The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 16, 1966 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

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LEADING THE FIELD-Charles Kluttz of Osceola, who had two first places in yesterday'i track meet at Wilson, left a scattered field far behind yesterday In breezing home In 23 seconds In the 220. Kluttz and teammate Konnis Curtwright led Osceola to victory. (Courier News Photos by Elias) TAKE IT FROM ME, PAL . . .'-Curtwright hands off to Kluttz in the 880 relay in Lange over Fairview GETTING AHEAD—Ronnie Curtwright of Osceola took 8 first in the broad jump with a leap of 20-2 yesterday. feated Fairview yesterday afternoon at Little Park in a Y.M.C.A. Grade School league a Posts Win Track Rcnnie Curtwright and Charles Kluttz paced Osceola's Seminoles .0 a victory yesterday in an invitational sons track meet at Wilson. The order of finish: Osceola, Marked Tree, Hughes, Shawnee, Wilson, ;s Last In Track DALLAS (AP)-Jim Bank-head ran the 440 in 47.0 and Jerry Utecht did the 440-yard hurdles in 52.9 to set season highs in Southwest Conference track Friday as Southern Methodist won a quadrangular meet with 90 points. Arlington Slate was second with 43, Texas Christian next with 33 and Arkansas last with 28. Steve Clayton of SMU, who won the 100 in .6, also ran on two winning relay teams and compiled 10 points. Tying with him for high point honors was Utecht, who won both hurdles. HELSINKI, Finland - Jarmo Bergloef, Finland, outpointed Joe Brown, New Orleans, 10. Lightweights. Parkin, Lepanto and Gosnell, Curtwright took a first in the broad jump with 20-2.... Kluttz was first in the 220 (23.0) and the 100 (10.6). Both made contributions to the winning Osceola relay team. Ron Bishop had a 2:12.9 half mile. Marked Tree pushed the Seminoles. Osceola got 70 points while Marked Tree got 6'M and Hughes had 60. The remainder of the finishers were pretty far back of these three pace setters. COURIER NEWS SATURDAY, APBtt PAOE SUE 19«6 uiiiiiiffliHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiraiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiii LITTLE LEAGUE TRYOUTS Fri. & Sol., April 15 & 16, 7 p.m. At Compress Field-South 9th St. Anybody who was not 13 years old by January 1st, 1966, Is Eligible to try out. Please bring written Information concerning Name, Address and date of birth. Fairview scored first on a 2 run first inning but could not keep their advantage. Lange hitters touna the range in the second inning, scoring nine runs, and gaining an advantage that Fairview was unable game. to erase. The latter posted two runs in the thkd and three in the fourth. Lange added two in the third and five in the fourth, then cut down a mild Fairview rally in the fifth. Lange plays Central Tuesday afternoon in the next league the only man ever to defeat cassius clay drives a caddie and mows lawns Everyone Avoids Him chen, Frazicr, Alongi and Doug i Said Mcars, "I lold Amos be- Jones twice what they're worth, fore he went up their to play it By DAVE BURG1N Newspaper Enterprise Assn. MEDINA, Ohio - (NBA) When Pete Rademacher and then Amos Johnson came to Medina, of all places, 8,000 townsfolk wondered if their prize-winning real estale developer, Ed Mears, was helping the underworld relocate. Why, they asked, was a fine, upstanding man like Mears bringing in boxing people? It didn't matter much that Rademacher was a college man and considered clean during his boxing career, or that Johnson spent six years in the Marine Corps and once whipped Cassius Clay. Boxing was overrun by bad money and big-mouths and a clean-cut community like Medina was, at best, skeptical. But "thnigs change," Ed Mears said, "even in a small town." Now Rademacher, once employed by Mears is a deacon in the Episcopal church and people in Medina say he probably could be elected mayor if he Wanted to give up a lucrative job selling sports equipment. * * And Johnson, * 27, a heavyweight who argues that he is good enough to be world champion, is nearly as popular as Medina's No. 1 citizen, Ohio's Leiutenant Governor John Brown. "This town's full of boxing fans now," said a cop, lounging in his patrol car parked on the town square, "but only when it comes to Amos Johnson. "Here's a guy loaded with talent and he can't get a chance to prove it. Always knew people who run boxing are sick. It's a shame for Amos," the cop said. People in Medina don't grow up learning that man's talents will deter his chances for advancement. They believe in Amos Johnson, and boxing's old story of the guy who is too good to get a decent fight makes the subject a bitter one in a Medina barber shop. "Why does it have to be this way?" said Ed Mears, who is Johnson's employer, adviser and manager. "I guess maybe that's being naive. * * + "I always wanted to get into boxing—don't ask me why—and I figured and what I wanted and what boxing could use more of was an honest, cleanliving, hard-working kid who loved the sport. "Well's that just what Amos is," Mears said, "and now I can't even get him a fight with a bum, let alone a ranked heavyweight. "Maybe I should have Amos go out and mug an old lady or slug a cop. No. Lack of publicity is not the worst problem. The problem is that the word is out in boxing that Amos is too tough, too risky for their careers," Mears continued. "I am willing to pay. I have offered Liston, Chuvalo, Ma- FREE-OVENWARE-FREE 5ut they just don't want to fight Amos." cool and lacve Chuvalo alone." Johnson decisioned Clay when Johnson's pro record is 21-2-1. they were amateurs fighting He clobbered the two men he lost to—Billy Joiner and Chip Johnson — in return matches. 1'hc draw was against European champion Karl Mildenberger in Berlin. * + * Johnson's most notable pro accomplishment was a decision last October over then fourth- ranked Henry Cooper in London. "We could have easily taken Cooper out," Mears said. "But we figured we'd better not because it might scare everybody back in the States. Amos decked Cooper twice . . . with body punches." Johnson, from Oakland, Calif., is 6-1 and weighs 197. A converted southpaw, his best shot is a left hook. He is fast, aggressive and likes to fight inside. Before leaving for the Cooper fight, Johnson went to Toronto as George Chuvalo's sparring partner prior to Chuvalo's fight with Ernie Terrell. "They bill Chuvalo as never having been knocked down," Johnson said. "I guess I changed that reputation. "He started butting me and this made me mad. So I dropped him. Then they threw me out of camp." in the U.S. Pan-Amreican team trials. It's Clays only loss. "I beat him pretty good," said Johnson, who went on to win the Pan-Am Games Gold Medal. After that Johnson got out of the Marines and turned pro. Ha was fighting little and eating less. A year later, about the time Clay was winning an Olympic Gold Medal, Johnson was back in the Marine Corps. * *• * "Turning pro too soon is where I made my mistake," Johnson said. "There's no reason why I couldn't have won Clay's medal, which might hava helped my career some." Until Mears can find him another fight, Johnson will continue morning workouts in a converted garage on the outskirts of Medina. Then in the afternoons Johnson does odd jobs for Mears and townspeople. He carries his equipment, a lawnmower or a shovel, in the trunk of his car, a shiny new Cadillac Mears leased for him as a reward for beating Cooper. 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