Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 15, 1969 · Page 18
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 18

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Wednesday, January 15, 1969
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RAMS A VERA GING 67 POINTS PER GAME i** v - ****** Hawthorne, Sledge, Strickland Pace Vernois Attack By BOB FORBES Mt. Vernon's big front line of Nate Hawthorne, Steve Strickland and Terry Sledge has carried the scoring burden for the Rams in the first nine outings of the young season. The trio is averaging 48.2 points per game, while the Ram team as a whole is gun- ling in an average of 67.0 points per game. Hawthorne, a 6-4 senior, is the leading scorer thus far, ripping the nets for 166 points and an average of 18.4 points per game. Strickland follows with 147 points and a 16.3 average. Sledge has tossed in 122 points for a 13.5 average. Hawthorne has scored over 20 points on four occasions. The veteran eager dropped in 22 against Alton and Cahokia. had 26 against West Frankfort and drilled 21 in the loss to Carbondale. His low output was eight, against Gerald Foster and the Fairfield Mules. Strickland has been in (lie 20 point scoring column twice, registering 22 against West Frankfort and 21 against Carbondale. Sledge tallied 21 against Harrisburg and 24 against West Frankfort, but his lowly three point output against Alton has dropped his scoring average. Ram guard Eddie James has been hot on occasions and is clipping along at an 8.8 point per game pace. James drilled in 20 against Harrisburg last week , got 14 against Centralia and 12 against Alton, but has been more consistent in the 5 to 9 point scoring range. Ronnie Henderson, who has opened seven of the nine games along side James at the guard position, has scored 37 points. His biggest night was against Harrisburg last Saturday when | he tallied 7 points on 3-3 field goals and 1-2 free throws. Jerry Seibert, the husky G-3 senior who has drawn a starting assignment in the lust two games, is proving to Coach Bob Arnold that he can score. The hefty 190 pounder has scored 21 points in two outings for a 10.5 point per game average. The highest point total in one game by any one individual Ram player thus far this season was the 26 point performance turned in by Hawthorne in the Rams 76-69 win over West Frankfort. Steve Strickland is credited with a 25 point output against Centralia in the second game of the season. The top individual performance by a Ram opponent was turned in by Carbondale's Les Taylor who gunned in 34 points in the Terriers 68-65 victory over the Vernois. Figures show that Mt. Vernon has scored a total of 603 points while foes have racked up 564. In five South Seven Conference games, the Rams have scored 367 points for a 73.4 point per game average. League opponents have netted 323 points for a 64.6 average. In non-conference competition, the Rams have scored 241 points compared to 236 points for opponents. Ram individual scoring averages follow: Games TP Avg. Hawthorne 9 166 18.4 Strickland 9 147 16.3 Sledge 9 122 13.5 James 9 80 8.8 Henderson 9 37 4.1 Seibert 2 21 10.5 Sanders 2 5 2.5 Hall 1 2 2.0 Kelly _ 2 2 1.0 12th VictoryFor Casey men Jr. Rams Trip Marion Coach Everett Thompson's Mt- Vernon Junior Rams led all the way last night at Marion to sew up their 12th triumph of the season by a score of 51-46. With 20- point average scorer Mike Bevis off from becuase of recent illness, Herman Henderson took over high honors with 13 and Mt. Vernon got balanced production to stay in front. Bevis hit 12, Horace Emmons 8, Tony Ray 8, Ed Sanders 6 and Danny Nelson 4. Ray hit four field goals on five a t- tempts. Wendell Jordan topped Marion with 16 while Paul Payne and James Thompson scored 9 apiece. Tbe Rams led 13-12 at the quarter, 28-24 at halftime and 39-36 after three periods. Mt. Vernon's seventh graders carried a 13- point lead into the final period in the prelim and managed to come out with a 34-28 win. It was the 13th victory for the Rams as against three los- fat'S. Louis Liddell notched 13 for Mt. Vernon, Earl Liddell 8, Calvin Kirk 5, Donnie Black, 4, Ray Stewart 3 and Rocky Mays 1. On Thursday night, the Junior Rams host West Frankfort, rated one of the best grade quintets in southern Illinois. Frankfort beat the Rams in an earlier meeting this year. TUESDAY'S RESULTS Dallas 102, Minnesota 101, overtime Jddiana 116, Houston 113 Oakland 132, Los Angelesl06 TODAY'S GAMES Denver vs. New Orleans at Jackson, Miss. Trdiana at Dallas THE BIG STORE HAS OVER 60 USED CARS IN STOCK. THE BOSS SAYS SELL'EM So We'll Have Room For Our Incoming New Cars TODAYS SPECIAL 1962 GMC 1-TON With Grain Bed Only $1095 COME IN TODAY FOR THE BEST VALUE POSSIBLE IN A NEW OR USED CAR. Mills Prairie Rallies; Drops Wayne City Mills Prairie ovorcmne n 30-26 ha If time deficit to trounce W-iyno City 60-51 last night. The win boosted Mills Prairie record to 12-2 and dropped the Indians overall mark to 6-S. ray and Belangce paced the Mills Prairie offensive with 'X and 19 points, while Musgiavos contributed 9. Toombs 11, Simpson 2, and Taylor 2. For Wayne City, Webber hi! 15, ilutchcraft 11. Simpson 8, Kenton 4, Krone 4. Wilton -1, Caldwell 2. Tennyson 2, and Rayburn 1. Score by quarters: Mills Prairie 12 M 17 :t>--69 Wayne City 18 12 8 13-51 WKDNKSDAY, JANTAHV lo, 1919 Bv JOHN RACKAWAY team won the most In the "B" contest. Wayne City 'games (basketball) in won its 11th straight without a South Seven Conference ? If Benloss by a 60-12 margin. Th*» Mailbaa : ,:uvn in nvi>r,iiw ,5;; " G0 ,c post I tie jyiaiioag , ;i t( . th stI . a , Rht win last nlghL "To Sporting Da/.e: ' "it wasn't a good game for -Can you check this? What ^ )nu a)] lho gQes to said Yates. ... "It's hard to realize how straight " s the ! vt ' ,K >dlawn," ELUSIVE BALL —Phil Argento of Kentucky reach;* for the basketball during action against Georgia in Lexington, Ky. On the floor is Georgia's Herb White <•*•«) Others are MiUe Pratt (22); Mike Casey (31) and Terry Mills (21) of Kentucky; mid Nick Gimpel (lit) ot Georgia. (AP Win-photo) Hull Scores 60 Points; Captures Mid-Season Lead ton is not the answer, how many straight did Benton win?" "Thank YOU, B.R." -\- -x- -x- Centralia ho'ds the record for most consecutive victories fiO) in the South Seven . . . The much Woodlawn has improved. . . I'd say they're No. 2 team in o u r c. o nfereneo right now. . . ." -X- -X- -X- When Mt. Vernon stacked up 10") points au«insi Mills- Prairie in last year's regional M-P coach Kent Lewis was phil- 16 In Row For Trojans! Bluford Grabs 63-60 Overtime With Woodlawn Spartans Whip Christopher In Overtime Clash MONTREAL (AV'< -Like the four-minute milers who broke that mythical barrier a few string started under roach Bill, . tiI npvl ..„,,., ooacn ; osophieal: Wait til next >e.u, he said with a smile. . . . Lewis is gone this year, Mike Duekvsorth is first- year coach at Mills- Prairie. . . V.'Mltonville's Terry Hall Scored alayup with :U2 remaining in the first overtime period to give the Spartrns a 50-57 vic- Davies and ended under Bob Jones . . . The Orphans' won South titles in 1 fn-i 1-6'J-63- J 64, then shared the crown with years back, the first 100-point Mt. Vernon in 1965 ... ', scoring hockey player in a Na- j Benton won 33 straight con- ! tional League season may make i Terence games . . . The Rangers I his appearance this year. finished 1-1-0 in league action in j Statistics released by the 1966 and 1967, then won their' league Monday show three play- first five games last season l>e-' so " ers barrelling along at mid-sea- fore West Frankfort broke the son at the 100-point pace or bet-1 streak with a 62-58 upset . . . ter. -x- -x- -x- Bobby Hull. Chicago lett-win- Sports Shorts ger, leads the pack with 60 The Quad-Cities tourney at points, 30 goals and a like mini- Fairfield on Thursday-Friday- ber of assists. Hull was declared i Saturday of next week presents Bluford's Trojans played four Cjiuu'iets without . managed lo knot the score 53-53 once holding the lead, before they squeaked out a 63-60 overtime victory over host Woodlawn in LittJe Egyptian action last night. Woodlawn ran up a 16-7 first period margin and held on to a 30-25 edge at intermission. The Trojans were still down by five after three quarters. They tied the game when Ed Donolio hit a short jumper with a minute (remaining in regulation time, 56-56. tory over Christopher, i Thouyh clown 42-38 going into the fourth quarter, Waltonville j winner of Ihe S500 mid-season an interesting lineup Duckworth's Panthers, a consolidated group from Mill Shoals and Burnt Prairie, have compiled a 12-2 record mis sea- one of the best small- sciiool rei -ords around. . . -X- -X- -X- Ken Dillingham's Odin Eagles made it 14-2 last night with a 7R-39 romp over Sandoval in the Egyptian - Illini tourney. . . Odin will meet Carlyle in a semifinal on Friday night. . Both teams faded baskets in the first two minutes of overtime. Then Bluford, with the opportunity to take the lead for the first time, played ball control in the final minute. Jack Michels sunk a pair of charity tosses with 25 seconds remaining, to provide a 62-60 lead. Woodlawn missed a field goal attempt, Bluford rebounded, and the Trojan's Rod Stover iced the match with a free throw at 3 se> conds to play. ed as if the rugged Rcdbirds press would prevail over Ihe over cold - shooting Bluford club, but. the Trojans pulled out their 16lh j ference as Waltonville hit 19-26 by the time the buzzer sounded, ending regulation time. Then, when it looked like double overtime, Hall took an incounds pass and layed it up for the win. Both teams hit 20 field goals, but free throws told the dif- win in 17 starts. The winners received balanced scoring from Ed Case with 19, .lack Michels 14, Bob Osborn 12, Ed Donoho 9, Randy Mills 6, and Rod Stover 3. For Woodlawn, Steve Danner pumped in 18, Jim Bushong 14, r-nmpared to Christopher's 17-29 A total of 38 fouls were whistled in (lie battle. Steve Taylor led the balanced Spartan attack with 15 points. Dave Stelmazewski added 14. Dale Lewis 12, Terry Hall 11, Dave Colle 5, and Gary Lynch 2. For Christopher, C avinder scoring leader award. Unbeaten Fairfield is rated Phil Esposito of Hoston who ; No - 1 the field. MeLoansl>oro. registered 18 points in the j «'ith 10 straight wins is ranked ' No, seven games as , nu, 2, Benton is No. 3, Carmi Bruins' last „. „ they surged into first place in ! ™. . " \ the East Division, is breathing I A Thls » tho flftJl V>ar for the down Hull's neck with 59 points,! 7° am m0( 't • • • Fairfield took PREP STANDINGS SOUTH SEVEN Conf. O'All Roy Boldrey 11, Tony DrFegc : was h'«?h with 23, Anclerton not 8, Darrell Mays Germann 2. 7, and Jeff Score by Quarters Bluford: 7 18 15 16 7 (ot)—63 Woodlawn: 16 14 15 11 4(ot)-60 ched 10, Wilson 7, Moroni 6, Clark 5, Janello 4, and Bowlin 2. Score by Quarters Waltonville: 5 17 16 15 6-59 Christopher : 8 IS 16 11 4-57 In the "B" game Waltonville tripped with Christopher sophs i In the "B" game, Woodlawn edged the Bluford sophs 57-55. Germann paced Woodlawn with j 59-51. Tepovich led the winners 16 points while Rick Huff was i with 15 and Christopher's Spru- Throughout the contest it look- high for Bluford with 23. ; ell scored 16. 25 goals and 31 assists. Esposito received ?250 as mid-season runner-up. In third place among the top Ion and well on the 100-point pace, is Gorc'.ie Howe of Detroit with 55 points, 19 goals and 36 assists. If they remain free of injury, all three could pass the current record of 97 points In a season, held by Hull and his teammate, Stan Mikita. Mikita is staying with the scoring leaders and could become a fourth potential 100-point player. He's fourth among the top ten with 52 points, 16 goals and 36 assists. Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall, St. Louis goalies, were awarded the $250 mid-season award in the goal tending race. The two veterans share the lead in shutouts with five each and have a combined goals- against average of 2.00. Baseball's Hair-Raising Decision: Was It One Of Shear Necessity? -X- -X- -X- -X- -X- -X- Ira Berkow NEA Spcirts Columnist NEW YORK — (NEA) —A solemn group of graybeards, bristling with indignation, are determined that the youth of America shaves up or ships out. Meeting in Chicago recently, American League general managers requested a rule banning baseball players in their league from "wearing e xtreme sideburns, mustaches, goatees or beards." "Our concern was to keep the proper image of major league players before young fans especially," said Ed Short, g^»ie- ral manager of the Chicago White Sox. "If we got a league regulation , presumably a club could suspend any violators. " These 12 right- minded men are certainly qualified to dictate the mores and manes of young America. They run baseball teams. Therefore, they are invested with the sacred responsibility of upholding the national pastime as the symbol of all that is correct and wholesome in American life. What are extreme sidewhis- kers? Is it one tenth of an inch above the ear lobe? Or one- tenth of an inch below? There seems to be a contradiction here. America is the "Great melting pot," where peo­ ple of diverse religions, races, backgrounds, interests, tastes, ambitions, habits and even ido- syncracies, can live and work and play together. It doesn't always come up to expectation but the concept is inspired. For the century of its existence, major league baseball has mirrored this diversity. For backgrounds alone, there have been the Jackie Robinsons and and play together. It doesn t Greenbergs, the Yastrzemskis and McLains, the Clemenles and Schultzes. Baseball officials now attempt to inject a rule wholly alien to what the nation purports to be all about. That is, to allow individuals to live their own lives as long as they, at best, contribute to society (or team), and, at least, do not detract from it. j The wearing ot "extreme side burns, mustaches, goatees or beards" —at least, the freedom to sport such growths would, it seems, present the "proper image." Two points would be exemplified. First, to tolerate what is different — as long as no one is hurt by it. Second, to demonstrate that it's not whats up front that counts, but what's inside that truly matters. Short said as much, when he added: "Of course, we'd take a look at how a guy plays before we'd decide if his sideburns were too long." These baseball Emily Posts do not expand on exactly how shagginess is detrimental to the best interests of A m e r ican youth. But, browsing through United States history, we see that Abraham Lincoln was concerned with fleas under the chin while John Dillinger was as clean shaven as a cheerleader. A book on baseball's Hall of Fame reveals that members like Mike Kelly, Buck Ewing, Big Dan Brouthers, Henry Chadwick and "Old Hoss" Radbourne were hairy as billy goats. But baseball — and the nation — survived them. Perhaps the best case ever presented for the thick of hair was by forme r light - heavy weight boxing champion Archie Moore. When asked how his wife put up with his mustache and goatee, he replied, "She's thrilled to go through through a fox-est to yet to a picnic." the inaugural event, Benton has won the past three seasons . . . -X- -X- -X- While chocking something in the files the other day. wo were reminded once again how early season roroi-ds blow up on teams ; when state tourney eliminations \ roll around in March . . . i For instance, at this time last year, Mt. Vernon and Benton were cruising at the top of the South Seven with 5-0 records . . . The P^anis had a 10-1 record overall . . Carbondale was winless in the conference and liad won four and lost five for the season . . . Who wound up at the Champaign Assembly Hall in March? Not Mt. Vernon or Bonton . . . -X- -X- -X- Area spoils fans almost take it for granted that Mt. Vernon's Junior High Rams will have a winning basketball season. . . And they always do. . . Remarkable but true. . . No exception this year. . . Coach Everett Thompson's kids keep humming along. . . The varsity is 12-4, the seventh graders 13-3. . . Tomorrow night the Junior Rams play West Frankfort here. . . Coach Thompson rates West Frankfort No. 2 grace quintet in southern Illinois. . . He puts Hcrrin in the No. 1 spot. . "Frankfort has a really outstanding boy by the name of Warren. . . I believe he could play with most southern Illinois high school teams right now," said the Ram coach. . . -X- -X- -x- Bluford coach Roger Yates was liberal witii praise for coach Jim Murray and h i s Woodlawn Cardinals this morning. . . Bluford (17-1) survived Wood- Centrnlla 6 Carbondale 4 Mf- Vernon 4 Benton 3 Marion •> WYst Frankfort .... 2 ileirin 1 Harrisburg 0 10 2 8 3 SOUTHWEST EGYPTIAN Spiuta _ . 4 0 8 2 Puv.kneyville 5 1 S ~ Nashville 2 5 4 f 3 4 8 Chester _ _ 1 2 5 t O OuQuoin - 1 3 2 7 1 Anrs-Jonesboro .... 0 4 1 8 BIACK DIAMOND Trico 4 Christopher 2 Carterville 2 Sesser 2 Elverado _ 1 Zeigler Royalton 0 7 5 4 2 4 0 MTTLE EGYPTIAN BLiford 10 0 Cr;ib Orchard 6 4 Waitonville 6 4 Thompsonville .._ 4 3 Ashley _ 3 4 VAiodlawn 3 7 Tamaroa 2 6 Dahlgren 0 8 15 1 6 6 8 5 5 5 4 7 A lb 3 7 0 12 SOUTH EGYPTIAN Meridian 4 0 Century 4 Vienna 1 Brookport 1 Joppa 1 Egyptian 0 1 1 2 4 3 9 4 6 2 1 1 INDEPENDENTS MeLcansboro - 10 2 Eldorado „ 9 2 Metropolis — - 1 2 Steeleville - 6 4 Cairo — 4 4 Coulterville _ 4 4 Carrier Mills- 4 5 Goreville _ - 4 5 Johrston City 2 7

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