The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 19, 1968 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 19, 1968
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Seniors /Are Stabilizers :ora Sophs Do By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor At first glance, a team composed primarily of sophomores usually is not expected to come through with an overwhelming number of victories. For instance, the 1967 University of Arkansas football team had a fair share of underclassmen. Realizing this, Coach Frank Broyles said before the season that the Razorbacks might not finish with as good a record as had Porker teams in seasons past. The record bore him out. Look now at the LUXORA HIGH SCHOOL basketball team for an exception to the expected. .Coach Ray Patterson found himself with a Panther squad which had been decimated by graduation when he blew the whistle to open the first practice session in the fall. Only two seniors eventually found their way on to the starting team while at times, five sophomores have carried the hopes of the Luxora cagers. Despite the apparent inexperience of the underclassmen, the Panthers, going into tonight's battle with Shawnee, have realized a very respectable nine wins and seven losses record. The value of tiie underclassmen stood out in the Panthers most •recent win, a 54-48 triumph over Keiser on Tuesday •night.' - . Clifford Yarbrough a 6-5 junior, and Thomas Gathen, a 6-3% sophomore, shared scoring honors .with 15 points apiece while Vic Hannah, another sophomore added 12. Needless to say, Patterson was pleased with ttie work -of his •- "inexperienced" men. .••*-' .-* * The two seniors who have alternated in the lineup are Don George and Bobby Bynum, their steadiness being a big factor in molding the younger men into a working unit. "Don and Bobby are the only iver Ray Patterson two we have who have had any real game experience," Patterson said Wednesday afternoon as his players worked out in the new high school gymnasium: "I lost practically all the men I had last year," the coach c o n t i n u ed, "but I'm pleased with the way th e se younger fellows have been coming around. I'm convinced that if .we can get just a little more confidence in our shooting ability, we will be an even stronger outfit." Patterson pointed out that prior lo the integration of the schools in Luxora, some of his men had had only limited opportunity to play in organized competition but he felt those players had come a long way In a short time. Gathen, the team's leading scorer, is a prime example of such a case. Along with Yar. brough, Gathen gives the Panthers much needed height to offset what is an otherwise small team. "Tommy has certainly improved tremendously for us," Patterson said, "and I expect him to keep on improving. "Yarbrough, too, has been a big help, and if he becomes a little more aggressive, he will be even better. ' "All of the men have pleased me and I'm very happy with the way our season has been going." * * * •'. • Other Panthers who have played good, ball are Leslie Alsworth, Lorenzo Chappell, Danny Lowerins, Robert Porter and Wilson Porter. Alsworth has been recently handicapped by the flu, Patterson commented, but he had started a few games in recent weeks. In the Keiser win, he contributed six valuable .points. Robert Porter, brother to fellow sophomore Wilson Porter, has been alternating with George in a starter's position. Wilson Porter, according to Patterson, has all the tools necessary to become an outstanding player. "Once he learns to settle down in game action, there is no telling jiow good he can be. I look for him to be outstanding.'" Lowerins, (Arfc.y Ceurter News - Friday, January 1», 1M9 - Pig* LOTS OF WORK-Luxora High School's Panthers have advanced to a 9-7 season record-under Coach Ray Patterson and here is one reason {or the success, lots of hard prac- ticing with the emphasis on good ball-handling and tough defense. The Panthers meet Shawnee tonight as they seek win number ten. (Courier News Photo) -Houston Game Will Be A Show Hall Of Fame Show Brings Joviality By HARRY KING Associated Press Writer ' HOT SPRINGS,- Ark. (API- Houston columnist Morris Frank took potshots at various persons but Jack Pickens and former Gov. Orval , Kaubus came in for the heaviest barrage. The showcase for' Frank's kansas, introduced Hickey, one of his former players. "He was an average stu- talents was the llth annual Arkansas Hall of Fame. ... j Pickens, a contractor, is the president of the Hall of Fame and a Democrat who supported dent," Rose said. "But that's all they expected those days. Now if we had had those mind- expanding drugs..." Hickey, former coach of the San Fraricisco49ers of the National Football League, told of a coaching experience in Texas. Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in 1966.' "Pickens' wife, should be us. coach of the year," Frank said. "She has done the most .with less. . . • ' "I'm going to rush -up the program tonight. I just heard Pickens built this hotel and I don't know how long it'll last,' said Frank. "How about that Faubus?' Frank asked. ' Anybody who can build a house in Huntsville Ark., and charge a $1.25 to see it... we salute you. "I understand Jack here has a pass... the way you (Faubus) operate it probably cost him $10,000. "Gov. Rockefeller didn't make it," Frank noted. "Col. Lynn Davis told Mr. Rockefeller that nothing would be open in "I thought this one referee was giving us a bad' deal and I called him a few names," said Hickey. "Finally, he along with Yarbrough. the other junior on the squad, has been playing well even though he did not play at all last year, Patterson said. Patterson, a native of Mississippi, is in his second season at the Panther helm. ' . He spent seven years coaching in Missouri before moving to the junior high coaching position at Gosnell. He moved to Luxora from that post. The Panthers finished with a 15-10 record in the 1966-67 season, playing against such strong competition as Manila, Gosnell, Dyess, Dell and others. They are now pointing for the district tournament which will get underway on Feb. 12, but they want to improve their seasonal showing as ttiey advance to the showdown. Sophomore - laden or not, chances look good that the Panthers will surpass their record of '66-67. By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Writer NEW YORK - (NEA) - The biggest college basketball' night of .the season will be a rematch between the top two teams in the country,' UCLA and Houston, the. two' finest players, Lew,! Alcindor and Elvin Hayes, before the largest crowd and in the most fantastic setting in- collegiate history. .•'.•:• Some 53,000 fans, are expected to sit and stand in Houston's Astrodome Saturday., night- lo view the.clubs that met in last season's NCAA semifinals, It will be the biggest crowd ever to see a basketball game in America. .. ...... Before their encounter in the NCAA Hayes, Houston's 6-8 Alf- Arnencari7's"aTd7"N6 way Lew's gonna run over me." . The prophesy was somewhat, vin, had to go outside. And we correct. Hayes scored 24 points weren't effective. "I really don't know cindor plays to his to Alcindor's 19 and pulled 2' rebounds to 20 for the UCLA ace. walked off. five- yards' against Hot Springs night. after 8 p.m. at "Either that or it was payday for Jim Johnson and Mr. Rockefeller went off to meet him," Frank continued. Frank's remarks, however, did not overshadow the importance of the event for Howard "Red" Hickey, Elmer Smith, Mrs. J. H. "Bo" Rowland or Mrs. Gene 'Sodie" Davidson. Mrs. Rowland and Mri. Davidson accepted the Hall of Fame plaques for their late husbands. Glen Rose, former basketball •MCh M the University of Ar- Hickey said he asked .the referee what the penalty was for. "Coaching from the sidelines," was the reply. "Now, I know you're stupid,' Hickey answered. ' That's 15 yards." 'Not the way you coach." Gene Stallings, head football coach at Texas A&M, introduced Elmer Smith, his top assistant. Stallings, who played for Smith at Texas A&M, said the first thing he asked when he learned he might be offered the top spot at A&M 'was if he could hire Smith. Stallings said Smith was so unselfish that he spent a couple of nights in a hospital with some of the A&M players prior to this year's Cotton Bowl game. Stallings said that after various attempts had failed to supply the players and Smith with some entertainment he was given an index of opera- lions for return. According to Stallings he re- :urned the next day to find Smith and the players betting on the cards. "Edd Hargett laid he had wo pair — broken legs and >roken arms but Billy Hobbs said he had a full house—three •nsileclomies and twe appen- dectomies. "Coach Smith said he had a royal flush-five enemas," said Stallings. Fred. Russell, sports editor at a Nashville, Tenn., newspaper, recapped Rowland's achievements, including his touch as an after-dinner speaker. Russell said he once asked lowland why he always used notes and that Rowland told him he once forgot them. "He said he used the quote 'I never met a man I didn't like' and couldn't remember whether it belonged to Will Rogers or Elizabeth Taylor." Bob Cheyne, sports publicity director at Arkansas, recapped Davidson's career as a Razorback and called him "one of the most gifted athletes ever to wear an Arkansas uniform" and "one who left an indelible mark on the Southwest football fields.", Paul 'Bear" Bryant, head football coach at the University of Alabama, a member of the Arkansas Hall of Fame and the : ocal 'point of various legends, was picked on by Frank and Stallings. 'The Aggies are respected, at peace with the world and not on probation," said Frank to Stallings. "Bear, you wouldn't know them." Stallings said that Bryant complained prior to the Cotton Bowl game that his hotel suite was too cold. Stallings said Bryant finally hopped into bed and cuddled up to his wife. "My god, your feet are cold," Stalling! quoted Mrs. Bryant u saying. "Come on, honey, you can call nw Paul," was Bryant's supposed reply. • "•' . Frank introduced Orville Hen- Elvin Hayes -TORONTO (AP) - John Cross of London, Ont., and Chuck McLaren of Toronto will drive a Renault as they lead 81 rally drivers in the 16th annual Canadian Winter Rally which begins here Feb. 9. Larry Beaupre and Robert Gist of Saginaw, Mich., will leave second, driving a Mustang,, it was' announced Thursday. But Alcindor, the 7-1& center, and the Bruins ran over the Cougars in/general, 73-58, on the way to the national title. After the game, a disgruntled Hayes was quoted as saying his teammates "choked." He also had advice for 'Alcindor. "He's not aggressive enough, particularly on offense," said Hayes. "Defensively he just stands round. He's not at all, you know, what they put.him up to be." The way Hayes states such matters gives the impression of almost naive honesty, rather than of malice or envy or sour grapes. "Lew's my friend," said Hayes. "I mean like at Louisville after our game we went shopping together .for record albums and sunglasses for him. He got some Cannonball Adderly and I got the Supremes, who are out of sight. "Anyway, a guy's gotta be honest with his friend. And Lew is sometimes lax on the court. But he'll get over it. In a few years he'll be a very good ballplayer." Neither Alcindor nor Elvin's teammates were terribly upset by his remarks. "Elvin's a great leader," said Houston coach Guy Lewis. "He made a talk in front of the club about that 'choke' quote. He said it really wasn't that way. He may have said it, but it was right after the game and he was down. Everyone got a big laugh out of it, and we went out and swamped North Carolina in the consolation game." Lewis, though, differs from his star on Alcindor. "He tears you up," said Lewis. "He ruined our program completely. Individually, Elvin may have played better. But Alcindor dominated the game. He wouldn't let us do a filing around the basket. Everyone, including El- Bul whatever he if Al- capacily. puts out is more than good enough. He's a great player." Hayes feels Houston is better prepared for UCLA now. "All of us know what to expect," he said. "We aren't nervous. We're looking forward to beating them. I think we can." In Houston, where 38,000 tickets were sold the first week of sales, there is an atmosphere of excitment and optimism. The feeling pervades the household of the "Big E," as Elvin is known around (own. His wife Erna, called "Middle E," and their five-month- old son, Elvin Jr., who of course is called "Little E;" will be at courtside for the UCLA game. "Elvin Jr. likes to see the players run back and forth," said Erna. "And I like to see hem win. So does daddy." Lew Remains A Question % By BOB GREEN | play. I don't Ihink the doctol Associated Press -Sports Writer l.will let Him unless he cjjjjf HOUSTON (AP) - Lew Alcin- j remove the eye patch 24 hJMir'i dor remained the tallest qucs- Prior lo the game." :ion mark in America today as JCLA and Houston finished pre- jarations Tor their showdown in ,he Astrodome Saturday night. Alcindor, the 7-foot-l rallying , joint of the awesome Bruins, "1 want him to be in there,"; Houston Coach Guy Lewis saidT- "If he's not there, the won't be as meaningful." With or without big Lew, UJK game is a sellout, with a record" sat it out Thursday night, a' crowd of 55,000 assured for the >atch covering his injured left eye, as his UCLA teammates rolled over Portland 93-69 in Los Angeles. It was the 47th straight riumph for Wooden's Wonders, abelled the finest college team ever put together but facing heir sternest challenge yet in he powerful Houston Cougars.' "Physically, Houston is probably the strongest team we'll neet," said UCLA Coach John Vooden, who still doesn't know whether Alcindor will be able to "ilay. "It's all up to the doctors " Wooden said. "He'll have anoth- r examination today in Hduson. If he's not ready, he won't Hockey National Hockey League iy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday's Results Toronto 4, Boston 2 Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 2 Los Angeles 3, Pittsburgh 2 Today's Game New York at Los Angeles Saturday's Games • Chicago at Montreal Minnesota at Toronto New York at Oakland Philadelphia at Boston, after- loon Detroit at Pittsburgh Sunday's Games Torontoat Detroit Chicago at Boston St. Louis at Philadelphia Pittsburgh at Minnesota Los Angeles at Oakland DETROIT (AP) -Don Fox, clash of the nation's top two college basketball tarns. ... It's also scheduled for nation^ al television coverage on thejiy.. Sports Network. The garhe s: ; starts at 9 p.m. EST. Alcindor, Player of the Year last season as a sophomore,' can't be at peak condition. The only practice he's had since'-iii-"' juring the eye a week ago is's : couple of laps around the court" and a few half-hearted shots-at- the basket. .„-::::; He missed both of UCLA's;, last two games but told campus friends Thursday that the eye" felt better and he hoped to play Saturday. . •.. Frank Gets His Man FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)" —Coach Frank Broyles of?Arkansas announced Thursday itjie; hiring of Richard Williamson;26, as an assistant coach:,in charge of offensive ends 'aBd receivers. . jin.* Williamson, a former star; split end at the University:, of; Alabama, coached such outstanding Crimson Tide 'receivers 'as Ray -Perkins 'and* Dennis Homan. ivc-.s Alabama Coach Paul "Be'ar" r Bryant reportedly persumie'd" Williamson on two occasions to' turn down Broyles' offer buf^th* third effort landed him for We Porkers _. Williamson played football""at Alabama in 1961 and 19fl2,.;had *, linJ^C *_!xl „ '1L. i«- .'"'»*. '*! '--- son of Pete Fox former Detroit I a brief trial with the Bostra outfielder, signed with the Tigers Thursday as a free agent; He is a right-handed pitcher. Patriots of tbt American Football League in 1963 and joined Bryant's coaching tfeff in 1964. Lew Alcindor ry; sports editor of the^Arkansas Gazette, as the. man Arkansas Coach Frank' Broyles 'sits up with and consoles when the Razorbacks lose." Frank also identified George Cole, assistant athletic director at Arkansas, as his "idol." "I don't like to work, either," Frank said. Frank identified himself as the most henpecked man in the world. "Everytime I go out in the yard to get the paper it counts as a night out against me," he said. Rose congratulated Frank on his performance. 'I had don't know whether you more assurance because this was your second time or because Israel defeated the Arabs," Rose raid. 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