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2020-10-22

Week of October 1st to October 7th, 1951

The Copper Cliff High junior griders were an easy mark for Sudbury High School, as the latter ran away with a 30-1 win in the opening game of the Interscholastic Rugby-Football Union schedule at Queen's Athletic Field.

With Copper Cliff implementing a requirement for athletes to choose between junior and senior options, the former has been left as a rather weak contender. Alan Armstrong, the Sudbury signal caller, was the star of the game, scoring two majors and accounting for five additional points with four converts and a rouge.

Cummie Burton, Jerry Lake and Ed Sauve got the remaining touchdowns, while Dino Moroso kicked to the dead line for a rouge for Copper Cliff.

Later in the week, a pair of touchdowns from Tony Cuculic paved the way for the Sheridan Tech Blue Devils, as the locals stopped the North Bay Trojans 16-7, in spite of a standing performance from Dave Fullerton in a losing cause.

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A string of eight consecutive playoff victories and 21 wins in their last 24 starts has propelled the Garland Pepsis into the all-Ontario intermediate A fastball final.

The popular Pepsis were extended to the limit before ousting the Sudbury Parkways 3-2 under the lights at Memorial Stadium. The well-pitched contest remained scoreless into the seventh, with the Parkways breaking the ice.

Bill Collier followed up on a walk to teammate Yves Beauchamps, lining a triple to the gap and subsequently coming around to score on a wild pitch.

The beverage men rallied in their half of the seventh, as Jackie Larochelle converted his second hit of the game into the opening run for Pepsi, with Aurel Gosselin adding the game equalizer when Harley Taylor's bouncer to third was bobbled by Mike Narduzzi.

All of this set the stage for the heroics of Al Brennan, who laced a triple of his own in the ninth and was denied an inside the park home run only thanks to a strong throw from fielder Joe Brattanich.

The strike would all be for naught, as Brennan scampered home moments later on a fly ball to the outfield.

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Former NHL great Kenny Reardon was in town, handling the Sudbury Wolves' workouts taking place in Copper Cliff this week. A seven year veteran of the Montreal Canadiens, the burly blueliner was also in Sudbury a year earlier, giving Burwash inmates some tips on the finer points of the game.

The Soo Star recently reported that the Greyhounds figure on having Roy Heximer this season. A member of the 1932 Memorial Cup winning Sudbury Wolves team, Heximar was rumoured to be heading back to the nickel city - but apparently not.

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With World War II behind them, organizers of the Sudbury District Football Association have enjoyed a rejuvenation of the local league, one which went dormant for a decade prior to its more recent emergence.

The fortitude of the group was tested this past summer when the Polish White Eagles withdrew, threatening to upset the apple cart. That said, the big issue lying ahead is the challenge of securing future soccer talent, with the influx of new Canadians tapering off.

Realizing the problem, Association secretary Bill Gaylor is anxious to obtain the help of several businessmen, or soccer players, or anybody that would be interested in forming a junior association.

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Organizers and fans of the Sudbury Midget Baseball League are looking back with a smile on a highly entertaining summer of ball now behind them.

Providing highlights on a weekly basis, the likes of Moe Bartoli, Ray Cyr, Bobby Sabourin, Bob Martilla, George Smith, Ray Hill, Al Bodnarchuk, Bob Craig, Cummie Burton, Ray Gouin, Carl Nurmi, Jerry Lake, Gerard Lafrance, Henry Edman, Punch Sarazin and Jimmy Gorday were well worth the price on admission most evenings.

Of that impressive collection of talent, it must be said that Bartoli is clearly the most outstanding prospect. The 14 year old pitcher Bartoli posted a record of 7-4, but when he was not chucking, he was on the bench, directing the strategy plays of the team.

A talented catcher who can swat the apple all over the lot, Burton was also drawing attention of St Louis Cardinals scouts in northern Ontario.

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