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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta Can-Àm serie« resumes at Southern Alberta resort FrM«y. JfltMMry 11.1*74 - THE LlTHMIOat HUALD -13 r ‘West Castle National’ goes Saturday It has been said time and again that om of the keys to the selection of Lethbridge* Southern Alberta as host of the 1975 Canada Winter Games was West Castle Ski Resort. It is also no secret that West Castle, located 3& miles from Plncher Creek into Canada s Rockies, is one of thd top ski areas in Canada. This Saturday and Sunday the national teams of Canada, the United States and a strong contingent of international skUng stars, will invsde West Castle in yet another test of the Southern AllKrta hill. “No other race of this calibre will be held in Alberta this year,” was the way one official described this weekend's activities. The West CasUe National is set for a 0:30 start Saturday morning with the women’s giant slalom. The men take to the hill for the first of two runs at 10:30 with a second to follow at 1:30. The presentation of prizes from Saturday's actim will be held at a ski Mrty gathering in the Pincher Creek Community Hall Saturday night at eight o'clock. Sunday it’s back to the slopes for the men’s and women’s slalom. The men’s first run goes at 9:30 followed by the gals opener at 10:30. At one o’clock the men take their second run with the gals right behind at two. Sunday’s activities will end with the presentation of prizes at 4:30. The draw for Saturday and Sunday was too be made today at six o'clock at the Town Hall. Registrations took place Thursday evening. Skiers, after the opening weekend' of competiti<m at Girabaldi, Whistler Mountain in B.C., can look forward to excellent conditions at West Castle according to ski reports. New snow of 2W' fell Thursday with a 24” base at the lodge and a 52” base at the top. Trail conditions are packed with some icy patches. No Chinook has been promised for skiers but the sun is expected to do its parts and the temperatures shouldn’t get any lower than 10 below with daytime highs of zero or better. Expected to take part in the twoiay West Castle event are Gary Aiken, Andre Senecal, Steve Podborski, Gord Acton, Bob Safrata, Yvon Blackburn, Ken Reud and Tom Irvin, all members of Canada’s national team. A contingent of 30 skiers — 15 men and a like number of women — will represent the U.S. This team will include the top alpine competitors not racing on the World Cup tour. All World Cup races are being staged in Europe this year putting more emphasis onto the importance of the West Castle hosted event Last season, European races put a great deal of pressure on the Can-Am competitors and such is expected to be the case this year. After West Castle the women head for Whitefish while the men invade Ogden, Utah, The Can-Am tour; growing each year, this season willjte sponsored by the Olin Ski Company. The individual point leaders at the end of the circuit will win the Olin Cup and become eligible for academic scholarships worth 11,000 each. This year, the individual scoring will follow the World Cup system as conducted under the regulations of the International Ski Federation (FIS). Points will be awarded for first place through 10th, with first place earning 25 points, second ZO, third It, fourth 11. fifth eight, sixth six, seventh four, eighth three, ninth two and 10th one. Only the three best finises by an individual over the season in each of the alpine disciplines, slalom, giant slalom and downhill, count toward a competitor’s over-all ranking. There will be an op|wrtunity to meet the competitor this Saturday evening at the gathering. FERNIE FINE If it is just a weekend of skiing you are looking for, Femie has a 35” base at the bottom and 10»^ at the top with an inch of new white stuff. The temperature Friday morning was six below, making for excellent skiing- Csonka versus Tarkenton may be Super Bowl match May not play Paul Warfield, Miami Dolphin wide receiver, may not see action in Sunday’s Super Bowl game because of a hamstring muscle injury. He pulled the muscle Wednesday and it is not know/n if he wilt suit up for the game against Minnesota Vikings or not. HOUSTON (AP) - It could come down to Larry Csonka versus Fran Tarkenton. Csonka typifies Miami Dolphins, one-touchdown choice, in Sunday’s Super Bowl foot- ■ ball game against Tarkenton’s Minnesota Vikings. The Dolphins are a businesslike team, methodically wearing down the opposition, finding a play and sticking with it until somebody comes up with a way to stop it. Nobody found a way to really stop Csonka in the 1973 National Football League schedule. Bulling straight into the line or slanting off the tackles, he gained 1,003 yards on 219 carries. When the enemy decided to concentrate on Csonka, Mercury Morris went to work. With his waterbug speed and moves, he weaved his way for 954 yards on 149 runs. To add to the running strength, the Dolphins have Jim Kiick. In 1971, when Csonka gained 1,051 yards, Kiick had 738 and Morris 315. In 1972, Csonka bad 1,117 yards, Morris flashed onto the scene with 1,000 and Kiick, shunted aside a bit, had 521. This season, though, Kiick became more of a specialist-coming in when the Dolphins faced a third-down and long situation or when they were within a few yards of a touchdown. Kiick was used not only as a runner—he finished with 287 ards—but also was a fine ocker and a dangerous ya bl 5 1* Blues will not forget O’Shea Hip-check Montreal Canadiens’ Henri Richard is flattened against the boards after a stiff hip check from Dennis Potvin of the New York Islanders. Richard left the ice and went to the dressing room after the check and did not return to action. The Potvin check was thrown in the first period of the game that the Habs won easily. Swim team strong VANCOUVER (CP) - Canada will win the over-all championship at the Commonwealth Games swimming competition later this month, says Don Talbot, chief ^ru in charge of morale-building and preparing Canada’s youthful swimmers for the competition. The team leaves today for the Games, in New Zealand, after two weeks of pracUce at the Canada Games pool in ★ ★ SHOOTERS SCOREBOARD ... PLAINSMAN SPOnn YOU CAN7 RELOAD YOUR EARS One of (he most important tlnngs that nature gives man, IS his hearing How many o( us take this gift for granted and abuse our ears when firing a gun Did you know that a gun is a loud enough noise to affect youi hearing and that repeatad exposure to the noise of a gun shol can cause unrepairable damage There are several sale guards that shooters can and shouia (ake — the shooting ear mufi is by (ar Ihe best method This IS a pair of muffs scientitically constructed to mullle fha sound All serious fifie, shot-gun and pistol shoolers have seen these muffs and many use them The second device is shooters cotton, a synthetic material that is placed In the ear, a good safaguard and relatively easy to use, although not quile as good as ear mutls The third method is a set ol ear valves that help somewtial, but not as effectively as cotton or ear muffs All these are better than nothing at all and should be used when shooting and don t say, "Ihai's 0 K " for aiBSy's, but I’m tough I've never seen a guy vwilh tough ears yet If you don I believe me ask your doctor Remember once the damage is dOiie — ifs forever The cost IS small enough — SfO 00 for Ihe ear muffs, they are Ihe must expensive, at that price if seems a shame to see a lellow out shooing withoul any protection for his or her ears One more point to remember, it is also the loud noise that causes most shooters to flinch, ao you not only protect yojr ears, but improve your shooting scores That alone should be incentive (or most of us PIAIRSKAH 8HETS iti WiVreRN CANADA'« LIAOIMO •Urm.liR OF QWALITV nNCAAM«, TAROCT tOUtfMINT, HLOADIHQ liohtwimmt camnhq ANO ALPIHt aCAK, CQM^LtTI OUNSMITniM HRVICE. ■ RICK KUCHtftAN •    KINKOTKA* •AflTtOUflHt *    HMat nearby New Westminster and Talbot, assistant coach of Deryk Snelling, is confident they’ll return with kitbags full of medals. The Games open Jan. 25. The main problem isn’t the 20-hour time difference between New Zealand and Canada, or the Australian team figured to be the main competition. It’s the change in climate. It’s higher summer in New Zealand and, for athletes coming from a land firmly in winter’s grip, it presents problems But Talbot says these problems can be overcome and he should know. For years the 41-year^ld coached some of Australia’s best swimmers to gold medals in Olympic and other competitions, and points out that the same climate problem is faced by Australians who usually compete in summery Europe and Nortli America during the Australian winter, Talbot, now coaching at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont, said the Australian swimmers are chosen about six months ahead of time, then must swim in time trials every week and in sanctioned meets every second week. Anyone whose performance tags badly can w removed from the team. Six weeks before the event, the members gather for long practice sessions, where they come together as a team. The Canadian team has only been together for three weeks, but Talbot thinks it can still emerge as champion. He said the swimmers are potentially strong in sprint events and in the women’s events. Snelling, a veteran Vancouver coach, has been playing the pMsimist to Talbot's sunny optimism, , The times recorded In the Commonwealth Games trials were the mam source of his unhappiness. TORONTO (CP) - Centre Danny O’Shea is gone but by no means forgotten so far as St. Louis Blues are concerned. The National Hockey League team dropped O’Shea, his brother, Kevin, and Fran Huck from its roster last October. The other two players immediately gained employment elsewhere, Kevin with Phoenix Roadrunners of the Western Hockey League and Huck with Winnipeg Jets of the rival World Hockey Association. But Danny O’Shea, 28, returned to his Beaverton home north of here and is waiting for lawyer Alan Eagleson to straighten out his mixed-up career. And Eagleson, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association as well as chief negotiator for a number of pro hockey athletes, is ready to carry Danny’s case to the NHL and the St. Louis club. The fact that both Kevin O’Shea and Huck were able to find immediate employment after being chopped by the Blues had no bearinK on the subject. “It wasn't quite that simple with Danny,” says Eagleson. "He was given a choice of going to the minors or released outright “He didn’t want to go to the ■ minors ... and we maintain the club had no right to release him until it was certain he was in proper health. Danny was ill and we can prove it. He’s dropped 10-12 pounds because of an ulcer. And we have psychiatric evidence to show he was in a bad mental condition—in no shape to play hockey—because his wife had lost their baby and bccause of his hockey problems, some of which were created by his employer.” At issue is a hockey team's responsibility to help its players with personal difficulties. In the old days, when the six-team NHL held a monopoly on pro hockey stars, a troubled athlete was discarded. Now his wellbeing is also his employer’s concern, “In 1972, ” Eagleson said, “the St. Louis owner called Danny In, signed him to a five-year contract and told him he was one of the key men they were going to-build around. “A little more than a year later, they lose all interest In him. I wrote to the St. Louis club in December, asking that the situation be reviewed,” the lawyer added. “Having received no reply. I’m putting the matter in the hands of NHL president Clarence Campbell.” Mixed play at ’Butte Picture Butte Curling Club will be the scene of action for the 1974 District 2 Seagram Mixed curling playdown this weekend. Action gets under way Saturday morning at 9:30. A total of 11 rinks, seven from Lethbridge, will take part in the affair. The Southern Alberta final is set for Banff Feb. 14-17 while the Alberta final goes at StetUer March 13 and the national final at Winnipeg, March 24-30. In Saturday’s opening draw Lyle Davis of Lethbridge tangles with Bill Kar-bashewski also of the city; Lawrence Lennon of Lethbridge meets Richard Deimuth of Nobleford; and Ron Neher of Picture Butte battles Jack Gorrie of Lethbridge.    ' At noon Saturday Tricky Oikawa of Picture Butte takes on Roy Geland of Lethbridge; Glen Turner of Barons matches shots with Don Tillotson of LeUibridge while Don Chandler of the city faces the winner of the Lennon-Deimuth encounter. shortyardage receiver. As the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Marlin Briscoe and Paul Warfield, Kiick caught 27 passes for 208 yards. The Dolphins can pat the ball in the air with the best of teams. Quarterback Bob Griese threw the ball 218 times this season, completing 116 for 1,422 yards and 17 touchdowns while having only eight intercepted. When Griese goes to the bomb, his usual target is Warfield, a 10-year veteran. Whether Warfield will be play is uncertain because of a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg. He suffered the injury during a workout. “Warfield has an excellent chance on Sunday . . . we’re not concerned about it,” said Miami trainer Larry Gardner. But coach Don Shula obviously is concerned. “We can’t afford to lose a player of that magnitude,” he said. If Warfield is unable to play, Howard Twilley, who usually plays-behind Briscoe, would start. Twilley caught two passes this seastm. Griese was rated l^e No. 2 passer in mè Àmierican Football Conference behind Ken Stabler of Oakland Raiders, whom the Dolphins beat for ihe AFC title—while Tarkenton was No. 2 In the National Football Conference behind Roger Staubach of Dallas Cowboys, whom the Vikings beat for the NFC title. Tarkenton was more of a thrower thai} Griese, connecting on 169 of 274 passes—61.7 per oent—for 2,113 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Tarkenton is a scrambler, throwing opposition pass-rushers and defensive secondaries into a panic by darting around behind the line of scrimmage, then either unloading a timely pass at the last mstant or breaking loose for a big gain and leaving a trail of weary would-be tacklers in his wake. The Vikings spread their running attack around. Behind rookie Chuck Foreman, 801 yards, came Oscar Reed, 401, followed by Ed Marinaro, 302, Dave Osborn 216, Bill Brown, 206, Tarkenton with 202. Tarkenton is more likely to fill the air with passes than Griese. His primary target is wide receiver John Gilliam, who caught 42 passes for 907 yards. But Tarkenton also goes to his backs a lot. Foreman and Marinaro combined for 63 receptions. \orton came out like a winner LOS ANGELES (AP) - The record shows that Ken Norton lost to Muhammed All last Sept. 10, but the ex-marlne bachelor-father really came out a winner. A key to a city, humanitarian honors, a beach house at Malibu, trips to Hawaii and Denmark, about $500,000 in purses for two 1973 fights with All—all are Norton’s. And more—a M^ch 26 title bout against champion George Foreman, probably in Jamaica. Norton, ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association, said the contract has been signed. “Everything’s changed,” said the 29*year-old Norton. “It’s like a lawyer before he gets his' fli^t big case. You need one to break the ice.” Norton, who still feels he beat All in September when he lost a split, 12-round decision, bught in obscurity for six years before upsetting the heavyweight picture by breaking All’s jaw in a split, 12-round victory Mardi 31. “Financially, my life has changed, and as far as fights go, my life has changed,” said Norton. "Now I’m getting offers for fights I want ... lucrative. I can fight anybody. “Jerry Quarry is hollerhig for a fight but prior to Muhammad, I couldn’t fight Quarry. Anyone in the Top 10 before wouldn’t take me. Before All, I was dead as a fighter.” Norton continues to raise his son, Kenneth Jr., 7, whose custody he won after a divorce several years ago. “As yet I haven’t thought about remarrying,” he said. “As yet I don’t have enough security. I do have enough money, though. Uncle Sam took a lot of it but I’ve invested quite a bit of mtmey in real estate.” Kenneth Jr., who has a threewheeler powered by a lawnmower engine, has shared in his father’s ^ccess. Norton said he will “discourage” his son from a boxing career “because there are better ways of making a living,” “I never let him watch me fight. He stays at the hotel with my mother. As old as I am, if my father got hurt, it would affect me.” Norton enjoys his status as a most eligible man. At Malibu, he says road work is a pleasure. “In the summer the beach is full of nice, young ladies. There’s nothing like having 20 women running with you. You can’t beat that. ’They’re all down there trying to keep in shape, too. "And I’ll slow down for the right one.” Will car leasing save you money? We’ve got the straight facts: Phont ROY MCINTOSH at32S-»27l Nowl KinG CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. cornar of 3rd Av*. and 11 th SI. 8. 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