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.


New Niagara River Lions head coach Joe Raso, right, who won 440 games in 18 seasons with the McMaster University men's basketball team, with son Victor, 27, who is joining the National Basketball League of Canada team as an assistant coach. BOB TYMCZYSZYN/Postmedia News

River Lions introduce Joe Raso as head coach

When the Niagara River Lions began looking for a new head coach, the National Basketball of League of Canada team conceded that the search would not be conducted in a “perfect world.”

St. Catharines boxers go 3-1

St. Catharines Boxing Club fighters nearly sweep the competition at a tournament last weekend in Rochester, N.Y.

Jay Triano, shown instructing youth players in this August 2014 file photo, has been selected to chair the FIBA Under-18 Men's Americas Championships taking place June 10-16 at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.

Jay Triano will chair world cup qualifier in 2018

A man whose name has become synonomous with Canadian basketball on the world stage will enjoy a hoops homecoming next June when St. Catharines hosts a top international tournament.

Niagara Spears varsity unable to tame Cambridge Lions

A lack of preparation, players playing out of position and an inability to answer the door when opportunity knocked contributed to the Niagara Spears returning home to St. Catharines emptyhanded on the weekend.

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.

The Ridley College Tigers boys soccer team that earned a silver medal at the Ontario single A high school championships in Windsor includes, front row, from left, coach Robert Poe, Andrew Azan, Santiago Kling, Jose Carranza Ugalde, Marion Ducoing, Brendan Ng, Fabio Zavaley, coach Andrew McNiven; middle row, Jack Watson, Michael Steier, Adam Karachi, Jasper Lee, Marvel Itemuagbo, back row, head coach Paul O'Rourke, Thomas Crosbie, Tomiwa Toriola, Thomas Di Sebastiano, Graham Devitt, Benjamin Mandigo, John Andrew Kit, Alex Schramm and physiotherapist Clarence Gay.

Ridley boys, Jean Vanier girls kick their way to silver medal

With two perennial provincial powerhouses facing each other on the pitch, there was something familiar about the gold medal final at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) single A boys soccer championships Saturday in Windsor.