Sportsman qualifying at Merrittville Speedway Saturday night in Thorold. BERND FRANKE/Postmedia Network

Racing win drought ends

It was the best finish of Ryan Sucise's racing career at Merrittville Speedway, but the driver from Ransomville, N.Y., said he was just along for the ride.

Niagara sports briefs

The Niagara Thunderhawks began defence of their South West Division title on the wrong end of a 15-9 score to open the junior B lacrosse season.

Saint Michael Mustangs running back Max Nazartchyk, 18, of Niagara Falls hopes to be galloping for first downs for the University of Guelph starting this fall. BERND FRANKE/Postmedia Network

This Mustang's a workhorse

As running backs in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) go, someone who is all of 5-foot-8, tips the scales at 185 pounds — and is a freshman to boot – isn’t likely to move the chains all that much.