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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, November 13, i HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Graham Kelly on football Jauch knows No. 23's ability LAURENEDLUND CURT WOL3EY TOM GRUNINGER Height is major worry for Fry in frontcourt By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer An extra inch or two of height is seldom a disadvan- tage in the game of basket- ball, but if you play for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. it is better to stand 6'1" than to be six- three. At coach Robin Fry will probably use you As a guard and you will go one-on- one with opponents whom you can look in the eye. But a little extra height gives Fry the opportunity to stick you at forward or center, and that means you will be looking up at the op- position all year. This is the plight of Lauren Edlund, Curt Wolsey. Roger Baldry, Tom Gruninger. Richard Chabot and Mike Day, a talented group of athletes who make up the Pronghorn frontcourt this year. They average only in height, and will un- fortunately be outsized vir- tually every time they step on the court. The UBC Thunderbirds. who will be in Lethbridge to open the Canada West Univer- sity Athletic Association season against the locals Fri- day and Saturday, typify a six- team league which has been getting more big players every year. The T-Birds are led this season by 6'11" center Mike McKay, and can also call on a newcomer who stands six eight. Edlund. the tallest Pronghorn at six-five, will have the questionable privilege of covering McKay this weekend, but Fry is confi- dent Lauren can handle the task. The Bow Island native is in his third year with the Pronghorns and appears ready to step into a starting role after two years as a back- up. "He's really done a job for us on the boards in the exhibi- tion games." says the coach. Another man that Fry will rely on to get the rebound and We have a complete line of APPROVED HOCKEY and FIGURE SKATES NYLON SUPREME JUNIOR SUPREME SPECIAL PRO SLACK PANTHER GOAL SKATES PL us We take trade-in skates on new skates. PLUS we have a SKATE EXCHANGE on used skates. LETHBRIDGE HONDA CENTRE 1117 2nd Ave.S. Phone 327-8889 start the fast break is Wolsey. who comes to the U of L after starring for the LCC Kodiaks two years ago. Wolsey's soft shooting touch has been responsible for 20 points a game in the exhibi- tion season, and his out- standing leaping ability has been invaluable on the boards. "He's simply a great in- dividual says Fry. "But what most people don't realize is that he's a team man as well." Wolsey was a two-time All- Star in the college league, and if his play thus far is any in- dication, he should receive similar honors with the Pronghorns. Baldry enters his third year with the team this season, and an off-season knee operation seems not to have affected his play. The LCI product averaged 7.4 points per game last year, excelling at coming off the bench on many oc- casions. Even more valuable was the inspirational leadership he provided, a role Fry is hoping he will assume again. Fry calls Gruninger a streak shooter, but the 17- year-old rookie's major asset is his strength on the boards. He tips the scales at 185 pounds, and that makes the youngster from Edmonton pretty tough to push around. Chabot and Day are both first-year Pronghorns and rank at the top of Fry's list in terms of hustle. Chabot hails from Gravellburg. Saskatchewan while Day comes to the Pronghorns after playing with LCI last year. "The spirit these guys show really typifies the whole team." Fry says. "Everybody knows and accepts the role they play, and there seems to be no envy or jealousy at all." he adds. "That is pretty rare in athletics." The Pronghorns will need a real team effort this year to do well against bigger Canada West clubs. Fry's full-court press will be only as good as its weakest link. "But." he says, "if we can keep it working like it has been, those six-eight kids won't have a chance to hurt us." WCHL summaries SASKATOON 10 REGINA 4 First Period: 1. Saskatoon. Federko (Hoffmeyer) 2. Saskatoon. D. Chapman (Peters. R. Chapman) 3. Regina. Tudor (Minor. Faulkner) 4. Regina. Tudo (Minor. Faulkner) 6. Saskatoon. Arndt (Federko. Williams) Penalties Federko S Williams S Ing R D. Chapman S. Grauer R Burdon R Faulkner R Second Period: 6. Saskatoon. Hawryliw (Smith. Federko) 7. Garvey chosen as MVP LOS ANGELES (CP) "This could not have come about if it weren't for the other 24 players on our said Steve Garvey, the Los Angeles Dodgers' first baseman named Tuesday as Most Valuable Player in the National League. "It is also the culmination of Walter Alston's confidence in me." added Garvey. who was a third-base candidate un- til 1973 when he was switched to first base, his position in the pennant year of 1974. "I hope this will give me an opportunity not only to promote myself but also Los Angeles Dodgers and the en- tire game of baseball." said the Michigan State alumnus. Garvey said he hoped to im- prove as a first baseman next year, explaining. "I'll not be satisfied with what I did this year." "We'll be a stronger club next year." he said, "our ob- jective must be to win the world's championship." The Dodgers lost to Oakland A's four games to one in this vear's World Series. Saskatoon. Arndt (Leggott. R. Chap- man) 8. Saskatoon. Hawryliw (Federko. R. Valade) 9. Saskatoon. B. Chapman (Federko. Leggott) 10. Saskatoon. B. Chapman (Arndt. Williams) Penalties Dumba R Hoffmeyer S Third Period: 11. Regina. Ham- mond (G. Joly. Dumba) 12. Regina. Faulkner (Minor) 13. Saskatoon. Federko (Baron. R. Chap- man) 14. Saskatoon. Federko (D. Chapman. R. Chapman) Penalties Goertz S Goertz S. Dumba R. (majors) D. Chapman S Minor R G. Joly R Harazny R Goertz (minor, Dumba R (major) Shot! on goal by: Saskatoon 11 17 Regina 9 10 Goaltenders Oleschuk, Saskatoon; Staniowski. Pidlasky. Regina. Attendance 1.128. WINNIPEG 9 CALGARY 5 Firrt Period: 1. Winnipeg. Wagner (Blumenschein. Greenbank) 2. Calgary. Neeld (Ashby. Hodgson) 3. Winnipeg. Greenbank (Blumenschein. Wagner) 4. Calgary. Lestander Penalties Lash W. Alstad C. (majors) Rollins W Baumgartner W BaMingall W. McLean C. (ma- jors) LaLonde C Second Period: 5. Winnipeg. Skinner (Girardin. Meagher) 6. Calgary. Lestagder (Ashby. Miller) 7. Calgary. Ashby (Neeld. LaLonde) Winnipeg. Wagner (Girardin) 9. Winnipeg. Lash (Skinner. Meagher) Penalties Neeld C Third Period: 10. Winnipeg. Lash (Skinner) Winnipeg. Wagner (GreenbanK. Blumenshein) 12. Calgary. Ashby (Hodgson. Hendrick) 13. Winnipeg, Greenbank 14 Winnipeg. Lash Penalties Lash W, Hodgson C. (Double minors) Priestly W (served by Brydges) on goal by Winnipeg 10 16 Calgary 10 9 Goal Bannerman. Priestly. Win- nipeg. Hendrick. Ca'gary. Attendance 3.132. Midget Elks meet Taber at The Lethbridge Midget Elks will be go- ing against the Taber Midgets in an exhibition hockey game tonight at 8.30 at the Civic Ice Centre. Elks have a two won. two loss record thus far in exhibition play and one of the club's they've lost to has been the Taber squad. lycthbridge will be go- ing all out to even their exhibition series with Taber and the game has the makings of a good one. RICHARD CHABOT MIKE DAY When I talked to Edmonton head coach Ray Jauch in July, he had an interesting comment to make about the climax of the 1974 season. "Sure I think we have an outstanding football team. But you know we could sail through the regular season, finishing first fairly easily, and then run into that No. 23 on a cold day in November and it's game over." That is exactly what could happen this Sunday when Jauch's Eskimos clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the right to represent the West in the Grey Cup classic on Nov. 24th. Saskatchewan is looking very, very good. They've won four straight games, three of them against the B.C. Lions who wound up the season with five straight losses. The Roughriders are reasonably healthy, they have momentum, they have con- fidence. They get that confidence from the best money quarter- back in the league, Lancaster, plus the best fullback in the league, George Reed. They have an excellent corps of receivers in Rhett Dawson, Bob Pierce (another pressure and Tom Campana. Allie Ford and Bobby Thompson can also catch the football. They have the most potent attack in the West at this particular moment. The Riders have managed to put it all together at just the right time of the year. The key to victory in play off football is defence. Saskatchewan has an excellent offence, as does Edmonton. Both Lancaster and Wilkinson are tough play off performers. Both are great leaders. Roy Bell, if 100 percent healthy is a good ground game for the Eskimos. No one catches the ball better than George McGowan. The offensive lines are about even. So Sunday's game will be decided on the basis of defence. George Wells is the best defensive end in the league. Mike Dirks provides a strong rush. Because of these two, the defen- sive lines are about equal. The Saskatchewan linebacking crew of Wysocki, Manchuk and either Collins or Smear is better as a unit than Edmonton's linebackers. Saskatchewan should have a very slight edge in the defensive backfield. If the Roughriders can stop the Edmonton ground game which has been very good lately, they will win. That is because the Eskimos depend a great deal on play action stuff which only works if the ground game works. To counteract this Saskatchewan strategy, Wilkinson will have to throw more on first downs. Watch for him to do so. Also watch for Lancaster to go to the passing game much earlier this time than is usually the case. Up until now, I have favored the Eskimos as the best team in the West. With the game in Edmonton, they must be given a slight edge. However, I am impressed with Saskatchewan's re- cent performances. Consequently, I have to pick Saskatchewan to win by less than five points on Sunday. Two weeks ago, I ran a column on Ed McQuarters which stated that the Saskatchewan Roughriders had the lowest payroll in the CFL and that the Riders were a cheap organiza- tion lacking in class. Although I pointed out that the unparallel- ed success of the Wheat Province football team was due to good coaching and shrewd management. Saskatchewan Genera Manager Ken Preston was understandably and justifiably upse about several aspects of the story. In fairness to Mr. Preston, and with my apologies. I now present his comments and arguments made to me through two telephone conversations and a letter of information. The Rider GM says, "Contrary to your statement that the Roughriders have the lowest payroll in the CFL. I wish to state that the total figures as provided from the final 32 man roster from contracts registered with the League Office show that Saskatchewan salaries over the past five years have been above the league average. This is particularly significant in that we have not competed with the NFL for sup'er stars in the last few years which certainly raises the average of clubs like Montreal and Toronto." In reference to my statement that the Roughriders treat their players in a cheap and callous manner, Mr. Preston has this to say: For every year si nee I have been general manager, the Roughriders have paid injured players full playoff and Grey Cup bonuses though the contracts excluded such payments to in- jured players prior to the 1974 agreement with the Players' Association. There were other clubs in the CFL better financed than the Roughriders who did not follow this policy. Many other demands that the players made of the league in the 1974 negotiations were for standardization of policies already prac- ticed by the Roughrider club in dealing with In commenting on player reaction to Roughrider treatment. Mr. Preston reports, "Players coming to the Roughriders from other clubs express the opinion that they have never been with a team where the team spirit and overall attitude of the coaches and players was better than the Roughriders. However, no situation is perfect and where there is an employer employee relationship you will always find at least a small percentage of malcontents who are never satisfied and looking for something to criticize. A discriminating and respon- sible reporter should do sufficient checking to know when he is passing on the views of a few dissenters or the general attitude of the team as a whole." Regarding the treatment of Ed McQuarters, the Rider general manager assures me that neither he nor John Payne begged him to play. They told Ed that they would like to see him play again if he still had the desire and worked to prepare himself for the season. According to Mr. Preston. McQuarters did not prepare himself for the season by working out. This was significant in view of the fact that he had a knee operation in each of 1973 and 1972 and needed a lot of extra work to get in proper condition. Mr. Preston states. "With his eye injury and during the years when he had his knees hurt, we paid him approximately over what his contract called for in playoff bonuses and for the period when he only played half the season because of his eye injury which had nothing to do with football." COMPLETE STOCK OP SUITS RBg.'95 to J200 SALE SPORTCOATS Reg. 59.95 tos 135 SALE COATS OVERCOATS, TOP COATS (tag.'SO lo M 30 SALE 321 5th Street South ens wetvt LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA master charge Open Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m CHARCiKX ;