The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 7, 1956 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 7, 1956
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Tigers Bump Lions Leachviile Skids in State Meet 57-43 Santee Has Man in His Corner NEW YORK (AP) — Wes Santee, America's controversial miler who is fighting a life time suspension in the courts has the director of the Knights of Columbus track meet in his corner. Tom Harrigan. the K. of C. director, criticized the Amateur Athletic Tj'nion yesterday for its "unfair" treatment of Sautee. "Punishment should never be banishment for life," he told the weekly meeting of the Metropolitan Track Writers. "Proper punishment for Santee would be that he should be bound to return the overcharge and be suspended for one year. He should be given a just hearing, with a chance to be represented by competent counsel, and should be warned if he transgressed again he would be washed out." Unfair Treatment Santee, suspended by the AATJ for accepting excessive amounts of expense money for meets last year, ran in Saturday's K. of C. meet under protection of a supreme court injunction which stayed enforcement of the AAU ban. He won the Columbian mile in 4:13.8. "We feel in the K. of C. that Santee is being treated unfairly," Harrigan added. "I am speaking for myself and my committee. We think the rules are archaic and should be changed." Dan Ferris, AATJ secretary-treasurer, replied that he didn't think the penalty against Santee was too stringent and pointed out that the SHORT STUFF — Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn shortstop, gets in the Florida swing by sporting a pair of Bermuda shorts at Vero Beach camp. rule about allowable expenses had ing Friday. been altered several times. Whether Santee will be allowed to run in meets later this month in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Chicago probably will be decided at a hear- By TOM DYGARD HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock and Green Forest made their-first steps successful ones in the. state Class A Senior Boys High School Basketball Tournament here . last night, and stood today as the nearest thing to favorites. Little Rock's suprisingly easy 51- righted again. A field goal and two 43 triumph District 3 Leachviile, the kingpin, and Green Forest's wierd 26-20 victory over Catholic High of Little Eock put the cap on an opening day which included a deep freeze that never thawed and the emergence of a possible tournament darkhorse. The surprise strongboy is Crossett. The Eagles, %vinners of the District 7 tournament, displayed team balance, height, scoring abil- 12. ity and defense in their 64-48 conquest of McCrory. In other games yesterday, Rogers advanced with a 53-48 victory over Greenwood, and Forest City smacked Nashville 77-64. Five games today will set the stage for the quarter-finals, meets Center Ridge at 2 p.m.; Augusta faces Whitehall at 3:20 p.m.; Stuttgart goes against Jonesboro at 4:40 p.m.; Lavaca lakes on Green Forest at 7:30 p.m., and Emerson tangleswith North Little Bock at 8:50 p.m. Both Freeze Green Forest, a semi-finalist last year, spent more than half of its game with Catholic High either casually watching the Rockets freeze the ball or operating its own freeze. The strange sight of Catholic High's John Doolittle bouncing/ the ball slowly in mid-court, and three Green Forest players sitting cross- legged under the basket, drew hoots of disapproval from 2,000 fans. Catholic High, trailing 20-14 when it called a semi-halt to the game, was trying to lure Green Forest's defenders out from under the basket. The trick didn't work, but later Qreen Forest decided a freeze was in order to protect its slim lead, so the mid-court game of bounce th ball continued. Only 14 points were scored in the last three quarters Green Forest led 18-14 at the first turn, and won the game 26-20. Ora Lee Boss scored 15 of Green Forest's points. Little Rock's Big Eight tournament champions banked on a big inning, got it, and then slowly expanded their lead to handle the dangerous Leachviile Lions with surprising ease. William Thweatt got Leachville off to a fast start. He swiped the ball under the Little Hock basket, dribbled in the length of the court, and laid it in for a 2-0 lead. From there, the Lions moved to a 14-8 margin midway in the quarter. The Tigers then turned the tables and Leachville never got them! ships. free throws by Frank Wiggins, chip-ins by Harry Vines and Marshall Day, and a field goal by Larry Whitley lifted the Tigers to an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ward Leads Scoring Norman Ward led scorers with 21 points for Leachviile. Jerry mith was high for Little Rock with 14 points, followed by Whitley with Two well-built 6-4 men, center Frank Doland and forward Charles Wiggins, provided all the control Crossett needed under the basket to handle McCrory. Wiggins scored 28 points, hitting on layins from the post position and from the outside with set shots. He scored 10 of 14 field goal attempts, and hit 7 of 8 in the first High scorers for McCrory were Tommy Burrows and Bobby Hill each with 14 points. Tech Rides Basketball Heap Again LrrrtE ROCK W>) — The small college basketball situation in Arkansas is back to normal with Arkansas Tech riding at the top' for 1 the seventh consecutive year. Last night, underdog Tech knocked off Southern State 70-64 to win its seventh straight NAIA state playoff. The victory will send Tech to the national NAIA basektball tournament at Kansas City later this month as the state's official representative. A 6-5 subtsitute center, who had been used sparingly all year, put the zip in Tech's offense. Paul Ah- r derson, playing a double post with All-AIC center Don Sevier, scored 18 points, hitting all kinds of shots. Seyfer, who dominated play off the backboards, collected 18. and Tech'i flashy sophomore playmaker, Ronnie K«nnett of Leachville, fat V, Incidentally, Kennctt got all of his points In the second half, arching them in from the outside, and driving: through Southern's defense for layups. Duke University passed up the IC4A track championship meet because on the previous night the team competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor champion- The Gym Con Hardly Do It, So: How Can Saxton Hold Basiiio? By JIMMY BRESLIN SYRACUSE, N. Y. — (NBA) — The small, low-ceilinged gymnasium didn't seem big enough for Carmen Basiiio. The welterweight champion, wearing a pair of long, bright green wool pants, slip- than even Rocky Marciano. "See this?" Johnny De John his co-msmager, commented. "Well, everything is like this. Right from the start. Road work—he doesn't even open easy. Jumps right off and goes three, four miles like a cross- country runner. ped into the ringi For the next hour and 20 mln- to begin shadow utes, Basiiio backed this up. He boxed three rounds with Phil Wil- boxing and he started were afraid go right out the w i ndows along- you he'd liams, his gym-fighting sparmate, and Carmen kept pressing every second of the way. He'd move in on Williams, bobbing as he came, and : side and wind up then shoving his rib-wrecking left three floors down] hand toward the body. Basiiio had a full mask, jutting down from the head guard, covering his face, and he let Williams Carmen Basiiio daily gymnasium routine, you see, he wor^s like a man getting ready to fight not just Johnny Saxton, but the whole world as well. Ba- sllio defends his title against Saxton al Chicago Stadium on March 14. If there is anything sure about the bout, it is that Basilic will be in matchless condition. Basiiio shadow-boxed in nonstop style. His fists kept cutting into the air as fast as he could throw them out, nnd he gave a hiuh-pitched grunt with each punch. In a workout, Busilio seems to give it more on Main Street, hitting pedestrians with left hooks to the stomach. ' obvious Bssilio was concentrating When Basiiio i on a particular move, goes through his After the ring work—and a set of exercises which can be best describ- 1 "i can tug on a guy's arms and ed as perilous for the average per- break them up, too." son— Basilfo went off into a little alcove at one end of the room and began undressing. "I've seen Saxton fight a couple of times," he said. "Gavilan was one of them." He was talking clearly, without a deep breath in his body. "What do I expect Saxton to do? He'll run. And Illinois has no law against me chasing him. I don't know about the running, either. You don't win a championship by running away. At least I didn't win mine by running away from Tony hit-and- De Marco." What about Saxton's clutch tactics, Basiiio was asked After all, it was observed, that was how he won the crown from Kid WANTED! 2 FIRST CLASS MECHANICS General Motors Experience Preferred hut not necessary. Bust Be Capable and Experienced. Contact Mr. Wayne Payne, Service Man- after. Noble Gill Pontiac Co. land jabs as he pleased. It wasj Gavilan in Philadelphia. Wasn't there a danger of him trying the same style in Chicago "If he tries to grab me, he'll get tired after a while," Carmen said. CASCADE YEAR OLD KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON GEO. A. DICKEL DIST. CO,, LOUISVILLE, KT. > 86 PROOF "We got a chance to take Saxton out." De John said. "After what Tony De Marco did to him I can't see how the guy can be right." And after Saxton? De John's eyes rolled. He standing by a battered door in & litle gymnasium, but he began talking about the kind of money you wouldn't think these places would bring. "We should do $500,000 with Robinson," De John said. Basiiio smiled. His manager was talking about Bay Robinson, of course. And a packed Yankee Stadium in June. Read Courier News Classified Ads. THERE'S A CATCH HERE—Casey Stengel can only use one of these Yankee receivers at a time. But Yogi Berra, left, is plenty good enough. Others are, left to right, Charlie Si.iera, Darrell Johnson, Elston Howard, Morris Thicker and John Bianchard. Last Year's Bitter Pill Keegan Is Marty's Key To White Sox Pennant By ED CORRIGAN The Associated Press Perhaps the most bitter pill Manager Marty Marion of the Chicago White Sox had to swallow last season was the failure of pitcher Bob Keegan to come through. The White Sox finished five games out of first place and it seems fair to assume that had Keegan even approached his 1954 record of 16-9, the pale hose might have won the pennant. As it was, his record stood at 4 2-3 at the end oi' the campaign with a paltry 59 innings pitched. Marlon planned to send Keegan to the mound today for the first time in an intra-camp game at Tampa, Fla., and admitted he's been watching the big righthander carefully. Keegan could be the key man in the Sox pitching department. Strain Tells The pilot said that Keegan has been working well so far, although he has been under no strain. "You never know about a pitcher, though," Marion added, "until he works under game conditions. If he can come back strong, that will help us no end." Keegan isn't the only player in the majors desperately battling for a spot. At deal-water, Fla., where the Philadelphia Phillies are training, Waiiy Westlake, who was signed as a free agent by General Manager Roy Hamey, is working to shed 12 pounds from his 208-pound frame. "If Hamey had enough confidence to sign me," he said. "I'll probably have to take over the right field job for. him." Then there is Monte Irvin, 37-year-old flychaser, who was with Minneapolis of the American Assn. 1 a st year, after being dropped by the New York Giants. He has been drafted by the Chicago Cubs and is leading in the race for the right field job as of now 'I know I still have some good baseball left in my system," he said at the Cubs' Mesa, Ariz., lair Strickland Battles George Strickland, the weak- hiUing shortstop of the second- place Cleveland Indians, who has been relegated to the bench by the acquisition of Chico Carras- quel from the White Sox, isn't giving up without a battle. "I know I'll definitely have to hit to take it away from Chico, he said at the tribe's Tucson, Ariz., base. "I've been talking to Manager Al Lopez about my hitting and he's doing everything he Wells-2" to 16" Irrigation - Industrial - Municipal - Domestic WATER is our BUSINESS We Drill For Ir Pump It Soften It Filter It Cool It Irrigate With It GINNERS - TAKE NOTICE: Let us furnish your water needs for fire fighting power unit cooling, for siatifiers. HOME WATER SYSTEMS 3 Yean to Pay Complete iron removal, filtering and softening systems built to fit your needs. We have the answer to your needs for greater water volume and pressures. McKinnon Irrigation Co. Phone 112 or 190 — Manila, Ark. Vic Wertz Starts Comeback TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Ten pounds overweight but conditioned by handball and squash games in Detroit, Vic Wertz has started training to win back the first base job he held when polio afflicted him last Aug. 25. Wertz, arriving in camp a week later than the rest of his Cleveland Indians' team mates, has no doubt his comeback will be successful. "I see you have five or six first baseman," he noted. "Well, that's going to be my job. I won't be a gazelle around the bag, but I can feel in my bones I'll have a good Luis Arroyo Has New 'Peetch' ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., I/PI— Luis Arroyo, the stubby St. Louis Cardinal lefthander who sagged last season after a. fast start, has come up with a new pitch he hopes will make him a 15-game winner. It's a screwball. Scout Al Hollingsworth and pitching coach Bill Posedel helped the 5-9 Arroyo develop the pitch. "I've got a lot of confidence in She peetch," Arroyo said yesterday. year at the plate." At 212, Wertz is about 10 pounds over what he considers his best weight, but in his initial two-hour workout yesterday the 31-year-old slugger looked "in good shape," Manager Al Lopez said. WEDNESDAY, MARCH T, 19M 7thHitTitle Expected By Stan ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Stan (The Man) Musial, checked the last three years after racking up six batting championships in his first 10 campaigns with the St. Louis Cardinals, has confided to friends he expects to nail down his seventh title this year. The National League's greatest player of the last decade predicted, during one at those rare times when tie talks about himself, he would hit between .340 and .350. He thinks that should be sufficient to win the batting crown and he thinks Philadelphia's Richie Ashburn and New York's Willie Mays are -the-players-te^Seat. Ashburn captured the title last year with 342, and Mays won the previous year with .345. Declaring he felt a good deal younger than his 35 years, Musial maintained he's at his best physically since 1952—the last time he won a batting championship. He" weighs 177, two pounds lighter than when he finished the 1955 season. No Salary Hike "I've got to win the batting championship this year," Musial quipped, "I haven't receive a raise in salary in five years." An $80,000-a-year man since 1952. Stan said as usual, he's "going to concentrate on getting base hits. "I'm not going to try for home runs. I need about 4Qp more hits to reach 3,000 (his afflual total is 2,597). I figure I can get 200 this year and about 05 the next. The other 25 should be a breeze in 1958." In a thumbnail appraisal of other top hitters in the league, Musial said. "Ashburn probably will be up there again. You never can figure that guy. He's a spray- hitter and he also gets a lot of leg hits because of his speed. "Mays is a real good hitter who hasn't reached his peak yet. I know he'll be tough. "We've got a couple of young hitters on our club in Wally Moon and Bill Virdon. But they see too many lefthanders and, being southpaw Hitters themselves, they're at a big disadvantage." Musial neglected to mention that he's in the same fix. Not that It matters. Some of his "closest cousins" pitch lefthanded Almond Eyes, two-year old full sister ts Native Dancer, is among the nominees for the 1956 Selima ' at Laurel race track this fall. can to help " Carrasquel hit .256 last season, while Strickland could do no better than .209. CERT LEE SOYBEANS $4.00 Per Bu. KOREAN LESPEDEZA $9.00 Per 100 Lb. CERT, BUFFALO ALFALFA $35.00 Per 100 Lb. Also a Complete Line of Field Seeds and Weed Killers. THE PAUL D. FOSTER CO. First In Quality—Fairest In Price—Fastest In Service GET IN STEP FOR THE... „ SEASON Start out on the right foot . . . with the right shoe, CITY CLUB. None smarter . . . and here's reoi value, priced right! CHyChib Wi^.'^MlW

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