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1980-1982 Alberta Dusters

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1980-81 Alberta Dusters YearbookContinental Basketball Association (1980-1982)

Born: 1980 – CBA expansion franchise
Moved: 1982 (Las Vegas Silvers)

Arena: Canada Games Sportsplex (5,100)

Team Colors: Orange & Blue

Owners: Jack MolcakBob Alexander, Fred Burton, Ed Klone, Ken Kotkas, Perry Kotkas, Bernie Norton and Kelly Robinson

CBA Championships: None

 

The Alberta Dusters were a short-lived minor league basketball operation based out of the Western Canadian city of Lethbridge, Alberta. At the time the Dusters played in the early 1980’s, they were the only pro basketball franchise in Canada.

In the spring of 1980, team founder Jack Molcak looked into the possibility of entering a Lethbridge team in a proposed new Canadian pro basketball circuit.  The Canadian league never got off the drawing board, but Molcak connected instead with the Pennsylvania-based Continental Basketball Association. The CBA traced its roots back to 1946 as the Eastern Basketball League. For most of its history, the Eastern League was a weekends-only minor league active in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and a few others neighboring states. But in 1978 the Eastern League re-branded and expanded nationwide, placing teams as far away as Anchorage and Honolulu.

The Dusters never made much of a mark in the league. They finished in last place (11-31) in their debut season in the winter of 1980-81. The next year wasn’t much better with a 12-34 mark.

The franchise left town for Las Vegas in 1982 under new ownership and later drifted to Albuquerque, New Mexico before folding for good in 1985.

 

==Alberta Dusters Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1981-82

1981-82 2/4/1982 @ Lancaster Lightning ?? Program

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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1986-2006 Rockford Lightning

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1989-90 Rockford Lightning ProgramContinental Basketball Association (1986-2006)
International Basketball League (2001)

Born: 1986 – The Baltimore Lightning relocate to Rockford, IL
Folded: 2006

Arena: Rockford MetroCentre (8,700)

Team Colors: Blue & Orange

Dance Team: The Lightning Flashes

Owners:

  • 1986-????: Jay Polian
  • 1993-1998: Wayne Timpe, et al.
  • 1998-2004: Wayne Timpe & Judy Timpe
  • 2004-2006: Judy Timpe

CBA Champions:

 

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==Rockford Lightning Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1989-90

1989-90 12/2/1989 vs. Pensacola Tornados ?? Program

 

==In Memoriam==

Lightning owner Wayne Timpe died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2004 at the age of 62.

 

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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1987-1989 Rochester Flyers

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1987-88 CBA Media GuideContinental Basketball Association (1987-1989)

Born: 1987 – The Wisconsin Flyers relocate to Rochester, MN
Moved: 1989 (Omaha Racers)

Arena: Mayo Civic Center (5,200)

Team Colors: Royal Blue, Columbia Blue & Gold

Dance Team: The Flight Crew

Owner: Norm Gillette, Jr.

CBA Championships: None

 

Short-lived minor league basketball franchise that made its home in Rochester, Minnesota, not New York.  The Rochester Flyers posted losing seasons in both years of operation, including a last place 16-38 record in the Continental Basketball Association season during the 1988-89 season.

Flyers owner Norm Gillette Jr.’s father owned the rival La Crosse Catbirds CBA franchise in Wisconsin during the same era.  The Gillette family owned an Upper Midwest Pepsi bottling franchise with plants in La Crosse, Rochester, Mankato, Minnesota and Decorah, Iowa. In the spring of 1989 the younger Gillette cut his basketball losses in Rochester (estimated at $350,000 over two years) and sold the team to Omaha, Nebraska interests.

 

==In Memoriam==

Former Flyers owner Norm Gillette, Jr. died of pancreatic cancer in May 2003 at the age of 61. La Crosse Tribune obituary.

 

==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

January 21st, 2016 at 9:32 pm

1987-1995 Rapid City Thrillers

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1990-91 Rapid City Thrillers ProgramContinental Basketball Association (1987-1995)

Born: March 16, 1987 – The Tampa Bay Thrillers relocate to Rapid City, SD
Moved: July 18, 1995 (Florida Beachdogs)

Arena: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center (8,000)

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owner: John Samuelson

CBA Champions: 1987

 

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==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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Written by andycrossley

January 21st, 2016 at 9:28 pm

1985-1991 Pensacola Tornados

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Continental Basketball Association (1986-1991)

Born: December 1985 – The Toronto Tornados relocate to Pensacola, FL.
Moved: 1991 (Birmingham Bandits)

Arena: Pensacola Civic Center (9,856)

Team Colors: Red, White & Blue

Owners:

CBA Championships: None

 

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==Links==

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

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