Bernd Franke, Postmedia News

Bernd Franke, in the newspaper industry since 1977 and regional sports editor for the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune, was born to work in journalism: his parents met through a classified ad.


The Governor Simcoe Redcoats visited the Eden Flyers to kick off the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association Tier 2 senior season Wednesday in St. Catharines.

Eden tops Simcoe in season opener

A different team of flyers provided the aerial theatrics when the Niagara senior high school football season kicked off Wednesday in St. Catharines.

Welland extends undefeated streak to three games

Daelyn Minovski and Anthony Grigg each scored two goals to help the visiting Welland Jr. Canadians extend their unbeaten streak to three games with a 9-4 victory over the Buffalo Regals.

Sir Winston Churchill Reid Wiley (5) evades a tackle by Cougars Michael Thornton (3) in this file photo from last year. — Standard photo

High school football kicks off

Falcons will be grounded, Blue Devils exorcised, and Hornets and Spartans clustered shoulder-to- shoulder in the same huddle when the high school football season kicks off next week in Niagara.

Blackhawks host Jr. Canadians in home opener

Last season’s No. 1 conference in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs also topped the standings when the 2017-18 junior B season got underway.

Dave Bailey completes second tri-track sweep in a row

St. Catharines driver James Michael Friesen finished first in the battle, but it was Port Colborne’s Chad Chevalier who wound up winning the war when the race to the track championship wrapped up at New Humberstone Speedway.