Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 5, 1968 · Page 23
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 23

Tucson, Arizona
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Tuesday, March 5, 1968
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Tucson Batln SPORTS TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1968 PAGE 23 Car/ Porter CITIZEN SPORTS EDITOR One Foul Route To Cellar Remember that controversial last-second foul which allowed Utah to tie Arizona and eventually beat the Wildcat basketballers in overtime at Salt Lake Jan. 13? Consider that if that call had gone in Arizona's favor, as the regional television viewers seem to believe it should have, the Wildcats would have tied for second place in the Western Athletic Conference. One call in one ball game was the difference in second place and the WAC cellar. Here is another example of the fantastic balance in WAC basketball. Only New Mexico (8-2) stood out this season. Wyoming and Utah tied for second at 5-5 with BYU, A-State and Arizona bunched at the bottom of the league with 4-6 records. One of the secrets to attendance success in the WAC is the evenly distributed talent which makes for a monotony of homecourt victories. New Mexico and Wyoming sported perfect 5-0 records at home, while the league's other four teams all produced 4-1 marks on the home hardwoods. That's monotony of magnificent sort for fanatic followers who seldom see the home team that it isn't winning. Future Looks Bright Tucsonians have as much reason as any to be encouraged after a significant rise for coach Bruce Larson's Wildcats from the mediocrity of 1966-67 (8 wins, 17 losses) to the respectability of an 11-13 season . against an exceptionally strong schedule. Arizona did lack two prime ingredients this last season -- the big man and outside shooting. Which is the reason for the contented smile on Larson's face these days. Next year, he could have both. Coming up from the freshman team, along with several other bright prospects, are 6-10 Eddie Myers and 6-4 Bill Warner. Myers still needs to develop that fine line between simply being big and being big, bad news. Warner, I believe, is destined to become a legiti- ;mate All-America threat. He came out of high school as a 6-2 center who led Phoenix Union to the state championship. He grew two inches and moved to both guard and forward for the UA frosh to average nearly 25 points with an awesome display of feather-soft outside shooting. When ,he injured a wrist recently, X-rays revealed evidence that he is still growing and could easily sprout two more inches to 6-6 in the next couple years. Soph Mickey Foster, a 6-5 guard who needs only to develop quicker shot recognition, should be one of the finest backcourt men in the West t h e s e next two years. Add the experience of quick Roland Stamps and hustling Jim Hansen at guard and 6-5 sharpshooter John Harbor inside and you have the formula for plenty explosive Arizona basketball for the next two or three years. Porter's Potpourri... --Dave Baldwin, former Tucson High and UA fast-balling right-hander, was one of the first report- ees at the Washington Senators' spring camp at Pompano Beach, Fla. Baldwin, who now specializes as a short-term reliever against right-handed hitters (he has mastered a wicked-looking sidearm delivery), led Nat pitchers in earned-run average last year with a 1.70 mark in 69 innings. He spent the winter in school at UA and reports that a back injury has healed and he has trimmed three inches off his waistline. -- Tucson received another national plug for its 70-degree temperatures in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated which carried a feature on Deane Beman written during the Tucson Open. -- Freshman coach Les Heidher of American University bought a new house in Washington, D..C., and applied for a telephone. When asked his occupation, he replied, "basketball coach." The company asked for a $40 deposit, explaining that this couldn't be considered a secure job. Maliovlich Trade Hurts Leaf Stock TORONTO (AP) -- The switchboard at Maple Leaf Gardens was flooded with angry calls. Outside on the sidewalk, a stunned crowd milled around in confusion. On the local stock exchange, shares of the Garden corporation lost $1. Frank Mahovlich had been traded. The veteran left winger-for whom the Maple Leafs had once refused $1 million -- went to the Detroit Red Wings Monday in an eight-player deal that aroused indignation throughout Toronto. A switchboard operator at the Garden said most of the callers were "indignant and some were quite emotional. Many tried to find out who (hey can write letters of protest to." Mahovlich, 30, scored 48 goals during the 1960-«1 season, and fcas 29fi In Ms 11-year career, a club record. He has 19 this ·cason, but missed five weeks because of a nervous breakdown. Frazier Avenges Amateur Losses; Nino Takes Title Buster's Down...And Up Too Late NEW YORK (AP) - Nino Benvenuti is once again middleweight champion of the world and Joe Frazier rules as heavyweight king of at least part of it today after a record- setting boxing doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. A crowd of 18,096 paid $683,503, an indoor fight gate record, to watch the stylish Benvenuti outlast Emile Griffith for a unanimous decision and Frazier stalk and pound blubbery Buster Mathis into submission in the llth round. Frazier, fighting for recognition by New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Illinois as heavyweight champ, wore Mathis down with punishing body blows before finally dropping the big guy from Grand Rapids", Mich., with a short, stiff left hook in the llth. Mathis, his white trunks covered with blood, fell into the ropes heavily. He stumbled to his feet at the count of nine but Referee Arthur M e r c a n t e stopped the fight. The time was 2:33. "This ought to prove who owns who," a jubilant Frazier shouted in his dressing room. Joe, who won the Olympic heav- yweight title in 1964, twice lost to Mathis as an amateur. The defeats were the only blemishes on his record. Frazier, the one-time butcher boy from Philadelphia, bloodied Mathis' nose in the third round, and then concentrated on the big guy's body in the middle rounds. The stiff body punches tore TUCSON COACHES SELECTIONS Crawford, Proffitt Head Cagers By ED JORDAN Citizen Sports Writer Jim Crawford and Tom Proffitt, Rincon High School's scoring twins, and three underclassmen were named to the third annual Tucson Coaches Association All-City Basketball team today. Crawford, a 6-foot-4, senior left-hander, and Proffitt, a 6-2 floor general and scorer, topped the Old Pueblo's Class AA shooters with averages of 23.9 and 18.3 respectively. They led the Rangers into the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament.. "I just can't say enough about Jim and Tom," says Rincon coach Dick King. "Tom was our best all-around player and Jim was our top shooter." Rounding out the first honor team are three juniors -- 6-2 Ken Ball of Tucson (16.7 average), 6-0 Joe Babinski (18.1) of Palo Verde and 6-2 Flenard Grisby (14.3) of Pueblo. The first team averaged 18.3 points per man and measures an average of 6-2. The second-team averaged 17.9 per man and 6-3. The second team consists of 5-10 Joe Cuccio (18.0 average) of Sunnyside, 6-3 Fred Dillon (16.5) of Tucson, 6-5 Joe Leslie (14.2) of Salpointe, 6-4 Steve Ziegler (22.8) of Flowing Wells and 6-3 Dan Cornelius (14.0) of Catalina, Ball, Babinski and Grisby were the backbones of their respective teams. Ball, who missed the final game of the season and Southern Division AA tournament because of a broken finger on his shooting hand, was Tucson High's "most consistant" player, according to coach Tony Morales. Babinski became the first player in Palo^ Varde's five- year history to score more than 300 points in a single season. He scored 380 points to rank third among AA scorers, behind Crawford and Proffitt. Grisby, who is also a football regular and jumping star on the track team, led the Warriors into the semifinals of the state basketball tournament. He led the team in scoring and was second in rebounding. CITY Nino Benveimli . . . Neeno, Neeno, Neeno Six Tucson Footballers Land Berths Six Tucson-area football players have accepted invitations to play for the South in this summer's annual Arizona State Coaches Association-sponsored aiJ-star game in Flagstaff. The six Tucsonians are halfback Bill Furrow, tackle Bill Britt and fullback Jim Robertson of Catalina, halfback Richard Lopez and fullback Bobby Lopez of Salpointe and fullback Mark Arneson of Palo Verde. Alva Hawkins of Coolidge and Ed Sine of Washington are head coaches of the South and North teams, respectively. The all-star games are in conjunction with the ASCA clinic at Northern Arizona University. This summer's dates are: Aug. 12-16--clinic; Aug. 16--all-star basketball game; Aug. 17--all- star football game. SOUTH ALL-STARS QBs -- Fernando Walker, Chandler; Kurt Hawkins. Coolidge; Steve Otis, Hayden. Backs -- Bill Furrow and Jim Robertson, Calallna; Rich Lopez and Bobby -Cgez, Salpointe; Mark Arneson, Palo Verde John Trelo, Casa Grande: Marty Schuford, Sahuaro; Roy Lunsford, Mesa; Don Grant, Btsbee; Governor Mitchell, CooKdse; Ramon Rufz. Cliflon; Bruce Torgenson, Scollsdale; Mike Saitaln, Ml.-tmi; Herb Scrogglns, Safford. Centers -- Ken Hatcher, Mesa; Steve Lein, Morencl; Dan Arnold. Antelope. Interior linemen -- Jeff Quinn, Westwood; Rav Ramirez, Aio; Bill R r i t t . Calallna; Ken Jones, Westwood; Dave Stover. Miami; Scott Scheehle, Arcadia. Ends -- Don Palmer, Scoftsdale; Stephen Vance, Coronado; Buddy West, Coolidge. NORTH ALL-STARS QBs -- Jerry Benson, Camelback; John Brown, Wlnslow. Backs -- Oan Wrteht, Tuba City; James Porter, Snowtlake; Eddie Rodgers, Asua Fria; Jim Vaughn, Sunnyslope; Larry Hampshire, Alhambra; Wally Scholz, Washington: Mike Cjupoer. Maryvale; Tim Smith. St. Mary's; Herman Fredenburg, Window Rock. Centers -- Vance Twiggs, Parker: Ed Brueniq, Alhambra; Dick V i l l p - Ruckev*. Interior linemen _ John Nutlal, Cortor; Scott Brayer. Carryback: Ruben Gonzales, Winslow; Ray Crandell, Snow flake; Pat Powers. St. M-irvs; Ron Herman, Sunnvslope; Kevin Slevsns and Pat Mijn'red, Washir"'-"- IP--O Cisneros. Peoria; Gary Mortice, Parker. Ends -- Jerry Puss" 1 . M r - ' a r y ; T-ilvIn D e m e r y , South Mountain; Charles McKee, Union; Mike TroaOwell. Cortez; Ray Moreno, Tolieson nto Buster's ample mid-section and took the steam out of the 2431£ pound Mathis' fast start. Yancy Durham, Frazier's manager, had advised the 24- year-old slugger to work on Mathis' body. "Beat him around he belly," Durham had told Frazier, "and he'll eventually ive up." Mathis, badly shaken by the defeat, said he was stunned at losing the way he did. "I thought I was ahead," he said, "then I pulled back from a left hook and got tagged." Jimmy Iselin, wealthy young head of Peers, Inc., which has managed Mathis' career, said that if Buster continued fighting, it would be against tougher opponents. "Maybe we took this fight too soon," said Iselin, "I don't know." Frazier was undaunted by the limited recognition of only four states and the pre-fight picket lines thrown up by supporters of Cassius Clay. The pickets carried signs claiming Clay still was heavyweight champion. Cassius was stripped of his title by several boxing commissions for refusing to serve in the Armed Forces. Asked if he felt like the world champion, Frazier became annoyed. "What do you think, man?" he snapped. "What do you think I was fighting for out there?" Benvenuti, who beat Griffith for the second time decked Emile in the ninth round with., a left hook that turned the middleweight fight around. ^. Both boxers lunged into each other in the opening minute of the round and Benvenuti's left crunched into Griffith's jaw. Emile sagged and Nino pumped a right that sent him to the canvas. "I was thinking clearly," said Emile. "I even helped the referee with the count." Griffith rose at three and took the mandatory eight. He backtracked the rest of the round, weathering Benvenuti's attempt to end it. Now Nino, who weighed 16U to Emile's 154 !£, took control and for the next few rounds he made up an early deficit. Then, with Griffith unleashing a furious closing flurry, Nino counterpunched effectively and gained the decision. As the decision was announced, bands of Benvenuti's countrymen rushed into the ring, waving the green, red arid white Italian flag. Throughout the fight they had filled the Garden with chants of "Neeno, Neeno, Neeno." Giddiiigs Lands Job With49ers SAN FRANCISCO (AP)--Former University of Utah football coach Mike Giddings has been named as linebacker coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League by Coach Dick Nolan. Giddings was at Utah in 1966 and 1967 before resigning and previously had served as defensive assistant for USC Coach John McKay from 1961 through 1965. He played college football at the University of California under Lynn "Pappy" Waldort from 1952 through 1954 and did not play pro football before going into coaching. ALL-CITY TEAMS FIRST TEAM Name, School Class Ht. Avg. Jim Crawford, Rincon Sr. 6-3 23.9 Tom Proffitt, Rincon Sr. 6-2 18.3 Ken Ball, Tucson Jr. 6-2 16.7 Joe Babinski, Palo Verde Jr. 6-0 18.1 Flenard Grisby, Pueblo Jr. 6-2 14.3 SECOND TEAM Class Ht. Avg. Name, School Joe Cuccio, Sunnyside Sr. 5-10 18.0 Fred Dillon, Tucson Sr. 6-3 16.5 Joe Leslie, Salpointe Sr. 6-5 14.2 Steve Ziegler, F. Wells Jr. 6-4 22.8 Dan Cornelius, Catalina Sr. 6-3 14.0 Coach Dick King Dick King Tony Morales John O'DeU John Nicoll Coach Ed Brown Tony Morales Charlie Potts Ed Nymeyer Galen Kintner HONORABLE MENTION George Walls, Salpointe; Dick Brown, Canyon del Oro; Ernie Valenzuela, Pueblo; Delano Price, Tucson; Jay Nadlng, Catalina; Charlie Dodd, Amphi.

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