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Central Here Tonight Chickasaws Test By Frank Ellis Courier News Sporls Editor Itijvb weeks without actual gajiie participation can be a long time when a coach is trying, .to keep his team at peak performance. ^ueh has been the fate of thg'.Blytheville High School basketball squad. Weather conditions, as well as the scholastic schedule of semester examinations, have curtailed action for the.-Chickasaws. Two weeks have elapsed since their last battle, a home clash with-Pine Bluff. Last Friday's scheduled encounter at Jonesboro was postponed at the last minute due to a heavy snow. Hjnce, the men of Coach DWight Williams have had a layoff of 14 days since they mauled the Zebras, 71-50 for their ninth win in 12 games. All of that will end tonight. Beginning with the junior varsity game at 6 p.m., the top- rahKed team in the state of Arkansas, the Little Hock Central Tigers, give the Chickasaws: all the action they could want; The Tigers sport a 12-0 record and have retained the top spot in,-,the weekly high school poll since the beginning of the season,-. Coach Don Nixon's quintet is a driving ball club, one that moves the ball extremely well from, its 2-1-2 offense with its I tall center, Jerry Schmidt, sta- 1 lioned at the low post most of the time. Schmidt Is rated as one of the slate's holiest scholastic prospects and his experience goes a long way toward giving the Tigers a most potent offense. Scouting reports on the Tigers state that the visitors can hit from oulside. All are fairly good shooters. Steve Averilt, a 6-0 forward considered as Ihc best outside shot among the starting five. Defensively, the Tigers vary their tactics. They shift from a man-to-man into a 3-1-1 zone press as well as using a full- court press and occasional double-teaming of the ballhandler. The scouting reports answers, yes, to three questions which every coach has to know about an opponent; are they a good defensive club, do they change defenses, and do they press? Tonight's battle is the stiffest test faced thus far by the Chickasaws. Losers only to Helena, North Little Rock and Jonesboro (in the Holiday Tournament), they have scored impressive victories over Little Rock Horace Mann, Jacksonville, West Memphis (twice), and McClellan among others. The fray tonight might well be considered the key to the remainder of the season. A battle with Leaclwill?. on the Lions' home court is slated for tomorrow evening and wins Wilt's Shadow Darkens Dave By IRA BERKOW «:..•. NEA Sporis Wrjter "NEW YORK — (NEA) — "Hey, Newmark," yelled Wilt Chamberlain, "people tell me you got a good touch. Let's see it. Buck a shot on free throws." Almost before he could get out of :his .elephantine street shoes, Daye Newmark strode trippingly 'across the court. After all, matching free throws with Wilt is normally as sure as betting the rabbit in a dog race. The tableau between the seven-footers took place in Philadelphia last winter. Wilt had just finished a practice session with the 7Cers and Newmark, who had dropped out of Columbia for a year due to ill health, was working with a television network... "We started flinging them up, ; ' said Newmark. "He made 45 out of 50. It was fantastic. He'just got the ball and quickly threw it in. I marie 40. "] said to him, 'Jeez, Wilt, what is this? Do you just miss 'ern in games so you can con guys into a buck a throw?' '< No, man,' he said. 'I'm a hypo. I just can'l shoot 'em in a game.' So he said, 'Give m'e the five bucks." I said, 'Double or nothing on one-on- one.' "He said he couldn't, that he had to leave. He insisted on the five bucks. Another television guy walked over and handed him a fifteen-hundred-dollar check for a show he'd been on. Wilt took the check without even looking at if, and said to me, 'Let's have that fiver, Newmark.' • "I still haven't given it to him. I'm waiting for the one-on- one, double or nothing." Witt Chimberlato Dave Newmark Newmark had left the capitalistic world of television and relurned to Columbia, where he has led the Lions to a spot in the national ratings. "I see Wilt once in a while," said Newmark, "and he's always after that money. We get along well, but our friendship has been kind of rocky. "It even started that way. About four years ago, I was working at a resort in the Cat- Kkills. 1 was still in high school. Wilt came up for the Maurice Stokes charity game. * v * "A couple so-called friends n mine left a note for him. It. wa; two pages long a.nd said thing: like, 'You big fink. You couldn' even shine my gym shoes,' They signed it 'Dave Newmark.' 'I was eating in the dinini room and someone laps me 01 the shoulder. I looked up—am up. It was Wilt, with two othei guys. I had never met him be fore. He handed me the note 'Are you Dave Newmark?' he asked. 'Yes.' 'Did you write this?' I read it. 'N-n-n-n-o,' ! said. 'Who did?' 'I d-d-d-d-don'i know.' He left. "Later, we played some together and got to be friends. I still don't know if he ever found out who wrote it, or il he thinks it was really me. "That wasn't all. He borrowed fl pair of my basketball trunks. I weighed 240, about what I am now. Wilt must go 300. So he played in the game and all kinds of people were watching, and (he trunks ripped right up the middle. "I wasn't there at the time. People said he was looking for me. I've learned that, when Wilt's around, I kind of make myself scarce," in both of these struggles couli go a long, long way toward de termining not only the Chick asaws' seasonal record but how they might fare in the slate tour nament set for Hie first week in March. Staff and players have no illu sions about tonight's engage ment. Williams, in effect, has told his men that they will havi to come through with a superb effort both offensively and par ticularly defensively if they an to topple tbe undefeated Tigers A capacity crowd is expeclec to fill the Blytheville gym to see if the Chickasaws can d just that. The varsity game will ge underway at approximately 7:30 * * ¥ Tomorrow night's varsity game with LEACHVEXE at the Lions gym has been moved u] to a 6:15 starting time so as no to conflict with the televised game between UCLA and Houston. Dwight Williams has advised that there will not be s junior varsity game tomorrow COLLEGE SCORES College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PR«-5S Midwest Miami, Ohio, 72, Xavier, Ohio 65 Southwest New Mexico 72, Utah 66 Far West UCLA 93, Portland 69 Wyoming 81, Brig. Young 70 Colo. State U. 88, Seattle 79 Denver 100, Utah State 80 State Sports Arkansas Basketball SCOT** College Philander-Smith 106, Hendrix 103 High School North Little Rock Jones 55, Pine Bluff Southeast 52 Scott 64, Bauxite 48 Russellville 65, Clarksville 46 Magnolia Columbia 77, Marshall, Tex., Pemberton 71 Smackover 49, Camden Lincoln 46 Peg Fleming Seeks Third PHILADELPHIA (AP) Peg Fleming, America's No. 1 hope for a gold medal in Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics in France next month, opens her bid today for a fifth straight national title. The 19-year-old Miss Fleming, twice World champion, competed in the compulsory figures competition of the women's sen .or singles division. She faces field which includes the nation's second and third ranked distaff figure skater, Albertina (Tina) Noyes of the Skating Club of New York and Jennie iValsh of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club. The four day nationals got underway Thursday with a mild upset in the compulsory figures competition of the men's singles Tim Wood of Bloomfield, Mich. 19-year-old pre-law student at John Carroll University, skated to a slim lead over Scott Allen of Hie Skating Club of New York and defending champion Gary Visconti of the Detroit Skating Club. * * * Wood, a teammate of Visconti's scored 75.79 in the six compulsory figures as he broke up (lie expected two man scrap for the championship between Visconti and Allen, 17-year-old Harvard University freshman. Pvt. Ronald Kauffman and his.sister, Cynthia, easily finished first in a field of seven in the compulsory steps of the senior pairs competition last night. WELLINGTON, New Zealand 'AP) _ Doctor A.R. Reyes of Manila who Thursday bought 11 torses at New Zealand's national yearling sales,p urchased ight more today, His highest price was $2,500 in New Zealand iiirrency. CHILLY WARMUP for spring training takes place in ankle-deep snow in New York's Yankee Stadium. Rushing: the season are, left to right, Yankee outfielder Bill Robinson, pitcher Dooley Womack and catcher Charley Sands. , Monroe's Troubles Keep Multiplying ly THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Earl the Pearl has his prob- ems, but they're nothing com- ared to those of the Baltimore ;ullets. Earl Monroe spent most of Thursday denying reports that e would refuse to go into the rmy if drafted, then got 26 oints against St. Louis in a Na- onal Basketball Association ame at Greensboro, N.C., but le Hawks won 119-116. Monroe was originally quoted i a Baltimore newspaper about is upcoming draft physical, but ater denied he would refuse to irve if drafted. The Bullets are deep in the Eastern Division cellar with 16 ictories and 30 defeats. The Hawks won on a late has et and two free throws by Len- V Wilkens after a basket by )on Qhl had tied the score. Zel- 10 Beatty led St. Louis with 35 oints, while Ohl had 32 for the ullets. In the only other NBA game incinnati beat San Diego 129' 26. Oscar Robertson's 36 points ed the Royals to victory after le Rockets had closed to within wo points with 3:25 left. Don ojis was high for San Diego ith 34 points. It's nothing like what's going n in the Eastern Division, bu lings are tightening up a little the American Basketball As- Delation's Western Division lese days. Denver beat New Orleans 26-97 Thursday night and loved to within three games oi front-running Bucs. Minneota and Pittsburgh, tied for the ead in the East, were idle hursday. * * * In other league games, Dallas ipped Kentucky 94-89 and linnesota turned back Oakland 23-117. Denver got 33 points from arry Jones and 31 from Willie [urrell in a fine team effort, oug Mbe had 19 for New Or- eans. Dallas outlasted a late Ken- icky rally after the Colonels lugiit back from a lead, to an -81 tie. Cincy Powell scored 36 oints for the Chaparrals while ouie Dampier had 28 for Ken- icky. Minnesota handed Oakland its xth straight setback and mediately after the game on e West Coast the Oaks traded evern Tart, the league's lead- scorer, to the New Jersey mericans. Oakland obtained guard Bar- Leibowitz, a high 1968 draft oice and an undisclosed imount of money. Ironically, Tart was the ame's high scorer in his final ipearance in an Oaks' imi- rm, collecting 34 points. Mel aniels led the Muskies with 25. Minnesota Coach Jim Pollard as ejected for arguing over an [icial's call, and three Muses' players fouled out. A bag- t by reserve Errol Palmer put e Minnesota in front for good 09-107. Len Wflkens St. Louis So. Pemiscot, Dell Win; Paps Split By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Several teams warmed up foi further weekend action wit! games last night and when the action was over, some fans were pleased and some others were lot so pleased. SOUTH PEMISCOT High's Sulldogs entertained Delta and ook the varsity clash from their visitors, 53-48, after dropping he junior varsity battle, 71-51. Coach Jerry Sinko's men had a battle all the way before their guests succumbed. It was close till the last few minutes," Sinko said, and then we finally did get an eight-point ead but they came right back t the finish and even narrowed lat down again." James Kifer and Jerry How- II played strong games for the ulldogs, and Sinko spoke high- y of both their scoring and re- ounding efforts. Kifer netted 18 points and 11 ebounds while Howell contrib- ted 15 important points and a ame high of 17 vital rebounds. Joe Allbritton added seven oints as Ralph earned 6, Lany Tyler, 5, and James Becker, Harry Watson led Delta with markers. Kg Money Will Lure LONDON (AP) - Behind the rawberries-and-cream atmos- lere of Wimbledon, once the irine.of amateur tennis, will be scent of big money this ear. Major David Mills, secretary the All-England Club, which rganizes the tournament, an- ounced Thursday that $62,760 26,150 pounds) in prize money ill be there to be picked up. Leading at halftime, 23-22, the Bulldogs actually won the game at the free-throw line. Each team sank 18 field goaL but the 'Dogs bucketed 17 of. 21 foul shots while Delta made 12 of 19. So. Pemiscot was charg ed with 15 fouls while Delta's 22 violations gave the winners the opportunity they needed to earn the triumph. "We looked very good," Sinko added, "it was one of our better games of the season, and I'm extremely proud of the way everyone hustled throughout the ball game." • * * * DELL met MISSCO and dealt the Tigers their first defeat with a determined effort, edging ;he Tigers, 34-32, in a junior ligh encounter. Robert Walker led Dell with 20 points with eight point help from Rusty Simpson. Other scoring showed Cecil Scrivner with 4, Roger Van Dyke, 1, and Mike Healey, 1. Missco scoring showed Weathers • with 11, Whitlow, 10, }figgs, 8, Kemp, 2, and Stokes, Missco's girls toppled Dell's girls, 46-24 in the second game •f the night. Beverly Riggs led Dell with 3 while Pilgrim paced Missco with the same amount. BLYTHEVILLE JUNIOR IIGH'S Papooses split a double"leader with Annie Gamp of Jonesboro. The eighth graders triumphed by a 32-19 score with Ronnie Bisher leading the way with nine points. Scoring results showed Porter with 8, Parrish, Kogelschatz Robertson, 4 each, Brewer, 2, and Payne, 1. Coach Fred Mitchell's ninth graders were routed, 50-25. "You can sum it all up by say. ing that we shot only 19 percent from the field, only 29 percent of our fouls (7 of 23), and had 28 turnovers," Mitchell said afterwards. Mike Julian paced the Papooses with six markers while Mike McCall and Mike Johnson added 5 apiece. Stewart Baguley netted 3, Ray Bunch and Joe Ross, 2, Terry Payton and Charles Crigger, 1 each. The win for Annie Camp was their twelfth against three losses. Monday night the Papoose* will travel to Manila for two games with the Lions beginning at 6:30. iiiiiiiwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininniHiiiiiiiiiHiiHiiiiiHn COURIER NEWS PAGB TEN Friday January 19, IBM. AMES, Iowa (AP) - John cGonigle, a senior on (he Iowa ate basketball team, sprained ankle during practice Thursday and Is not expected to play agalnit Mluouri on Saturday. Save Now Oh Plymouth! Wln-You-Ovtr Barracuda Special Includes all of the following equipment it our special reduced price. 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