Bernd Franke, Postmedia News

Bernd Franke, in the newspaper industry since 1977 and regional sports editor for the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune, was born to work in journalism: his parents met through a classified ad.


Niagara Titans back Sacade Kasamba, with the ball, on his way to scoring one of his three touchdowns versus West Niagara in bantam football Sunday in Smithville. Handout/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Go long, li’l doggies

Campbell Laroche rushed for two touchdowns and caught a scoring strike for another as Fort Erie remained undefeated in the Niagara Regional Minor Football Association’s bantam division.

Notre Dame's Lauren Frasca, foreground, moves the ball up the pitch in the fourth annual Niagara Region Soccer Showcase inside the dome at Youngs Sportsplex Wednesday night in Welland. Handout/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

Spotlight on soccer

Niagara College did more than shine the spotlight on high school soccer in the region.Lights inside the dome at Youngs Sportsplex were turned on as 86 of the top boys and girls soccer players showcased their skills. A total of 22 high schools had at least one representative on the turf field in an all-star doubleheader that was played Wednesday.

Dan Sandel, left, and Karen Smyte are the newest inductees into the Notre Dame College School Wall of Fame. BERND FRANKE/Postmedia News

Alums earn highest mark

Dan Sandel, a former professional basketball player who instead of collecting points now spends his time gathering clues, and Karen Smyte, a world-class rower who went on to excel as a coach before pursuing a writing career, are the newest inductees to the Notre Dame College School Wall of Fame.

Mat Williamson (supplied photo)

St. Kitts racer goes 3-for-3

Mat Williamson enjoyed a winning weekend behind the wheel of his race car, on both sides of the border.

ND girls going for lacrosse gold

Notre Dame is in Durham Region this week hoping to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their last Ontario girls high school field lacrosse championship by winning another gold medal.

Noah McDonald of E.L. Crossley Secondary School rows in the senior mens single during the SNRC High School Invitational Regatta at the South Niagara Rowing Club on Saturday. (Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia News)

Crews test the waters

Welland’s International Flatwater Centre’s South Course was a golden pond for E.L. Crossley at the South Niagara High School Invitational on the weekend in Welland.

Romaeo D'Intino of the St. Catharines Falcons and Ryan Punkari of the Caledonia Corvairs fight for the puck in junior B playoff action at the Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines on Friday. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard

Falcons fall short

A new season, a new coach, many new players, but the same old result.

Kurtis Henry of the Niagara Falls Canucks grabs the puck from Tanner Ferreira of the St. Catharines Falcons in junior B playoff action at the Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines Friday. Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard

Back in the driver’s seat

The St. Catharines Falcons have rediscovered the knack for scoring on the power play, and just in time, too.

Peterborough Petes' Nikita Korostelev tips the puck at Niagara IceDogs' goalie Stephen Dhillon during Game 1 Eastern Conference quarter-final third period OHL action on Thursday at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough. (Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network)

Young 'Dogs lose, but learn playoff tricks

Class was in session Thursday night in Peterborough, where the young pups on the Niagara IceDogs got to experience playoff hockey at the Ontario Hockey League level for the first time.

St. Catharines Falcons Tanner Ferreira is called for a penalty after Niagara Falls Canucks goalie Zach Moore is upended in Golden Horseshoe junior. B playoff hockey Friday at the Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard

High flying Falcons win opener

Lucas Smilsky provided the offence, Owen Savory the defence and the St. Catharines Falcons extended their winning streak to 15 games in junior B hockey.

Mississauga Steelheads goalie Jacob Ingham knocks away a shot by Niagara IceDogs Ben Jones (3) in first-period OHL hockey action Thursday night at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network)

IceDogs stonewalled

The Niagara IceDogs may have lost a lot more than a game Thursday night.

oalie Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs defends the net against Niki Petti the Hamilton Bulldogs in OHL action at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Friday, March 10, 2017. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network Julie Jocsak

Top ’Dog in shootout

Stephen Dhillon is an IceDog according to the logo on the front of his jersey.

Aaron Haydon (28) of the Niagara IceDogs and an Erie Otter fight for the puck in this file photo. Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard/ QMI Agency

’Dogs don’t lose ground

When the Erie Otters decided to silence their critics, the Niagara IceDogs found the sound deafening.