Saturday, 20 September 2014, 9:56 am

New recruits, lofty expectations

By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Staff Writer
As the top striker, Carlos Williams is prepared to carry the team.             Photo by Josh ThomasThe 2013-14 season for the men’s soccer team finished 3-3-2 – a season of highs and lows.
Coach Frank Dechellis will be bringing in ex-Toronto FC player Keith Makubuya, along with Anthony Stranges, Anthony Iannacchino and Stephen Panuko, as recruits to improve the team.
“A lot of quality coming in. So we’ll be in good shape,” said Dechellis.
Despite having an issue with discipline last season, Dechellis said he is okay with certain yellow cards.
“I don’t mind yellow cards for hard tackles,” said Dechellis. “I don’t like yellow cards for lipping off.”
Expectations are high this season as Niagara College will be hosting the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s soccer championships.
“We are hosting the OCAAs so my expectations are to be there and unlike the other sports we have to qualify first,” said Dechellis.
Carlos Williams, a second-year striker, said the men’s soccer team knows what it takes this...

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New coach, new players, new goals

By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Staff Writer
As a three-point threat, Aidan Alize-Minty goes up for a shot from the outside.       Photo by Josh Thomas After finishing 3-15 last season, the men’s basketball team will be getting an overhaul.
Keith Vassell, a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, has been hired as the new head coach.
Vassell said a new culture will be coming in.
“It’s basically the culture of accountability and just hard work,” said Vassell.  “And a model I have started to establish is we are going to be the best team to play tired. So that means we’re going to push ourselves and looking to have other teams break before we do.”
Aidan Alize-Minty, captain of the team last year has high expectations as well as believing the team is worth watching.
“The guys who are coming in and with the coaches system we are gonna be a deep team. It’s realistic. We could make Top 3 nationals,” said Alize-Minty. “It doesn’t show from last year but this year...

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Why you should care about athletics

By JOSH THOMAS
Columnist
There’s something special about collegiate sports in Canada. The student athletes are not playing for their next contract or a $72 million paycheque. They’re playing for each other, the logo on the front, and most importantly, for you.
Maybe you had a bad day, got a bad mark on an assignment or you just went through a break up. For an hour or two you can let go of all your frustrations and just focus on the game at hand.
There is a certain kind of euphoria that comes with screaming “Go, Knights! Go!” with hundreds of other students that you don’t know. For that one hour you all have something in common.
The reality is that the Niagara Knights don’t get a lot of home support right now, but that can change. It begins with you. You can make the choice to come out and watch your...

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Women’s soccer team looking to rebound

By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Staff Writer
After injury, Cassie Gilmore looks to make return.  photo by Josh ThomasDespite a 1-6-1 record last season and the fact that the women’s soccer team only scored four goals, the team was still competitive and is moving in the right direction, said Head Coach Frank Dechellis.
“Don’t forget the two years before that. They scored two goals total. We have two other coaches, so I guess we can say we are moving in the right direction. We lost three games in the last few minutes. Nothing fluky about that team,” said Dechellis.
With recruits Emily Babcok, Julia Pantusa, Rebecca Morrison, Sierra Volpe and Flavia Brunet joining the team, along with what Dechellis refers to as a “good core,” expectations are high for the team.
“I expect to make the playoffs. I would be very disappointed if they don’t,” said Dechellis.
Cassie Gilmore, a fourth-year defender, agrees with Coach Dechellis.
“I hope with the new recruits that will lead us to...

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Getting back to winning ways

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
 Volleyball recruit Michelle Walker is excited for her first season with the Knights.  	PHOTO BY JOSH THOMASThe Knights last national championship was won more than four years ago, while the college’s last season saw half of its varsity teams lose more than half their games.
With a sporting history that includes six national championships, 31 provincial championships, five Intercollegiate Hockey League championships and 11 regional titles, it was clear that the Niagara Knights were going to be looking for a shakeup this summer.
Enter Mathew Davies, director of Athletics and Recreation at Niagara College
Davies, who has plenty of experience with university athletics, says he plans to use it to improve the Knights’ athletics program.
In preparation for a better year, Davies has added a new cross country team. He also launched a new coaching model, which closely mimics the way university athletics are handled.
 “There are no OCAA schools that have it. It’s modeled closer to the OUA (the Ontario University Athletics...

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Niagara basketball hoping to build on last year

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
The Women’s Knights basketball team did much better than the men’s last year. They went 11-7 before falling in the first round of the playoffs.
Much like all of the other varsity teams, head coach Mike Beccaria said he has been hard at work recruiting for the upcoming season.
Additions include Courtney Banham, Cassie Brown, Kianna Klauck, Sydney Phillips, Kaitlynn Marquard and Hailey Tippett. Each brings their own unique skill set to an already strong core of players.  
At the centre of that core is starting point guard Alyssa McCabe, who is fresh off her rookie-of-the-year season. McCabe said she is eager to build on last years success.
“I want to make playoffs again and make it past the first round, but the OCAAs is where we really want to be,” said McCabe.
She has clear goals for herself, too.
“I would like to see myself score more...

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GMs drop gloves over shootouts

Gary Bettman. SUBMITTED PHOTOBy CHRIS PERRELLI
Columnist
With the latest National Hockey League
general managers’ meetings coming to a close, the issue of too many games going to shootouts has come to the forefront.
As of March 11, 14 per cent of games have ended in a shootout (195 of 963) according to NHL.com. While the shootout was implemented to ensure games ended with a winner and to appease the fans, managers, coaches and players are tired of seeing important games be decided by a “skills competition.” Although the shootout is “gimmicky,” fans love it and it’s here to stay. So the next option is to find a way to reduce the importance of a shootout.
A three-point system would be the easiest and most efficient change that the league could make.
This issue gained some traction in the initial GM meetings in Toronto that took place in November when it was brought to debate by...

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