The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 17, 1968 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 17, 1968
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Centra/ Wins, 68-55 Tigers Avenge Blytheville Loss By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Coach Dwiglit Williams of the Blyfheville High School Chickasaws' basketball squad was quoted in a Little Rock paper yesterday as saying, "We figure the sun will come up Saturday morning whether we win or lose." He was referring to the then- forthcoming battle between the Chickasaws and the Tigers of Little Rock Central High School. The contest was to determine Jf the Blytheville quintet could repeat an earlier season win over Central and maintain their hold on first place in the triple- A Eastern Conference. Though this is being written at an early hour, all the signs portend that the weather in Blythevllle will include lots of pretty sunshine today. Williams was correct in his statement even though his Chickasaws were defeated by the Tigers, 68-55. Central moved out in front at the outset on a field goal coming on a missed free throw and was never headed as they captured their 19th game of the season and boosted their league record to 11-2. Blytheville is 17-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference. * * + Early foul trouble, several turnovers in Uie third and fourth quarters and a general letdown In the defense played important roles in the Chickasa'ws' defeat. Add to this the fact that Central outrebounded Blytheville, 30-13 and you have the ingredients for a Central victory. Blytheville was charged with 22 personal fouls and the Tigers had 35 opportunities at Uie charity stripe. They cashed in on 28 of them and herein was the dif- COURIER NEWS FAOE EIGHT 3 g Saturday, February It, 1068 g ference. At the end of the first half, Central led, 38-33, and 16 of those 38 points had come as a result of free throws. Overall, the winners outscored their guests from the field by only one field goal, 20-19. Kenny Beard did eventually Meanwhile, Steve Schmidt, 6-4 center, and Mike Averitl, 6-0 forward, were peppering the nets for seven and 10 points respeclively to advance Central's lead to a five-point margin at intermission. * * * Over three minutes of the third period passed before Blytheville could get a field goal. In the meantime, Central sank three fielders and three fouls to pull away to a comfortable, 47-36 lead, and things looked dark for the Chickasaws. However, a full court press resulted in several steals and Robinson and Beard netted two bas- fouTmit oTthe ~game"in""tiie jkets each to narrow the gap j to fourth period and both Aubrey ' '" Bell and Jimmy Moore had committed four personals while Ben Robinson was charged with three and Stewart Jerome, two. Bell's replacement, Richard Brewer, also drew four fouls to account for the 22 charged against the Chickasaws. Despite the fouling, Hie Chicks were able to stay close throughout the first eight minutes, trailing at the quarter, 17-15. Robinson had connected for three field goals, Jerome for one and Beard had netted four 50-44. Jerome's 15-footer aided the advance. At that point, the Chicks just as quickly lost possession three out of four times on turnovers and lost opportunities to move even closer. The period ended with Central ahead, 51-44. Tommy * * Tompkins replaced Bell to start the fourth period. Brewer had earlier subbed for Moore after he drew his fourth personal. Jerome dropped in two free throws as the quarter began and Blytheville trailed by only five, free throws, Moore two, and Bell, one. Central, meanwhile, had j hopeful. However, an attempted moved the ball inside effective-j toss by Bell was blocked and 51-46, and things were looking ly and hit for five two-pointers and seven free throws for their 17 points. * * + Robinson earned three more fielders in the second quarter Central gained possession. Averitt retaliated with a fielder to restore a seven point margin. Another important turnover then followed and Central again cashed in with a basket by Jim- while Beard sank two to go with my Beard and with 5:58 left in 1 -•-—"-- ----- the game, the Tigers had a nine two charity tosses. Bell made two fielders and Moore added one of his patented two-handers (o account for the Blytheville point production. j the way. point lead. It was all over but the shouting, though the Chicks did not stop hustling the rest of Abie Rumph Bombs Gridder Heavy Classic s 200 Minds {-•Several years ago, Clovis Swinney, then an all-everything 'athlete from Jonesboro High School, entered a Blytheville boxing tournament and met Wink Brock of Blytheville Air Force Base. The two heavyweights rushed from their corners at the sound Pete Mead, the old welterweight challenger who 20 years ago came from the Arkansas flatlands to main event promi-1 Brisco in two. pounds got a third-round TKO over Larry Easley last night. Frank McGurgm TKO'd Willie nence in the old Madison Square Garden, handles the ASU fighters. Why not Swinney and Rumph, Mead was asked. of the bell and landed simul- .taneous right hands and both j smilingly. went down. . .to arise and fight i Dr. Elliott The remainder of the fights were decisions and they went like this: Sam Johnson over Carton Dune, Gary Beal over Charles "Darned if I know," he said j McChristian, David over Gary Hawkins; Franklin three bristling rounds. later said that j "Pete has a heavyweight over Until last night, there hadn't there he's supposed to bring to; been anything like it in a Ely- night who is pretty good ... at theville ring. j leiist he has a hcckuva repu- i., i : But last night, Blytheville's : strong Abie Rumph met Arkansas State University's Don DeMaine, G-l and 210 pounds of lobtball player from New Britain, Conn. 'Rumph and DeMaine did not lalion." DeMaine was bleeding lightly from the nose following his rafter-raiser with Rumph. Rumph's devastating left hook dropped the muscular ASU athlete maybe as many as a Duplicate the double knockdown I | la |f dozen times, but he came of Brock and Swinney, but they injprovised on this theme as 200 fight fans blew their minds. 'L That is they took turns knock- 'ing each other down. ; . Rumph won the decision be;cause he landed jbombs and only some real DeMaine's /huge store of courage and his *s8eer physical strength kept •him around for all three rounds. ^'"-""It was," he gasped as he un- ijjrapped his hands, "my first Sight." '.Treated at ringside was DeMaine's fellow ASU footballer Clovis Swinney, now a full;grown 6-4 and 237 pounds. '•~-~llow about, someone asked :Dr. John Q. Elliott, the impres- :«ario of the Northeast Arkan- 'ias Golden Gloves tournament, ; Humph and Swinney for the •."piece de resistance" on Sat- lirday night. •_ It won't happen, the doctor back to pressure Rumph right to the final bell, putting the Blytheville heavyweight down several times. * * * Last night's show was held in the Tom Little building (one of several Blytheville buildings which bear that name, by the way). With a little luck and a compass in good working order, any fight fan can find this house of hits. A good point of departure is First and Walnut. Park the car and walk east on the south side of Walnut. Keep walking until you come to crowd noise, then enter. Tonight's action starts at 8. There's no admission. They pass the old cigar box during the evening in the best tent meeting tradition. * * * Raymond Wallace at 130 Tom Taylor over Willie Johnson, Rocky Graziano over Red Collum; Paul Cook over Jimmy Marr and Randall West over Steve Brown. Cage Pros By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA Friday's Results Baltimore 147, Seattle 118 Cincinnati 125, New York 91 Boston 124, Chicago 108 Phila'phia 124, San Diego 108 San Fran. 118, Los Ang. 116 Today's Games Baltimore at Cincinnati Seattle at New York Philadelphia at Los Angeles Boston at St. Louis ARA Friday's Results Oakland 99, Kentucky 93 Dallas 116, Denver 112 New Jersey 130, Anaheim 119 Houston 99, Minnesota 95 Today's Games Kentucky at Denver Anaheim at Dallas New Orleans at Pittsburgh Houston at Indiana Two more turnovers and another blocked shot cost the Chickasaws further chance to narrow 'the gap and Schmidt, Gary Douglas and Beard kept up a steady march to the free throw line to enable Central to pull away. The closest Blytheville came was at the 5:03 mark when Robinson sank a driving lay-up, was fouled and netted both ends of a one-and-one situation. His shooting narrowed the margin to 57-51, but the foul-shooting of the above trio quickly restored the lead. A very large turnout of Blytheville fans and rooters were on hand to support their favorites but all their yelling and shouting could not overcome the height advantage and the home court advantage of the Tigers. But as Williams reminded his men afterwards, the next time the two squads might meet the game would be on a neutral floor at the Barton Coliseum and things would be different. Robinson took game scoring honors with 10 field goals and two fouls for 22 points. Beard followed with 16 markers on four fielders and eight of 11 free throws while Jerome finished with eight points off of two 2-pointers and four of five fouls. Bell netted two and one for five points as Moore earned four points on a field goal and two free throws. Averitt had 18 and Schmidt 17 for the Tigers. * * * Central's junior' varsity continued on its winning way with a 45-39 vicotry over Coach Jim Dixon's Jayvees. The future Chickasaws led only briefly at the start on a basket by Jodie Gude and a :ree throw by Richard Brewer and then trailed the rest of the way. Newell Jerome, Dee Human and Brewer added further points in the first quarter but the junior Tigers continued to lead at its finish, 18-14. Human's second field goal was the only one Blytheville got in the second period as Central moved out to a 31-23 advantage at the break. Jim Ross had added three throws and Charles Hall, two to aid the Blytheville cause. Brewer's two fielders and a basket by Tommy Tompkins accounted for the six points the Dixon-men garnered in period three. However, the baby Tigers earned only three charity tosses themselves, and Central led at the three-quarter mark, 34-29. Two fielders by Human narrowed the lead to 35-33 but Bob Mitchell's toss gave Central a four-point margin. Jerome hit for two but Mitchell retaliated with two free throws again. Baskets by Human and Jerome were offset by three straight field goals by Jimmy Eirod and Central outlasted their guests once again. Scoring for Blythevilie showed Human with 13 points, Brewer, nine, Jerome, eight, Ross, three, Tompkins,'Gude and Hall, two each. Ricky Newcomb and Ronnie Rowland also saw action effectively spelling the starting five. BILL RUSSELL (upper left) of the Boston Celtics tries a hook shot against Mel Counts. Joe Frazier (upper right) prepares for heavyweight title shot (recognized in at least three states, Maine, Massachusetts and New York) against Buster Mathis on March 4 at new Madison Square Garden. New York Ranger Bob Nevin (S, lower left) has goal attempt blocked by St. Louis Blue goalie Glenn Hall. And (lower right, from left to right) boxer Bobby Dennard, ex-Houston Oiler Bobby Jancik and ex- Houston Astro J. C. Hartman practice aiming weapons at Houston Police Academy. After successful completion of course they will become police patrolmen. Lake Wapanocca Drainage Planned For X 68 Summer Refuge Manager, Joe White announced today that Wapanoc- ca's Lake will be drained this summer. In the past, this lake has produced some of the finest bream and crappie fishing to be found in this part of the country. This beautiful cypress tion from other areas Into the lake and by natural regeneration of dormant seed winch before had not been able to establish itself because of the silt problems. The return of vegetation to the lake is of vital importance studded lake is located approx- to the refuge program. Wapa- imately one mile southeast of nocca National Wildlife Refuge Turrell, Arkansas, and is part is a migratory waterfowl ref- of Wapanocca National Wild-1 uge, charged with the respon- life Refuge. The lake was to have been drained last summer, but an excessive amount of rainfall during the year prevented this. The announced plans and attempted draw-down last summer provoked a certain amount of controversy within this immediate area, because tihe lake still is one of the favorite fishing lakes of many residents in Crittenden, Mississippi, Shelby, and other surrounding counties; However, the draining of this lake is absolutely necessary at this time for the fishing benefit of the public as well as the waterfowl hopes of the refuge. Manager White, went on to explain the reasons for the drainage plans. It may not be readily apparent to a successful fisherman, but Wapanocca is a dying lake. Silt laden waters from a highly agricultural watershed have overflowed into this lake ever since this section of bur country was developed. As a result, silt from these overflows have slowly but surely filled in the lake. Acquat- ic and emergent vegetation, which is important as waterfowl food, have long since been killed out by the silt. One of the primary reasons for draining the lake is to re establish acquatic and emergent vegetation. This will be done by transplanting vegeta- sibility of providing wintering habitat for waterfowl. Since the vegetation died out in the lake, it has remained an important resting area for waterfowl. The return of vegetation to the lake would greatly enhance its usefulness to waterfowl by making it a feeding area also. Draining the lake is also important as far as sports fishing is concerned. As is so often the case, the solving of one problem creates another problem. In this case, the protective levees around the lake eliminated the destructive silty overflow into the lake, but in doing so it created fisheries problems. Were it not for the tremendous amount of silt deposited in the lake by the overflows, this would have been a healthy situation for the lake. The exchange of water between the lake and the overflows allowed spawning fish to return 7 Saws In one Ms any shtpe hi many miterlalt HM ecbiM bl*l« action (or tetw cutting, tilting foot for 45' cuts, saw. dust blower, 2.3 Mip motor. twits own starting noli for $4)4)95 pocket cuts. Kit ilio jl/ ™ — 95 HUFFMAN BROS. LUMBER COMPANY No. 6th Street Phone PO 3-8123 to the lake, and just as important, it prevented an overpopulation of trash fish by allowing the surplus to leave the lake. Now that this exchange has ended, it will be necessary to go in and kill out all trash fish, because if left in the confines of the protected lake, they would soon overpopulate to the point Fights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI BEACH, Fla.-Johnny Doyan, 154, Los Angeles, stopped Dennis Riggs, 159, Miami, 8. PORTLAND, Maine — Beau Jaynes, 129, Lowell, Mass., out- pointed Bill McCluskey, 133, East Boston, 10. AKRON, Ohio— Doyle Baird, 160, Akron, stopped Tony Lopez, 160, Detroit, 6. PARIS, France— Curtis Cokes, Dallas, outpointed Jean Josselin, France, 10, welterweights, non- title. BUFFALO, N.Y.-Vic Brown, Buffalo, stopped John Barrazza, Toronto, 2, heavyweights; Jimmy Ralston, Buffalo, outpointed Tom Shaffer, Uniontown, Pa., 10, light heavyweights. of ruining sports fishing. In order to kill these trash fish, it will of course be necessary to kill all fish in the lake. Just as soon as this summer's work on . the lake is completed, it will be 1 pumped back up wilSi clear water and restocked with sports fish which will include bass, crappie, bream, and catfish. .It will of course be two or three years before sports fishing can be allowed on the lake. In addition to the planned biological developments this summer, the access channel into the lake will be cleaned out and depeened, and 3.5 miles of boat trails through the surrounding cypress swamp will be opened. KNAPP SHOES Malcolm R. 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