The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 18, 1956 · Page 8
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KLTTHBVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW* WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1956 •»•««« m-rrirriM ' ouiifiaiujufi \ARTk.) lAju-ninn n&n» FACE EIuMl t — ... ' • ""— Final Bucket by Akers Nips Leachville Lions Lose Heartbreaker, 57-56, for Third Loss It didn't turn out to be the best game of the year as some thought it might. But you'll have to die through many yellowed newspapers and record books to find a more thrilling game tran LeSffie and B ytheville displayed last night in Leachvi He's slick field house. g Blvthevme won the game, 57-56, on a cool, last-split-second field goal by Freddy Akers. It was the only cool thing in the house at the time. Freddy's 22 points were high for the night. the Chicks a bit closer. Score mov- from there the Chicks built up * Blytheville's Chiokasaws were running 11 points behind the host Lions with two minutes remaining to the third quarter. It looked like a hopeless case then to everyone except the visiting athletes. And even they, no doubt, had their doubts. No doubt. The Chicks kept pecking away. Akers and Billy Daniels closed that quarter with field goals to bring Jonesboro Senior Boys Top Seeded ,. Get Home Court Advantage Also In 3A Tourney Jonesboro will be the site for the &A senior and junior boys basketball tournaments, it was announced at a •pecial meeting in Jonesboro, as 'they placed a successful $3,554 bid lor the two tournaments which begin the latter part of February. Monette will be the home of the 3B senior boys tournament, Marked Tree is slated for 3A senior girls, Marmaduke for 3B senior girls, Mlssco for 3B junior boys. And Harrisburg will house the junior girls tourney which begins Feb. 6. Jonesboro's senior boys were seed- td first in District 3A, Leachville second, Manila third and Rector fourth. The pairings: Senior A Boys At Jonesboro, Feb. 21-March 3 Rector (Seeded 4th) vs. Greene Co. Tech Paragould vs. Piggott Pocahontas vs. Harrisburg Leachville (seeded 2nd), vs. bye Jonesboro (seeded 1st), vs. bye Jonesboro (seeded 1st) vs. bye West Memphis vs. Trumann Bay vs. Corning Manila (seeded 3rd), vs. Marked Tree Senior B Boys At Monettt, Feb. 21-2S Mississippi '4 vs. Greene 1 Poinsett 1 vs. Crittenden 1 Craighead 3 vs. Crittenden 2 Craighead 2 vs. Craighead 4 Craighead 1 vs. Mississippi 3 Poinsett 2 vs. Biggers-Reyno Clay 1 vs. Grene 2 Mississippi 1 vs. Mississippi 4 Senior A Girls At Marked Tree, Feb. 15-Feb. 18 Greene Co. Tech, No. 2, vs. Corning Manila, No, 4, vs. West Memphis Marked Tree, No. 1 vs. Harrisburg Bay, No. 3 vs. Piggott Senior B Girls At Marmaduke, Feb. 14-15 Crittenden 1 vs. Crittenden 2 Mississippi 4 vs. Mississippi 2 Greene 2 vs. Poinsett 1 Craighead 1 vs. Poinsett 2 Mississippi 1 vs. Mississippi 3 Craighead 2 vs. Biggers-Reyno Craighead 4 vs. Clay 1 Greene 1 vs. Craighead 3 Junior A Boys At Jonesboro, Feb. 15-18 Bay, No. 4, vs. Greene 4 Greene 2 vs. Greene 1 Corning vs. Marked Tree Jonesboro, No. 2, vs. Piggott Leachville, No. 1, vs. West Memphis Greene 3 vs. Harrisburg Trumann vs. Manila Rector, No. 3 vs. Pocahontas Junior B Boys At Mlssco, Feb. 15-18 Greene 1 vs. Craighead 3 Biggers-Reyno vs. Mississippi 2 Mississippi 3 vs. Crittenden 1 Poinsett 1 vs. Crittenden 2 Mississippi 1 vs. Craighead 4 Clay 1 vs. Mississippi 4 Craighefld 2 vs. Greene 2 Craighead 1 vs. Poinsett 2 ing into the final eight minutes was 41-35. Jones and Akers were hot by now. They brought Blytheville up to a tie and Daniels pushed them into the lead once more at 47-45. Jerry Atkeison, Leachvllle's great forward, sank a beauty to knot the count but Abbott blasted back with a two-pointer. Billy Daniels fouled out here after playing a very fine last half. Bratcher and Hodges also were sent to the bench on five personals. The lead in the final lap changed hands six times, was tied twice at 52-52 and 53-53. More play,' excitement, frustration and drama was crammed into the final two minutes than you'll find In two dozen novels. It was certainly more than an enthusiastic fan with a weak heart could bear. .With just' seconds remaining on the clock, the Lions had what looked at the time to be an insurmountable three-point edge, but Akers just wouldn't quit. Another of. his buckets brought them within a single point. It was a wide-open brawl at the finale and the hero's crown was up for grabs. Bobby Jones took a crack 'at it but failed, missing two free flips. His failure to wrap it up,hardly seemed fair (to Blytheville fans, that is) because they were the only free tosses he missed all night, and he'd carried, a large portion of the burden bringing the Chicks up to where they were vrttli his remarkable last half performance. Bobby totalled 13- points. Tommy Slayton took a grab at the crown, too. He came off the bench, cold, and found the ball in his hands ten feet from the net and an open alley in front of him. He let it fly. The ball touched the rim, stayed there a moment, rolled off. And into the hands of Freddy. He handled it calmly. Then pushed it up. The buzzer sounded. The ball went up, down and in, and the story-book finish was written. Akers was immediately lost in an ocean of well-wishers, both fans and players, and. he was carried from the floor on the shoulders of the mob. Even Blythevilie's score keeper Slick Nelson failed to contain himself as he hopped over the press box to join 'the throng. While 'disappointed and heartbroken, the Lions stood numbly by. They'd played a truly great game. Leachville's ace Jerry Atkeison batted in 17 points. Buddy Thweatt and Harold Thomas kicked in with 11 each. Norm Ward only tallied four points but he missed most of the game, resting after a hard fall early In the game. Observers didn't think the absence of his big; frame harmed the Lions too much because Leachville actually played their best bai; when he departed. They had to. But his 'failure to play a full game certainly can't tie overlooked. Abbott opened the game's scoring five seconds after the whistle,with a right-side, close-in shot. Thweatl tipped the Leachville scales flrs f with a free throw. The score was tied at 6-6 anc Manila Wallops Marmaduke MANILA— Manila walloped Mar- madufce here last night 68-50. Manila built up a giant halftime margin 40-12 and coasted into the winner's circle. Shedd .with 30 was the high man for Manila while Marmaduke's Campbell looked Impressive with 21. Manila Pos. McWtlliams, 9 F Hatcher, 3 Shedd, 30 Wagner, 6 Meacham, 14 F C O G Marmaduhe Campbell, 21 Barnhart, 4 Hill, 6 Williams, 12 Bridges Subs: Manila— Veach, 4, Tucker. Rodgers, 2, Davis, Isaacs. Marmaduke — Crouch, 2. ATTENTION TRUCKERS! Quality coal now available for truck loading at STREAMLINE Mine, Percy, Illinois on Illinois Highway No. 150 only 15 miles from Chester, Illinois. Following sizes available from overhead storage bins: 8 x 4" Washed and Oil Treated Stroker 3/1 x 3/8" Washed Commercial Stroker 1—1/2" Washed Commercial Stroker Your Patronage Invited Try a Texaco Service Station First! We Can Supply You with the Finest TEXACO HEATING OIL "Let us power your farm and heat your home" We deliver anywhere in Mississippi County BOB LOGAN "YOUR TEXACO MAN" BlythtTllle Phone 3-3391 Jointr Phone M21 neat little 12-9 first quarter edge. It took Leachville four minutes In the second quarter to come around with their shooting eyes but then they came along sizzling hot and ™|T»« itrttltrM. nfttnt-t tn null away at the half 21-18. The Chicks hit 19 out of 52 field goal attempts and only connected on 19 out of 31 free throw attempts. The Lions hit 28 of *4 charity tosses and made 19 of -30 field attempts. They set a torrid pace in the second .half making good on 10 of 13 field goal tries. In the first game, the Junior High Papooses fell to Leachville 48-17. They were behind at the half 26-8. Watson and Dorris scored three points apiece. Tommy Kennett of the host Juniors was high man In the fray with 15. JUNIOR GAME Blytheville Pot. Lttchville Cherry, 1 F . E. Towell, 12 Watson, 3 T .. C. Towell, C Dorris, 3 C Ward, 6 Smith, 2 G ... Kennett, 15 Rounsavafl, 2 .. G Byrd, 2 Substitutions: Blytheville — Harvison, 2, Logan, 2, Dash, Boyd. Leachville — Bridges, 3, Boy, Ray, McHaney, Wetnberg. SENIOR GAME Blytheville Pen. Leachville Abbott, 9 ... F . B. D. Carter, 10 Bratcher ... F Atkeison, 17 Hodges, 5 ... C Ward, 4 Jones, 13 ... G Thweatt, 11 Akers, 22 ... G Thomas, 11 Substitutions: Blytheville — Daniels. 8, White, Slayton. Leachville — Bailey, 3. Armorel Bows In Basket Twinbill ARMOREL — Armorel's senior girls ran out of players with .two minutes to go last night and had to forfeit their game to Luxora. The score at the time was 60-55 in favor of Luxora. It was the first game of a dou> bleheader which offered plenty of excitement. In the nightcap, Armorel's senior boys, playing without the services of their- ace, Car] Patterson, bowed to Luxora 57-54 In anottier thriller. Patterson was injured in a game at .Savannah, Term., last week. The oddity in the girls' game happened this way: Armorel dressed out but seven players for last night's ball game. They lost two of these via the foul route in the third quarter. They continued the game with four players. To even things, Luxora's coach Her- shelBrewer pulled one of his girls off the court. Then in the fourth quarter, Armorel lost its third girl on fouls and the game was declared a forfeit. Under existing National Federation of High School Rules, a girls' team can continue with but five players but cannot play with only four. In boys' rules, a team may continue with four players but cannot play with only three. Billy Trannum Hits 28 WILSON—Wilson's boys trimmed Dyess here last night 62-58 as Billy Trannum pumped in 28 points. Darnell of Dyess hit 21. In the opener, Dyess girls took Wilson 67-20. Ann Taff of Dyess banged away for 33 points and Wilson's Chandler chipped in with seven. Wilson POJ. Dy«M Peepers, 7 F Darnell, 31 Sugg. 5 F Richard, 20 B. Tranum, 38 C Southern, 4 Cissell, 11 G Barnes Bob T'num, 11 G James, 8 Subs: Wilson — Rodgers. Dyess— McVay, 2, Cash, 3. UK** wmcu MinuiM »„ i*.-Hue HI NOT THE FINAL BUCKET — These aren't the final two points that killed Leachville last night but they sparked the Blytheville High Chlckasaws to an important spurt early in .the fourth quarter. The Chick is Freddy Akers, last night's hero. Blytheville won trie game at Leachville, 57-56. Norm Ward's outstretched arm reflects the Lions' frustrated reach for victory: The game drew the best crowd of the year. Chicago Cards Draft Spiers Tommy Spiers, former great quarterback who guided Osceola High School teams in the late 40's and early 50's, has been drafted in the National Football League by the Chicago Cardinals. An outstanding passer, was an all-state quarterback to junior , high school and was honored three years as an all-stater In senior high schooL Tommy Famous ' names; such as All- He was an Ole Miss freshman before transferring to Arkansas State. He has at least a year of, college eligibility remaining. , ' Spiers was the only Arkansan to be selected last night as the National Professional Football League resumed Its annual draft of collegiate talent. , He was chosen on the 15th round by. the Chicago Cardinals, who sot two choice* In the round by-virtue of a trade with the Washington Rediklra. ' The selection of Splere will give the Cards two Arkansas quarterbacks. Lamar McHan, former Ra-. zorback star, .has been the team's regular signal caller for the .past two seasons: Another ex-Raiorback, end Pat Summerall, also plays with the Cardinals. Last night's drawings started with the ttli round, and continued through the 30th. Another 10 rounds will be held today. , Arkansas halfback Preston Carpenter was drafted by the Cleveland Browns to the first round, and Razorback fullback Henry " Moore was taken to the second round by the New York jOants last-- November". LOS ANGELES Wt—The National Football League draft of 1955 collegians was well on the way to conclusion today to what old line observers say is one of the great- the New York Giants last Novem- years. America guard Jim Brown of UCLA, end Ron Beagle of Navy and tackle Paul Wiggin of Stanford. as well as quarterback Jerry R'eichow of Iowa, fullback TJerry Planutis of Michigan State and the once fabulous J. C. Caroline of Illinois,'were prominent among the draftees. Obscure .Players But the dominate feature of this draft — the 17 rounds completed last night, the 10 to go today and, to a lesser degree, the three rounds held to November—was the move for players almost obscure to the national picture. The champion Cleveland Browns chose Wiggin, and guard Willie Davis to contrast, from Gram- Ming, halfback Len Hellyer from Marshall' College and Chuck Griffith of Southern California, who was dropped from the Trojan squad for breaking training rules. Navy's Beagle and UCLA's Jim Brown went to" the Chicago Car : dtnals, and Green Bay drafted two stars of Oklahoma's national champion Sobners, halfback Bob Burrls and guard Cecil Morris. . The Chicago Bears selected Caroline and disclosed they have already had a talk with Toronto of Canadian football regarding acquisition of the former Ulini flash. The Washington Redskins took Palnutis and halfback Gary Lowe of Michigan State, The Detroit Lions lost no time drafting quarterback Jerry Rel- chow of Iowa, the hero of the Shrine East-West game. . Sam .Salerno, Colorado's outstanding, tackle, was a 'irst round College Giants Clash By ED WILKS The Associated Pre» Some of the giants of major college basketball take shots at each, other tonight in what should be a pair of great scraps while Dayton, No. 2 team in the nation,-tries for its 13th straight success. In the battles between the ranking teams. North Carolina State, No. 3, is at North Carolina, No. 9, to an important Atlantic Coast Conference game and Louisville, No. 10, takes on Memphis State, No. 15. Dayton and seven-foot BUI Uhl are at home t unranked Vlllanovt, no better than 1-6 a< the. present. There was very little activity last night. Holy Cross, No. 12, had the spotlight with an 81-OT decision over Dartmouth's disappointing Indians. The only surprise was the slim 18 points Tom Helnsohn had for the Crusaders, who were paced by Joe Liebler's 24. Elsewhere, William * Mary hit 61 per cent of Its set shoti in.tiw first half and waltzed past Virginia Military 81-73 to a Southern Conference game. In the Yankee Conference, Connecticut moved nearer another title by swamping New Hampshire 83-56 with Ron Russell scoring 22 points. Miami (Ohio) strengthened tt* second-place spot in the Mid- American Conference with a 83-70 victory over Ohio U. Cincinhat smacked Savler (Ohio) 71-66; -Niagara, suffering only five foul calls, coasted to an 84-56 decision over Toronto; and Colgate whacked Hobart 84-62. In. the only upset, Seattle handed Mth-ranked Oklahoma . City its third defeat, 89-84 in overtime, as little Cal Bauer sank two key standing, tackle, was a irsi rouna.iuue vai ^muci son-. «"« —j choice of the Chicago Cardinals. I baskets. They meet again tonight. I've got room for 9 of us" Chevrolet offers 6 sprightly new Station Wagons — all with Body by Fisher— including two new 9-passenger models! Bel Air BcouvlH*— 4 Doori, 9 PoiKflgem These Chevrolet action wagons can knuckle down and work as hard and as long as you like-and they've got the cargo space to prove it. Nearly 9 feet of it with the end gate down. But let's face it, they'd much rather take off for a good iime-and they've got the power and performance to prove that! A zippy, exciting kind of power that Add* fun to safer going! Come in and drive one soon! 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