Annapolis Valley Register : 2020-03-19

PROVINCIAL : 11 : B1

PROVINCIAL

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY REGISTER THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 sports SaltWire.com B1 CK Gators boys hockey team wins second provincial banner in three years Third straight win at regionals leads to NSSAF Division 2 championsh­ip of all players led to the success enjoyed by the Gators. “Just like any other team, they had their ups and downs but when it came right down to it, the boys all pulled together, played as a team and played as a family,” Baxter said. “They came together for each other.” As the head coach, Baxter said it was also his goal to see the team make provincial­s and have another opportunit­y to win the banner. He and the other members of the coaching staff are very happy with the outcome. “We knew they could do it, and they did,” Baxter said. overtime. Gators head coach Rodney Baxter said the team members are elated over the championsh­ip win. From the beginning of the season, it’s the goal of every high school hockey team to make it to provincial­s and win the banner. “It’s pretty exciting for them all,” Baxter said. Central Kings has won regionals three years straight and won the Division 2 provincial banner two years ago, so this is the second time some members of the roster have won the championsh­ip. Baxter said some were rookies then but they now know how it feels to help lead the team to the title. He said every player listened, Jarrett Phinney also scored for the Gators. Although the tournament got off to a slow start for Central Kings as the Gators lost the opening game, the team rebounded with four straight wins. “I can’t put into words how good this feels right now,” Churchill said. “It didn’t look good after our first game but we just kept working hard and here we are with the provincial banner.” In the final, Josh Jackman scored twice for the Kingfisher­s and Cole Elliott scored a goal. Sackville advanced to the final with a 3-0 win over Clare while Central Kings defeated East Hants 5-4 in a shootout following double “It didn’t look good after our first game but we just kept working hard and here we are with the provincial banner.” KIRK STARRATT SALTWIRE.COM ANNAPOLIS VALLEY For the second time in three years, the Central Kings Gators boys’ hockey team have won the provincial championsh­ip. The Gators were victorious over the Sackville Kingfisher­s by a score of 6-3 in the Division 2 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation hockey championsh­ip final on March 8. The score was tied at 3-3 late in the third period when Grade 12 forward Will Churchill of Cambridge scored two goals 42 seconds apart. Ryan Miller, Cameron Crooks, Keegan Cook and - Will Churchill worked hard and put their best foot forward. Throughout the season and the championsh­ip tournament, the contributi­ons Kirk.starratt@kingscount­ynews.ca CLUB REPORT COVID-19 cuts season short at Middleton Curling Club days so much fun: everyone gets two six-end games, there is a soup and sandwich lunch, door prizes, a ticket draw and after the last game, prizes for everyone. Before the day was ended, several volunteers came forward to express interest in running the funspiels next year, so hopefully the 17th annual will continue the tradition. Winners for this year were Skip Bob Smith with his team of Susan Coulter, Donna Parsons, and John Chafe. In the interests of social responsibi­lity, the MCC board of directors has made a decision to close the club effective immediatel­y, based on the latest provincial mandate around social gatherings. The Big Breakfast this week, March 21, is cancelled. Another event to cross off the calendar is the March 27 social and silent auction. The upcoming season will begin in late October and, in the meantime, informatio­n about MCC and its leagues is always available at www.middletonc­urlingclub.com Last week, the 16th annual Spring is Here Funspiel at Middleton Curling Club really did feel like it was heralding the start of a new season. Then the responsibi­lities of social distancing began to make themselves felt. The funspiel was a small enough event that it did not contravene any provincial mandates at that time, but a number of MCC curlers were playing in the Provincial Club Curler Championsh­ips, this year being held in Wolfville. Both the men’s and women’s events were being held together at the Wolfville club and the numbers of curlers, volunteers and spectators put the attendance numbers above the guidelines for safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. The play had actually begun who have run the Valentine Funspiel and the Spring is Here event for 16 years. They are retiring from the coordinati­ng side and looking forward to just curling in the years ahead. The curlers at the club were appreciati­ve of all the things that make these spirits and colourful costuming on ice. There was a lot of green in honour of St. Patrick, a few flowered shirts and leis in honour of spring, and even face-painting in honour of the spirit of the spiel. This was the final funspiel for organizers Nancy and Dave Acker, on Friday and several games were complete when the decision was made by the Nova Scotia Curling Associatio­n to cancel all championsh­ips immediatel­y. The event halted and curlers went home. The Spring is Here continued with its usual high