CHAMPAIGN, CARBONDALE TOURNEY PICKS I M '- * Re&«*-Nem -X- -X- -X- -X- -X- 32 Preps Open Play Thursday At 2 Big Sou. Illinois Meets Illinois High S C h O 0 1 ' season, jumped into the Associa- c-agers particpating in the i ted Press top 20 lisi this week. Carbondale and Centralia j thomton Ranked Third Holiday tournaments will have little time for relaxing ; Tllird soedecl Thornton of Har- during the Christmas Holi- ! ^ ,he 1966 stale cham P ion - is day season. off to another Wildcats have good year. The lost to Proviso Tournaments a) both Carbon-! Easl and a squeeker to a rugged ' team from LaGrange. dale and Centralia are scheduled ', lo op-n willi 9 a.m. games Thurs-• rlR .V with many sports fans still' in doubt as to which tourney to attend. Both tournaments are loaded | willi simcr-lcr-ms and super-stars. At Carbondale. it's the Terriers ( and the fabulous Lcs Taylor j along with the Mt. Vernon Rams 1 and the Collinsville Kahoks. At | Centralia, it's the state's No. 11 rated team Champaign Central along , with 1966 slate champion Thornton, tough Benton, big New Trier East. Belleville West and the hpst Centralia Orphans. South 7 Trams At C'Dale Carbondale, the younger of the two tourneys will have all of the South Seven schools entered with the exception of Centralia and Benton. Carbondale, Peoria Manual, Collinsville and Mt. Vernon are rated the top contenders at the fourth annual holiday classic held in the SIU arena. Rated sixth, ninth, tenth and 12th in the first Associated Press state poll, at least nine other schools including honorable mentions Chicago St. Patrick and Decatur Eisenhower are, expected to give the foursome a battle for the championship trophy claimed by Collinsville last year. Only Harrisburg, DuQuoin and Herrin figure not to cause much trouble ,in me championship bracket. Discount the Bulldogs, Indians and Tigers and Hie other 13 Carbondale entries entered weekend play with a composit 48-13 record. Eight Games Thursday Eight games are slated for Thursday and Friday with sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Seven games are scheduled Saturday with sessions starting at the same times, the only difference being two games that evening rather than three. Opening round games Thursday pit Decatur Eisenhower against Herrin at 9 a.m.; Peoria Maunal vs. Pinckneyville at 10:30 a.m.; Alvon vs. West Frankfort at 1:00 p.m.; Mt. Vernon vs. Cahokia at 2:30 p.m.; Glenbard East vs. Marion at 4:00 p.nu; Collinsville vs. St. Patrick at 7:00 p.m. and Meridian vs. Harrisburg at 10 p.m. ' At Centralia Champaign Central, the state's No. 1 rated team, is also the top- seeded team entered in the 26th annual Centralia Holiday Tournament. Clyde Turner with his 25 point plus per game average along with fine balanced scoring to back him, has been Champaign's key to success. The Maroons averaged 73 points per game in their first eight outings while holding the opposition to 51 points per game, an amazing 22 point, win spread. Centralia's Orphans, with a 5-1 record, are ranked second in the meet. The Orphans squad, rebounding from an off year last Two time tourney champion Benton is supposedly in a rebuilding year/, but the Rangers have yet to taste defeat, racking up four straight victories. New Trier East, a northern power, has compiled an impressive 4-1 mark with their lone loss to Tom Milliken's Proviso East team. Coach Dave Shannuhan's Belle- villes West Maroons, a Super- Sectional finalist in last year's . state tournament are picked' sixth. The Maroons, headed by j Glenn Chinn, guard Rich Caravla; and John Bunch are having an 1 excellent season thus far. | Outside shooter Dave Walbeck and Alvin O'Neal, leading re- bounder in last seasons Mid State Nine Conference with a 14.4 average, head the Peoria Spalding squad. Jacksonville's 3-2 squad completes the list of the top eight contenders. Jacksonville owns impressive wins over Alton and Pittsfield. Any Team Could Win Backing up the eight top seeded teams are Homewood-Flossmoor, Pittsfield, Stephen-Decatur, Freeport, Nashville, Princton, Elmhurst York, and Salem. None of these teams could be counted out of the battle for the title as thy all have compiled a winning percentage of over 50 per cent. 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 Session Belleville West vs. Decatur Stephen Centralia vs. York of Elmhurst Peoria Spalding vs. Pittsfield By JOHN RACKAWAY Sports Shorts Benton Rangers. I and 14th in a recent poll for Cook • county quintets ... St. Pat pits up to now,! its 7-2 record against Collins- must be called the surprise team i ville in the opening round . of southern Illinois . . . After three outstanding seasons, in which Benton posted South Seven records of 14-0, 14-0 and 12-2, coach Rich Herrin was expected to come ug barefooted this year . TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 196S 1-B Coach Vergil Fletcher's Ka hoks are the most successful team in the history of the Carbondale holiday . . . Collinsville , has an 11-1 tourney mark after winning last year's affair . . . Doug Collins. 6-3. and Joe The Kahoks have played in Milton, 6-4, were the only Ben-' everv championship game since ton returnees with much actual entering the tourney in 1965 . . . game experience . . . But coach * * * Herrin has- stirred up a mixture of former bench-riding upperclassmen with five promising sophomores- for a varsity squad which will take a 4-0 record to Centralia this week . . . Admittedly, 1 Benton's wins haven't been against any big But Browns, Raiders Confident Jets And Colts Favored To Win Big Ones Sunday Ability To Move The Team Namath Selected As AFL's Most Valuable Player Opening round games on Thursday send Jacksonville against Homewood Flossmoor at 9 a.m.; Champaign vs. Nashville at 10:30 a.m.; New Trier vs. Freeport at 1 p.m.; Benton vs. Princeton at 2:30 p.m.; Thornton vs. Salem at 4:00 p.m.; Belleville West vs. Decatur Stephen at 6:45 p.m.; Centralia vs. Elmhurst York at 8:15 p.m. and Peoria Spalding vs. Pittsfield at 9:45 p.m. While officials are anticipating large crowds at both Centralia and Carbondale, plent yof tickets reportedly are still available. SCORES College Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS East Wagner 93, CCNY 60 South Vanderbilt 85, So. Calif. 75 Midwest Ohio State 74, Butler 71 Michigan ill, Utah 74 Northwestern 77, Wash. St. 61 Dayton 83, Los Ang. Loyola 58 Wichita St. 79, Texas A&M 60 Weber St. 89, Creighton 83 Oklahoma 65, SW Missouri 57n Houston 91, Bowling Green 80 Tulsa 81, Bradley 79 SMU 82, Yale 76 Tex.-El Paso 71, New Mex. 67 Minnesota 73, Sandievo St. 60 Utah St. 84, San Jose State 83 Syracuse 77, Brig. Young 73 Arizona 68, Nebraska 63 Santa Clara 86, Gonzaga 62 U. of Pacific 77, Drake 75 By MURRAY CHASS Associated Ptress Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Na math, whose $5,000 mink coat and 810,000 Fu Manchu mustache made him the center of attention off the field, was named the American Football League's Most Valuable Player today—for what he did on the field. Namath, who leads the New York Jets into Sunday's championship game against Oakland, was an ovewhelming choice in the voting by a n Associated Press panel of 30 sports writers and sportscasters .three in each AFL city. He received 15 votes while eight players shared the other 15 Althea Gibson Darben Returns To Play Tennis EAST ORANGE. N.J. (AP) — Althea Gibson Darben, who rose from a cramped Harlem railroad flat to world fame on the plush courts of Wimbledon and Forest Hills, is returning to tennis. "I want at least one more crack at Wimbledon as a profes- sonal," the 41-year-old former counter girl told The Associated Press. But Mrs. Darben will continue her dubious courtship with golf, guns — Meridian, Du Quoin, Marion and Herrin — but the margins and the manners- of the decisions have impressed quite a few opposing coaches . . . Benton writer Bob Tedrow told us: "Don't take the Rangei"s seriously this year. But we have tremendous youngsters, really great. Give 'em a year, maybe two, and watch out!" » * • Benton will take a look at a giant in a first-round game at Centralia against Princeton . . . The big boy is Princeton center, Rick Larson, who measures seven feet, 3/8 inch and weighs | 279 pounds . . . According to his ' coach, Larson wears a size 17 1 shoe . . . Despite Larson and ; his size 17 shoes, Princeton j comes to Centralia with a 1 modest 4-3 record . . . * * » Glenbard East's enrollment of 2,600 is tops in the 16-team field at Carbondale . . . Alton stands a close second with 2,460 students, and Cahokia, Collinsville and Decatur Eisenhower each have about 1,800 ... Chicago St. Patrick and Mt. Vernon are sixth and seventh in size with 1,750 and 1,710 respectively, while host Carbondale has 1,350 boys and girls . . . Remaining participants in order of enrollment are: Peoria Manual, 1200, Marion 1150, Herrin 800, Harrisburg 750, West Frankfort 702, Pinckneyville 555, Du Quoin 550 and Meridian 475 .. . * * * The two Chicago area teams in the field, St. Patrick and Glenbard East, were ranked 13th Lance Alworth of San Diego I for which she left tennis to chal - lenge eight years ago. She has been less than spectacular during her five years on the ladies' pro tour. She says sue will make her comeback in the Oakland Pro Invitational in California in February. It will be her first major tournament since 1960. As Althea Gibson, she won the Wimbledon and U.S. championships in 1957 and 1958, the third woman to accomplish that double slam, and the first Negro woman ever to win a major tennis title. Mrs. Darben says she has been practicing five hours a day for the past two weeks near her home in East Orange for the Oakland tourney Feb. 23-26. She says she hopes her performance was runner-up with four votes, Bob Griese of Miami had three, Len Dawson of Kansas City and John Hadl of San Diego two each and Oakland's Daryle Lamonica, George Sauer of New York, Paul Robinson of Cincinnati and Kansas City's Bob Holmes one each. In sparking the Jets to their first Eastern Division title, Na math didn't pass for as much yardage or for as many touchdowns this year as last—he completed 49 per cent of his passes for 3,147 yards and 15 TDs. But he developed his ability to move the team to a level he hadn't reached in —his first three seasons. New records were plentiful in the 1967 Carbondale Holiday Tournament, but relatively few are expected to be re-set this year . . . Tom Parker. Collinsville's j super-star for the past three years, boosted the single game, single tournament and career scoring marks to such a high level last season that It is extremely unlikely for any to be touched, at least for a few years . . . The Kahok sensation, now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, scored 50 points in last year's championship game against Alton, had 146 for his four-game total and extended his career total at the Carbondale tourney to 301 .. . Although all five members of last year's Carbondale all-tourney squad have graduated, three second team choices are returning .. . Ken Griffin of West Frankfort, Algis Tervydis of Collinsville, and Perry Johnson of Decatur Eisenhower will be back . . . Griffin, a sharp - shooting guard, garnered 75 points in three tourney games for the Redbirds last year. He also hit on 31 of 33 free throw attempts. Tervydis and Johnson, both 6-4, also had stellar performances as juniors. Tervydis netted 61 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in helping the Kahoks win their second tourney title while Johnson amassed 38 points and 31 rebounds in only two contests for the Panthers . . . June graduation claimed first team members Joel Tolliver of Pinckneyville, Carlos Martinez of Chicago St. Patrick, Tom Parker of Collinsville, Alan Crews of Du Quoin, and Leon Huff of Alton. Sonny Willis of Alton and Randy Mateling of Glenbard Easi were second team stars who have departed. Ohio State, Minnesota Win Northwestern, Michigan Score Big 10 Triumphs BOWLING NEED A NEW PICKUP? THEN CHOOSE GMC THE TRUCK THAT OFFERS MORE At SPORTS SHORTS Two striking examples show will result in a pro contract why Namath was such a clear "My hands aren't as strong as choice for the MVP award (in a ''hey used to be and my muscles poll of AFL coaches he also was are sore because they aren't named player of the year). ,quite as supple," she says. "But In the season opener at Kan-,I've been through the hard sas City, the Jets were leading! knocks before and I think I can 20-19 with nearly six minutes j do it. A friend told me. 'if any- left in the game, but they were one can do it. you can'.' " at their own five-yard line with — third down and 11 yards to go. While the Chiefs envisioned gelting the ball on a punt and marching in for the winning By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS score, Namath hit Don Maynard | OTTAWA (AP) — Don David- with a 16-yard pass for a first' Sl , n and Steve King scored two down, and the Jets went on totals each leading Canada's Na- hold the ball for the rest of the : t ; ona i hockey team to a 9-3 £&me. romp over a touring Swedish, "I thought nobody in the 1ranl Monday night. world could do that to us," said Coach Hank Stram of Kansas ; City. SEATTLE (AP) Mel Mc- j Five weeks later, alter drop- Cain, coach of the Seattle Rang- ping two out —of their previous j ers of the Continental Football; three games for a 3-2 —record, j League the past two seasons, ! the Jets were trailing Houston was dimissed Monday. 14-13 in the closing minutes of 1 the game. A loss very easily * ' could have a. permanently dam- 1 ning score thai came with 48 aging effect on their title j seconds left, chances. ! That was quite a performance NITE OWL LEAGUE High Series: Pat Jones 548; Ada Peraino 502; Linda Goza 485: Jean Gregory 48; Harriet Kelley 475; Velma Sammons 461. Standings: W L Fulford Construction .... 38 13 Mug Drive In 31 20 Laird Jewelers 31 21 Harper's Gas For Less 30 2.1 Remnant House 29 22 Greyhound Cafeteria ... 28 23 Musgrove Shoe Store .... 27 24 Velma's Airport Cafe .... 23 2S Broyles Senators 21 30 Edward's Beauty Salon 18 33 Wayne's Marathon 16 35 Precision Engineering 14 ?>7 CITY MePHEARSON MEMORIAL LEAGUE High Series: A. Muzzarelli 602; Uu Castaldi 596; Bill Allen 595; ,'Don Burke 581; Tony Gockel 577; ! R. Robinson 560. Standings: W I, Eddies Tavern 36 15 Hilton Shirts 32 19 Beans Standard 28 23 Beck Texaco 28 23 Scarbrough 26 25 Silverstreak 25 26 Stan the Tire Man .... 24 27 Greyhound 23 28 Stans Barber 22 29 Am. Welding 12 39 But Namath, remaining cool as always, completed four consecutive passes for 53 yards and moved the team 80 yards in by a guy who the week before had five passes intercepted. Then, too, the season-long performance wasn't too bad for a eight plays over-all for the win- guy who has two bad knees. TYLER 820 Jordan 'Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer'' JPontiac—Cadillac — Buick—GMC Trucks ernon iff i , ' f r FELLOWSHIP LEAGUE Standings: W L Woody's 66 38 16 Endicott 37 17 Rad. 1 35 19 Sandusky's 32 22 Jeff. Motors 30 24 Inland Steel 27% 26% Harpers Gas 27 27 Petro Drill 27 27 Rad. 2 27 27 West. Auto 26 28 Precision 25 29 Nu Bowl 25 29 Tri-Co. Elec 24 30 Bi-State 24 30 Razorback 23 31 Jansens 21 33 Harry's Mrkt 19 25 Br. Chev 17% 36% TOWN AND COUNTRY LEAGUE High Games: Chloe Bevis 201; LaVin Brieseacher 181; Edna Benoist 179; Evelyn Drennan 178; Diane Wilson 176; Emma Braddy By JOE MOOSHIL Associated Press Sportfe Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Big Ten, long known as a football league, has suddenly turned! into the nation's elite basketball conference. Although the Big Ten has no team to challenge the likes of UCLA and Lew Alcindor, it does have a magnificent 43-16 record against nonconference foes. Big Ten teams ventured the basketball threshold on four fronts Monday night and came through with four more victories as Minnesota downed San Diego State 73-60, Michigan smashed Utah 111-74, Northwestern pounded Washington State 77-61 and Ohio State edged Butler 74-71. Following a holiday rest the next two days, Big Ten teams will put their laurels at stake throughout the nation in a series of tournaments before returning home for the conference show which gets underway Jan. 4. Northwestern, boasting a six- game winning streak following a season-opening loss, plays in the Gator JBowl Tournament beginning Thursday while Purdue, a top contender for the Big Ten title, goes into action the same day in the Hawaii Classic. On Friday, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan State take off on tournament flings. Illinois will take a perfect 7-0 record to the Miami tournament. Minnesota will be engaged in the Dallas Tournament annual Milwaukee Classic. Top Prices Paid Thursday, Dec. 19 at — PRICE'S LIVESTOCK MARKET Salem, III. Fat Steers 30.00 Fat Heifers 27.70 Fat Holsteln Steers 25.00 Feeder Strs 29.00 Feeder Heifers 24.60 Feeder Holstein Steers 23.00 Veals S8.00 Bulls 22.50 Cows 19.00 Fat Hogs 19.50 Sows 16.25 By HAL BOCK The New York Jets and Baltimore Colts emerged as the early favorites today in the American and National Football League championship games set for Sunday. The Jets ruled as three-point picks over the Oakland Raiders in the AFL game and the Colts were rated six points over Cleveland's Browns in the NFL game. It was a situation that didn't exactly bother the underdogs. That's because both Cleveland and Oakland upset the odds- makers last weekend, knocking off favorites to reach pro football's semifinal showdown Sunday. The Browns beat favorcd Dallas 31-20 to win the NFL's Eastern Conference title and the Raiders walloped Kansas City 41-6 to take the AFL's Western Division crown. And both clubs are confident they can beat the opposition the the odds-makers again. "These guys have a lot of pride," said quarterback Daryle Lamonica of his Oakland teammates. "New York is tough and and we'll' have to play our best to win." Lamonica hosted a champagne party for his teammates Monday and the Raiders only hope it was a prelude to an even bigger party after Sunday's title game. It was Lamonica's pinpoint passing to flanker Fred Bilemi- koff that broke Sunday's game against the Chiefs open. Biletnikoff was jarred late in the game and had to leave but is expected to begin working out with the j rest of the Raiders today for' Sunday's game. The Jets were interested observers in Lamonica's work on the Chiefs and Walt Michaels, New York'sj defensive back coach, indicated that what they saw might cause some changes in coverage plans. "We've played zone about half the time and man-to-man the other half." said Michael. "But we may have two new cover ages for this game." -' Michaels and the Jets were concerned not only with Biletnikoff, who caught seven passes for 180 yards and three touch- 'downs, but with Warren Wells (four-for-93 yards and two TDs) as well. "They're both fine receivers,"said Michaels. "If you let one go, you'll get the other. They're good .consistant receivers." While Walt Michaels' championship game job is strictly coaching, his brother, Lou, will play a more active role. He is the place kicker for the Baltimore Colts. The Colts enjoyed the favorite role against the Browns despite the fact that Cleveland was the only team to beat Baltimore during the regular season. The score was 30-20 and the Browns did it with some opportunistic interceptions against Johnny Unitas, who relieved Earl Morrall with the Colts down 14-7 at half time. Since then, though, Morrall has established himself as Baltimore's No. 1 signal caller and it would take more than a one TD deficit to get him out of the line-up. Hayes Becomes 1st NBA Player To Break 1,000 NEW YORK (API - Elvin Htiyes. sensational rookie of the San Diego Rockets, is the first National Basketball Association player to score 1,000 points this Figures released today Figuures released today showed the 6-foot-9 Big E with 1,037 points and a 30.5 average, norh NBA highs. Seattle's Bob Rule is second in total points widi 891 but Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati, who has 844 points, hap the second best per-game average, 27.2. Elgin Baylor of Los Angeles and Baltimore's Earl Monroe ulso have better averages than Rule. Hayes also is one of the top rcbounders. The first-year pro from Houston has 603 rebounds to 698 for Wilt Chamberlain of Los Angeles. Chamberlain also leads in field goal percentage with .585 to .560 for Jerry Lucas of Cincinnati. Cincinnati's Adrian Smith and Robertson rank 1-2 in foul shooting with .864 and .855. Seattle's Lennie Wilkens, sixth in scoring, is tlie top playmaker with 318 assists to Robertson's 305 out the Big O's average of 9.S per game is best. Cordero, Pineda Meet Today At Tropical Park MIAMI (AP) — Angel Cordero Jr. and Alvaro.Pineda meet head-to-hefed at Tropical Park today and Wednesday in their battle for the 1968 jockey championship. Pineda sliced Cordero's lead Monday to 336-326 when he rode two winners at Bay Meadows in California and then took off for Tropical. Cordero arrived here Monday from Puerto Rico but was shut out on four mounts. Corder's plane form Puerto Rico was delayed and he missed his first two scheduled mounts. The first one, State Pride, won the opening race by a nose. Leroy Kelly gained 130 yards rushing against the Colts in the first meeting, between the two teams and the way quarterback Bill Nelsen talked Monday, Baltimore can expect to see plenty of Kelly again. "We must run more aginst them than the Vikings did," said Nelsen, analyzing Baltimore's 24-14 victory over Minnesota in Sunday's Western playoff. Kelly picked up 87 yards on the ground in Cleveland's upset over Dallas and Nelsen indicated that he would lean to the successful running game. "If we work at things as we have been',' the Cleveland quarterback said, "we can get the job done." The job, for all four pro football clubs, starts today with preparations beginning in earnest for Sunday's games. DORIS and LEROY PIERCY and Employees BURGER BARN 6th and Broadway Mt. Vernon, Illinois'
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