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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIER N'BffS »£ eorae a Courier News Sports Editor Blytheville Unit Alters Opinion Of High School Booster Clubs Several years ago this department went on record as being opposed to athletic booster clubs on a high school level. So, before we start this bit of journalistic jabbering, let us say that we still feel that way even though our way of thinking has been altered a trifle. A couple of nights ago we dropped in on a meeting of-a group that is known as the Chickasaw Boosters, an organization of local well wishers who are beating the drums for Blytheville's. athletic teams. And, as we say, before we left the meeting, our opinion of booster clubs was altered a little. We attended the meeting mainly out of curiosity, and before leaving we found ourselves thoroughly enjoying the bull session. Our opposition to high school booster clubs stems from two things: (1) in most cases such groups eventually wiggle their way into an iron-clad hold on the schools* athletic programs and (2} All too often some "booster" thinks that the cost of the membership card entitles him to a half interest in the team, the school and members of the coaching staff and thereby he has the right to tell all concerned what to do and where to go. Plenty of Proof If we had the space, we could cite any number of cases to prove our points. There are such groups in practically every section of our fair state. In one not too distant city the booster club handles the sale of all tickets, the printing of programs, complete financing of the athletic program, and haS been known to "assist" the coach in working up his schedule. One game, they say, does not make a season. Well, neither does one meeting constitute an organization's year-round policy. But, after sitting through Tuesday night's confab, we firmly believe this group of "booster" are sincere when they say their sole interest is trying to create a little more interest in Blytheville High School's athletic program and goodwill and a better understanding between Blytheville and the teams.they play. Constructed Track The Chickasaw Booster Club was organized last year and in its first year it did- many useful things. Among these were greeting members and fans of visiting teams, organizing parties to attend out of town games, and stressing to members of the local team that the city of Blytheville is 100 per cent behind them. Their one big project last year was the construction of a quarter-mile track on the campus which the school itself was not financially able to do alone: At Tuesday night's meeting the Chick boosters made it clear that the administration and functioning of the athletic program was the school's responsibility and that their organization intends to steer clear of that responsibility. Odds 'n' Ends The University of Texas faces probably the toughest schedule in its footbairhistory this year. The Steers' rugged schedule includes Louisiana State, Notre Dame, Washington State, and Oklahoma on successive weekends. . . . The Duke University record lists a 96-0 victory over Furman in 1891. That season a touchdown was worth four points instead .of six. . . . Golfers take note—Holes in one are nothing to Bill Pochatko. He won the 1954 municipal golf title at Greensburg, Pa., with an ace on the 117-yard No. 7 hole. A few days later he was demonstrating to some friends how he did it and sank another one. . . . Fourteen ex-Razorbacks are now playing football in the play-for-pay ranks. They are: John Hoffman, Fred Williams, Tom Garlington and Leon (Muscles) Campbell, Chicago Bears; Lamar McHan and Pat Summerall, Chicago Cardinals; Lewis Carpenter, Detroit Lions; Bob Griffin, Los Angeles Rams; Dave Hanner, Chick Forte and Buddy Brown. Green Bay Packers; and Floyd Sagely, San Francisco 49'ers. Osceola Juniors Top Trumann for 2nd Win OSCEOLA — Scoring touchdowns in every quarter, Osceola's junior Seminoles hung up their second win of the season here last night with a 25-6 victory over Trumann. The junior Seminoles got their scoring started by recovering a Trumann fumble in the end zone. Lloyd Moore and Mark Chitwood got credit for the touchdown as both fell on the loose ball. In the second quarter the junior Seminoles scored again when Ed Weldon tossed a pass to J. W. Reese, who went into the end zone unmolested. The play carried for 25 yards. Fullback S. E. Stovall racked up Osceola's third touchdown in the third quarter when he broke loose at the 30 yard line and went all the way. And Jerry Hill got the fourth marker in the final period when he intercepted a Trumann pass and returned it 65 yards to pay dirt. Osceola's only extra point came after this touchdown on a handoff play to Lloyd Moore. Trumann got its lone marker in the fourth quarter. Giants Stretch Lead to 4'/2 Games with Double Victory Gleeful Durocher Soys Club* Greater than 1951 Winners By JOE REICHLEE Associated Press Sports Writer Beaming with pride over his pennant-bound New York Giants, Leo Durocher today called his 1954 league leaders a greater club than his 1951 miracle team that came from way behind to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers with the never- to-be forgotten finish. The voluble little manager, gushing with good will and in a bless- 'em-all attitude, lauded his Giants as the "gamest team that ever walked out on a field" following what probably was their happiest day of the season. Combining brilliant pitching, a tight defense and timely hitting, the Giants twice whipped the Milwaukee Braves by 6-2 scores yesterday to sweep the three-game series and stretch their first-place lead over Brooklyn to 4V 2 games. A 9-3 defeat inflicted by Cincinnati upon the Dodgers helped the Giants pick up a game and a half in one afternoon. "Did you ever see such a club as this one?" boomed Leo in a voice loud enough to drown out the clubhouse din. "This is the gamest club I ever managed. And one of the best. Certainly better than- the '51 Giants. It has more pitching, a deeper bench and an improved Willie Mays. "Maybe my 1941 Dodgers were better. But I'm not even sure of that. Anyway, these guys of mine are great. Simply great. All of them." Had Reason to Be Proud Durocher had good reason to be proud of his team. Once again when the chips were down they came through like champions. The more precarious their position, the harder they have played. Four times during the last four weeks, the Giants' lead shrunk to three or fewer games and each time they have come through with resounding victories. As a result of yesterday's activities, the Giants can count their pennant chances on the fingers of one hand. The magic number is now three. Any combination of five iant victories and-or Dodger defeats would clinch the flag for New York. The game but hard-luck Braves, now 7y 2 games off the pace, are virtually eliminated. The combination there is three. In justice to the Braves, they played the entire series without the services of slugging Joe Adcock, their injured first baseman. In addition, Eddie Mathews was handicapped by a lame left leg, Bobby Thomson missed yesterday's twin bill because of his ailing ankle and Henry Aaron was out with a busted leg. Only one other major league game was played. In that one, the New York Yankees prolongd their agony, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-2 to keep their faint pennant hopes barely alive. They still trail the pace-setting Cleveland Indians by eight games with only nine to go. Cleveland also has nine games left. Despite the Giants' big bulge, Durocher refused to make any brash pennant statements. "We play one game at a time," he said. "We've got to win again today." (The Giants play Philadelphia tonight.) Ruben Gomez and Monte' Irvin were the first-game heroes. Gomez, the Puerto Rican right- hander, turned in an eight-hitter for his 16th triumph and fourth in a row. Monte Irvin drove in four runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly as the Giants knocked out Warren Spahn for the first time this season. He has started six times against them. Grissom and Wilhelm combined to hold the Braves to seven hits in the nightcap. Grissom, making his first start since May 1, ga\ T e up all the hits before he was 1 removed after Mathews' 37th homer had tied the score at 2-2 with one out in the sixth inning. Joe Nuxhall, the only lefthander to" beat Brooklyn at Ebbets' Field, did it again with a rout-going 10- hitter. The Reds walloped five Brooklyn hurlers for 13 hits including home runs by Wally Post, Bobby Adams and Ted Kluszewski. It was Kluszewski's 49th. Only three National Leaguers — Hack Wilson (56), Ralph Kiner (54) and Johnny Miae (51) have hit more in a season. loPlayHayli Teems Clash Tonight At Hayti; Tigers After Second Win By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVTLLE—-With a four game winning streak behind them, the Caruthersville High School Tigers, will be trying to make it their fifth win tonight when they meet the Hayti Indians at the Hayti High School football field at 7:33." The game will be the first of the season for Hayti. Last year the Indians won over Caruthersville 25-0. That was when Tigers Head Coach John McGuire was the Hayti football coach. Now Bill Landers is the Indians' coach and he's assisted by Daulton Rogers. Harry Darr is the Caruthersville assistant coach. Here are the probable starting lineups: Caruthersville: Hill, LE; Willis, LT; Pound or McCoy, LG; Richards, Davis, C; Taylor, RG; Grigory, RT; McClanahan, or Lay, RE; Bartholomew, QB; Leslie or Hughes, LH; Cook, RH; and McGill, FB. Hayti: Sides, LE; Davidson, LT; White, LG: Brooks or Noggles, C; Coleman, RG; Counce, RT; McClanahan, RE; Richards. QB; Shirley, LH; Tanner or Wilson, RH: and Patterson, FB. The San Jose State (Calif.) basketball squad has lost only one letterman. Last season the Spartans lost six of their first eight men to armed services and injuries. Baseball Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 92 53 .634 Brooklyn 88 58 .603 4V 2 Milwaukee 84 60 .583 7y 2 Cincinnati 70 76 .479 22 }/ 2 Philadelphia ... 68 76 .472 23 V 2 St. Louis 67 77 .465 24 V* Chicago 60 86 .411 32«> Pittsburgh 51 94 .352 41 Today's Games Philadelphia at New York (N) Brooklyn at Pittsburgh (N) Milwauk at St. Louis • (N) Only games schduled Thursday's Results New York 6-6, Milwaukee 2-2 Cincinnati 9, Brooklyn 3 Only games schduled In Spite of Inexperience— Strong at Center By RAY STEPHENS FAYETTEV3LLE, Ark. (AP) — Coach Bowden Wyattt believes his Arkansas Razorbacks are stronger this season at center despite the fact that the only three players *t the position never have seen a minute's action in tin Southwest Conference. AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Per. 105 40 .724 GB 97 48 91 55 .623 64 81 .441 63 81 .438 61 83 .424 50 96 .342 49 96 .338 .669 8 Cleveland ,. New York . Chicago ... Detroit Boston — Washington Baltimore . Philadelphia Today's Gams Clevland at Detroit (N") New York at Philadelphia Baltimore at Chicago (N) Boston at Washington (N) Thursday's Results New York 4, Detroit 2 Onlv game scheduled 41 V-> 43 £ 55 H> 56 Minor League Playoffs Texas League Finals best-of-7 Houston 3, Fort Worth 2 (17 innings — Houston leads 2-1) Southern Association. Finals best-of-7 'Atlanta 5, New Orleans 4 (12 innings — Series tied 1-1) . Western League Semi-Finals best-of-5 Pueblo 9, Denver 3 (Denver Des Homes 2, Omaha 1 (Des Moines leads 2-1) "These three boys are better than anything we had last year at center, both offensively and defensively," said the coach. Three let-termen centers en last year's squad have departed. Jim Caughton dropped out of school to enter military service. Charlie Ramsey and Jim Foreman graduated. Not even a squad man center from the 1953 varsity returned this year and thus Wyatt was forced to staff the job entirely with sophomores. The leading candidates for the first string berth is Jerry Ford, a 20-year-old product of Lake Village. Ford stands five-feet. 10- inches and weighs 180. enrolled at the University at mid term last year and has benefited from two spring practice sessions plus a season on the freshman team. This experience, short thought it is. won for Ford the starting call at center over Harold Steelman, a transfer from Little Rock Junior College. ' i- Played T Steelman, who outweighs Ford by 10 pounds, is playing his first season of single wing footbaJL Both the juniior college and Pine Bluff High School, where Steelmaa won ail Big Seven honors, used tha T formation. "Steelman has made the difficult adjustment to single wing football in fine style," Wyatt said. "He's going to make us a real football player one of these days." The third man at center is Oren Culpepper- an 18-year-old, ISO-' | pounder from Malvem. Culpep- jper's forte is defense, especially | against passes. He leads the squad | in pass interceptions so far this (fall, but his offensive ability is far short of both Ford and Steelman. . Steelman's arrival on the campus was a stroke of good fortune for the Porkers who already .have lost three sophomores at center. Jimmy Brooks, an all-stater at Springdale, and Jim Heil of Alton, Hi., have dropped off the squad. Keld Lost However, the biggest loss was that of another Pine Bluff boy, Bill Reid. Reid is being- treated at a hospital for a shoulder injury which probably wfll prevent him from playing this season. Football Scores County Osceola Juniors 25, Trumann 6 State Catholic High 20, Bald Knob 12 Blevins 31, Murfreesboro 12 Helena Central B 7, Elaine 6 Watson Chapel 39, Pine Bluff B 0 College Morris Harvey 41 Salem (W Va) 6 Parsons 14. Culver Stockton 6 Western Illinois 38, Loras 6 Dana 8, Midland (Neb) 6 DO YOU KNOW —What is the first name of MrjeRose, owner of ROSE SALES CO., 497 S. 21st Street? „.. Who else is employed there? 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