For the first time in a long time, there's a new face leading the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame.
Joe Rizzo was selected as president by the NFSHOF board of directors, replacing Tony Quaranto, who held the role for years before passing away last October.
The other officers will retain their positions: Dan Bazzani, vice president; Mitch Adamschick, secretary; Pete Eodice, treasurer; and Paul Smith, sergeant of arms.
The NFSHOF is now accepting applications for its class of 2020 as well. To qualify for the award, the individual must be at least 55 years old and must be a present or past member of the Niagara Falls community, male or female, living or deceased. Applicants are evaluated on their contributions to athletic activities as outstanding athletes, coaches, managers, officials, organizers, sponsors, media personnel and volunteers.
A member of the Niagara Falls Community would be anyone who was born within the city limits of Niagara Falls and/or lived, worked or participated in sports activities there for at least 10 years..
All applications must be submitted by June 30.
Lutheran Basketball Association
• Aaron Davis scored 41 points, including his team's final six, as defending champ St. Mark edged St. James, 89-84. Joe Curry added 16 points and Andrew Davis chipped in 14, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:35 to play.
St. James had three players with at least 20 points, led by Alex Buerger with 30. Jeff DeVantier netted 22 and Justin DeVantier had 20 more. Brian Milleville was big on the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds.
• Ryan Essenberg scored 11 points on a tidy 5-of-7 shooting in St. Paul II's 33-30 win over St. Peter's. Mark Essenburg hit the big shot, a jumper with 1:23 left.
Matthew Kroening and Joe Adinolfi both had 12 points to lead St. Peter's.
• Cam Perry scored 18 of his 28 points before halftime, hitting seven 3-pointers for Holy Ghost I in an 83-43 win over St. Paul II. Jon Snell had 23 points and Ted Klettke added 19 more in the win.
Ben Ganschow led St. Paul with 16 points while Adam Puscheck scored nine.
• STANDINGS: Holy Ghost II, 10-1; St. Mark, 8-3; St. James, 8-3; St. Paul II, 5-6; Holy Ghost I, 4-7; St. Peter's, 2-9; St. Paul I, 2-10.
Lutheran Basketball Association
• Eva Cunningham scored 13 of her 18 points in the first half while Patrina Leo and Grace Cunningham added 16 and 14 points, respectively, in St. Mary's 56-50 win over St. Paul.
Mackenzie Loesing did everything she could in the loss, scoring 35 points. She hit six 3-pointers and went 12 of 22 from the floor.
• Jamie Novus was right behind Loesing for week-scoring honors, netting 34 for Chapel in a 70-41 win over St. Mark. Jamie Warren added 15 points and Amanda Strange chipped in nine more in the win.
Erin Strassburg set the pace for St. Mark with 11 points. Liz Williams (10 points) and Hannah Crouch (9) were right behind her.
• STANDINGS: St. Mary's, 6-0; Chapel, 7-1; St. Mark, 2-5; Holy Ghost/St. James, 2-5; St. Paul, 0-6.
NF over 50
• Geary Yarnes scored twice while Rob Nashwinter dished three assists in the Bruins' 5-2 win over the Sabres. Kevin McCumber (1+1), Ralph Proulx (1+2) and John Drozdz (2 assists) also had two-point nights in the win, while Guido Virtuoso scored the other goal.
Gerry Branch and Walt Dluglosz scored for the Sabres.
• Dave Scheuer had a goal and an assist while Bruce Andrews, Jeff Norgren and Todd Faddoul also scored to help the Flyers beat the Kings, 4-2.
Tim Buchman and Mike Corsaro scored in the loss.
• Mark Procknal went off for four goalsto lead the Canadiens over the Leafs, 7-4. Bruce Michielli, Jason Corbetta and Rich Quigg each had a goal and a helper in the win, while Lance Turton dished three assists.
Mike Wegryn paced the Leafs with four assists. Doug Pattison scored twice while Scott Boyko and Chris Salada netted one each. Pattison and Boyko also each had an assist.
• Louie Zaninovich potted a pair and John Zilliox was perfect in net in the Rangers' 3-0 win over the Wild. Ken Browning also found the back of the net while Kirk Lawley had two helpers.
• STANDINGS: Wild, 29 points; Rangers, 27 points; Canadiens, 25 points; Bruins, 22 points; Flyers, 21 points; Sabres, 21 points; Kings, 13 points; Leafs, 10 points.