Top News

Shelburne hosts provincial soccer championships, names field in memory of coach


SHELBURNE, N.S. —

The Shelburne Regional High School soccer field has been named in memory of long-time soccer coach Terry ‘Basil’ Davis.
The announcement was made during the opening ceremonies for the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Division 3 boys soccer championships, hosted by Shelburne on Nov. 1 and 2.
“It’s been 15 years since Shelburne has won the provincial soccer championship, and it was the second time in three years,” said Nick Brand, tournament director. “The coach at the time was Basil Davis.”
Davis, who passed away on April 29, coached soccer for many years in the community as well as the high school. “He gave a lot of kids the chance to play,” said Brand. 
In 2002 when the senior boys were without a coach, Davis stepped up, said Brand, coaching the team to the provincial championship that year, a second place finish the following season and another provincial banner for the 2004/05 season.
“We have decided to name our field the Terry ‘Basil’ Davis Memorial Soccer Field,” announced Brand, with signage being installed in the coming year.
Davis’ brother Jody was on hand to unveil the sign. “He was one in a million,” said Jody. “He’d do anything for you. Drop whatever he was doing. He’d do anything for the kids. He was an amazing individual.”
Meanwhile on the soccer field, teams from Pugwash, Baddeck, Halifax’s Sacred Heart and the host Rebels competed in the Division 3 championships. 
Soccer is “certainly one of the hardest provincials to make in our federation,” NSSAF director Steve Gallant told the athletes. “You have to go through regional championships and regional playdowns to get to the final four, so it’s truly an accomplishment to get to the final four.”
Shelburne won their opener against Sacred Heart 4-1 to advance to the championship game, where Pugwash claimed the banner with a 4-1 win. 

Recent Stories