Oct. 23 Local Sports Report: Niagara Prep basketball; Niagara River Lions; Welland hockey; Fairview bowling
The Niagara Prep girls basketball team remained unbeaten in Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association play with a hard-fought, 85-76 come-from-behind victory over Lincoln Prep in Hamilton.
Niagara Prep, missing two starters, exploded for 31 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 12-point deficit and escape with the road win. Leading a balanced attack were: senior point guard Sarah Te-Biasu with 26 points; sophomore Emma Koabel with 23 points; and, Donna Ntambue, who recorded her third straight double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Niagara, now 8-0 overall, is in the Chris Smalling Girls High School Tournament this weekend at York University.
RASO BACK WITH RIVER LIONS
The Niagara River Lions announced Monday Victor Raso will return as head coach and general manager of the Canadian Elite Basketball League team.
“I am incredibly thankful to the River Lions organization for believing in me and buying into my vision of making Niagara the best place in the country for Canadian professional basketball players to develop over the summer months,” the reigning CEBL coach of the year said.
Niagara finished first in league play before falling in the semifinals and Raso is looking to build on the foundation he laid during the 2019 season.
“Every member of our team left our program as a better player, and as a better teammate than they were when they arrived,” he said. “While our team accomplished many great things this past season — we fell short of our ultimate goal. We have some unfinished business to take care of.”
The River Lions are glad to have him back.
“Over the past couple years, Victor has been instrumental in the River Lions’ success both on and off the court and he is already working hard to build a team that will be a true contender in 2020,” River Lions president Jeffrey Sotiriou said.
WELLAND TIGERS HOCKEY
Peewees champs in Caledonia
The Welland Telus Tigers major peewee A hockey team captured the Caledonia Challenge Cup Peewee Championship with a 4-1 record this past weekend.
Jordan Raso recorded the lone Welland goal as the team fell to the Parry Sound Shamrocks 2-1 in Friday’s opening game.
The Tigers rebounded with a 3-2 win over the Hespeler Shamrocks with Sean Sinclair, Ryan Reeves and Noah Bovine scoring goals.
Dayton Flatt, Sam McPhee, Raso and Bovine each found the mesh as Gavin Beck backstopped the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over the Huntsville Otters Saturday afternoon to move into the semifinals.
Tyler Ray and Bovine recorded goals as Welland won the rematch over Parry Sound 2-1 to advance to the championship game. In the final, Welland defeated Niagara-on-the-Lake 2-1 on goals by Jaxon Vanderlip and Bovine. Dylan Pace answered back for NOTL.
Atoms top Stoney Creek
The Welland Shadow Auto minor atom A hockey team pounded the Stoney Creek Warriors 11-2 to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Thomas Russell was solid in net earning the victory.
The Tiger’s offence was led by Jordan Hotham, four goals; Brayden Farr, two goals and one assist; Dylan Wood and Ryan Rousseau, goal and an assist; Blake Hudak and Liam Seguin, two helpers; Ethan Rousseau, Mark Chambers and Antonio Mete, single goals; and, Hudson Bassi and Kingsley Lachnet with assists.
Minor peewees thump Port
Julian Belcastro scored four times and added two assists, and Riley Caron recorded the shutout as the Welland Tigers 91.7 Giant FM/Country 89 minor peewee hockey team beat the Port Colborne AE Sailors 17-0.
Tyler Laszlo, Colby Franchetti, Chace Buti, and Matteo Mete had two goals apiece and Carson McComber, Hudson Kipp, Mason Risto, Miller Miotto and Jared Duerden each netted single tallies.
With the victory, the Tigers improved to 4-0 in league play.
Following are recent top tenpin and fivepin bowling scores, as submitted by the lanes and league secretaries:
Tuesday Morning Mixed: John Osborne 591, Bert Jakobs 564, Dave Ryder 530, Pat Weir 483, Ruth Reimer 470, Alida Manuel 457.
Tuesday Afternoon Ladies: Sharon Walsh 528, Deb Freeman 488, Velma Rutka 442.
Tuesday Night Men: First Division: Al MacDonald 501, Felice Delpriore 462, Keith Ballantyne 461. Premier: Terry Krawec 677, Greg Panas 603, Clayton Donald 597.
Wednesday Morning Ladies: Sandra Plumb 453, Judy Coote 431, Rosemary Austin 421.
Wednesday Night Ladies: Rose Child 514, Cheryl Matheson 500, Lee Ann Gendron 481.
Thursday Morning Ladies: Karla Gilmore 521, Heidi Jacobsen 437, Rella Pizzngrilli 429.
Thursday Prime Timers: Mike Johnson 574, Dave Ryder 481, Glen Seburn 472, Trish Game 496, Marg Millar 468, Ruth Reimer 435.
Thursday Night Mixed: Group 1: Brad Fretz 711, Codi McMaster 674, Terry Krawec 608. Group 2: Rob Costantini 585, James Servos 546, Doug Fretz 517. Group 3: Diane Scott 556, Alex Burse 498, Carman Winger 490. Group 4: Laurie Fretz 505, Lena Lewis 484, Cody Bride 467. Group 5: Giovan Cooper 499, Charlene Calder 457, Sylvia Pogrebski 394.
Friday Night Mixed: Greg Panas 615, Chris Rogers 594, John Falk 592, Elaine Houtby 543, Sara Henderson 521, Cathy Thacker 499.
Youth: Bantam: Robbie Donald 186. Junior: Ben Foster 442, Ava Conway 497, Sophia Beaudry 382. Intermediate: Addison Nye 563, Zachary Beaudry 483, Seth Edwards 428, Kayley Richardson 381.
Monday Morning Men: Good: Doug Lawrence 492, Ervin Barnes 491, Bob Scricca 473. Gooder: Rob Balanowski 565, Vince DeNapoli 503, Don Hewitt 499. Goodest: John Osborne 674, Terry Krawec 657, Frank Vale 578.
Monday Majors: Terry Krawec 738, Lisa Morabito 668, Matt Donald 585, Doug Fretz 585.
Tuesday Prime Timers: Kevin Shea 571, Martin Lanteigne 527, Morgan Upshall 488, Monique Dorling 533, Maureen Cropper 486, Gaetane Papineau 481.
Tuesday Night Mixed: Brayden Girard 629, Jim Miller 560, Ken McKay 512, Angi Nesbitt 512, Lisa Loosemore 425.
Wednesday Morning Ladies: Muriel Estey 534, Carla Sneek 527, Cathy Vandelaar 515.
French Club: Jacques Vaillancourt 594, Jean-Claude Aube 531, Martin Lanteigne 523, Marie-Jisee Vaillancourt 500, Toni Ball 482, Suzanne Theriault 447.
Friday 55 and Uppers: Kevin Shea 503, Philip Lamothe 496, David Moriarity 463, Nan Brogden 437, Jackie Burton 394, Clara Schyff 384.
Youth: Little Tykes (one game): Autumn Etherington 106, Madalynn Spence 106, Scarlett Colledge 96. Peewee: Ethan Barker 286, Michael Lazar 237, Thomas Running 219. Bantam: Liam Boles 390, Kyla Boles 341, Katelynn Gough 308, Scotia Edwards 254. Junior: Aaron Goertzen 558, Jacob Gough 549, Cameron Mitchell 475, Felicia Currie 523, Erica Boles 478, Katelynn Mitchell 411. Senior: Chanzen Krafve 505, Connor Latour-Williamson 403, Olivia Prudhomme 475, Sarah Malott 362.
Sunday Sport: Scott Bartlett 598, Shawn Quesnel 558, Bill Booker 557, Wendy Bonnette 606, Noella White 580, Angi Nesbitt 488.
Monday 55 and Up: Jim Copeland 594, Wally Gabb 533, Bob Walsh 467, Marilyn Goulding 528, Vivian Buetow 523, Lucy Mulder 492.
UNIFOR Retirees: Tom Astley 632, Al Perrault 575, Mike Locke 448, Audrea Frizell 422, Olga Astley 418, Michelle Copeland 414.
Monday Evening Mixed: George Brown 545, Dick Mallory 513, Charlie Staples 486, Denise Livingston 482, Jennifer Williams 442, Jackie Billard 434.