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Chickasaws Capture Conference Title, Battle Springdale in State Tournament Opener By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor "Be sure to put it big across the top of the page," was the remark Kenny Beard made as igh School Bas- dressing room moments after the battlers of Coaches Dwight Williams and Jim Dixon had swarmed over the Jacksonville Red Devils, 47-37, on Saturday night. Kenny was referring to a feat which most Chickasaw rooters would have dreamed impossible three or four months ago, that of repeating as AAA Eastern Conference champions following last season's spectacular 25-5 recor{ ( But this band of small, scrappy hustling ballplayers had Nov. 24th, coaches and squad had determined they would seek a three-fold destination: at , east 20 wjns for the yeari lhe con f erence title, and the t t tournament championship. "W «". - "- 22nd victory against five losses, that 22nd triumph assuring t h e Chickasaws their second goal, t , )( , conference na g, even though (o ^ shared ^ fte Tl § ers Their bird goal, the state title, still hangs ir. the balance as this is being written for the men of Coach Williams are to face the Springdale Rebels this afternoon in the opening game of the AAA tourney in Little Rock ' s Barton Collseum ' Q when the buzzer sounded for HELP NEEDED—Jimmy Moore, assisted and watched by his BlytSieyiHe High teammates unsnarled the net before Saturday's clash with Jacksonville. Then he and his fel- low Chickasaws went out and whipped the Red Devils to gain a share of the AAA Eastern Conference championship. (Courier News Photo by Beasley) Hot Time By TED MEIER i California 115-71 for the Pacif- Associated Press Sports Writer jic-8 title. Davidson beat West There'll be big doings in Ames, Iowa, tonight as the college basketball season starts Us Virginia 87-70 in the final of the Southern Conference championship tourney, and LaSalle romped over Temple 87-69 in the final of the Middle Atlantic last week of the regular season Iowa State, with a chance for, its first Big Eight Conference ti- Conference playoffs, tie in 23 years, entertains first-1 TCU took the Southwest place Kansas State. Iowa State i Conference by beating Baylor is tied for second with Kansas, i 72-65, helped by Arkansas' 74-73 one game behind, but followers j upset over Texas, and Weber of the Cyclones arc confident, State won the Big Sky Confer- they will tie for the lead tonight, j ence crown by defeating Mon- then win the title outright by «"« ^^ »™" beating Kansas on Saturday. tana State 85-80. iiiiiiiiinHiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiii COURIER NEWS I — , «-< -»f «»• n* •>••» state tournament today. acnievea. ... Fourteen wins in 16 confer- "You fellows got down to ence outings bespoke determ- work, and had team effort and ination, team effort and an al- cooperation, and that's what it most unparralled spirit of un- takes," Williams told his men selfishness by this group of as they finally reached the young men who just would not dressing room and began to be turned back from one of savor the fruits of their tn- three coveted goals. "TOP"* * * "We've reached two of those Before the season opened on three goals, and we can get PAGE EIGHT Monday, March 4, 1068 AAA Standings AAA Final Standings EASTERN CONFERENCE BLYTHEVILLE 14 Little Rock Central .. 14 North Little Rock 11 Horace Mann 10 Jonesboro 6 Pine Bluff Little Rock Hall Dayton, bealen by UCLA in Liltle Rock McClellan .. 5 .. 4 . 3 K-Slate defeated Colorado 67-; the final of last year's NCAA WESTERN CONFERENCE 56 Saturday while Iowa Slate '. tourney, was picked Sunday for hasn't played since its 93-92 ov- ; a, e National Invitation Tourna- ertime road victory over Ne- ineiil along with Marshall, braska last Friday. | which readied the semifinals of The Iowa Hawkeyes, close !o 1 the NIT last year, their first Big Tevi Conference Dayton, 1V-9 with a 10-game championship in 12 years, play winning streak, and Marshall, at Minnesota and the unbeaten, ]7-7, join Oklahoma City, Army, ttn-ranked Houston Cougars are j Fordham, Notre Dame, Dual West Texas in an effort to quesne, Long Island and St. Pe- complete a 23-0 regular season.; Icr's in the Ni-team NIT field. Ohio State, one game back of.The tourney opens March 14 at Iowa, plays at Illinois and Kan-1 the new Madison Square Garden sas is at Oklahoma in other im-' in New York and ends March portant games tonight. i 23, the same day as the NCAA. The results of the Big Eight and Big Ten scrambles will fill In what may been a preview of the liniil in the ACC tourney FSNorthside 12 FS Southside 8 Hot Springs 7 El Dorado , 6 Tcxarkana 4 Fayettcville 4 Springdale 1 11 MONTREAL (AP^ - A. Sidney Dawes, founder and first president of the 20-year-old Canadian Olympic Association, died Sunday at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 79. RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) Bill Tym of Fort Meyer Beach, Fla.. still is the New England two of the remaining sis spots' came Saturday when Duke, menVindoor tennis champTo'n! in the NCAA postseason tourney ioth-ranked in The Associated „, . , , , l5 '" ° to P cded ' re ' tltle for the national, championship Press „„,], beat third-ranked which opens on Saturday with , Norlh C ' an) | ina 8 7-Iffi in three ov- seven first-round .games. erlimes. In their first-round 'Two other NCAA berths TrtB games Thursday Duke meets b° decided Tuesday night. Co- Clemson and North Carolina is , ' S( , ,, N , d lum'jia and Princeton play oif ; piuc d against Wake Forest. for tin: Ivy League crown on St. j - Hard To Express Ones Feelings What thoughts go through the minds of seven young men who have just completed their last home game and their squad has just clinched a share of the conference crown with a league mark of 14-2? Seven seniors on the Blytheville High team performed for the last time before the home crowd in Saturday's victory over Jacksonville, a victory which gave them a tie with Little Rock Central for the AAA Eastern Conference championship. Stewart Jerome, Aubrey Bell, Jimmy Moore, Ben Robinson, Kenny Beard, Joe Ellis and Mike Huff will be leaving the BHS campus at year's end and the past weekend must rank with the happiest hours they have spent at their school. Assistant coach Jim Dixon interviewed each of the 12th- graders via a tape-recorder amid the chaos that was the Chickasaws' dressing room minutes after their triumph. "Everyone played together like a team, and we did all year long," was the way Jerome summarized his feelings. "Everybody really hustled, I've never been so proud to be a part of anything as I am of this team," Bell added. "We needed those last two, coach, and we got them," Jimmy Moore explained concerning the weekend victories over McClellan as well as Jacksonville. "It's a great feeling, the greatest year of my life," Ben Robinson burst forth as perspiration covered his entire body after 32 minutes of uninterrupted play. Beard, showing a shy side, could only say, "Yes, sir," when Dixon asked him if it didn't feel awfully good to be conference champ. "I don't know what to say," he added. Joe Ellis, praised by Dixon for his steadfastness in practice sessions after losing his starting position early in the season, replied "It's worth it just to get a Blytheville jacket." Mike Huff, the other senior substitute, expressed the feelings of all Chickasaw fans when he said, "It's a great bunch of guys. They deserved to win." Finished with the tape recording, and , noticing the words, "AAA Conference Champions, 1967-68," on the blackboard beside him, Dixon voiced his own feelings with the words, "I'd have a hard time to find another team that's worked as hard as you guys did this season." that third one, can't we?" he asked rhetorically. The yells of the entire squad assured him they could. "Coach Dixon, you did a fine job, too, all season long, and you played a big part in putting us where we are," the head coach told his assistant. "Four or five years ago (it was 1961) Helena went down to Little Rock with a small club and just waded •througli all those bigger teams to win the title, and we can do the same if we want to badly enough," Williams reminded his cagers. , Again, their vociferous outburst confirmed his statement. + * * As Williams spoke, behind him on the chalk board to his right, four brief phrases could be see scribbled on the green background. In order, ttiey read: Defense, Rebounding, Get Back on Defense, and Hustle. Spaced between them was the name, Jacksonville. Williams walked to the board and happily erased the name of the Chicks' latest victim but was very careful not to erase the four phrases. He did so purposely, for he knew that those four phrases summarized the spirit of this Blytheville squad which, game in and game out, had gone out with those ideas in mind to garner those 22 victories. Early in the season Williams had been quoted as saying, : 'We've got one of the smallest teams in the conference. Our assets are quickness and ball- tiandling." How correct he was. The tallest starter for the Chickasaws was center Aubrey Bell, who scales a mere six feet, small by today's cage standards. Jimmy Moore, at S-UVfe is the next tallest man while Beard is 5-11 and both Ben Robinson and Stewart Jerome 5-10. One dressing-room well-wisher was heard to remark, "Any team that can tie for a conference championship with no starter bigger than 6-0 has got to have something." He too, was correct. * * * As most wins throughout the season, Saturday's title-clincher was achieved primarily by defense and ball-handling. The Chicks neld the Devils to 16 points in the final half after the visitors had rallied for a 2221 deficit at the intermission. Constant full court press tactics throughout the game by the five starting seniors (they played without substitution) kept the Red Devils harassed and gave Blytheville several vital steals when they needed them most. Balanced scoring played its important part as well, four men reaching double figures. Jerome led the way with 14 markers while Beard earned 11 and both Bell and Robinson net- ed 10. Moore added two but Ms lall-hawking and floor generalship had a big hand in the ver- dict. * * + Dixon's junior varsity walloped the young Devils, 45-30, in their final contest. The win, coupled with Friday's victory over McClellan, enabled the future Chickasaws to finish with a 12-12 record. They scored only two points in Saturday's first period but came back to take a 17-13 halftime margin and win going away. 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