Springhill to host NSSAF slo-pitch Friday

Christopher Gooding
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“It will create some revenue for the town and some excitement, - Kenny John Jackson

SPRINGHILL - Regardless of its name, this weekend’s provincial slo-pitch tournament promises to be anything but laid back.

The community has secured the honour of hosting the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation slo-pitch tournament, with eight teams descending on the community to compete for the NSSAF banner.

“It was our turn to host it if we wanted, so we said it was worthwhile to have,” Springhill Minor Baseball’s Ken Jackson said. “It will create some revenue for the town and some excitement.”

Eight teams will compete within the Lions Park, staring Friday, and the two top teams will play a crossover into the championship. The first match will take place at 10 o’clock, with opening ceremonies following at 11:45 a.m.

Teams are made up of students from Grade 7 to 12, and here in Springhill Jackson says the high school team is a balanced example of how mixing up the roster promotes longevity for the sport.

“We have one or two Grade 7s this year and I think its great idea to carry some of the junior ones. They’re going to be with you up until Grade 12,” Jackson said. “They have to start somewhere and we believe if we can pick up one or two every year and keep adding to that by the time they hit Grade 12 they should be pretty good.”

Pitting the home team against some the province’s high school best will be a test of that theory and Jackson encourages everyone to check out the action over the weekend.

“It should be an exciting time for the whole town.”

Organizations: Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation

Geographic location: Lions Park

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  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    May 31, 2013 - 21:00

    Disappointed parent, your comments are probably based on political views, I do not know this volunteer, however I do know that without volunteers, our youth will suffer greatly in their endeavours to improve their skills and enjoy their young lives. All activities bu volunteers in giving the youth of our Country Canada a chance to see the brighter side of things is greatly appreciated by most, of course there a few people who are hard to please, (no matter what). My hat goes off to Kenny John.

  • Realistic
    May 31, 2013 - 12:05

    Nothing but kudos from here for KJ - and nothing political about it (I also didn't vote for him last time). I don't recall any kind of a story like this ahead of any of the area schools hosting a provincial competition - at the most it's a quick blurb afterward of results. Which is a shame - so this story is a nice one to see. So keep up all the good work in all you do in the community - and Go SHS!

  • mike
    May 31, 2013 - 07:51

    Oh my Disappointed Parent, seriously, I mean seriously. If you want to be heard, please pick a better topic. Not once in this article is there mention of ploitical career. And maybe , just maybe you should be thanking Kenny because without people like him, there probably woudn't be a ball program. I for one will always support our wonderful volunteers because i know that without their dedication ,most programs wouldnt survive. Now instead of writing about them, try going out there and helping them. I am betting that you could put your writing skills to use by submitting a nice article, to the paper, about the tournament and the positives that it will bring to your town.

  • what?
    May 31, 2013 - 07:30

    really? this is about the kids, kenny john may have his face plastered all over the place but that is because hes involved. he does alot for the town and alot for the kids, i don't care about the political side as long as the kids have the support and opportunity, oh and for the record i never voted for kenny john. I think he is doing great things for the county youth! jmo

  • Disappointed Parent
    May 30, 2013 - 17:08

    I am sure this comment won't get published but I am so unbelievably disappointed in this article. A couple of weeks ago I posted about Kenny John using kids activities for his own political gain and he is doing it again. Were there no kids from the high school that could have been interviewed about their hard work and their excitement for this tournament? Goodness sakes these are kids that should be getting attention for their accomplishments and yet they are getting nothing. Moreover, I am so tired of seeing political advertising in this town. In 2010, I voted for Kenny John in 2010 but I am so tired of this self-aggrandizing attitude that I am not voting for him again. These are the reasons why people don't trust most politicians - they are in it for themselves and their own egos.