Friday, 29 May 2015, 7:59 pm

A bright future ahead for the Niagara College Knights after an 8-10 season

By Davon James
Staff Writer
Floor General Lequan Hylton conducts the Knights’ offence leading them to success over the Sheridan Bruins. PHOTO BY RYAN McCULLOUGH With a record of eight wins and 10 losses this past season, the Niagara College’s men’s basketball players are looking to both come closer together as a team and to achieve personal goals as they prepare for a new season in September.
A major asset to the future success of the team, Ontario Colleges Athletic Association  (OCAA) Rookie of the Year Delroy Grandison’s primary objective is staying mentally and physically determined.
“Personally, I set out goals for myself heading into the off-season and have already begun working on my own physical cardio and body   appearance.”
The team members know they need to work hard and have dedicated themselves to working harder on teamwork at six o’clock morning practices. “Basketball is a team-oriented sport and as the floor general, I’m going to continue to focus on creating opportunities for my teammates to get open looks at the basket,’’...

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Worthy Niagara College Knights honoured

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Lorelle Weavers and Jeff Scott stand proudly with their awards on April 10. PHOTOS BY LUCA GUARDARIThe Niagara Knights athletes celebrated their best season this past weekend.
Coming off a year in which an unprecedented eight of nine varsity programs competed in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) playoffs, it was only fitting to have an awards banquet that saw over 100 individual awards given out.
The night began with inductions into the Niagara College Hall of Fame. The 1969-70 women’s basketball team, who also doubled as the 1970 women’s volleyball team, led a class of inductees that included: women’s volleyball player Diane Vanden Hoven-King, Golfer Maxime Barre, women’s basketball player,
Kaitlyn McKenna and Welland restauranteur John Clark in the builders category.
From there it was all about the current athletes. Men’s basketball’s Delroy Grandison and women’s basketball’s Courtney McPherson took home male and female rookie of the year honours.
Grandison put up 15.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per...

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Niagara’s Penguins Win Tournament

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer

The 2014/2015 Brock Niagara Penguins celebrate their first tournament championship at the 6th Annual Niagara Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYHome court advantage had not been a benefit historically for the Brock Niagara Penguins, however, this year things changed.

At the 6th Annual Niagara Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held at Brock University, the Penguins won their first championship at their host tournament, competing against Southern Ontario’s competitive wheelchair basketball teams.

Ranked as the No. 1 seed after the round robin stage, the Penguins won an intense 29-25 semi-final match against the Twin City [Kitchener/Waterloo] Spinners and continued momentum in a 25-10 championship win over the Toronto Tornadoes.

Celebrating the victory both athletes and managers credited the supportive environment created by volunteers, coaches and organizers in the Penguins’ growth.

“When our team first started we didn’t sink baskets and couldn’t win a game, then all of the sudden we started moving a little bit closer and closer,” said Karen Natho, co-ordinator and founder of the team.

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Still some fight left in IceDogs

By EMMA MASON
Staff Writer
Niagara IceDogs defenceman Blake Siebenaler (No. 5) and IceDogs goaltender Brandon Hope (No. 1) prepare for action on April 1 against the Ottawa 67’s during Game 4 of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League playoffs at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.  PHOTO BY EMMA MASONThe Niagara IceDogs concluded the first round of the 2014/2015 OHL playoffs on home ice, on April 5, with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa 67’s. After losses in the first two road games, the IceDogs took the best-of-seven series, 4-2.
This set up a showdown with the Oshawa Generals in the next round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
The IceDogs hadn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since the 2012/ 2013 season. Ottawa, on the other hand, had not seen playoff action since the 2011-2012 season when they were eliminated in the conference finals by the IceDogs, four games to one.
The IceDogs, who were off to a slow start at the beginning of the season, picked up momentum as the season progressed and finished with a 37-27-2-2 record to attain fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The 67’s fared slightly better on paper...

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Toronto FC looking to be best in field

By DAVID CHERNISH
Columnist
SUBMITTED PHOTOFinally, soccer sports fans around Toronto have hopes of seeing a playoff game in Toronto, as Toronto FC (TFC) started off the season strong with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
TFC made big moves in last year’s winter transfer window, bringing English striker Jermain Defoe from the Tottenham Spurs and American-born midfielder Michael Bradley from AS Roma.
Defoe didn’t work out the way Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) President Tim Lieweke hoped, as a year later the striker and his mother demanded a transfer back to England, where TFC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko shipped him off to Sunderland where he signed a three-year contract. TFC got American International striker Jozy Altidore in return, who scored two goals in the team’s 3-1 win versus Vancouver Whitecaps in the season opener.
Cody Doucet, a 22-year-old from Welland, Ont., and a member of TFC’s supporters group called the Red Patch...

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Centre for Ethics in Sport fights to keep athletes honest

By JUSTIN REID
Staff Writer
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez sat out the entire 2014 baseball season due to performance enhancing drug violations. Submitted PhotoThe stories usually read the same even if the names change. Another athlete busted for using performance enhancing drugs. However this problem extends past professional sports and into the world of amateur athletics as well; that’s where Doug Peacock comes in.
Peacock, 43, of St. Catharines, works with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) as a Doping Control Officer (DCO) administering drug tests at various events for the organization, including the upcoming Pan-Am Games, which will be held this June in Toronto.
The CCES is an independent national not-for-profit organization with a mission to “activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system, advocate for sport that is fair, safe and open, and protect the integrity of sport.”
Despite Peacock being involved with the CCES’s anti-doping program, the organization is also trying to combat other ethical issues it deems a threat to sport including violence, poor parental behaviour and lack...

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No silver spoon for Knights

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
It’s not the result they wanted, but Niagara’s women’s volleyball team members can hold their heads high after winning a bittersweet bronze.
It was always unclear whether the Knights could dethrone the now eight times in a row provincial champion Humber Hawks, of Toronto, but it was always expected they would be there to battle for it.
Unfortunately for Niagara, it wasn’t in the cards; they opened their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championships against the Cambrian Golden shield, of Sudbury, which proved to be the better team on that day.
“They made very few errors, they played very hard and I thought we were tentative, and a little scared it looked like. We weren’t really ourselves; quite honestly it was the worst game we played all year,” said Niagara Head Coach Joey Martins.
In the end the Knights fell on their own sword. A team, that all yearlong lived for...

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