The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 29, 1967 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 29, 1967
Page 10
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Holiday Tourney By Krank Courier News Sports Editor \S As is usually the case, recent figures showed the Boston Celtics to be leading Ihe National Basketball Association (NBA) standings without having a man in the lisl of the league's top 10 scorers. Good balance has always been the V COURIER NBWS iliJIIIKlSiSiiililliliilSllililiillllSlfe me .vinning sec'el for the men:in preparation for their open- of Coach "Red' Auerbach and i ing dash with Paragould in lo- now, Bill Russsil. The same might be said of one of the possible opponents of the Blytheville High School bas- night's tourney adion Widner's men will have to get past a strong Paragould five and the Blytheville Chickasaws ketball squad in the second an- will have lo whip Jonesboro be- nual HOLIDAY Tournament get- fore the two can meet in tomorrow's tourney action. 'They don"t mind the work," Widner added, emphasizing Ihe desire his men have lo retain the title they captured lasl year on the Blytdevilie court. "They're not too pleased with their last, outing (a 51-39 loss to Harrison over the weekend) and want to get back on Ihe winning side right away." * * * The Lions come into the tournament with an 8-2 record, their only other defeat coming at the hands of Greene County in a two-point thriller. "We're not quite as far along as this time last year," ting underway in Leachville tonight. The host Leachville Lions, coached by John Widner, may not be able to challenge for the lead in the NBA, but. they have been imitating the fabulous Celtics in one department. "Good balance has been the secret of our success so far ihis season," Widner said Wednesday afternoon as iie sal watching his cagers warm up for their second practice section of the day. Snow was falling outside, and nippy air heightened the chill, but the gym and the players were both salisfactorily warm. denl," his coach commented, "one who lias nevev gotten an "A-minus" in his grades. He knows how lo use Ihc talents he has and is one our most valuable men." Widner concluded by saying 11 he expected capacity crowds for both nights of the tournament and that he was looking for strong play by all four of the teams entered. Wnilc not looking licyond the immediate foe of Jonesboro in tonight's opening round, Ihe Blytheville squad knows they face the strong possibility of having lo bailie a very talented LpRchville learn if all goes as hoped in Ihe Blylheville and Leachville camps. * * * Tickets for Ihe tournament will be on sale at the game tonight and tomorrow night. Prices for each evening are $1.25 for adults and 50 cents for students. Yes, we've gotten real good Widner stated, but the new conference rule about not starting practice 'til Nov. 1 hurl us somewhat. "We miss a big man this year, just like Coach (Dwighl) Wil- performances out of all of our men," the coach continued. "Ronnie Keith might be our scoring leader with about a 15 or 16 point average," Widner said somewhat nonchalantly, indicative io some degree of .the balance he has come to expect from his men. : "Joe Sharp and Preston Tale can make it again." are averaging around 12 or 13 Drury at 6-foot-3 is this year's YMCA Offers Health Club STRATEGY SESSION — Leachville High coach John Widner surrounded himself with Lions to impart words of wisdom which he and they hopefully expect will pay off with an opening round win in the HOLIDAY TOUR- NAMENT which begins at seven o'clock tonight at the Lions' court. Blytheville faces Jonesboro after which Leachville meets Paragould. (Courier News Photo) Groun d recent cold morning in Central Twenty-five memberships in j Park resembled a scene right the YMCA's new health club j out ot "Doctor Zhivago." There By TOMMY THOMAS to Los Angeles for more tele- NEW YORK — (NBA) — A vision appearances and recently returned to New York. Boh has also delivered a lee- ASU Play To Aggies JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -! points while Mike Burk addei New Mexico State University! 13, carried a late first halt streak ' N. Mcx. State G K T into the second halt and went on to a 92-66 victory over The Citadel in the finals of the Ar- j R. Collins kansas State University Holiday | Landis Basketball Tournament here I Evans Lacey Criss Leonard Turner Burgess 3 1 J. Collins 2 Thursday night. Western Michigan, behind the shooting of Eugene Ford and Reggie Lacefield, defeated ASU 84-73 for third place. JMorehead 1 New Mexico Stale and The I Las 1 Citadel were deadlocked 24-24 j Mason 0 with slightly more than four 5-6 0-0 44 3-3 4-8 4-4 6-7 CM) 4-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 have been sold to date. Y Director Major Caldwell announced today. "Since the commill.ce has placed a 100-memher limit on membership, we anticipate concluding the campaign next was Bob Gibson tramping through the snow, shovel in hand, followed by a procession of public officials, newsmen and camera crows. II was a typical outing For Gibson, Hie SI. Louis Cardinal's answer to Marco Polo. Since JUal. line wutll-l, V'^»'JO"K/ >'" Jl 1, ^,11 II "J liams misses one over at Blythe-1 ra( "™. Caldwell said ville, but we won the tourna-i Initially, the health club will j wrapping up the final game of ment last year with no man bigger than 6-2 so we're hoping we points," Widner continued, "and j tallest Lion but he has been from the Y office and Rick Drury has gotten 10 or so. ' "'' " "" m Our other starter, Phillip Warren, gets 5 or 6 a game and helps us an awful lot," • * * + rThe Lions have been drilling Bith two-a-day sessions all week somewhat inconsistent, according to Widner. The Lions best rebounder is 6-foo(-2 forward Sharp, who has been used by Widner at guard and liie post position. "Joe is a slraight "A" stu- include a steam bath and shower. There are plans for later growth. Memberships are available from Caldwell, Mike Terry, Charles Crigger III, Chuck Langslon and ,lerry Halsell. Caldwell has a film on a Memphis Y's health club which he plans to show to interested persons early next month. Hie World Scries in October, Ihc outstanding righthander has traveled lo New York to appear on television, gone home to Omaha where a special day was held in his honor, jumped down lo Puerto Rico for a physical fitness clinic, appeared in Washington for a White House party, filmed a television show in Miami with a supposedly tamed bear named Gentle Ben, trekked minutes to go in the first half when Robert Evans and Sam Lacey shot the Aggies to a 4132 Sialftime lead. The Aggies employed a press early in the second half and forced the Bulldogs into various mistakes. Evans' three field goals and a three-point play by Lacey put New Mexico State safely on top at 50-32. Lacey, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, grabbed 13 rebounds and wound up with 16 points. Evans named the tournament's most valuable player, scored 20 points. Evans, teammate Ernie Turner, Tell Hooper and Doug Bridges of The Citadel and Lacefield were selected to fee all-tournament team. Ford scored 26 points and Lacefield 25 and each pulled down 12 rebounds as Western I . , . , .. TT I L. 1 " ulr " J-* 1GUUUIIUB aO T (CO LCI 11 ure in Lexington, Ky. He s been Michi , d d Asu . to almost as many places as the : strai JL ]oss Harlem Globetrotters, and that's! lgl natural. Gibson used to play! Wes 'em Michigan expanded with the Globies before he found | a . 39 - 30 halftone lead into a greater security firing a past batters. •all 154-41 advantage with 14:03 left Jin the game but ASU got lo within 58-57 with less than Totals The Citadel Bridges Hooper 4 Krowboth 3 Taylor 5 DuBrosse 2 Hirsch 0 3 Connor .„ 1 Cauthen 2 Bornhorst . — .... 0 Kennedy 0 Morris 31 30-36 G F 7 4-4 2-7 1-1 1-5 2-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-1 0-0 Totals 2 2 0 92 T 18 10 7 11 6 0 6 2 6 0 0 27 12-24 6S New Mexico State 41 51—92 The Citadel 32 34-66 Total fouls — New Mexico Stale 18, The Citadel 25. Attendance—1,200. West, Michigan Lacefield .... VanderWoudy Ford ,._ Kidney .„ 5 Voelkert .. Hull Dixon VanderWiere Coleman 0 Dean 0 Schlaff 0 G F 11 3-6 . 4 0-0 . 9 ... 1 .... 2 .... 2 ... 0 T 25 8 8-11 26 0-1 10 1-1 0-0 2-2 0-0 2-3 0-0 C-0 This particular day Gibson was helping dedicate a baseball f™ tes , Ieft -, ™ree straight j " .a _ fmlrl rtnilc- ntll Wnpfnt«« ftXin\*i Totals 34 16-24 84 Ark. State Univ. G FT lion Gibson field for youngsters in Central Park. He had to scoop through four inches of snow to break ground. That's what he gets for being a winner. Naturally, he has encountered throngs of fans along the way. And he hears the usual questions and criticisms and advice. "Most of them are mad at me because they bet on Boston in Ihe Series," he said. "I even got a lot of nasty letters. I can't figure out some people. "I think the fans get more field goals put Western Michi-jPersfull 4 gan safely ahead. Dave Renn led ASU with 17 worked up than players, f guess they're thinking about losing their money andJhe pressure's too much for them." Then, there are the second- guessers. . "I'd like lo get five or six players together," says Bob, and go down to the hospital and boo the doctors while they're operating on someone." 2-2 1-3 3-3 .0-0 1-1 2-3 0-0 2-3 0-0 30 13-18 73 39 45-84 . ... 30 43—73 •Western Michi Renn Burk Mueller Velander Morrison Crane Smalling McAfee .... Totals West. Mich. ASU Total fouls- gan 12, arkansas State U. 17. Attendance—1,200. CHAMPS CARL YASTRZEMSKI, American League's MVP, led Boston Red Sox to first pennant in 21 years. The left- fielder hit .326, clouted 44 homers and drove in 121 runs. Here, he shows what happens when a champion whiffs. BILLIE JEAN KING established herself as the world No. 1 women's tennis player. Billie won her second Wimbledon litle, captured the U.S. crown, helped win Wightman Cup. HATS OFF to Dame Pattie, Australia's challenger for the America's Cup, and to the championship spirit and effort of her crew. Intrepid, the U.S. defender, won this year's runs off Newport, R.I., to make it 20 consecutive victories. DARLING of long-shot bettors, Proud Clarion won the Derby. GARY BEBAN is 1967's Heisman Trophy w i n n c r. The star QB set 1ft UCLA offensive records—-1,586 yards and 19 IDs in a spectacular season. His coach dubbed him "our man in the clutch." "GOLFER OF THE YEAR" was Jack Nicklaus, the first to top $200,000 in a year's "take." Here, exuberant Jack drops a putt to win his second U.S. Open. TEETH CLENCHED and muscles bulging, Phillip Grlppaldi broke two records in winning the wcightlifting gold medal in the Pan-American games at Winnipeg, Canada. Here, GriDnaldl it lifting almost 800 pounds. HIGHER AND HIGHER go the pole vault records. Here, Paul Wilson of DSC clears the bar at 17 feet 8 Inches for a new mark ia the National AAU Track and Field meet. GRACEFUL as a bird, Patty Sims displays the diving form she is perfecting for the 1968 Olympics. SENSATION OF THE INDY 500 was the controversial, iurbinc-powercd racer driven bv Farnclli Jones. Before its tremendous speed, Indy lap records .fell. Jones paced the Held and looked like a sure winner until his car conked out 10 laps from the finish. A. J. Foyt swept past to win Ills third indy.

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