The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 26, 1968 · Page 11
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Hlyth'evflta (Ark)' Courier r?«wf — April MI MM —• ye§> Title At Stake In Oakland Bout NSW YORK - (NBA) Jimmy Ellis and Jerry Quarry were entered in the World Boxing Association heavyweight elimination as a kind of padding, to fill out an eight- man tournament. The tournament was the WBA's answer to the title vacated by Muhammed All' Most experts were picking Thad Spencer or Floyd Patterson or Karl Mildenberger or Oscar Bbnavena or Ernie Terrell. Some even gave Leotis Martin an outside chance. Only a hardy few—risking incarceration in a funny farm —picked Ellis or Quarry. So following the thankless tradition of expertise, most experts were proved wrong. Ellis and Quarry will meet in the tournament final at Oakland, Calif, tomorrow; ' For the last few years,.Elite's chief claim to notoriety was tha't of Aii's sparring partner. Before that, he had been a very mediocre middleweight, losing five of 20 bouts. His manager, Angelo Dundee, who handled several other champions, said.that Ellis'* poor showing as a middleweight was due to lack of strength after sweating off pounds to make the weight. Ellis turned heavyweight in May, 1965, and has since won 10 straight bouts, with six knockouts. ' • Ts make the WBA final, he knocked out Martin in nine and decisioned Bonavena in 12. "Jimmy was burying his natural physical abilities in an effort to stay a middleweight. He was too weak to. fight. Jimmy has everything. He's a scientific boxer. He's.a m'ce guy,, too. I mean he's no alley- cat type hood . . . He's your; next champion." Quarry, 22, was the youngest fighter in the tournament field, six years younger" than Ellis. In the elimination; he has demonstrated a powerful punching ability.' He decision- ed Patterson, then stopped Spencer in the 12th round. Like Ellis, Quarry has gone undefeated in his last 10 bouts, but one of those was a 10- round draw with Patterson last June. . -.•-.Overall, Quarry has won 26 of 31 fights. He has had four draws and only one loss—a 10-round decision to Eddie Machen. Fifteen rivals have been KO'd by Quarry. Not only did Quarry beat the odds to make the finals of the tournament, he also beat the odds that be would be fighting at all. He has suffered several serious injuries in his youthful life. As a kid, he had his,arm broken by a blow, from a baseball bat. In an argument with an umpire, on the day his cast was removed, he 'punched 'the umpire and suffered 'a" broken hand. He also had nephritis, a kidney disease, and broke his back and hand, again, when he. did-a backward dive an.d missed the waier at a pool near his home in Bakersfield, Jimmy Ellis And jerry Quarry: Where Did They Come From? sx tSt Jimmy Ellis ; Quarry is co-managed by his father, Jack, who taught Jerry how to box. Jack had been a lighter* too. ' ; • "I boxed because' I was" hungry," said"me senior Quarry. "I neved did anything but- pick cotton, beets,-peaches in California. When I got sons of my own, I taught them to • box 1 because it was the only thing I could teach them . . . I wanted them to use up their energy so . they - wouldn't steal." Physically, Ellis and Quarry are very similar. Both stand slightly over six feet ,-and weigh about 195 pounds. Ellis, though, has a 76-inch reach, compared, to 72 for Quarry. The odds, at this writing, are practically even. The experts are. reluctant to make a choice. That seems reasonable; they've been burned before by Ellis.and Quarry. Professional Potpourri Hawks, Pipers Win; Red Will: Try It By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ..The Chicago-: Black Hawks still are alive in-the Stanley Cup playoffs because they practiced what Coach Billy's Reay preached. ."Montreal can be beaten," Reay had predicted. "All you've got to do is start with great goaltending and then play your best for 60 minutes." Denis DeJordy provided the goaltending heroics and Bobby Hull, who is very much Chicago's best, scored the goals as the Hawks edged the Canadiens 2-1 Wednesday night. Montreal still leads the National Hockey League Eastern Division finals three games to one with the next contest-set for Montreal and national television Sunday afternoon. . Minnesota took a 2-1 lead over St. Louis in their-best-of-7 West Division finals by trouncing the Blues .5-1 as Bill Goldsworthy scored two goals and added two assists. Reay himself had a hand in Chicago's triumph, which prevented the Canadiens from repeating their four-game sweep of Boston in the opening round. He:moved Chico Maki, normally a right wing, to center specifically to check Montreal's Jean Beliveau. -who had scored five goals in the first three games of the series. "Maki takes a lot of pride in his checking," Reay said, after Beliveau had been shut out. Hull opened the scoring midway through the first period: Henri Richard knotted it for Montreal early in the second period, poking in a rebound only nine seconds after coming out of, the penalty box. Hull's game-winner came at 6:50 of the middle period with teammate Stan Mikita in the penalty box. He fired a wrist shot past goalie Rogatien Va- ctibn after taking a pass from Pat Stapleton. Minnesota, playing the first of dictions about next year's race. ''There's -bound to be improvement.-next- year, but right now we have the drafts to worry about," he said;.. Holzman agreed Thursday to direct the.Knicks for the. 1968-6? season. After S'A 'years- as''a New'.York scout,. : he' replaced Die McGuire.as .coach last Dec. 27 and led the Knicks to a third- place final standing, their high est in nine years. They, were fifth when Holzman took over. The expansion draft to stock the new Phoenix and Milwaukee teams will be held in New York on May 6. The NBA draft of college players will take two days later, also'in New York. Each of the existing NBA teams can protect seven.players in the expansion draft. Bobby HoU Cage Pros By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Finals ' .'•' - . . NBA • .., '. 'No game Thursday Today's Game ..Boston at Los Angeles, best- of-7 series tied 1-1 No game Saturday Sunday's Game Boston at Los Angeles ABA Thursday's Result Pittsburgh 106, New Orleans 105, overtime, best-of-7 series tied 2-2 No game today Saturday's Game : New Orleans at Pittsburgh No (game Sunday three straight games on .St. Louis ice because an ice show is occupying; its own'rink, .'wasted little time in bombing the : Blues. Milan Marcetta, Goldsworthy and Jean Paul Parise aliscored in the first period. Dickie Moore got the Blues' only goal early in the second period but Goldsworthy matched ,that later in the stanza. The' Norh Stars closed out the scoring-on Dave Baton's power play goal early in the third period. ; The series resumes in St. Louis Saturday night. NEW ORLEANS (AP) "What do you have to do to win down here?" moaned Pittsburgh Coach Vince Cazzetta. A three-point goal had just sent the Pipers' American Basketball Association championship playoff game against New Orleans into overtime. •'.. Cazetta found out five min-| utes later. •"-.-'• ' • j All he needed was Charlie Williams at the free throw line with one second left in the'extra period. Williams calmly sank the charity shot to give Pittsburgh a 106-105 victory over the Buccaneers. The best-of-T playoff series li tied 2-2. Action resume* Saturday night in Pittsburgh, returns here for the sixth gtme next Wednesday. The seventh, if needed, is scheduled May 4 in Pittsburgh. • ' Little wonder that Cuzzetta moaned about whining in New Orleans after a 25-footer by the Bucs' Larry Brown tied it up 98-98 as the buzzer ended regulation time. In the NBA playoffs, the third game of the'best-of-7 championship series .will be played in Los Angeles tonight. The Lakers and the Celtics split the first two games in Boston. NEW YORK (AP) - Red, Holzman, who'll return for his first full season as the New York Knickerbockers coach, is much too busy planning for the Upcoming National Basketball Association drafts to make pre- Texas League Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eastern Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Shreveport 8 4 .667 — Memphis 7 4 -.636 % Arkansas 56' .455 2^' Dal-FW . 39 .250 6 Western Division W..L. Pet. G.B. Amarfflo" " " « 4 .600 — ' Albuquerque 5 5 .500 1 El Paso 5 6 .455 Vk San Antonio 4 5 .444 1W .Thursday's Results Amarillo 4, Albuquerque 0 Dallas-Fort Worth 4, Arkansas 2 Shreveport 4, Memphis 2 .'. ' El Paso 5, San Antonio 4 Friday's Games Albuquerque at Amarillo Arkansas . at Dallas-Fort Worth .-...•• . • Memphis at Shreveport El Paso at San Antonio Saturday's Games Amarillo at : Arkansas' . : Dallas-Fort Worth at ElPaso San Antonio at Memphis Shreveport at Albuquerque . Twelve Harrison Men Reach Finals : By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor •Long bus trips, as advertisers tell us, can be a pleasant experience. Such was the case yesterday for the track squads of HARRISON HIGH School. Coach Abel White led a group of over 30 cindermen to Helena for the first day action in the Region 2-AA track championships and the long journey was worth the effort involved. Six young men of the junior Burton right behind at 28:9.for second. The junior mile. relay team claimed third position with its 3:54.7 finish. .* * . * Mack Bates,, Charles Rhodes, McKinney Kirkland,' Frank Jefferson, James Fowler and Fred Haynes earned finals spots for the senior squad. Jefferson took the 220 yard dash in : 23:9 and captured the broad jump.with a : leap of 21-11. Dragon group and'another sixl He ran the 100 in 10.5, four from the senior squad qualified! others tying him at that posi- for tomorrow's title finals, at tibn' beind' -the 10.2 winning the same site. Billy Coleman, David Burton, Joe Matthews, Homer Campbell, ; John Parte and John Cochran were the younger Dragons who reached the finals as they led the way to five relay or individual wins: The quarter-mile relay was captured in a 47:3 timing while the 880 relay was taken in 1:38.8. Burton and Coleman finished one-two in the 100-yard dash, crossing the line in 10.5 and 10.6 clockings. In the 220-yard dash, Cole- roan finished first in 24:6 with Hockey By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Finals Thursday's Results . East Division . Chicago 2, Montreal 1,. Montreal leads best-Of-7 series, 3-1 West Division . Minnesota 5, St. Louis 1, Minnesota leads bestof-7 series, 2-1 No games today Saturday's Game West Division Minnesota at St. Louis Sunday's Game • East Division Chicago at Montreal, afternoon By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — An apprentice jockey, Tony Garra- none, will-be sidelined for at least three months after suffering a fractured . vertebrae Thursday in a spill at Aquedu|t. INTERESTED IN Young men 14 through 19 years.. Fathers MEETING Moth"i Masonic Temple - 200 E. Davis Monday, April 29th-7:30 P.M. This Week's SPECIAL UNDERCOAT $19.95 FRONT-END ALIGNMENT $4.95 McWATERS MOTOR CO. "Home of QII iek SerWee" mark. White's representatives ran away with the 440 relay in 44.9 while finishing third at 1:35 in the 88(j and with a 3:40 mark in the mile relay. 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