Saturday, 25 October 2014, 1:20 pm

Niagara to host men’s soccer championship

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer 
Andrew Currie breaks away from the Mohawk Captain.  PHOTO BY JOSH THOMASThe 2014 Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) soccer championships will be hosted by Niagara College.
The four best teams in the province will compete for a chance to go to the national championship CCAA (Canadian College Athletic Association), and taking place Oct. 24 to Oct. 25.
The Hometown Knights have done their job in clinching a playoff spot and are now one step closer to competing in the OCAAs. 
While there is still some work to be done, the Knights are confident they will be there. A win against Redeemer College of Ancaster, Ont., on Saturday brought them within one win of achieving that goal. 
The Knights hold an impressive undefeated record of 4-0 at home, but are just 1-3 on the road. They know having the provincial championship on home soil is a definite advantage. 
“Home cooking is always nice,” said head coach Frank Dechellis. “They don’t have to ride...

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Knights train for national championship

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
Head Coach Joey Martins addresses the women’s volleyball team during practice. PHOTO BY JOSH THOMAS“We are not training to win a provincial medal. We are training for a national medal. That means when that ball hits the ground, so do you.” 
That was the message head coach Joey Martins got across on Day 1 of tryouts, and the same goes for how you should expect the Niagara Knights women’s volleyball team to play. 
The Knights are looking to build on a strong season, which was cut short by Trent University of Peterborough, in the final eight qualifying game. 
The Knights feel they have a strong core to go with their strong recruiting class, which they believe will lead them to a national championship.
One of the few returnees from last season is Captain Alexandra Bothelo, who isn’t hiding her excitement about this season. 
“I think this year is going to be a good year, we’re definitely going to give the top teams a good go. Of...

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Is tanking for the draft an option?

By CHRIS PERRELLI  
Staff Writer
Every fan, no matter what sport they love, no matter what team they cheer for, wants nothing short of the best from their favourite teams. In simple terms, fans want a championship.
To win a championship, it takes heart, determination, and, most importantly, skill. Some teams sign big free agents, other teams make trades for players, but one thing every championship team has in common is solid draft picks that influence the entire roster.
Sidney Crosby, Lebron James, The Mannings, all first-overall draft picks, all champions in their respective sports, and each one of them is their franchise’s centre.
An important similarity? Each team was abysmal when they picked these players.
The question — are fans willing to see their teams lose in order to better their future?
“Well we haven’t seen it work yet,” said Maple Leafs General Manager Dave Nonis during an interview on TSN 1050. “I don’t think...

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Toronto Marlies come out on top

By JOEL OPHARDT
Columnist
Andrew MacWilliam goes in for a hit on Darren Archibald of the Utical Comets during Saturday’s defeat. Photo by Joel OphardtAlthough the Toronto Marlies started their 10th season with mixed results, Toronto fans should be optimistic as the team’s rookies looked particularly solid in their AHL (American Hockey League) debuts.
The Marlies opened the weekend with two scrappy battles against the Utica Comets, affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, losing the first game on Saturday 2-1, after conceding two five-on-three goals. The rematch on Sunday featured a come-from-behind victory that was eventually settled in overtime with the Marlies coming out on top 3-2.
The games had particularly strong showings from newcomers Viktor Loov, from the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), and Connor Brown, a Toronto native and former Erie Otter.
Setting up former Maple Leaf, Trevor Smith, with a heady cross ice pass for the lone Marlie goal on Saturday, the 20-year-old Brown hinted at the kind of vision Leaf fans will be looking for from the skilled forward.
Having...

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Women's Under 18 Hockey Championship to be held in St. Catharines

By Chris Perrelli
Staff Writer
Karen Phibbs (Director of Hockey Canada) Fran Rider (President of Ontario Women's Hockey Association) Mayor of St.Catharines Brian McMullan, Mayor of Port Colborne Vance Baddawey, Olympic gold-medalist Natalie Spooner and future members of the 2016 women's under-18 national team. Photo by Chris Perrelli.Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that the 2016 IIHF Women’s Under 18 Ice Hockey Championship will be held in St. Catharines, marking the first time the event will be held in Ontario and the second time the event has been hosted in Canada.
“The IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship is quickly becoming one of the must-see events on the women’s hockey calendar, and we’re thrilled to take the world championship to St. Catharines in 2016,” said president and CEO of Hockey Canada Tom Renney. 
“With a first-rate new facility, an eager host committee and passionate hockey fans, it’s going to be a tournament to remember for anyone lucky enough to be a part of it.”
The U-18 women’s world championship is one of many events that the new Meridian Centre will allow St. Catharines to host; sparking an enormous impact on the local community.
“With an estimated local economic...

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Top recruit plays for Niagara College

By DAVID CHERNISH
Staff Writer
The top recruit of the 2014 men’s volleyball class Garrett Suderman displays his game face and is prepared for a fresh start with the Knights. PHOTO BY David ChernishHailing from a small town south of Winnipeg, M.B called Niverville, Garrett Suderman, at the ripe age of 18, was one of the top volleyball recruits in Canada this summer, and the Knights obtained his signature. 
Manitoba is known as the hotbed of Canadian volleyball, and Suderman was raised in the middle of it. 
Why did Suderman choose Niagara? 
“I wanted to rejuvenate my game away from Manitoba I’ve started in many new schools and many new environments by changing high schools rapidly. In Winnipeg, when you play a sport, you know everyone and when volleyball isn’t as big of a sport as opposed to football or basketball.” 
In Manitoba, colleges don’t offer student scholarships for players that are playing volleyball for that school and since Suderman preferred college to university, he looked to Ontario. The only person he knew in Niagara was coach...

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Golf Classic raises $36,000​

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
Golfers scrambled to raise funds for student athletes at this year’s Niagara College Foundation Golf Classic. The tournament, held at Peninsula Lakes Golf Course Sept. 16, raised $36,000 for bursaries and scholarships for the Niagara College Knights sports program.
“I’d like to see us raise as much as possible for the young people,” said Bob Watson, chair of the Niagara College Foundation Board and chair of the Golf Classic. Watson credits the other board members and college staff for the event’s success. He enjoys working with the different people at the event, seeing participants enjoying themselves as the day helps the college and succeeds in its goal of helping its students.
“Times are not easy, so anything we can do to help them out, it’s all good.”
The tournament is considered one of the best in Niagara and is unique due to the direct involvement of Niagara College...

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