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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Blades out in hurry Tigers win west crown MEDICINE HAT (CP) Medicine Hat Tigers scored a 6-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades Sunday to win their best-of-seven Western Canada Hockey League final series with three wins and two ties. The teams tied the opening two games of the series here Sikes blew victory DALLAS (AP) "I just knew Lanny was going to win it. I just knew it. He told me so. He was so confident. And I'm so proud of him." So spoke the pretty, blonde Rachel Wadkins, whom tele- vision viewers across the coun- try watched run across the green Sunday to grab and hug her husband after the Byron Nelson Classic. Some said the bizarre victory was perhaps more lost by Dan Sikes than won by Lanny Wad- ding, but when you birdie five of the last seven holes, in- cluding a clutch 15-footer on 18 it's hard to argue that the 000 was a gift. He won it with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, a duel brought about by a dramatic 40-foot par putt by Sikes at the final hole. Than Sikes, 42, by two dec- ades Wadkins's elder, three-put- ted the par-5 playoff hole, miss- ing a two-foot par putt. He ad- mitted "I jerked." POOR SECOND ROUND "It was not one that I was proud said Sikes, who threw away the title earlier with three bogies from the sev- enth to the 10th holes for a 71. Sikes, who hasn't won a tour- nament in five years, started the final round tied with Bob Dickson for the lead at four un- der par, three shots ahead of Bert Yancey and four strokes in front of Wadkins, Tom Weis- kopf, Bruce Crampton, and five others. The blusterv gusted to 30 miles an hour and few did well. Ben Kern of Toronto had a fi- nal round of 72 and a 294. Wilf Homenuik of Winnipeg finished with a 79 and 295 total. Both fin- ished out of tiie money. Wadkins' final round of three- ander-par 67 gave him a 277 to- tal, three under par which matched Sikes' 72-hole card. ANTICIPATED WIN "What happened to me today ought to teach anybody never to look at the said the dejected Sikes. "I saw I was the only one under par while I was on the back nine and thought I could play to the club house and win with two-un- der." "At one point it looked pretty admitted Wadkins, whose victory at the par-70 Pre- ston Trail course pushed his then Tigers won three straight games and the right to repre- sent the WCHL in this year's Memorial Cup competition. Lanny McDonald scored three goals and an assist for the Tigers. Linemate Tom Lysiak, the WCHL's regular season scor- ing leader, added another two goals and Barry Dean scored one. Replying for Saskatoon were George Pesut, Pat Rooney and Bill Laing. Tigers led 3-2 after the first period and 4-3 after the second. McDonald scored twice in final once em a penalty shot at to sew up the victory. Referee Greg Madill called a total of 18 minor penalties, 11 to the Blades. Lysiak received a major for high sticking Blades' Ralph Klassen at of the second period. Blades lost forward Russ Walker at of the second when he received a misconduct and game miscon- duct. Tiger coach Jack Shupe said following the game that his club had been building momen- tum throughout the playoffs. "We had occasional slumps during the season but put to- gether consistent hockey when we needed he said. Blades' coach Jackie McLeod said he felt his club should have had more going for it after taking two ties in the opening games of the series at Medicine Hat. Tigers are to travel to Mon- treal May 6 to prepare for their opening game May 9 in the Memorial Cup against the On- tario Hockey Association re- presentatives, either Peter- The contrast The contrast of a winner and a loser is clearly shown. At left, Houston Astros' Cesar Cedeno, with a big wide smils and laugh, shakes hands, with teammate Tommy Helms as he crosses home plate with the winning run. At right is Montreal Expos' Tom Walker, downcast as he leaves the mound. Cedeno made a big hard-running move toward home plate as Walker went into his stretch and the young pitcher balked letting Cedeno score fhe winning run. Houston won 5-4. Five straight setbacks Petes or Toronto Marlboros. Calgary marksmen dominate Calgary marksmen dominat- ed the annual Lethbridge Trap Club team shoot meet staged Texas winds Sunday. Teams from Calgary, Bow island, Stavely and the host club participated in the one-day event. Calgary captured the team >hooting championship title as they picked off 895 targets in ,000 rounds. Each marksman of the five- man team took 200 shots and bear scores were accumulated o determine the team score. Calgary shooters continued their dominance in the one-day meet as they racked up four of the five individual titles up for grabs. Jim MacLean led the Cal- gary shooters by winning the championship event rath a score of 190-200 while Dave Kaszas followed by taking home the "A" event title scoring 189- 200. Pirates drop two at coast money winnings this year to "I haven't had a birdie ran like that in a long time. It really felt good." Dickson took third at 279, one under, shooting a closing 73, and Crampton nailed the fourth spot with a par 70 for 280. Dwight Hilderbrant walked away with the "B" title knock- ing down 138-200 targets while Don Newman picked up the "D" evsnt scoring 174-200. Clayton Woo stopped all chances of a clean sweep by Calgary as be won the "C" event championship event with a 180-200 score. Omaha wins third title By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the hottest teams early in the Na- tional League basaball season with an 8-1 won-lost record. have suddenly lost their mentum. "We aren't playing said Pittsburgh manager Bill Virdon in an obvious under- statement after his floundering Pirates lost a doubleheader to Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday for their fifth straight setback. "It's too early to worry about the said Virdon after the three time National League East champions dropped a 9-8 decision in 13 in- nings in the first game and 2-1 in the second. The Pirates dropped to third place at 8-6, one game off the pace of the East-leading New York Mets. EXPOS DROP TWO In other National League games Sunday, Houston Astros beat Montreal Expos 5-4, Chi- cago Cubs whipped Saa Diego Padres 10-4, St. Louis Cardinals defeated San Francisco Giants 8-3, New York Mets blanked At- lanta Braves 1-0 and Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies 8-0. Saturday, Los Angeles edged Pittsburgh 3-2, Chicago blanked San Diego 2-0. San Francisco beat St. Louis 1-0, New York de- feated Atlanta 4-2, Philadelphia edged Cincinnati 1-0 and Hous- ton beat the Expos 5-3. One of the Pittsburgh mis- takes Sunday was a fat pitch by reliever Ramon Hernandez. He laid it down the middle for Tom Paciorek and the Dodger young- ster drilled it for a double to knock hi the winning run in the 13th inning of the four-hour opener. An error by first baseman Race results Victoria Park race results Saturday: FIRST SI ,400, claiming, 3 year olds, 5 fur- longs. Prince Go (Phelan) 8.00 3.60 2.30, Lone Sheba (Barroby) 2.90 2.20, Indigo Easier (Boggs) 2.60, Noble Point (Thorn) 2.20. Time: 4-5. Prince Bianco, Warship Eagle, Tiger Tim, Conner Dan also ran. DEAD HEAT. SECOND claimiming, 3 year olds S fur- longs. My Master