On the court, the Brock women’s volleyball team enters the post-season ranked second in Canada after winning seven straight matches and finishing the regular season with an outstanding (18-2) record. Photo credit: Brock Badgers Athletics/Stephen Leithwood
Late February and early March usually mean one thing for the two post-secondary institutions that call Niagara home – playoffs.
The Brock University Badgers and Niagara College Knights have either already started their postseasons or will be starting in the coming days.
Beginning this Wednesday, Brock women’s basketball enters the playoffs at the University of Waterloo.
The Badgers wrapped up their regular season with a 67-62 win over Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) and finished the 2022-23 campaign with a (12-10) record.
Meantime, the Badgers men’s basketball team earned a first-round playoff bye after wrapping up their season with an impressive (16-6) mark.
As of last week, the Brock men were ranked sixth in the country.
Onto the ice we go, where the Badgers men’s hockey team has already advanced to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarterfinals after eliminating the Laurier Golden Hawks in three games in the best of three opening round playoff series.
Brock now takes on Windsor beginning Thursday night at Canada Games Park in a 6pm puck drop in another two out of three series.
The Badgers women’s hockey team begin their playoffs Wednesday at U Sports ninth-ranked Waterloo. Game two in the best of three series goes Friday night at Canada Games Park.
On the volleyball court, the Brock women’s volleyball team enters the post-season ranked No. 2 in the country after winning seven straight matches and finishing the regular season with an outstanding (18-2) record.
The Badgers host Windsor Saturday in OUA quarterfinal action.
Brock will have one representative, Beamsville’s Anthonie Korstanje, in the U Sports Swimming Championships beginning later this week at the University of Victoria.
And if there’s one sport that is synonymous with Brock University it’s wrestling. The U Sports Wrestling Championships take place this upcoming Friday and Saturday in Edmonton with the University of Alberta serving as host.
The Brock men’s team was ranked No. 1 in Canada as of last week, while the Badgers women’s was ranked third.
Brock offers 18 varsity sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Curling, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.
Check out gobadgers.ca for all things Brock Badgers Athletics.
Down the 406 in Welland, home of Niagara College, the Knights are set to host the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Women’s Basketball Championship from March 3 to 5.
The Knights finished the 2022-23 campaign with a (9-7) record and will play the winner of the Algonquin-Mohawk opening round playoff game.
The men’s Knights squad wrapped up their regular season at (12-6) securing a home playoff contest against Loyalist this upcoming Saturday.
Knights women’s volleyball began its postseason Thursday at Humber College after reverse sweeping George Brown. Niagara trailed two games to none then won three straight to win the match.
Niagara enters the playoffs after an (11-7) regular season record.
Niagara College offers three varsity sports: Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer. Curling and Golf are deemed tournament sports.
For more information visit goknights.ca.
Rod Mawhood is a lifelong Niagara native who has had the pleasure of working in all three mediums – Radio, Print and TV – for over 20 years. His first announcing gig was with the then St. Catharines Stompers. Since then he’s worked in radio and TV in Toronto, and currently is the announcer for the Niagara IceDogs and Niagara River Lions.
Rod also covers the Buffalo Bills for FOX Sports and the Buffalo Sabres for NBC Sports.