The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 17, 1956 · Page 8
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SJK • PAGE EIGHT BLTTHEVILL1! (AB&) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, JANUARY 17,195<- : Chickasaws Invade Leachville Tonight Could Be Repeat Of Fierce Game Played Earlier It could easily be the best game of the year when the Blytheville High Chickasaws invade Leachville tonight. The Lions dropped a decision to the Chicks early in the season, 18-49. It was the first loss for the Leachville quintet,and they've only lost one since (to Jonesboro). At last count, the Lions have won 18 ball games. In the earlier Dec. 6 meeting of the two clubs, Blytheville had fattened up on a 38-17 halftime margin. But stamped what had ill over it "romp" suddenly 'turned into a vicious battle as the Chicks had to hang on coming down the home stretch. '! In that contest the flashy Buddy Thweatt was not in the starting lineup He'd been 'ill and wasn't up to par. His entrance into the game came as a desperation move. He entered and tabulated 12 points. The Lions have a good, tough - center, also, in Norm Ward. He could easily rip the game wide v dpen. Teams Are Hot probably look like this: Leachville — B. D. Carter an Atkeison, forwards, Ward, center Thweatt and Thomas, guards. Blytheville — Abbott and Dan iels, forwards, Hodges, center Jones and Akers, guards. Coach Jimmy Fisher ran hi Chicks through a tough sion yesterday in an etiort to shafe the usual Monday afternoon blues Chick substitute Holt was miss ing from the drill. He has a bad cold. Danny Joe Bratcher, a prom ising- youngster, was filling in He'll make the trip with the squad if Holt is unable to play. The Chickasaws will be chasing their eighth win. They've los three. Game time is eight o'clock. Juniors Play In the first game, the Junior High Papooses, coached by John Koldus, wrestle the junior Lions. In an earlier game this year the Lions pasted a lop-sided loss on the Paps. There were 35 points ,oi Both teams are portant wins. Thursday night on the horn floor, Leachville shamed Gree Forrest 45-39. Green Forrest hac B't lost a game in 25 starts unt they bumped up against the fi rooious Lions. Green Forrest is traditional District 1 powerhouse. . Leachville hit 40 per cent of the: field goal attempts in that fray Norm Ward was good for 18 poinl while B. D. Carter and Thwea" • kicked in with 12 and .11 each. , . And Blytheville, after laborin thirstily for almost a month in th big, Big Eight desert, finally hi : E gusher as; they walloped a lank Hot Springs outfit in two straigh games, last Thursday and Friday Center Fred Hodges played his best game of the year in that Pn day victory. He's always good fo * certain amount of points hut h played a particularly wide-awato defensive game also. His output of 25 points was hi, best of the year. Previously he'i had two 24-nIght splurges. A*nd he broke up what was prom Ising to be a tight Warn battle fo high-scoring honors. The two Big Eight contests pushed his total tc 155 for the year to 10,games.. O 32 points above his closest com petitor Freddy Akers. Akers has slipped by Bobb; Jones. The score between the, tw< line guards is 133-130. The two forwards Charles Abbot and Billy Daniels have netted 89 and 74 respectively. Lineups The two starting lineups wil w fresh from im- da y li S nt between the two "clubs "at I the game's close. The Paps won their last two battles, knocking off Poplar Bluff Monday of the past week and previously undefeated Osceola on Friday night. The Blytheville Paps have greatly improved since their December play. Team spirit, n result of their last two victories, coupled- with the return of Billy Harvison to the Otto Quits Positively, Absolutely 'ROCHESTER, N. Y. UB — Otto Graham is so sure his retiremenl will stick that he's willing to bei on it. Asked last night if he was se- roius about his retiring, the great passing quarterback of the Cleveland Browns said, "positively, ab solutely." Graham, who led the Browns to another National Football League .championship in 1955, was here last night to receive the S. Rae Hlckok $10,000 trophy as "Professional Athlete of the Year." After a spectacular passing performance in Lps Angeles which beat the Los Angeles Rams for the league title Dec. 26, Graham announced for the second time he was through with football. He came out of retirement to lead the Browns to the title. "You'll be back," chided Joe Collns, New York Yankee firs baseman, at the dinner. "They al do." "No, I won't," saia Graham "I've had it." "Wanna bet?" Collins said. "Sure, positively," said Graham Graham became the sixth win ner of the award. Previous win ners included Phil Rizzuto and Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees, heavyweight champion Socky Marciano, ex-goLf champion Ben Hogan and Willie Mays of the New York Giants. lineup, gives Coach Koldus good reason for optimism. Big Billy's family, after a brief stay in St. Louis, has moved back to Blytheville. First game will start .at seven o'clock. Armorel Juniors Still Undefeated, Trim Missco ARMOREL — Armorel walloped Missco here last night in the boys' game, 55-43, in a Junior doubleheader. The girls won 33-25. Meade was the musical point- maker for Armorel with 12 while Sisco of Missco coughed up with 13. Armorel led 27-16 at the. half. In the girls' contest, Coates, 15, and McDaniel, 13, paced Armorel. Missco's Miller troubled her defenders with 14 points. Luxora's senior boys and girls come to town tonight for a pair. The classy undefeated junior boys and girls drive to Gosnell Thursday. BOYS GAME Armorel James, 17 Patterson, 8 Williams, 9 Meade, 12 Ashmore, 6 Pos. F 'P C G G Missco Cox, 3 Bryian, 4 Sisco, 13 Lundsford, 5 Wethers, 3 Subs: Armorel—Green, Curtis, D. Sanders, 1. C. Sanders, Wilson, Kirk, 2, Turpin, WeHb, Scribner, Cassidy. Missco--Peyton, 4, Adams, Girdley, Davis, 4, Sisco. Hogs Taking Over in SWC By .THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Arkansas Razorbacks stand alone at the top of the Southwest Conference basketball standings today, with only Southern Methodist in position to challenge them. Illinois, Winning Road Team, Pocketing Title By ED WILKS The Associated Press If you can win on the road in the Big Ten conference, you've practically got the basketball championship in the bag. And Illinois, with a 2-0 tour just completed is starting to cram the pennant into its satchel. Last night, the Porkers whippei Texas A&M 98-66 with almos ridiculous ease to register thei 'ourth straight victory over a con "erence foe without a loss in league play. The decision broke a tie for the ead in the '• conference scramble moving Arkansas ahead of South ern Methodist by virtue of an ex- triumph. The idle Mustangs also undefeated in the league, have won only three games. In the only other conference game last night, Rice thumped Texas 83-58 to rebound from three successive defeats, two by SMTJ and one by the Razorbacks. Arkansas' victory was its fifth n the last six games, and ran the «am's season record to 5-8. The 3 orkers opened the season by 7 los ng ,seven games in a row—their ongest losing.streak since basket- iall became a varsity sport at Arkansas 34 years ago. The Razorbacks .of today, how' iver, bear little resemblence to the •ictims of the unprecedented string of defeats. Team personnel hasn't :hangd, but the style of play by each individual member has. From a team .which couldn' lorrow a basket, the Razorbacks lave developed into a club of ac curate shooters who can hit from anywhere, seemingly at will. Last night, the Porkers scored on 4 per, cent of their field goa! ttempts and 77 per cent of their ree throws to beat the Aggies with verything but a club. Arkansas also dominated defensive play, grabbing 59 or A&M. rebounds to only 41 Pete Butler, the 6-4 junior center 'ho has become a scoring threat n the past four days, tallied 23 joints , and captured 12 rebounds n a brilliant performance. It was -he second successive game with chich Butler has scored 20 or more oints—a feat he hadn't been able o accomplish earlier in the season, it contrast to his work .against ice last Friday night, when he got 5 points on free throws, Butler mde .14 of his total from the field ast night. Most of them came on ook shots from the post position. However, Arkansas' victory gam resulted from the ability of ts starters to net their field shots, itanuel Whitley, the team's .top scorer and rebounder, appeared to have shaken off the. effects of: a back injury which has hampered him recently. He scored 18 points, as did junior Terry Day. Jerald Barnett continued his steady double-figure pace with 16. Arkansas' tight zone defense, which it has used to good advantage in its amazing rice to prominence, stopped A&M cold; Only Bill Brophy, who fouled out .with seven minutes still remaining to be played, and Ken Hutto consistently found leaks in the system Brophy got 18 points, and Hutto counted 16. After a tight duel in the opening minutes, Texas A&M never seriously mounted a threat.. The Ag- gies opened with a. 2-0 lead, and the margin swiftly swapped hands three times before Whitley sank a jump shot to.put the Razorbacks ahead 10-9. With Butler, Day and Whitley. scoring from all angles, Arkansas then rolled up 12 points before A&M could score again,;. At the-half, the Razorbacks led by 21 points. Shortly after intermission, A&M cut the 'edge to 17, but that was as close at it ever got Arkansas' league lead isn't. in danger for awhile. SMTJ doesn't play this week, and the Razorbacks don't have another conference game until they meet Texas Christian at Fort Worth Feb. 1. The Porkers will shoot for their first non-conference victory in a battle with the University of Mississippi on Jan. 28 at Memphis. The Rice Owls, who didn't lose a pre-season game, until SMTJ defeated them- for _the holiday conference The mini, ranked No. 8 In today's Associated Press . poll, pranced away out. front (4-0) in the conference race with an easy 92-76 decision at Purdue last night. It victory at Indiana Saturday. An eight-minute surge, In which they outscored the Boilermakers by a 2-to-l clip, wrapped it up for the mini in the second half. George BonSalle, Illinois' 6-8 center, hit for 21 points, but Purdue's Joe Sexson was high with 22. Elsewhere, Vanderbilt, rated No. 5, whipped Mississippi State'69-49 .to take the Southeastern Conference lead, and North Carolina, with a No. 9, rating, • toppled Maryland 64-55 to grab the Atlantic Coast conference top spot. Illinois has a clear lead over idle Ohio State and Iowa, both 2-1, after Wisconsin's 69-58 upset of Mic/u- gan. The Badgers used just five men to break a seven-game losing streak. Michigan had been tied with Purdue for second place. Indiana stayed in-the Big Ten race with a 79-70 decision over cold-shooting Michigan State. .Julius McCoy was high with 34 points for the Spartans. - . . yandy breezed against Mississippi j3tate^_with_J3aie_jr33!lar_s£Qring. 22 while Joe. Gibbs .hit 19, and snared 21 rebounds,, Georgia Tech, meanwhile, defeated Mississippi's usually high-scoring Rebels 79-58 and Tennessee topped Louisiana State 91-82 as ,Herm Thompson scored 23. LStf's Rog Sigler, the SEC's leading scorer, had 21. North Carolina,, behind Len Rosenbluth's 22 points, led prac- Bob Pel-tit Moves Up NBA Ladder NEW YORK W — Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks moved back on top in the individual scoring race as the National Basketball Assn. reached the halfway mark this week, replacing Clyde Lovellette of the Minneapolis Lakers, who almost tumbled to third. , Pettit, who also leads the NBA on a game-average basis with a 23.2 mark, scored 101 points in five games last week to raise his season total to 812. tically all the way and hit 30 of 34 free throw attempts while beat- irig Maryland. S! Green poured In 44 points to whip Bawling Green 76-54. . . - , Kansas took over second place in the Big Seven, defeating Iowa Satte 68-63 as Maurice King scored 20 points, 14 !n a tight second half. Arkansas gained the Southwest Conference lead from idle Southern Methodist, whipping Texas A&M 98-66. choice in gas and oil... Want the best possible perfonriahce from your car ? Get it with Esso Extra Gasoline for '56. 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