Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 26, 1968 · Page 16
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Thursday, December 26, 1968
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Ml V* Register-News THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, H<68 1C sradi By JOHN RACKAWAY The Players' Choices: Th e Top 22 Across United States Christmas Holiday Cage Tournaments Set To Open Tonight By TED MEIER Associated Press Sports Writer Duquesne's debonair Dukes from Pennsylvania, Columbia's Lions from New York and Santa Clara's Broncos from California risk their unbeaten record's in college basketball tonight as the merry whirl of Christmas holiday tournaments gets under way. The unranked Dukes from Pittsburgh, 7-0, go against Texas A&M in a first-round game of the All-College tourney at Oklahoma' City. Columbia, 6-0, but day Festival }n New York in which top-ranked UCLA meets Providence and No. 2 North Carolina tangles with fifth- ranked Villanova. Tonight's tournament pairings; all first round: Big 8 at Kansas City—Colorado vs. Oklahoma and Kansas vs. Nebraska. Far West at Portland, Ore.— California vs. Brigham Young and Oregon vs. Yale. Rainbow at Honolulu—Columbus vs. Stanford and Santa also unranked, is pitted against | Clara vs. West Virginia. Stanford in the first round of the . All-College at Oklahoma City Rainbow Classic at Honolulu. —Duquesne vs. Texas A&M and Santa Clara, ninth-ranked in j Tulane vs. Oklahoma City. Gator Bowl at Jacksonville: Northwestern vs. Florida and Boston College vs. Georgia. East Carolina at Greenville, N.C.: Virginia Tech vs. Delaware, Wm. & Mary vs. Baylor, Virginia vs. Air Force and East Carolina vs. Cornell. The Associated Press poll, also plays in the Rainbow Classic. The Broncos, 6-0, take on West Virginia's Mountaineers. Once-beaten Kansas. 8-1, eighth-ranked in the AP poll, tries •. for its eighth straight against Nebraska in a first- round game of the Big Eight tourney at Kansas City. The Jayhawks also will be after victory No. 993 in the school's history. The Far West Classic at Portland, Ore., the Gator Bowl at Carolina Classic at Greenville, N.C, also start today after a two-day lull on the collegiate hardwood's.' The parade of- tournaments goes into high gear on Friday featured by the start of the Holi- SPORT SHORTS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Angelo Cordero Jr. took a commanding 12-race lead over Alvaro Pineda Wednesday in their' duel for the National Jockey Championship. Cordero upped his total to 338 by riding one winner at Tropical Park. Pineda, with 326, was blanked for the second straight day. All-Pro! FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Yrs. Pos Player Team Age Hi. Wt. Pro TE John Mackey Baltimore 26 6-2 224 6 FL Clifton McNeil San Francisco 28 6-3 185 5 SE Paul Warfield Cleveland 25 6-0 188 5 T Ralph NAely Dallas 24 6-6 265 4 T Robert Brown Philadelphia 26 6-4 • 280 5 G Gene Hickerson Cleveland 32 6-3 248 11 G . Howard Mudd San Francisco 26 6-2 254 5 C Mick Tingeitioff Minnesato 28 6-1 237- " 7 Q Earl Morrall Baltimore 34 6-2 206 13 RB Leroy Kelly Cleveland 26* 6-0 205 5 RB Gale Sayers Chicago 25 6-0 (93 4 DEFENSE E Deacon Jones l.os Angeles 29 6-5 260 3 E Carl tiler Minnesota 25 6-6 265 5 T Bob Lilly Dallas 29 6-5 260 8 T Merlin Olsen Los Angoles 27 6-5 276 7 MLB Dick Butkus Chicago 25 6-3 245 4 LB Chuck Howloy Dallas 32 6-2 225 10 LB Dave Rob nson Green Bay 27 6-3 240 6 HB Lem Barney Detroit 22 6-0 135 2 HB Cornell Green Dallas 28 6-3 208 7 S Larry Wilson St. Louis 30 6-0 190 V S Rick Volk Baltimore 23 6-3 195 2 SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos. Player and Team TE Jackie Smith, St. Louis . SE Carroll Dale, Green Bay FL Roy Jefferson, P Hsburgh T Bob Vogel, Baltimore T Ernie McMillan, St. Louis G "Gale Gill ngham, Green Bay G Tom Mack, Los Angeles C Bob DeMarco, St. Louis' Q Don Meredith, Dallas RB Bill Brown, Minnesota RB Don Perkins, Dallas DEFENSE Player and Team Doug Atkins, New Orleans George Andrie Dallas Alex Karras, Detroit Walter Johnson, Cleveland MLB Tommy Nobis, Atlanta LB Mike Curtis, Baltimore Dave Wilcox, San Francisco Bob Jeter, Green Bay Jim Johnson, San Franciso Ed Meador, Los Angeles Willie Wood, Green Bay Pos E E T T LB HB HB S £ Herrin, P'Ville Fall Decatur, Peoria Capture Opening Wins At (Vale Cincinnati Halfback Paul Robinson Named AFL Offensive Rookie In opening round games of the Carbondale Holiday Tournament, Decatur Eisenhower blasted Herrin 75-49 while Peoria Manual caught fire in the second half to down Pinckneyville 77-62. Playing before a small crowd, Decatur took a 19-11 first quarter lead and was never headed the Tigers Roger Beals and Bill Madlock paced Decatur with 29 and 24 points each. Herrin, playing most of the game without the services of veteran Frank Jeters, was paced by Sammy Shemwell with ! 16 points and David Duncan with ' 13. Herrin will meet Pinckney- i ville in the consolation bracket j Friday while Decatur will be pitted against Peoria Manual in 1 championship brackets play. Score by Quarters Decatur: 19 13 21 22—75 Herrin: 11 14 10 14—49 Scoring for Decatur: Landrum 3, Harper 2, Johnson 15, Madlock 24, Beals 29, Wrigley 2. Scoring for Herrin: Kincaid 3, Mayse 6, Duncan 13, Baughman 2, Shemwell 16, Aronson 2, Jeters 7 . Peoria Over Pinckneyville! Champaign Wins 82-57 Jacksonville ousted Homewood - Flossmoor 70-66 and coach Leedio Cabutti's top- ranked Champaign Maroons hammered Nashville's Hornets 82-57 in morning games at Centralia's 26th holiday tourney. Hank Siram Named Top AFL Coach KANSAS CITY (API - Hank Strain, who kept the Kansas City Chiefs patched together with some masterful manipulation in midseason only to see his effort collapse in ruins at Oakland last Sunday, was named the American Football League's Coach of the Year Wednesday. It was the second time in three years the dynamic little HERE S A CAR FOR YOU .if :ly ;liH YOU'LL LIKE 1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-DR. HARDTOP THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CAR AT A LOW, LOW, LOW PRICE SPECIAL .00 7 By MURRAY CHASS Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP> Paul Robinson, who played only one year in college before becoming the American Football League's rushing champion, was an overwhelming choice today as the AFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year. Robinson, the top rookie on a rookie team, received 24 votes for his play as the Cincinnati Bengals' halfback. The other six votes from The Associated Press' panel of 30 sports writers and sportscasters went to another running back, Bob Holmes of Kansas City, who finished second in rushing. Robinson gained 1,023 yards during the season, becoming the first rookie in the AFL to reach the ,1,000 mark. He gained that plateau even though he played football in college for only one year. That was in 1967, after he had played basketball at Eastern Arizona Junior College and run track at the University of Arizona. He turned to football at Arizona aft- j er using up his track eligibility. | "A friend suggested I go out j for football my last year." said i Robinson, who holds the Arizona j record for the 400-yard in- i termediate hurdles. "I started ! out as a flanker but didn't do | too well so they switched me to i running back." | From there, 'he became the i Bengals' third-round draft 1 choice and beat out approximately 15 other running backs i for the job. But despite Paul j Brown's expectations, the 6-foot, 198-pound rookie started slowly. In fact, in the first seven I games, Robinson gained more ! than 39 yards only once, and he scored only two touchdowns. Then came the second half of the season, and Robinson exploded. Ho ran for 159 yards against Oakland. 156 against Houston, 115 ayainst Kansas City and 134 against Miami. By that time, he had grabbed the rushing lead and easily held it through the last three games. , coach with the Napoleonic an- Peoria Manual's Rams came j pearance has won the honor in | up with a hot second half to j tne annual Associated Press : down the hustling Pinckneyville I vote 0 f 30 sports writers and j Partners 77-62 in the second | sportscasters—three from each I game of the Carbondale Holiday j 0 f the AFL's 10 cities. I Tournament today. j stram received 16 votes, \ The two clubs ' battled back '• weeb Ewbank of the New York ; and forth in the two opening | jets nine. Sid Gillman of San quarters with the Rains holding i Diego three and Lou Saban of ; a slim 42- 39 margin at the Denver two. : intermission. Stram expertly matched his Manual got hot in the second available talent to the situation half of play, outscoring the | w hen injuries nearly took the Pincks by a 35-23 count. j chiefs out of contention in mid- Howard Cole paced the win- 1 season. His juggling and mas- ners with 35 points backed by; terminding reached its zenith Leo House with 10. Brown gun- \ when the Chiefs—their passing ned in 19 for Pinckneyville. Bill Toomey May Quit Track For Press Box TYLER'S 820 Jordan 'Southern;. Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer" Pontiac—-Gadiilac-=-Buick—QMC Truetys * Mt. Vernon attack decimated by the loss of receivers Otis Taylor and Glos-I tor Richardson—whipped Oak- j land 24-10. Stram dusted off the I old straight—T and pounded the \ Raiders into submission. j It was a totally different and j sad -day for the Chiefs last Sunday in the rubber match between Kansas City and LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) Oakland however. At stake in Bill Toomey, who became the the playoff game was the West'.. eldest Olympic decathlon cham- > ern. Division championship and i pion last October when he won a '. a chance to meet Ewbank's Jets ;j/ld medal at. the age of 29, i s I this Sunday for the AFL title thinking about quitting track and a Super,Bowl berth. ' and field for the press box. It was no contest. The Raiders i "I'm still an amateur but I've ; trounced the Chiefs 41-6, beating iieceived some very firm offers ! f he ™ f° thoroughly Stram was iand I'm considering them all," j said the handsome bachelor and ! former junior high school eng- lish teacher. Toomey said two television networks have offered him positions a sports commentator or announcer. He said he lias also had feelers from other businesses and "attractive teaching offers." But Toomey said he will remain an amateur for a while longer for a number of reasons, Icy Roads Don't Stall The Fans No records were established but attendance was reported as "better than average" at both the Carbondale and Centralia tourneys in the opening morning sessions . . . Icy road conditions, which made driving hazardous early today, were expected to hold down thtf enrly-bird flock, but round- ball fans, like their football brethren, are a hardy lot . . . Centralia crowds always appear larger because of more limited capacity . . . Trout Gym was more than half-filled this morning . . . A thousand fans, even two thousand, can get lonesome in the huge Carbondale Arena . . . Largest crowd for a Carbondale tourney session thus far wits 6,500 two years ago when Carbondale beat Collinsville in the championship game .... -X- -x- -x- Rams' Big Three 1 Score 249 Points ! After five games and going into the Carbondale Holiday tourney, big Steve Strickland I leads Mt. Vernon Ram scorers i with 91 points, an average of 118.2 per contest ... j Close behind are Nate Hawthorne and Terry Sledge with 67 points and 71 points respectively . . . Hawthorne is< averaging 17.6 per game and Sledge 14.2 . . . Eddie James has tallied 48, Darrell Gray 22 and sixth man Ronnie Henderson 21 . . . Of Mt. Vernon's 340 points for the season, the Big Three up front — Strickland, Hawthorne and Sledge — have accounted ! for 249 .. . : -X- -X- -X' Jones Sees Orphs With Good Chance We phoned coach Bob Jones of Centralia at 31:30 last night with 'a question about the Orphans' holiday meet . . J Where did we locate Bob as midnight approached on Christmas day??? We found him at Trout gymnasium . . . He admitted that he wasn't working his Orphans overtime. "Five of our tourney teams got in late today and wanted to work out," explained Bob. "We gave each club some practice time, and this Homewood- Flossmoor gang is just now finishing. That young coach of Homewood, Dick Schmidt, is really a hard worker . . ." (Ed. Note — Perhaps he worked his boys too hard, or maybe the late hours got 'em. Homewood had to play Jacksonville at 9 a.m. today and dropped the tourney opener 7066.) -X- -X- -X"I believe we have a good shot at this tourney," said the Orphan coach . . . "We should get by York in the first game and will probably meet Peoria Spalding . . . Spalding is an off- and-on club, with luck we can handle 'em . . . Thornton would be next and they're always tough, but what I really want is a shot at Cabutti and Champaign in the final ... I believe we can do it . . .". -x- -x- -x- Roms At Carbondale Again Next Year Orphan coach Jones and Centralia board member Harvey Hughes, ex-Mt. Vernonite, have been negotiating to get Mt. Vernon back in the Centralia tourney . . . The Rams have a two-year contract at Carbondale which runs out in 1969 . . . Mt. Vernon Athletic Director Noble Thomas isn't saying where the Rams might play in 1970 ... "1 think coach Arnold leans toward Centralia and I haven't decided," said Noble "Anyway the final decision will be up to the high school board." The Mailbag "To Sporting Daze: "You said in the Sporting Daze this past Saturday that Moore (Walt) logged more time for Mt. V. than anyone else. I'm wondering if this is true considering Walt Jr. Kirk, back in '39 to '42, played somewhere around 40 games a year. From 1937 to 1967 (30 years) I have seen all but 9 of all Orphan games; I want you to know Jr. Kirk is on my all-time, So. 111. All-Star Team." "Onoi-io Ghorardini, Centralia" -x- -x- -x- Onorio, anyone who has watched as many games as you, automatically qualifies as 'expert' . . . Walt Jr. Kirk should feel honored . . . However, Walt did not play Ram varsity ball as a freshman — Walter Moore did — so chances are that Moore logged more playing time than Kirk . . . If anyone put in more Ram- time than OP 44, it was another Moore, Charley by name . . . We believe Walt and Charley were the only four-year varsity men at MT. V. . . . Charley attended the University of Toledo after leaving MTV and — according to his friend Calvin Kirk — now heads a community recreation program in Toledo . . . WESLEYAN TOPS SMALL COLLEGE POLL By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Unbeaten Kentucky Wesleyan won both its games last week to run its record to 7-0 and retain its hold on first place in The Associated Press' weekly small college basketball poll. The Panthers from. Owensboro, Ky., whipped Akron 74-54 and San Diego State 86-63 and accumulated 15 first-place votes and 368 points in the balloting by a national panel of 19 sports writers and broadcasters. Trinity, Tex., despite splitting two games, moved into second place with 232 points as idle Central State of Ohio flropped to fourth. Trinity's setback* however, was to Oklahoma State, a major school. The Texans have won seven of nine games. •Fairmont, W.Va., al|o unbeaten in seven games, stayed in third place and picked 4tp two of the remaining first-place votes and 223 points, one more than Central State. Ashland, Ohio, was fifth. The other first-place votes went to sixth-ranked Stephen F. Austin and No. 7 Youngstown State. Rounding out the Top Ten were Long Beach State, Cheyney, Pa., State and West Virginia State. New teams in the Top Twenty are Howard Payne arid Lamar Tech, ranked 19th and 20th. They replaced Kenyon and Earlham. The Top 20. with first-place votes, records through last Saturday's games and total points: 1. Ky. Wesleyan (15) 7-0 368 2. Trinity, Tex. 7-2 232 3. Fairmont, W.Va. (2) 7-0 223 4. Central St, Ohio 2-1 222 5. Ashland, Ohio 6-1 181 6. Steph. F. Austin (i) 7-1 167 7. Youngstown St. (1) 4-0 143 8. Long Beach State 5-1 139 9. Cheyney, Pa., State 6-1 10. W. Va. State 4-0 11. San Diego State 3-3 12. Gannon, Pa. 4-2 13. Southwest Missouri 5-2 14. Monmouth, N.J. 6-1 15. SW Louisiana 7-4 16. Nevada Southern 5-2 17. South Dakota State 5-2 18. Evansville 3-3 19. Howard Payne 8-2 20. Lamar Tech 9-0 121 92 66 65 64 59 57 54 52 43 40 36 baffled. Wednesday's Fights By THE ASSOCIATE DPRESS PORTLAND, Maine — Jerry 'Graci, 146, Arlington, Mass., stopped Brad Silas, 150, Washington, D.C., 8. Bilgao, spain—Luis Folledo, Spain, knocked out O.K. Griffith, United States, 7, middieweights. one of which is that he'd like to break the world decathlon r> cord of 8,319 points set by West Germany's Kurt jBendlin. V.F.W. DANCE The ZACK SMITH COMBO will be at the ••1 Clubroom FRIDAY NITE, DEC 27, from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Got that Post-Xmas letdown?. Cure it with good music and comradeship at the V.F.W. Friday nite — §M0

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