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ANNUAL PYRAMID TOURNEY OPcNS FRIDA Y Red Birds Defending Champs Marion, Frankfort Favorites In 20th Annual Tourney By BOB FORBES One of the oldest continuous basketball tournaments in Southern Illinois opens Friday night at Marion as teams from Marion, Herrin, West Prank- fort and Johnston City gather for the 20th annual Pyramid Tournament. Host Marion and West Frankfort are the favorites in the tourney won last year by the Red Birds from West Frankfort. The Pyramid Tournament is unique when compared with other tournaments. It's like a blind date. You never know who you're going to get. Unlike most tourneys, no one knows who they will play until just before game time when a blind draw is held. Another unique item is that each team must win the title three times before another team in order to retire a trophy — not necessarily three times in a row. Herrin Dominates Tourney Mo team besides Herrin has ever retired a trophy. The Tigers had one win streak from 1953 to 1960 and also won in 3964 and 1965. West Frankfort has two "legs" on the current trophy and could retire the hard ware with a championship this weekend. \ No Pyramid Tournament has ever been played at Johnston City because of the small gymnasium and seating capacity. The first tourney was held in' Henrin's then new gymnasium in 1950 with West Frakfort talr'ng home the first championship by outlasting Johnston City 66-50. The schools agreed to grant the freshman Pyramid Tourney to Johnston City every year to j compensate for their inability * to hold the varsity meet. Marion Favored Marion, slight favorites to cap- toe the championship this year, has won only three tourneys in the past. The Wildcats are currently clipping along with a 7-6 record and own wins over the other three tournament teams. Coach Dick Jones' club has trounced Johnston City 83-51, own a 77-68 win over West Frankfort and two weeks ago plastered Herrin 79-53. Marion is paced by Steve Waterbury, a 6-4 junior ,. who is currently clipping along at a 18.3 point per game average in South Seven play. Frankfort Could Repeat West Frankfort, 5-7 overall, has beaten contenders, Johnston City and Herrin, and Coach Gene Ernest is hopeful that the Red Birds can win their third straight crown.' The Red Birds have an explosive offense centered around gunner Kenny Griffin who is averaging over 20 points per game. Herrin hopes for winning the title were boasted last week with the return of 6-4 center David Dye to the lineup. Dye sat out the first half of the season for scholastic reasons. "David has got to* help us soTT.e," said Tiger Coach Harry Herrin has beaten Johnston City twice this season by 74-45 arid 66-56 counts, but has lost to both West Frankfort and Marion. Indians No Threat Johnston City's Indians, who ci^i boast of only one Pyramid championship, are currently 2-9. The Indians have a sharpshooter in junior Ross Babbington, but other than the lone gun, Johnston City doesn't have much firepower. West Frankfort won last year's championship by a 67-66 margin over Marion. Johnston City whipped Herrin for third place honors. Gymnasium doors at Marion will open at 6 p.m. Friday. Prawings will be held at 6:45 p.m. with the first game scheduled for 7 p.m. Third place and the championship game will be played on Saturday night. Past tourney winners are as foj.'ows: 1950 — West Frankfort lb51 — Marion 1952 — West Frankfort 1953-60 — Herrin 1981 1062 1963 1964 vm 1966 1967 1968 West Frankfort Marion Johnston City Herrih Herrin Marion West Frankfort West Frankfort To Elect- Officers Sportsman Club Annual Meeting Next Monday • : \ The annual meeting of the Mt. Vernon Gun and Sportsman's Club will be held at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, January 27. The meeting will be held in the big council room on the second 1 floor of Mt. Vernon city hall. Officers and board members will be elected for the coming year. Outdoor sports movies, presented by the State Department of Conservation, will be a feature of the meeting. All members are invited to attend. ' CAZZIE SUFFERS BROKEN ANKLE—New York Knick's scoring ace, Cazzie Russell,, buries his face in trainer's shoulder as he is carried from basketball court in New York with with a broken right ankle. He will be out of action for remainder of season. He was injured late In a National Basketball Association game with Seattle Sonics when he collided with Seattle's Joe Kennedy. (AP Wirephoto) Collins Closing Gap Taylor Continues Lead In Point Race By BOB FORBES Carbondale's Les Taylor tossed in 31 points against West Frankfort last Saturday night, but fell two points shy of his 33 point per game scoring average. Jr. Rams Host Centralia In Final Home Tilt Mt. Vernon's Casey Jr. High basketball team will host Centralia tonight in the final home game of the season. The Ram varsity squad won the first meeting of the two teams by a 63-46 count, while the Mt. Vernon seventh graders were defeated 43-36. ,Coach Everett Thompson's varsity squad is currently 12-5 while Stewart, "we can use his. height | the seventh graders own a 14-3 and experience." mark. Game time is 6:30 p.m. . THESE ARE THE FACTS CATALINA VS. FORD GALAXIE 500 GALAXIE 500 CATALINA MSRP (2 dr. H.T.) $3,070.00 $3,157.00 Comparable V-8 Eng. 390 C.I.D. 400 C.I.D. 265 H.P. 290 H.P. 58.34 Std. Auto Trans. 200.85 227.04 Pwr. Steering 100.26 115.85 Pwr. Disc Brakes 64.77 71.62 White-Sidewall Tires 54.41 44.23 (8.55-15) (8.55-15) Deluxe Wheel Covers 21.34 21.06 Head Restraints 17.00 16.85 TOTAL $3,586.97 $3,653.65 CATALINA IS ONLY $66.68 MORE—THE BEST BUY MORE CAR FOR YOUR MONEY AT Cunningham Scores 44 To Drop Knicks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The New York Knickerbockers got along without Cazzie Russell longer than expected, but they never could find a way to do without Philadelphia's blazing Billy Cunningham. Cunningham drilled in 44 points—his career high in the National Basketball Association —as the 76ers overcame a 17- p'oint second half deficit and edged the Knicks 140-137 in double overtime Wednesday night. New York, playing without scoring ace Russell, who broke an ankle Tuesday night against Seattle,' led from the opening minute until Hal Greer's jump shot with two second sremain- ing in regulation play pulled the 76ers even at 118-118. Willis Reed, who led Knick scorers with 37 points, sent the game into the second overtime with a free throw that knotted it 128-128. But the Knicks then ran out of steam as Cunningham sparked the 76ers' decisive spurt. The victory lifted the 76ers within three games of Baltimore's Eastern Division leaders, who bowed to Seattle 98-94. Chicago stunned Boston 95-94, Detroit nipped Los Angeles 116115 and Atlanta whipped Phoenix 125-107 in other games. In the American Basketball Association, New Orleans topped Houston 121-117, Kentucky shaded Dallas 104-102, Denver ripped New York 124103, Indiana blitzed Miami 140117 and Los Angeles beat Oakland 123-121. Cunningham triggered a late Philadelphia rally that closed the Knicks* 69-52 third quarter lead to 118-114 with 22 seconds to go in the fourth period. Chet Walker drove for a layup, cutting the deficit to two points, then stole a long New York pass, setting up Greer's tying jumper. After a ragged first overtime, the Knicks grabbed a three- point edge, only to fold as Greer Cunningham and Walker ignited the winning burst. Seattle, which had lost five in a row and 18 of its previous starts, snapped the Bullets' five-game winning streak as Lennie Wilkens dropped in five key points in the final V/ 2 minutes. Wilkens finished with 22 points, two more than teammate Bob Rule. Kevin Loughery paced Baltimore with 27. I The Terrier ace continues to lead the South Seven Conference individual scoring 5-ace with a 33.1 point per game average, but Benton's Doug Collins is not letting the Carbondale star run away from the field. Cr llins gunned in 37 points against West Frankfort last Friday and 25 against Mt. Vernon Saturday to boost his average to 28.5 — up one point from last week. West Frankfort's Kenny Grif- j fin. who got 18 points in the Red Birds win over Benton and only eight in the loss to Carbondale last week, remained in third place, but his average dropped four points from 25.4 to 21.5. Close behind Griffin is Cen- traTia's Nate Moore. The Orphan gunner rammed in 46 pomts in two games last weekend to up his total to 190 points. Dennis Roland of Harrisburg made the biggest jump last week, moving from ninth to fifth place. Roland had a good weekend, dropping in 24 markers against Herrin and 36 against Marion. The BuUdog marksma* i.ow has 163 points to his credit in eight conference lilts for a 20.3 point per game average. Mt. Vernon's Nate Hawthorne regained in sixth place in the race although his average dropped from 20.2 to an even 20 points per game. Joining Hawthorne in the top 10 are two other Rams — Steve Strickland and Terry Sledge. Strickland, a 6-7 giant, is right behind Hawthorne with a 19 l>-/iht average. Strickland has scored 133 points in seven games, while Hawthorne has stuffed in 140. Sledge, another 6-7 weapon for Coach Bob Arnold, holds down the No. 10 spot with 102 points In league action and a 14.5 average. In eighth place in the scoring •terby is Marion's Steve Waterbury, while Carbondale's Bob Pankey is in the ninth position. The top ten scorers in the conference in order of scoring average are as follows: G TP Avg. Taylor, C'Dale 6 199 33.1 Collins, Benton 7 200 28.5 Griffin, W.F 7 151 21.5 Moore, Cent 9 190 21.1 Roland, H'Burg 8 163 20.3 Hawthorne, Mt. V 7 140 20.0 Strickland, Mt. V 7 133 19.0 Waterbury, Marion .... 8 147 18.3 Pankey, C'Dale 4 61 15.2 Sledge, Mt. V 7 102 14.5 Olney, Salem Fall Centralia, Pinckneyville Win Openers At Salem Mt V. Register-News Tourney Schedule For Quad City Classic Tonight Carmi vs. McLeansboro—7 p.m. Benton vs. Fairfield—8:30 p.m. Friday McLeansboro vs. Benton—7 p.m. Fail-field vs. Carmi—8:30 p.m. Saturday Carmi vs. Benton—7 p.m. Fairfield vs. McLeansboro— 8:30 p.m. $150,000 Is Jackpot In Bing's Meet PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Think Sun read the big sign at the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament. A bulky field of 137 pros and an equal number of amateurs began four days of play over three courses with the weatherman saying it would be cloudy with rain likely in the afternoon, southerly winds 20-25 miles per hour and temperatures in the 50s. No rain was forecast for Friday. This picturesque Monterey Peninsula has been drenched with rain the past several days leaving the Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill courses heavy and probably un- mowable. Defending champion Johnny Pott of Gulf Hills, Miss., sees the wind off the Pacific Ocean providing a greater hazard than the wetness. Crosby's tournament, dubbed a clambake back when a much smaller group combined golf with social activities, officially is know as the national pro-amateur. ' Of the $150,000 total purse, $125,000 is divided among the leading pros with $25,000 going to the pros on the top pro-amateur teams, and they figure in the amateur's handicap in counting the best-ball scores. Celebrities from fields of entertainment, business, sports and the professions are numbered among the players. Don Cherry has Dean Martin as a partner, Bert Yancey plays with Andy Williams, Bob Rosburg with John Brodie, Ken Still with Don Drysdale, and Dave Stockton with Leonard Fire r stone. Jack Nicklaus plays his first tournament of 1969 at the Crosby and quipped that maybe his luck wquld be better at Las Vegas. The fourth Nicklaus youngster, Gary Thomas, was born last Wednesday weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces, and 7-11 are winning numbers in Nevada. Missing from the entry list were Julius Boros, the PGA champion of last season, and Charlie Sifford, the leading money winner so far" this young year. Centralia and Pinckneyville won opening round games in the 18tn annual Salem Invitational Tournament Wednesday night. The Orphans overpowered Olney, 97-61, jn the tourney opener, while Pinckneyville edged Salem, 66-58 in the nightcapper. In action tonight, No. 2 ranked Carbondale meets Greenville at 7 p.m. followed by the Effingham - DuQuoin clash at 8:30 p.m. Centralia opened with a 25-14 first quarter lead and put the game out of reach for the Tigers who made numerous misfires. The Orphans had 11 men scoring, with Nate Moore leading the well- balanced attack with 19 points. Steve hill and Mike Hocking tallied 15 apiece for Olney. Pinckneyville took an early | lead, but had to survived num- I erous drives by the host Wild| cats. j The Panthers were paced by Steve Brown's 18 points, while Bill Hill tallied 25 for the Salem crew. Score by Quarters Centralia: 25 23 25 24—97 Olney: 12 14 18 17—61 Scoring for Centralia: Moore 19, Gardner 12, Hassan 6, Bry*ant 7, Murray 14, Malone 11, Meekes 14, Lunkwicz 2, Coe 5, Kell 3, Harris 4. Scoring for Olney: Mitchell 8, Hill 15, Hocking 15, Schaub 7, Miller 14, Schrey 2. Score by Quarters Pinckneyville: 15 24 12 15—66 Salem: 10 14 16 18—58 Scoring for Pinckneyville: C. Goldman 11, Brown 18, W i 1- banks 4, Plurnlee 12,. L. Goldman 9, Hawkins 7, Decker 4, Kinstrier 1. Scoring for Salem: Hill 25, Staton 4, Bronson 7, Petrie 11, Purcell 6, Rollinson 5. 1—B THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1989 "I'm Still Healthy" Joe Namath Get Alou And Clendenon Desperate Astros Deal Rusty Staub To Montreal Club Bv B. F. KELLUM HOUSTON (AP) — When the Houston Astros finished in the National League cellar last season General Manager H. B. "Spec" Richardson said there were "no untouchables" on the squad. He proved it Wednesday when he announced that Rusty Staub, the Astros' top hitter, had been traded to the new National League Montreal club for first baseman Donn Clendenon and outfielder Jesus Alou. Clendenon and Alou were the third and fourth major league players to be acquired in trades by Houston since the end of tlie 1968 season. Previously acquired were catcher John Edwards from the St. Louis Cardinals and Curt Blefary from the Baltimore Orioles. Richardson said there could be even more trades. The popular Staub, one of Houston's first big bonus players in 1961, hit .291 last season. He finished with a .333 average in 1967 after leading the National League for a good portion of the season. The 24-year-old redhead, who plays both first base, and right field,'had! a .273 lifetime batting average in six seasons. Alou and Clendenon went to Montreal in the recent expansion draft, Alou from the San Francisco Giants and Clendenon from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alou, 25, hit .263 with the Giants. Clendenon, 33, hit .257 j for the Pirates. Both Alou and Clendenon have lifetime batting averages of .280, and are right-handed hitters. The Astros have dealt about 30 players, coming and 1 going, since Richardson took over as general manager late in 1967. Since October Richardson has dealt away such players as Staub, pitchers Dave Guisti and Mike Cuellar, and third baseman Bob Aspromonte. Richardson called the Staub trade "the toughest decison since I have been in baseball." "But when you're in 10th place you got to move," he said. Walker said, "Houston now has the strongest team in its history." "We've added speed, power and defense, but have lost one of the finest hitters in baseball," he said. "We have balanced our right- handed hitting with our left- handed hitting, and have filled one of our outfield spots." "We've „<ided four players in Edwards, Blefary, Alou and Clendenon who know what it takes to be a winning ball club," Walker added. "I think they will be able to help our younger players." In Montreal, Jim Fanning, general manager of the Expos, expressed satisfacton with the acquisition of Staub. "This man is a batting champion," enthused Fanning. "Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful," said Manager Gene Mauch. when informed of the trade in Los Angeles. "Staub could lead the league n batting twice over the next five years." Major League Players Plan Strike Session Might Quit Bouncer Is Soft Touch Foster Finishes De Paula In First NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball players will hold a special meeting in New York Monday, Feb. 3, to decide whether to carry out a threatened strike for higher pension benefits. The players voted 416 to 6 last week to reject the club owners' offer to increase contributions to the pension fund by $1 million for a total of $5.1 million. Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, announced Wednesday the situation had reached an impasse and that several players from each club will attend the Feb. 3 meeting to determine a course of action. Many top stars, including Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Bob Gibson and Carl Yastrzemski, have endorsed the Association's policy of not signing 1969 contracts until a satisfactory benefit plan is worked out. Spring training is scheduled to begin next month and indications are that unsigned players will not report unless a pension agreement is reached. In a prepared statement, Miller charged the owners with mounting a national campaign to undermine the Players' Association. He said, "If ever there was an industry hell bent on its own destruction it is, unfortunately, that of the 'great national pastime.'" BOWLING HAPPY KEGLERS LEAGUE High Series: Robert Easley 624; Harry Higgins 570; Vance Skinner Jr. 553; Floyd Williamson 551; Gary Levall 545; Tom Koneig 540. NEW YORK (AP) — Was the Super Bowl Joe Namath's super farewell to professional football? The brilliant quarterback, who predicted that the New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl and good his boasts, wasn't talking Wednesday—at least on that topic. "I'm very happy with my life as it is right now," Namath said at a City Hall tribute to the Jets. But he also said: "Jimmy Brown got out while he was still healthy," referring to the Cleveland Browns' star fullback who retired at the peak of his career to become a movie actor. "You want to make it while you're on top—before you get destroyed." Namath's knees, operated on several times, are a prime source of concern. The quarterback currently has several business ventures going, including a New York night spot and string of drive-in restaurants. Namath said he has received a number of other offers—some in the show busi- 'ness field—since the Super Bowl and said he would evaluate the situation after returning from a USO-sponsored tour of Far East military installations. He leaves today. At the City Hall ceremonies, attended by more than 5,000 persons, Namath paid tribute to his teammates, some 15 of whom were in attendance. "I've been reading about everything I did," he said, "and I did play good. But if it wasn't for these fellows, where would I be? Everything's a team tlung. Believe that, it's a 40-50-man tiling." Wayne City Falls To Enfield By 7 Enfield's Trojans pulled away in the last quarter to down Wayne City 81-74 in a semifinal game of the Little Ten Tourney at Enfield last night. Wayne City, which had beaten Enfield twice earlier in the season, dropped to an 8-9 record. Enfield and Mills - Prairie tangle in the championship game tonight. Wayne City and St. Francisville play for third. After trailing 23-19 at the quarter, Wayne City tooR a 41-39 halftime lead last night. Enfield was oh top 56-55 arter three periods then opened a seven- point winning margin down the stretch. Caldwell topped Wayne City with 22 points, Webber had 17, Keen 16, Simpson 9, Hutchcraft 8, and Witon 2. Willis hit 23 for Enfield and Simmons had 17. - By MURRAY ROSE Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Light heavyweight ehampion Bob Foster said it wasn't his easiest fight. But his first-round technical knockout of outmatched Frankie De Paula in a title defense at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night has to rate high up on any fighter's soft touch list. It took the stork-legged, 6- foot-3% champ from Washington, D.C., just 2 minutes, 17 seconds to drop the 5-8% challenger from Jersey City, N.J., on the canvas three times. Under New York's three knockdowns in one round rule, the fight was automatically over for the 5-1 underdog. In that brief period of time, Foster, who once fought for $23 and quit the ring in disgust when he couldn't get any fights, earned about $75,000 from the gross gate of $189,129 contributed by 16,129 fans and the television. Most of the fans came from New Jersey to root for the crude but hard-hitting night club bouncer. Frankie at least earned about $37,500 to make up for his ruffled feelings. Foster, winner of 13 straight including 12 knockouts, and his manager, Mushky Salow, plan today to go over a stack of offers for title defenses. Salow said he had offers to­ talling more than $300,000 for defenses against Gregorio Peralta in Argentina; Peiro Del Papa in Italy; Bob Dunlap in Australia; Yvan Preberg in Yugoslavia, and Jose Torres in Puerto Rico. The Garden offered a shot at the winner of the heavyweight fight here Feb. 3 between George Chuvalo and Buster Mathis, but Salow said "we'll take Joe Frazier or Jimmy Ellis witii pleasure." Frazier, of Philadelphia, and Ellis, of Louisville, both hold a piece of the disputed heavyweight title. De Paula gave the partisan crowd one brief monent of hope early in the first round when he had the champ on the deck. Foster went down from a left to the body but it looked more like a slip since the blow had little steam behind it. But referee Johnny LoBianco gave the 30-year-old champ the mandatory eight-count. "1 told the referee that it was i a slip and. I got mad," said Foster. Just a few seconds later Frankie went down for the first time Foster said he set up his foe with a jab and a right uppercut ("my best punch") and dropped him with a hook and a right. "After that, I knew I had him," said Foster. The next two knockdowns quickly followed, the second from a hook and right to the head and third from a right to the head. "I wasn't hurt," said De Paula. "My feet went out from under me. A couple of punches stunned me but it was my feet —they just went out. from under me. "They shouldn't have the three-knockdowns rule for title fights. I wasn't hurt." "I disagree," said Foster. "As the champion, I should be against the rule. But it's a good rule. That's when a guy gets hurt and you can't tell sometimes." Joseph Dey New Boss Of Golf Tour NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph C. Dey Jr., the most influential golf figure in the United 1 States, is leaving his long-time job as executive director of the U.S. Golf Association to become commissioner of the rich pro tour. The exact date of Dey's switch has not been determined, but may be announced when the USGA holds its annual meeting here this weekend. In announcing Dey's appointment Wednesday, J. Paul Austin of Atlanta, chairman of the newly constituted Tournament Policy Board, said Dey would have complete control of everything pertaining to the pro tour. However, actual conduct of the tour will continue under the direcion of the field staff, headed by Jack Tuthill. The 60-year-old Dey agreed to terms for five years. He will have offices here and at PGA headquarters v in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He has been executive director of the USGA since 1934. Dey was a unanimous selection by the Tournament Policy Board, which came into being last month following an agreement between the rebellious tournament players and the P(£A

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