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2019-08-09

This Week in Sports looks back on the week of August 21st to August 30th, 1965

While the Sudbury Hardrocks already are two games into their season, beaten by the North Bay Tiger Cats in their opener and downing the Sturgeon Falls Bombers 26-16 last weekend, things are only just getting started for the 1965 edition of the Laurentian Voyageurs football team.

"I am extremely optimistic about this coming season and am really pleased with the way things have been going so far," said Laurentian head coach Bob Rogers, a chap who is more than a little excited to get things rolling on campus.

Though the Voyageurs are not in the league this year, they will play a fine slate of exhibition games, dressing a lineup that features returning players Vic Bardeggia, Wayne Poulsen, Yogi Harmty, Leonard Shymkiw and Dennis Bleau.

New recruits include a local flavour with the Sudbury High School tandem of Jack Valiots and Doug McColeman, as well as Bob Moyle of St Charles College, with the cavalry coming courtesy of Platt Purvis of Gore Bay, who already has played one season with the University of Western Ontario Colts, the junior version of the Mustangs.

Beyond playing the northern teams, the Voyageurs will host the University of Montreal on October 6th, and the Royal Military College on the 23rd.

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North Bay's Davedi Garlands may have drawn first blood, but the final outcome of the Sudbury and District Football Association contest staged last night was hardly ever in doubt. Having secured the Anderson Cup a few weeks back, Olympia overcame an early goal by Aldo Canarino, downing the visitors 3-1.

It would be Mike Turaljich, a little heard of gladiator with Olympia, who would provide the measure of difference, netting a pair of goals, including the game equalizer in the 38th minute.

After Cliff Baird sent Sudbury into a 2-1 lead in the 11th minute of the second half, Turaljich netted the clincher, as Olympia continues to prepare for the upcoming Evans Cup playdowns.

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Besides lush greens and fairways, a clubhouse as modern as tomorrow and gloried tradition, the Idylwylde Golf Club has something new to boast about these days, in the form of a fine young crop of junior players, who knock the ball around the course with an accuracy that would belie their ages.

Geoff Silver won the E.A. Collins Trophy (ages 14-15), Johnny Green captured the Billy Rose Memorial Trophy (junior "C") and Mike Silver followed directly in the footsteps of older brother Fred (senior club championship), getting his name on to the Jim Dewey Memorial Trophy for Junior "A" players.

Meanwhile, sistes Mary and Sheila Doherty won the "A" and "B" divisions for girls.

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Summer weather is not usually the time for young athletes to be doing much strenuous exercise, unless they are playing baseball. But an impressive group of high-school and university talent are garnering some big time recognition with the Summer Basketball League, which plays games at the King George Public School courts on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Angelo Mazzuchin and his Celtics won the league title, but the Hawks, Knicks and Royals fought right to the wire in deciding the remaining playoff spots. The first time league drew some good crowds, as players prepare for their fall seasons.

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The strongest collection of men's tennis talent ever to gather in Sudbury will be on hand as the local tennis club hosts its first annual Invitational Championships. In addition to the local representation in the form of Erric Christahn, Denis Roberts, Tony Bigg, Doug Evans, Terry Hill and John Kulczicki, the event will welcome G Simpson, two time defending Ottawa Open champion.

With the tournament limiting entries to six per club, some tough choices had to be made. "No doubt some others left out are just as good," commented the club's publicity director, Dom DeMarco. "It is difficult to narrow down Sudbury's men's singles players to just the six best."

Meanwhile, in club championship play, Diana Wesmacott beat Vivian Mackenzie to claim the only crown decided so far, winning the ladies singles title.

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The Southern Group of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Junior "A" League unanimously accepted a new entry from Gerry Foley, with the Falconbridge crew bringing to five the number of teams in the league, once again.

With Trevor Boyce and the Garson-Falconbridge Native Sons folding up their tents after claiming the league championship last year, Foley, a former player with the Springfield Indians, brought forward the application from a group which also featured former Sons head coach Joe Protulipac and team manager Johnny Grignon.

The Falconbridge squad will join a loop that also includes the Espanola Eagles, Soo Greyhounds, Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Trappers, with Bill Jones, Angelo Bumbacco, Leo Gasparini and Pete Polangio representing those respective clubs at the league meeting on the weekend.

Commissioner Jim Aspin, who has already endured a busy summer, will now sit down to take a fourth crack at a league schedule for the upcoming season, with teams likely to play a 40-game campaign that is expected to kick off in mid-October.

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A couple of years back, Gordie Maxwell had to be coaxed into playing in the top softball league in the area. Far too humble for his own good, the fleet footed outfielder surprised himself by winning the league batting crown.

Sunday night, he was displaying his fine form at the plate, yet again, helping to power the Park Hotel to an 8-2 win over Capreol. Maxwell sparked a three run first inning with a leadoff double, plenty of cushion for winning pitcher Ed Blanchard.

In the fourth inning, Maxwell pushed Blanchard across the plate ahead of him, as he lashed a line drive into left centre for an inside the park homer. Blanchard took it from there, limiting Capreol to just five hits.

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