Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Monday, February 17, Meanwhile at Westcastle Alberta won more medals in the alpine skiing competitions which ended Sunday at Westcastle. Top, Cindy Menzies of B.C., who won a silver medal, waits primed at the top listening for the signal that will start her run. That's triple gold medal winner Greg Hann of Banff coming around a gate and then chatting with Bill Cathrea, a race official, at the bottom. The racers were cheered on with great gusto by spectators throughout the day. Bill Groenen photos We were ready, says coach B.C. 'overwhelms' wrestling opponents By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sporls b'ditor Lethbridge fans Saturday got a full day's look at what the people of Cardston had teen talking about prior, the excitement of amateur wrestling. Complete without Playhouse 90 tactics and loud boasts, the cream of -the amateur wrestling crop from 10 provinces and two territories brought down the curtain on the three days of competition that helped make up the first half of.the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Displaying as much skill as strength, wrestlers displayed their talents in 10 weight categories. Ontario, expected to dominate the event, found itself playing second fiddle to a surprisingly powerful British Columbia squad. "Jim., Pound, coach of the 'B.C. .as all 10 members of his team came away with medals. "An overwhelming said Pound. "We are apparently in better condition than the On- tario he said. The two provinces matched each other in gold winnings but B.C. pulled away with its showing in the silver and bronze finals. Besides their five golds, B.C. came up with four silvers and one bronze. Mimmo Marrello of Van- couver, a 154-pound scrapper, got his team off to a good start as he won a gold medal Friday night. He waited until Satut-i day to claim it along with his teammates. In a contrast of medal winners Vernon Fedorak was the lightest gold medal winner lor the B.C. team while John Neufeld of Vancouver was the heaviest at 178.5 pounds. In one of Saturday's better final contests Fedorak of Fort Moody and Doug Yehts of Montreal battled to a stalemate in the 123-pound struggle. However, Fedorak was awarded the gold medal on the basis of fewer penalty points. Neufeld had a much easier time of it as he easily defeated. Greg Koza of .Koza, in turn, nippe'd Tim M61nar.pf Saskatoon for the silver. Rounding out the remainder of the B.C. gold collectors were Gary Gardiner of Bur- naby and Howard Stupp also of Burnaby. Gardiner defeated Robert Moore of Toronto in the 132- pound final and Moore then dropped a narrow decision to Russ Pawlyk of Edmonton in the showdown for the silver medal. The win by Pawluk was the only medal Alberta was able to garner in the wrestling competition. Nick Cipriano, of St. Catherines, Ont. had a little more luck than Moore. Cipriano, like Moore lost to a B.C. wrestler, Stupp, in the. final but was able to rebound to pin Fred Lapointel, from Amherst, Nova'Scotia, for the silver. Two of Ontario's gold medals came Friday night in Cardston. Andrew Longpre of Hunt- sville, a solid 114.5 pounder, and John Gnap of Bradford, at 191.5 pounds, were on hand to receive their medals Satur- day. Ontario's other gold medal winners were Ray Takahashi of Ottawa, heavyweight Mike Mavros and Brian Renken of London. Takahashi outpointed Fred Patton of Regina in the final of the lightweight, 105.5 pounds. Rick Walmsley earn- ed only bronze in this event. Another B.C. wrestler, John Davidson of Vancouver, won the silver in the 114.5- pound class as he pinned Wayne McKenzie of Prince Albert, Sask. Marc Mongeon of Burnaby added another silver medal to the B.C. collection as he' bested Pierre Mazevet in the silver. showdown at 185 pounds. The final two silver medals for B.C. came at the hands of Mike Miller of North Van- couver and Brad Caulfield of New Westminster. Miller nipped Brent Tomchuk of Pembina, Man., for the 191.5 silver while Caulfield was second to Mavros in the heavyweights, 191.5 and over as he defeated Dave Patsack of Manitoba. Patsack attends school at Yankyon, South Dakota, but is on the Manitoba team. WRESTLING 105.5-pound class: 1. Hay Takahashi, Ottawa: 2. Fred Palton, Hcgina; 3. Rick Walmsley, Vancouver. 114.5-pound class: 1. Andrew Longpre, Huntsville, Out.; 2. John Davidson. Vancouver; 3. Wayne McKenzie. Prince Albert, Sask. 123'pound class: 1. Vernon Fedorak, Port Moody. B.C.; 2. Doug Yclits, Montreal; 3. Derek N.S. 132-pound class: 1. Gary Gardiner, Burnaby. B.C.; 2. lluss Pawlyk, Ed- monton: 3. Robert Moore, Toronto. UO-pound class: 1. Howard Stupp, Burnaby. B.C.: 2. Nick Cipriano, St. Catharines, Ont.; 3. l-'red Lapoinle, Aniherst, N.S. 165-pound class: 1. Brian Kenken. London. Ont.: 2. Marc Mongeon, Bur- naby. B.C.; 3. Pierre Mazevet, Montreal. 178-pound class: 1. John Neufeld, Vancouver: 2. Greg Koza. Atikokan, Out.; 3. Tin! Molnar, Saskatoon. 191.5-puund class: 1. John Gnap. Bradford. Ont.: 2. Mike Miller. North Vancouver. B.C.; 3. Pembina, Man. Heavyweight: 1. Mike Mavros, Kitchener, Ont.; 2. Robert Caulfield, New Westminster, B.C.; 3. Dave Pal- sack. Yanktofi, S.D. (Representing Manitoba) Quebec clinches badminton They practised for months and came to win, "we even went to bed says coach, By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer Quebec clinched the gold medal by winning four straight matches at the University of Lethbridge over the weekend. The surprisingly powerful Quebec team is still un- defeated with one round remaining and its current 10-0 record can not be matched. Quebec's manager, Denys Boucher, wasn't too surprised with his team's gold medal performance. "We were con- he said. "We practised for two months and were very serious about winning the gold he said. "We even went to bed early each night to prepare ourselves for the next day's he added. Although the gold medal winner has been decided, the silver and bronze medallions are still up for grabs amongst three provinces. After the weekend play, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba are battling it out for the remaining two medals with 7-2 records. According to Alberta's manager, Ed Martyna, the host province will assure itself a bronze medal if it wins only five of its nine games against the Northwest Territories tonight. However, it still has a cha.nce'to win a silver medal depending upon tonight's final round action slated for seven o'clock at the U of L. "If teams finish the com- petition with identical match records (one point for each match the winners will be determined by the number of games they have won in all their said Mar- tyna. "Right now, we have 70 wins to our credit, B.C. has 71 wins and Manitoba has 65 wins. It's highly unlikely we'll lose any games against the Northwest Territories, but B.C. could possibly lose a few against Ontario in its final he said. "If this should happen, we'll win the silver medal." he Meanwhile in Sunday's ac- Quebec defeated Manitoba 8-1 and B.C. 7-2; B.C. defeated Alberta 8-1; Alberta defeated Ontario 6-3; Ontario defeated Saskatchewan 8-1; Saskatchewan defeated Northwest Territories 9-0; Manitoba defeated Yukon 9-0; New Brunswick defeated Yukon 9-0 and Prince Edward Island 8-1; Newfoundland defeated Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia 7-2; and Nova Scotia defeated Northwest Territories 9-0. In Saturday's matches, Quebec picked up 9-0 victories over Newfoundland and New Brunswick; Alberta Cropped Nova Scotia 9-0, and Saskatchewan 8-1; Manitoba defeated B.C. 5-4 and New Brunswick 8-1; B.C. edged Saskatchewan 5-4; Ontario earned 8-1 wins over Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; Prince Edward Island skimmed Northwest Territories 5-4; Northwest Territories dumped Yukon 8- 1; and Newfoundland blanked Yukon 9-0. Quebec, B.C. in basketball final By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer It will be Quebec against British Columbia tonight at the Sportsplex in both the men's and women's finals of the Canada Winter Games basketball. The Quebec men earned the right to enter the finals via hard-fought wins Sunday, 83-78 over New Brunswick and 87-76 over Nova Scotia. Blair Shier led the Quebec attack against New Brunswick with 24 points while John Hunter was top man for the French team with 22 points in their win over Nova Scotia. British Columbia moved into the finals Sunday with victories over Nova Scotia, 60- 52 and the Yukon 112-38. Top scorers for B.C. in the Nova Scotia game were Mike Ferguson and Dave Kirzinger with 16 points apiece and Dean Barkley in the Yukon contest with 24 points. The Quebec women defeated the Yukon 93-14, getting 17 points apiece from Louise Roy and Francoise Aubry in the win. They also upended Manitoba 71-55, receiving 22 points from Coleen Dufresne on the way to the victory. The British Columbia gals defeated Saskatchewan 74-42 in the first game Sunday, with Angie Dobie hooping 16 points for the winners. Dobie also was the hero of the second B.C. win, this time over New Brunswick. She not only led the team with 12 points but her shot with only one second remaining scored the two points that proved to be the margin of victory, 46-44. Nova Scotia men will battle it out for third place overall with New Brunswick in a 'game scheduled for 4 p.m., while the Manitoba girls were to meet this afternoon with New Brunswick to decide third place in the women's standings. Both the Alberta men and the Alberta women were in action this afternoon as well in contests to determine the fifth place finishers in both divisions. The two Alberta squads ended the first section of the tournament with iden- tical 3-2 records. Mount Royal College Cougars, representing the Injured gymnast released from Games infirmary LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (CP) Gymnast David Bibby, 17, of Vancouver, who suffered a concussion and a cut to his scalp Thursday during Canada Winter Games competition in the rings event, has been released from the games in- firmary, a B.C. team spokesman said Saturday. Bibby fell backwards and. struck his head while dis- mounting after his perfor- mance in the second day of gymnastics events, the spokesman said he watched some of the competition Fri- day and Saturday after doc- tors said he could return to his quarters in the athletes' village. Alberta men, gained a split over the weekend in their two games. Saturday they dropped a 107-79 verdict to Quebec at Cardston. Jim Anderson was the top point getter for the Albertans with 16 paints as well as hauling in 13 rebounds. Varouj Gurunlian and John Hunter led the Quebec attack with 20 points apiece. Sunday Alberta, behind the 26 points turned in by Jim Anderson' and Brian Church, out-distanced the Northwest Territories 127-31 in a game at the Sportsplex. Saturday the Alberta women, once again led by Amanda Holloway with 17 points, defeated Ontario 68-51 at Picture Butte. On Sunday Holloway chipped in with another 17- point outing to lead the way to an Alberta 62-19 victory over the Northwest Territories. The Alberta women were to play Manitoba this afternoon and the Alberta men were to play Nova Scotia, also this afternoon. The women's final begins at the Sportsplex tonight at seven while the men's final follows at 9 p.m. Following is a resume of the remainder of Saturday and Sunday's Winter Games basketball contests throughout Southern Alberta: Saturday, Women's Division Newfoundland 58 Northwest Territories 38; Prince Edward Island 59 Yukon 26; Nova Scotia 51 Saskatchewan Quebec 64 British Columbia 57; New Brunswick 54 Manitoba 49. Saturday, Men's Division Prince Edward Island 97 Northwest Territories 30: Newfoundland 98 Yukon 48; Nova Scotia 78 Saskatchewan 45; New Brunswick 59 Manitoba 56: British Columbia 62 On- tario 48. Sunday, Women's Division Manitoba 59 Newfoundland 43; New Brunswick 68 Ontario 49; Nova Scotia 80 Prince Edward Island 55. Sunday, Men's Division Manitoba 91 Ontario 66: Saskatchewan 69 Prince Edward island 66; New Brunswick 89 New- foundland 49. Quebec juniper wins DEVON, Alta. (Special) Guy McMartin of Hull, Que., recovered from a fall during his first jump to win the Canada Winter Games ski jumping competition Sunday afternoon. McMartin had jumped 187 feet on his first the best of the first round jumps, but had fallen and lost style points that caused him to be placed sixth after the opening round. But during his second jump he again jumped 187 feet but this time picked up enough style points to win the gold medal amid a field of 14 competitors from six provinces. He ended with 207.3 points while Serge Desrochers of Thunder Bay, Ont., remained, in second place with 205.7 points earning the silver medal. Louis Cusson of Ottawa, the first-round leader, slipped to third after the second final round. Derek Hebert of Edmonton, who had been third after the opening round, also slipped to sixth over-all while fellow Alberta skiers Gordon Dykstra of Edmonton and Mark Servold of Devon, finished ninth and llth respec- tively. Complaining Yukon official 'over-reacted' The Yukon chief-de-mission over-reacted when she accus- ed the Quebec basketball team of wanting to humiliate weaker opponents, say various coaches interviewed by The Herald. Helen Fitch, Yukon chief- de-mission, was quoted Satur- day as criticizing Quebec tor wanting "to humiliate and embarrass every team they meet, no matter how weak or unevently matched the other team happens to be." Her charges came after Quebec had defeated the Northwest Territories 164-26 and Prince Edward Island 140- 65 in opening round matches. Both the Quebec coach, Robert Comeau, and the Territories coach James Coulthard, felt the Quebec squad had conducted itself properly during the contntl. "We didn't feel good about the Comeau stated, "but we must play a pressure type of offence and defence. Our entire game is built around our attack. We have no set offence and thus we rely on the fast break. Naturally. this type of offence runs up the score." Territory coach Coulthard stated, "It was Quebec's first game and they had to es- tablish their pattern for the rest of the tournament. If they let up against us and ran into a tough team in their next game it could well have hurt their attack. A team has to play to its peak at all times or their best effort may not be there when they need it." Alberta coach Jack Kenyon, who was in on both ends of the argument having lost to Quebec by 30 points and hav- ing beaten the Northwest Territories by 100 points, sym- pathized with the Quebec situation. "When a team is geared to a certain style of play they must continue to utilize that style. A team doesn't let up in a practice session, why should they let up or carry another team during Ben Brooks, coach of the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks, who play in the same league as the Alberta representatives, echoed the other coaches' assessment of the situation. "It was Quebec's first game and they needed to set a pace for themselves. Their coach wanted them running and shooting and that's what he got. They do not have a set at- tack and they must play a fast break or they have nothing in the way of an offence. And a fast breaking game means lots of scoring." Coulthard pointed out that his boys accept the fact that they are not able to stay with the bigger teams and that they are competing in the Games not to win, but to gain ex- perience and to help build basketball in the North. "Basically what it comes down said coach Comeau, "is that the strong teams want to play strong competition and they are just as uncomfor- table playing a weaker team as the weaker team is in play- ing a power." It was suggested by some of the coaches that a realign- ment of the divisions take place before the next Games in order to provide as equal a competition level as is possible.