The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 29, 1954 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 29, 1954
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PACT FOURTEEN BLYTHEYILLS (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER,», 1954 Paps to Play Maiden Here Tomorrow Night Chkkj Ranked 4th in State Only 3 Big Seven Teams Picked Ahead Of Tribe by Gazette As the result of its 21-7 victory over Frayser, Tenn., last week and North title Rock's win over Camden, Blytheville was moved up two pegs from, sixth to fourth in the Arkansas Gazette's ranking of the state's top ten schoolboy football teams.; '•" The Chicks now rank fourth be, hind -Little Rock,. EL Dorado and Pine. Bluff of the Big Seven and are the top Glass AA team in the state, according to the Gazette's rankings -whidh were released today. Because of its loss to North Little Rock, Camden. last week's choice as the top Class AA team in the state, was shoved into the No. 9 spot in'the top 10 ratings and into the No. 3 spot in the AA rankings. Van Buren No. 8 Only two other Class AA teams are listed in the first 10. Van Buren, which has won three straight games, is ranked No. 8 and Newport, whic halso has a 3-0 record ,is ranked 10th. In spite of their 1-2, record, Little 1 Rock's Tigers clung to the top ranking again : this week. However, the Tigers: are as yet untried 'in the state. They defeated Treadwell of Memphis in their first game and then lost to Texarkana, Tex.; and Istrouma High of Baton Rouge, La. North Little Rock's Wildcats, whom the Chicks defeated, also moved: up by virtue of their win over Camden. The Wildcats are now ranked fifth. They were ranked eighth last week. Here are the 10 top teams in the state as picked by the Gazette's sports staff: First Ten Team, Conference Record I.-Little Rock Big 7) ......1-2 2. El Dorado (Big 7) 3-0, 3. Pine Bluff (Big 7) .2-0 4.••Blytheville. CHAA). ... 3-0 5. No. Little' Rock (Big 7) . 2-1 6.,Texarkana (Big 7) 2-1 7. Stuttgart (6A) .. ...... .3-0 8. Van Buren (IAA) 3-0 9. Camden (IVAA) 2-1 10.;. Newport (IIAA) 3-0 Juniors After 3rd Win; Chicks Idle With the Chicks idled this week by an open date, Coach Jimmy Fisher's Blytheville Papooses take over the local football spotlight this week when they do battle with Maiden, Mo., at Haley Field tomorrow night. The Paps are scheduled to square off -with the invading Missourians at 8 p. m. tomorrow. Coach Fisher's juniors will be seeking their third win of the season after trouncing Burdette's Junior Pirates last week. Last Year's Game Cited Coach Ksher has been fighting overconfidence among his players all week as he readied his charges for, tomomrrow night's games. And one of his strongest arguing points along this line is last year's record. The Paps barely managed to get by the hustling Missourians last year, coming off with a 13-7 victory. - The Paps are scheduled to wind up their pre-game drills with a light workout this afternoon. They spent most of the week working on blocking and tackling, two of their weakest points in previous games. Chicks Work Anyway Even though they have on open date this week, the Chicks got lit tie time, off the practice field. Coach Mosley has been running his squad through hard drills al week, getting them ready for Whitehaven, Tenn. The Shelby County Tigers invade Haley Field nex week. Mosley gave his regulars a break from the hard drills Monday ofter- nooh while he sent his reserves against the Paps in a scrimmage game But everybody was back at work yesterday as the Chick coaches worked on sharpening up their team's offense. After the Whitehaven game next week the Chicks make the long trek to Mobile, Ala., for a game with Murphy High of "Mobile on Oct. 15. Turner, Andrews On TV Tonight Second Women's Open Is Voted ST. LOUIS OB — The Eastern Missouri PGA last night voted ' to sponsor a second Woman's Open Golf tournament here next year. Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S. C., won the first woman's tourney for touring golf pros here earlier this month. It was a 54-hole, $3,500 event. The association decided to boost the prize money for the next year's tournament to $5,000 and extend CHICAGO JS*L — Philadelphia's piston-punching Gil Turner will risk a second shot at a welterweight title bout in a return 10-round match with Al Andrews of Superior. Wis., at the Chicago Stadium tonight. The bout will be televised nationally by CBS at 10 pjn. EST. In their last meeting at 'the stadium Aug. 18 Turner Won a close decision from the fast-finishing Andrews. Turner, backed by a string of 31 straight victories, earned a title bout with welter champ Kid Gavilan two years ago, only to be knocked out by the Cuban hawk after a furious start. it to 72-holes. The 1955 tourney will be held either early in June or in August at the Glen Echo or Norwood Hills Country Club. Y Grid League To Open Today Central and Sudbury To Clash in First Grade School Game Weather permitting, the first game of the "Y" Grade School football league will be played at Tom Little Park., this afternoon, with Central and Sudbury schools as the principals. The defending champion Sudbury eleven is again under the tutelage of Robert Birmingham, who has coached them to two successive titles. He is assisted by Jimmie Henry, a high school student. The challenging Central team has a battery of five coaches, headed by L. A; Crowe, Don Kerbough and Bill Baker and assisted by two high school students, Kenneth Stanley and Lynn Stanfield. Both teams have been working hard for the opener and are expected to be in good condition for their argument' at Little Park. Coach Needed J. P. Garrott, Y secretary, said this morning that one adult coach is needed to round out the coaching staff for the T's Grade School League. Any adult that is interested In working with boys should contact Mr. Garrott at the T. The coaching vacancy is at Lange. V FOR HUDDLE—Villanova comes up with a radically different huddle. All save the quarterback and center stand straight up facing the line of scrimmage. This enables nine men to watch the defense as the quarterback calls the signal (NEA) (This is another in the series on top collegiate football players.) By LOU BLACK AP Newsfeatures NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Football experts are predicting that Dean Loucks, Yale quarterback, will be the nation's sophomore back of the year. The blond, modest 19-year-old j ty about Dean Loucks, Yale's latest edition of fictional hero Frank Merriwell. None of the coaches would say an encouraging word about the chances of their respective teams. Birmingham complains that he :ost practically his entire starting ;eam last year and does not have Jie larger boys necessary for the line play he expects of a team. Central, also, has had some of their more formidable looking members drop by the wayside as practice sessions were stepped up and the going got tough. The second game of the season will be played next week, with Judbury tangling with a Lange earn, which shows greater poten- ial than usual, although the latter loes not have an adult coach to late and is depending upon Bobby 3agget, a high school student who has coached the team for two ears. Millions to See Willie May By GATLE TALBOT NEW YORK (5f—Some millions of fans to whom Willie Mays is only a name get their first opportunity today to see the Alabama beauty in action and to determine for themselves whether all the words they have read about him were justified. Our belief is that they will remember their first look at the boy who is destined to become a baseball immortal. Willie played in the 1951 World Series against the Yankees, but television was a comparative pup at that time. Today even the set owners in Cuba will have their eyes glued to the picture tube, and by the time the series ends there should be scarcely a man, woman or child in the country who isn't an authority on the New York Giants' pheenom. Only 20 Then Those who did see Willie in the '51 play-off can forget about that. The Negro boy was only 20 then, and in his rookie season. He was overshadowed by such veteran teammates as Monte Irvin and Bobby Thomson, and there can be no denying that the Yankee pitchers made a monkey of the nervous kid. They limited him to four singles in 22 attempts and made him hit into three double plays in one game. Sut, as we said, this is another Willie Mays, the greatest player in the {game today. Two years in the Army put another 10 pounds of muscle on his frame and brought him back A finished star. In '51, when he sparked the Giants to their "miracle" pennant, Will!* hit for an average of only .274 and stroked only 20 home run*. In the race just ended he led all National League hitters with a .345 mark and blasted 41 homers. This surprised everyone connected with the Giants, including Leo Durocher, who said beforehand that he would be happy to have Willie play centerfield for him again and hit around .280. Won Batting' Crown Willie gave perhaps his most revealing performance in the season's final game against the Phils. He began the contest in a virtual three-way tie with his teammate, Don Mueller, and Duke Snider of Brooklyn for the league batting title. He was facing the league's best pitcher, Robin Roberts. Willie wrapped it- up with a triple, a double and a single. Off that display, we find it difficult to believe that Cleveland's righthanded pitcher, however good, will hold Willie in check. It will not be surprising if he does his greatest damage to the Indians in their home park in the games starting there on Friday. Willie is essentially a straightaway clubber, and many of his king-size wallops are hauled down in the vast centerfield reaches at the Polo Grounds. Almost anything he halfway gets hold of will be a home- run in Municipal Stadium, which has an artificial barrier looped around the outfield only 380 feet away in right and left center. In comparing Willie's ground covering ability with that of his series rival, Larry Doby, it seems significant that, playing in two fewer games, he made 449 putouts against Doby's 411. One can only reason that Willie's great speed and agility enabled him to haul down a few balls that got past the big Indian. youngster from White Plains, N. Y., where his father. Glenn, is supervisor of athletics, hopes the experts are correct. He hopes, too, that none of Yale's opponents break his 30 game winning streak which consists of 24 games at White Plains High against some of the East's top schoolboy powers, and six of the ace field general of Yale's powerful 1953 freshman team. Loucks could wind up as the nation's best sophomore back in 1954, but the odds, unfortunately are against it. Yales foes include Army. The pleasant-faced Loucks with the crew cut hair gives the impression that, no matter what happens, he'll be in there pitching and hitting with all the power and skill he can muster out of his 6-1, 191- pound solid frame. "You can be.wsure of that," says Head Coach Jordan Olivar, and Capt. Thome Shugart. Loucks appeai-s to have all the physical and mental requirements necessary to be a top quarterback, even All-America some day. He calls his plays with authority in his voice. He tosses passes with both hands, which carries with it enough deception to puzzle the opposition. And he can mix it up by crashing into the line for extra yardage. What does he lack right now? Only what every sophomore does— experience. That's the big difference, explains Olivar, and backfield coach, Jerry Neri, between freshman and varsity football. They're right and Loucks knows it. "In his favor, and it is mighty important," they say, "is the fact that you only have to point out a mistake to him once, and he won't make it again." Olivar plans to break Loucks in gently, . but as. often as possible in the early games. He is understudy to Bob Brink, a senior with experience against arch rivals Harvard and Princeton. Loncks, who was selected on numerous "All" schoolboy teams while at White Plains High, is described by Olivar as "an excellent kid with tremendous potential. Right now. all he needs is polish, and that'll come with experience." Although Dean's father was graduated from Syracuse . University, Where he was a three-letterman, there never was any place but Yale for young Loucks, a good student. "I felt M far back as I can remember that I could get the best j education »t Yale," states Dean, j who is taking a liberal arts course. I He could have rated a scholarship i to Yale had he wanted it, but he didn't. "Dad wanted us to pay our bills all along the line," explains Dean. The chances are excellent that you'll be reading and hearing plen- Courier News Sports Editor Cops Cash George Clark, Courier news sports editor,, finally walked off with S10 in prize money from the "Grid Picks" contest sponsored by the Jonesboro Sun. He only missed two out of 24 to cop the prize in the first 1964 weekly competition. Clark attended high school in Jonesboro before becoming a Blytheville-ite several years ago. Three times in the* past he has tied for first place, but never made the grade. Yesterday's Jonesboro Sun carried an article crediting him with picking the winners straight down the line, with two exceptions, to "prove his .mettle" as an upset chooser. His nearest competitors failed to pick four of the 24 games. The two missed by Clark were Georgia Tech vs. Florida and Purdue vs. Missouri. Clark says he plans to frame the $10 check as a reminder of the many times he has tried to pick the winners. Razorback There, too Roger Bannister of England and Australia's John Landy captured all of the headlines, but there was a Razorback running in the recent British Empire games staged in Canada. He's sophomore 3d Morton of Winnipeg. Selected as a member of the Canadian team, Morton's time during the Mile of the Century was a not at all embarrassing 4:16.0. The Canadian niiler figures that his summer experience against the world's top talent will prepare him for a leading role in Arkansas' cross country plans this fall..-- Razorbacks To Observe Milestone Saturday's Tilt Will Be 500th For Arkansas FAYETTEVUXE —The Arkansas Razorbacfcs journey to the forbidden land of Texas to celebrate a milestone in their football history this coming Saturday night. Their 32nd meeting with the Texas Christian Horned Frogs will be the 500th gridiron contest for an Arkansas team since they first went to battle in 1894. i There could be no finer birthday present than victory—for victories have almost become a thing of the past for the Porkers in the land of sagebrush and Idhghorn steers. •One has but to consider the "fact that the Razorback sophomores of today were mere eighth-grade junior high school students the last- time an Arkansas team won in Texas. That was 1948 when the ; lyde Scott-led Porkers romped over TCU, 27-14, and humbled Texas A&M, 2S-«. Since then, Arkansas has tasted defeat 15 consecutive times in the Lone Star State—covering a. period of three coaches—' John Barnhill (19i9), Otis Douglas (1950-52) and Bowden Wyatt (1953). Had Moments of Glory The Razorbacks have not been without their,, moments of glory in Texas during this period, but always in the end their conference rivals have prevailed. Texas Christian ,foes this week, have been 13-6 and 13-7 victors in the two games since '48; Texas won the 1948 game 14-6 and two years later triumphed 19-14 after Arkansas had taken a 14-13 third quarter lead; while Baylor had twice edged Arkansas in close games, 9-7, and 14-7. Other games have had SMU in a 13-7 win (last year, after Arkansas led 7-0), and Rice in a 6-0 "mud-battle" in 1951. The Razorbacks can take little comfort in their 41-0 win over Tulsa last Saturday as they prepare for Texas Christian. Bowden Wyatt is a firm believer in the importance of psychology in modern-day football —and why shouldn't he be. Last year the Razorbacks turned in a brilliant 41-14 win over Texas A&M only to, fall asleep in Houston the following weekend while Rice rocked, 47-0. Unfortunately, this has been the pattern of Arkansas football . for some time. In 1951 after two runaway victories over Oklahoma A&M, 42-7, and Arizona State, 30-13, Arkansas fell to TCU, 17-7. The Frog- gies capitalized on a .slumbering Porker team the year before too as they won 13-6 after Arkansas had enjoyed a 50-6 win over North Texas State. "Factor in Race" Wyatt checked his scouting reports on TCU and' promptly labeled Abe Martin's crew as "a factor in the conference race this year.'' He commented, "They've convinced me that they have the speed and spirit to be as tough as any team in the country on a given Saturday And, I suspect after a hard loss to Oklahoma that we'll have our hands full just containing them." The Razorbacks came out of the Tulsa skirmish without a scratch. Moreover, Wyatt was able to get 33 men into the game for all-important experience — 14 of them sophomores. The Porker each got a good look at his Razorbacks in units against Tulsa, substituting almost exclusively by teams rather than by ndividuals. Chances are that his 'travelling squad" w.ill include approximately the same number of Dlayers. APPLIANCE REPAIR SERVICE ROY BAKER . . . our service repairman, invite* you to caU on him for all types of appliance repair jobs. Whatever the job may b«—water pumps, electric iron*, electric stores, washing machine!— jour man i* ROY BAKER, Central Hardware and Applianct Co. ttl W. Main Ph. 2-45*5 FOR SALE Fiber $9.95 Plastic 13.95 tor* m* * »12.M p*r Mt »* «*r toil* mU •v IcfteMfcer Cto*r*nee Sate. OPCB 7 a.m. to I p.m. «* ?cn Wtrtfc AUTO UPHOLSTERY FLAT CREEK RODEO Sat. Night—Oct. 2. 8 PM—Fairgrounds Grandstand Blytheville, Ark. Wftuf. w^K %«VM . BARE BACK BRAHMA BULL RIDING CALF ROPING BARE BACK BRONC RIDING CUTTING HORSE CONTEST CLOVER-LEAF BARREL RACE FOR LADIES SADDLE BRONC RIDING "SPARKY BLUE" AND HIS TRAINED MIDGET MULE Featuring: such performers from Texas *s DOUG GAR1NG—Top roper in the Southwest LUPE GONZALES—famous Southwestern bull rider LYLE CARING—top bronc rider in th* Stmihwest Admission: Adults $1*00 Children 50c, Under 6 Fre« FREE RODEO FREE Friday Af ft r noon—3:00 PM-4:30 P.M. In Cooperation with the Cotton Picking Contest on MEN'S FALL SUITS During King Cotton Days Fine Quality Ail Wool Fabrics In Smart Colors Grays—Blues-Browns Special all sizes-Guaranteed Fit! HUDSON Cleaner-Clothier-Tailor

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