The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 1, 1968 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 1, 1968
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'68 Discussed Pony League Top Men Get Trophies By. Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Blytheville's Pony League held a mid-winter meeting of league officials and top players over the'weekend and discussed plans for the forthcoming baseball season. • Dr. Newell Jerome presided Over the hour-long session which 'was highlighted by the presentation of trophies and awards to ffie league's outstanding play- efs : as well-as to managers of the- circuit's pennant and tournament winers. Gary Richardson earned the top-pitching award for his 9-1 record for the pennant-winning and tourney champion Rams. He allowed only 25 hits in 59 innings while striking out 102 and walking 73. Ray Yates outpointed Richardson for hitting honors with a .545 average while playing for Manager Tommy Elkins' Tigers, and was given a trophy in recognition of 'his achievement. Paul Human accepted trophiei for winning the season title and the tournament championship while managing'the Rams. Elkins received a trophy for the Tigers' seeond-place regular season finish. . Richardson, Yates and Human also received autographed baseballs signed by the Boston .Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and he California Angels. The balls had been secured and were presented by J. P. Friend, official statistician for ihe Texas League and honorary guest at the awards presentation. Honors were also, given to Doug Rounsavall, manager of the Bears, the second-place finishers in the post-season tourney, and to Earl McGregor, league statistician, who' was praised for his faithful attendance and service at all league games. * * * Another purpose of the meeting was to-discuss the possibility of closer affiliation with the Blytheville YMCA. Y Director Major Caldwell was on hand and pointed out the value of the league's uniting its finances and management with the Peewee and Midget Leagues which are closely supervised' by the Y. Jerome asked the officers and others present to consider the proposal and be prepared to make some decisions within two weeks. A nominating committee was appointed to seek, officers for the new year. A. B. Smith, Dr. Jim Ross, secretary-treasurer Gene Trotter and Jerome make up the committee. In a report prior to his termination- as -president,. .Jerome pointed out that in the past few years the league has increased from four to six tearris and has made continuing improvements at the league's fields. •A new -field- house; -backstop and two dugouts had been added as well as a profitable concession stand. -•'••; - 1 The Peewee and Midget league fields -have been lighted and plans call for completion of Wyttwffl* (ArVKourterWm-Thun«iy,February 1, MM -H|» ~AP Poll Breaks n ''PROUD' O^NERS-Award winners for Individual and team excellence in the. Bly.tne-, ville Pony League hold the trophies and prizes given them this week. Front row, from left are Gary Richardson, Ray Yates, Tommy Elkins and Paul Human. Back row, league .officials 'and giiesls are J. P. Friend, Gerald Hancock , and Mike 1 ,'Terry,' (Courier News Photo) Good Big Man Sparks Bonnies ' By TED MEIER 1 Associated Press Sports Writer Bob 'Lanier,' 6-foot-ll sophomore for the unbeaten Brown Indians of St. Bonaventure, has established himself as one of the best big men in college basketball this season. Lew Alcindor, 7-1% star of Ucla's national champions, and Elvin Hayes, 6-8 Big E of Houston's t o p -r a n k e d Cougars, couldn'thave played, better than Lanier •**•'Wednesday nigJit^ln leading the fifth-ranked Bonnies over Villanova 6&62. The 265-pound Lanier scored two key baskets; blocked'sever- al shots, grabbed a vital rebound-.and started several fast breaks in the closing minutes as the Bonnies chalked up their 16th straight at the Palestra in Philadelphia.. .' "Lanier won the game for us on defense by blocking those ' the end," said-Larry Weise, St. Bonaventure coach. v'"iaever saw a man.complete- ly dominate the play the way Lanier did in the last three minutes," declared Jack Kraft, Villanova coach. Lanier finished with 18 rebounds and 22 points, including {he Basket that put the Bonnies ahead for good at 60-59 arthey snapped Villanova's nine-game winning streak. lighting at the Pony League diamond this year.- ;. Restroom facilities are being completed: and costs of this project-are being shared by the * " _ __J it.. T Ulla Pony League League, 'pur,, financial. and the Little condition Js good and all of our bills are paid,". Jerome said, "and we're looking forward to another excellent season of baseball with the cooperation of the people of Blytheville." Jerome has been active in Y-sponsored baseball -for 11 past two years as' POhy L'e'ague \ programs president. He expressed thanks to all of the league members who had made his tenure in office an easier task and voiced the hope that a large number of citizens would show an ever-increasing baseball The Norfolk, Va., State Spar-1 tans, unbeaten in 13 games and averaging 110 points, have .finally taken over a rated position in The Associated Press small-col- f lege basketball poll. ! i'he Spartans' rise to ninth: place was one of the few changes in the latest poll based on game's through last Saturday. • Undefeated Long Island University held first place followed by Evahsville and Kentucky Wesleyan. The Blackbirds drew seven. irst-place votes and 141 points; n the balloting by a national: >anel of : 16 sports writers and H-oadcasters; Evansville was named the top team on three ballots and accumulated 136' points. .Kentucky' Wesleyan, which remained third, had'. 113 .points .on'a basis of; 10 for a first-place vote, 9 for; second, etc. • • •.='• .. ; .LIU was idle last week-while Evansville and Kentucky Wesleyan each won two games. Southwest Missouri State and Southwestern. Louisiana switched positions, SW Missouri State advancing one position to fourth. There were no changes -No. .'^through No. 8 spots by Jndjana, State, Trinity, ejEj and Guilford .in that order. fcs- However, Part Arriericiljj which' lost to Tennessee AH and Lincoln, Mo., not schedule* last week, both lost ground. Pan American dropped from ninth to 10th and Lincoln, Mo., which occupied the last ranked position a week ago, .[ell from the Top Ten altogether. ' „ The Top Ten, with first-plact votes in parentheses, through games of Sat. Jan. 27 and total points on a 10-9-8-etc. basis: 1. Long Island (7) 2; Evansville (3) . . 3. Kentucky Wesleyan, (1) •;. S,/ Missouri St. (1) 5. SW Louisiana . . 6. Indiana State , 7. Trinity, Tex. , • : 8. Guilford (!•) , •• 9. Norfolk State • ; 10. Pan American 141 136 113 Bracken Barber Shop Back in Business at Work Again " Same Prices R. R. ST. S. OF 3RD In his last three games against Detroit, St. Francis, Pa and Villanova Lanier has scored 73 points and grabbed 57 resounds. Lanier's latest performance overshadowed the 50-ppint spree by Calvin Murphy, the 5-10 soph, in leading Niagara over Syracuse 116-107. It was a single game record for Syracuse's Manley Field House..Dave Bing, former Orange star, held the old mark of 43. • ': •••-'---->'^ • • -• - ; Tw6 frte 'throws by Al'Smith in "the last 34 seconds gave Bradley a 74-72 victory over Cincinnati at Peoria: Jerry King scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds pacing Louisville to a 73-63 home court triumph over St. Louis. Wichita State, also playing at home, edged Drake 79-78 on Greg Carney's two free throws in the last four seconds. . Bob Quick threw in 38- points to lead Xayier of Ohio over DePaul 97-78 at Cincinnati and Boston College whipped. Providence on the road 86-70, In other games Perin State-upset Temple 81-68, Massachusetts edged .Connecticut 65-63, Toledo took: Kent State 72-62, Davidson defeated Virginia Tech .81-76, Auburn downed Georgia 62-56 and Mississippi conquered Mississippi State 63-53. Now! 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Th«;Vfctory lifted Chicago into second place in the East Dm ion scramble, two points ahead of Boston and Toronto and on behind Montreal's division lead Minnesota climbed w«Wj ** points of first place Philadel phia in the West Division rac by whipping Los Angeles ,6-1 and St. Louis .crushed Pittsburgh M in other action. • „. i iik In-addKion to bagging his llth and 12th ••osta, D*"! 1 .:^ throttled New. York's Rod Gil- bert, who'had piledup 23 points n his previous 15 starts. "He's one 1 of the best — an All-Star," said the rugged, 23- year-old Chicago forward. 'You've got to watch him close 11 the time. "My major objective is to top the other guy. We've got ots of guys on this club who can score. I feel like it's gravy when score one. :. "But we don't; .care who scores the goals as long as we win?' •'"" '; • '• •• Ray Cuilen scored his Mth and 21st goals in Minnesota's romp over the Kings. 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