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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, November 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Coaching daughters at U of L Jack Lilja fulfills prophecy By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Jack Lilja, head coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns basketball team, female variety, is fulfilling a long standing prophecy. Throughout his long and illustrious playing career in Lethbridge basketball circles, it was prophesided many times that Lilja would be the coach of a girls team with his own daughters forming the whole team. The Lilja's, Bev and Jack, stopped one short of a full girl's team however when John Walton Lilja appeared, putting an end to a string of four straight daughters. Not to be deterred by the presence of one brother, the Liljas still make up a goodly portion of the U of L team, with father Jack as coach, and two of the four Lilja girls, Lori and Les, playing. "The girls made basketball their own the proud father coach stated. "The only time Bev and I offered an opinion was when we were asked. They always knew 1 had a basketball in my hand of course, and basket- ball has always been a part of our household, but we've never tried to steer any of the girls, or John, into any sport." The entire Lilja family includes Beverly and Jack, thi'ir four girls, Lynette Lon, 14, Leslie Lynn, 18, Lorell Lt j, 19, Lanell Lou, 21 and John Walton, 11. Lanell, now Mrs. W. Chesko, recently presented her proud parents with their first grandson, seven month old Jason. When Bev Walton and Jack Lilja, a young basketball player from San Francisco, were married in 1951, five children, grandfather hood and coaching a girl's basket- ball team were the farthest thing from Jack's mind. Besides his new bride he had only one thing on his mind basketball. He joined the Lethbridge Green Acres basketball team in 1950 after being introduced to this area while playing ball with the touring California Mohawks in 1948- 49. Lilja spent the next two years in the U.S. army, returning to Canada to play with the Edmonton Townhallers when his two year hitch was up. After one year at Edmonton the Lilja's returned to Southern Alber- ta. That was the beginning of Jack's long and successful association with the. Southern Alberta Chinooks (later becoming the Broder In 1959, playing with men like Bob Bradley, Glen En- nis. Art Kruger. Tom Karren, Wes Rice, Don Doram. the West boys and many more, Lilja played on his first of three Canadian championship basketball teams. "That was a big year for he said. "That was the year I took out my Canadian citizenship and looking back it was my most enjoyable year of ball. That team was all Southern Alberta boys and it was the team I enjoyed play- ing with the most." "Off that team came two of the best basketball players around. Tom Karren has always been my choice as the best basketballer Canadian ball ever produced, and Al West, if he'd have followed Tommy to BYU and picked up that college experience, could have made it in the pros down south." By the time Lilja's playing days were over he had played with three Canadian championship teams, as well as an uncountable number of league and provincial cham- pions. All Star honors and other sports awards were the norm for this hustling five foot 10 inch guard. In 1955 he won the Charlie Cheesman award as the most valuable player in the Southern Alberta League; in 1959 he was named the athlete of the year by the Lethbridge Kinsmen club; and over the years he's been selected to All Star teams at tournaments from Lewiston, Montana, and Lethbridge to world class com- petition in the Phillipine Islands. Lilja starred with many teams that have carried Canada's colors into world competition. He played with the Canadian squad at the Pan Am Games in Sao Paulo. Brazil; at the world Games in Rio de Janerio in 1963 the following year; a Phillipine Invitational Tournament the same year; and in competitions and tournaments throughout Canada and the United States, including such prestigious tourneys as the Stardust Invitational at Las Vegas. "Of all the accomplishments over my career, the op- portunity to play ball for my country, as an individual and a team member, was by far the highlight. It is, or at least it should be, every athletes dream to represent his country in international competition." Lilja has played with, and against, many of the world's top basketball players over his career. Men like Bill Russell and K. C. Jones in high school or Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Willis Reed in world com- petitions, to name a few. "Bill Russell is by far the best ball player that has ever the well travelled guard stated. "I'd pick Walt Frazier as the best of the active players though." The Lilja girls, and son John, have inherited much of their father's ability. Both Lori and Les were members of the LCI Clipper Queens when they won provincial high school titles and Lynette plays for the Gilbert Paterson basketball team. Grade fiver. John, besides being involved in golf, soccer and baseball, shows a preference for basketball and plays in the Saturday morning city recreation league. Lori and Les have attended former NBA basketballer Jim King's sports camp and were selected as the most in- spirational girls at the camp. Pronghorn teammates Sandra Knight and Kathy Bardgett also accompanied the Lilja girls on their trip last summer to Oklahoma. The children, and mother Bev with her golf and curl- ing trophies, already have amassed more trophies than their father accumulated over his career but they're uneven odds at six to one. Jack has encountered few, if any, problems coaching his daughters. "When they're home they are my girls, but on the court they are simply members of the team. I've had no problem, from them or the other girls, over the fact they are my daughters." Positive thinking and fundamentals are what Jack tries to instil in his girls as a coach. "'If you think like a winner, you'll be a he says. The Lilja girls and Jack Jr. also get guidance in their sporting activities from the grandfather, Al Walton, a former golf pro at the Lethbridge Henderson Lake course some years back. The Lilja children have been extremely fortunate throughout their lives. Not only are they blessed with the abilities and capabilities to compete in sports, but they are fortunate to have parents who are not only concerned enough to encourage them, but seldom miss an opportuni- ty to attend a game to see their children in action. It is doubtful the Lilja children will surpass their father's achievements in basketball, but they will be better people for having participated in sport, not only as athletes, but as a family. Bowling scores CAPRI BOWL MONDAY NIGHT MIXED Ken David 236: Fred Milner 296 Frank Barva 250: Rick Barva 213; Mike Stevens 259: Abe Plelt 296: Joe Tollin 238: Bob Green 255; Gail Peourd 234; Marlene Roelofs 247 Anna Nagy 261 Helane Ondrick 268 TUESDAY MORNING COFFEE Shari Williams 280: Norma McKen- zie 266: Jutta Thomas 225: Pat Lawson 226: Lorraine Kramer 222: Leona Klics 247; jean McNamara 263: Dorene Smith 225: Marg Matteson 223: Trudy Newinger 289 Mary Ellen Meilicki 236: Maureen Amen 221. GORDIE'S MEN Ron Gretzinger 256: Bill Hamilton 264; Ken Mack 271: Gary Vaykovich 258: Gordon Beisbroek 256: Ce'c Beaudry 276 Bob Thompson 258 Bill Taylor 263: Vito Depinto 348 David Tinordi 277; Ivor Carlton 281. CANBRA FOODS Menno Drent 261: Hazel Anderson 246; Lawrence Baumback 258; Terry Pitt 277: Cheryl Obermeyer 247 Tony Boh 249: Helen Weets 310 Flo Nyquist 279: Stu Nyquist 298 Al Takasaki 281. IMPERIAL FASHIONS Dot White 242: Peggy Forry 242 Helen Weets 281 Evelyn DUNLOP FORD Salesman of the Month O Mr. Lyndon Foster. General Sales Manager of Dunlop Ford, is pleased to announce that Vern Hunt is the Dunlop Ford Sales- man for the month of October. Vern is to be congratulated for his fine efforts in attaining this prestigious achievement in the sale of "Better ideas" quality new cars and trucks. Vern ex- tends his thanks to all who helped make this achievement possible. Vern Hunt Milner 250 Marion Tinsiey 261 Jen Hegi 263: Dot Sorenson 272 Pat Coults 242 Marg Koole 303 Francis Harris 256; Linda Vrabel 248 Jean Passey 308 HOLIDAY BOWL HOLIDAY VILLAGE Alma Tolley 250; tv Coutts 232 Pat Coutts 274: Irene Lynde 239: Marg Malcomson 253 Lois Aucoin 283 Edith Iviadsen 258: Erma McGuire 315 Dena Smith 303 Maria Jokurty 235: Mel Finnerty 235 EAGLES LODGE Grace Gillett 241: Heler. Weets 311 Carols Homulos 249. Cyril Barnett 295 Pauline Veres 249: Larry Veres 255: Geo Matchetl 278 Mary Noss 263; Oscar Ludwig 231; Bob Ward 226 VASA LODGE Nick Bianclii 237: Connie Renfrew 259; Bob Har.son 237; Paul 234; Hilda Bianchi 228. Doug Heqland 225 Carol Park 221: Dolly Belle 233. Hialrnar Nelsor, 265. Linda Zornbo" 253. Arvid Oseen 260 AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC Debbie Wei's La'-y Ba'to- 269. Nan Wills 2J2: WMlard Larson 231: Doug Allan 271. Aiey Kowa! 225: Enzo Zanoni 231. Dancus 217; Tom Smart 248 ALCON Sandy Brady 220. Elsie Hurst 210. Blair Nicholson 212: Mike Foeelman 222: Sill Billings 255: Gordon Mor- com 259. Karen Marthienson 230. Dick MaMhienson 222. Belly Paterson 230 WCHL summaries SASKATOON 4 EDMONTON 2 Firs! Period: 1. Edmonton. Mulve> Penalties Risslino. E Oieschuk S McDonald E Olson E Johnston E Mulvey E (minor, misconduct) Ireland S Second Period: 2 Saskatoon. Arndt (Klassen, Smith) 047. 3 Saskatoon. Klassen (R Chapmen Gulalrani 10 41 Penalties G Soetaert E i 25. B Ireland S Johnston E Oison E. Hoffmeyer S (majors) Maze E Goe'tz. G Soetaert E (mionors. 11 38. Lucuyer E 16 17. R CtiapmaV S 19 18 Third Period: J Edmonton. Maze (Phillips. Perkmsi 0 48. 5 Saskatoon. Legaott (B Airdtt 8 25 6 Saskatoon (Arndt. 1657 Penalties S 4 53 M'.iivey E 7 39 G E 16 05 At. d! S 18 14 Shots on goal by: DUNL Corner 16th Avc. ft M.M. 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LiiiidwTrh iVUi'd'Vb R.1OIJ4J. 8 Mpriirjio HaV t 53j a flopma. iTsilr.'tl ilitlbaHi fi 16, in Hal Marwrii UiikDwirtil 631. n Vlpd'c.-T Ma' VavrHi 1637 12 Rf-pina 1 7 5. 7 13 H fl n-" '.1H S 4p Shots an 908! by: Hal If' 1? fir 329-3242 13113th StrMt North The Automobile Re-Thought PRICED UNDER discover 11 after you've bouqril another car McFADDEN MOTORS Corner 2nd Ava. i ml ttt KAMLOOPS 4. BflANDON 3 i K p 5, a T B r H rl -i K i; n? Second Period: I vf.f'a f, J, i 11 Pfitttft B 1 TS P 5 I. 'K Jil p. 1? ?P. 1 fi J'J I fSfia K rr.ic.f.finrjutll Third Period: 7 B t n 0 r, r. Wr.Miiiim Pafkf-t Pic'hf I K. Vlffinyi'. p. f ?4 Gffrt B 1053 K If r? on by J1 if 11 ?6 15 5 S 25 LEFT TO RIGHT, LESLIE, JACK AND LORI LILJA Islanders slap hapless Leafs 6-0 THE CANADIAN PRESS Rookie Doug Risebrough made another strong bid Fri- day night for the job left open by an injury to Henri Richard Recalled from the minors last week after the Montreal Canadiens' captian broke an ankle. Risebrough scored his first National Hockey League goal Monday night and said coach Scotty Bowman had told him Richard's job was his to earn. The 20-year-old scored two goals Friday night to lead the Canadiens to a 7-6 victoi y over Kansas City Scouts Montreal now is tied for the Division 3 lead with Los Ange- les Kings. In other games. New York Islanders whipped the slump- ing Toronto Maple Leafs 6-0 and Buffalo Sabres tied Atlanta Flames 4-4. Risebrough. who started the season with Montreal but went to Nova Scotia in the American League for con- ditioning, scored the ('anadiens' first and last goals. Mario Tremblay. who made the trip to Halifax and back with Risebrough. also added his third goal of the sea- son Pete Mahovlich. Jim Roberts. Jacques Lemaire and Yvan Cournoyer also scored for Montreal Ed Gilbert scored for the NHL summaries First Period: 1 AHEMS. Bennett 5 Ttemblay M i (Wanery. Murray) 906 2 Atlanta '.en-hn KG 1232. ;756 Pr'ce 1 (Taiaioiis G'3vesi i3J6 Third Period: 9 penalties HsxtaM A. Fjgoh', 3ul 2 324 Carrie-e Buf 653 Biswas f- 14 38. Mane-y A '6 33 Second Period: 3 Berr-e'i 11 (Vaili a-17. 4 M iGare. Lijcel 1036 5 Va'i 7 -9 Third Period: 6 (Manini 1303 a Per-eaii1' i.i ISO': Ou'n" A P'jben 1712 Shots on goal by 17 39 Scouts who weie outshot 42-21 by the Canadiens. Buffalo scored three goals in the last half of the third period to earn the tie at Atlan- ta. Buffalo, which has only lost once in its last 14 games, got the tying goal from Gil Per- reault with left to play. The tie increased Atlanta's unbeaten string at home to 14 consecutive contests, dating back to last season. The Flames are 8-0-3 this season at the Omni. Chicago Cougars have a new trio called the RPM line which suddenly is scoring goals and helping win games for the World Hockey Association club The line of Francoise Rochon. Rosaire Paiement and Gary MacGregor had a hand in four goals Friday night to lead the Cougars in a 5-3 victory over Michigan Stags. In other games. Quebec Nordiques beat Cleveland Crusaders 3-2. Edmonton Oilers whipped Toronto Toros 8 2 and Houston Aeros defeated Vancouver Blazers 4- 1 Atlanta 15 i! S---32 NY ISLANDERS 6 TORONTO 0 First Period: N y H 2 MV isis'itfe'S. 5 D H3f'SS35. 3 NY Stf.vUvS (FoMre'. '02-: Second Period: -i '-Jv BO-I'-H'S 'Ho-.rlK'Ci C NY UMr.rit-5 -.a'- IS i'F U -V> S' --9 T. Third Period: 6 n 5 06. 1 5 S'. Stampede Wrestling Exhibition Pavilion Mon. Nov. 25 p.m. Abdullah the Butcher VS Les Thornton Kelly Twins Quinn VS Ramirez Lane Sullivan Hito Kamata VS Strong Cannon Yagi VS Ivey S3 Watch Stampede Wrestling on CJOC-TVI Shots en goal by MONTREAL 7 KANSAS CITY 6 Firsl Period: C T; p 1 fl- J' Vv'Vf- O 1 Second Period DON KIRKHAM INSURANCE i O AGENCIES LTD, to Sfc1 ve Souinfrir AibeMa F'ie Auio- DOl'GSO'Ei- i-i. 308 9th St. S. 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