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Pine Blutt Here Chickasaws Face Zebras By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor "Our main weakness definitely is lack of size—we don'l have any- height or weight. We do have a real strong desire, to play basketball. We're inexperienced, but Ihc boys make up ior it wilh good, tough hustle." COURIER NEWS PAGE TEN Friday. .Tnmiar? J, I0i above words when recently ask-! talent and experience, ed to analyze briefly the strength ] Ot and weakness of his ball club. Goss, a graduate of Henderson Stale College, may sound like Hie average basketball coach who plays down the talents of his men, but whether he is or not, his Zebras are due to arrive in Blylhcville today with a 7-3 seasonal record. In conference action, Pine Bluff has registered a 2-1 mark, wins coming over .lonesboro and Jacksonville. The Zebras last outing resulted in a 56-48 triumph over Jacksonville. administered by Little Rock Central the slate's top-ranked quintet. Hot Springs and Pine Bluff Southeast, the latter being considered a mild upset. The Zebras will challenge the Chickasaws tonight in a doubleheader getting underway at the usual starting time of 6 p.m. The junior varsity squads will tangle in the inaugural battle Tlie Chickasaws play at 7:30. Asked to pinpoint his top players, Goss named five young men who give the Zebras lots of Dwight Williams listed two as standout Ior the visitors. Chris Russell, a 6-0 senior, and John Searles, a 6-2 junior, are the men whom Williams figures his players must stop i! the Chickasaws are to open the new year with a victory. The. threesome rounding out, Goss' selection of his top men | is made up of Eddie Chapman, G-0 senior; Eddie Vinson, 5-10 junior; and Johnny Simmons, 5-8 junior. were the limes when we lost ths ball game. I'm real happy with, the rebounding job our shorter men have been doing." + + + The Chickasaws have been working out since Tuesday in preparation for the conference clash tonight.. Third-place finishers in the annual Holiday Tournament at Leachville, the Chickasaws have been off since Saturday night following their 41-36 win over Paragould in the consolation game of the tourney. Last season the Zebras and Chickasawa split in two games. The Chicks took Hie encounter on the Pine Bluff floor while the Zebras avenged the loss with a one-point triumph in Blytheville. That night was the one on which a disputed call by the official deprived Don Gaines of what would have been the winning basket. The lliree defeats have been jump," is the way Williams put! "That Searles boy can really I One of lhe officials declared that time was still out when Gaines look his successful shot. The ensuing effort was unsuccessful and the Zebras went away victorious. Tonight brings another chance as well as another new year. The Chickasaws hope to cash in on both opportunities. Texas League Meeting Today it as he prepared to lead the Chicks through a practice session earlier in the week. "I've heard that he consistently ouljumped that 6-4 (Steve) Schmidt boy at Central. He will give us lots of trouble, ynii can bet on that." Williams, however, quickly added how pleased he has been in the First 11 games wilh the Blytheville rebounding efforts. "If I remember correctly, we've only been oiitrebounded By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS two or three limes and those High School Northeast Ark. Invitational At Jonesboro A Division First Round ,Tinkley 58, Rector 53 Greene County Tech 80, Pocahontas 41 'Missionary' Not So Nice TOURNEY TROPHY — Blytheville High basketball coaches Jim Dixon and Dwight Williams look with pride on the trophy their Chickasaw players earned for their third- place finish in the recent Holiday Tournament held at Leachville. Tonight's fray with Pine Bluff will be the Chickasaws first game action since the tournament. (Courier News Photo) State Sports DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - The Texas League, now touching on four states, will hold its scheduled meeting here today. There will be three new clubs ••» ^presented and one of them— Memphis—has made the league named (or Amarillo and Albuquerque. •»• + * Hub Kiltie managed Austin, last year but Austin transferred to Shreveporl and Kittle is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth. Vern Rams, Browns Get Ready For Sunday MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — The Los ,tion at the hands of the Dallas i At the Browns' practice ses- Quarterfinal Hound Manila 63, Nettleton 59 LeachviHe 61, Mariana 43 Angeles Rams, I Trnm the Super sidetracked ICowboys, continued workouts to-jsions, flanker Gary Collins Qmul *>rsr1 'i4<iM Frvr" VVio Mat inn al TTnnfViall 'rlrilVmn nn liic nilce r^PO By RON RAPOPORT Associated Press Sports Writer Princeton's Chris Thomforde is thinking about being a missionary, maybe in a big city, he says Lou Rossini wishes he'd find some nice, small out-of-the way place where NYU is never likely to play basketball. After a fairly erratic first half Thursday night, Thomforde came on strong to lead the Tigers to a 78-62 triumph over Rossini's Violets and make Princeton's return to Madison Square Garden after a three- year absence a happy one. Thomforde, a rangy blond, said he is seriously considering a career as a missionary and probably in a large town, where he says people and their problems are. But Thursday, his 21 points and 10 rebounds made more than enough problems to last NYU for a while. Eighth-r a n k e d Oklahoma Icity, the only member of the Top Ten that played Thursday night, lost to Nevada Southern 96-92 in Las Vegas. The setback was the Chiefs' first of the sea- on after eight victories. NSU is 9-3. Nevada Southern scored eight straight points in the final minute of play after trailing 9088. Curtis Watson stole the ball rom OCU's Ron Koper to tie he game and seconds later S'atson came up with another steal and. the go-ahead basket. Oklahoma City overcame a 47-42 halftime deficit and led by as much as eight points—8746 with eight minutes to play before Nevada Southern launched its comeback. Elburt Miller topped the Rebels with 32 points and Don Lyons added 28. Ron Koper was high for the Chiefs with 24. Long Island University, No. 3 in the small-college rankings, won its Hth straight game, disposing of Seton Hall 53-47. Cliff 1 beat Loyola of New Orleans 61159, St. John's whipped Syracuse 79-58, Rutgers beat Dartmouth 79-52 and Utah State beat American' U. 94-78. College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS East Princeton 78, NYU: 62 St. John's, N.Y., 79, Syracuse 58 Rutgers 79, Dartmouth 52 LIU 53, Seton Hall 47 Bucknell 95, Scranton 94, ot South Wm. & Mary 79, Pittsb'gji 65 The Citadel 61, New Orleans Loyola 59 Furman 70, Clemson 68 Midwest Bradley 104, Wichita State 93 Valparaiso 103, W. Ontario 55 Indiana St. 86, DePauw 66 Southwest Cincinnati 61, No. Tex. St. 53 South. Colo. 68, Eastern New Mexico 66 Trinity, Tex., 87, SE Okla. St. 41 Far West Nev. South. 96, Okla. City 92 Bowl, and 'day for the National Football Cleveland Browns, working to League Playoff Bowl— with time ilock a repeat of their nuuiilia- extend over 1098 miles. That's Rapp returns to Little Rock. the distance from Memphis to EUaso. From Memphis to Albuquerque is 1052. Tde shortest distance is 138 miles from Memphis to Little Rock. San Anlonio, Shrcveporl and Memphis are Hie new members. Returning from the 1967 six-club circuit are Amarillo, Albuquerque, El Paso.Little Rock and Dallas-Fort Worth. Only two 1967 managers re- Chuck Tanner managed El Paso in 1966 but was at Seattle lasl year. He now returns to El Paso. Harry Bright will manage San Antonio, Charley Lau will be at Shreveporl. and Roy Sievers at Memphis. President H u g h Finnerty ot Tulsa said toe schedule will be ratified for 1968 and a decision will be made on whether there will be an East and « West B Division First. Round Oak Grove 61, Grubbs 59, two overtimes Salem 65, Lafe 47 Arkansas Tech Invitational At Russcllville Quarterfinal Round Pyatt 56, Mena 40 Green Forest 62, Valley Springs 50 loiter 65, Lavaca 49 County Line 56, Russellville 52 turn while skippers haven't been < division. Ail-American Track Gathering Tonight SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - )er gold medalist, lops Hie mile Two young Swedes whose Euro- field. pean'records mark them as top The entry list is filled with contenders are among 11 for- Olympians, Olympics prospects eigners who will compete to- 1 and world recordholders. night in the fifth annual Exam-1 Ace sprinters Charlie Greene. Henderson Invitational At Arkadelphia Quarterfinal Round LR McClellan 78, Lake Hamilton 4fi Gillelt 59, Bismarck 53 Stuttgart 73, Ashdown 19 Hampton 75, Dollarway 60 Ouachita 47, Nashville 41 Amity 49, Prattsville 43 iner All-American Games. Hines, Billy Gaines and State College Tournament At Conway Greenbrier 82, Newport 53 Waldo 59, Vilonia 56 Omaha 55. Clinton 41 SI. Joseph of Conway 47, Conway 43 Arkansas A&M Invitational At Monticcllo JGrady 59. Dumas 42 They are Ulf Hoegberg. 21, i Willie Turner head 15 entries IMcGehce SI. Slar City 28 who has gone 3:39.3 for 1,500'who forced Ihe 60-yard dash to White Hall 71, Eudora 48 meters and 3:58.9 for the mile,.be split. Tomtnie Smith, who | 42 and Jan Dahlgren, 20, with a 7-" foot-l'A high jump. They flew in Wednesday night for their first look at America,. I and Rill Toomey head the 440 Crossett 63. Desna Central 60 After competing at the Cow | entrants. tfingsland 78. Dermott 37 Palace tonigvit, they are sched- i holds many sprint marks, will |Monticello 52, Fordyce 39 try 300 yards his first time. lEutiora East 60, Drew Centra 1 Lee Evans, Mike Larrabee 30 iBOWLING out for lunch. NFL Commissioner Pete Eo- zelle and coaches, of both teams were, to attend the $5 a plate luncheon that' is part of the buildup for Sunday's eighth annual meeting between the runners-up of the Eastern and Western conferences. Friday Night Mixed Doubles League Shamrock Lanes TEAM STANDINGS drilling on his pass receiving and musing over the 52-14 embarrassment at Dallas when the Cowboys took the Eastern Conference showdown. "We were so humiliated at Dallas," said Collins. "We've got to stay with the Rams." I Collins has had his .least pro-' ductive season since he became a regular in 1963, pulling in just Culukq scored 21 points for the Blackbirds. Louisville, getting 18 points from West Unseld and 18 from Jerry King, won its second Missouri Vailey Conference game, topping Tulsa 65-59 on the road. Bradley won its third MVC We'd hoped to be here for 32 pass receptions for seven 'hillips Ford 36 Original Pussy-Cats 33% Beggers and Bums .. 30 22 Off and On 28 24 Road Runners 27 25 Alley Cats' 24% 27% 4 H's 23V4 28% Cousins 22% 29% Rooster Nooster — 21 3 1 Tailwinders 14 HIGH GAMES the Super Bowl," said Rams' Coach George Allen, "It was a tremendous disappointment, tut we're making progress. Ihis was only our second year together." To use Allen's favorite 'phrase, "everybody is giving 110 per cent" in workouts for the game. Nobody around here ever 38 heard of two-a-day practice sessions for the Playoff Bowl. It's a fun game. But two-a-day is what Allen ordered. He sent out two extra tackling sleds and when Lamar Lundy or [Deacon Jones or somebody else Off and On 728 slammed a sled, Allen shouted Alley Cats 701 i'Leroy Kelly." Kelly is a ball- Billie Geiser 1901carrying runner for the Browns. touchdowns. His punting average was 36.5 yards; a comedown from 1965 when he led the NFL ith 46.7 yards. In 1965 Collins also grabbed 50 passes for 10 touchdowns and had 56 for 12 in 1966. Collins at his Miami Stadium, workout Thursday said,"I don't think any of us had a real great year offensively." The playoff will be nationally televised by CBS with a 2 p.m., EST, kiekoff. beating Wichita State behind Joe Allen's game, 104-92 points. Cincinnati opened its Missouri Valley season with a 61-53 triumph over North Texas State. Rick Roberson scored 14 and pulled in 23 re- raunds. In other games, the Citadel Carol Hilson 188 Thurl McSpadden 208 Amos Decker HIGH SERIES 201 TBAMS 2067 Southern California's Hose j Others uled for indoor meels in Boston | Bow] champion Trojans sent Jan 13 Los Angeles, Jan. 20, |O.J. Simpson and Earl McCul- and the Athens Invitational at lough lo see if football bad less- Van Buren 65, Bentonville 50 Oakland, Calif. Jan. 25. Hoegbarg, 5-10 and 140, hopes to make the Swedish Olympics lor women. ream and sees America's Jim Ryun, the world recordholder, as the man to beat. * * + Dahlgren, 6-foot and 160, believes he can jump about 7-foot- 3H. That's two indies bitter than his winning mark for the European team in Montreal last summer. ; Dahlgren is one of six high j jumpers entered bore who have exceeded 7 feet. The others are Max Low of Southern California; John Dobrotli, unattached; Jblm Rambo, Pacific Coast Oiub; Otis Burrell, Southern California Striders, three-time AAU outdoor winner, and Ed Caruthers of Arizona. '.Bob Schulz, 3:58.9 outdoors •ad the 1964 Olympics 5000-me- ened their speed. In all, there are 22 events, including three iinininuiiNiHiiiiiiiiniinniiNiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiiiniliilliilli; Cage Pros • Pro Rakslhall By THE ASSOCIA'l'ED PRESS NBA Thursday's Result St. Louis 106, San Fran. 98 Today's Games Cincinnati at Detroit Chicago vs. New York at Philadelphia Los Angeles at Philadelphia Boston at Seattle Saturday's Games Los Angeles at Baltimore Detroit at New York Philadelphia »t St. Louis Seattle at San Diego Boston at San Francisco Chicago at Cincinnati Sunday's Game Philadelphia at Cincinnati, afternoon ABA Thursday's Results Denver 122, New Orleans 107 Pittsburgh 107, Kentucky 98 Minnesota 109, Houston 87 Today's Games Indiana at Anaheim New Orleans vs Oakland at Fresno, Calif Houston at New Jersey Dallas at Pittsburgh Saturday's Games Houston at Indiana Dallas at Kentucky Sunday'! Game* New Jersey at Anaheim New Orleans at Dallas, afternoon Indiana noon at Minnesota, after- Off and On Alley Cats 1935 WOMEN'S JoAnn Barlow 545 Carol Hilson 516 MEN'S Vaughan Miownes 574 Ron Hilson 565 Amos Decker 565 SHAMROCK LANES Tuesday Twilight STANDINGS Jack's Shoes 46 22 Dreifus Jewelry ..40 28 Decker Insur 39 29 George Motor Co. 34V4 S3V4 Plaza Drugs 32% 35% Randall Co 30V4 37V4 Hays Supermkt. .. 28% 39% First Nat'l Bank .. 21 47 HIGH GAMES Alyce Hickerson 223 Ditsy Mcars 211 George Mir. Co 1,011 Jack's Shoes WO HIGH SERIES Blanche Branscum .'..... 555 Ditsy Mcars 547 George Mir. Co 2,7111 Decker Insur 2,603 SPLITS Joyce Ray 5-8-10 Louise Grissom 5-7 SHAMROCK LANEvS ,, WEDNKSDAL EARLY BIRDS STANDINGS Pin Pals 40% 15% Kolfee Klan 35 21 Defensive tackle Roger Brown aid of Allen, "We work harder during the regular season than I ever did with the Detroit Lions. But Allen's a great coach to )lay for. You know what you're ;oing to be doing every minute." George Allen Inconsistents 3U4 24',j Cotton Bowlers 28 28 Go-Go Girls 28 28 Road Runners 27 29 Fire Birds ....19 37 Lucky .Strikes 15 41 HIGH GAMES .Sue Richardson ?,08 Bonnie Long 204 HIGH SERIES Hockey National Hockey League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday's Results Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 Detroit 9, Oakland 3 Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 3 Today's Games No games scheduled Saturday's Games New York at Montreal, afternoon, TV Boston at Toronto Detroit at Chicago Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Minnesota at Oakland Los Angeles at St Louis Sunday's Games Montreal at .Detroit Toronto at New York Boston at Chicago Pittsburgh at Philadelphia Los Angeles at Oakland Jerry Kitchens 542 Bonnie Long 523 BLYTHEVILLE Business College Farmers Bank Bid?. 400 W. Main P. 0. 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