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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, AufluM Pat Sullivan Longhorns all done Lethbridge Longhorns, it would now appear, have been plowed under by the tractor of progress. Word out of Red Deer Saturday indicates the Longhorns have asked for a leave of absence from the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the 1974-75 season. The league will not rule on the Lethbridge request until sometime in September. As it stands now, that is but a mere formality. The Longhorns came into being last season. The Sugar Kings had been suspended by the AJHL and the Longhorns jumped at the chance of a franchise in the Alberta loop and with their sights set on the Western Canada Hockey League and the new Sportsplex. Fate has a strange way of working at times and as it turns out, fate dealt the Longhorns its final blow earlier this summer. With their hopes of a possible franchise in the WCHL still high, Longhorn officials fell somewhat short in their dealings. Expansion of the 12-team western league was out of the question Some reports indicated that at least three WCHL teams were looking for a new home. But there were none to buy for the locals. Enter fate in the guise of the Swift Current Broncos. Bill Burton, president of the team, was seeking to make a move. His move, however, had a catch, he was going to move with the team. Attempts by Longhorn officials to purchase the Broncos were in vain. The club was not for sale, simply for transfer. The entire WCHL jumped at the opportunity of adding Lethbridge and its seat rink to its fold. Burton, as recent history will attest, is now a citizen of Lethbridge, has three partners in the persons of Earl Ingarfield, coach and assistant general manager and Gary Kirk and Dennis Kjeldgaard The question of two junior teams operating in Lethbridge seemed out of the question. The news release from Red Deer simply confirmed most peoples feelings. So it is the Longhorns have thrown in the proverbial towel, at least for this year. They enjoyed a certain degree of success last year Despite failing to make the playoffs, they did give their sup- porters cause to cheer on a number of occasions. However, ac- cording to Longhorn executive members, they cannot afford to operate out of the 800-seat Henderson Ice Centre and don't feel the rent of the Sportsplex is in all fairness to their organization. We won't know for sure about the AJHL's decision for awhile, but. things are very quiet on the Longhorn scene. That, in a nutshell, is too bad Canada will have to shell out it appears 'Forget a medal in '76 By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer "It will be a real shame if Canada doesn't win a medal in basketball at says Phil Tollestrup, a four-year veteran with the Canadian national basketball team. "But unless we start organizing like other countries do, there's no way it will he adds. "And it's not that we don't have the talent to do it." Tollestrup, a Raymond native, is more than a little upset at the people who organize the national team and who expect a medal in 1976. "They expect the players to sacrifice everything for the team, and we get next to nothing in return." Basketball fans in Southern Alberta know the early Tollestrup story. After leading the Raymond Comets to a couple of provincial titles, Phil accepted a scholarship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and starred there for four years. Tollestrup compiled a 13 point-per-game scoring average at BYU, starting at forward in each of his varsity years. In his senior year, he was an honorable mention all-star forward in the Western Athletic Conference, and played on a team which was rated as high as fifth in the nation. Then he came to the University of Lethbridge to finish off his final year of Canadian eligibility. Scoring at a 26.5 per game clip, he led the local Pronghorns to a second-place finish in the Canada West Conference. Tollestrup made both the All-Conference and All- Canadian teams that year Since then, Phil has been on the go constantly, playing the summer of 1973 for the national team, before going to Spain to play industrial ball last winter and joining the nationals again this summer. Although he still enjoys the game, Tollestrup admits that it is increasingly difficult, financially, to play for Canada, and this is where the gripe with organizers comes in. "I don't think there is any way that I could play next year, and most of the other players feel the same way. In fact, after the world tournament in July, everyone said they would quit Canada finished eighth in that tournament in Puerto Rico, a showing that had officials ecstatic. And, most of the games that Tollestrup and his mates lost were close ones he says, ''some of us have got wives and families, and it's pretty tough to make it when they only give you a few bucks a month to stay in shape." But isn't that what is involved in playing for the glory of your country' Don't other countries face the same difficulties? "No, they Phil emphasizes. "Because other national team players get paid well, or at least compensated for the money they could make if they worked." "I know a couple of the Spanish players quite well. One of them told me he got for playing on the team this summer Plus his children's education is taken care of. he gets holidays every year, a new car and so on." "He couldn't believe it when I told him we only got our expenses paid." Tollestrup feels that if Canada is not prepared to go big-time, they should forget about winning any medals National coach Jack Donahue has made no secret about the fact that he put his Olympic team together over a year ago, and the plan was to keep them together right until the 1976 Games They are to reassemble next April and stick together right until they head for Montreal On tap for next summer are the Pan-American Games and a couple of cross-country exhibition tours prior to 50 or 60 games with major college teams in the U.S. during the winter. "Which is a says Phil. "For a month, they want guys who have a good shot at pro ball to forego their last year of college ball, or refuse to sign a contract." he adds, "the national team is not that big a deal. It could be, if they would promote it properly. But a lot of people in Canada don't even know we exist." So, it begins to look like Tollestrup's competitive PHIL TOLLESTRUP career is coming to an end He intends to go back to BYU this year to begin work on a Master's degree He will, however, be going on a two-week exhibition tour with the Western Hemisphere All-Stars in late September. That team will meet the European All- Stars in games at San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before moving on to Mexico City, Athens, Madrid and Brussels But. aside from that he will probably just play senior ball in Utah this winter, as there is no way he would consider going back to Spain. Phil had a bad experience over there last year Aside from the normal problems associated with living in a foreign country, he hated the way they play basketball "Our coach wanted to play slow-down all the time, and I've always played fast-break basketball. If I got a rebound and dribbled all the way down to lay it up, he would be cursing at me in Spanish All I could do was signal two points with my hand and ask him if it counted." Tollestrup, in fact, quit over there and came home in January. But national coach Donahue talked him into going back "I was fed up with it over there. And Ruth had just had the baby in November It was pretty tough on her." When he went back, it was without his family, and things went downhill from there Phil had been averaging about 30 points a game and was second in the league in the first half of the season, but when he went back, he started scoring around 20 a game and wound up fourth "Then the press got on me. and I don't think they wanted me to come back But then I got lucky and scored 38 in a nationally televised game and we upset the league leaders so they thought I was great again Phil got involved in some other controversies over there "In Spain, the people are really conservative, and they don't kid around and make rash statements like we do over here So, if you speak out. even jokingly, they can get really upset "Like he relates. "I told a reporter that as long as I play for Canada. Spam will never beat us in world competition. Boy. did that get a rise out of them Spain did turn out to be one of the teams Canada beat at the world tournament, and though knowledgeable basketball people in Canada were elated with the team's showing, Phil says that most of the players were somewhat disappointed "There wasn't a team there, with the exception of Russia, that we shouldn't have beaten. But the discontent was already starting to show (Star center Ken) McKenzie quit for awhile, and Bill (Robinson) came home in the middle of the tournament "We did prove ourselves, though That was the main reason that we stuck together as long as we have. But unless things change. I don't think many of the guys will be back next year Phil realizes the difficulty involved in getting money from the government, because, as he says. 'How can you say that a basketball player is worth more than a volleyball player or a fencer11' he adds, "the volleyball guv's don't know who their coach, or even who their playeis are They 11 just throw a team together in time for the Olympics." "What it would take. I guess, would be somebody like Carling O'Keefe to come in and give out grants to the players "Then, with some real promoters, this thing could be built up into something big. and I'm sure we wouldn't let them down in 1976 But Lions will be watching him Scales used to little notice Fishman files large suit Nosedive This young gal finished her horse trials on her nose as her mount Pikes Pantry failed to clear the jump. Neither horse nor rider were seriously hurt. EDMONTON (CP) -Roger Scales may be the least-known Edmonton Eskimo in the Canadian Football League, but it's a cinch British Colum- bia Lions won't overlook him when the two clubs meet here tonight in a Western Conference game. Scales, an offensive lineman who last year was declared "the player who contributed the most to the team with the least has learn- ed to live without fame. But it bothers some of his team-mates, who insist Scales is one of the major reasons for the success of the Edmonton offence. "Look what he did to (Ot- tawa defensive lineman) Rudy said Edmonton's Larry Watkins of Scales' per- formance in Eskimos' 23-6 victory over the Rough Riders last week. "He's come a long way since his first days in Toronto. If an import is supposed to be better than a Canadian on the line that sure isn't true in Scales' said Watson, an American offensive lineman. Head coach Ray Jauch agrees. "Rogers is one of our most consistent people in there. He did a pretty good job on Rudy Sims the last time out. He has a tremendous attitude ex- actly what you want in a player, except Roger always keeps giving you a little more With Sims to battle against on the Ottawa squad and defensive linemen like Gary Robinson in B.C., Scales ad- mits his task is not easy. "Sims is really big and strong. You can't let him get his hands on you or he'll strangle you. "As for Robinson in B.C., he's a problem because he's so tall. You have to keep him off or he'll knock the ball down at the line of scrimmage." Scales has played in two Grey Cup games. In 1970, he scored a touchdown for Toronto Argonauts in a futile effort against Calgary Stampeders, and last year he played for Edmonton, where he arrived in 1972. Also playing a key role in tonight's game will be Gary Lefebvre, who will replace recently-cut Jodie Carter at cornerback as well as playing his usual flanker position on offence. Lefebvre said coach Jauch explained to him that he didn't really want to put him on de- fence but "I guess he figured it was the only thing to do." "At this point it's an inter- esting challenge for me and I love it. "I don't want to give up of- fence. That's where my heart is." Playing two ways is not new to Lefebvre. He did it in last year's Grey Cup against Ot- tawa and he was outstanding, catching a touchdown pass, booting a 75-yard single, mak- ing two pass interceptions and recovering an Ottawa fumble. _________________________________________ Larry Watkins of Scales'per- defensive linemen like Gary cornerback as well as playing recovering an Ottawa Injuries don't stop Tom, he just keeps rolling IARRY ALLISON on to the track. The wheel's of like racing, its what I know I try to keep it, letting the beginning has been the Canadian cowboy of MILWAUKEE (AP) Real estate dealer Marvin Fishman filed a million anti-trust suit Monday against National Basketball Association owners, saying they conspired to deprive him of the Chicago Bulls' franchise The Milwaukee businessman headed a group of investors in an attempt to purchase the Bulls for million in 1972. The NBA ruled twice against transferring the franchise to the Milwaukee group, and the Bulls were sub- sequently sold to a group that included Albert Adelman and Arthur Wirtz. owner of the Bulls' Chicago Stadium and Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League Fishman's suit, filed in United States district court, contends he got 10 of the 13 votes needed for approval of transfer, and that NBA board of governors members af- filiated with the NHL or with Emprise Corp a New York sports conglomerate, abstain- ed or voted against him Fishman played an influen- tial role in Milwaukee's hunt for an NBA franchise, and he has waged a campaign to get a pro hockey league team for the city His suit names the NBA and the owners of the Bulls. New York Knicker- bockers Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks. Washington Bullets Houston Rockets. Los Angeles Lakers. Kansas City Kings and Phoenix Suns Tigers win to stay in CALGARY (CPi Calgary Jimmies exploded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth in- ning Monday night but it was not enough to stop Edmonton Tigers from taking the third game of the Alberta Major Baseball League final series 13-8 Jimmies still lead the series 2-1. however, with the fourth game to be played tonight in Calgary and the fifth to follow if necessary By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer What does it take to keep a good man down? More than a broken back in a near fatal accident or even a stroke At least it takes more than that if your name is Tom Dorchester. Tommy, at age 63, is still of the best chuckwagon drivers in the business, and despite the rumors he's not retiring. "I see in print that I've Tom said, "but its not so I may slow down some, but I'm not retiring." The talk of Tom's retire- ment started about a year ago when he was in a bad wreck at Morris, Manitoba. "I caught a barrel, it skidd- ed with the open end scooping up dirt and when it filled up it upended me and threw me out on to the track. The wheel's of Ralph Vigen's wagon passed over my right hip and back. It broke the back. The nerves are damaged and they give me a little trouble now and then. It still hasn't healed." The rumors came to a head after the Calgary Stampede this year when Tom checked into the hospital for a rest and a check-up right after Calgary ended. "I was sitting talking at Calgary when I started stuttering and my arm started shaking. It only lasted a few minutes but I had a doctor look me over." Tom had suffered a mild stroke. He finished out the remainder of the week at Calgary and then took a short rest, passing up Morris. "The miles get to me now, but I enjoy it at the rodeos. I like racing, its what I know a way of life." Tom has been involved in racing of one kind or another since the 1930s. "My dad had horses and we used to race to school as kids. I guess that's when the bug hit me." He drove his first chuckwagon at Rimby, Alberta in 1943 and made his first trip to Calgary four years later. Tom has won four Canadian driving titles over the years but it wasn't until 1970 that he won the Calgary Stampede. He enjoyed it so much he repeated the win again the next year. When Tom is driving he concentrates on the track. He knows each track he runs on. studying them prior to each meet. "If I'm in the lead in a race I try to keep it, letting the horses run on the line. If a horse has the line, the rein is taut, its a guide, like somebody there to support them. If a horse doesn't have the line it's like a car with loose steering, he'll wobble, not running straight. "The main part of the race is the barrels. You have to get around as quick as you can, it's the difference between winning and losing. If you can make it to the rail first then the-other wagons have to run two to three seconds faster than you in order to win." "I look for speed and confir- mation in a horse and brains as well. Each horse has to be tested, he may look good but not run well, while the posite can also be Tom stated. About the only major change in racing since Tom's beginning has been the increase in prize money, but it's still not as high as the drivers would like it. "I financed myself for the first four years and never made a nickle. Today I have a sponsor." Tom's arrangement with the Stewart Ranch is he takes all the money and the ranch gets the publicity and the trophies. He also drove the Jack Shector rig for over 25 years. It takes about to get set up in wagon racing when the cost of the three ton truck to haul the eight horses is add- ed to the wagon, trailer, out- rider's saddles and harness. Tom has won a bundle of awards over the years but his most cherished ones are a buckle from the Ponoka Stampede in recognition of his continuous attendance there from 1932 to 1969 and the C. N. Woodward award as the 1974 Canadian cowboy of the year. Tom feels the dangers of his sport are not that bad when compared to driving down a highway at 80 miles an hour or flying in a plane. "I'd much rather be on the track going 34 miles an hour in a chuckwagon than going 400 miles an hour in a he laughed. Tom and his wife Joy ranch at Pigeon Lake, Alberta and have four boys and three girls. Three of the boys, Gary, Den- nis and Dallas are active in wagon racing while daughter Joan is married to wagon driver Daw Lewis. Son Gary is a former Cana- dian champion driver and Dallas placed second over-all at this year's Calgary Stampede. Racing has been Tom's way of life for over 40 years and while he must consider retir- ing sometime, it's not going to be in the immediate future. Healing Substance... Shrinks Piles, Checks Itch Exclushc healing substance prou'n to shrink hemorrhoids...and repair damaged tissue. 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