to 7 tournaments and is a leader in fundraising projects, events, and assisting new players at the Truro Tennis Club.  Larry sets a good tennis example for all to follow.  Congratulations Larry.

Outstanding Female 21-50 years old

Dara Pelkey-Field

Dara competes in several different sports at a high level, duathlon, running, Spartan obstacle course racing and most notably Equestrian (show jumping).

Her Show Jumping results include a wins in the 1.20-1.30m Grand Prix at the Equine Gold Show and in the Premier’s Cup Overall Jumping Champion at Old Home Week in Charlottetown PEI. She also won the 1.2m Grand Prix and the Restless Pines 1.2m division for the series in Halifax. To add to this amazing season, Dara was 2016 Provincial Champion in the 1.2 m Division for Nova Scotia (the highest level in NS).

Danica Ellis, Dara’s coach noted “Dara’s positive attitude has contributed to her quick success in just her second season with her horse Evangeline. Her hard work and dedication to training has led to her and “Eve” to several wins in the Maritimes and Quebec…”

Dismounting from 4 feet and using her own 2 she finished 7th overall female and 4th in her age group n the half marathon with a time of 1:42:53 at the 39th Annual Liv9 Fall Classic in Fredericton.

Dara is a true multi-sport athlete who is a very worthy recipient of this award.