2001-2002 Berwick Bruins Bantam ‘B’ Hockey Team
With only five returning players, the 2001-2002 Berwick Bruins Bantam ‘B’ hockey team had the unenviable task of living up to the previous year’s championship team.
One again, after playing off with other western Valley teams, Berwick was designated Bantam’B’. The team played 50 games, compiling an overall record of 27-17-9.
Berwick Graves Oldtimers Hockey Team
In the late 1960s, Berwick native Phil Nixon returned to the area from Florida, where he had been living, and became the driving force behind the formation of the Berwick Graves Oldtimers hockey team.
Despite living in Florida, which in those days wasn’t a real hotbed of hockey interest, Phil had never lost his love for the game. On his return to Berwick, he began playing hockey in what was called at the time the ‘Sunday morning hangover league’.
2000-2001 Berwick Bruins Bantam ‘B’ Hockey Team
When the 2000-2001 season began, there were few indications the Berwick Bruins would win the provincial Bantam ‘B’ hockey championship. The team didn’t even have a coach until Randy Rockwell was encouraged by a neighbour to apply for the position.
The Bruins played 58 games against ‘B’, ‘A’ and ‘AA’ teams during the 2000-2001 season and finished with a record of 32 wins, 17 losses and nine ties.
Jennifer Holleman – Athlete and Coach
Jennifer Holleman had her first amateur boxing match in November of 1999, when she was 29 years old and already the mother of two children. It was an exhibition bout – no winner, no loser – but from then on, Jennifer was hooked.
During her career, Jennifer fought 39 times – an impressive feat given the low numbers of female boxers in her weight category, even fewer of whom were of her calibre.
Kelsey Best – Athlete
Born into an athletic family, Kelsey Best started her athletic career around the age of six, playing co-ed softball in Waterville, and later moved on to baseball in Berwick.
By the time she reached Central Kings Rural High School, Kelsey was involved in pretty much every sport she could find time for.
Before her high school career ended, she had been chosen her school’s Junior Female Athlete of the Year once and Senior Female Athlete of the Year twice, as well as many individual medals and MVP awards earned in various sports.
Lloyd (Bruz) Cook – Athlete
A talented athlete in a variety of sports, Lloyd (Bruz) Cook was arguably best known for his exploits on the softball field. His career included time spent with some of the Valley’s most storied teams.
The first recorded instance of Bruz playing softball was as a teenager in 1947 at the old Cambridge school, now the Cambridge Community Centre.
Throwing with his left arm, which would at times be an advantage, he and his teammates played in a school league that also included Grafton, Waterville and Woodville.
Morgan Snow – Builder
Over a coaching career spanning 30 years, Berwick resident Morgan Snow and his teams have enjoyed a level of success nearly unprecedented in Nova Scotia volleyball circles.
For the bulk of that time, close to 20 years, Morgan coached senior boys’ volleyball at West Kings District High as well as with the Valley Skyhawks, the club volleyball program he founded in 1993.
Phillip (Phil) Easson – Builder
The legendary Nova Scotia teacher, coach and broadcaster John ‘Brother’ MacDonald was fond of saying, ‘we may not all be good athletes, but we can all be good sports’.
Truly, the contributions of some individuals transcend the actual playing of the game. In terms of Berwick and area, brothers Phil and Bill Easson serve as perfect examples.