The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 23, 1968 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 23, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLf HIGH School football hopefuls for the 7968 season have just completed their winter and spring conditioning program under the guidance of Coach Alan Stolt -(shown here directing a recent indoor . session at the Junior High gym), and assistants 'I Ibert SouthaH, Gerald Jumper and Jim Dixon. Weig/it /oo/n work (below) was OMotiheextensJvtt undertakings in Stolt's program tind he expects profitable results to show up in the Chicks- taws' 11-gdme schedule nexfc season, feeg;nnmg with the Sept, 6 engagement at Helena. Approximately 35 young men took part ir? the strenuous activities the past six months. (Courier News Photo) . Chickasaws Worked Hard By Frank Ellis • Courier News Sports Editor Baseball's major league sea- Eon is only six weeks old and one might presume that the so- called national pastime could capture the minds of most sports fans. :Such, however, may not be the case. -Football, high school, collegiate and the professional variety continues to attract the attention of gridiron enthusiasts whether the c a 1 e n d a r says spring, summer, winter or fall. ' Such is the case with a large number of young men (and their coaches) at BlythevlUe High School as well as at other schools in the Mississippi County flrea. - Most scholatsic institutions fiave been conducting off-season drills as part of their physical education classes, something allowed by the Arkansas Athletic Association, and the next few days will see the con- elusion of these operations until late summer. This is the situation at BHS. * * * Yesterday, Chickasaw head coach, Alan Stolt, and the members of his staff played host to the 1968 grid hopefuls at a cookout at Walker Park as the Chickasaws concluded spring work. It has been six months 'since the last whistle was blown in a 1967 season game, but the Chicks have been hard at work since that November night. Stolt, and assistants Elbert SouthaH, Jim Dixon and Gerald Jumper have been keeping the young men in their care 1 quite busy. ; * * * Stolt has placed heaviest emphasis on an off-season conditioning program in an effort to build quickness and speed. Almost daily Work in the weight-room at the BHS gymnasium has toned muscles and trimmed excess poundage from all the gridders. Outdoor conditioning has been somewhat hampered by the rainy spring but here, too, Stolt and associates have maintained a steady pace. Next week's graduation ceremonies will see a large number of the 1967 Chickasaws earn their diplomas, an honor which gives Stolt that much more rebuilding to do in his first year at the Blytheville helm. * * * The coach, replacing the departing Bob Williams, hopes to install a few new offensive maneuvers and has been using a number of possible units in the practice sessions. Three or four men have taken turns handling the ball at COURIER NEWS PAGE TEN Thursday, May 23, 1968 the.quarterback slot and a variety of formations .are being worked on. It all promises another year o£ exciting football come September but Stolt and his coaches realize they've still got lots of work to do between now and opening game festivities on Friday, Sept. 6. * ¥ * Stolt has announced the 1968 schedule, a slate matching the Chickasaws against 11 formidable foes. Five, conference games highlight the action in a re-arranged triple-A schedule. Several new opponents will appear on the '68 card as a result of the realignment of the state's AAA Conferences. West Memphis and Helena advanced to the triple-A classification last winter and will be meeting the Chicks in conference clashes for the first time. Six teams make up the AAA Winberry Grand Slam Not Enough For Tech PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Hope, Fort Smith, St. Anne's, Arkadelphia and Junction City advanced into the semifinals of the state high school baseball tournament here Wednesday. Hope will play St. Anne's at 1 p.m. today in the semifinals, and the Arkadelphia - Junction City game will follow. In Wednesday's games, Hope blanked Tyronza 4-0, St. Anne's nipped Greene County Tech 54, Arkadelphia beat Greenwood 10-6 in nine innings and Junction City walloped Gilletl 10-0 in a game called in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule. Dwight Galloway, who tossed a no-hitter in (he tournament Monday, twirled a five-hitter Wednesday as Hope downed Tyronza. Hope blew the game Softball Brings High Scoring Softball action continues around Blytheville and results of the latest games showed some high-scoring battles. In junior high girls' play, Bolin's Bluejays defeated Bevil's Blackhawks, 14-13 as Sandy Glover was the winning pitcher with Estes losing. In the grade school league, Lange buried Sudbury, 25-1, * * it- Men's Commercial League tangling resulted in a 21-8 victory for Florafax over Columbia. .Brewer earned winning pitcher honors and Art took the loss. open in the sixth with a three- run outburst. Tyronza had scoring oppor- tunilies in (he fourth and sixth innings, but each time Galloway pitched his way out of the jams. St. Anne's used a four-run uprising ia the first inning and then choked off a Greene County Tech rally in the sixth to gain its victory. * * * All of Tech's runs came on a grand-slam home run by Larry. Winderry. Mike Sonderigger belted a two-run triple in St. Anne's big first inning, Steve Megless walked eight and fanned 11 to get the victory for St. Anne's. Thomas Jones absorbed the loss for Tech. Junction City worked over three Gillett pitchers before the game was halted under th« 10- run, fifth-inning rule. Bruce Stringer drove in four runs with a triple, double and a single, and Ronnie Hall checked Gillett on just two hits to receive credit for the victory. Johnny Holloway started for Gillett and was charged with the loss. Greenwood pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force Arkadelphia into extra innings. Arkadelphia exploded for four runs in the ninth to put it away. Ricky .Graham had a triple and Allan Gaither a double for Arkadelphia. Charles Gordon collected a double and triple and his brother, Rich, had a double for Greenwood. Larry Manning was the winning pitcher and Jim McGehee was the loser. Eastern Division and Blythe ville will meet the other fivi in the course of the season. Such powers as North Little Rock and Little Rock Central having moved, to the new AAA A division, will not be raced in 1968. Other schools either joining or returning to the Blytheville schedule include Cape Girar deau, Stuttgart and Marianna. The Missouri squad will be met in their own surrounding- on Sept. 20 in a 7:30 encounter Stuttgart's Ricebirds, anothe Region 2-AA team, will hos the Chickasaws on Oct. 18 the same hour while still an other Region 2-AA eleven, Mar ianna's Porcupines will seek t sting the Chicks on Nov. 15 a Marianna. * * * First home game for Stolt' forces will be on Sept. 23 when the Forrest City Mustangs in vade Haley Field. Last season the Mustang captured the Region 2-AA cham pionship under Coach HaroU Horton. Horton has since advanced tc Frank Broyles' staff at the Un iversity of Arkansas. The Mustangs, too, are re portedly ready to seek entrant into the triple-A division bu most likely will wait until 1969 * * * All home games except Hie clash with Sikeston, Mo., wil begin at eight o'clock, Stol said, with the Bulldogs encoun ter starting at 7:30. Homecoming festivities are slated to be held on October 11 in connection with the battle against powerful-Poplar Bluff Though the Bluffers have los the services of fullback/John Brown, who reportedly ha signed with the University o Missouri, they are expected tc present-another strong eleven. •'•'.*..-*. f. • • The schedule: Sept. 6, Helena, there; 13 Forrest City, here; 20, Cape Girardeau, there; 27, Wes Memphis here; Oct. 4, Open )0ct. 11, Poplar Bluff (Homecoming); 18, Stuttgart, there: 25, Jonesboro, there; Nov. 1 McClellan, here (Dad's Night); 8, Sikeston, here; 15, Marianna there; 22, Jacksonville, there. * ' * * Stolt also released the schedule for the 1968 edition of the Blytheville junior varsity grid- ders. 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