The News-Item from Shamokin, Pennsylvania on December 2, 1975 · 11
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All-Americans named The Mews-Item, Shamokin, Pa Tues., Dec. 2, 1975 SZ7- 11 NEW YORK (AP) Four repeaters, led by Ohio State's Archie Griffin, the 1974 Heisman Trophy winner, have been named to The Associated Press 1975 college football All-America team along with Oklahoma's Selmon brothers, Leroy and Dewey. The Selmons thus completed a family sweep which began when their older brother Lucious was named to the 1973 All-America team as a middle guard. Leroy is a 256-pound defensive tackle while Dewey is a 257-pound nose guard. In addition to Griffin, major college football's first 5,000-yard rusher, the other repeaters from the 1974 All-America team are center Rik Bonness of Nebraska, defensive end Leroy Cook of Alabama and defensive back Pat Thomas of Texas A&M. The Selmon brothers are joined on the 1975 squad by teammate Jimbo Elrod, a defensive end, giving Oklahoma three men on the front five. ) Joining Griffin in the backf ield are a trio of stars from the Pacific-8 Conference quarterback John Sciarra, who guided UCLA to its first Rose Bowl in 10 years; running back Ricky Bell of Southern California, who led the nation with 1,875 yards, just six short of the NCAA single-season record, and running back Chuck Muncie of the University of California, who broke every school rushing, all-purpose running and scoring mark in leading the Golden Bears to a share of the Pac-8 crown. The tight end is Mike Barber of Louisiana Tech, a member of The AP's Little All-America team a year ago when Tech was a College Division school. The rest of the offensive line consists of wide receiver Larry Seivers of Tennessee, tackles Mark Koncar of Colorado and Bob Simmons of Texas and guards Randy Johnson of Georgia and Ted Smith of Ohio State. Joining the Selmons, Elrod and Cook on the defensive front five is 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle Steve Niehaus of Notre Dame. His selection marks the 12th consecutive year a Notre Dame player has been named to the first team. The linebackers are Greg Buttle of Penn State, Sammy Green of Florida and Ed Simonini of Texas A&M. The defensive backs in addition to Thomas are Mike Haynes of Arizona State and Chet Moeller of Navy. Bell, who was virtually Southern Cal's entire offense this season after moving from fullback to tailback, carried 357 times in piling up his 1,875 yards and rushed for 13 touchdowns. His season average of 170.5 yards a game is the fourth best in NCAA history. , . ,..., Muncie' s total of 1,460 yards on the ground ranks fourth in the country this year and is the third best in Pac-8 history, surpassed only by Bell and Southern Cal's O.J. Simpson, who gained 1,709 yards in 1968. Muncie also caught 39 passes for 392 yards and threw three passes, completing all of them for 50, 46 and 46 yards. The 46yarders went for touchdowns. Griffin, who is favored to become the first two-time Heisman winner today, carried 245 times for 1,357 yards. By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) Here is The Associated Press 1975 All-American football team: First Team Offense Tight end Mike Barber, Louisiana Tech, 6-3, 231, Senior, White Oak, Tex. Wide Receiver Larry Seivers, Tennessee, 6-4, 198, Junior, Clinton, Tex. Tackles Mark Koncar, Colorado, 6-5, 273, Senior, Murray, Utah; Bob Simmons, Texas, 65, 258, Senior, Temple, Tex. Guards Randy Johnson, Georgia, 6-2, 250, Senior, Rome, Ga. ; Ted Smith, Ohio State, 6-1, 242, Senior, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Center Rik Bonness, Nebraska, 6-4, 223, Senior, Bellevue, Neb. Quarterback John Sciarra, UCLA, 5-10, 178, Senior, Alhambra, Calif. Running backs Ricky Bell, Southern California, 6-2, 215, Junior, Los Angeles, Calif.; Archie Griffin, Ohio State, 5-9, 182, Senior, Columbus, Ohio; Chuck Muncie, California, 6-3, 230, Senior, Union-town, Pa. Defense Ends Leroy Cook, Alabama, 6-3, 209, Senior, Abbeville, Ala.; Jimbo Elrod, Oklahoma, 6-0, 210, Senior, Tulsa, Okla. Tackles Steve Niehaus, Notre Dame, 6-5, 270, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio; Leroy Selmon, 6-2, 256, Senior, Eufaula, Okla. Middle guard Dewey Selmon, Oklahoma, 6-1, 257, Senior, Eufaula, Okla. Linebackers Greg Buttle, Penn State, 6-2 Vz, 220, Senior, Lin wood, N.J.; Sammy Green, Florida, 6-2, 228, Senior, Fort Meade, Fla.; Ed Simonini, Texas A&M, 6-0, 220, Senior, Las Vegas, Nev. Backs Mike Haynes, Arizona State, 6-3, 195, Senior, Los Angeles, Calif. ; Chet Moeller, Navy, 6-0, 189, Senior, Kettering, Ohio; Pat Thomas, Texas A&M, 5-9, 180, Shamokin cage game cancelled SHAMOKIN Shamokin Area's basketball game with North Schuylkill has been cancelled. The contest was originally scheduled to be played tonight. Senior, Piano, Tex. Second Team Offense Tight end Barry Burton, Van-derbilt. Wide Receiver Steve Largent, Tulsa. Tackles Brad Oates, Brigham Young; Marvin Powell, Southern California. Guards Randy Cross, UCLA; Tom Rafferty, Penn State. Center James Files, McNeese State. Quarterback Jeff Grantz, South Carolina. . Running backs Tony Dorsett, Pitt; Jimmy DuBose, Florida; Joe Washington, Oklahoma. Defense Ends Jimmy Lisko, Arkansas State; Bob Martin, Nebraska. Tackles Mike Dawson, Arizona; Edgar Fields, Texas A&M. Middle guard Tim Davis, Michigan. Linebackers Brian Ruff, The Citadel; Garth Ten Napel, Texas A&M; Reggie Williams, Dartmouth. Backs Jim Bolding, East Carolina; Lester Hayes, Texas A&M; Shafer Suggs, Ball State. Third Team Offense Tight end Ken MacAfee, Notre Dame. Wide Receiver Steve Rivera, California. Tackles Dan Jiggetts, Harvard; Rod Walters, Iowa, v Guards Carl Dean, New Mexico State; Ken Jones, Arkansas State. Center Leo Tierney, Georgia Tech. Quarterback Gene Swick, Toledo. Running backs Gordon Bell, Michigan; Earl Campbell, Texas; Louie Giammona, Utah State. Defense Ends Randy Cozens, Pitt; Nate Toran, Rutgers. Tackles Bob Baumhower, Alabama; Nick Buonamici, Ohio State. Middle guard Tom Higgins, North Carolina State. Linebackers Ray Preston, Syracuse; Gary Spani, Kansas State; Donnie Thomas, Indiana. Backs Bill Armstrong, Wake Forest; Tim Fox, Ohio State; Kurt Knoff, Kansas. 5! t -$sm i f ' , l mam mm i ; xspm ftssr m .mm mmmwmr Dunmore senior gridders Seventeen seniors strengthen Mike Loretti, Bill Butler and Meade, and third row left, the title hopes of Dunmore' s Ricky Ciaglla; second row Jack Hemes, head coach; football team. They are, first left, Bob Mesko, Vic Fangio, Vince Martino, Tim Ruddy, row from left, Pat Cioffari, Joe Marrazzo, Mike San- Joe Tabone, Ed Gavin and Mike Gordon, Lou Scaringi, done, Bob Judge and Cory A.J. Sabatelle. Division title first for Shamokin Area-IT SHAMOKIN Good things come to him who waits, it is sometimes said, and in the case of Shamokin Area High School, the wait for the Southern Division title was well worth it. Even before Shamokin Area High School was formed from Shamokin and Coal Township High Schools, Shamokin had never won the title, though it came close in 1957, losing to Cass Township in a special playoff by the unusual score of 2-0. Coal Township on the other hand won four division titles prior to being merged with Shamokin. In 1950 Coal Township won on a 10-0-1 record, going on to win the Eastern Conference title. Victory came again in 1955, when the Purple Demons took a 10-1 record into the Eastern Conference championship game and defeated West Scranton High School, 63-6. In 1961 Coal Township was 10-2 but lost to Old Forge in the title game 13-6. In 1964, the final year before the jointure, Coal Township took a perfect 11-0 record into the title game with Blakely but lost the contest 27-7. Fans might reasonably have expected that when Shamokin Area High School was formed, its football team would be tops, since former Coal Township coach Ed Binkoski would be able to pick the best players from each school. Indeed, in 1965 the team had a 10-1 record but didn't take the division title. After that year, Shamokin posted an 8-3 picture in 1966 and a 6-4 record in 1967. The team bounced back in 1968 when its record was 9-1-1. The Indians played Mount Carmel for the division championship on Thanksgiving Day before 10,000 fans in the Silver Bowl but lost, 19-0. After 1968 the school recorded three wins and seven losses in 1969 Ohio State, Indiana top national polls Football poll Ohio State is the 1975 regular-season champion of college football. The Buckeyes, who completed a perfect 11-0 season a week ago and will meet UCLA in the Rose Bowl, received 50 first-place votes and 1,144 of a possible 1,160 points today from a nationwide Associated Press panel of 58 sports writers and broadcasters. Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Alabama held onto the next three spots. The Texas Aggies ran their record .to, ' 10-0 with j, ,one i game remaining with a 20-10 triumph over Texas and received seven first-place votes and 1,038 points. Last week, the Aggies trailed 1,168-1,010. Oklahoma, 10-1 and bound for the Orange Bowl, received the other first-place vote and 890 points. Alabama ran its record to 10-1 by blanking Auburn 28-0 and earned 761 points. The final poll to determine the 1975 champion will be taken following the bowl games. By losing to Texas A&M, the Texas Longhorns dropped from fifth place to ninth. That permitted Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona State to move up one position apiece to fifth, sixth and seventh places. Michigan and Nebraska finished up a week ago but Arizona State, 11-0, nailed down the Western Athletic Conference crown and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl by shading Arizona 24-21. Idle Sugar Bowl-bound Penn State climbed from 10th to eighth followed by Texas and idle Colorado, which was ninth last week. The Second Ten consists of UCLA, Georgia, Florida, California, Arizona, Miami of Ohio, Maryland, Arkasas, Kansas and Pitt. Last week, it was California, Arizona, Florida, UCLA, Georgia, Miami, Maryland, Kansas, Arkansas and San Jose State. San Jose dropped out after its first week ever in the Top Twenty by losing to Hawaii 30-20. The Spartans were replaced by Sun Bowl-bound Pitt, which had been in the Top Twenty several times during the season.. . The AP Top Twenty By The Associated Press Here are the Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press college football poll with first-place votes in parentheses, season records and total points. Points based on 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: l.Ohio St. (50) 11-0-0 1.144 2.Texas A&M (7)10-04) 1,038 3. Oklahoma (1) 10-1-0 890 4. Alabama 10-1-0 761 5. Michigan 8-1-2 619 6. Nebraska 10-1-0 612 7. Arizona St. 11-0-0 553 8. Penn St. 9-2-0 382 9. Texas 9-2-0 353 10. Colorado 9-2-0 340 11. UCLA 8-2-1 240 12. Georgia 9-2-0 202 13. Florida 9-2-0 179 H.California 8-3-0 174 15. Arizona 9-2-0 66 16. Miami, O. 10-1-0 64 17. Maryland 8-2-1 57 18. Arkansas 8-2-0 53 19. Kansas 71-0 43 20Pitt 9-2-0 16 Cage poll By The Associated Press There's no doubt about who's No. 1 in college basketball these days. Indiana planted its feet firmly on the top rung of the college hoop ladder by thrashing defending NCAA champion UCLA 84-64 Saturday night. That impressive performance, before a national television audience, helped the Hoosiers strengthen their grip on the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press' weekly rankings, released Monday.;; Indiana, which had been topranked ...but not by much the preseason ratings, was voted No. 1 by all but one of the 53 sports writers and broadcasters participating in this week's voting. They gave the Hoosiers a whopping 1,116 points. Tennessee received the only first-place vote that eluded Coach Bobby Knight's powerhouse. UCLA, meanwhile, dropped from second to fifth place in the poll. Maryland, an easy 127-84 victor over East Carolina, took over the No. 2 spot with 862 points. Marquette, which opens its season ' tonight, was ranked third with 777 points. North Carolina was No. 4 with 696 points after beating Howard 115-75, UCLA was No. 5 with 539 points and Louisville was No. 6 with 430 points following its 79-74 victory over Memphis State. Completing the Top Ten, in the balloting based on games played trough Saturday Nov. 29, were Kentucky, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Cincinnati. Kentucky opened its season Monday night with a stunning 89-77 loss at Northwestern while the others all had easy opening victories last week. Arizona stayed in 11th place after beating Oregon State 96-67 in its opener, and made its record 2-0 with a 119-80 romp over Midwestern Monday night. San Francisco jumped three places up to 12th after opening with a 98-66 victory over Santa Barbara. The rest of the Second Ten showed North Carolina State, Alabama, Providence, r, Michigan, Auburn, Kansas States1 Arizona State , and Washington.;' ""X , The AP Top Twenty By The Associated Press The Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, season records and total points. Points based on 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 1. Indiana (52) 1-0 1,056 2. Maryland 1-0 812 3. Marquette 0-0 735 4. N. Carolina 1-0 657 5. UCLA 0-1 533 6. Louisville 1-0 414 7. Kentucky 0-0 396 8. Tennessee (1) 1-0 364 9. Notre Dame 1-0 343 10. Cincinnati 1-0 271 11. Arizona 1-0 249 12.San Francisco 1-0 216 13. N.C.St. 1-0 187 14. Alabama 0-0 166 15. Providence 2-0 113 16. Michigan 0-0 85 17. Auburn 0-0 82 18. Kansas St. 0-1 ' 39 19. Arizona St. 0-0 23 20. Washington 2-0 20 and three wins and eight losses in 1970. Coach Binkoski retired midway through the season and Joe Thiroway guided the team the rest of the way. Tim Montgomery was named head coach prior to the 1971 season and under his tutelage the team posted a respectable 8-3 record. In 197 the won-loss record was 6-5. Over the next two seasons the Indians had records of 8-3 and 4-7. And this year, the team, town and students are celebrating the Indians' 10-1 record and the division championship that went with it. Eastern Conference SOUTHERN DIVISION Class A Northwestern upsets Kentucky, 89-77 By ALEX SACHARE AP Sports Writer Billy McKinney is not quite a household name, not even where college basketball is a favorite topic of discussion around the dinner table. But that's about to change, according to Northwestern Coach Tex Winter. "If there's a better guard in the United States, I'd like to know who he is," enthused Winter after McKinney's 31 points led Northwestern to a stunning 89-77 upset of seventh-ranked Kentucky Mon day night. "I've been his fan since he came here as a freshman." McKinney, a 6-foot junior, was the highest scoring guard in the Big Ten with an 18.2 average last season, but was little known on the national scene. Monday night, he hit on 11 of 16 field goal attempts and added nine free throws to lead the young Wildcats to their upset of Kentucky, Suits cost NBA millions CYO Girls Basketball SHAMOKIN The Spiritans of Holy Spirit knocked St. Stanislaus from the unbeaten ranks with a 45-32 victory and West Catholic trounced St. Casimir's, 59-8, in Girls' CYO action over the weekend. Leading the way for Holy Spirit were C. Di Francesco with 16 points aided by M. Matzura with 10 points. High scorers for the losing Con-do rettes were Sharon Zelinski with 13 points and Michele Bartol with 11. Lee Ann Ardan led the West Catholic Eaglettes with 25 points, she was followed by teammate Donna Miller with eight. Tricia Kelley and Claire Witt chipped in with six each. For the losers it was Karen Terry scoring six and Kathy Washleski with two points. By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) Litigation is strangling progress in the National Basketball Association, costing the league millions of dollars, says Commissioner Larry O'Brien. ; "Unless we can reach a settlement out of court, it may take us five to seven years for a resolution of these law suits," O'Brien told a press conference Monday at NBA headquarters. "The cost is horrendous. It is a terrible drag on the sport. We are spending a seven-figure plus every year more than a million dollars in legal fees and other expenses growing out of these actions." The rival American Basketball Association players' union got into the act Monday, filing a suit in Federal District Court to join a class action against the NBA by the NBA Players Association. As the ABA players went to court, it was revealed in Salt Lake City that the league's Utah franchise was expected to die today, making it the third club in that league to succumb to high costs in less than two months. The NBA suit, filed in 1971, is called the "Oscar Robertson suit" because it was instituted by Robertson and 15 other NBA players. It alleges that the reserve and option clauses in player contracts violate the players' constitutional rights. Even with those restrictions, officials say the average NBA player makes nearly $110,000 a year. The ABA players join their owners in alleging that the NBA is trying to run the ABA out of business and they also are suing the ABA owners for seeking to merge with the NBA. Judge Robert Carter took the players' action under advisement. Hearings are not expected to begin before next May. "Our game could be seriously damaged by this long litigation," O'Brien insisted. "Our attendance is 20 per cent ahead of last year. New Orleans has just recorded a record single game crowd. We are ready to negotiate a new television contract with improved ratings to bolster our bargaining position. "Surveys have shown that people 35 years old and under regard basketball as the No. 1 sport. Basketball exceeds all other sports in over-all revenues $150 million a year. "Our horizon should be unlimited. But our progress is greatly impeded. To resolve these suits, I would be willing to meet on any street corner and thrash it out. But the situation looks bleak." runnerup to UCLA in last year's NCAA championships. Northwestern led at the half 42-34, then broke it open by outscoring Kentucky 23-8 during the first nine minutes of the second half. Hilton Hale hit for eight of his 13 points and McKinney added six in that decisive spurt. Kentucky was led by center Rick Robey, who scored 26 points, and Jack Givens, who added 15. Northwestern, beaten 79-68 by unheralded Nebraska in its opener Saturday, is now 1-1 while Kentucky is 0-1. Five other teams from The Associated Press' Top Twenty were in action Monday night, and all came up winners. Tenth-ranked Cincinnati beat Miami, Ohio, 66-57; No. 11 Arizona overpowered Midwestern 119-80; 14th-rated Alabama defeated Southern Mississippi 9167; No. 17 Auburn tripped Butler 80-69, and 18th ranked Kansas State whipped Louisiana Tech 86-49. Cincinnati failed to score in the first four minutes, but then sophomore center Bob Miller netted 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and the Bobcats overcame an 18-6 deficit to beat Miami. Reserves Don Bowerman and Greg McElveen helped Alabama erase a seven-point deficit in the first half of the Crimson Tide's whipping of Southern Mississippi. Center Leon Douglas paced a balanced attack with 14 points. Al Fleming hit all 10 of his field goal attempts in the second half to lead Arizona past Midwestern. W L T Rtg. SHAMOKIN AREA 9 1 0 .678 Shikellamy 7 2 0 .556 Mount Carmel 8 3 0 .528 Pottsville 7 2 0 .461 Berwick 7 2 0 .420 North Schuylkill 6 3 1 .330 Tamaqua 7 3 0 .245 Lourdes Regional 4 6 0 .167 Blue Mountain 3 6 1 .133 Panther Valley 2 7 0 .000 Hazleton 0 6 0 .000 WestHazleton 0 9 0 .000 Class B DANVJUJb "' -1 -S4"0 '.441 Mlnersville , i- l ' -t ' ..u "8 '21 .418 Central Columbia 7 2 0 .346 Selins grove 5 3 0 .336 Marian 5 1 0 .286 Northwest 5 4 0 .234 Shenandoah Valley 5 4 1 .224 Schuylkill Haven 6 4 0 .209 Cardinal Brennan 3 2 1 .174 Pine Grove 3 5 0 .135 Bloomsburg 4 6 0 .127 Nativity 3 5 1 .125 Millon 2 6 0 .116 Saint Clair 2 7 0 .056 Southern Columbia 1 6 0 .000 Columbia-Montour 0 7 0 .000 MahanoyArea 0 9 0 .000 NORTHERN DIVISION Class A DUNMORE 10 1 0 .630 Old Forge 9 2 0 .443 Valley View 8 3 0 .364 Scranton Central 8 3 0 .357 Riverside 5 4 2 .267 Mid Valley 6 5 0 .244 West Scranton 6 4 1 .240 Abington Heights 4 6 1 .118 Scranton Tech 3 8 0 .080 Tunkhannock 2 9 0 .060 North Pocono 3 8 0 .050 Scranton Prep 0 11 0 .00 Class B LAKELAND 7 1 0 .544 Susquehanna 8 2 0 .443 Crestwood 6 2 0 .395 Lackawanna Trail 5 2 1 .311 Carbondale 4 4 0 .140 Honesdale 3 5 1 .094 West Side Tech 3 6 0 .075 Montrose 1 7 0 .000 Western Wayne 0 8 0 .000 Lakeland defeated Danville, 28-8. In the Class B championship game. The Hazleton-West Hazleton game is not included in the standings. West Hazleton won the game played Saturday, 12-7. Keglers'Korner Rt. 61 Handicap League Fib Filohoski of Uptown rolled a 654 high series, and Bob Ficca of Atlas bowled a high game of 236 to win Bowler of the Week honors in the Rt. 61 Handicap League. Other high games and high series were bowled by Clay Zamboni 561; Tony Bronx 223; John DiRienzo 590 and 225, Bill Redd 578 and 224, Tom Kondisko 633, Charles Feudale 577 and 226, Bob Parkanski 578, Jerr Zsido 576, Leo Ferrari 221, Fred Rossi 597 and 223, Jack Coleman 232, Jim Darrup 591, Butch Moyer 594, and Roger McFall 578. In matches, Sons of Italy defeated Atlas, Pepsi won over K's Cleaners and Blue Hill downed Universal, all by 3-0 scores. Winning by 2-1 scores were Beacon Loan over First National Bank, Ridge over Ace, Uptown over Tullio, B&H over Kuzo and J.C. Penney over MiJo Pallets. Top bowlers are Ed McCord 194, John Yastishak 193, Tom Kondisko 183, Jerry Radzai 182, Fred Rossi 180, Bob Ficca 180, Jack Coleman 180, Basil Hashuga 178, Paul Spishock 178, Larry Stank 178, Fib Filohoski 178, John DiRienzo 178. J.C. Penney and Kuzo Ford are tied for the league's team honors with just two matches left to play. Both teams are 25-14. B&H and Pepsi are tied for second with 23-16 slates.

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