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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.


Alexandra Klauck of the Lakeshore Gators beats Allyce Andrews of the Port Colborne Bears to the rebound during the Tribune Girls Basketball Tournament at Port Colborne High School on Thursday. (Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia News)

TRIB TOURNEY: Crosstown rivals

Port Colborne’s West Side Story in girls high school basketball didn’t have a happy ending for host Port High.

Nick Sachvie

Niagara sports briefs

Here's a quick look at local sports including squash and judo.

Taylour Hurd is the Brock University female athlete of the week for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 8, while Brock goalkeeper Anthony Stott was named the university's male athlete of the week following a 14-save performance in a 3-0 loss to the York Lions in soccer. (Supplied photos)

ON CAMPUS: Brock’s turn at bat

Women’s rugby player Taylour Hurd and Anthony Stott of the men’s soccer team are the top athletes at Brock University for the week ending Sunday.

That's Moore like it

There were plenty of panther sightings on the home team’s bench, on the ice and in the penalty box Sunday afternoon at Pelham Arena.

Niagara IceDogs Johnny Corneil (23) tries to sneak the puck past Erie Otters goalie Troy Timpano (33) during first-period OHL hockey action Friday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard

No place like home for Dogs

Home game, home-grown boys getting their name on the scoresheet, and a stay-at-home defence that kept their goaltender from being peppered with too many close shots, especially on the power play.

Sir Winston Churchill Reid Wiley (5) evades a tackle by Cougars Michael Thornton (3) in this file photo from last year. — Standard photo

High school football kicks off

Falcons will be grounded, Blue Devils exorcised, and Hornets and Spartans clustered shoulder-to- shoulder in the same huddle when the high school football season kicks off next week in Niagara.

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.