RAMS BIG 3rd 0 BEATS REDBIRDS 76-69 -X- -X- -X- -X- -X- -X- Hawthorne, Sledge, Strickland Score 72 Points For MTV By BOB FORBES Mt. Vernon 's Rams continued their domination over the West Frankfort Red Birds Saturday night, downing/the visiting Franklin county club 7669. The win was the fifth straight time in the past three seasons the Red Birds have fallen prey to the Rams. The last time West Frankfort defeated Mt. Vernon was during the 1966-67 campaign when the Birds took a 66-55 margin.' It took a hot third quarter for the Rams to salvage the victory Saturday. West Frankfort, behind the shooting of forward Kenny Griffin, held as much as a five point- lead in the first quarter before settling for a 17-15 margin. Griffin, a three- year varsity veteran, zeroed in on four of five attempts in the first quarter to pace the Red Bird attack. 34-32 At Halftime Coach Bob Arnold's crew tied the score at 17-17 at the opening of the second stanza and took a brief three pont lead before Griffin put the visiting club back on top, 21-20. The Red Birds began pulling away late in the first half, but late surge put the Rams within two points, 34-32 at the intermiS' sion. West Frankfort shot at a .413 pace in the first half of play, connecting on 13-31 field goals compared to a .387 percentage for the Rams who cashed in on 12-31 attempts. Nate Hawthorne was the big gun in the first half of play, tossing in 15 points and grab bing the bulk of the rebounds for the Rams. Griffin tallied 13 points for the Red Birds. The third quarter belong* ed to Mt. Vernon and the big three of Hawthorne, Steve Strickland and Terry Sledge. , The three giants went to work and accounted for 24 of the 26 Ram points in the third quarter. Hawthorne, a 6-4 jumping jack, scored five straight points to put the Rams ahead 39- 36 never to be headed again. Terry Gossett, the Red Bird center and strongboy, left the game via the foul route with 29 seconds remainging in the third stanza. Redbird Press Fails With the Rams holding a 58-49 third quarter lead, Coach Earnest turned to the press to stop the Mt. Vernon drive, but the final score of 76-69 was the closes the Red Birds could get as the Rams cashed in on several easy buckets while the defenders were out of position. Mt. Vernon finished the game with a .468 shooting percentage compared to a .431 clip for the Red Birds. The Rams tossed in 30-64 from the field while West Frankfort hit the target on 2558 attempts. SOUTH SEVEN STANDINGS Coiif. All Ga. Carbondale 3 0 6 0 Benton 2 0 4 0 Centralia 4 1 5 1 Mt. Vernon 2 1 3 2 W. Frankfort .... 1 1 3 2 Herrin 1 3 3 2 Marion , 1 3 3 2 Harrisburg 0 4 1 3 BOX SCORE Mt. Vernon (76) SA FG FT TP Hawthorne 25 10 6 26 Sledge 15 10 4 24 Strickland 12 8 6 22 Gray 4 1 0 2 James 7 1 0 2 Henderson 1 0 0 0 TOTALS 64 30 16 76 West F'fort (69) SA FG FT TP Griffin 18 10 5 25 Ricci 13 3 3 9 Hutchins 10 6 2 14 Gossett 9 2 2 6 Warren 4 3 3 9 Jordan 4 1 4 6 TOTALS 58 25 19 69 By Quarters: Mt. Vernon .... 15 17 26 18—76 W. F'fort 17 17 15 20—69 Sophomores Nip Redbirds 48-45 For 1st Victory The Mt. Vernon soph Rams broke into the win column after opening the season with a pair of losses by edging West Frankfort's Redbird 48-45. The Ramlets opened a 13-8 margin after the first stanza but were only on top 23-22 at intermission. The Redbirds were able to stay close as they hit on only 5 field goals but connected on 13 free throws the first half. The Sophs fell behind in the third quarter and began the final stanza trailing 36-35. They then outscored West Frankfort 13 9 to put the game out of reach. Both teams were cold from the field, Mt. Vernon connecting on 20 of 57 tries for a .351 percentage while Frankfort hit on 15 of 46 for a .326 mark. West Frankfort stayed in the game by sinking 15-20 charity tosses while the Ramlets cashed in on 8 of 14. Guard David Dude paced the Ramlets to their first win by canning 16 markers. Larry Mays connected on 6 fielders for 12 points. For the Red birds, Grotti and Mitchell were high scorers with 17 and 16. Score by Quarters Mt. Vernon: 13 10 12 13—48 Wpst Frankfort 8 14 14 9-45 Scoring for Mt. Vernon: Nordin 8 , Dude 16, James 5, Mays 12, Troutt 5, Edson 2. Scoring for West Frankfort; Mitchell 16, Roberts 7, Grotti 17, Lee 2, Odle 2, Orlowski, 1 TWO FOR NATE—Mt. Vernon's Nate Hawthorne was hard to stop Saturday night as the Rams picked up a 76-69 victory over the West Frankfort Red Birds. Here, Hawthorne tosses in two of the 26 points he scored in leading the Rams to victory. Red Bird defenders ore Kenny Griffin, No. 13 and Tim Ricci, No. 31. *Che win left the Rams with a 3-2 record. Grabs 22 Rebounds Wilt Sparks Lakers To 102 99 Win Hawthorne Scores 26 Hawthorne took game scoring honors with 26 ' points. Griffin, knocking in 10-18 field goal at tempts, finished the game with 25 points. Sledge and Strickland wound up with 24 and 22 points respectively for the Rams, while guard Dale Hutchins backed Griffin with 14 points. The win left Mt. Vernon with a 3-2 slate overall and 2-1 in South Seven play. The Red Birds are now 1-1 in league play and 3-2 for the season. Happy Holidag MERRY CHRISTMAS In 'homes spread far and wide across our land in farm and village, town and city, the story of the first Christmas is unfolding. May you be guided to peace and contentment through the days ahead by the miracfe! of His birth. Wilt Chamberlain got his wish to play 48 minutes, and it turned out to be not a minute too many. The outspoken center for Los Angeles, whose opinions over his amount of playing time and other matters has made headlines, played all 48 minutes Sunday night and sparkled in the Lakers' 102-99 victory over Philadelphia. Dominating play, Chamberlain scored 17 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and blocked four shots us the Lakers took a 75-63 lead in the third period and then held off the 76ers. j In the only other National' Basketball Association game, 1 Milwaukee beat visiting Phoenix 127-116 in the battle of the beatens; - i On Saturday night, Baltimore j tripped Phoenix 131-117, San j Francisco clobbered Philadelphia 109-94, Boston defeated Chi cago 102-94, New York mauled ; Seattle 131-105, San Diego whip- j pek Cincinnati 132-124 and At- 1 lanta tumbled Detroit 120-110. In the American Basketball; Association Sunday, Dallas de- j feated Houston 111-105, Indiana trounced New York 125-110 and Denver blitzed New Orleans 1 L 22-%. Kentucky at Minnesota was postponed by a storm. A 19-8 sput in seven minutes of the third quarter sent Los Angeles on top after a 55 53 halftime deficit. Three times Philadelphia closed within two points, but never caught up as the second-place 76ers fell 2%' games behind Baltimore in the Eastern Division. The Lakers lead the West by five games. Jerry West had 27 points for I os Angeles and Elgin Baylor "0. Milwaukee, last place in the East with only 10 victories, left Phoenix, 8-26, of the West with ihe worst record in the NBA by pulling away from a one-point ralftime deficit on the scoring of Fred Hetzel, who finished with 31 points. Dick Van Arsdale topped the Suns with 26 points. AT CARBONDALE Thursday Morning Decatur (Eisenhower) vs. Herrin Peoria (Manual) vs. Pinckneyville Afternoon Session Alton vs. West Frankfort Mt. Vernon vs. Cahokia Glenbard East vs. Marion Night Session Collinsville vs. St. Patrick (Chicago) Carbondale vs. Du Quoin Harrisburg vs. Meridian AT CENTRALIA Thursday Morning Jacksonville vs. Homewood Flossmoor Champaign Central vs. Nashville Afternoon Session New Trier vs. Freeport Benton vs. Princeton Thornton vs. Salem Night Sesfsion Belleville West vs. Decatur Stephen Centralia vs. York of Elmhurst Peoria Spalding vs. Pittsfield PREP SCORES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fountain Central Ind. 6 3, Danville Schlarman 46 Monmouth 71, Metamora 55 Galesburg 91, Peoria Man- ual 61 Argo 76, Thornton Frac. South 52 4 Joliet East 63, West Aurora 57 Riverside - Brookfield 67, New Trier East 65 St. Patrick 75, St. Viater 56 Lockport Central 63, Downers Grove North 52 Thornton 71, Morton East 60 Collinsville 62, Decatur Eisenhower 50. Pontine 61. Decatur St. Teresa 141 Lincoln 69, Springfield Lanphier 51 Normal 95, Clinton 67 Hillsboro 76. Gillespie 55 Quincy Christian Brothers 80, Effingham St. Anthony 71 Kich East 66, Roavis 59 Althoff 65, Mater Dei 60 • Pinckneyville 57, DuQuoin 53 Nashville S2, Anna 49 Centralia 95, Harrisburg 69 Mt. Vernon 76, West Frankfort 69 M a d i son Wise. West' 71, Rockford Harlem 64 Sterling 68, Rock Falls 59 Streator 73, Ottawa Marquette 64 Quincy 72, LaSalle - Peru 52 DuSable 85, Pekin 68 Peoria Spaulding 65, Peoria Central 76. Galesburg 91, Peoria Manual 61 Mt V. Register-News spom MONDAY", DECEMBER 23, 1968 1-B By JOHN RACKAWAY 're:ord, have a helluva lot to gain and not much to lose — as regards prestige — this week at Carbondale. . . It was different last year. . . Mt. Vernon went into the 1967 holidays with a 5-0 record, ranked No. 3 in Illinois and top- deeded at Carbondale. . . . The Rams were upset by Decatur Eisenhower in the first round, 73-66, but bounced back with three triumphs to take the consolation title. . . Illinois College Basketball Michigan 95, Bradley 93 St. Leo 102, Monmouth 80 Purdue-Calumet Tourney Eastern Tenn. 65, Northern 111. 61 St. Bonaventure 109, 111. Wesleyan 76 Wis .-Milwaukee 117, Western 111. 69 Illinois 97, Houston 84 Dancer's Image Wins Ky. Derby But Not Purse Holiday Tourney Sports Notebook If seedings and ratings can be trusted, there will be new .champions at die Carbondale and Centralia holiday classics this week. Stephen Decatur, winner over Edwardsville in last year's final at Centralia, is accorded almost no chance to repeat. . . Champaign is unanimously regarded as the team to beat. . . C o llinsville's Kahoks, with Tom Parker racking up 50 points in the final game, defeated Alton for the Carbondale crown last December. . But Parker is gone, and Collinsville was seeded no better than fourth this, time. . . Host Carbondale drew top ranking, Mt. Vernon was seeded No. 2 and Decatur Eisenhower No. 3. . . However, a flaw in those ratings developed last Saturday night when Collinsville ripped Decatur Eisenhower, 6250. . . -o- -o- -o- We reported last week that Edwardsville, though unlisted in most polls and ranked below Granite City, Collinsville, Belleville West, etc, in the Southwest, was nonetheless doped as Lest team in the area by many referees and close observers . . . We noted this weekend that Edwardsville, still unbeaten, dumped highly - rated Granite City. . . Looks like our informants were right. -o- -o- -o- This is the 26th year for Centralia action and the 5th annual Carbondale meet. . . Despite the great games and powerful teams featured at both lourneys in all those years, no champ at either place has ever gone on to win an Illinois state title. . . This should be a solid bet: "Teams from the South will do better in the Centralia and Carbondale tourneys than they did last year. ..." If they don't — abandon ship! Last year it was 10 -up and 10-down for the boys from the South. . . . Benton, McLeansboro, Salem, Centralia and Metropolis all lost in the first round at Centralia. ohnston City, West Frankfort Harrisburg, Mt. Vernon and Carbondale all lost opening round games at Carbondale. » -o- -o- -o- Officials at Carbondale will Peebles, Dick Henley, Albert !Van Horn, Fred Brenzel, Ted At 60 Games is Destroys Houston's Home Victory String Bh MIKE RECHT Associated Press Sports Writer West Salem, Franklin, Mann Win Grade Tilts I In last week's Mt. V e rnon grade school basketball action, west Salem mowed down Lin] coin 40-21, Franklin dumped Edison '27-14 and Mann clipped Hall 36-28. Gary Brown of Mann topped the scoring in last week's games with 18 points. Bimbo Set- zekom gunned in 13 for West i&alem, Kenny Schwitz had 11 for Hall, Tom Rector mtssed in 18 for Franklin, Ben Barner tallied 1 eight for Edison and Scott Stranski had 5 for Lincoln. No games are scheduled until i after the Christmas vacation. The January 9 schedule shows Franklin at Lincolcn, West Salem at Mann and Edison at Hall. UCLA might be the best college basketball team in the rest of the country, but in Houston, unranked Illinois is tops. The unheralded Fighting Illini all but put some ranking into their Christmas stocking by doing what no team, including UCLA, has been able to do in more than two years—beat Houston at Houston. The Illini raised their record to 7-0 with a 97-84 victory that ended Houston's 60-game home winning streak and put Illinois in a good spot to at least replace the Cougars as the nation's 20th-ranked team. Not even UCLA, the NCAA champion the last two years, can equal that performance. The Bruins crushed West Virginia 95-56 for their 68th victory in 69 games, but the only defeat was to Houston last season in the Astrodome. UCLA's victory represented a final tuneup for this weekend's Holiday Festival in New York and for Ail-American Lew Alcindor and his pulled tendon ill his left arch. Both passed easily as the Bruins jumped to a 47-34 halftime lead and breezed and LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)—The Kentucky Racing Commission ruled today that Dancer's Image won the 1968 Kentucky Derby but would have to surrender the purse because of the pres -i,, . . ,,, _ ence of a forbidden medication ! ^ Arnolds ^ ams ' a 3-2 in his urine. The commission's ruling upheld one issued earlier by stewards at Churchill Downs. The commission, after hearing 14 days of testimony, agreed with the stewards that Peter Fuller's colt had phenylbuta zone in his system after he won the May 4th race. The medication is permiss- able in tliJ- state as long as it does not show up in a horse by the time he races. The rule covering this drug provides for a redistribution of the purse but makes no mention of disqualifying the horse as the winner of the race. Arthur, 3rd graf, 151 After many years in the old j be Dick Deitz, Bob Blondi, Ford Mt. Vernon Holiday, then in the ' Egyptian Holiday, then at Cen- . , tralia — Ewdardsville hopped Search and Jim Bollinger, 'cm all and started its own hol- •day meet this year. . Edwardsville will have an eight- team field this year, hopes to expand to 16 teams in 1969. . . -o- -o- -o- One might say that coach Among the callers at Centralia will be Ernie Reynolds, Wayne Bollinger, Ray Markham, Jim Myers and Bob Freels . . . Among the 13 officials listed above, Myers is the only one who could be classed as a iookie. . . Cincinnati Rookie Robinson Is Only AFL Back With 1,000 Yards Fifion Is First Harness Driver With 400 Wins TORONTO (AP) — Herve Filion of Angers, Que., who never doubted he would do it, Saturday became the first harness racing driver in the world to [-core 400 wins in a season. "I knew I'd ge? it," said the 28-year-old driver after posting three victories at Greenwood Raceway on the final night of the track's fall meeting. The three wins pushed his' season's total to 401." He reached the 400 mark with Narciss, a 6-1 longshot, ithe sixth and make n -101 in the eighth. BOWLING JUNIOR BOYS LEAGUE High Series: Roger Wilson 414; Craig Partridge 408; Mark Payne 408; Steve Lively 396; Ricky May 394; David Dopp 391. JEFFERSON MOTORS 820 Jordan 'Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer" Pontiac—Cadillac—Buicfc—GMC Trucks Mtv Vernon Alcindor scored 19 points and blocked numerous shots while playing without a limp. The Uclans meet Providence in the first round Friday night of the tournament that also includes second-ranked North Carolina and) eighth-rated Villanova. Villanova also had an easy tuneup, belting Catholic U. 7747. North Carolina was idle. Davidson, No. 3^ also was idle before heading into the Charlotte Invitational this weekend as the heavy favorite against Texas, Maryland and Wichita State. Cincinnati, No. 6, and Santa Clara, No. 10, rested, too. The rest of the Top Ten played true to form, led by fourth-ranked Kentucky, which beat undefeated Army 80-65 to win its own tournament, and i HOUSTON (AP) — Bill Mon- New Mexico, No. 5, which cap-! bouquette, a former 20-game tured its Lobo Tournament by i winner and no-hit pitcher for the dropping Temple 83-70. Eoston Red Sox> was acquir ed Notre Dame, No .7 .outscored ( ^ Houston Astros from the Indiana 104-94 and St. Bonaven- SaR Giants during the ture, No. 9, hammered Illinois ^-pp^j^j Wesleyan 109-76 x J " Monbo" split the 1968 season Illinois should Have plenty of; ft New York Yankees room to move up as Houston, > ... ~.„ f Purdue, No. 12, California, No. ] and the Giantb - I g 15, and Western Kentucky, No. j : 2 18, all lost last week. 1 as the favorite. Kentucky and I « The Illini, with all five start- Notre Dame collide Saturday j| ers back from an 11-13 season j and New Mexico takes on Texas ^ last year, jumped to a 50-39 j of El Paso tonight. | y halftime lead and 1 the Cougars I St. Bonaventure travels to the never got closer than five again, j All-College Classic at Oklahoma Dave Scholz and sophomore 1 City Thursday. Almost every Greg Jackson each scored 21! other major college also is points for Illinois. scheduled for a tournament this The Illini can further their, week, recognition this weekend in the I Purdue was the only Saturday Hurricane Classic with host Mi-1 casualty in the second 10, losing ami, Fla., Pittsburgh and \ to Arizona State 85-80 in the Sun Creighton. .Devil Classic final. Cincinnati has a date against! Individually, Pete Maravich NEW YORK (AP) — Halfback Paul Robinson of the Cincinnati Bengals, a first-year man on a first-year team, was confirmed today as the American Football League's leading ground-gainer. Despite the fledgling Bengals' last-place finish in the Western Division, Robinson, a rookie from Arizona, was the only runner in the league to gain more than 1,000 yards. He finished with 1,023 on 238 carries, a 4.3 average. Another rookie, Kansas City's Robert Holmes, had a better average— 5.0 yards per rush—but carried only 174 limes for 866 yards. That was one yard better than Hewritt Dixon of Oakland. Houston's Hoyle Granger was fourth with 848. Kansas City's Len Dawson, one of only two quarterbacks in the league to complete more than half his throws, replaced Oakland's Daryle Lamonica as (lie best passer. Dawson had a the best passer. Dawson had the best percentage—58.5—and best average gain—9.42—while Lamonica's over-all figures were good for second'place, although San Diego's John Hadl out- gained him 3,473 yards to 3,245 and threw more touchdown passes, 27-25. The closest race was among the receivers, where San Diego's Lance Alworth beat out George Sauer of New York, th defending champ, on the final day, 68 receptions to 66. Alworth also led in yardage with 1,312. , The scoring crown went to New York's Jim Turner, who booted 34 field goals, a professional record, and 43 extra sional record, and 43 extra points for 145 total points. In other departments, Oakland's George Atkinson led in kickoff returns, Kansas City's Noland Smith took punt return honors and Dave Grayson of Oakland had the most interceptions. OTTAWA (AP) — The Canadian National Hockey team whipped Czechoslovakia 7-3 Sunday in an exhibition hockey game. 8 North Texas State Saturday and Santa Clara heads'for the Rainbow Classic-Thursday in Hawaii of LSU, the nation's top scorer, tossed in 47 points in a 98-89 victory over Georgia. 8 8 '8 HUNT'S RESTAURANT And COCKTAIL LOUNGE WILL BE CLOSED Starting Christmas Day Thru Jan. 5 For Employees Vacations Open For Business Jan. 6 The Very Best Of Holiday Wishes To All Our Frinds, Extended In Warm Appreciation Of 'r Your Good Will And Patronage. .'
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