Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
November 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 ANDY CAPP Pat Sullivan Lizzi in an Expo hat? Who would have thought it could happen, Reno Lizzi in a Montreal Expo cap? There he was, front row centre at the Lethbridge Brewery Wednesday evening proudly displaying the red, white and blue cap of the Expos for all to see. It was especially gratifying for Paul Rusznak to see Lizzi in his Expo hat. As Rusznak put it "I want a copy of that picture to send to Peter O'Malley." He was referring of course to O'Malley of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lizzi, for as far back as I can remember, has been the Dodgers' greatest fan in Southern Alberta. His support could probably challenge anyone else's in the country. Lizzi, prior to Wednesday evening, could hardly see past the Dodgers. Now, however, he has been touched by Expo magic, if you will. Mel Didier, Kevin McHale and Van Kelly were in our fine city to announce that the Montreal Expos have seen fit to spon- sor a baseball team in Lethbridge to compete in the Pioneer League this summer. "Let me tell said Lizzi, "I know how first class an operation the Dodgers have. The Expos have one also." Lizzi, who will be the club's president as locals will have a big hand in the success of the Lethbridge Expos, was impressed by Didier and his group. He feels this could be the finest year of baseball in a good many years. With the announcement of the Expos coming to town it brings about the end of the Lethbridge Lakers and this city's participation in the Alberta Major Baseball League. "We enjoyed playing in the AMBL very added Lizzi, "but you can't turn down an opportunity like this. Kelly will manage the team that will consist of players drafted by the parent Expos. The fellows will be 18-21 years of age, in their first year of pro ball. At 28 Kelly feels he can relate to the young men who will come under his tutelage. Kelly, it should be mentioned, played in the majors. He hit a home run the first time at bat as a San Diego Padre. Now he has his sights set on a Pioneer League pennant. Expos, it can be said, have total involvement in the Lethbridge club. With Didier's permission Lizzi released some figures as to just how involved the Expos are. It is expected that the operation of the Expos, the Lethbridge team that is, will be in the neighborhood of Add to this another for a 12 day training camp and you get the idea. This is first class all the way. Expos furnish the manager, Keily and as well will provide the team with coaches. On top of all this players on the Lethbridge club will receive the benefit of the teaching of the parent club's pitching and batting coaches. What they have left up to the locals is management of ex- penses for the players 25 in all according to Kelly. Regarding local involvement for players Kelly says it is hard to tell at the moment to what svrent the Expos will go. The players who will suit up for the Expos will be players drafted and scouted by the parent club. If they are soaking their money into the club they should at least have the final say. What the Expos do plan to do is hold an extensive Western Canada tryout camp here in Lethbridge. Any young man wishing to try out for the club will be welcome. He will have to provide his own expenses, but he will be given every chance possible "Who knows, this time a year or two from now a Letnbridge or Southern Alberta product could be wearing the Expo said Didier Wednesday. "They (the Expos) have assured us that they will work hand in hand with our minor said Lizzi. "They made it very clear that they are very interested in young Canadian ball players. After all the team is technically the Montreal Expos but it could be called the Canadian Expos." In my association with Lizzi only the Dodgers could get his adrenalin flowing. Now he appears to have a new found love. "The Expos have proven to be top notch." he stated. "Their cooperation has been unbelievable." One of Lizzi's biggest baseball thrills was when the Lethbridge Lakers formed the nucleus of Alberta's represen- tatives in the Canadian baseball championships. The fact that four of the players were on Canada's national team was simply icing on the cake. Now, Lizzi and Kelly are looking to stand Ralph Nelles" Pioneer League on it's ear. The Expos have not even taken to the playing field and already they have received a large promise from Mayor Andy Anderson. "Reno." said Mayor Anderson on the subject of making Henderson Park bigger, "we'll expand Henderson Park as the game prospers, that's a promise." W In the course ol a there can be no doubt that Mveral thou- ohooters utilize the excellent Fish and Game range North of the City, both tor target practice and zeroing prior to going hunting. It is probable that only one in a thousand has not observed good safety practices end adhered to range rules. But the one in a thousand was there wenfc ego, and set a dozen beer bottles up for target practice. I am sure that the Lethbridge Fish and Game Association represents hunters better than any other organization in the province, but If the culprits could have been found I am sure the Association would have been just pleased to file Trespass charges as any rancher or farmer In our area. It's hard to believe that in this day and age any marksman does not appreciate that there is a legitimate object to flre at. caned a target, but there must be el least a few. I hope they reed this and think. Late in August Lethbridge outdoorsman Ron Willis travelled to Campbell River, and tied into a 58 pound Spring Salmon, landing this magnificent fish on light tackle after a 50 battle. This is outstanding in its own right being the largest fish taken on tackle at Campbell River year. However, what makes the story even more interesting is that Ron has mounted this fish, and it will be on display at Plainsman this coming week. Drop In and aee what a real Spring Salmon like! One of the more successful big game hunters this season been Doctor Virgil Wright, who has bagged a Black Bear. Elk, and Antelope. Virgil probably deserves tne success he has had, for he plans hunts months in advance and puts in reel effort. FIAINSMAN SPORTS UI Wpslptn Canada s leading sup- M quality largel cquipmenl reloading supplies csmp.rpfj gear com- plete service St. S LETHBRIDGE. ALTA. 32S-M22 KENKOTKAS BOB HOBBS SMEIUKING DON MARINO ART BOURNE RITA BROOKS 'METO DO ABOUND LITTLE JOB DONE OW GARDEN North Star rookie fights, scores winner Canucks upend THE CANADIAN PRESS It seems that rookie Richard Nantais needs a good old-fashioned fight to get him warmed up to scoring goals. The Minnesota North Stars left winger scored his first two National Hockey League goals Thursday night after warming up with a slugging match with Ace Bailey of St. Louis Blues. The result was a 3-2 victory for the North Stars. "I feel like I'm in the game after a said the French-speaking Nantais through interpreter and team- mate J.P. Parise, who scored the other Minnesota goal. "It was the best thrill of my life." In other NHL games Thurs- day, Vancouver Canucks edg- ed Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and Boston Bruins beat California Seals 4-2. Nantais, 20, spent five min- utes in the penalty box after his bout with Bailey late in the second period. Then in the third period, he deflected a shot from rookie team-mate Doug Hicks past St. Louis goalie Eddie Johnston to give the North Stars a 2-1 advantage with left in the game. Four minutes later he scored again for a 3-1 lead. St. Louis tied the game at 1- 1 late in the second period on a power-play goal by Bob Plager. Craig Patrick scored his third goal of the year with left in the game. FORBES GETS TWO At Boston, right winger Dave Forbes scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead the Bruins over Califor- nia. Forbes, a left-handed shooter seems to have im- proved since moving to the right side to replace injured Bobby Schmautz on a line with centre Gregg Sheppard and Johnny Bucyk. "I love it on the right University volleyball The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns volleyball teams, varsity and junior varsity, will be in ac- tion tonight when they host the U of C Brauntosaurs and the Mount Royal College Cougars at the U of L gym- nasium. Four Alberta Major Men's Volleyball League matches will be run off. beginning at p.m. when the U of L var- sity meets U of C. and the Jaycees host Mount Royal. the clubs switch opponents for two more matches beginn- ing at p.m. Forbes said. "I feel more comfortable with the puck. On the left side, I feel I have no place to go after I get over the blue line. There's more room to shoot on the right side." The Canucks won their first game at Philadelphia since joining the NHL in 1970. Chris Oddleifson's goal with less than three minutes re- maining in the game gave the Canucks the win and a 10-point lead over second-place Chicago Black Hawks in Divi- sion 2. First-period power-play goals by Tracy Pratt and Den- nis Ververgaert gave the Canucks an early lead but Flyers twice tied the score before Oddleifson's winning goal. The first period was marred by several fights. Goaltender Christ- er Abrahamsson maj be worth every cent of the multi year contract he signed with New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association last May Abrahamsson, a twin brother of Thommv, a defenceman. who signed 12 LCC off to Spokane, host tourney Nov. 21 The Lethbridge Community College basketball teams, the Kodiettes and the Kodiaks, are tournament bound for the third consecutive weekend. Both squads are heading for Spokane, Washington where they will take part in the Spokane Community College's annual tournament. Looking past the Spokane trip to next weekend. Nov. 29- 30, the Kodiaks find themselves at home for the first time this year, hosting their own tournament, The President's Invitational. The President's In- vitational takes on a shghtly different look this year as the tournament is set up in a round robin manner Northern Montana Coilege from Havre, Mount Royal College from Calgary, a Kodiak Graduate team and the Kodiaks themselves make up the four teams in the tourney. Games wil! get under way Friday at 6'30 and 8 30 p m and Saturday an afternoon session at noon and 2 00 will be followed by the evening windup performance at 6 30 and 8 30 Tickets are priced at dollar for aduils and fifty cents for students Pronghorns on the road The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and their full court press will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Canada West Universi- ty Athletic Association contests in Saskatoon. The Pronghorns. who sport a 1-1 record in Canada West play after a split with UBC last weekend, will be looking for a sweep over the U of S Huskies, who finished tied with the locals for last place in 1973-74. Still, as Pronghorn coach Robin Fry says. "The Huskies have great individual players. and if they can come up with a team effort, they will be tough." Last season, despite their 5- 20 record, Saskatchewan could boast the top two scorers in the league in the persons of guard Dean Paris and center Bob Thompson. Thompson has graduated, and Faris is a doubtful starter due to a dispute with his coach. but the Huskies have plenty of capable substitutes. The U of L women's team will also be in Saskatoon, but they should find the going even rougher The Huskiettes are always nationally ranked, and they tnumped the locals 115-17 in one contest last season Next weekend, the Pronghorns will play their final two Canada West games before the Christmas break when they host the University of Calgary Dinosaurs Friday and Saturday at i.he I" of L gymnasium The Pronghorn hockey team will also be on the road this weekend, as they play a pair of Alberta College Athlptir Conference games in Ed- monton and Camrose The locals are presently 3-5 in league competition, and will tangle with the NAIT Ookpiks Friday night before playing Camrose Lutheran College Saturday. dr.s earlier, is a former re- minder for the Swedish national team Thursday night he was un- bejtable as the Whalers defeated Indianapolis Racers 4-0 It was Abrahamsson s nrst shutout of the season In the only other game the much-maligned Michigan Stags posted their fourth vic- in lb' starts. 2-1. over Phoenix Roadrunners blizzard in Quebec caused pjstponement of the schedul- ed game between Cleveland Crusaders and Quebec Nordi- ques in Quebec City The game has been rescheduled for tonight MINNESOTA 3, ST LOUIS 2 First Period: 1 M'-resota (Stanfiela Hextail) 9 53 Deral! es> Re'd346 Plsnte 8 30 cks Me-nck 1431 15'1 Hess 16 16 Second Period: 2 St R ager 1 (Dlantei 163" Penalves Wilson 1 21 rvartmeai, 5 30 Nantais Taior Bailey najor mnor 24 Third Period: 3 Nar- tais iHici-s Boucha' 1227 4 Nantais 2 'hextahj 15 47 5 S' Lcu.s 3 (Picr-aroso'l 13 05 335 U-iger 10 23 Shots on goal by S' LOJIS r "'0 7 26 t'tnneso'a '1 9 1S Goal Johnston S1 Lovs Minnesota BOSTON 4 CALIFORNIA 2 First period 1 Boston co-bes 4 (Or B'jcy'') 2 48 2 3ostor -lynes 2 1527 Cal 7 40 Smith 3 1 B Cal 14 20 S'ms B 19 "0 Second period 3 Bostor "ernes 5 Vsona'S' Ma-cotte 5 '.Vi" sns Ca ,-ajorsj 602 Third period 4 Ca 'c-n a Patev 3 (HariDtori 35 Bostor Espcs'-o '7 -iodge' 6 Ca ,fo'n d 9 [Moxe> VacAaani 1SOO es Vad- nais B 1 30. price Cai 04 SITIS B 10 52 Patey Cal 15 53 Shots on goal by Cahfon.a 13 7-----27 Boston -3 7 "-----33 VANCOUVER 4 PHILADELPHIA 3 First Period: 1 VervergaeT 7 27 2 Prat' 2 (DeWa'cc 1643 Vancou1 e"