Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday. March 11. 1974 LAS VEGAS EXCURSIONS Priori from Including return from nlflhti accommodation, piw many extras. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL________________PHONE 321-3201 The Herald Sports LCI Clipper Queens fought all the way Voyageurs Alberta 6A' girls' champs By LLOYD VAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer In competitive sports there always has to be a winner and a loser, but such was not the case in the 1974 Alberta high school "A" girls' basketball championship final Saturday night. In this particular instance, the two participating teams, Edmonton M.E. LaZerte Voyageurs and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Clipper Queens, could both consider themselves to be winners in their own right as they put on quite a show for some 350 on- lookers at the LCI gym. The Voyageurs can declare themselves the official winners after scoring a narrow 44-40 decision over their hosts in the annual provincial gals' classic final, while the Clipper Queens could say they top were winners in that they did not go Kodiaks capture 4-West crown WINNIPEG (Special) Teams from Alberta and British Columbia dominated play at the 4-West Athletic Conference championships on the weekend, winning five and four categories respectively. The Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks helped the Alberta contingent in the annual as they carted away the men's basketball championship title. The Kodiaks didn't have an easy time in winning the title though as they edged the Vancouver City College 69-68 in a breath-taking final. Gary Williams led the Kodiaks' attack with 22 points while teammate Greg Hess chipped in with 17. Jan Bohn and Al Coutts managed 13 points apiece for Vancouver, who led 38-35 at the half. Williams. Hess and Jerry Shockey of the Kodiaks along with Coutts and Ken Bowman of Vancouver were selected to the all-star squad for their outstanding play. Manitoba captured the consolation final in the two- day event by whipping Saskatchewan 88-47 Meanwhile strongest showing was in badminton, sweeping the men's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles, while B.C. took the women's singles and doubles competition. Phil Murray of the LCC captured the 4-West men's singles badminton title with a 6-0 record while Ken Kosak and Byron Gray from the Northern Alberta. Institute of Technology- won the doubles and Chris Blendenning and Frances Tay of Camrose Junior College won the mixed doubles events. The LCC was also represented in the provincial wrestling championships staged at N.A.I.T. over the weekend. The Lethbridge athletes fared well in the Alberta finals open to all wrestlers in the province as they picked up a gold and silver medal. Bruce Stremel earned a gold in the junior open class while Marvin Lee walked away with a silver medal in. the 136-lb. and under class. The two Lethbridge wrestlers will now join the Alberta team for the Canadian championships to be staged in Regina next weekend. Minor hockey The Canucks scored and easy 6-2 victory over the Sabres in a Pee Wee match over the weekend. Paul Gray, David Dragland. Lonnie Kucheran, David Karbashewski, Ron Gore- Hickman and Robert Brown tallied single markers for the Canucks while Norman Schwartz and Ron Terakita replied for the Sabres. Neil Pomahac chalked up his seventh shutout of the season leading the Flames to a 3-0 win over the Flyers. Marlowe Gurski, Greg Skretting arid Robert Stewart tallied singles for the winners. The Blues and Totems batt- led to a 2-2 draw in another Pee Wee match. John Csurka and Bradley Smith scored for the Totems while Keith Warren and Dave Araki handled the scoring for the Blues. Randy Provick and Michael Coghlin fired in two goals each and led the Blades to a 6- 2 decision over the Cougars. Art Piechowiz and Mike Heerze shared the scoring for the Cougars. The Monarchs rifled in seven straight goals and went on to whip the Nuggets 8-2 in a Bantam B match. Morris Manyfingers paced the Monarchs with three goals while Calvin Boettcher added a pair. Len Young and Darrell Streliev replied for the Nuggets. Blake Tillotson and Bob Thomson scored two goals each and led the Bruins to an easy 7-2 victory over the Eagles hi a Bantam B game Mark Reid, Danny Orich and Stewart Thompson chipped in with singles while Doug Hanna replied twice for the Eagles. CASH FOR YOUR CAR Dunlop Ford will pay you cash for your car if it is ono of the select units wo require immediately CONTACTTHE USED CAR BUYER NOW AT DUNLQ FORD down without a fight. The Clipper Queens, who are probably still suffering from the agony of defeat, should not be ashamed of losing the breath-taking final as they maintained their school's reputation for not being quitters. The powerful Voyageurs are worthy champions, but with a few breaks, the same could have been said about the Clipper Queens. The Voyageurs were indeed a strong ball club as they picked up three straight victories, going undefeated throughout the two-day modified double-knockout tourney which featured Alberta's top eight girls' hoop teams. They opened their successful bid for the provincial title by scoring an easy 57-37 win over the Stettler Cubs Friday night and continued Saturday by defeating Calgary E. P. Scarlett 49-43 in the semi-final round and the Clipper Queens in the final. The championship final was a classic in itself as both clubs came up with an excellent defensive game for the most part. The Clipper Queens were the better of the two in the Lilja drives for two Les Lilja, of the host LCI Clipper Queens, drives for two points Saturday night in the final game of the Alberta "A" Girls' championship tourney. Lilja and her mates lost to M.E. LaZdrte of Edmonton in the final- first half as they held the Voyageurs to seven points in the first quarter and 10 points in the second while managing to mount a nine-point attack in the first eight minutes and 14 in the second. During the 16-minute span, the Voyageurs were guarded so closely that they were forced into taking some 23 off- balanced shots of which only four landed in the bucket. On the other hand, the locals played the waiting game by setting up a patterned attack which paid off with eight field goals in 15 attempts. It seemed as though the locals were well on their way to a sixth provincial title as they carried the 23-17 margin into the second half, but it wasn't to be as disaster struck the former champions. The locals, who were assessed 16 fouls in the first half, suffered a severe blow at the mark of the third quarter when their steady forward, Les Lilja, was sent to the showers via the foul route. With Lilja out of the lineup, the Voyageurs came alive and jumped to a 37-34 lead by the end of the quarter. The Voyageurs carried their momentum into the final quarter of play, but the Queens wouldn't lie down and die. At the mark of the final eight minutes, the Queens came back within a point (39- 38) of catching the Voyageurs. But once again the foul route hurt the locals as they lost Davlyn Last at the mark and sharp-shooter Connie Frouws at the mark. This more-or-less broke the Queens' back and the Voyageurs just played a stall game to eat up the time after hitting on a field goal and three foul shots to that of the Queens' single bucket. Sherry Stevenson was the big gun for the Voyageurs with a 12-point outing while teammates Jean, Litvin and Karen Draper added eight apiece. Connie Frouws was outstanding, hooping 17 points for the locals while Last and Cindy Cann chipped in with six each. Meanwhile two other clubs didn't go home empty-handed from the provincial finals. Calgary Western Canada Redman captured the third place finalist trophy by defeating Calgary E.P. Scar- lett 36-31 while Stettler Cubs earned the consolation final by dropping Grande Prairie Totems 42-27. In other games staged Sat- urday. LCI dumped Western Canada 46-36. Stettler edged Medicine Hat 42-38 and Grande Prairie eliminated Edmonton St. Francis 46-40. HOOPS SHOTS Fouls played an important role in the final outcome of the game. Voyageurs went to the line 18 times making 12 points while the Queens were handed 10 attempts for eight points. Most of the free throws were awarded on the bonus rule. Frouws, Lilja. Cann and Al- lert played strong games for the locals. Queens' coach and tourney chairman. Irene Kana. spent a lot of time or- ganizing the tourney which proved to be a first class job. Other coaches complimented her for such a well-organized event. Hats off to Jerry Pok- arney. LCI band director, for supplying halftime and game- break music during the week- end. Last time around for Hec Gervais? LONDON, Ont.