Monthly Archives: March 1999

Hoop dreams and coal seams

Cape Breton faces an uncertain future, but the game goes on, writes JANICE ACTON from New Waterford

Shunpiking Magazine

February / March 1999, Number 24

NBA SCOUTS have never come to The Coal Bowl Classic. Nor has the Toronto Sports Network (TSN). They’ve never heard of it. In fact many people outside of New Waterford – the small Cape Breton island town where this unique high school basketball tournament is held – don’t know what it is.

Where it is is part of the story. Continue reading

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A “real culture shock”: friendship first

NEW WATERFORD’s COAL BOWL CLASSIC

Interview. Pat Nearing, Director of Athletics at DalTech and vice-president, Nova Scotia Basketball Officials, has officiated at the Coal Bowl for the past four years. He talks with JANICE ACTON and TONY SEED.

THE FIRST YEAR I went, the Coal Bowl was a real eye-opening experience. I’d heard about it, my colleagues had gone before, but I didn’t know what to expect. It’s difficult to picture what it was going to be like.

When we were shown our quarters and I got to officiate my first game, it was a real culture shock, a real change from refereeing a high profile high school boys’ or professional men’s team – but a very positive one. Continue reading

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