The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 5, 1956 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 5, 1956
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)'COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY B, 195« Mustangs Take Top Spot In SWC Fight Pattie Berg Named Top Female Athlete By HUGH FULLEHTON JR. The Associated Press Patricia Jane Berg, who once quarterbacked a football team that included Oklahoma Coach Bud Wilkinson, was the Woman Athlete of the Year for 1955 in the opinion of the nation's sports writers and sports broadcasters. The stocky, 35-year-old Patty won this honor entirely on her ability as a professional golfer. Her football playing.days as one of th 50th Street Tigers in Minneapolis ended a good many years ago—before she took up golf at the age of 15. Now, as the acknowledged "dean" of women' and,possibly its most Intense competitor, Miss Berg se', a record for the others to shoot at in 1955. She led all the pros on the women's circuit In money winning with a total of tie,492.34 and won the Varden Trophy for low average scoring in tournament play. It was the first time one player had taken both the money winning and low •coring titles in the same year. Beat Babe In the balloting by 179 sports writers and broadcasters in the Associated Press year-end poll, red haired, blue-eyed Patty beat out another celebrated golfer, Babe Didrikson Zaharias by 54 points— 200,-to 146. . Mrs. Zaharias, chosen as the outstanding woman athlete of 1954 didn't see much competition • in 1955, but the writers and broadcasters still showed great respect for her ability and for her courageous fight against cancer. Miss Berg played in most of the women's tournaments during the year. Although she placed only fifth in the Women's National Open championship and skipped the ladies PGA championship, Patty won the coveted titleholders tournament for the sixth time with a record 291 score, the Tam O'Shant- er world championship for the third straight year, and the Wom- e'ns Western Open for the fifth time. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Southern Methodist University's Mustangs took over the top spot in the Southwest Conference basketball race last night when they handed nationally rated Rice its second drubbing, this time "a decisive 87-65 licking. While the Ponies were humbling the Owls in Dallas, Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs upset Texas, thirc ranking team in the loop, 73-67, at Fort Worth and the Texas Aggies set an A&M ail- LOOKING AHEAD — Detroit nurler Steve Gromek, who owns a bowling alley m the motor city, starts building for the future as he teaches, son Brian, 3Vi. correct form. Chasm Between Pro Ranks And Colleges Closing Fast By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sporti Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — In contrast to baseball and boxing, basketball is improving by the night. Ai recently ai a couple of years ago, I was rather astonished when I asked Joe Lapchick of the New York Knickerbockers and other professional coaches why there were not more money clubs. "Not enough good tall players,'' was the reply. This seemed incomprehensible m view of the hundreds of thousands playing Dr. James Naismith's game on the grammar and high school, church, college and Amateur Athletic Union level. Yet a year ago, only three college athletes made the National Basketball Association big. The chasm between the colleges and pros will be rapidly closed, however, as is made clear by this year's freshmen crop of a dozen or so. An equal number will make it next season. It used to be that money players hung on while on their last legs simply because there, were no capable replacements. Max Zaslofsky strikingly illustrates that this has changed. There is considerable basketball left in Zaslofsky after 10 years on big time, but on one picked him up when the Brooklyn St. John's veteran was released by Fort Wayne. • • a A new generation has come along since the advent of the NBA 10 years ago. These lads have mimicked the pros and learned. An entire new field has been opened to them. Where can they do better oh six months' employment than in pro basketball, where the average salary is $7.5000? The Minneapolis Lakers paid George Milkan »35,000, to give you a rough idea of, how far a young man can go, ana to convince him that there is more than buckets at which to shoot. Players have the other half of the year for business and the sport puts them in the national spotlight. Combatants have quit organized baseball for pro basketball because It paid better. Bill Sharman of the Celtics was a highly regarded out- hence, as in the ca5e of Kansa*' pheonmenal freshman, Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain, and the Philadelphia Warriors of his old home town. Owngr Ben Kerner of the Hawks dropped into Maurice podoloff's office raving about a high school kid in St. Louis who has 50 college offers. Kerner is moving to lock up the youngster. So the boy gets a free ride in college and has something to look forward to when he is graduated. time scoring record in beating Baylor 90-70 at College Station. Last night's game officially opened the conference season for the teams. Previous games, including the Southwest Conference tournament at Houston last week, aeie ill Icily muu.u|i tills mill Uld not count in the conference standings. Rice Was 18th The Mustangs beat Rice 76-63 to take the Houston tournament. The losses are the only two suffered this season by Rice, which was ranked 18th in the national Associated Press poll. Smooth team work, the ability to hit from far out, and the uncanny shots by Larry Showalter spelled victory for the Mustangs in their second meeting with Rice. Showalter with 28 points was high man in the game. Temple Tucker, towering 6-foot-10 sophomore, was high man for the Owls. Paced by Richard O'Neal, who pumped in 29 points, the Horned Frogs took a commanding early lead and held it throughout, despite a late Texas rally. Raymond Downs, high scoring Longhorn forward, who played only part o'f the game after suffering a cut over his eye, was held to 13 points. Norman Hooten, with 18 points was high fo'r Texas. Swink Sees Action Jim Swink, TCU's All America football star, saw action briefly. He took only one shot and missed and hit only one of his three free throws. Getting off to a slow start tha't saw them trailing 30-36 at the half, the Aggies staged a furious second period scoring spree for their victory over the Bears. Guard Albert White of Baylor was high point man with °1 while Ken Hutton and Fritzie Connally each scored 20 for the Aggies. The previous high mark set jy an Aggie team was 86 points scored last year against Pepperdine. » Arkansas, the seventh conference member, swings into action Saturday against Baylor at Waco. Southern Methodist journeys to Austin for a tilt with the Longhorns and Rice will be host to A&M at Houston. or where he'll return weighed 188 !i for his most recent start against Archie Moore in September. Gus D'Amato, Patterson's manager, launched his boy as a full fledged heavyweight at his birthday party at a downtown hotel. "I have decided that 1956 will be the year, if Patterson continues to function as he has," said D'Amato who .previously had set 1957 as his target date. Patterson listened quietly while D'Amato made his announcements. Asked for his own comments, Patterson said, "if my manager makes the match, I think I can beat him (Marciano)." Patterson has won 28 of 29 pro fights, 19 by knockouts. In nine starts in 1955 he stopped nine opponents. His only defeat was an eight-round decision loss to Joey Maxim, former light heavy champ at Brooklyn, June 7, 1954. Senior Cage Bowl Sets Two Records MOBILE, Ala. (fl — Two records were set last night as host Spring Hill and defending champion Memphis State advanced into tonight's finals of the Senior Bowl Basketball Tournament. Spring Hill upset Clemson, the Gator Bowl champs, 102-91, anc undefeated Memphis State warded off Miami of Florida 79-71. The title'will be decided tonight. Memphis State had its decision virtually in the bag by halftime, hitting on more than 50 per cent of its first half shots. Center Forest Arnold and guard Elmore Fortner showed the way for the Staters, 12th ranked nationally. Arnold scored 22 points and Fortner 20. Harrison High Splits Twinbill At Ripley RIPLEY, Term. — The Harrison senior girls Won their tenth straight game without a defeat this season last night here at Lauderdale County Training School. Final score was 57-47. Earlene McCoy was the high Harrison girl rimming 28 points and her running mate Margie Campbell dropped,in 13. But the Dragon boys were unable to come through. They fell in the opener in a very well played contest 56-55. Richard Stokes pumped in 24 points for Harrison and another i Dragon Charlie Johnson was good for 14. Next action for Harrison High is slated for Friday night when the senior and junior boys bump heads with Carver High of Marked Tree. Oame time for the opener is 7:30. HE'LL DO—Kentucky's 6-7 Bob Burrow is one of the dozen or so collegiate stars who is expected to make it in the pro ranks next season. fielder in the higher minors, for example. With kids takng dead aim. at a professional career, basketball- on the high school and college plane is much bigger and better. • « • Owners are now claiming draft choice on players four years G. 0. POETZ OIL CO. FUEL OIL "I Sell That Stuff" Phone 2-2089 Conny'i Conoco Service, Ash A Division Joins Phillips Motor Co. S. P. Cook ** Mr. 8. P. Cook wlihn U announce that ht li now associated with Fhllllpi Motor C*. a* ear Mlnnun. Mr, Cwk Invites you (o eonw rlill him and «ee rhll- llpe' new and ««4 can and truckr Patterson, Rocky May Tangle NEW YORK (Si — A Floyd Patterson -Rocky Marciano match for the world heavyweight title In Los Angeles Is In the making (or next September. • ' Marcinno may box Archie Moore, Bob Baker or Boo Satterfield in June before he meets the 1952 Olympic 165-pound champion who has been a sensation since he turned pro. Although the Brooklyn Negro, who celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday, weighed less than 165 during the Olympics he came In at 178V" 'or his latest start, a seventh round technical knockout over Jimmy, Dec. 8 at Los Angeles. Marciano, who said yesterday In Los Angeles he didn't know when College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Temple 81, Lehigh 48 'Canisius 71, Fordham 63 .Holy Cross 85, Connecticut 88 St. Johns (Bkn) 86, Rhode Island "«1 Syracuse 85, Cornell 67 Delaware 84, Rutgers 73 Villanova 70, West Chester M Wake Forest 84, Duke 71 Maryland 76, South Carolina 57 Seton Hall 69, Baltimore Loyola 54 . . Arkansas State 78, Mississippi 71 Louisville 112, Morehead (Ky) 94 Kansas 65, Oklahoma A&M 6S Notre Dame 83, Butler 69 bklahoma City 58, Tulsa 50 . Kansas State 67, College of Pacific 36 Marquette 74, Univ of Paris (France). 43 Washburn, 77, St. Benedicts (Kan) 68 ' . . Kirksville (Mo) 100, Quincy 84 College of Fmporia 67, Bethany (Kan) 38 Southern Methodist 87, Rice 6 Texas Christian 73, Texas 67 Texas A&M 90, Baylor 70 Philander Smith (Ark) 74,. Tugaloo (Miss) 64 Utah 71, Montana 56 Bullets and Buckshot ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (* — Everett (Skeeter) Diehl, 14, suffered both bullet and buckshot wounds in the, leg when accidentally struck by a 30-SO rifle fauilet. Diehl was mistaken for a deer by a member of his hunting party. The high powered rifle bullet struckk a .410 shotgun shell in the youth's pocket and exploded it. Ladies Belong at Horn* INSPIRATION, Arii. (*) — Harry C Fansler and Stanley Dornik will go hunting again next year — alone. Tliey took their wives this year and .the ladies each bagged a deer. But Fansler and Doraik came home empty handed. YOUR FEET s II day long STAY WARM Conplete.insulation make* thsse the warmest hunting boot* you've ever worn. Your feet itay warm and dry, _ even on th« coldeit d«yi. Fs* Worke, on the «»me principle s« /» the thermal bottle. It Imp* your bet warmer in the winter, cooler in the eumnw. Oil- treated upp»ri and iturdy itorm welting giv. added protection afatnrt the wether. f M-CM 16 95 Imole ciahlonsl from heel to t«. Sort, !TM IMJB eupple cowhide leather uppen... full grain IKSUIAIIO KIOTt iHther lining. FUxible, non-ikid cushion crepe outeole. Rubber pent-l«c (rippen. STAR BRAND fa$l^jgffiS%l$!^*if^^-$IS^mmmKmszE£-^umm i, «™^—••—•• ^p^r^^^^ by handlers. He's even allowed to nio—as he does'here to workout boy Bill Md.leary. Arkansas State Batters Ole Miss, Avenges Loss By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS If Arkansas State College's Indians wish to lay claim to the distinction of being Arkan- sas'top basketball team, who's around to dispute them? ....._„„,, .. Last night the Indians soundly trounced the University of Mississippi 78-71 to register their seventh victory in eight games; run their winning streak to five straight, and avenge their only defeat this season. Mississippi whipped Arkansas from outside the foul circle to appears capable of providing any iu*o.>uaif*'» i-i- . cinfa't nir-tni-!, cnrt nf pnmnptition.for the Indians. State 95-79 in a previous meeting; but the Rebels couldn't repeat the performance as little Bill Gatlin sparked a deadly accurate State attack. The University of Arkansas generally it assumed to be the state's No. 1 cage powir, and usually is, and Arkansas Tech is the perennial champion of the smaller schools. But this season, the Ba- zorbacks have only one victory in nine games, and Tech is floundering along with a 4-4 mark. Second Major Win On the other hand, State's boisterous Indlani have been no respecter of person! in their climb to prominence. Last night's triumph was their second of the season over a so-called "major" power. The Indians also whipped Mississippi State. Their other victims have been Austin Peay, A°r- kansas College, Mississippi Southern, Ottawa University of Kansas, and Southwestern of Memphis. Gatlin, a swift guard who stands only 9 feet 8, penetrated Mississippi's defense with Jump shots Senators Invite Ent>~r. to Camp NORFOLK, Va. IJf — Dick iirn- st's name pops up in every conversation about prospective big league baseball players here. The former Ohio State star,' who led the Big Ten in batting with a .342 average batted .350 for the Navy Bluejackets. This dstiplte the fact the Cincinnati boy played almost every position on the diamond. The Washington Senator* have invited the ' 17~5-pound, 23-year-old ensign to spring practice. He is primarily a catcher. score 25' points in State's victory last night. Center Prank Proctor got 14. Arkansas State grabbed the lead in the opening minutes, and held it until Mississippi rallied to go ahead in the first five minutes of the second half. Midway of the final period, State again regained the lead, and slowly added to their margin throughout the rest of the game. Lindsey Prevents Rout Wade Lindsey sank 15 points to lead the Rebels, who prevented the game from turning into a rout only by sinking 31 of 35 free throws. State's brilliant performances are sure to breed unrest in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. The AIC's top three teams and State meet annually to decide who will represent Arkansas in the big NAIB tournament at Kansas City. At the rate the Indians are traveling, they'll be favored to gain that honor this year. Among the AIC members, only Southern State, with a 4-1 record, sort of competition.for the Indians. In another game last night, Arkansas College scored its fourth victory in six starts by thumping Little Rock Junior College 80-64 on a 27-point performance by guard Bobby Smith. The Highlanderi have lost only to State and Drury of Missouri. Little Rock JC led 33-32 »t th« half but Smith scored 18 of hi» points in the second period to lead Arkansas College from behind. Tommy Worrell tallied 20 polntt to spark Junior College scorers. Slugger Roy Sievers Slick Fielder, Too COLUMBUS, Ohio W)—Manager Charley Dressen of .the Senator* says he turned down Montreal slugger Rocky Nelson 'in the annual draft because he believes Roy Sle- vers will be Washington's regular first baseman in 1956. "Sievers is * better fielder than Mickey Vernon," says Dreseen. Vernon has been txad- ed to Boston, HAMBURGERS For your protection, our Hamburger Patties ar« prepared and deliTered frozen by a nationally known government inspected meat packing plant. A warm well-seasoned bun enhances the wholesome deliciousness of this pure hamburger. Walnut & Division • • •»..%•%*•• |k.| *•- ut\ive-)N nnouncma d BLYTHEYILLE MUSIC CO. 107 W. Main Across from Roxy Theatre Baldwin Pianos and Organs Exclusive For This Area On Display A Complete Lint With All Stylet and Finishes Attend Our GRAND OPENING Friday & Saturday January 6 it 7 FREE ROSES For the Ladici We have several used Pianos and Spinet Organs WE DO CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

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