Saturday, 31 January 2015, 6:27 am

Seahawks can soar above the rest

By DAVID CHERNISH
Columnist
Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson look to lead the Seahawks to glory once again. Submitted PhotoAfter 20 weeks of bone-crushing hits, exceptional catches and a lot of emotion, two teams have prevailed. They deserve to be playing on one of the biggest stages in North American sports – the Super Bowl.
Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the New England Patriots in search of a repeat.
There will be many storylines coming into this game whether it be the players’ backstories or the “deflategate” scandal, where the National Football League (NFL) and Indianapolis Colts are investigating the Patriots for allegedly deflating 11 of the 12 footballs by a couple of pounds before the conference championship game.
The real story in this game is – can the number 1 overall defence of the Seahawks slow down quarterback Tom Brady and his star tight end Rob Gronkowski? 
The Seahawks’ defence is the most feared in the NFL and they are good enough that its secondary unit...

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Knights triumph over Falcons

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
Shaniah Wielink goes up for a block in Niagara’s straight sets win over The Fanshawe Falcons. PHOTO BY RYAN MCULLOUGHThe Niagara Knights earned their 10th win of the season this past week in straight sets over the Fanshawe Falcons of London, Ont.
Going into their meeting with Fanshawe, the Knights held a record of 9-3 and had the opportunity to be the fastest women’s volleyball team out of Niagara to pick up 10 wins since the 2006-2007 season.
Unlike their tightly contested three-set victory over Fanshawe on Dec.4 2014 (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) the Knights came out firing on all cylinders and never took their foot off the gas pedal. The match was never close. Niagara took all three sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-8) and improved to 10-3.
“We wanted to focus on the things we do well this week. We focused a lot on being disciplined on our block, playing defence around our block and reading the game as well as block coverage. I think we did those things well...

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Knights starting strong this year

By CHRIS PERRELLI
Staff Writer
Steve Stone (setter) and William Walton (middle blocker) celebrate a point earned versus Conestoga College. SUBMITTED PHOTOSFresh off a first place finish at the Niagara Knights tournament, the men’s volleyball team (5-5) looked to ride that wave back into OCAA action.
The Knights drew Humber (8-2) in their first match of 2015 and had a chance to sweep the regular-season series. Despite being out-attacked by 25 points, the Knights put forth a valiant effort but fell short in four sets – 19-25, 25-27, 25-18, 22-25.
Head Coach Nathan Groenveld felt the team lacked consistency throughout the match.
“We played very well for pieces of this match,” said Groenveld. “We just need to learn how to sustain our focus and enthusiasm for the duration of each set. I thought we battled extremely well in every set for some pretty extended runs and we will look to build from that.”
There were a few positives to take from the loss as outside hitter Nathan Snippe recorded a team-high 11...

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Player’s passion comes alive on court

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
Linnea Davis displays her passion for the game of volleyball with this animated celebration. PHOTO BY RYAN MCULLOUGHMiddle, outside, right side, it doesn’t matter to Linnea Davis; all she wants to do is play.
Athletes are creatures of habit, when they find something they like, it doesn’t change. From the pre-game ritual to how they get their equipment on, to their position in their respective sport, athletes don’t like change. Linnea Davis, however, just rolls with the punches.
Throughout high school Davis played for both her school team, the Mayfield Mavericks of Caledon, Ont. and club teams, splitting the time between the Peel Selects and the Etobicoke Titans. Davis then spent a year and a half at Brock University, before finding her home here at Niagara, but the road here has been anything but consistent.
Davis, now a right side player, has spent time at three different positions since she started playing.
“I was a middle all throughout high school and club, then I was a middle my...

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Mariota will be a cornerstone player

By DAVID CHERNISH
Columnist
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks downfield to his receivers in a game versus the USC Trojans. SUBMITTED PHOTOHonolulu, Hawaii, a beautiful destination for vacationing, is on most people’s bucket list of places to visit. It’s also home to one of the hottest college football prospects in this year’s 2015 National Football League (NFL) draft, Oregon Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Mariota is the first Hawaiian-born Heisman trophy winner. He grew up admiring the quarterback play of Jerimiah Masoli, a fellow Samoan American, who was also a standout quarterback at the all-boys Catholic St. Louis High.
Mariota is a 2014 Heisman winner and has performed calm and cool throughout his spectacular season, leading his team into the inaugural playoffs and has proven to scouts and management across the league he is the sure shot number 1 overall draft pick in this year’s upcoming entry draft.
His resumé is admirable, winning four major awards en route to being named the Associated Press’s College Football Player of the Year and...

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Super Bowl snacks on a budget

By JOHN BOUTILIER
Staff Writer
SUBMITTED PHOTOThe Super Bowl takes it’s place on millions of North American televisions this Sunday and whether you are entertaining guests, or want a special snack for yourself, here are a few suggestions for people on a budget.

Homemade potato chips:
3-10 potatoes (depending on amount)
Toppings:

Sour cream
Green onion
Cheese
Sriracha sauce/hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Preparation:
Clean potatoes in sink, thinly slice potatoes and place on parchment paper on baking tray. Bake until desired crispiness at 400. (usually 20-25 minutes)

Game Day mini pizzas:
Flatbread (any kind, smaller the better)
Tomato sauce/pasta sauce/BBQ sauce
Meat (of your choice, bacon, pepperoni, chicken, pork, steak)
Grated cheese
Toppings:
Salt and pepper
Jalapenos (optional)
Spinach (optional)
Preparation:
Place flatbread on parchment paper on baking sheet, spread sauce until desired, add toppings, bake for 12-15 minutes at 375.

Mexican chili bites:
Soft tortillas (one large makes 5 bites)
Can(s) of Stagg chili
Cheese
Toppings:
Sriracha sauce/hot sauce
Olives
Sour cream
Green onion
Preparation:
Use a metal cutout (or...

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Lock Monsters lose overtime opener

By DAVID CHERNISH
Staff Writer
Lock Monster, Chris Janese is challenged by Oshweken Demon, Kyle Jamieson. SUBMITTED PHOTOThe 2014 Creator’s Cup Champions Niagara Lock Monsters hit the floor for their home opener on Jan. 18 at their new home, the Meridian Centre. 
Last year, the Niagara Lock Monsters were the first non-native team to win the Creator’s Cup, defeating the Oshweken Demons 10-9 in overtime. 
The Lock Monsters’ General Manager (GM) Dave Colbourne returns as the team’s GM, and has spent over 30 years in the CLAX. 
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Lock Monsters for the upcoming season. Former head coach Jeff Dowling did a fantastic job leading the team to their first Creator’s Cup Championship last season, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build a winning tradition in Niagara.” 
“We did not have one player who stood out in last year’s playoffs,” newly hired head coach of the Monsters, Matt Attwood, said. 
Attwood’s leadership and communication with younger players encouraged the league’s decision to name him...

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