The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 9, 1956 · Page 6
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 9-1958 A „_ OLti lUCf V 1JJUEJ \AniV./ V/VW.t\l.mv n^ni^ .-_. .—. - - . .... ....... •— —• North Little Rock Nailed by Jonesboro The View from Here L £J JL ERRATIC. Can you think of a better word to describe the 1955-56 basketball Chickasaws of Blythevffle High? I can't Here's a team that failed to lose a single game outside the Big Eight. A team that skidded through a losing streak of six games .. . that came up from an 11-point deficit with two minutes remaining in the game to defeat Leachville on Its own floor . . . that handed Little Rock, the Big Eight Tournament winner, a 67-59 whipping ... a team that finished just barely out of a seventh place conference hole. Filter Erratic? Figure it out for your- Klf. But on« thing !E certain: they d r ew b e tt«r than any basketball team on the home floor within memory. Home attendance has been . ascending each year under the coaching hand of Jimmy Fisher, and the increase over last year was ex- tcUy 1,480 paW ».. . customers. La»t year the Chicks played before 2,567 Haley Field Gym Sans . . . this year the figure jumped to 4,M7. la utu&S, the L*achvill« g&m« tested the gym's seating capacity . . . with 589 fremetic fans eye- witnessing the brawl. Chicks claimed the victory 58-49. OTFORTUNATELT ... as far aa the Chickaaaw management was concerned . . . Pine Bluff lured the second largest turnout of the campaign: 496. It wu a bif occasion M Blytheville wu entering Big Eight conference play for the first time In the history of the school. Ther entertained loop members during the put football Kuon but then they were still Ineligible for championship participation. The pressure was evidently too •evere for the infant members. They fell to the Zebras 70-60. The Chicks redeemed themselves, however. The third fattest crowd ot the season left television sets and handy refrigerators on the night of Feb. 25 to wave farewell to seven team members who were due to graduate before another season would swing into focus. 481 shouters turned up tor this one to kiss the 1955-56 home season farewell. The opponent was Little Rock. Many of the Tribe's followers thought'this was their best game. Perhaps it was. Such things are difficult to Judge. « • * LITTLE ROCK needed the win to finish in second place. If they lost, they would have to settle for a tie. The Chicks needed the win to finish unencumbered in sixth place. A loss would force them to share the same slot with Ft. Smith. The Chicks jumped into the game's lead early, stunned them, and played ... If not their finest game . . . their steadiest ball to win running away. Final score was 67-59. As we said before, Little Rock went on to defeat titlist North Little Rock, and in the state tournament they were nipped by Jonesboro ... a team beaten twice by Leachville ... a team trimmed twice by the Chicks . ,. Like' I Mid: figure it out for yourself. The seven members who are scheduled to graduate this year are Glen Ray Thomas, Robert White, Freddy Akers, Jimmy Bratcher, Fred Hodges, Bobby Jones and Charles Abbott. That leavei quite a hole in Coach Fisher's present squad, but more about that another time. BASEBALL NOTES: Practicing since early in February, the Arkansas Razorback^ are getting their earliest start in many years this season. Jan Kayder of Blytheville, a letterman from last year's mound staff is returning. He'll be aided by another righthanded Blythe- Tille pitcher Bob Children. Coach Bill Pen-ill is expecting these two boys to dish up nothing but trouble for enemy batters. The coach reported 41 men turning out for practice the first day. At least I think they were men. After seeing "Time Out for Ginger" on the local stage, one can't be too positive about such things. Cullison Bicycle Shop We repair all makes Bicycles & Tricycles. We carry a complete line of parts for all make bikes. Phone 3-6122 Across from Kroger CULVERT TILE Concrete Culverts—Corrugated Metal Pipe—Automatic Flood Gates—Screw Type Head Gatei —Prt-Cast Septic Tanks We Deliver—Best Price* Webb Culvert Tile Co. at Ark.-Mo. State Llni Phont OStMrn 3-8414 FOR YOUR OLD STOV (I* Wwktnc OondlUon) ON ANY FULL SIZE Hubbord & So Ptwne J-44M MONKEY FLIP — One more monkey flip like this and Johnny James was ready to nail Joe McCarthy to the canvas for the full count. This was "preliminary" action at the American Legion'l weekly wrestling show last week. The referee is Chlco "Mad Mexican" Cortez. Another action- choked card is set for Monday night. (Courier News Photo) Rankin Goal in Final Seconds Upsets Big Eight Champions HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — A skinny youngster with more self confidence than the law allows shoved Jonesboro into the semifinals of the state's big basketball tournament last night with a 35-foot set shot which would have challenged Jack Armstrong, the Ail-American boy ' • With Jonesboro and the powerful North Little Rock Wildcats deadlocked 52-52, Tommy Rankin igot the ball with almost a minute remaining in the game. Dribbling at midcourt. Rankin deliberately stalled until only three seconds were left on the clock. Then, he cut sharply to his left, stopped short, and fired. The ball didn't touch anything but the net and Jonesboro won 54-52. Rankings shot climaxed a bril- services of their two big men. That grabbed the rebound and fired • liant second half drive by the Golden Hurricane, which was 11 points behind North Little Rock at the half The game also was the~ first upset in the Class A Boys high school tournament. North Little Rock conquered Jonesboro twice in regular season play. All Tommy's Idea The dramatic finish turned the Harrison High School gym into a madhouse. Jonesboro fans hoisted Rankin to their shoulders; cheerleaders wept; it took tourney officials half »n hour to clear the court. "I knew that was what I was going to try to do," said Rankin in the dressing room. "That's the Black, Lawrence Get Opener Job* TAMPA. Fla., Joe Black and Brooks Lawrence, two big right- handers, have drawn the assign ments to be the first pitchers in the Cincinnati'Redlegs' opening exhibition games. Manager Birdie Tebbetts said he would start Black against the Chicago White Sox here tomorrow and would open with Lawrence against the Sox in the second game Sunday. Rademacher After Olympic Boxing Berth CHICAGO (AP)— Pete Rademacher, who threw off the effects of rheumatic fever in 1945 to make his mark in the Army and athletics, has an Olympic boxing berth in mind tonight as he aims for the Golden Gloves heavyweight crown. Pete is a 27-year-old infantry lieutenant at Fort Benning, G'a., who fights on the Nashville, Term., team. In a tournament that since the war has been dominated by. servicemen, only eight are among the 32 top • fighters from west of the Alleghenles Who enter the semifinal and title competition in Chicago Stadium. The others come from all walks of life. All are survivors of preliminaries at the stadium last week which re duced the field of 256 scrappers to the 32. Rademacher was one of the sensations of the prelims as he stopped two opponents and unanimous, ly outpointed a third. Football Guard He played defensive guard on the Washington State football team In 1950 and 1951. He won Golden I I -C"- kerever ^ ^-^ :ine Kentucky bourbon is enjoyed ,, ... the call is for --'"'" S BROOK JaBafcafW^ BRAND Hutch Likes Alex —Right Now ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.,WI —Alex Qrammas probably would be the St. Louis Cardinals' starting shortstop If the season were opening today. That's the opinion of Manager Fred Hutchinson after Grammas rapped out a single and double in short Intra-squad game yesterday. Hitting is Grammas' weakness. After a slow start in 1954 he hit at a .300 plus clip in late months to finish with .264. Last year he ended with a .240. Gloves titles in the Seattle area, but missed in the 1952 trials at San Francisco Olympic when broken hand cost him his bout with Jack Scheberries, National AAU champion. But the next year, Rademacher defeated the same Scheberries to win the AAU title. The 32 semiflnalists shoot for tournament titles in bids to win places on the Chicago squad that invades New York March 21 for the 29th annual Intercity bout*. Other semifinalists include: 175 pounds— Ted Poole, Wichita, Kan. 160— Willis Anderson, St. Louis. 147 — Chester Ballenger, Kansas City and Leon Brooks. St. Louis. 135 — Joe Shaw, St. Louis. 126— Leroy Jeffrey, Tulsa. 112 — Jerry Morales, Kansas City. St. Louis, defending champion leads in the team title race with 1' points, tow more than Montgomery. Gator Adds 6,000 Additional Seats JACKSONVILLE, Fla., MB—The Gator Bowl will get 6,000 more seats, new team dressing rooms und a new press box before the :t Gator Bowl football game Dec. 29. The increase In seating capacity to 42,000 plus means the teams in collect more than $80,000 each. Auburn and Vanderbilt each got $71,000 for last year's game. way we do it in practice." "It was .all Tommy's idea, but I was hoping he would do Just that," Jonesboro Coach Bob Bradbury said. "I've never seen anything like that in my life." The victory will send JMiesboro against another favorite. Green Forest, at 8:50 p.m. in the semifinals tomorrow night. Green Forest outfought Whitehall 62-57 in Its quarter-final contest yesterday. Little Rock and Crossett will meet In the other seim-final game, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers from the Big Eight downed * surprisingly stubborn Forrest City crew 65-49, and Crossett ttumped Rogers 51-39 in their quarterfinal games. North Little Rock started out as though it was going to run away from Jonesboro. but the aggreslv v e play of the Wildcats cost them the COME . AND — (OR AROUND THB TOWN IF YOU LIKEl) was enough 01' an opening for Rankin & Co. Trailing at Half After matching points with North Little Rock in the first quarter, the Hurricane fell behind and trailed 40-29 at the half. Jonesboro then made its move, and closed the gap at the end of the, third quarter- to 50-45. North LiWe Rock turned on the freeze in an attempt to protect their dwindling lead, but within a few minutes both 6-4 Fred Blankenship and 6-1 R. L Shantz had departed on personal fouls. That loss cut hard into North Little Rock's defense, and Jonesboro grabbed the game's most crucial rebound. Jonesboro's Bill Caldwell hit a 15-foot jump shot to make it 50-47. Billy Worrell retaliated with two points for North Little Rock. Then, Mickey Neff of the Hurricane was fouled. He made his first shot, but missed the second. However, Don Vowell tipped in the ball to tie the score 50-52 with the Wildcats still in front. North Little Rock started to freeze again, but Charles Eagle was fouled and had to take a shot. He missed. A Hurricane player DRIVE IT-PRICE IT...OWN ITI SEE YOUR NEAREST O LOS IV! O B I DEALER THE OLD SUNNY BSOOK CO., DIVISION OF NATIONAL DISTILLERS PRODUCTS | LOUISVILLE, KY. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY, 86 PROOF. Bring out the BEST in your clothes Send Them To BESTWAY CLEANERS We Specialize In Formals and Evening Wear Guaranteed Summer Storage, Bonded & Insured 1 Day Service 10% Discount On On Request 2012 West Main Cash and Carry Phone 2-2408 Certified Blue Tag DP&L 15 COTTON SEED 00 <on FARMERS SOYBEAN CORP. 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