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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Two schoolboy rinks unbeaten Kay Baldwin leading the pack ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Kay Baldwin's Alberta rink was leading with a 6-1 mark today a* the Canadian women's curling championship went into its eighth round. The round was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. EST with Quebec meeting Nova Scotia, British Columbia against Newfoundland, Ontario against New Brunswick, Saskatchewan against Manitoba and Alberta playing Prince Edward Island. The chance of a tie in the ninth and final round tonight appeared slim after Alberta strengthened its lead Wednesday night with an 11-4 victory over Saskatchewan, the defending champion rink skipped by Vera Pezer. "We curled our best game of the series tonight," Mrs. Baldwin said. "I think the breaks were going for us," she said when reminded of her earlier fears that Saskatchewan might prove to be Alberta's toughest opponent. "We should have been drawing instead of hitting," Miss Pezer said. "The backbreaker was in the third end." WILL SEE ACTION-Eleanor Visosky will see action this weekend as the Lethbridge Labor Club women's senior basketball team heads north for the Alberta final against Edmonton CJCA Tigerettes. The winner of the title will advance to the Dominion finals. Cougars close year with win SCORES FOUR Alberta scored the The Catholic Central Cougars completed their season last night as they dumped the Medicine Hat Mohawks 63-28. The Cougars finished off the season with a 5-5 record and a berth in the playoffs which are set for March 5-6. Meanwhile the Mohawks just couldn't click this season and suffered 10 straight losses. Last night Dean Dahl, the Cougars leader, used only his second string in gaining the victory. At half time the Cougars held a solid 29-16 lead and increased it to 43-19 after the third quarter. Eric Stenbel hooped 19 points to lead his club while Peter vSokora, Chris Kolodziej and Clair Forestal notched 14,- 13 and 11 points respectively. The remaining four teams in the Southern Alberta "A" Boys' asketball League will see action this weekend as they complete their 1970 league schedule. Both games on tap will be significant in one way or another as the season comes to an end. The most important contest will be played in Magrath as they host the LCI Rams. Both clubs are currently sharing second spot in the league standings and this final match will decide who remains and who drops into third. Meanwhile, the Raymond Comets have clinched the league crown two weeks ago and will have only one thing to go after - an undefeated season. The Comets' have yet to lose a league game this season and hold a 9-0 record. Last season the Comets racked up 10 straight wins to win the pennant and are trying to repeat their performance. four in third to take an 8-0 lead. Manitoba, skipped by Mabel Mitchell, took sole possession of second place with a 5-2 record by defeating Marie Tool's Prince Edward Island entry 9-6. Prince Edward Island was tied for third place with Saskatchewan, Sue Ann Bartlett's Newfoundland rink, Helen Sill-man's Ontario team and British Columbia, skipped by Ina Hansen. Their records were 4-3. Nicole Janelle's Quebec rink was fourth at 3-4 while New Brunswick, skipped by Shirley Pilson, counted only one vie tory. Clare Purdy's Nova Scotia rink was winless. In Kamloops, both Saskatchewan and Manitoba were unbeaten after five games as the Canadian schoolboy curling cham piorship went into its fourth day today. The Greg Montgomery rink from Moose Jaw had to fight Newfoundland for a 7-6 victory Wednesday afternoon as the latter put forth their best effort of the competition. Then Saskat chewan had a bye Wednesday night. Manitoba had easy 11-5 and 11-3 victories over Ontario and British Columbia respectively, Manitoba's test was expected to come this afternoon against Northern Ontario, third in the standings with four wins and a loss. Saskatchewan meets Al berta, the strong Dave Haley rink which stands 4-2. In the seventh round this morning-first of three rounds scheduled for today-British Columbia was to meet New Brunswick, Northern Ontario played Nova Scotia, Newfoundland met Prince Edward Island, Alberta faced Saskatchewan, Manitoba met Quebec and Ontario had the bye. Northern Ontario beat Haley 7-6 in one of Wednesday's most exciting games when a single in the 12-foot counted in an extra Anyone can win seniors HALIFAX (CP) - Dr. Wendell MacDonald of Charlotte-town still contends that "anyone can win" the Canadian seniors curling championships. "It's wide open," said the skip of the Prince Edward Is land entry. "There's about five teams in there that can win." Burley Townsend's Saskatchewan rink helped create a potential traffic jam for the lead in the 11-rink event for curlers over 50, downing previously un-defeated British Columbia, skipped by Gord Moore, 8-2 in sixth-round play. 'We've got the potential,' says Townsend of his Prairie rink. "We'll be pretty close." But he adds: "No team will go through without at least two end after Haley missed with his last rock, sending it right through the house. Coach Ralph Nye of Manitoba, whose son Murray skips the Brandon rink, refuses to speculate on his team's chances at the trophy. "They stand as good a chance ......................^ � iniimiiii Stan Fischler's DEAL FINISHED? OTTAWA (CP) - As far as Ottawa Rough Riders is concerned, a deal to send retired quarterback Russ Jackson to British Columbia Lions is dead unless Vancouver can come up with a better deal. WITH THESE USED CAR VALUES OP94A 1968 CHEVROLET BEL AIR SEDAN V-8 motor, oufomafic transmission, radio................................ OP385A 1966 CHEV. 2-DOOR HARDTOP Radio, automatic transmission, power steering, powor brakes................. OP328A 1969 MONTEGO 2-DOOR HARDTOP Radio, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes............... OP268A 1966 PONTIAC SEDAN 6 CYLINDER 6 cylinder motor. Automatic transmission, radio.................. $1795 $1675 $2780 $1395 TRADES - GMAC TERMS - CASH OK SUPERMARKET CAR LOT Stampeders ink two more CALGARY (CP) - Calgary Stampeders have signed halfback Thermus Butler and guard - linebacker Harry Ols-zewski to 1971 contracts, the Western Football Conference club announced Wednesday. Butler, 23, from University of Kansas, starred for Edmonton Eskimos in 1969 but was cut last year when Edmonton decided to go with Henry King and Terry Swarn. In 1969, Butler gained 706 yards rushing on 153 carries, fifth best in the WFC. He was fourth in kickoff returns and caught 25 passes for 200 yards. He had four touchdowns. Olszewski, a 230 - pounder, was in Calgary on a five-day trial last year after he was cut by Montreal Alouettes. However, he spent nine days In Calgary hospital with an injury and sat out the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old Clemson University graduate, an Eastern Football Conference all - stair in 1968, can play either offensive guard or linebacker. Three rounds were scheduled today, at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The result left B.C. and Harry Coles' Quebec rink with 5-1 records. Quebec drubbed win-less Nova Jfcotia, skipped by Hugh Little, 13-9. Saskatchewan and Prince Ed ward Island-winner of a 7-5 game with Alberta-both had 4-1 marks while Stu Pearce's Alberta rink, which suffered two losses Wednesday, finished the day with a 4-2 count. Gord Wallace's Ontario rink had three wins in five starts and the Northern Ontario rink skipped by Rudy Steski three wins and a like number of setbacks. Manitoba, skipped by Mac McCrimmon, was 2-3 while Nova Scotia and Maurice Mac Donald's New Brunswick rink had no wins in five starts. Newfoundland, skipped by John Pike, was winless in six outings, Clifford in second SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Barbara Ann Cochran, 20, of Richmond, Vt., won the women's slalom Wednesday, the opening event in the World Cup ski races at Heavenly Valley, Betsy Clifford, 17, of Ottawa finished second and tied Britt Lafforgue of France for first place in slalom points, with 70 each. The only women's events remaining in the Cup series are three giant slaloms. A 'stria's Anne Marie Proell 17, finished third, increasing her lead in World Cup women" standings over Michele Jacot of France, who was disqualified Wednesday. Miss Cochran moved into the top 10 in the women's standings increasing her point total from 55 to 65. The winner's combined time for two runs Wednesday was 1:36.37. She had the third-best time on the first run 48.46 sec onds. She started first on the second run and her time of 47.91 was the best. Miss Clifford's combined time was 1:37.28 and Miss Proell was 1:38.03. Berni Rauter of Austria was fourth at 1:39.71 and Conchit Puig of Spain was fifth with 1:39.94. The placings were unofficial pending verification. Miss Proell increased her point total from 177 to 181. Miss Jacot is second with 158. The women's slalom course has a 1,500-foot trail with a vertical drop of 500 feet and 55 gates. as anyone," he said. "They can make the big shots when they're necessary." Skip Doug Smith of the Northern Ontario group front Thunder Bay says he thinks his rink has "a good chance." The round-robin tournament ends Friday. pn Win qnv Inside Hockey wmmamrrrr1 rtr mm i 'pKE easiest thing to say about Maurice "Rocket" Richard'! comments on contemporary big-league hockey is that The Great Man is waxing nostalgic when he puts down the qual* ity of the National Hockey League of The Seventies. . That, however, is not the case. The Rocket merely is being honest when he says "hockey was a better game in my day." Richard makes this and many other pungent points in Ms new book, "The Flying Frenchmen - Hockey's Greatest Dynasty," just published in Canada. The NHL isn't as tough; the bodycheckers are gone and there isn't the adroit stickhandling of the Max Bentley, Edgar Laprade, Bill Cowley genre, according to The Rocket. "Their stickhandling gave a certain individuality to the game that you don't see much of anymore," says Richard. "Today the players skate over the red line and throw the puck into the corner, chase after it and hope for the best. That's sloppy hockey." Richard, who was the most exciting player in NHL history, also laments the decline in the art of shooting. The Rocket, of course, was a past-master at backhanding the puck. ? ? ? "Once," The Rocket points out, "Red Berenson scored a backhand goal in The All-Star Game. The backhand has become so rare that people reacted as if the shot had just been invented by Berenson. But when I was playing, nearly every player had a good backhander." Only an NHL shill - and, brother, they are as common as mosquitoes in New Jersey - would even suggest that today's NHL product even remotely resembles the quality offering of Richard's era. What better example than the Bruins-Rangers confrontation at Madison Square Garden recently in which the two best teams in the East were having one of their rare meetings. It was a match that offered such promise that scalpers were obtaining $80 per ticket, one hour before game time. As for the contest itself, it bombed. "It was like watching Oakland play Los Angeles," said Neil Offen, the New York Post hockey critic. "In other words, a bad hockey game." Obviously, expansion and the NHL's failure to produce a working talent source from Canadian and American colleges has produced this abysmal dilution of talent. WORK RECOGNIZED - Dave Smith put tn a great many hours to help revive lacrosse in Lethbridge last year and Wednesday was awarded a plaque from the Alberta Department of Youth and the Alberta Lacrosse Association for his efforts. Lacrosse popular Help needed Al Leader, former president of the Western Hockey League, called the shot when the NHL first expanded from six to 12 teams. "The NHL," Leader predicted, "Soon will have the overall calibre of the top third of the Western and American Leagues of ten years ago." In other words, minor league. The tragedy of all this, apart from the fact that the fans are obtaining mediocrity for their money, is that the once-distinguished scoring records are being erased by the inflationary production of today's mediocrities. In The Rocket's day it meant something to score 20 goals in a whole season. Today, a player such as Paul Henderson of Toronto had scored his 20 before February. "If Richard were playing today," says former Ranger and Red Wing, Reggie Sinclair, "he'd have scored 70 to 75 goals." ? * * The decline of NHL quality has been accompanied by a decline in competitive zeal. "The attitude of opposing players has changed," says Richard. "For the past few years Mike Walton of the Maple Leafs and Bobby Orr of the Bruins have been business partners. This type of fraternizing takes something off the competitive edge. When I played, fraternizing with the opposition was out!" Obviously what the NHL needs is about two dozen, 25-year-old Maurice Richards. The success of the lacrosse program organized in Lethbridge last year has resulted in a much expanded number of youngsters wishing to play Canada's original game. In order to cope with the interest shown, it has become necessary to form an organization to handle details of registration and other facets of the operation for the coming year. Monday evening at eight o'clock in the Civic Centre, an organizational meeting will be held and parents of youngsters involved, or anyone interested in lending a hand, are invited to attend. Last year Lethbridge had a junior team, the Native Sons, as well as a juvenile team, the Lancers. Minor hockey ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES NATIONAL HAGUE �lit Division W L T F A PI 42 10 7 2B9 156 91 ,. . 37 14 10 194 140 84 .. 30 17 12 214 162 72 .. . 31 25 4 209 170 66 .. II 32 S 163 219 44 ... 16 34 II 159 234 43 ... II 34 6 160 213 42 Wt�t Division ... 39 15 6 221 147 14 . .. 25 II 16 164 154 66 . . 21 27 11 150 1B1 55 . . 22 21 10 160 171 54 . . 19 27 1 5 1 76 171 53 17 30 11 170 225 45 17 41 3 149 223 37 In Pee Wee action the Bisons trimmed the Sabres 5-4 last night. Bruce Quick paced the Bisons with three markers while Ross Export A Ashe refused entrance CAPE TOWN, South Africa CAP) - South Africa's apartheid government refused Wednesday an application by black tennis star Arthur Ashe to visit the country, the third time Ashe has had a visa application rejected. Interior Minister Theo Gerde-ner issued a statement Wednesday night saying Ashe's application was again considered, "and in view of the fact that is still persona non grata, his application was not granted." No furlher explanation was given as to why the American atlilefce is persona non grata, but observers here believe it is because of his statements against the South African regime. Ashe, of Richmond, Va., is understood to have applied for a visa to take part in this year's South African national open championships, to be held in April, Matherson and Don Marshall chipped in with singles. For the Sabres Teejor Wall notched two goals and both Craig Robinson and Brent Mon-teith aided with a goal each. It was a different case in the Bantam "B" contest as the Bruins came up with an easy 5-2 victory over the Ramblers. The Bruins held period scores of 3-1 and 5-1. Kevin Riley and Danny Ried-lehuber led the Bruins attack with two goals while Danny Ken Serbu added a singleton. Darryl Vogt averted the shutout with a first period marker. In exhibition action Thursday the Midget C Reps and Elks played to a 4-4 tie. Bob Spitzer led the Reps with two goals with singletons going to Brian Conrad and Dennis Hatt. Brian Cave replied with tut) goals for tlie Elks. Lyle Clam-pitt and Ken Klinkhammer. one each. .......... Boston ... New York Montreal Toronto Detroit Buffalo ... Vancouver Chicago .. St. Louis .. Minnesota . Phlla...... Pittsburgh . Los Angeles California NHL LIADIRS Esposlto, Bo>.......... 51 63 114 44 Orr, Bos........... 29 72 101 67 Hodge, Bos ......... 37 51 B8 19 Bucyk, Bos........ 38 46 84 4 R. Hull, Chi......... 39 42 II 24 Ullmen, Tor........ 29 44 73 22 Keon, Tor.......... 33 31 64 1 Cashmtn, Bos ....... 19 4s 44 it Bellveau Mil....... 20 40 60 24 Tkaczuk, NY........ 19 39 51 34 AMERICAN HAGUE �aitern Oivisian _ t WLTPAPI Quebec ...... 21 23 12 159 175 54 Montreal .. .. 51 25 10 175 190 5J Providence .. 19 23 � 173 190 47 Springfield .. 20 29 7 112 214 47 Western Division Baltimore ... 34 13 5 207 151 71 Cleveland .. . I 19 6 207 150 62 Hershey ..... 20 4 9 174 1 65 49 Rochester ... 19 26 1 169 114 46 ALBERTA JUNIOR W L T P A Pti Red Deer .. .. 27 10 9 191 159 6J Lethbridge 25 13 I 229 144 M Calgary ..... 24 17 7 231 214 5J Edm. Leafs .. 24 20 4 231 211 51 Ponoka ...... 16 21 4 171 214 M Edm. Movers .. � 34 4 153 267 21 HOCKEY SCORES Nallenal Montreal 5 California 2 New York 4 Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 5 Minnesota 1 Los Angola* 1 American Springfield i Hershey i Western Phoenix 2 San Olego 2 Western International Trail 5 Nelson 3 Western Canada 0 Medicine Hat 6 Swift Current I Saskatchewan Junior Saskatoon 8 Humboldt 7 Saskatoon leads best-of-sevon semifinal l-o Weyburn 12 For QuAppella 1 British Columbia Junior Victoria 10 New Westminster S Kamloops J Vernon 1 PRO BASKETBALL NBA Boston 116 Los Angeles 96 New York 125 Cincinnati 105 San Francisco 117 Detroit 11J Milwaukee 139 San Diego 104 Seattle 123 Cleveland 101 Atlanta 111 Portland 107 ABA New York 134 Pittsburgh 101 Carolina 144 Virginia 137 Kentucky 176 Memphis 111 Florldans 112 denver 110 Indiana 117 Texas 113 Piiicay breaks track record ARCADIA, Calif. 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