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Local boxer fights in Bulgaria - in 1987
2014-07-11
by Randy Pascal

This Week in Sports looks back on July 2nd to the 9th, 1987

Local boxer Gilles Bisaillon and coach Mike Rosko were among a 13-member Canadian contingent that competed in Albena (Bulgaria) at the 13th edition of their international boxing tournament.

It was Rosko's first visit to Bulgaria since 1953, when he represented Czechoslovakia at a competition, the last of three straight years he fought at the event. "I've coached at other international competitions before, but this one was by far one of the best," said Rosko.

"The scenery was incredible, the people were great and the boxing was exceptional. I hope to do it again next year." Bisaillon dropped a 3-2 semi-final decision to Jens Ziegler of East Germany, partially due to the number of cautions that he received during the fight, according to his coach.

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Rick Koritko threw a three-hitter and struck out 14 batters as the Rastall Mine Kings trounced the Sorrento A's 8-1, the first of back to back wins that propelled the team into sole possession of second place in the Labatt's Nickel Region Senior Baseball League.

Lynn Paulaitis and Gord McGillis slapped out a single and double each, with both driving in a run, and the latter coming back to pitch his team to victory the very next night in a 10-6 win over the first place Walden Cubs.

Paulaitis belted a pair of doubles and added another four RBIs in leading the way, with Rob Helpert and Koritko adding two hits apiece. The Cubs were paced by Chris Lacroix (single/double and three RBIs) and Frank Gliebe (triple and two RBIs).

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Harness race drivers Sandy Best and Michael Noble have become the toast of the local circuit. The Manitoulin Island tandem have combined to rack up no less than 76 wins at Sudbury Downs this year, easily pulling away from the competition.

"I've never managed to hit the 100-win plateau during a year," said Best recently. "The closest I came was in 1977, when I picked up 96 wins. I try and pick up at least one win during an evening of racing. Unfortunately, I've run into a little bit of bad luck recently."

Prior to returning to the Downs, Best completed a six-month racing stint in Winnipeg, where four cards a week are the norm. Noble, for his part, has eclipsed the century mark on two occasions, topping out with a banner 113-victory summer in 1978.

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Idylwylde Golf & Country Club captain Morris Dabous will make his first ever appearance at the Ontario Amateur Golf Championship, having earned a berth by virtue of a second place finish at the Northern Golf Association championships, finishing one stroke back of Lou Latour of Powassan.

After a slow start to the summer of 1987, Dabous has started to turn things around as he prepares to compete in the event that ranks as the highlight of his amateur golf career. "I started playing badly in May and June," related Dabous candidly.

"I wasn't swinging well at the ball and it got to be frustrating. I nearly packed it in." Thankfully, his game has improved of late, a good thing considering the challenge he is about to face in terms of the Thornhill Country Club course.

"I've been told that it's a tight golf course and definitely a good test of your skills," Dabous noted. Other local golfers who have participated in the Ontario Amateur tournament include Sam Martin, Dave Pulkkinen, Denis O'Brien and Berk Keaney.

Still with golf, 16 year old juvenile golfer Brian Savage topped the field at the 1987 Northern Ontario Junior Championships, leading a three horse Idylwylde charge that also featured Craig Rogerson and Vince Palladino.

Savage followed up a first day score of 78 with a nifty 73 on day two, his total of 151 good enough for a one stroke win over Rogerson.

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This weekend's Cortina Pizza Nickel City Tour features not only a solid contingent of local cyclists, but also a star in the making who owes his start to the Sudbury Cycling Club. Now a member of the Ford-Bloor Cycling team, David Spears returns to his roots, spearheading a crew that won 15 individual or stage races last season.

While Spears may have moved on, the SCC remains well represented, with seniors Rob Seamon, Antoine Caloyannis and David Girolametto, senior III competitor Ulf Kleppe, junior cyclists Dino Bozzo and Adrian Leon, not to mention Christine Judd in the women's division.

The Nickel City Tour is a staged event, starting with the road race component on Saturday, and the time trial and criterium on Sunday. The road race is also the sixth and final event of the Brio-Foster's Ontario Cup series.

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The Sudbury Spartans moved a step closer to securing home field advantage for the Northern Football Conference semi-finals, getting incredible mileage out of a "patched up lineup", in the words of head coach Sid Forster.

The hands that were on deck were sufficient to hand the Brampton Bears a 28-13 loss, as Sudbury quarterback Jeff Bell threw touchdown passes of 19 and 14 yards to Dave St Amour, and a 26-yard strike to Sean Taylor.

Forster, however, insisted the key might well have been the running of veteran Nick D'Orazio, who recorded 52 yards on 19 carries despite playing with a pulled groin muscle. "The offense did it for us in the first half, and it was the defense in the second half," said Forster.

"But throughout the game, we moved the ball well against Brampton. Meanwhile, Jeff Bell is getting better and better with every game." With two regular season games remaining, the Spartans find themselves heading west to face the Sault Steelers next Saturday, closing out against their rival Oakville Longhorns on August 1st.

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