The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 28, 1967 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 28, 1967
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At Leachvlile It's That Again By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor An opportunity to redeem oneself is usually welcomed by most parties. Beginning tomorrow night, the Blytheville High School Chickasaw basketball squad will have just such an opportunity. Winners of 25 of 30 games last season, the Chickasaws did not capture one of their coveted goals, the championship of the first annual Holiday Tournament held in 1966 at the Blytheville gymnasium. It's tourney time again, however, and the Chickasaws, along with the defending champion Leachville Lions, are choices to meet in the finals of the two- day' affair. The men of Coach Dwight Wfl- Jiams come Into tomorrow's fray sporting a 7-2 season record. Latest triumph of the seven was-an upset win over the Bearcats of Horace Mann High School last Friday. At the time, the Little Rock contingent was ranked fourth in the high school poll. Friday action will see the Chickasaws squaring off against Jdhesboro., in, a seven o'clock encounter. At 8:45, host Leachville meets Pgragould. Last year, Blytheville whipped Faragould, and Leachville trim- COURIER NEWS g PAGE EIGHT H Thursday, December 2B, 1667 f| med Jonesboro in first round games. Jonesboro then took consolation honors while the Lions edged the Chicks, 46-40, to take the title. Jonesboro has played ten games thus far, one more than the Chicks. Winning five and losing five, the Hurricane seems to have overcome its earlier trouble of hitting from the floor but Coach Charley Eagle's men still seem to lag behind their foes in the rebounding department. The opposition is pulling down 30.9 rebounds por contest while Jonesboro is nttting only 26.3. In its ten outings, the Hurricane has topped its foe only twice in the vital retrieving area. Jonesboro has beaten Manila, Harrisburg, Paragould, Harrison, Ark., and Forrest City while dropping decisions to Leachville, Hot Springs, North .Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Horace Mann. Eagle will be relying on the two starters from his '66-67 squad. Two-Score Score ScorchesGophers By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer The high life goes on at 40 for UCLA's all-conquering basketball dynasty. The Bruins rambled to their 40th consecutive victory in appropriate point night, gasping fashion—with 40- cushion—Wednesday burying Gophers Minnesota's 95-55 in the Joe Franklin each hit for 23 points as Wisconsin drubbed Penn 86-67 for its sixth victory in seven starts. Norm Vanlier set a tournament record of 12 assists and also scored 17 points, leading St. Francis past Arizona 85-71, and Duquesne trounced Villanova 78-59 for a 7-1 mark. New Mexico ran its unbeaten string to nine games by whip- ling San Jose State 93-75 and }hode Island toppled Gonzaga 89-81 in the opening round of the Lobo Invitational at Albuquerque, N.M. Ron Nelson scored 22 points and Greg Howard added 17 points and 17 rebounds for 'he Lobos after Art Stephenson, Larry Johnson and John Fulitz sparked Rhode Island with 20 pouits apiece. Dolph Porrota's 39-point binge with 19 and 14~ points, respec- carried New York University to opening round of the Los Angeles Classic. Lew points Alcindor popped in 28 as UCLA, the nation's reigning college power, shot 61 per cent on the way to its sixth victory of the season. The Bruins surged to a 51-25 halftime bulge and upped the count to 67-28 before Coach John Wooden let his reserves play out the string. Lucius Allen and Edgar Lacey supported Alcindor Steve Hudson at 6-1 and Robert Currie, 6-0, are both seniors. Hudson, a forward who hag seen some post duty underneath, leads the Hurricane scoring and rebounding charts. He is netting 12.7 points per game while pulling down 8.5 stray shots per outing. In his last three games, the JHS standout has connected on 19 of 28 attempts (68 percent) to boost his field-goal percentage to a team-leading, 50.6 percent. Currie ranks third in team scoring.with a 9.2 average but adds invaluable experience to the Hurricane starting five. Others joining him in the opening line-up are Tommy Neace, 6-0, Terry Ray, 5-11, and David Smith, 6-5 junior. Keith Croft, the unit's sixth man, is the leader at the charity line, missing only twice in 18 attempts. Scouting reports show the Hurricane to be a driving ball club with the added ability to hit frequently from the outside. Their strongest point, according to the scouting chart, seems to be their ability to get the ball inside to Hudson. Another favorable factor is ketball poll today. The Aztecs, defeated twice last dropped to fifth. Evansville climbed into the runner-up position, followed by Indiana State and unbeaten Long Island University. Kentucky Wesleyan collected 96 points, including 10 for one irst-place vote, in the balloting by a national panel of 12 sports writers and broadcasters. The Panthers from Owensboro, Ky., second a week ago, beat Texas Wesleyan 113-87 last week and ifted their record to 5-1. PASSING GAME-Blytheville High Coach Dwight Williams has stressed the value of a strong passing game for his Chickasaws to help offset the squad's lack of height this season. Here the team goes through extensive drills aimed at moving the ball down court and into position for a good shot as tile Chickasaws prepare to face Jonesboro tomorrow night in the opening round of the HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT at Leachville beginning at seven o'clock. (Courier News Photo) their not getting overly excited even when things happen to turn against them, as they did early in the recent loss to Mann. Eagle recently was asked to evaluate his team. He replied, 'We started awfully slow the first two or three games. But we're coining around a little better now. We feel like by January we'll be able to compete with most of the teams in our conference." Tomorrow night is two days short of that January target date, but the Chichasaws feel they will be in for a tough battle in the tournament opener. tively. UCLA's next hurdle will be a tall one. The Bruins play St. Louis University, 97-78 first- game victor over Utah State, in Friday night's semifinals—with 7-foot-2 Alcindor pitted against 7-foot Rich Niemann of the Bil- likens. Niemann scored 22 points and Tom Thomas netted 19 as the Billikens demolished the Aggies after a lethargic start. St. Louis fell behind 15-7, rallied for a 4544 halftime edge and then drew a 93-88 overtime triumph over favored Santa Clara and Miami, Fla., the host club, outscored Dartmouth 110-91 in the Hurricane Classic. Miami and NY tangle in tonight's final. St. Joseph's, Pa., upended Florida 89-69 despite 32 points by Neal Walk, the Gators' fr foot-11 center, and moved into the title game of the Gator Bowl tourney at Jacksonville, Fla. with Washington, %vhich nipped Mississippi State 82-80. Alabama and Tulane reached steadily away for its fifth victo- the final of the Mobile, Ala., ry in eight starts. Classic, the Crimson Wave oust- The LA Classic doubleheader topped a bill of farlflung tournament action. Unbeaten Oklahoma City got a total of 76 points from Rich Travis, Charles Wallace and Henry Koper on the way to a 105-86 triumph over Fordham in the first round of the 32nd All College Tournament—the nation's oldest holiday cage attraction. Travis scored .29 points, Wallace 26 and Koper 21 as the Chiefs rolled to their sixth victory after Auburn trimmed Arkansas 65-53 in the tourney opener at Oklahoma City. At Philadelphia, Temple handed Providence its worst beating in four years, mauling the Friars 93-63 behind a tenacious zone press to advance to the semifinals of the Quaker City Classic with Wisconsin, St. Francis, Pa., and Duquesne. The Owls, 6-2, broke to an early 20-8 lead against Providence, led 42-27 at the half and drew away hawking of behind the ball- Drew Nolan and Tony BrocchL Chuck Nagle and ing Baylor 85-75 and the Green Wave shading Spring Hill 90-86. Colorado blasted Iowa State 8062 and Kansas State beat Missouri 71-61 in the first round of the 22nd Big Eight Conference tourney at Kansas City. In first round games of the Far West Classic at Portland, Ore., Washington State eliminated Princeton 82-75 as 6-9 Jim McKean and 6-7 Ted Wierman divided 54 points and Oregon State's deliberate attack subdued Texas 54-42. In nontournament action, Dayton's Flyers broke the school point mark lor a single game by trampling visiting Portland 124-68; once-beaten DePaul 88-68 battered Tennessee Tech at Chicago; Morehead State .nipped Marshall 83-82 on the losers' court and Huntington, W.Va., Michigan trounced Butler 93-76 at Ann Arbor, Mich. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Maine - Billy Backus, 146, Canastota, N.Y., stopped Gene Herrick, 149%, Saco, Maine, 6. | COLLEGE SCORES College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First Round Los Angeles Classic UCLA 35, Minnesota 55 St. Louis 97, Utah State 78 Big Eight Tournament Kansas St. 71, Missouri 61 Colorado 80, Iowa State 62 Far West Classic Wash. St. 82, Princeton 75 Oregon St. 54, Texas 42 Rainbow Classic Marquette 64, Oliio State 60 Northwestern 96, Hawaii 71 Las Vegas Classic U. of Pacific 90, Ariz. St. 73 Nevada South. 87, Los Angeles Loyola 77 Ail-College Tournament Okla. City U. 105, Fordham 86 Auburn 65, Arkansas 58 Lobo Invitational New Mex. 93, San Jose St. 75 Rhode Is. 89, Gonzaga 81 Arkansas State Holiday New Mex. State 66, Western Michigan 59 The Citadel 79, Ark. St. 71 Pan American Classic La. Tech 99, Sam Houston St. Pre-Bowl Roundup By WIL GRIMSLEY i against Southern California on Associated Press Sports Writer | New Year's Day. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Coach Bob Devaney of Nebraska, in the role of observer had a warning for Tennessee's Volunteers today in their Jan. 1 game Snowden, a 222-pound junior from Washington, and his fellow end Tom Bilunas, a 215-pounder from Gary, Ind., were big reasons the Hoosiers beat Purdue against Oklahoma in the Orange 19 ' 14 in tne traditional finale of the season to win tie Rose Bowl trip. Keyes and Simpson won Ail- American honors this season with the latter second in the Heisman Trophy voting and the former third. Keyes didn't score against Indiana and Snowden says the Indiana defensive corps hopes to contain Simpson as effectively. Coach John Pont closed the Indiana practices to spectators 80 Cent. Okla. St. 74, St. Mary's, Tex. 58 111. St. 95, Lamar Tech 94 Pan American 88, Emporia, Kan., State 66 Golden Spike Tournament SW La. 94, Pepperdine 72 Weber St. 71, Indiana St. 66 Quaker City Tournament Wisconsin 86, Penn 67 Temple 93, Providence 63 St. Francis, Pa., 85, Ariz. 71 Duquesne 78, Villanova 59 Albright Invitational Colgate 73, Albright 63 Mt. St. Mary's 77, Otterb'.n 74 Central Connecticut Boston U. 92, Hartford 66 Long Is. U. 73, Stonehill 59 Hurricane Classic NYU 93, Santa Clar 88, ot Miami, Fla., 110, Dartm'th 91 Mobile Classic Alabama 85, Baylor 75 Tulane 30, Spring Hill 86 Gator Bowl St. Joseph's, Pa., 89, Fla. 69 Wash. 82, Mississippi St. 80 Other Games Michigan 93, Butler 76 Dayton 124, Portland. 68 DePaul 88, loin. Tech 68 Bowl. "They'd better not underestimate Bob W a r m a c k," the paunchy Cornhusker coach, on the bowl scene as a second- guesser rather than a competitor for the first time in six years, said. "I think this boy is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country. He is a fine passer and a dangerous runner. He throws a very soft pass, easy to catch, and he is phenomenal at hitting receivers." Devaney, terming himself a relaxed spectator, also said that he felt no game this season sent together two teams more evenly matched. Tennessee, with a 9-1 record is ranked No. 2 nationally; Oklahoma, also 9-1, is No. 3. "They're alike in so many respects," he added. "They're both very quick. Both have balanced , offensives. Both are about letting the opposition hit on the big play. It should be very close." Warmack, a six-foot, 170- 3ound junior from Ada, Okla., ivill be passer and signal-caller :or the Sooners against a Tennessee team that has used three men in the quarterback slot this ieason — Dewey Warren, Charley Fulton and Bubba Wyche. Warren is the Vols' No. 1 man, with 78 completions in 132 hrows for a 59.1 percentage and 1,053 yards. Warmack has com- Jleted 53 per cent of his throws 'or 1,137 yards and seven touchdowns. DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Beter weather for the Cotton Bowl teams is expected today after workouts in snow and rain for Alabama and indoors for Texas A&M. Alabama had a tough workout Wednesday as the Crimson Tide tried to get in a needed hard practice session in view of loss of a couple of days at Tuscaloosa because of rain. Snow fell throughout the day and was coming down at its hardest when Alabama went through a two-hour drill at a high school stadium. There was some concern when starting offensive guard Bruce Stephens sprained an ankle and had to forego part of the workout session. He was not seriously hurt, however, and was expected back today. However, Kenny Martin, the starting Alabama fullback, was still trying to throw off an attack of the flu. By JACK STEVENSON Associated Press Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Indiana's defensive end Cal Snowden goes from one tough problem to another. "Against Purdue we had to :ontain Leroy Keyes and now we have to try to contain O..I. Simpson," says Snowden in assessing the Rose Bowl battle today except for news media and the official party. Earlier drills had been open to the public. By BEN THOMAS Associated Press Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) Once upon a time the Sugar Bowl had Slingin' Sammy. The 1968 football classic will present Pitchin' Paul. But Wyoming's Paul Toscano certainly Slopes he doesn't suffer the same fate that befell Texas Christian's Sammy Baugh when the Cowboys meet powerful Louisiana State here on New Year's Day. Leap To Top For Panthers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Once-beaten Kentucky Wesleyan took over first place from San Diego State in The Associated Press' small-college bas- Evansville totaled 76 points in the voting which was on the usual basis of 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second etc. The Aces downed Southwestern Louisiana 82-80 and Au- week, i gustana, S.C., 109-97 last week for a 6-1 mark. The Top.Ten, with first-place votes in parentheses and points on a 10-9-8-etc. basis: 1. Ky. Wesleyan (1) 85 2. Evansville 1) 76 3. Indiana State (1) 73 4. Long Island U. (2) 63 5. San Diego St. (2) 62 6. SW Louisiana (1) 56 7. Winsion-Salem (1) 44 8. Trinity, Tex. 36 9. SW Missouri St. (2) 30 10. 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And everybody has the same chance to make it Don't let the name scare you into thinking it's difficult It's easy if you're in shape. Impossible if you're not Every boy and girl 10 to 17 can try out This is a test of all-around ability (not how good you are in one sport). It's a test of strength, speed and endurance. o You have to run, jump, sit-up, pull-up and throw a Softball. Big guys have no advantage over little guys. Boys have no advantage over girls. This is the youngest, smallest, lightest, newest, strongest team in America. —ff—r^Tt!— Last year, 50,000 itr 1 ^] kids made the team ] and won an award / and a badge from I/ the President JjL Can you make the President's All America Team? You'll never know unless you try out' So do it. And don't worry about your size, sex or shape. After all, David beat Goliath. Delilah took away Samson's strength. And you can be the mouse that roared. For information, write: President's Council on Physical Fitness, Washington, D.C. 20201. Blytheville Courier News

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