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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 1, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERA 1.0 IX Cougars, Rams led the early going, but who knows? Flip a coin if you're looking for a winner By LLOYD YAMACilSIII Herald Sports Writer Four southern Alberta "A" boys' high school basketball teams are presently prepar- ing themselves mentally and physically lor the southwest zone. The three-day playoff series will start this evening. and conclude Saturday night at the University of Lcthbridge gymnasium. The top two teams in the double-knockout event will, advance to the provincial "A" boys' championship finals which will be staged at the Lethbridge Collegiate Insti- tute March 16-17. Teams participating In the southwest zone finals will in- clude the Catholic Central Cougars, LCI Rams, Magrath Zeniths and the Raymond Comets. The Rams and Zeniths will officially open the three-day I want you here Dean Dahl, coach of the Calholic Central Cougars, goes through a quick briefing Wednesday with his club. Dahl's Cougars begin, what he hopes will be another trip to the Alberta final, this evening. Cougars are the defending Alberta high school basketball champions. tourney at and will be followed by the Cougars and Cornels, who hit the floor at eight o'clock. The losers of the opening night will then meet for a p.m. lilt Friday while the win- ners tangle at eight. The winners of the eight o'clock game Friday night will earn themselves a berth in the provincial finals while the losers will get another crack Saturday. They'll take on the winners of Friday's tilt for the second spot in the provincial finals. Tliis game is set for 8 p.m. SsUirrlpy night. Meanwhile according to final league standings and overall season play, no one team can be considered as the tourney favorites. CCHS Cougars and LCI Hams finished their 1972-73 league schedule with 8-2 rec- irds for a first place tie while the Zeniths followed In second with seven wins and three losses and the Comet in third sporting a 5-5 record. The tourney playoffs shouldn't he much different In terms of the final standings, in that, the final results will be close. During the season, the Cougars and Rams ex- changed victories in 'two meetings, the Comets defeat- ed the Cougars once and the Zeniths upended the Rams once. This goes to show you that DO one team is really over- powering and all teams will liave to be well prepared for the tough competition ahead. Hams' coach, Jim While- law, is taking his chargers through rigorous workouts in pi-eparallion for their playoff bid. The Rams, who haven't been In the provincial finals since 1970, will rely heavily on Kelly Strong and Joey Shacklcford for their offence and Ron Shemanchuk on de- fence. RAMS 18-8 During the season, the Rams sported a 19-8 record which includes league, tourna- ment and exhibition games. The defending provincial "A" boys' champion CCHS Cougars sport a 14-12 record coming into the tourney and could have their hands full. Last year the Cougars cap- tured the league pennant with 10-0 record but seemed to have lost a little zip in their attack this season. Coach Dean Dahl, is count- ing on veterans Peter Siko.ra, Randy Royer and Andy Beau- din to take them to the pro- vincial finals once again. The Magrath Zeniths have come a long way since their inception five years ago. Veterans John Balderson, Rick Ponomor and Tim Rol- lingson have brought the Ze- niths right up to the top in southern Alberta basketball circles and could provide the power to win a playoff berlh. The Raymond Comets will be the dark-horse of the three- day event and will be led by high scoring Walter Zobell and The Comets hava the ma- terial to defeat any one of the other entries and should be be lough to beat. Meanwhile nine southern Alberta high scliool learns are currently preparing them- selves for the south west zone girls' provincial "B" basket- ball palyoff finals which will get under way in Picture Bulte tonight. The three-day single-knock- out event will feature teams from Picture Butte, Coaldalo, Plnciier Creek. Vauxhall, Taber, Fort Mac'eod and Claresholm along with two squads from Lethbridge. Lethbridge Catholic Central Kittens and Claresholm will officially open the playoff tourney this evening wilh the winners advancing U> face Ihe Fort Macleod Mcleors at 4 p.m. in Friday's draw. The losers will be elimin- ated from further action. In other games Friday, Coaldale meets Picture Bulie at p.m., Lethbridge Win- ston Churchill Griffins take on Pincher Creek at 7 p.m. and Vauxhall tangles with Taber at p.m. The semi-final matclies are set for one o'clock and at two Saturday afternoon while the third place final is set for p.m. The championship final will have an 8 p.m. starting time. Red Wings edge scrappy Flyers Sabres being pressed again By THE CANADIAN PRESS If Buffalo Sabres need any more incentive to work harder for their first National Hockey League playoff berth, they need only look as far as Detroit where the belligerent Red Wings are beginning to deal harshly with their opponents. The Wings took on the scrappy Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night, and after three brawls, emerged with a 6-5 vic- tory that put them back within two points of the fourth-place Sabres in the East Division. The Sabres were idle while, in other games, Montreal Cana- dians defeated Los Angeles Kings 5-2, Toronto Maple Leafs whipped Vancouver Canucks 7- 2, Minnesota North Stars de- feated California Golden Seals A right hand did it as Lopez drops fight INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Welterweight champion Jose Napolcs of Mexico City lifted challenger Ernie (Indian Red) nearly a foot off the can- vas to knock him out in the seventh round of thsir title fight at the Forum Wednesday night. Suffering two cuts early in the fight and bleeding from a slash alongside his right eye, Napoles put Lopez down for the Boys' and Girls' SKATE EXCHANGE SHARPENED SHINED NEW LACES SANITIZED PAIR v APPROX......1 Attention Hockey Clubs! Going into Playoffs We have just received a shipment of KOHO and SHERWOOD HOCKEY STICKS BERT MAC'S CYCIE LTD. 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3221 ClOSED MONDAY Open Thun. Fri. Til! 9 p.m. "Serving South Alberla for over 30 years." full count and more to after one minute 38 seconds of the seventh. The champion was so worried he cradled Lopez' head in his arms while doctors revived the challenger. The 32-year-old Napoles, de- spile a cut over the bridge of his nose suffered in the second round and another lo the right of his right eye in the third, was in command. The knockout blow was a crisp right hand which lifted Lopez and put him down. Teams split two Taber W. R. Myers and Pic- lure Butle High School split a nair of games in Southwest Boys' Basketball League action Wednesday evening. In the opening game Picture Butte won a Junior Varsity en- counter 5W3. However, in the s e c o nd gams Robin Hansen rattled the backboards for 23 points as the W. R. Myers Trotters got past Picture Butte Sugar Kings 03- 69. Kendon TJeiinelt chipped hi 11 points for the winners. Ron Neibor paced tlie Sugar Kings wilh 1C points while brother Larry and Brian Koe- ncn added 10 points each. Both Napoles of Mexico City and Lopez of Los Angeles weighed for tliis title bou with Napoles the 2-1 favorite. Lopez bothered Napoles witt a jabbing attack and con'in ually worked on the cuts during the rounds. The end came with lightnini suddenness. Although Napole wras ahead, there had been n knockdowns and neither fighte had been staggered until th or.e, explosive punch th'a brought an end as about watched the action. The early rounds were clos and referee Dick Young sai both cuts on the champion' face were caused by punches. The Wednesday night los dropped Lopez' record lo 47-3-1 ACTION QUICK IN Sill In the fifth round, Napoles ap- peared lo surge to Uie attach v.ilh right hands to the liea. and in the fastest action of th fight, the two traded rights an le.'ts to the head in midrin with Napoles' eye blcedin freely. As the round Napoles landed a right 'and t he a left to the head before con necting with the smashing rigl hand tiiat put the challenge down. There was no need o Young making a count over th 27-year-old top-rated challenger. 3, Pittsburgh Penguins beat t. Louis Blues 4-2. and New 'ork Rangers earned a 3-3 tie vilh Chicago Black Hawks. Marcel Dionne and Mickey Redmond each scored twice to ead the Red Wings in extend- ng their home ice unbeaten tring to six wins and a tie. Redmond got his 38th and !9lh goals of the season while D'onne counted his 35th and IClh. TWO HOURS IN PENALTIES The third-period brawls put .he game's total penalties at 129 minutes, 68 to the Hed Wings. Save Schultz of the Flyers and Larry Johnston of Detroit squared off in one fist fight, with each taking minor, major and misconduct penalties. Detroit's Henry Boucha anil Flyer Rick MacLeish staged an- olher bat lie with each gettiflj majors and misconducts ant Boucha going off with a game misconduct, Thommie Bergman of thi Wings took on centre Bobby Clarke of Philadelplu'a in tin third battle. At Montreal, the Canadians increased their East Division lead to eight points over th second-place Rangers, with Jac ques Lemaire scoring his 36ti season goal and Yvan Courno yer getting his 34th. Lemaire also collected assist in Cournoyer's goal and an other by Chuck Lefley. The Rangers needed Pet Stemkowski's glal midway i the third period at New York t earn the tie with Chicago whicl was playing the second game o a road trip. Jean Ratelle's 35th seaso goal for the Rangers had tie the score at 2-2 midway in th second period before 'Pa Stapleton put Chicago back i front Pittsburgh pulled to withir one point of the fourth-piac Blues in the West Division play off scramble. Two goals by Jean Pronovos find the netminding of JF Rutherford led the Penguins Rutherford stopped 33 shots i the game, including 19 in th third period. Minnesota drew within three points of second place Phila- delphia with the win over Cali- fornia, led by two goals from Jude Drouin. The North Slars took a 3-1 lead early in the second period and avowed Cal'fcrriia to catch up before scoring four more soals while pelting Seals goalie I Wayne Meloche with 43 shots. At Toronto, the Leafs spotted ancouver a one-goal lead be- ore startjng on an unusual coring spree, led by two-goal erformarices from centre Dar- yl Sittler and Dave Keon. The win, their second in a row, put the sixth-place Leafs 0 points ahead of seventh-place Vancouver in the East Division. In To'night's games, St. Louis risits Boston Bruins, Buffalo meets the Flames in Atlana and Los. Angeles is at Philadelphia. Meanwhile Duke Harris fired his 28th goal of the season with :48 gorle in cvertiirie Wednes day night, giving Houston Aeros a 3-2 World Hockey As- sociation victory over Alberta Oilers. The victory was Houston's fourth in a row and Alberta's sixth straight loss. Alberta was unable to keep pace with the p r e s s ing Aeros despite a solid job by the Oil- ers' goalie Jack Norris. Norris stopped 35 shots until crashing into the post on a Houston at- tack late in the third period. Ted Taylor got a goal before Harris' game winner, his sec- ond goal of the night and his 27th of the year. Taylor also had Houston's first goal, a rebound that got by Norris al of the second period. Rusty Patenaude tallied the first goal for Alberta, giving the Oilers the lead with jus over two minutes left in the first period. Summaries TORONTO 7 VANCOUVER 1 1 First Period 1. Vancouver, 3 (Kurtenbach, BoudrlasJ 2. To- ronto, smier 21 B (Weir, McAneeley 6. California, Weir U (Leac La framboise) 7. Mlnnesot Grant 24 (Drouln, Harvey) Minnesola, Nanne 12 [Parlse, Hextal Penalties Mo Johnston Oliver, Period 9. Minnesota, Gol swarthy 22 (Hexlall, Parlse) T Minnesola, DrouFn 20 (Harvey, Gran Penalties Stewart doub minor, HexlaU Parise shois on goa] by California I 10 Minnesota 14 10 DETROIT I, PHILADELPHIA 3 First Period 1. Philadelphia, Ba ber 24 (Bladon, Hell) 2. Phil delphls, Flett 34 3. Detro Stackhouse 5 (Detvecchlo) Pe Opak Second Detroit, DFonni (Ecclestcnet S. Octroi I, R mood 38 (Charron, StacXhoose) 6. Philadelphia, Barber 25