The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 24, 1956 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 24, 1956
Page 6
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1956 Last Haley Floor Show: Chicks, Tigers The View from Here bit Cfl THE HIGHWAY to and from Wilson was choked. The skies were dripping, too, but it was Saturday night and the clrfsing night of the Mississippi County B basketball tournament for senior high boys. It was bargain night. The gymnasium was a warehouse big and bright, warm and dry humming with important conversation ... the unimportant, meaningless neighborly type . . . and it seemed the night was to be built on laughter. But there was a thin cloud of anticipatory nervousness hanging around, too. Everyone had something at stake in at least one of the two games on the night's card. At least it looked that way. Leaving the. spacious lobby (it would swallow some of the gyms in this area), and stepping along into the theater Itself, the tempo picked up. The two teams who were to mix in the preliminary, playoff for third and fourth places, were already on the floor, loosening their young joints. And the fans were already losening their tonsils, dispatch- in? important . . . but not very secret . . . instructions to their favorite players and to the referees also. THE BLEACHERS were filling fast ... and that's something unusual for consolation clashes. Both teams brought healthy rooting sections but Carl Patterson and nls phenomenal shooting eye were also on display so that would have to account for a large El.ce of the early turnstile rush. Finally the big clock came alive, the whistle blew, the ball went up and the fans edged forward. Armorel's Tigers and the Dyess Eagles were the opponents. Tiger vs the Eagle. Dyess' Darnell rang the bell first. It took him five seconds from the starting whistle. He's an all-county guard, small, quick, has a deadly shot from far afield. A. few seconds later ... ten to be exact . . . Carl Patterson oi Armorel landed his first bucket • • • THIS PATTERSON boy is the outstanding shooter in the area. Make that many areas. He's a well-built boy, almost stocky, although he's a good six-footer. Most of his points are landed from driving jump shots. He rarely bags a lay-up. So figure it out for yourself: anybody who can average 42 points a game ... as he did in the tournament . . . must have something extraordinary. The pressure is constantly on him He draws the best defensive guards, and his rebounding is vitally important to his team's success. College scouts have already approached Cari but he hasn't decided as yet which school he'll attend. Patterson's greatest asset, perhaps, is his ability to hang in the ail, to bring the target into his sights. He has the rare knack of knowing exactly where the basket is at all times. He's seldom out of focus. O.K., LET'S GET ON with the game. Well, to cut it short, since It's no longer fresh and crisp, Dyess won it, 70-62. The championship game was a thriller ... as they say in the sports sheets. Wilson Bulldogs vs. Osceola's Seminoles. The Braves jumped into the lead, the Bulldogs tied it. The Braves edged ahead, the Bulldogs rallied. That's the way it went throughout the first three quarters. Then Osceola stumbled. And Wilson, stepping on them, walked up to the county throne. They must've found the royal chair warm, by the way. Dyess had been lounging up there for the past four years. So then the games were over, the trophies were presented, the ah-county teams were named, ana pictures were snapped. ONCE AGAIN the highway to and from Wilson was choked with cars. And not a Jew tears and cheers, too. Those who made the journey to the games, despite the weather, couldn't possibly have been disappointed in the show. As a sports editor we would like to take the time and space here to thank them publicly on behalf of the sponsors, the high school participants, and sports in general. So: thank you. We can also tell you this: you didn't miss a single thing by letting your television set get cold for a couple hours. Those Who stayed away from the Wilson gym Saturday night wil3 tell you the same thing. ALL THESE FEATURES OF THE PUTURBI *BI)!tr,j Rocket T-350 Action! * New JeUway Hydra-Mi*' Smnuintssl * Sliinnlng Ntw Stirflr! Stjllnj! ft UIM-ModHii "lnugril!« Biimptf" Dtsljn! » Rujjid Sifit]f-Rldi Clmsls! * Ttind-SiltH Initnimtnt Par*! •tt Fllkiwiy FwifK Dlilfnl * Unirfcus Fishta-FInt tnlKkxtl $11 YOUK MtARIIT OLDSMOIILEj Seven Chick Seniors in Last HomeGameTomorrowNight tomorf^S ° rS ^Ss T & "te^fore another hardwood season rolls ™^« B Jones, Charles Abbott, Fred Hodges, Jimmy Bratcher, Freddy Akers, Robert White and Ray Thomas, These boys represent most of the meat of the present varsity •quad and Couch Jimmy Fisher has a tough rebuilding job watting for him around next year's corner. But that's next year. Right now Fisher can't afford to look past BLYTHEVILLE HIGH CHICKASAWS — When Blytheville and Little Rock meet Here at Haley Field Gym tomorrow nlghi, these cagers will be closing out the 1555-56 home season and the regular schedule of the Big Eight Conference. Only three cSlayton, Daniels, Holt) will return next year. The remainder of the squad Is made up of seniors. With their coach Jimmy Fisher kneeling in front of them, they are (left to right) Tommy Slayton, Bobby Jones, Charles Abbott, Fred Hodges, Glen Ray Thomas, Billy Daniels, Robert White, David Holt, Jimmy Bratcner and Freddy Akers. (Courier News Photo) Missco vs. Craig head In District Tournament MONETTE — It is now Craighead County against Mississippi County in the District 3B basketball tournament being held here. Wilson barged into the semi-finals to join Osceola by cracking Delaplaine, 56-45. Monette.Tranum continued his outstanding Osceola clobbered weiner wed- I LIIC ^ ajc """-j _ .., , _ t oe ««»v,t* *„,. me nesday circle. night to join the select Monette scraped Earle with a rug- Iged nlght Craighead County's successful en- Redbird Rac Has Tough Job ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (ffl— Most observers would concede the St. Louis Cardinals starting outfield will include Stan Musial, Bill Virdon and Rip Repulski, but rookie Russell Rac isn't discouraged,, Rac was suspended during winter ball in Venezuela for exchanging rocks with fans at a distance during a ball game. The Galveston, Texas, boy is showing the same determination with a bat in early spring training. He had a double, a single and a long fly to drive in two runs on his three times at bat in intra- squad play yesterday. Valley View looked down on Tyronza, 96-69. In the final game, Wilson's Billy RooJc;e Not for Sale At $100,000 TAMPA, Fla., W) — Manager Marty Marion of the Chicago White j Sox pointed to a husky young fel-i low wearing a catcher's glove. | ° l "See that kid there," he sat £• "You might not suspect it to look; £•• - • at him, but we could get $100,000! £? u .°* abe .. e ' for that boy anytime we want it.' ""'•"" But we don't want it." The 21 • year - old, 227-pound catcher in question is John Romano of Brooklyn. He set a Three I League record with 38 homers for Waterloo, Iowa, last season, batted .321 and drove in 124 runs in 118 games. He currently Is on the Memphis roster. play, securing 25 points for his teammates. Mr. Peepers and Mickey Cissell helped with ten each as the Bulldogs ran swiftly by Delaplaine. Tonight's first semi-final watches Osceola as it tries to handle the high-flying Monette quintet. The game is set to begin at T.30. At 9, the top-seeded Valley View- face Wilson, laplaine Pos. Wilson inger, 12 .. F Peepers, II 9 ... F Sugg, I 12 ... C . BUI Tranum, J5 G .... Bob Tranum G Cissell, 1 Subs: Wilson—Ployd, 2, Cecil, 3 Rocky Caste Hani, John L. Sullivan On Television NEW YORK (AP) — Rocky Castellani, who has given up all outside work in a new drive to get a title shot is a 2-1 favorite to defeat England's John L. Sullivan tonight in a radio-television 10-routid- if at Madison Square Garden. "I've only got two or three years to go in the ring and I night as well concentrate full time on boxing," said the 28-year- old ex-marine from Cleveland. 'I've given up my Job and from now on it's boxing only for me. "I only had four fights last year and five the year before and ihat's not enough action to keep in top form. I want to get another crack at the title—this year if I can—and I'm willing to fight anyone to earn it. That goes for Bobo Olson, Charley Humei, Eduardo Lausse, Milo Savage and Oene Fullmer. The more the merrier." Castellani, a rangy, broad- shouldered boxer with good legs and a snapping left jab, lost a close decision to Bobo Olson, then the middleweight champion, Aug 20, 1954. He dropped Bay Robin son in losing another narrow decision July 22. Rocky, now ranked sixth behinc champion Robinson, Olson, Humez Lausse and Savage, was edged by Fullmer Jan. 10 in his only star of the year. His over-all record is 63-8-2 with 19 knockouts. tomorrow night's game with the | Tigers. There's too much riding on the encounter. Both teams will be hot for the victory. For copious reasons. The Tigers are presently riding^ along in second place wnue iBT Chicks are locked with Ft. Smith Grizzlies in sixth. And both positions are threatened. * * * BEFORE COMING into Blytheville, the Tigers are scheduled to stop off for a league contest with Ft. Smith. The 'Grizzlies are 4-9. The Bengals are 8-4, while their third-place sparring partners, the Razorbacks of Texarkana, are pressing with ,8-5. Little Rock has tasted enemy blood in seven of its last eight games. Undoubtedly they'll be thirsty for more tonight. But the Chicks have decided they'll be blood donors for the Red Cross an no one else. Tomorrow night's game closes out :he regular season for both clubs. The curtain rings down across the entire Big Eight also. North Little Rock already has the title flag on display. They finished with a 12-2 mark. Coach Lawrence Mobley's Tigers started the season on rocky terrain but it seems they've now lound the right gear. • * • ONE OF HIS surprise starters tomorrow night will probably be Marshal Day, who is fresh' from the B team. He proved to his coach that he wanted to stay with the big boys. ' Larry Whitley !« Little Rock'i playmaker. He's a guard, jtuidi just 5-9. Plugging the center hole will b« Harry Vines, a fine 6-3 rebounder. The -met Korer and another great rebmmder to «-* Jerry Smith. Wiggins will, no doubt round out the starting; five. He'i an exceptionally tough defensive guard Little Rock will be playing bM- ketball here in Blythevillt for the first time since World War II. THE CHICKS were already ipill- ed by the Tigers this year, at Little Rock. The count WM' 59-52. In that one, the Chicks were panting hot and heavy on the necks of the Tigers, then faded in the final minute. * Last time the hometownen performed at Haley Gym, they flattened fifth place El Dorado, Seed Except for starter Charles Abbott, the Chicks are mentally, and physically ready to repeat that triumph. Abbott it suffering from shin splints, » condition sometime* caused by exoewive weight. It's unlikely he'll be in the opening line tomorrow. He WM excused from prwtlce yesterday and today. Blytheville fans and friends fortunate enough to sit in on tomorrow night's show will be entertained. No doubt about that. Swan songs art seldom dull. LIFE A& j (Mole) (Mac) LIDaiiiels-Williams Ins. 106 S. 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