The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 24, 1968 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 24, 1968
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Wythevffli (Ark.) Courier News - Friday; May M, 1«» - Page Hewn "' Departing Coach Will Be 'Back Home In Indiana' By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Returning to one's home, town is usually a cause for rejoicing but in some instances it might also involve a tinge of sadness. .Such is the case with Fred Mitchell, just - resigned coach of 'the Blytheville Junior High School • basketball squad. . . . Mitchell announced his resignation' Tuesday, ending a five- year association with the Papooses.- .... . June 1 he_ will leave, for his. native Indiana. A 1959 graduate of Chesterton, Ind., High School, Fred left his native surroundings for the Land of Oppotunity. It turned out to be just that for the affable Hoosier. .•*,-.* * He enrolled at Arkansas State at Jonesboro on a-scholarship offered for his basketball abilities displayed in Chesterton. ASU coach John Rauth ,was aware /'of Mitchell's talents which' had 'helped ' his • high school squad to a 25-0 season before'a loss in. the. state tournament at. Inio'.iapolis, no mean feat in a 'state often called the hotbed" of basketball. , ...--. Upon graduation from. ASU in 1963, Mitchell came to Blytheville. • * • * * Besides overseeing the Pa- pboses'' cage activities,'Mitchell helped' with .the track program and served assistant to BJHS football mentor, Jack Goodman. His two most successful seasons at;.th'e.helm of the.Paps were in 1966-67 when.his squad had a lecmd' of 11-7 and last season's group which finished 9-7 •Mitchell, said -on- Wednesday Fred Mitchell that he was also very proud of the' team 'which' Had' won' only four-regular season games but then advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament before losing tp, the eventual i ; tate champion. .:'.....*-.*• *•'..-.He has been-.instrumental in molding future''Chickasaws for varsity competition The senior high squads which went ;,"share:the' Eastern Conference titles last .season and the season before under Coach' Dwight Williams, • were the first groups of young men to .come: under Mitchell's influence as,junior high'athletes. * * * "i'do'waht to thank' a number of people," the departing coach said as he sat in the office at the junior high complex. "Dwight Williams has given me all the cooperation anyone could ask and has'often offered me encouragement to keep going. "Mr. Dulaney (Junior High principal C. C. Dulaney) aided both my program and Jack's and has given us 100 percent cooperation, both moneywise and otherwise. * * * "I want to really thank Jack, he has helped me become a much better coach. "I owe Jack as much as anyone can owe any one person, Mitchell and Goodman have worked closely together for the past three seasons since Good' man's arrival from Trumann Junior High. Goodman, of course, is him' •elf leaving BJHS for the head coaching job at McCrory, Ark. iri September. * * .'* . Mitchell concluded his remarks with words of praise for the students and personnel al the school. "I feel that I will always be deeply indebted to the students and faculty of Blytheville Junior High School for the cooperation and support they have given me during my five years here as basketball coach. "My tenure here has been a most rewarding and gratifying one, and I would like to express my thanks to everyone who helped make it such. "I leave with a tinge of sad ness, but also with many pleasant memories, as well. "May I wish all of you much success in the years to come. 1 As an addenda, Fred remarked that he does plan to continue in coaching and at present has had offers from two Indiana schools. thson, son Selected Three Mississippi County young men shared the spotlight as the 15-member East team was named yesterday for the Arkansas High School All- Star .basketball game at Barton Coliseum on .Aug. 10. . Ben Robinson of BLYTHEVILLE HIGH, Ronnie Keith of LEACHVILLE and .John Benson of MANILA were among the selections who will perform under the direction of Coach Roland Wells of Tun-ell. Ten. all-state players were included" b'n the all-star squad. " * * * Besides the trio of Mississippi Countians,."Wells' .teams includes Class AAA all-staters Bob Murphy, North Little Rock; Michael Peterson, Horace Mann; and Jerry Schmidt, Little Rock Central. "."' Other all-staters are Mike Williams, McGehee; Joe Cren- shaw, Euroda East; Nelson Catalina, Turrell; Russ Benton, Greenbrier; -and Jim Franks, Cotter. The other four team members are: Donnie Wilson, Pine Bluff Merrill;' Charles Hanks, Helena Central; Ronnie McMasters, Bay; and Jerry Wood, Palestine. • Benson, Peterson and Wilson are the squad's tallest members at 6-6.. The team averages about 6-2V4. Robinson, Keith and Benson all earned selection to the first annual COURIER NEWS- COACHES All-Star. team last month. They were coached by Dwight Williams, John Widner and Gay- Ion Ward respectively, with Widner being selected to- serve on the East coaching staff for the August classic. . W ,-ff i t i* /-."f -- ••-•,.."y: Tony JacUiri know* of what Jie speaks. The British ; golfer uses "body English? to guide a putt. The 22-year- old sensation recently won ; the $100,000 Jacksonville Open, becomingthe ** Britiiher in » ye*n to wia a tournament on the American pro tour. Minors Texas League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eastern Division .... ... .W. L.,Pct. G.B Memphis ' 18 16 .529 — Arkansas 17 17 .500 1 Shreveport 18 19 .486 VA Dal-FW -• 1414 .368 ;6 Western Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Albuquerque 21 13 .618 San Antonio 17 16 .515 3% El Paso Amarillo 19 18 .514 16 17 .485 3% 4% Thursday's Results Albuquerque 4, Arkansas 3 San Antonio 6, Dallas-Fort Worth! El Paso 2, Memphis 1 Amarillo 4, Shreveport 2 Today's Games Amarillo at Albuquerque Dallas-Fort Worth at Memphis San Antonio at El Paso Shreveport at Arkansas International League Toledo 7, Buffalo 5 Richmond 6, Jacksonville 2 Columbus at Louisville, rain Rochester at Syracuse, rain Pacific Coast League Tulsa 5, Oklahoma City 3 Tacoma 6, Spokane 2 Vancouver 3, Portland 2 San Diego 3, Seattle 2 Hawaii 3,. Phoenix 2 Only games scheduled One Toss Wins It • ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. (AP); — -Albuquerque relief pitcher Dehhie'Aust'threw only one pitch but it retired threatening Arkansas in the ninth inning and preserved.,a 4-3 Texas League baseball victory Thursday night. . .;.--. Arkansas shortstop. Frank Davanon hit Aust's only pitch to . shortstop and was thrown out Kirby, Newton (8) and Ruber to; Hough, Dare (8), Aust (9] and Hollowell.. W — Hough CHICAGO (AP)-The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Jim Hickman from their Tacoma farm club Thursday and Op tioned pitcher Bill Stoneman to their Pacific Coast League farm club. pitches and an error. Arkansas Albu'que 200 000 001-3 8 2 102 000 Olx-44 9 1 with . an .Arkansas stranded at third. '' '; • Albuquerque starting pitcher Charlie Hough earned the vie-, tory. He was relieved by Dick Dare as Arkansas loaded the bases in the eighth inning. Once again Davanon was the out that ended the threat. Albuquerque center fielder Jimmy Williams threw him out at the plate after an out field fly. .Williams scored the winning run in 'the Albuquerque eighth inning, coming home on a squeeze bunt by shortstop Bill Grabarkewitz. Memphis jumped to' a M first inning lead over El Paso on Roy Foster's home run, but Rudy May shut the door on the Blues the rest of the w»y as the Sun Kings won 2-1. El Paso tied' tha score in the the bottom ot the first:on two singles and i stolen base. The winning run was scored in the sixth on • tingle, two wild (-3). L - Kirby (5-2). :«M Ben Kerner Foster Is Fight Favorite By MURRAY ROSE Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Light heavyweight champion Dick Tiger spots towering Bob Foster age, height, weight and reach but not in heart tonight when they clash in a 15-round title fight at Madison' Square Garden. Foster's physical advantages and his" punching power have combined to make the 29-year- old challenger from Washington, a 12-5 favorite over the 38- year-old defender from the Republic of Biafra. the odds could go down by fight time. The bout is scheduled for9:30 p.m., EOT. It will be telecast in some areas of the .nation, by Sports Network. New York will be blacked out of the telecast. The Garden hopes for a crowd of '15,000 and a gate of $150,000 which would get both Foster and the promotion off the financial hook. Foster has-taken 60 per cent of the net gate and television and guaranteed Tiger $100,000 out of his. percentage. He may wind up fighting for nothing. "It doesn't matter," said Foster; "The main thing is the title. It's make or break. If I blow this, I may never get another chance. I don't intend to blow it. He'll go in four or five rounds, or the first time I get him." "The first four rounds will be the most dangerous," said Chickie Ferrara,.-Tiger's trainer. "If Dick gets by" that he will come on; He has the biggest heart of any fighter I ever saw. He will chop Foster down with his body punches." Foster has these advantages over Tiger:, height—6-foot-3% to 5-8; reach—79 inches to 71, and weight-about 175 to 167. The former Air'Force champion and ex-bomb factory worker has a 29-4 record, including 23 knockouts. Tiger, making the' third defense of the title he won from Jose Torres on Dec. 16, 1966, has a 58-15-3 record; including 26 knockouts. He never has been stopped. . . Parting Gift Kerner Gives Ben Kerner's departure from pro basketball, via the sale of his St. Louis Hawks to an Atlanta group, was an emotional exercise. It was tough for Ben, a pioneer in the development of the pro game over the last 21 years, to realize he was breaking old associations. At his last league meeting, where 'Ben's severance was announced, he said to Haskell Cohen, the NBA publicity man for 18 years, "I got to do something for you before I go. Name me anything you want." . . . Haskell, whose father lives in Israel and who has been Instrumental in building the sports programs for that nation, said, "There a small school of physical education there called Orde Wingate which desperately needs a new dormitory." . . . "You got it," said Ben . . . "Now wait," cautioned Haskell, "we're talking about $30,000." .. . "You still got it," said Ben. * * * But Cohen also extracted a promise from Kerner that he and his mother would travel to Israel for' the first time to be present at the dedication of the new building. "I'm looking forward to it," said Ben. "I never been anywhere. Only league cities." And he started naming them—Moline, Fort Wayne. Buffalo, Sheboygan, Waterloo ... He can afford to broaden his horizons with the $3.5 million he got for the sale of the Hawks.- Thirteen years ago, when he tried to unload the club, in his last year in Milwaukee, his asking price (with no lakers) was $60,000 ... At the time coffee was scarce in this country, but Ben managed to get hold of 1,000 one-pound cans from a friend. He piled them in the lobby of the Milwaukee basketball arena, one can to a ticket-holder. When he came into the building that night, he heard only the thump of basketballs on the floor- no customers. He counted the cans. When the count reached 937, he decided it was lime to leave Milwaukee and take the team to St. Louis . .. - * * - *. In this off-season for football, the pros are ; making plans to break out of the continental limits of the United States. The NFL Players Association expects to stage a tournament in Hawaii next winter—but wait, it won't *e football. They'll have a 16-team basketball competition to throw their weight around ... : . Meanwhile, Hank Stram, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, is in the British Isles with the intent of.seeking another soccer- style placekicker (he might even get as far as Paris or Rome since Mrs. Stram went along to scout, .too) ..... When bigger and better, betting factories are built, they'll have to use the new Belmont Park as the prototype. The grandstand stretches so far that the corridors look as though they belong in the Los Angeles airlines terminal. And they've taken a tip from the harness racing boys by building a fourth-Boor Terrace Restaurant where one can enjoy gourmet delights and not. worry about the despondency of -watching a horse finish .-last. The grandstand alone holds 23,615 people . . . * * * Andres Gimeno, the Spanish tennis pro, reveals a trade wrinkle. The boys, playing on that indoor surface which comes in sections, try to hit the seams on their service to get a bad bounce—they hit two times out of 10 ... " Between you'n'me, the whole Kentucky Derby drugging case was mishandled. It's evident Dancer's ; Irnage wasn't 1 hopped up by the pail-killing drug but that's not the image that.will linger from the incident.,; "•'••'. '.-? .'• • 'iiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiuiiii! Thurs.*'s iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiii By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BATTING—Jose .Cardenal Indians, lashed four straight hits Including a, home run, helping Cleveland to a 9-2 victory over California. . -PITCHING-Sonny Siebert, •Indians, scattered seven, hits and struck out six beating the Angels, 9-2. TOKYO - Takao Sakurai Japan,- 'outpointed Ramiro Nides, Mexico, 10, bantamweights. HORSE Maiden Saddle Club Arena Sunday, May 26 - Time: 2 P.M. No Charge For Using Starting Gate No Admission Charge If You Bring Horses To Run Race* will be:held at the Maiden Saddle Club Arena every other Sunday afternoon. ' ENTRY FEES: ^ ' ' Cl»sf A SIS. Phis J25 added money. Cl»n B »T.M Plm *10 added money. . , ' Glut 0 SM» Pint S5.«0 added'money, Flo» Match lUee*. ' ' All Races Will Be Jackpot and Winner Take. All! PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nicholas Praia, president of the American Rubberband Duckpin Bowling Congress, died Thurr day at his home in the City'. Homewodd section. He was 57."'' swing a little THE TRUE OLD-SniE KENTUCKY BOURBON FOR RENT NEW BALDWIN PIANO O1A 4IA UA RENT APPLIED $IU.VV WlV. TO PURCHASE "Check Our Baldwin Prices Before You Buy" BOOTHEEL MUSIC CENTER Phone TU 8-4889 — Kennett, Mo. BOB FOSTER (left) and Dick Tiger squared off just - prior to tonight's fight in New York for the light-heavyweight championship. Foster ranked as the favorite. . Mr. Sudden Service Says: CHECK THESES PRICES BEFORE YOU BUY! Alanap 5 gallons $19.25 Alanap-plus 5 gallons $32.40 Dyanap 5 gallons $23-50 Dinitro 5 gallons $19.25 D. S. M. A 50 Ibs. $15.00 M. S. M. 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