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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, November 15, 1968
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The Palm Beach Post! Best Fishing Bet Pompsuio were running in Lake Worth, and there should he some of them left in the lake today. Bluctish should be in the surf along Jupiter Island and Jensen, and mackerel will be available off the beaches in that same area for trollers. Sports On The Air The Seacrest-Vero Beach Suneoast Conference Eastern Division football game tonight will be broadcasted by HEAT radio with Jay Solomon and Jim Gallagher handling the play-by-play. Air time is 8 p.m. WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 13, 1968-23 s ' 1 .1 r!L 1 n . ' . -j i Of, ; r . ' J V 1 'If J a it I 0 W'4. nil- MAW MOODS OF WKST I'ALM IJKACII JAI-ALAI MANAGER PEDRO ELORDI AS CAIGIIT BY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER URSULA SEEM ANN Jai-Alai Empieza Su Temporada EstaNoche ED PLAISTED Executive Sports Editor I iM eral players were working out. Jesus Lopetegui, who willwearnumber28 this season, took time out to adjust the lacing on his cesta strapped on his right hand. Then he resumed his shelling of the green wall. Pedro Elordi watched Lopetegui from the safety of the net. Elordi, who at 35 years of age is in his first year as a manager, wore a business suit with white shirt and tie. He is lean and trim and sports a crewcut. He is rather shy but very friendly and speaks English slowly but clearly. He is an easy man to like in just one meeting. MAINTENANCE CREWS WERE BUSY doing housework Thursday morning at the West Palm Beach Jai-Ali Fronton. General manager Jim Kirk-land and his office personnel had their desks heaped with paperwork. And through the din of hustle and bustle could be heard the familiar slap of the pelota off the cancha's wall. The plush theater seats were empty Thursday but tonight they will be filled when the local jai-alai season opens. Jai-alai is one of the fastest and most exciting sports. It demands speed, strength, stamina. incredible position play and timing. And it is so difficult to master that almost every champion began playing when he was old enough to walk. On the cancha, a stage-like handball court, sev EOWDOWN Prep Grid Playoff Berths On Line Tonight Elordi is a native of Marquina in the Basque section of Northern Spain but he now calls West Palm Beach home. He is married to an American girl and they have three children Jon, 6, Lorea, 4, and Gregory, 10 months. Like most fathers he loves to talk not about himself, but about his kids. "No," he blushed, "I have not started my sons playing jai-alai. If they want, I will teach them. But I don't want to force them." Impossible to Fix Jai-Alai Elordi started playing the sport when he was six years old. "My father worked as a machinist In a factory," Pedro said, "and he wanted me to learn the trade, too. But I loved jai-alai and by 17 I was good enough to become a professional in Spain. I play all over Spain then in Mexico, the Philippines and finallv the United States." Frankly, I wonder how many people really are jai-alai fans or gamblers. I suspect the answet would be the same In horse racing er dog racing. And betting on jai-alai is the same. You can buy win, place and show tickets plus play the dally double, quinielas and perfectas. But jai-alai Is the only parimutuol sport where you can bet on a human's skill. "I think many Americans still do not understand our game," Pedro said. "Some boo and yell insults when a player drops a soft return. They do not understand that it is easier to catch a fast ball than a slow one because of the spin. To handle the spin in his cesta he must be very relaxed. If not, he will drop it. "The rehote shot is one of the most difficult because It requires split second timing. The player is not permitted to catch the ball but must return it to the front wall with a sweeping motion. To generate the needed power, he must often throw himself to the cement floor. Otherwise, the ball could only be lobbed and would result an almost sure kill for his opponent. This causes many bruises and burns on a player's elbow and hips." Jai-alai, according to the West Palm Beach manager Is not only a demanding contest but dangerous. "Almost every night we have a player hurt," Pedro said. "Several have been killed as a result of accidents." Elordi lit up a cigarette and sat on the edge of his desk in his small office at the fronton. "You know," he said, "jai-alai In Basque means happy holiday. That's because the sport originally was played on Sundays between two towns and the spectators drank wine." The manager's eyes reflected excitment when I asked him about the possibility of fixing a game. "Not possible," he said. "You would need every player. And the payoff would be much too small for such a risk. That's because the pools are smaller than horse or dog racing. And bookmakers do not take bets on this sport." Funny Incidents In Contest But there are funny incidents In the game, too, which the telling of brought a smile to Elordi's handsome face. "During a game in Madrid," he recalled, "a player missed a rebote shot and the ball disappeared. Even the judges could not find it. At last It was found in the pants pocket of the player!" The most fascinating aspect of jai-alai to me is the hall or pelota as you will. It Is about three-quarters the size of a baseball and as live and harder than a golf ball. The core is wound by hand from virgin rubber with a light cover of linen and topped by two coats of goat skin. They cost 25 bucks each and last about a season and a half with proper rotation. They are handmade and the I ronton maintains a hall-making expert on its staff. Elordi walked with me from his office to the court. The slam Seacrest-Vero By CHUCK OTTERSON Prep Editor A majority of the coaches who have faced both clubs (Palm Beach High's Len Brown is the lone exception) think Seacrest High's football team will win tonight's battle at Vero Beach. Most of the sports writers who have predicted the outcome of the game agree. But how do the coaches of the two squads feel about It? n V Carver-Kennedy By DON BOYKIN Staff Writer RIVIERA BEACH Delray Beach Carver High and Riviera Beach Kennedy probably the most offensive football clubs in the Palm Beach area figure to provide 48 minutes of explosive action tonight when they meet at Riviera Beach High Field with a possible Atlantic Conference title in the balance. While both coaches are just as quick to brag about their defensive units, most observers feel tonight's clash has to turn into an offensive battle. ame time is 8 D.m. V" ' I ; - I- - r ' - "It depends on how well we can contain them on defense," Is the way Seacrest Coach Randy-Cooper analyzes it. "I've been a little apprehensive about our defense all year. I know we're not going to be able to move the ball against them the way we have these other clubs, but if we can make a good defensive game out of It, It should be interesting; If we can't, we're going to get beat." According to Cooper (and many others will agree), Vero has "no weaknesses" offensively or defensively. "We can win the ball game, but we're going to have to have our best effort of the year." Vero Beach Coach Dan Thweatt sums up Seacrest like this: "They're tough." Going a little more into detail, Thweatt adds: "They're as good a blocking and tackling team as I've seen." "We want to win badly, especially after that Ely game." Odly enough, Kennedy coach McCoy does not see the game as an offensive one. "Carver has one of the best defenses in the area," he said, "and we also play good defense, so I do not see any reason to believe that this will turn into an offensive battle." McCoy says he expects Penn to do quite a bit of passing. "Penn has thrown 14li times to date and he was out one game," McCoy said. "So we expect him to do about the same against us. We Just hope we can stop him." The winner of tonight's game will earn at least a tie for the Atlantic Conference crown. Roosevelt still has a chance at the title if it can beat Kennedy nex week. Thweatt expects neither a high-scoring offensive battle nor a defensive standoff. "I kind of look for each team to score once or twice," he said. "It looks like a real exciting game." The contest shapes up as a clash between Vero's versatility (two quarterbacks of almost equal ability, a master of the run-pass option in halfback Charlie Russ, a two-way superstar in all-state end Gary Parris, an elusive running and receiving threat in Dennis Downs, an agile defensive tackle in Bernie Blanton, an almost ideal balance between rushing and passing, offensively and defensively) and Seacrest's speed (Dennis Matthews, Ronnie Mack, Van Davis, Robert Allen, Dave Sanderson, Mike Hotchkiss, Horace Bush, Sem-mie Taylor, etc., etc., etc. ). But the Seahawks are versatile, too. Steve Hardin is a fine passer, Gordon Ready an all-state candidate at tackle, Emest Williams a fine two-way end and Leon (Graveyard) Jenkins a vicious tackier. Thweatt Is awed by Seacrest's swiftness. "They have a lot of speed, much more than we do," he admitted. "We'll have to stop them from turning the corner on us if we' re going lo beat them." The Carver point getters are led by junior quarterback Anthony Penn, who has gained over 1,000 yards this year in leading 'he Eagles to a 7-1 record, their only loss by 7-b to Pompano Beach Kly. f'enn's favorite targets are Bill Plummer and Alfonso Wilson. Kennedy's mover is rangy Tommy Toombs, also a junior quarterback. Tombs has tossed 11 touchdown passes, compared to 17 for Penn, hut he is at his best In the clutch situations. The 6 foot-3 signal aller showed cool nerves when he whipped a fourth down, 1:1 yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds to go as kennedy won its seventh game without a loss, nipping Blanche Ely, IU-J2. Kennedy also relies on the fancy running of little Alvonzo Clark, a 5-foot -K, 155 pound speedster. Both coaches are well aware of tonight's Importance. "We have been looking tor-ward to the Kennedy game all year," said Carver Coach Roger Coffey. "The Atlantic Conference is on the line and we will have to be at our best to win." Coffey is also aware of Kennedy's fine passing threat, Toombs. "Toombs is a great quarter-hack," Coffey pointed out. "He is bigger than my boy (Penn) and he is really tough. I feel sure that Ben (Kennedy Coach Ben McCoy) will have his club ready. For us, it will he a matter of putting everything together. TOMMY TOOMBS . . . I'assini; Threat ERNEST WILLIAMS . . . Elusive End of the ball rocketed off the wall. Its report was echoed throughout the (ronton. Pedro Elordi smiled. "Ah," he said, "it Is a terrible feeling to be old at 3.r. I wish I could still play with them. But Friday night will be the hardest. I mean watching and not playing. Maybe after that I will not mind it so very much." WPB Open Draws 20 1 The report of the pelota echoed again and again as I left the Pacers Open Season Vs. Jax Basketers fronton. Tonight It will be repeated again and again until the green walls are warm from friction. It all starts attain at 7:30 tonk'ht at the West 45th Street Fronton. As our Spanish friends would say, "Jal-AIal empieza su temo There will be 204 players in ratla esta noche." the field when play starts Satur day morning in the West Palm Beach Open at the West Palm said. "And I believe they are a lot like we art with a deliberate style of offense. From what I hear, they will not beat themselves. Veterans Earl Findley, a 6 foot 7 scoring threat, Warcecer Jakes, an Improved 6-toot-2 sophomore and 6-foot guard Ward Freer will lead the Pacers in their opener. Jim Jackson, a 6 foot 3 Ireshman, who attended Boca Raton High last year but was Ineligible, and former Palm Beach High star Charlie Dukes, a 6-footer, will also be in the starting lineup. Tanner claims that his starting five is better than last season's that just missed the .500 mark with a 12-13 mark. And he also says his depth will be stronger this year something of a novelty for the Pacers. "We are confident going into this first game," the lanky coach said. "There is a tremendous amount of spirit on this club and the players have worked hard." Palm Beach meets Drake College of Fort Lauderdale next Wednesday night at home. By DON BOYKIN Staff Writer LAKE WORTH Palm Beach Junior College's Pacers with sights on its first winning season ever gets the area basketball campaign off to an early start tonight when they host Florida Junior College of Jacksonville. Game time is 8 p.m. at the PBJCGym. The Pacers have suffered to less than .500 records in each of their three season to date. But Coach Jim Tanner is optimistic that this is the year for Palm Beach. "We need a win tonight," Tanner said. "It always helps to win those first couple of games to give the team good morale. And I (eel like if we can win, even if by only two points against Florida Junior College, it would be a tremendous help." Tanner doesn't know too much about his open ing game opponent. "I understand they have seven or eight players back from last year," he Sun fish Sail On Mangonia The Palm Beach Lakes Sailing Club will host the VMM Sunfish singles state sailing championships on Lake Mangonia this Saturday and Sunday. Racing will begin at 10 a.m. each day and there is no charge to spectators. Ballough, Brack Duel At Fairgrounds Track A fierce duel between Hiale- m.p.h. clocking that shattered ah's Gary Ballough, the state Red Farmer's record, modified champion, and Mi- Two weeks ago, Ballough ami's Bobby Brack, the local nabbed the state modified cham- trick hampion, is expected to- pionship in Tampa, night in the 30 lap feature as the late model stock cars return lo Brack, on the strength of last Palm Beach Fairgrounds Speed- week's win, leads the track point way. standings, with 102. Rogero and Also included on the eight LaFleur are tied for second with event program at the State Rd. 72 points each. 80 track Is a 25 lap stocker fea- ,, ture. Gates open at 6 p.m. with Jimmy Crowe of West Palm the first race slated for 8: If,. acn Jwds the stocker field. Brack roared to victory easily Crowe nas drove ,0 vlclory ln in last week's big 50-lap feature ,wo of the ,nr,,p s,0( k(,r ' on the half mile banked oval lurcs- while Ballough sat and watched. point standimm BallOUgh had tO pull OUt Of the l, Bobby Brack inj , . , 2 I.arrv Hogero W race after one lap because of i Tedl.aHeur 72 damage to his car suffered In an Buddy t.ritiin m ,, . . , , y bit kle Brack M earllerheat-race accident. 6 BuiTuten m Before the accident, however, 7. ; Baiioujrt 8 DuMonl Smith 52 young Ballough had hung up a , W)mpv VM, 44 new one-lap track record in pre- w (.enesiappev 40 ... , ., , . ,,o 11 r red McC a n .40 race qualifying, a nlazlng 92.708 Beach Country Club. At least HO pros will be shoot inn for prize money and the am ateurs will go for glory and tro phies. Anion); the pros will bp Hobby ( ruickshank of the (ulf-strram Country Club, who was elected to the Golf Hull of Fame a year ago, John Bar-num of Michigan, and Jim McCoy, formerly of Lake Worth, now of Olean, N.V. Barn urn and McCoy are former champions. Former PGA Champion Wal tor Burkemo is also playing. This is the tournament won last year by Julius boras who is not defending because he's chasing the World Cup with Lee Tre-vino, U.S. Open champion, in Italy this week. Plays start Saturday at the first and 10th tees, with the field reversing Its starting lees for the final day of play Sunday. A pro-am with 43 teams Is being played today with most of the pros in the open field, playing in it. Two Major Tilts Mark Prep Menu the Suneoast Conference Eastern Division will be warming up tor Its season finale with Seacrest. Leonard one of the most improved teams in the area with a 3-4 current record after being 14 at one stage hopes to upset the Trojans. Two Inter city games are included in tonight's area high school football schedule with Lake Worth hosting Leonard and North Shore and Palm Beach clashing at Cooley Stadium. Lake Worth still with a mathematical chance ot sneaking Into second place In Leonard at Lake Worth North Shore at ealm Beach Jupiteral f orest Hill Bora Raton at Pahokee Newman at Miami Military Bishop Verot al Moore Haven Roosevelt at Lake Shore Dan Mrt arty al Merritt Island Frostproof at Lake Placid Belle Made at Martin Countv Lincoln Park at Davtona Campbell Okeechobee at Avon Park Clewlston at Immnkalee Jupiter hopes to surprise Forest Hill tonight when it meets the Falcons at Kettler Field. A year ago, a highly favored Forest Hill club fell to Jupiter. Tonight's schedule: Carver at KrrtnHv ScacrrM al Vero Beach

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