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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 15, 1975 BASKETBALL On its way Nova Scotia skip Sandy Lusby sends a shot booming down the ice in her game with Alberta Friday after- noon. Not quite Susan Phillips of Nova Scotia, left, and Nancy Kyle of Alberta measure rocks during match Friday. Alberta won this measurement. Comparing notes Yukon skip Carol Voth, left, and her third, Susan Ross, confer about strategy during Friday match. Photos by Rick Ervin and Bill Groenen Behind the scenes More Alberta gold Quebec gymnasts finished one-two-three in the men's all- round event, and evidently there was some friendly rivallry among the top finishers "There was some said eventual winner Jean Choquette midway through the preliminaries. "But they can't catch me now, so they give up." the other team members jokingly agreed... when asked how well he speaks English, Choquette quickly exclaimed, "Not so John ApSimon, Ontario fencing coach, and also president of the Canadian Fencing Association, praised the Games' Village as far superior to the one at Saskatoon's Winter Games in 1971. the athletes can actually get a reasonable amount of rest here, he says. Alberta's fencing coach Michael O'Brien came to Canada just 4% months ago on an O'Keefe Sports Foundation grant with the expressed purpose of upgrading the quality of fencing in Western Canada his main job is to train good coaches, who can then develop talent in individual centres... he says, "it's not an easy task. You must start from scratch because in most cases, you must be a good competitor before you can coach well" .Still, the only internationally accredited Master-at-Arms in the Prairie Provinces is making some progress... already he has 120 new fencers going in Edmonton, where he is based. Carol Johnston, the one-armed gymnast from Alberta who has attracted so much attention, is getting a little tired of being asked the same questions over and over again by the media... the two most common questions are about her height, and about her future she is threatening to start replying that she plans to become a broadcaster, so she can ask people dump questions at the gymnastics event finals, Miss Johnston was heard remarking with surprise at the realization that she was sitting in the reserved VIP section, "Am I sitting up here with all the Calgary skier wins first event at reopened Westcastle Curling is truly a family affair at the 1975 Canada Winter Games. The entire British Columbia rink, women's that is, have their mothers on hand to cheer them on. Quebec's foursome consists of three sisters, Ruth, Annie and Josee Germain. As if that isn't enough the respective skips of the Newfoundland rink are a brother-sister combination. Joe skips the men while Deborah pilots the women. Curling enthusiasts delighted at the calibre of play in the his runs. Hann, however, was Winter Games. The women's teams, in particular, were most well back in the order of impressive. racers and his two runs foiled WESTCASTLE Medals have been few and far between for the host province in the 1975 Canada Winter Games but teenager Gregory Hann of Calgary is trying to do something about it. Hann, at 16 years of age, turned in his best perfor- mance ever as he won the gold medal in the men's slalom. Two consistent runs earned the Calgary skier his gold medal as he enjoyed a com- bined time of just fractions of a second ahead of second place finisher Gontrand Barbeau of Lac Beauport, Que., who was clocked at In third spot was Gary Haver of Ot- tawa in Hann surprised himself with his two runs down the 740 foot vertical drop at Westcastle. "I thought I could win, but didn't expect he said. Hann rushed to tell his coach of his success because he knew his coach would be tickl- ed that he beat the very strong-skiing Frenchman. The French coach had all but collected the gold medal after his skier had completed the plans of Barbeau and his coach. It took two runs to decide the gold medal in the women's slalom. Helene Rompre of Labrador City, Newfoundland, didn't like her first run so she im- proved the second time down the hill and it paid off. "When I started down the pitch in the first run, I didn't feel was the way the confident Miss Rompre described her day. Rompre trailed first run leader Nancy Korte of Ottawa by less than a second but roared back to take a better than two-second decision away from Miss Korte in the final run through the courses 64 gates. Rompre admitted after the race that when she started the second run she felt she could really go, but the course was so smooth and rhythmic she had no time to really attack. Korte won the silver medal. Her time was as com- pared to Rompre's Third was Calgary's Dianne Lehodey with a time of for the two runs. Skiing competition had been postponed twice due to snow conditions at Westcastle. More than 24 inches of fresh, powder snow hit just before the skiers, arrived the first of the week. Two avalanches Thursday helped remove a good portion of the loose snow. Giant slalom events were planned for today and Sunday. Meanwhile, Angus Coc.kney, an Eskimo from Inuyik, gave the Northwest Territories its first gold medal of the Games Friday when he won the men's 15-kilometre cross-country ski race. Cockney covered the course, situated at Castle Junction, in 53 minutes, 7.27 seconds. His margin of victory was narrow as Lauri Karjalvoto of Prince George, B.C., won the silver medal with a time of The bronze went to Lauri Penttinen of Thunder Bay in Men's IS.Kiiometre Cross-founlry: I. Angus Cockney. Inuvik, N.W.T., 2. Lauri Karjalvoto, Prince George, B.C.; 3. Lauri Penttinen, Thunder Bay, Out. Women's Slalom: I. .Helene Rompre. Labrador City. Nfld.; 2. Nancy Korte. Ottawa: 3. Dianne Lehodey. Calgary. MID'I Slalomi 1. Gregory Hann, 2. Gontrand Barbeau, Lac Beauport. Que.; 3. Gary Shaver, Ot- tawa. Quebec, Nova Scotia both still unbeaten By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Mount Royal College Cougars, Alberta's represen- tatives in men's basketball, ran into a stubborn Prince Edward Island team Friday night but managed to hang on for a 72-68 win. The win was Alberta's se- cond of the Games against one loss. Alberta had trouble with the Islanders from the opening buzzer, and at one point in-the first half were trailing the Easterners by five points. The Cougars fought back however, tying things up 21-21 at the mark and eventual- ly pulling into a 13 point lead at Half time, 45-32. Mount Royal utilized the six foot nine inch height of Jim Anderson in the first half, moving him under the offen- sive boards and setting him up for easy tip ins. Anderson picked up 19 points in the contest, 14 of them in the opening quarter. In the second half Alberta nursed a 10 point, lead until the 17 minute mark when the Islanders started to move and narrowed the gap to four points, 70-66 with only 45 seconds remaining. It was a case of loo little too late for the Eastern club and Alberta came up with its second win. Jamie Ballem was the top scorer for the losers with 16 points. "Everybody was taking P.E.I, for Alberta coach Jack Kenyon stated. "We came off a tough game against Nova Scotia Thursday and we just suffered a physical and mental letdown. We did come back well in the first half through and Anderson looked the best he has for us in the opening half." Quebec continues to roll along undefeated in the Men's A Division as does Nova Scotia. The Quebecers, led by 20 points from Gordon Brabant and 14 points apiece from five other players, breezed by Saskatchewan in a game at Picture Butte 117-84. Glen Novak was the top point getter for the losers with 19. In another game at Picture Butte Nova Scotia had an easy time with the Northwest Territories, winning 108-32. Alastair MacDonald was the high scorer for the Nova Scotians with 18 points. In a women's game at the Sportsplex unbeaten Manitoba bested previously unbeaten Ontario 62-50. Gail Winston fired home 14 points for the winners while Cecile Boureet had a like amount for the losers. The Alberta gals won their first contest of the Games as they squeaked by New- foundland 47-43 at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge.Amanda Holloway was the top Alberta scorer; firing home 13 points. Quebec took the measure of the Prince Edward Island girls 94-50 in a game at the Sportsplex. Mireille Carbeil topped the Quebec scorers with 17 points. In another women's contest at the Sportsplex Dawn Storey fired home 17 points to lead British Columbia past Nova Scotia 78-34. British Columbia men con- tinued to roll along with little trouble as they upended New- foundland 89-65 behind the 16 point outing of Mike Ferguson. The game was played in Magrath. Cameron McGinnis and Doug Puttaert both fired home 16 points to lead Manitoba men to a 114-30 win over the Yukon in a game played at Magrath. Magrath was also the scene of New Brunswick's 84-69 vic- tory over Ontario in a minor upset. Arnold Kelley was the top scorer for the winners, hooping 20 points. In a girls' game at the U of L, Lesley Nanson banged home 15 points to help New Brunswick to an 83-17 romp over the Northwest Territories. Karen Kusler rattled home 15 points to aid the Saskatchewan women in their 76-11 win over the Yukon at the Sportsplex. BASKETBALL STANDINGS Men's Division A Team W L Pis Quebec....................3 0 6 06 14 Nova Scotia................3 Alberta....................2 Saskatchewan.............. I 2 2 P.E.I......................0 3 0 N.W.T..................... 0 3 0 Men's B Division B.C........................306 Ontario....................2 I 4 Manitoba ..................2 1 4 New Brunswick 2 1 4 Newfoundland..............0 3 0 Yukon..................... 0 3 0 Women's A Division New Brunswick........... Manitoba Ontario................... Albcrla......-r............ Newfoundland............. N.W.T.....................0 Women's U Division B.C........................ 3 0 6 Quebec..........'.......... H 0 ti Saskatchewan..............2 1 4 Nova Scotia................ 1 2 2 P.E.1......................0 3 0 Yukon.....................0 3 0 .306 .306 .214 .122 .030 3 0 Manitoba girls 'just too hard to beat9 on oval By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor The powerful Manitoba women's speedskating team came to the 1975 Canada Winter Games prepared to cart home a barrel of medals and it did just that. As the curtain dropped Friday afternoon, under the best conditibns of the three days of competition, Pat Durnin locked up the final gold medal for the Manitoba gals when she nipped teammate Kathy Vogt in the mass start metre final. A mass start event differs from regular racing in that as many as eighteen skaters start at once rather than just two. Miss Durnin, who Wednesday saw her gold medal hopes dis- appear because of an extra cross-over, had Miss Vogt for a shadow in the metre event as she crossed the finish line in Miss Vogt's time was just a fraction of a se- cond behind. In third place was yet another Winnipeg skater Barbara Johnson, with a time of Patrise Hoch of Kitchener, Ont., who just could not over- come the power of the Manitoba girls, had to settle for fourth place at "They were just too hard to said a smiling Miss Hoch as she took her skates off for the last time in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Miss Durnin's win was icing on the Manitoba cake as they captured all five gold medals over the three days. Miss Vogt and Miss Johnson captured gold medals in the women's 400 and 800 metre events respectively. Then on Thursday, Durnin recovered from her Wednesday frustrations winning the metre event and Johnson broke the tape first in the 500-metre event. Told you so Manitoba coach Ron Marchuk, while very pleased, was not surprised at his team's showing, "After all, I told you Wednes- day I had five Canadian champions on my he said smiling. While the Manitoba women held the spotlight for the most part, Pat Quay of Ottawa broke into the limelight with his se- cond gold medal and a silver. Quay, who expects to attend medical school in the fall, won the men's metre mass start race Friday and was just off the pace set by Gary Coplin of Saskatoon in the race. Third place in the men's went to Calgary's Michael Heitman, while fourth was Donald Bumstead, a double-gold winner Thursday. Goplin's time Friday was nearly 10 seconds faster than the winning time at the 1971 Winter Games in Saskatoon. Guay was timed in Heitman in and Bumstead in Overall winners Yukon accuses teams of humiliating opponents By STEVE KRUEGER LETHBRIDGE (CP) The Chief De Mis- sion for Yukon Territory teams at the Canada Winter Games said Friday teams from some large provinces "seem determined to deliberately humiliate weaker teams from the Territories." Helen Fitch of Whitehorse said in an inter- view Quebec basketball teams in particular, "want to humiliate and embarrass every team they meet, no matter how weak or un- evenly matched the other team happens to The Quebec men's basketball team was criticized earlier for tactics employed in a runaway 164-26 win over the Northwest Territories and in a 14045 romp over Prince Edward Island. Teams from the Yukon and Northwest Territories are at the bottom. A cross-country skier from the Northwest Territories captured a bronze medal Thur- sday, the only medal won by the two Territorial delegations. Nova Scotia basketball coach Frank Baldwin said after P.E.I.'s loss to Quebec that he felt Quebec wanted to embarrass the P.E.I, squad. Quebec coach Robert Comeau of Candiac said his club was too strong to contain itself against weaker teams. The Quebec men's and women's teams both employ full-court press throughout their games. "We didn't come to these games with any naive attitudes about the other teams or our own said Mrs. Fitch. "We knew we would be up against some vastly superior teams, simply because of the varie- ty of athletes they had to choose from. "Our people in the Yukon and the ones in the Northwest Territories are very aware of what is going on in sports generally arid they knew what they were up against. "But I don't like to see any team try to wipe out another one. I don't like to see a team use a full-court press in basketball when they are winning by more than 100 points against a much weaker team. "No team should be humiliated at these Games because of the deliberate actions of a stronger club. Those are bully tactics and they have no place in these games." Mrs. Fitch said that while the Yukon has lost every basketball game by wide margins, team members "still hold their heads up because they haven't been humiliated." She said the British Columbia women's basketball team, which overwhelmed the Yukon 98-14 Wednesday, performed "ad- mirably" and "in the best spirit of sport- smanship" against the Yukon. "They made their plays and took their she said. "They scored a lot of points because they are good shooters and seldom miss. "They knew they were going to win by a wide margin but they didn't want to humiliate us. They used all their players and didn't try to run up the score. "Our girls were impressed by the B.C. spirit and their sportsmanship. They learned a lot from those girls and came away happy because they knew the B.C. girls did their job without trying to belittle or make fun of.them." Mrs. Fitch said the Yukon.teams came to the Games prepared to accept defeats in most sports, and she said the delegation would be satisfied to win the Games award as most improved mission. The Yukon has about 150 athletes, officials, and coaches at the games, comparable in numbers to the delegations for some of the smaller provinces. As the book was closed on the speedskating for the 1975 Games Manitoba won the women's overall title with Saskatchewan second and Ontario third. Ontario was a close se- cond as Saskatchewan won the men's title with British Colum- bia third. Goplin, whose mother, the former Henrietta MacKay, was once Canadian champion, had a feeling he could win the final. The almost total dominance of the Manitoba women in the speedskating would indicate the team will be heard from in the North American championships which get under way next week in Winnipeg. Pat Guay tired in his bid for a gold medal in the metre final. He said it was because he didn't get as much sleep as he needed Thursday. He spent three hours repairing a chip in the blade of one of his skates. "I just sat there filing he said. Gary Goplin was very pleased with his win in the metres. "I don't want to sound he stated, "but I had it in the back of my mind that1! could win." No tickets were issued but city police' put the radar on the skaters for awhile Thursday and found that they reach speeds of between 17 and 19 miles per hour in the corners and add to that in the straightaway. Men's metres: 1. Gary Goplin, Saskatoon, 2. Patrick Guay, Ot- tawa, 3. Michael Heitman, Calgary, 4. Don Bumstead, Dawson Creek, B.C., Men's metres mass start: 1. Patrick Guay, Ottawa, 2. Craig Webster, 3. Gary Goplin, 4. Peter Swanlund, Winnipeg, Wemel's l.SM metres mass start: 1. Patricia Durnin, Winnipeg, 2. Kathy Vogt, Winnipeg, 3. Barbara Johnston. Winnipeg. 4. Patrise Hoch, Kitchener, Ont., TEAM STANDINGS I. Manitoba 58, 2. Saskatchewan 44, 3. Ontario 41. 4. Quebec 35. 5. Prince Edward Island ,12.5. 6. Alberta British Columbia 25.8, New Brunswick 21, 9. Nova Scotia 16. Men 1. Saskatchewan 53, 2. Ontario 49, 3. British Columbia 38. 4. Quebec 34. 5. Manitoba 31, 6. New Brunswick 29, 7. Alberta 29, 8. Prince Edward Island 20, 9. Nova Scotia, ;