Pensacola News Journal from Pensacola, Florida on December 4, 1970 · 35
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Pensacola News Journal from Pensacola, Florida · 35

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Friday, December 4, 1970
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Ferrell Triumphs 3D New 'Card' Tricks 4D Kelley Was Nervous 5D Friday, December 4, 1970 V-r Section Ronnie Joyce Sports Editor 1 r- f ' v ' ' X;. , if A v A J ' f Ml ' "- I 4 La Nice Guy... I didn't know the New York Yankees had any nice guys. For all these years I've been a Yankee hater. Why, I don't know. But Thursday, I fell in love with a Yankee. His name is Bobby Richardson. If I had met Bobby 15 years ago, I would hav. been a Yankee lover all those years. Bobby Richardson is living proof that hice guys finish first. For 11 years he was No. 1 among the second basemen in baseball. - Now, Bobby Is retired from playing and Is devoting his time and efforts to coaching the University of South Carolina baseball team and also using his energy to talk to young and old athletes about Christ. That was what Bobby was doing in Pensacola Thursday night, addressing the second annual High School Football Awards Banquet which is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Pensacola. "I think Christ and athletics are the saviors for our country," Richardson said. BOBBY RICHARDSON, FORMER NEW YORK YANKEE BASEBALL STAR (LEFT), CHATS WITH PAUL ROYAL BEFORE THURSDAY NIGHT'S BANQUET AT MUNICIPAL AL'DITOWUM . . . Bill PhUlips (center) of First Baptist Church, sponsors of the event, cooks steaks for the fete while Charlie Cutchens (r.ght) w.pes smoke JTlS lute bti Frep ef Awards Christian Man... "And Christian athletes (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) on our campuses today are the people others look up to. When I came up in the major leagues 15 years ago, there were only two or three Christian athletes on the team. Now there are many. "I'm excited about the American athlete today, because he knows how to win and that there is a price to be paid. The Christian athlete is not afraid to stand up in front of a group and say that he is Christian. And we need more people that will do this," Richardson added. Richardson is a man who knows this from experience. He's a man with one purpose to devote his time to young men and especially Christian men and athletes. He's been a Christian all his life, so he knows what he is talking about. , And the people who attended Thursday's banquet know this. They heard it. Bobby Richardson is living proof that a man can be a great athlete and a Christian. It's a shame we don't have more around. Even if he did play for the New York Yankees, I can say I've never met a man like Bobby Richardson. A great guy. I just wish I had met him many years ago. By TOM ROBINSON Journal Sport Writer Sixteen area prep football players were recipients of awards Thursday night at the second annual High School Football Awards Banquet at the Municipal Auditorium. Some 13 teams, along with parents and guests, which included Gov. elect Reubin Askew and his family, were on hand as University of Sou'h Carolina Baseball Coach Bobby Richardson spoke on "Can You be a Christian and an Athlete?" University of Alabama quarterbacks Scott Hunter and Neb Hayden were also on hand at the event, sponsored by the First Baptist, and gave their Christian testimonial. Reverend James Pleitz of the First Baptist Church was the master of ceremonies. The Challenger Award was given to 10 area gridders and a player from each city high school was recognized for outstanding performance over the year's span with the Gold Helmet Award, given by WCOA ra-cVo and Rich's Boys and Varsity Shop. Winners of the Challenger Awards were: Jimmy Crooke, safety, Catholic High; Ricky Skaggs, defensive back, Es cambia; Mark Stuckey, half back, Gulf Breeze; Mike Davey, guard, Pensacola; Charles Kid-well, running back, Tate; Leodis Brown, fullback, Washington; Wayne Elliott, defensive lineman, Woodham; Curtis Williams, quarterback, Milton; Marshall Craper, Brewton Miller; Dave Dennis, quarterback, Atmore. Radio announcer Gordon Towne presented the helmet awards to Escambia's David Williams; Woodham's David Lee; Catholic's Mark Verploe-gen; Tate's Roddy Willis; Pen-sacola's Hal Buchanan; Washington's Ron Leverette. Special guests included Governor Askew; Mayor and Mrs. Bryant Liggett; Senator and Mrs. John Broxson; Sen. and Mrs. W. D. Childers; Representative and Mrs. James Reeves; Representative Roy Hess; Representative and Mrs. Gordon Tyrell; Representative and Mrs. Tom Tobiassen: Pensacola New s-Journal Editor Earie Bowden and his wife; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rich. Bunny Martin, a magician, world yo-yo champ, and folk finger, provided entertainment for the some 1,200 people along with singing groups "The Reasons Why," "Burke's Jerks" and the First Baptist Church Choir. "I am grateful for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes," said Richardson, former New York Yankee second baseman, after showing film highlights of his 1960 World Series grand s3am homer. "This is a sports oriented world," said Richardson at the podium as he looked over the audience. "Each day you can open your newspaper and find six or seven pages dedicated to sports. "It excites me to watch sports because athletes have the desire to win and they know how to pay the price to win. "These athletes hero realize the influence they have on their campuses," Richardson added. "But sometimes parents, like me, don't give the kids enough time like we should. A child will have a problem to discuss but we say wait until later. But at that time it's the biggest problem in his life." "I don't know much about religion when it comes to theology," said Hayden, "but I know about Jesus Christ. "I'm proud to be a member of this generation. The good things that young people do are left out (CONTINUED ON PAGE SD) 'Ministers' Ail Three By AL PALMER Execirtlvi Sportt Editor Put a footbrll in the hands of Scott Hunter and Neb Hayden and a baseball bat in the hands of Bobby Richardson and they'll put the ball down your throats. Put a microphone in front of these three young men and you get the feeling they're in the wrong business. That of athletes. Maybe they should have been "ministers." They may have left some 1,200 people wondering this Thursday night when they delivered their "testimonials" at the second annual High School Awards Banquet at the Municipal Auditorium. It was spon sored by the First Baptist Church. Hunter and Hayden, a pair of Alabama quarterbacks and Richardson, a retired New York Yankee second baseman and now baseball coach at University of South Carolina, told the audience mostly high school youngsters about their lives in athletics ,and how someone else God, to be specific had governed the outcome. Although the speeches were indeed heartwarming, they interjected humorous anecdotes that brought laughs from the crowd, which included several legislators from Pensacola and Gov.-elect Reubin Askew. They even took turns in jibing Askew, but the ex-Senator took the light-hearted remarks in stride. Even Bunny Martin, the world's yo-yo champ, took his turn at Askew. He brought Askew on the stage, put a match in his mouth and struck it with his yo-yo during his act. "It's a good thing he's the world champion, and not the champion of a county in Arkansas or I wouldn't have gone along with it," Askew said laughing afterwards. He got the Arkansas bit from Rev. James Pleitz, minister at First Baptist Church, the emcee, who said he was the yo-yo champion of an Arkansas coun- (CONTINUED ON PAGE SD) ATHLETES IN ACTION FOR CHRIST . . from left: Bobby Richardson, Scott Hunter, Neb Hayden ' (Penucolt Journal photo by Lorry Pirk 'Orange Bowl Or Nothing, ' Says McClendon By TOM ROBINSON Journal Sporti Writer "We either go to the Orange Bowl or no bowl," said LSU Coach Charlie McClendon whose Tigers must whip Ole Miss Saturday night if they are to make the trip to Miami, New Year's Day. "Everything else is closed up," said McClendon in a telephone conversation with The Pensacola Journal. Archie Manning, Ole Miss' battle scarred field general, Is expected to guide the Rebels into Baton Rouge against the powerful LSU defense. And 'although Manning, who suffered a broken left arm a few weeks back, might be a one-armed quarterback at the moment, McClendon isn't going to take him lightly. McClendon too vividly recalls two years ago when a red-haired sophomore named Manning despite injuries tamed the Tigers. Archie reportedly will be wearing a leather protective device on his left arm as the two teams meet to decide the Southeastern Conference title. "We are making our plans thinking Archie will play, McClendon said. "Only thing 1 am concerned about is hnw mnrh nrotection he will receive from the leather brace. We don't want to hurt him but LSU can't be held responsible if he gets injured." Asked if he would use Manning under the same circumstances, McClendon replied: "There is no way to answer that, I just hope whatever the coaches and doctors say Is right. He Is a great athlete with a great future. "I have been reading the rule book and you can't use soft leather or anything. But that's up to the SEC officials. "Our players know there Is a Job to be done if we are to go to the Orange Bowl," mild McClendon. Last year the Tigers fashioned a 9-1 record but stayed home New Year's Day missing a trip to the Cotton Bowl, reportedly because Notre Damo bent them to tho punch. mm '' CHARLIE MCCLENDON , . . goes for broke ARCHIE MANNING ... Ole Miss QB "I don't have to remind them we didn't go to a bowl last year," McClendon pointed out. Th I.SU coach said he would start senior Buddy Lee at quarterback, but you can count on sophomore Bert Jones calling the shots at times during the game. Pla- trw.nmir nnarlni'hnrka tins hpPtl a WAV of life for lUfPlondon. "Buddy has been consistent," said Charlie Mac of the boy who bucked up southpaw passer Mine uniman jasi vnpr "We hnven't moved the ball like wo wanted to. 1 said before the season started we would have to have the big nlnv. And we have ootten them. "Jones is doing real well and has caught on to our offense. But our pass protection Isn't what it snouiu ne.-nf miitso thn LSU defense is spearheaded by corner back Tommy Casanova, commonly called the kiss of death in Tiger Den. And ihun there is tho Ole Miss defense. Second In the conference. And McClendon hopes Lee and Company wil hp tciidv for the Rebel headhunlers, So the Rtage Is set for a renewal of the historic Dixie rlvulrv. For Ole Miss it means tho SEC crown, And for ISU it nlsn means the SEC crown nlus the Orange Bowl. And McClendon doesn't want to end up watching a football trlplehender on television come January l. PJC Wins Sixth Pfofes ft oil, 104-70 By RONNIE HELTON Journal Sporti Writer Pensacola Junior College turned a nip-and-tuck battle into a rout Thursday night as the Pirates extended a 15-point half time lead to 34 points and downed previously undefeated Mobile State, 104-70, at the PJC gym. It was the Tiratcs' sixth victory of the season after losing four straight. The Matadors won their first three games. The Bucs. led by the hot-shooting of their guards. Jumped from a 20-25, deficit mid-way of the first half, to a 43 28 advantage at intermission as Stan Vaughn and little Mike Riehter led the attack. In the opening minutes or the second half. PJC held Mobile to a mere eight points while the Pirates pnppwl 29' Mike Sergent, who starts at forward for the Bucs, played like a guard as he combined with Vaughn and Clayton Jordan to completely dazzle the Alnbamians with a fast-breaking offense. John Ladnor and Gene Grant kept the fast-break alive as they dominated play on the boards against the favored Matadors. The Mobile squad, with a fast-moving, slick-driving set of ball handlers in Richmond Edwards and Bob Thomas, struck early in the first half and held a slim three-point (12-9) margin. But, the lead was short lived as the Pirates stopped the Matadors' offense and roared back. With 3:50 left on the clock Coach Paul Norvell emptied the bench as the reserves finished out the game. PJC hit 54 per cent of its shots from the floor, with Ser-gent leading the way with 19 points. Vaughn led the outside men with 15 while Leathenvood added 13 points with his long jumpers. Ladner, with his smooth left- handed shots, finished with 11 points while Jeff Beimfohr, who didn't start the game, added 13, while they both pulled down seven rebounds apiece. PJC hit 63 per cent of its foul shots, hitting on 14 and 22 attempts. Alvin James and Aurther Rankin scored 14 points apiece for the losers. Utility guard Aaron Guyton added io points. Tonight at PHS Toframis, Uims Yd Mobile St. Rnnkin Ki1nt(i 1hom flnoi!i f-uvlnn Glnnv WMIMin Mlllr Wonmi k Wi(ihin Dlnon Totull Mobile Stale PJC OPT 5 4 14 I I J 0 i e t 14 0 9 4 1 10 1 0 4 0 1 1 1 1 4 5 i PJC RithUr Jwrton Sr(imt ladnor Gront I nlwwd Vmiiilm Joiim Coleman Btlm'hr OPT 1 0 o J l 1 ii 0 10 1 1) 1 IS 0 I II 1 70 Total! 41 HIM . , , II 41 TO Utt 104 There's only one city high school basketball team seeing action at home Friday night, but there's one coming up Saturday night that's been eagerly awaited. Woodham will host Tallahassee Leon at Pensacola High at 8 p.m. Friday in the only home encounter while Escambia will be on the road, meeting Bay in Panama City. Catholic opens its 1970-71 season Saturday night and the Crusaders, sporting one of the top prep stars in the country, are looking for its best season ever. The Catholic shooting ace, who is expected to bring their Crusaders their wish, is Sam McCants, a 6-4 senior, Is averaging better than 25 points per game over the past three years. He has a career total of 2,143 points, the first city schoolboy to top the 2,000 standard. In pre season polls, conducted by two leading basketball maga-z I n e s , McCants was rated among the 50 top players in one, and among 100 in another. Catholic, coached by Rucky Stringfellow, will meet Mobile Williamson in the Crusader gym In its first bid to top last year's 25-5 record. In other action Saturday night, Tate will host Mobile Shaw at 8 p.m. Woodham, the host team for the Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament, has a 1-1 record, losing its first game, a 54-46, decision to Washington In the finals. The Titans own one victory, whipping Tate 57-50, In the opening round of the meet. Escambia is 04 for the cam-p a 1 g n . The Rebels were trounced by Washington, the Class AA champions, 60-37. The Crusaders have four starting returnees from last year's team, including McCants. Also back are center Glen Wil-kinson, 6-4 center; Mike Stanfield, 6-4, 250-pound forward, and Dwlght Gates, 6-4 guard. Wilkinson averaged 11 points last season.

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