Scoop Jardine of the Niagara River Lions tries to get the ball past Nick Evans of the Windsor Express in basketball action at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Friday. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network Julie Jocsak

Coach calls for more heart after frustrating loss

Any basketball aficionado will tell you when a team shoots under 40 percent, and commits double the turnovers of their opponent they won’t win — and that was exactly the case for the Niagara River Lions Friday night at Meridian Centre.

Shawn Barbisan was a volleyball standout at Niagara College before beginning a nine-year professional career in Italy.

College adds three to hall of fame

A middle blocker who won medals in all but one of his four years playing volleyball at the post-secondary level is being inducted into the Niagara College Knights Hall of Fame.

An athlete from Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School participates on the uneven bars during the Zone 3, 4//SOSSA gymnastics competiton. Bob Tymczyszyn/Postmedia Network

Niagara sports roundup

Sir Winston Churchill’s Carlie White placed first overall in Level 6 and Lakeshore Catholic’s Susan Santillan in Level 2 after topping all four events – bars, beam, floor, vault – in points at the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association gymnastics championships.

Goalie Zach Moore of the Niagara Falls Canucks defends the net against, left, Romaeo D'Intino and Jake Lloyd of the St. Catharines Falcons in junior B hockey action at Gale Centre in Niagara Falls on Wednesday. (Julie Jocsak/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network)

Canucks tie series with Falcons

There was no shortage of energy in Gale Centre Wednesday night, as the Niagara Falls Canucks battled their way to a crucial 5-4 victory against the St. Catharines Falcons, tying the best-of-7 series at two wins apiece.

Team Canada fans cheer on the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team at the Shark Club Sports Bar and Grill in Calgary on Feb. 19, 2014. (Stuart Dryden/Postmedia Network/Files)

Small sports bars could be hit hard

One problem with trying to charge establishments that show televised sports more money for those broadcasts is that it leads to a weird philosophical debate: What exactly is a sports bar?

Governor Simcoe's Sadie Dick, No. 12, at the net in girls high school volleyball showcase action Tuesday night at Niagara College in Welland. RYAN McCULLOUGH PHOTO COURTESY NIAGARA COLLEGE

Spotlight on volleyball

Girls high school volleyball wrapped up two weeks ago with Ontario championships, but the sport, and the standouts who play it locally, returned to the spotlight this week.

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