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Heather Shaw recognized for work in gymnastics - in 1979!
by Randy Pascal

This Week in Sports looks back at the week of June 1st to the 9th, 1979

A career that spanned 28 years of coaching and administrative work was recognized by the Ontario Gymnastics Federation in Toronto. Heather Shaw, who originally came to Sudbury in 1967 with her husband Len, a former lineman with the Ottawa Rough Riders, was active in the sport of gymnastics largely due to the involvement of her four daughters.

After teaching gymnasts at both Laurentian University and Centre de Jeunes, Shaw helped greatly in the establishment of the Sudbury Laurels in 1972. The team continues to enjoy success, with Michelle Jaksic and Wendy Shaw competing as members of a provincial team that battled clubs from Quebec, Manitoba and the USA.

Elizabeth Shank was 4th all around at a Junior "B" meet, a performance she matched at the All-Ontario High School Championships, while Lisa Kivinen was 4th all around in the Argo Division.


The Sudbury Wolves stayed close to home at the 1979 OHL draft, nabbing defenseman and Capreol native Robert Mazzuca with their first round pick, 11th overall. The Wolves added Sault Ste Marie forward Andy Nesbitt with their second round pick, venturing further from home in round three (Ron McKay of Kitchener).

Sudbury selected Dan Frawley (Valley East Midgets) in round four, picking up Mike Moher (Nickel Centre Native Sons) and Ben Kelly (Brantford Jr "B") both in round five. Other locals with a chance to play close to home included Curtis Baker (rd 6 - VE Midgets), goaltender Doug Shane (rd 8 - Sudbury Police Midgets), Scott Clements (rd 9 - NC Native Sons) and Norm Drexler (rd 14 - Walden Midgets).

The Wolves were not the only OHL team that took a liking to Sudbury-based talent. Rick Wilson (rd 1 - Kingston), Randy Boyd (rd 1 - Ottawa), Dave Simpson (rd 1 - London), Mike Lekun (rd 2 - Oshawa), Pat O'Kane (rd 3 - Cornwall), Ray Yuskiw (rd 3 - Peterborough), Craig Maki (rd 6 - Windsor), Tim Burton (rd 7 - Ottawa), Dave MacElwee (rd 7 - Toronto), Tim Janveau (rd 7 - Niagara Falls), Rod Benkovich (rd 9 - Windsor), Robert Henri (rd 9 - London), Barry Willett (rd 11 - Kingston), Brian Jokat (rd 12 - Toronto), Jack Piché (rd 13 - Niagara Falls), Mike Zaminski (rd 18 - Brantford) and Dan Forget (rd 21 - Windsor) were all added to the pool of junior hockey prospects.


Members of the Copper Cliff Boxing Club earned a split as an even dozen bouts with representatives of the Hull Boxing Club entertained a large crowd at the McClelland Arena.

Ed Thurston, Randy Hill, Robert (Pancho) Newell, Ray Hogan, Tony Johnson and Gord Apolloni picked up victories on behalf of the host club.


Carlo Berardi of the Sudbury Cycling Club placed third in the junior section of the Italian Festival Race Saturday in Ottawa. Hometown favourite John Large captured the 44-mile race, with David Girolametto of the SCC finishing sixth.

Both Berardi and Girolametto have been selected as part of the six-member provincial junior road race team that will compete at Nationals from July 16th and the 22nd in Noranda.


The Sudbury Spartans avenged their worst loss of the 1978 season as rookie quarterback Paul Kyle came on in relief of starter Eugene D'Orazio, leading the homeside to a 17-7 win over the Oakville Longhorns.

With D'Orazio completing just three of eleven passes and the Spartans trailing 7-3 at the half, coach Sid Forster turned to Kyle. If the freshman pivot was unnerved, it certainly did not show as he ran a sweep to his left, putting Sudbury ahead 10-7.

Renato Pessott, who accumulated 77 yards on 22 carries, recorded the second Sudbury major, with D'Orazio adding a pair of converts and a 35 yard field goal.


Westmount Public SchoolKevin Miller, Paul Dowse, Barbara Guzzo, Dawn Anderson, Melina McLennan, Cheryl Watson, Wendy Lorenzen, Richard Pancel, Bruce Kennedy, Robbie Amos, Heidi Wickstrom and coach Dave Parks.

Dowse finished first in the two-mile event, setting a new record time of 13:01.


Claude Taillefer drove home Ray Dugas with the game-winning run in the 6th inning as the Valley East Athletics shaded the Coniston Red Sox 3-2 in Nickel Region Senior Baseball League action.

Joe Ceccarelli picked up the win for the A's, scattering eight hits, with Dugas and David D'Angelo slapping two singles apiece for the winners. Bob Chayka took the loss despite tossing a six-hitter, with Doug Marcon reaching safely with three singles for Coniston.

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