The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 16, 1968 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 16, 1968
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Co//ege Poll Bruins Are Out Front -• ByBENOLAN Associated Press Sports Writer here's no way ol telling whether UCLA or Houston will wm Saturday night's big game between the unbeaten college basketball giants in the Houston Astrodome. But it's an open secret that the Bruins are considered the superior team by most experts. fUCLA maintained a cofi- nianding lead in The Associated Press' latest weekly poll. The Bruins collected 32 first-place votes and 347 points in the balloting by a national panel of 35 sports writers and broadcasters. Houston drew only three votes for Ihe top position and 317 points, the latter on a basis of 10 points for a first-place vote, niite for second, eight for third, etc.: The balloting was based on games through last Saturday. !The Bruins, who have won 46 games in a row, including 12 this season, play the University of Potland, Ore., at home Thursday night before their important meeting on the Cougars' COURIER NEWS PAOB CIQHT H Tuesday January 16, 1M8 iiniiiinniniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiHiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiin' court. Tn last weeks games, the Bruins beat California 94-64 and Stanford 75-«3. Houston lifted its record to 16-0 by trouncing West Texas State, 98-53. The Cougars are idle until Saturday. While the two top teams held their positions, there was some shifting among the other clubs in the first 10. North Carolina, victorious over North Carolina State and Clemson last week, remained in the No. 3 spot. However, Tennessee, Utah and New Mexico all gained ground. Tennessee moved up one notch to fourth after downing Vanderbilt and Georgia. Utah, winner over Arizona State and Arizona, also advanced one place to fifth. New Mexico, 14-0 after defeating Wyoming 81-65, rushed up from ninth to sixth. St. Bonaventure, unbeaten in 12 games, remained in seventh place. The Bonnies beat DePaul 77-67 in their only outing last week. Kentucky, upset by Florida, fell four places to eighth while Vanderbilts loss to Tennessee dropped the Commodores one spot to No. 9 Columbia's Lions, 94-68 winners over Colgate for a 10-3 mark, are 10th, the same position they occupied a week ago. The Top Ten with first-place votes in parentheses and total points on a 10-9-8-etc. basis: 1. UCLA (32) 347 2. Houston (3) 317 3. North Carolina 270 4. Tennessee 205 5. Utah 178 6. New Mexico 137 7. St. Bonvaenture 131 8. Kentucky 101 9. Vanderbilt 55 10. Columbia 40 Smith Has Friends In Texas, Arkansas (Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of four articles on the persons who will be inducted into the' Arkansas Hall of Fame Jan. 18 at'Hot Springs) By HARRY KING Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Texas A&M alumni have nothing to do with the selection of members to the Arkansas Hall of Fame, but if they did they would pusli the hardest for Elmer Smith, assistant head football coach at A&M. Smith, you see, was responsible for two of the Aggies' biggest recruiting prizes — John David Crow and Edd Hargett. Crow was the key man in the Aggies' Southwest Conference championship in 1956 under Paul "Bear" Bryant and won the Heisman Trophy in 1957. Hargett quarterbacked the Ag- gies to the SWC champion this past fall and threw two touchdown passes in A&M's Cotton Bowl victory over Alabama. Smith, 60, a native of Casa, coaciied at Southern State in Magnolia in the early 1950s. One of his ballplayers was Raymond Crow of Springhill, La., who had a younger brother named John David. Smith went to A&M with Bryant in 1954—the sanje year John David graduated from high school. Not unnaturally, Smith spent the spring in Springhill where he sewed up Crow for the Aggies. Smith went to Alabama for 34 days with Bryant prior to the 1958 season but returned to A&M and suffered through the reigns of Jim Myers and Hank Foldberg. The Aggies won 18 games during those seven years before rebounding under the guidance of Gene Slallings. Smith coached George Hargett during the Myers' years and naturally Hargett's little brother followed him to A&M. Smith says it wasn't easy signing Crow. "Every major school in the country wanted him ... or should have," Smith said. "But, we never had many doubts that Edd was coming with us." Smith, J. H. Rowland, Gene Tennis Still n' Question By WILL GRIMSLEY Associated Press Sporls Writer MEW YORK (AP) - The Unilecl Stales apparently is pre-! paring to join the other major | le'jnis-playing nations—Britain, t-:z-xe and Australia—in a giant power play to force open competition. "These are the four countries who founded the International Lawn Tennis Federation," Robert Kellher of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association told a press confer- BOSTON (AP) - Seven cities are seeking a National Basketball Association expansion team, but only four are expected to be given serious consideration. NBA President J. Walter Kennedy told a basketball writers' lunqheon Monday the seven cities are Kansas City, Portland, Ore., Atlanta, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Vancouver and Cleveland. However, he said, it is doubtful that Portland, Vancouver and Atlanta would receive immediate consideration. He explained two West Coast teams were added last year, while Atlanta lacks a suitable arena. PORTLAND, Ore.-Andy Kendall, Scappoose, Ore., and Frank Nlbtett, San Francisco, drew, 10. Light-heavyweights. ence Monday. "They are the only ones, who have ever won the Davis Cup. If they sticK together, they, should carry the day." The British, in a bold and rebellious move, already have announced that, effective April 22, they will abolish the distinction between amateurs and professionals and stage the famed Wimbledon tournament as an open event. The ILTF has warned that, if they do, tjie British will be suspended from all international competition and barred from the Davis Cup. The British say they're going ahead. Meanwhile, there's considerable behind-the-scenes maneuvering in France, Australia and Hie United States. "I have been going around the country talking to the various sectional associations," Kelleher said. "The Texas and Western Associations ae in favor of letting our players compete at Wimbledon. They oppose abolishing the distinction between amateurs and professionals. "The Northern California Association (San Francisco) wants to go all the way with the British. I am here talking to the Eastern and New England Associations, the two biggest. I find many in favor of giving open tennis a chance." ! Sodie" Davidson and Howard 'Red" Hickey will be inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame Thursday at Hot Springs. Smith nailed down 16 letters while attending Hendrix College at Conway—four each in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was an all-conference selection four times in basketball and twice in football. His first coaching job was at Hamburg. He then returned to Hendrix as an assistant and followed that up with an assistant's job at Centenary. Smith served in the Navy and then took over at Southern State where he coached the Mulerid- ers to two conference championships. As an ardent Aggie fan will tell you, his experience at Southern State was a great help when he moved to A&M. By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Helena Central High School, until now a member of Region 2AA in the Arkansas Athletic Association, has been admitted to membership in Class AAA. The Helena school began working towards a place in the AAA class several weeks ago and late last week, AAA executive secretary, J. M. "Johnie" Burnett announced that Helena officials had been notified that they had been accepted by all of the Triple-A schools. With the addition of Central, the Triple-A has 18 schools competing in basketball, track and other sports. (The new AAAA class, with seven schools, will operate separately only in football.) The addition of Central to AAA competition means that the Blytheville High Chickasaws will be meeting the Indians in a conference battle each season. Heretofore, the battles with Central have been non-conference engagements. Central will compete in the Triple-A's Eastern Division in football with Blytheville, Jonesboro, Jacksonville, McClellan and West Memphis, the latter school having been admitted to Triple-A only last month. Helena played Blytheville, The Winner Mr. Kenneth Loveless of Sleele, Missouri, is our latest basketball winner. Mr. Loveless missed only one game for the $10.00 weekly prize. There were six other entries which missed on two games. Remember that your entry must be postmarked no later than midnight Wednesday of each week. The contest is published in each Saturday's paper. Bob Gibson Holds Out ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis baseball Cardinals have experienced their first bad moment since pitcher Bob Gibson posted his third World Series victory last fall and brought the title home to St. Louis. Gibson said Monday he has turned down a contract mailed to him at his home in Omaha, Neb. "I received a contract and I returned it," Gibson said in St. Louis, Gibson said General Manager Bing Devine offered a very generous settlement, but he added, "it wasn't even close to what I have in mind. ' It wasn't what I want. Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been plenty, but these aren't ordinary circumstances." Calvin Murphy Chickasaws Get New League Foe Jonesboro and West Memphis in football last season, and Coach Russell Cerrato said Jacksonville had already been added to the schedule before acceptance into the AAA. Cerrato said that McClellan already has a full schedule for the 1968 season. Central has to play each team in its conference to qualify for the league championship unless the other members allow them to count one of their other games as a conference game. No decision has yet been reached on this matter. It was not necessary that Helena move up to Triple-A this year. When a school's enrollment reaches 700, that school must advance. At present, Helena has only 680 students. 'We feel like we'll reach 700 within the next few years," Cerrato said, "and we thought this would be a good opportunity to move up." Several teams within Region 2AA have to travel long distances to play Helena and were considering dropping the Indians from their schedule. Cerrato said officials had decided it would be best to move up now and avoid possible scheduling difficulties. Central finished 5-4-1 in Region 2AA last season. S'west Conference Stresses Defense By RAYMOND HOLBROOK Associated Press Writer Long before the current Southwest Conference basketball race got underway, Baylor coach Bill Menefee said "Our problem is scoring ... We hope to offset our lack of scoring with a stronger defense." Scoring is still a problem for Kie Bears. In conference play they have averaged only 73.33 points per game for sixth place in scoring in the eight-member league. But the Baylor defense—easily 10 points per game tigliter than any other team in the loop—has the Bears comfortably out in front with a perfect 3-0 record to lead the conference race. The importance of defense is also pointed up by the fact that the four teams in the top division have the best marks in keeping their opponents from sinking baskets. Baylor has allowed its conference opponents an average of only 61.66 points per game. Rice tied for second place, has allowed 71 points, fourth place Texas Christian 72.66 points, and Texas, tied for second, 75.5 points. Fifth place Arkansas has allowed 75.75 points per game. Southern Methodist and Texas A&M, tied for sixth, have allowed 77.5 and 78.75 respectively, while last place Texas Tech has given up an average of 80.75 points. The Aggies lead in scoring with an average of 79.5 points in league games. Texas has averaged 78.5, Texas Christian 76.66 Rice 75.5, Southern Methodist 73.75, Baylor 73.33, Arkansas 72.5 and Texas Tech 67.75. The Bean beat Arkansas 8069 last Tuesday and can take it easy until their next conference game on Jan. 27. In other games last week Texas A&M beat Tech 94-81, Rice slipped past Southern Methodist 73-71, Texas edged Texas Christian 6665, Rice walloped Texas Tech 81-68, Southern Methodist outlasted the Aggies 78-77, and Arkansas whipped Texas 85-80. Only two games, one a non- conference affair, are slated for this week. The Aggies will be in Austin for a game with Texas Tuesday night while Texas Tech meets an outside foe, Texas at Arlington, in a Saturday afternoon game at Lubbock which will, be regionally televised. COLLEGE SCOPES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS East St. Francis, Pa., 106, St. Vincent 76 South Kentucky 104, Georgia 73 Tennessee 67, Florida 52 Vanderbilt 74, Auburn 65 Clemson 94, Maryland 93, two overtimes Midwest Xavier, Ohio, 84, Detroit 81 South. 111. 62, St. Cloud 52 Ashland 57, Winston-Salem 40 South Dakota 90, Creighton 82 Missouri 67, Kansas 66 Southwest Trinity, Tex. 93, Houston Bap. tist 53 Far West Kansas St. 57, Colo. St. 56, ot Montana St. 75, Gonzaga 73 Washington 68, Oregon St. 56 Idaho 76, Montana £9 Wash. St. 85, Oregon 6» Sophs Stand Out On College Fives By IRA BERKOW NBA Sports Writer NEW YORK - (NBA) - Lew Alcinor second-team All-American?-Well, not quite. This season's sophomores will not push the UCLA giant from the No. 1 spot in college basketball, but they will make a big difference. They are big and swift, the best class to come along in the 1960s. The most spectacular newcomer will be 5-10 guard Calvin Murphy of Niagara. All he can do is dunk the ball, pnss like a wizard, rebound and shoot — as his 48.9 points per game average on the freshman team shows. And, who knows, between halves he may flit out twirling a baton, as he does at Buffalo Bill football games. Rick Mount of Purdue should rival Murphy for points and press clippings. He may be the greatest Indiana prep product since Oscar Robertson. Mount, from Lebanon, Ind., broke the Boilermaker frosh scoring record with a 35-point average. With a solid group of veterans back from last season, there is optimism in Lafayette that Mount will lead the team to the Big Ten title. Also in the Big Ten, Minnesota is lauding two sophomores —one with an especially impressive genealogy. Larry Mikan, whose father George also played the game, is a 6-7 center. He will be sixth man, playing behind Gopher recoidsetter Tom [Kondla. The other soph, La.ry Overskei, M, is a fine outside shot and will crack the lineup at forward. Kansas will again hightail out of sight with the Big Eight championship. Four starters are back, including Jo Jo White and Roger Bohnenstiehl. But the flashiest addition to the league will be Jayhawks' sophomore guard Rich Bradshaw. The 6-3 Bradshaw, from Chicago's Marshall High School which produced such stars as George Wilson, Ralph Wells and Irv Bemoras, can lead the offense as well as spark the rebounding (he led the frosh with 122 rebounds in eight games). Last season was Adolpb Rupp's worst (13-13) in his 37 years as Kentucky coach. But three terrific sophomores, who made last season's frosh team one of Kentucky's best, will again put Rupp in familiar surroundings—near or at the top of the Southeastern Conference. The three are guard Mike Casey, 6-8 center Dan Issel, and 6-3 forward Mike Pratt. At Louisiana State, prospects look somewhat better than last year. Which is saying little since it was 3-23. But coach Press Maravich has several sophomore stars coming up! Included in the group is a kid named Pete Maravich, son of the coach. The younger Maravich, a 6-5 guard, averaged 43-6 points a game for the frosh squad. Another SEC sophomore star will be Perry Wallace o£ Vander- RED HOLZMAN, new coach of the New York Knieks, looks painfully serious as he conducts practice session after taking over for Dick McGnire, who was fired Dec. 28. The Knieks were picked in pre-season speculation to be outstanding. But they are wallowing near the bottom in the NBA's Eastern Division. If Holzman can't improve that standing, the seat may get too warm for him, just as it did for McGuire. Blytheville Moves Up In Ranking By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Little Rock Central's Tigers continue on their merry, unbeaten path. Central polished off fifth-ranked North Little Rock last week 71-58 and is still the unchallenged leader in the Associated Press Arkansas high school basketball poll. Fort Smith Northside, Greenbrier and El Dorado trial the Tigers in that order, as they have for the past two weeks. Magnolia Columbia, 22-1 for the season, jumped from the seventh spot to fifth in the poll. Little Rock Horace Mann remained sixth, winning its only game of the week. Blytheville moved back up from eighth to seventh while undefeated Turrell advanced a notch to eighth. Hot Springs, which defeated North Little Rock last week, crashed into the top ten-taking over the No. 9 spot. North Little Rock fell from fifth to tenth- and Leachville, which was idle, dropped from the select group. Here are the results of the poll with first place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right: 1. LR Central (10) (12-0) .. 100 2. FS Northside (1-2) 85 3. Greenbrier (16-1) 77 4. El Dorado (9-2) 71 5. Magnolia Columbia (22-1).47 6. LR Horace Mann (8-6) .. 38 7. Blytheville (W) ....32 8. Turrell (19-0) 31 9. Hot Springs (10-4) 20 10. North Little Rock (8-6) .. 19 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Bay, County Line, Lavaca, Leachville and Weiner. NEW YORK (AP) - Awards continue to pile up for Carl Yas- trzemsW, the Boston Red Sox' Triple Crown winner. Yaz, the American League's Most Valuable . Player, was named Monday winner of the Hutch Award, given in memory of Fred Hutchinson, former major league pitcher and manager who died of cancer in 1984. The award is given annually to the player who best exemplifies Hutchingson's "character and fighting spirit," bilt. The 6-5 center is the first Negro ever to play in that league. He can rebound. He can shoot. And he can help Vanderbilt retain its SEC title, Cincinnati's exceptional sophomore is Jim Ard, whose forte is defense. He was a pivotman on the fresh squad, but will be at forward in his team's race for the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Princeton looks to a pair of newcomers to aid them in keeping a firm grasp on the top rung in the Ivy League. A 6-7 forward, John Hummer, and 6-3 guard Jeff Petrie will step in as starters. North Carolina needs little help to retain its Atlantic Coast Conference champinoship, what with a bunch of veterans back, including All American Larry Miller. Just in case, though, 6-5 sophomore Charlie Scott, who jumps like there's no gravity and had a 25-point average as a freshman, will be around to assist. At UCLA, defending NCAA champion, 6-8 sophomore Steve Patterson may break into the lineup. At .some other school, he might be the lineup. But the Bruins have a few other guys named Lew Alcindor, Edgar Lacey, Mike Lynn, Lucius Allen, Mike Warren, Lynn Schackr leford and Ken Heitz. So much for the college basketball season. Game Will Continue TOONTO (AP) - The Na- tional'Hockey Leagues 21st an-, nual All-Star game—stripped of its usual glitter by the death of Minnesota forward bill Masterton—pits Toronto's defending Stanley Cup champions againsl standouts from -the other 11 NHL clubs tonight. Prior to the opening faceoff il Maple Leaf Gardens, a crowd of more than 15,000 will pay a moment of silent tribute to thi memory of Masterton, who died early Monday from a brain injury suffered in a game last weekend. 'It was a shock," NHL President Clarence Campbell said of the tragedy—first of its kind in the league's 51-year history. "But the game will go on." The mid-season classie matches first and second team All-Stars, selected at the close of the 1966-67 season, plus a complement of players including one from each of the six new expansion clubs against the Cup champs, currently fourth in the league's East Division. Gordie Howe, Detroit's magnificent, 22-year veteran, will be making' a record 19th appearance in the All-Star game. Bobby Hull and Stan.Mikita, Chicago's high-scoring tandem, each will be skating in the Stars line-up for the sixth straight year. Hull, Mikita and Chicago teammate Ken Wharram were first-team All-Star picks last spring along with defensemeh Pierre Pilote of the black Hawks and Harry .Howell of New York, and Rangers' goalie Ed Giacomin. SALES MANAGEMENT TRAINEE METROPOLITAN LIFE INS. CO. has a career opportunity due to expansion In Mississippi County. Extensive home office training program. Salary Open. Contact Mrs. Dirn at TO 2-2035. HERMON C. JONES •nauss Ural annrue* o*. (K So. Perkins Extended SnlU 4M Ph. 6B-MU Memphis, Vnimm . . laranac fot matt Maun* «•» Ma» . rartamhlsi • Cw- pontlM . Oroap PtMM (Imml .a

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