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

New king of River Lions jungle

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.”

Brian Dick, who competed for Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, christens a shell in his honour at a ceremony held Sunday at the St. Catharines Rowing Club.

Olympic rowers honoured

A St. Catharines Rowing Club crew that represented Canada at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will continue to make a splash for many years into the future.

Niagara IceDogs centre Ben Jones, left, and Sudbury Wolves defender Darian Pilon battle for possession in this November 2016 file photo. Bob Tymczyszyn/Postmedia News

'Dogged determination

The last player with ties to the region taken in the NHL Draft is among the first to admit there’s a long road ahead of him if he hopes to crack the lineup in the league’s newest market.

St. Catharines Seahawks back Braiden Genest, with the ball, fighting for yardage in Niagara Regional Minor Football Association atom action against the Welland Tiger-Cats Sunday at Eastdale Secondary School in Welland. ED TELENKO/Special to Postmedia News

In pursuit of pigskin perfection

A balanced attack on offence and standout play on defence kept the Fort Longhorns undefeated in the Niagara Regional Minor Football Association’s bantam division.

The new Fan Tram takes fans on a guiding tour of the pit area at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold. BERND FRANKE/Postmedia News

Dirt racing roundup

Sprint Cars were the toast of the tracks in Niagara on the weekend, and no one had more reason to celebrate than Dylan Westbrook.

Camaros battle for the front-running position in Merrittville Speedway's 8-cylinder Hoosier Stock class in a qualifying heat Saturday night in Thorold. BERND FRANKE/Postmedia News

Racer's win drought ends

Cole Hardy took a checkered flag Saturday night at Merrittville Speedway, but he refused to take all of the credit for the first victory of his racing career.

Conor Timmins, 18, of Thorold is interviewed at the NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Chicago after being selected in the second round by the Colorado Avalanche with the 32nd overall pick. JONATHAN DANIEL/Getty Images

The Avs have it

Conor Timmins won’t have too much time celebrating being selected 32nd overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

St. Catharines Falcons forward Lucas Smilsky, foreground, and Welland Jr. Canadians defender Nicholas Boehmer fight for the puck in junior B hockey in this September 2016 file photo. Smilsky was selected as the Falcons most valuable player after leading the team in goals during the regular season. JULIE JOCSAK/Postmedia Network

High-flying Falcons

Years from now Lucas Smilsky will have plenty of reminders of his first season playing with the St. Catharines Falcons.