Trib Tourney Championship A Classic



Lots to reflect on in 63rd annual Tribune Tournament action. Watch the championship games in days ahead over local cable television, air dates provided below. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)


By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – Centennial Cougars captured the Welland Tribune Basketball Tournament’s championship with a 69-63 hard-fought win over Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday.

The game, several long-time high school hoops fans said, was easily the best in recent memory. Caesar Hajdu, 97, who said he has been to every tournament save one since its inception in 1955, described Saturday’s championship game as “unforgettable”.  Coming from this seasoned hardwood habitué, that means something.

The game was charged with excitement and emotion from the early going as fans from both sides turned up the volume in Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. The bleachers were full from courtside level to nosebleeds. The footstomping by rabid fans was thunderous; the cheers of support, and at times the chants of derision, were eardrum shattering. “This is our house,” the Irish faithful screamed when the game was in their favour. “This is our house,” Centennial fans retorted with venomous glee when the momentum swung their team’s way. Ouch!

With the win, the Cougars exacted a measure of revenge. In the 2017 championship final, the Irish beat them 68-60.

The game and all its intensity was evocative of the rivalry and passion that came to be expected when city rivals Notre Dame and Welland High met in regular season and Tribune Tournament matchups in years gone by.

The tournament’s consolation championship was won by St. Michael’s Mustangs of Niagara Falls, who got by the new kid on the high school block, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School Gryphons, 53-52.

Full game coverage can be found on various social media, and The Tribune, and of course in the newspaper’s Monday edition.

For those who were not able to make it to the games, or for those who were there and want to enjoy the experience all over again, the games are being shown on Your TV, Cogeco, Channel 10 and Channel 700 HD.

Air dates are: Friday, January 10, noon; Monday, January 22, 6pm and Thursday, January 25, 7pm.

Also, one week after the tournament, broadcasts will be available on the free Video on Demand channel, Channel 602.



New Champ Emerges In Hoops Rivalry

Centennial Cougars engage in some courtside celebrating as a time out is called in the Tribune Tournament championship game’s final seconds Saturday evening. The Cougars defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 69-63 in a nail biter to capture the 63rd annual tournament’s championship, as shown by the scoreboard in Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. The Irish defeated the Cougars 68-60 in the 2017 championship game. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

Cougars Win Trib Tourney Championship



Centennial’s Kennan Larmand drives the ball as Notre Dame’s David Jones tries to defend during Saturday evening’s Tribune Tournament championship game. The Cougars won a hard-fought battle 69-63 to claim the championship. Larmand, who was stellar, scored 21 points, was named a first-team all-star and won tournament MVP honors. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)


THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar
Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

Canada’s150th in Welland Committee Meeting ≫
5:30 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street

Welland Public Library Board Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Monday Jan. 15  –
– Welland Public Library, Program Room, 50 The Boardwalk

Council Meeting ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 16  –
Council Chambers

Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
3:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s) ≫
5:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Council Chambers

Market Square Advisory Committee Meeting ≫
6:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 17  –
Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

Roads, Highways Could Become Icy

POSTED: 3:23 PM EST Friday 12 January 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:
Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Icy conditions this afternoon followed by accumulating snow.

cold weatherRain has already changed to snow in some areas after the passage of a cold front. In remaining areas, the rain will change to snow this afternoon as temperatures plummet behind the front. There may also be a brief period of freezing rain during the changeover from rain to snow.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy and slippery. Extra care should be taken when walking or driving in affected areas.

The snow will continue tonight as the region will be on the northwest edge of a major winter storm. Depending on the exact storm track, snowfall amounts could be anywhere in the 4 to 10 cm range.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor this evolving storm.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

Bulletin: Today’s Games Cancelled!

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WELLAND –  Weather-related concerns have led to cancellation of today’s Tribune Tournament games and their rescheduling to tomorrow at Notre Dame.

Consolation side:

Jean Vanier vs Greater Fort Erie Secondary School, 10 a,m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

Eden vs  St. Michael’s, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Belcastro gym

The winners to play in the consolation championship, 6 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.

Championship side:

Denis Morris vs Centennial, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dillon Hall

Notre Dame vs Governor Simcoe 11:30 a.m, Saturday, Dillon Hall

The winners to play in the tournament championship, 8 p.m. Saturday in Dillon Hall.