Alex Baumann sets national age group record - in 1976
by Randy Pascal
This Week in Sports looks back at April 5th - 12th, 1976
Eleven year old Alex Baumann of Sudbury established a new national age group record on the opening day of the Ontario Senior Swimming
Championships in Hamilton, breaking his own mark in the 1500m freestyle event.
His time of 17:30.80 smashed his previous best of 18:46.30, as twenty five clubs from across the province gathered for the three day meet. Joining
Baumann at the event were teammates Maryanne Topo, Jody McPhee, Roman Baumann, Mario Turgeon and Norene Andler.
Meanwhile, closer to home, swimmers Alex Wallingford (11-12), David Martin (13-14), Kathy Stanyon (10 and under) and Christine
Andlar (11-12) all walked away as high point winners in their respective divisions as members of the Laurentian University Swim Club enjoyed a
solid performance at the Sault Invitational.
Wallingford racked up an impressive nine first place finishes, with Stanyon adding six and Martin and Andlar deadlocked with four first place ribbons
each. Others reaching the podium for the local swim club included Jeff MacDonald, Jennifer Sloan, Barbara Bertrand, Paul Moruzi, Maria Ceccutti and
The Sudbury MacIsaac Bantams have advanced to the All-Ontario Championships in St Catharines, sweeping past Timmins in two straight games. A 6-1 win in
the second contest clinched the best of three affair, as Denis Michel paced the Sudbury attack with a pair of goals.
Kevin Lavallee, Bruce Huffels, Mario Cerri and Neil Belland rounded out the offense for the winners, with Wayne Johnson pulling the
trigger with the only goal for Timmins. Sudbury netminder Don Sylvestri made 20 saves for the win.
The Sudbury Wolves have eliminated the Soo Greyhounds in their Leyden Division semi-final matchup, registering a 5-2 win before a capacity
crowd of 6,666 at the Sudbury Arena. Wes Jarvis led the way for the homeside with a two goal effort, with Randy Pierce, Randy Carlyle and
Ron Duguay adding one each.
Mike Kaszycki and Tim Rose managed to fool Sudbury netminder Jim Bedard, though Greyhounds' GM Angelo Bumbacco tipped his
hat. "The only unfortunate part is that the two northern clubs met so early," he said. "We lost to a better club. They got great goaltending."
After dropping game one of the divisional final to the Ottawa 67s the next week, the Wolves bounced back with a 7-3 win, as the defense pairing of
Carlyle and Mike Gazdic did an outstanding job of keeping high scoring winger Peter Lee in check.
Duguay scored twice to show the ways for the locals, with Hector Marini, Johnny Baby, Dave Farrish, Rod Schutt and Pierce chipping in as well. Lee
managed to net one goal, joined by Steve Marengere and Tommy McDonnell.
The Nickel Centre Native Sons have grabbed a 1-0 lead in their best of five Northern Ontario Hockey Association juvenile final series with
the Rouyn Citadels. The Sons recorded a 7-4 win at the Garson Arena in game one, as Steve Demarco and Eddie Gillie scored two goals
Single tallies came off the sticks of Dean Palmaruk, Felix Cirelli and Rob Franceschini, while Julien Cossette, Dan St Jean, Carl
Hurpulise and Alain Prudhomme replied for Rouyn. In NOHA Peewee playdowns, Walden defeated Kapuskasing 8-1 and 4-0 in capturing their best of
Mike Zyma drilled a hat trick in the opener, with Robin White (2), Cam Young, Norm Furlotte and Scott Kudla joining him on
the scoresheet. Danny Longe posted the shutout in backstopping the Walden crew to their game two win.
Competing in Whistler (B.C.), Sudbury native David Ghent finished third at the Canadian Juvenile Ski Championships, trailing only
Grahame Russell of Toronto, and John Prall of Winnipeg. The 67 competitors in the boys field covered a 30-gate course that featured a
vertical drop of 1300 feet.
The top three were less than a second apart, with Russell at 60.08 seconds, Prall at 60.55 and Ghent at 60.77. On the ladies side, Judy Richardson
of North Bay finished second to Lynda Robbins of Don Mills. In addition to Ghent and Richardson, the seven member Northern Ontario team included
Martha Trussler, Angela Gougeon, Jodi Bowering, Brad Young and Steven Rusnak.
Three Coniston weightlifters picked up silver medals, while a fourth took home bronze at the Eastern Ontario Intermediate Championships in
Orillia. Competing against a total of 65 lifters from all corners of the province, Ned Greenspan (132 lb), Norm Benedetti (165) and Bob
Leclair (181) all placed second in their respective groupings.
Twelve year old Kevin Roy was third in the 123-pound class, recording lifts of 105 pounds in the snatch, and 140 in the clean and jerk. Greenspan
totalled 345 pounds, Benedetti was at 385, with Leclair clearing more than 500 pounds.
An overtime goal by Dale St Clair lifted the Noelville Flyers to the Intermediate "B" crown, edging the Iroquois Falls Majors 5-4
in the fifth and deciding game of their hard-fought series. Bert Viau scored twice for Noelville, with Al Bertuzzi and Ralph Prentice
adding one goal each.