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Niagara sports briefs

By Bernd Franke, Postmedia News

Nick Sachvie

Nick Sachvie

Here's a quick look at local sports including squash and judo.

Top squash pros competing at White Oaks

St. Catharines native Nick Sachvie, the top-ranked Canadian in the Professional Squash Association men’s top 100, is back home this weekend competing in the Court Classic at White Oaks Resort and Spa.

Sachive, ranked 65th in the world, enters the five-day tournament at the multi-court facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake seeded second.

Also in the field is the entire Canadian national men’s team as well as more than 100 amateur players.

Ten of the top 100 men’s players in the world will be competing, including Sean Delierre from Montreal, Mike McCue from Sudbury and Andrew Schnell from Calgary.

Along with Sachvie the three will represent Canada at the World Team Squash Championships in Marseille, France, later this year.

The tournament is being presented by Performance Acura and Black Knights Racquets. Admission is free.

Niagara Falls high school hosts judo tourney

Upwards of 200 athletes will be in the region this weekend competing in the Niagara Falls Open Judo Tournament.

Saturday’s one-day event, showcasing competitive judoka from across Ontario and western New York, gets underway at 10 a.m. at A.N. Myer Secondary School, 6338 O’Neil St.

Knights extends unbeaten streak to five games

Alexis Hebert, Niagara College’s top female athlete for the week ending Sunday, made a strong case for receiving the honour this week as well.

On Wednesday the rookie goalkeeper made a game-saving stop to preserve a scoreless tie with the visiting Fanshawe Falcons in women’s soccer.

Hebert’s fourth shutout in a row extended the Knights’ unbeaten string to five games and improved the team’s record to 3-3-2 with two games remaining in the regular season.

She was assisted by a back line of Ashley Bruzzese, Shannon Halliday, Lauren Frasca and Genny Fick.

“The back four were outstanding, they limited the Falcons to chances only from a distance for most of the game,” Niagara head coach Rob Lalama said. “Fanshawe (7-0-1) showed why they’re undefeated.

“They are a very good team. I’m proud of how we competed today.”

The Knights host the St. Clair Saints, 5-2-1; in a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Youngs Sportsplex on River Road in Welland.