Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, February 24, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Native Sons wearing '75 Games gold -The Herald 1975 cJaBnuaxda _____games_ Quebec edges B.C. for top, Alberta 4th By MEL SUFRIN CP Sports Editor Quebec harvested the fruits Saturday of a big sports develop- ment program, ending Ontario's domination of the Canada Winter Games and edging British Columbia for the over-all team championship by a slender three points. Athletes, many of whom had been training together for more than a year, gave Quebec top place in seven of the 22 men's and women's sports at the 11-day competition which brought together more than representatives ofthe 10 provinces and two territories. Quebec won in badminton, men's basketball, fencing, men's and women's gymnastics, judo and men's skiing. It was second in women's basketball and third in men's curling, hockey, syn- chronized swimming, table tennis and weightlifting. The strong all-round performance gave the Quebec team 219 points under a scoring system that awards 12 points for a first- place finish, 11 for second, 10 for third and so on down to one for 12th. British Columbia, which finished second to Ontario in both the 1967 Winter Games in Quebec City and the 1971 renewal in Saskatoon, was second again with 216. Ontario, winner of 10 sports in 1971, managed to top the lists in -only skating, table tennis and weightlif- ended with 215 points, just one fewer than B.C. Domination ended B.C. ended Manitoba's domination of volleyball, winning both the men's and women's gold medals, and also capturing the team titles in women's basketball, boxing and wrestling. Individual star of the Games, which attracted specta- tors to events in 15 Alberta centres, was Jean Choquette of Montreal who won four gold medals in gymnastics. He was best in vaulting, pommel horse, horizontal bar and. also took the men's all-round gold. Quebec had the biggest medal including 30 golds, 18 silvers and 24 bronzes. Ontario was next with 68, including 21 golds, 28 silvers and 19 bronzes, and B.C. won 49 including 15 golds, 21 silvers and 13 bronzes. Ontario had won 93 medals, 41 of them golds, in Saskatoon. Most improved team at the Games was Nova Scotia which earned 146 points and its first two gold medals ever. That points total compared with 107 in 1971 and, although Nova Scotia was seventh both times, it took home the Centennial Cup for the biggest percentage increase in points. The first Nova Scotia gold medal came in weightlifting Fri- day in which Graham Eldridge of Windsor won the middle- heavyweight class. Its second came on the final day when Chris Clarke of Halifax won a unanimous decision over Benny Fry of Regina to win the 125-pound featherweight boxing crown. Alberta, which wound up behind Ontario in fourth place over- all standings with 197 points, won top placing in five and women's curling, women's skiing, hockey and synchronized swimming. The only other teams to win a sport were Manitoba in women's speedskating and Saskatchewan in men's speed- skating, the result of an intensive training program that began late in 1974. Ontario was had Commenting on the cloest finish in the short history of the Winter Games, Bob Secord, director of the Ontario sports and recreation bureau, said: "It has now been shown that Ontario can be had. Next time we'll but out to show that Quebec can be had." That may not be so easy. Quebec is reported spending million this year on a program to raise the quality of its ath- letes in all parts of the province and to ensure that it contributes at least one-third of all members of national teams in amateur sports. Nova Scotia has undertaken a similar program, though on a much less costly scale, and it showed in the improved per- formances of its athletes. Ontario, which has relied on an old, sophisticated program in which each sport is run by its own federation, now seems likely to go for .greater government participation. Aside from southern Alberta victories in curling and syn- chronized swimming, its biggest thrill came Saturday when Lethbridge Native Sons, a Junior B team representing the province, defeated an all-star squad from Nova Scotia 6-3 the gold medal in hockey. Missed a chance Ontario Oakville Blades missed a chance to give" their province a tie in the points standings with B.C. when they dropped a 3-2 decision to Quebec's Pointe-aux-Trembles Jets in the hockey playoff for the bronze. Two other sports ended table tennis, in which three Toronto girls helped Ontario to a 13-7 victory over Que- bec and finished with an 11-0 record, figure skating in which four skaters from the Nadeau family of Montreal won medals in the A dance competition, and boxing. Nicole and Pierre Nadeau won the gold and Danielle and Andre the bronze, a family sweep being prevented by Brenda Keay and Bob Haeghington of Toronto who took the silver. Another brother, Louis, a singles skater, was unable to par- ticipate here because he performed at the Canadian cham- pionships. Anyone who took part there or is on a national or international team is barred from the Winter Games. "It was the girls who saved our bacon said Hugh Kel- ly of Ottawa, coach of Ontario's men's table tennis team, after the victory over Quebec. The tribute was for Gloria Nesukaitis, sister of national team member Violet Nesukaitis, Diane Ohara and Susan Tomkins. B.C., with Nimi Athwal of Comox playing a starring role, beat Quebec in the second-last round and then defeated Manitoba to take the silver medal. x Athwal played the last singles against Quebec and won 24-22 over Francince Theoret of Montreal. The victory left the match tied 10-10 and forced a mixed doubles playoff in which Athwal teamed with Alan Bajkov of North Vancouver to defeat Theoret and Pierre Normandin of Montreal in straight games. All 11 boxing finals were held Saturday, Alberta winning three golds, but B.C., which took two golds, winning the team cham- pionship. HAPPY, TEARFUL SONS GLEN SCHEIBNER, GREG KVEDER AND DENNIS HATT Alberta fighters take 3 gold, 2 silver as B.C. wins overall RICK ERVIN photo By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sporti Writer 'Alberta boxers captured three gold medals and two silver during the Canada Winter Games boxing finals Saturday afternoon. The 10 bout final card, held at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion before a crowd nearing the mark, climaxed four days of boxing that featured upsets, knockouts, disputed decisions, happy moments and tragedy. The tragedy, which occured when the parents of Alberta team member Hugh Calf Robe Jr. were killed in an accident after a boxing card at Claresholm, was still evident the final day of the tourna- ment as the Alberta boxing coaches were absent from the proceeding, attending the Calf Robe funeral in Cardston. The happy moments were also evi- dent Saturday, particularly for three Edmonton boxers, Brad Hortie, Frank Pruden and Randy Jackson, who all captured gold medals. Hortie, demonstrating his fistic abilities as he worked both the head and the body of his British Columbia opponent Derrick Hoyt, captured the 112 pound gold. "I tried the dual head and body at- tack early and it worked, so I kept at the extremely happy Hortie reported after his bout. "This fight was tough, but not as hard as the one yester- day (Friday) with David Acoose of Saskatchewan." Hortie, who also won the gold at the junior Olympics, is coached and train- ed by his father Paul. Frank Pruden put an end to Prince Edward Island's hope of winning its first ever gold medal when he followed Hortie and won a unanimous decision. Pruden, fighting his best bout during the Games, out pointed 119 pound Mike Jenkins af Prince Edward Island. "I was bothered the first part of the tournament by a bad Pruden stated. "But I felt good during this fight. He got me once during the bout, right at the start of the second round, but I was able to shake it off. He carried his hands low arid that made him easier to get to." Jackson's gold medal came when he took a close, but unanimous decision, over tough William Featherstone of On- tario. "Featherstone seemed to be too tense, and didn't move the 147 pound Jackson said. "In the last round I started fast and closed fast but he was catching me in the middle part. I won the first two but I think he got the third." Jackson added that he was bothered by the constant harrassment of referee Jerry Shears. "He was constantly warning me for nothing." One of the favorites to win a gold for Alberta was Mike Young but his bout with David lus of B.C. was halted in the second round and lus became the 139 pound king. "I caught an elbow in the left eye and it split it open. It took four stitches to close Jackson stated. "The referee had no choice but to stop the fight. He was hitting me a lot and I couldn't hit him back because I'd hurt my right hand as well early in the fight." Alberta's other silver medal went to Ray Duperon after he lost a decision to Shane Hoyt of B.C. Hoyt was too strong, with too much reach, for Duperon and scored a standing eight count in the second round after a good left hook. The heavyweight gold medal went to powerful Bill Turner of Manitoba with an impressive second round win over B.C.'s Corky Kaulius when the referee stopped the contest with Kaulius hang- ing on the ropes in the corner and Turner hitting him at will- It was Turner's second meeting with Kaulius. "He hit harder this time than when I beat him three years Turner said. "It sure is good to win." Kaulius was reportedly running a temperature prior to the bout and was under the doctor's surveilance. He was checked by the doctor at the conclusion of the first round to determine his con- dition and was given the okay to con- tinue. New Brunswick's Mark Adams took a 4 -1 split verdict over Rick Anderson of Nova Scotia in an action filled fight that gave him the 105 pound gold medal. A major upset occured in the light heavyweight class when Freddy Corrigan, New Brunswick, took a 4 -1 decision over favorite Kevin Downey of Nova Scotia. Aggressive Morgan Williams gave Saskatchewan a gold in the 132 pound class with a very close 4 -1 victory over David Jamrozik of Ontario in an ex- tremely interesting bout. Chris Clarke of Nova Scotia gained the unanimous nod over Benny Fry of Saskatchewan in the 125 pound class. David Williamson of Ontario receiv- ed the gold in the 156 pound division without throwing a punch as his scheduled opponent Tony Bouchard of Saskatchewan had to withdraw due to a broken nose suffered in a previous fight. Alberta finished second in the overall point standings behind British Colum- bia. Team Points British Columbia........................63 Alberta.................................55 Nova Scotia............................. 50 Ontario.................................49 Saskatchewan...........................42 Quebec.................................37 Prince Edward Island........'............3J New Brunswick .........................30 Newfoundland...........................13 Manitoba ...............................12 Undefeated Ontario wins table tennis By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer TABER Ontario girls carried the load Saturday as their province won its final two matches to finish un- defeated in table tennis com- petition at Taber's W. R. Myers High School. The gals won all of their 10 sets in a 14 6 triumph over Manitoba in the morning, and then lost only once against Quebec, sparking Ontario to a 13 7 triumph and the gold medal. British Columbia took the silver medal after surprising Quebec 11 10 in a morning match that needed the extra mixed doubles set to decide the winner. The B.C. duo of Alan Bajkov and Nimi Athwal downed Quebec's Pierre Normandin and Francine Theoret 21 -17, 21 -17 in the mixed doubles set after the provinces were tied at 10 wins each in regulation play. That win plus a 14 6 deci- sion over Manitoba in the final round, gave B.C. a 10 1 record, as they lost only to On- tario, by a 12 8 count Friday evening. Quebec, with its two losses Saturday, finished at 9 2 and was forced to settle for the bronze medal. Alberta's sextet split its final two matches Saturday, thrashing Nova Scotia 18 2 in the morning, but losing 12 8 in the afternoon to Prince Edward Island in a game that cost the home province fourth place in the final standings. Alberta and P.E.I, were tied with 7 3 records going into the final round. Richard Man and Judy Mack, Alberta's top in- dividuals in the tournament, both had a good day. Mah won all six of his singles sets and split two doubles encounters. Mack triumphed in four of six singles sets, although she lost both times in doubles action. Debbie Toth, the 14 year old from Picture Butte on the Alberta team, picked up one of only three wins Alberta girls earned against P.E.I., and won two of her three sets in the Nova Scotia match. Miss Toth finished the four days of competition with a record of 13 wins and 20 losses, despite being one of the youngest participants in the sport. Meanwhile, Brian Zembik, a 16 year old from Winnipeg was probably just as glad when the competition ended. Zembik was a member of Manitoba's six member team, but some of the coaches protested, to no avail, that he should not be allowed to enter the Games since he.is a can- didate for the Canadian national team. That warm reception was bad enough, but things got worse Saturday when On- tario's Peter Shanahan took a swing at Zembik when the Manitoban got a point out of what Shanahan felt should have been a let serve. To top things off, Zembik sprained an ankle in Manitoba's afternoon match against B.C., and was forced to drop out of the competition before it ended. FINAL STANDINGS Ontario British Columbia (S) Quebec Prince Edward Island Alberta Manitoba New Brunswick Saskatchewan Newfoundland Nova Socita Yukon Northwest Territories FINAL STANDINGS Medals Final medal standings In competition at the Canada Winter Games. Gold Sll Br Quebec..........30 18 24 Ontario..........21 28 19 British Columbia IS 21 13 Points 14 6 14 Alberta Manitoba New Brunswick 3 Saskatchewan.....2 Nova Scotia.......2 N.W.T............2 Newfoundland.....1 P.E.I.............II Yukon............f (Extra silver medals awarded In speedskitlng and extra broniei In gymnastics. Double-brontei awarded In Final point standings in competition at the Canada Winter Games: Quebec................ 219 British Columbia....... 21fi Ontario................ 215 Alberta................ 197 Manitoba.............. 176 Saskatchewan........'.. 1S3 Nova Scotia............ 146 New Brunswick 119 P.E.I.................. tl Newfoundland.......... M N.W.T................. 34 M By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer Four wins against only one loss in round robin com- petition, plus an upset victory in the Canada Winter Games semi finals, had already proved them winners to all of Southern Alberta. A gold medal would only be frosting on the cake, but Alberta's Lethbridge Native Sons laid on a thick layer of icing Saturday afternoon before over onlookers at the Sportsplex. The Native Sons made believers of the last of the skeptics as they skated to a 6 3 triumph over Nova Scotia, and the gold medal for hockey at the Canada Games. "We weren't even supposed to be in the top said an elated coach Howie Yanosik. But crisp passing and aggressive forechecking throughout the 60 minutes Saturday earned the Native Sons a standing ovation from the partisan crowd as the Lethbridge boys mobbed each other after the final buzzer. "The kids played an exceptional Yanosik commented in the dressing room. "After we started putting on the pressure, we completely controlled the game." "They had their chances, but (goaltender Garry) Warner was there whenever we needed him." Storming back The Sons fell behind 1 0 midway through the first period, but came storming back to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room. Nova Scotia managed to tie it early in the middle frame, but Joe Meli took a perfect pass from Greg Kveder at the mark, and made no mistake with a quick wrist shot that put the locals ahead to stay. Meli also had two assists in the final as he capped off an out- standing individual effort throughout the seven day tour- nament. The stocky Native Sons' captain wound up tied with three other players for the scoring championship with 18 points, and three of his eight goals were game winners. "Joe was definitely our said Yanosik in summing up the tournament. "But it was a team game someone different came along to share the load." That has been a trademark of the Sons all season, and Saturday it was Dwayne Howell who came up with two goals to lead the club. Glen and Mark Scheibner, Reg Osmond, and Meli had the other markers while Mack Davis, Richard Logan, and Albert Gamble replied for Nova Scotia. It was the seventh game in seven days for each team and, surprisingly, seemed a little anti climactic after both finalists had gained upset wins, over Ontario and Quebec, in the semi finals. Quebec Jakes 3rd The two favored clubs, meanwhile, met in Taber Saturday morning, with Quebec coming from behind to nip Ontario 3 2 in double overtime for the bronze medal. At the Sportsplex, it was obvious that the heavy schedule had tired the bigger Nova Scotia team, and as Yanosik put it, "Our Lethbridge kids just skated them to death." Davis opened the scoring for Nova Scotia midway through the first period when he banged in a rebound with Warner sprawling on the ice in the Lethbridge net. However, Glen Scheibner sent Reg Osmond in alone just over a minute later, and then banged in the rebound after Nova Scotia goalie Ralph Chambers stymied Osmond with a spec- tacular save. The Native Sons went ahead for the first time at the mark of the opening period, when Meli stole the puck and got it to Howell, who went around the Nova Scotia defence beautifully before beating goaltender Chambers. Howell got his second goal midway through the middle frame when he waltzed out of the corner unmolested and took his time before picking the corner with a slapshot. That made it 4 2, after the clubs had exchanged markers early in the period. Goal protested Mark Scheibner put it out of reach on a protested goal at the mark of the final 20 minutes when he fired the puck through a maze of bodies from a scramble, and Osmond's rebound marker at wrapped up the Sons' scoring in the Games. Nova Scotia argued that Scheibner's goal should not count as there was a Lethbridge player in the crease, but the referee ruled that he was pushed in, and allowed the goal. The Sons appeared to let down a bit in the final minutes, and Nova Scotia had several excellent chances, scoring their third goal at the mark. But Garry Warner was at his best in the late going, and he precluded any late heroics by the Maritimers. "Warner was outstanding throughout the says Yanosik. "And today was no exception." The Native Son defencemen merited special recognition as Yanosik recapped the final game for reporters in the dressing room. "Nova Scotia is miich bigger than we are, but our guys stood right up on the blueline, and took their forwards out very well." Over the 60 minutes, the Sons putshot Nova Scotia 33 29, and took six of eight minor penalties in the cleanly played contest. In the third place game, two goals by Rene Daze in the third period brought Quebec back from a 2 0 deficit and sent the game into overtime. Ron Reauchamp's goal at the mark of the second overtime finally brought the game to an end, and gave Quebec the bronze medal. Goals by Dennis Fowler and Mike Holmes early in the se- cond period had given Ontario a 1 0 lead. Quebec captain Jean Coutu accepted the bronze medal for his team at the closing ceremonies on the Sportsplex ice follow- ing the championship game. Mike Henderson accepted the silver for Nova Scotia while Joe Meli took the stand to receive the gold medal for the Native Sons. The medals presentation climaxed a thrilling week for the local boys, but it was obviously a very tiring one. "I don't care if there's a party or said goaltender Warner. "I'm going right home for a rest." Who can believe that? ALBERTA i NOVA SCOTIA 3 First Period': 1. Nova Scotia. David (Davidson, Logan) 2. Alberta O. Schneiber (Simmons, 3. Alberta Howell (Meli) Penalties Howell A Second Period: 4. Nova Scotia, Logan (Gable, Davis) 5. Alberta, Meli IKvedcr, Howell) Alberta, Howell (Kveder, Meli) Penalty Legate NS TMrt Ftrtot: 7. Alberta M. Scheibner (Guzzl, R. Osmond) 8. Alberta R. Osmond (Simmons, Lowe) 9. Nova Scotia Gamble (Davis, Davidson) Penalties Klinkhammer A Legate NS, Kveder A li :34, Lowe A Halt A Stall M gMl by: Nova Scotia 3 9 12-29 Alberta 12 9 12-33 Goal: Chambers, Peterson, Nova Scotia; Warner, Alberta.