The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 13, 1955
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PAOI FOURTEIN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS' TUESDAY, DECEMRER 13, 1955 Qeorge Chickasaws Face Severe Test In Football Future Does Blythevilte face a football drought in coming years? * • » Tliis question has been on the minds of not a few staunch t'hk-k- asaw followers during the past football season — not the least of whom is the coaching staff itself. Major reason of course is the fact that next year the Chicks will begin full-time participation as a member of the Big Eight. That will mean playing seven games against the largest schools in the state — a considerably tougher schedule than Blytheville has faced during most of the recent seasons, True, the Chicks have played most of the members of the Bis Eight at one time or another in the past, and have a better than average record against the larger opponents. But for the most part it has not meant facing the big one* week after week throughout the season. This no doubt will make a difference though it may not be as great as some apparently believe it will be. ANOTHER PRIMARY reason for the apprehensive attitude toward coming years, and particularly toward next year, IE that Blytheville may not have the physical material — either in squad size, experience or ability — to match the larger schools. This is what concerns the coaches most. With a norm of about" 30 to 35 boys on the entire squad — not even enough to field a regular B team — it will require more than courage to stay in the game year after year with the likes Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, North Little Rock and the others who almost every year have an eligibility list of 70 or more boys. And next year will be particularly tough. Despite the fact that only eight of the 24 lettermen, being honored at their annual banquet tonight, are seniors and won't be back next year, prospects for the Tribe are not good. THE NUMBER of graduates is fairly small but it's who they are that counts. Loss of the three-man backfield unit of Charles Abbott, Freddy Akers and Bobby Jones obviously will be the toughest blow to the Chicks. This threesome provided almost the entire backfield experience for the Tribe this year. Their loss will be sorely felt mainly because of the limited experience of the boys who ran behind them this year. Talent and potential of such youngsters us Charles Coalter, Ed Moore, Steve McGuire, Bobby Jayroe and others Is not lacking, but experience is — and that can lie :t big: factor when you're playing tough, pressure-filled ball games. McGuire probably faces the toughest test. He will have a pair of big shoes to fill in taking over Bobby Jones' blocking back spot. In addition to having played no quarterback before this year (he's a converted center), McGuire has one of the hardest positions to learn in single wing- football. The Chicks' running game will depend to a large extent on how well he develops. THE BACKFIELD problem no doubt will be the major one confronting Coaches Russell Mosley, Bill Stancil and Randell Prince next faJl, but it won't be the only one. End and center positions will he severely stricken by the graduation of wingmen Fred Ifoilges, Freddy Knunsavail, and Jim my Bratcher, and center Jimmy Gee. Co-captain Gee will be particularly missed on defense where lie played ;i linebacker position the way coaches dream of having H played. Loss of the three ends, out of four on the Chick regular squad, will be a blow of no small consequence, partirularly in view of the fact that there is practically no experience among the candidates for end except Jimmy Earls, who should become an outstanding ball player in his final year next season. At center the loss Is great, but a likely prospect in Eddie Perry should help solve the problem. Here again, though, tin: reserve strength will he missing. GUARD AND tackle positions should be well-mannrd next your, though loss of Homer Ratllff, who developed into a tigerish tackle linebacker, despite his slight build, will be felt. He's the only boy lost from guard and tackle positions, however, and there is considerable experience and fair size at both spots. Particularly well off will be the two Rmmi slots. Jodie Hall and Bo Huffman are lads who bring secret smiles to distracted coaches' After Fine Grid Season 24 Chicks to Be Honored Tonigkt B 1 Y t ll e V i 1 1 e ' s Chick- v - ot A -' s George Cole will bt'i were, of course, Freddy Akers and Akers Scores 7» mws. who wiH be honored at ^-,, b( , hung up ,„,. Uijrd j S^K^T^nt'S WE *l e ," "'/SU? ™«* "^ B 1 y t h e. v i 11 e ' s Chick- u -. of A.'S George Cole will asaws, who will be honored ati - T1 Tl . ib , , a banquet at Hotel Noble to-1 su , lishl yeiiv oi f osij £ only au |; ina . night, turned in another finej^ie ball game. The record was 8-1 football season recently, both "" ' in the won-lost record and statistically. Twcnty-iour Tribesmen Will re: ceive letters at the annual banquet i tonight which Is due to get uncier- ! way at 7:30 in 'the Plantation Room. Of that 24, .six will be receiving their third letter. They'll be given blankets. Six will get gold footballs us two-year lettennen and 12 will receive first year awards of sweaters. Three managers, Tommy Carney, Bobby Edgmon and Bob Byrne, also will receive letters. i hi? year and last year and 9-1 lor 1953. 70-11-2 Record That ran Coacn uusseu Mosley's eight-year record to a fabulous 70 wins, 11 losses and two ties, Blythcvllle's powerful Notre Dame Box attack ground out 2,278 yards rushing — more than twice as much as wns allowed Chick opponents by a rugged defense. ,Foes in nine games amassed u total of 1,120 on 326 carries. The Tribe's 2,278 yards were racked up were, of course, Freddy Akers and Charles Abbott, who alone gained more than 75 per cent of the total. Abbott rushed 94 limes lor 947 y;trds and Akers picked up 812 ! yards in 103 carries. : Next to them came sophomore ! Ed Moore with 146 yards in eight ; frames (records of the Hot Springs inline on all except Abbott and Akers are unavailable.) ; Two biggest games for the : Chicks in the rushing 1 ledger were i HOI Springs and Malvern. Against ilie Trojans the Tribe cut loose fierce attack netting 382 Akers Scores 79 Akers scored 10 TD's and kicked 13 points. Abbott scored 12 times by rushing. Other TD's were scored by Jones (4), Moore <2), Hoclue (2). Jayroe U>. Privett <2>, Bnucher (1) and Coalter (1). Jayroe also ran over for one extra point. Longest run of the year was .by sophomore Charles Coalter who toted the oval 90 yards on a kickoff return against Newport. Abbott legged 84 yards on a fake kick against Hot Springs for the Chickasaw B, Papooses Fall In Close Pair There wasn't any heat in Haley Field Gym last night, and the two quintets representing Blytheville failed to generate any of their own in dropping both ends of a double- vardson"tnVgrounTTh7yTad 357 I lon " est scrimmage play and Akers j header to against Malvern (scooted 85 at Whitehaven for the Akers led the scoring parade for in 336 plays for a terrific average j the Chicks who ran up 230 po nts of nearly seven yards per play. 75 Per Cent Big guns in the Chick attack longest punt return. Eight of the boys receiving let- while holding the opposition to 12. j tevs tonight Will graduate in May, Blytheville's scoring came on 35 | 10 returning; next year will be sen- touchdowns and 20 extra points. I iors and six will be juniors. '' as how much you can hang on to. Put away any amount, any time you like — assured of safety and regular earnings. Watch your bjilance mount as we add profits twice each year. Current Dividend Rate 3% Blytheville Federal Savings & Loan Association 200 N. 2nd St. Phont 3-4553 Boxing Through at NYC? ****** ****** Showdown with Guild Next Month By JACK HANI) NEW YORK (AP) — With 33 seconds remaining in the last quarter, the Chick B's were riding along on a 58-58 tie, then failed to patrol tlwir own backboard and bowed 62-58. The Paps also had last minute troubles in the opener, losing 31-30. In the senior contest the score was knotted at the end of the first quai- ter 15-15 with all Blytheville starters hitting. Although Brateher stepped up the pace in the next eight minutes, pop- pin, 0 , two field goals and four free throws, the rest of the squad only j contributed two points and the Tribe fell back at the half 27-25. Bratcher High Bratcher was high point man for the night, swishing six soft one- handers from the field. He was a : swec-Sieart at the free throw line. I too, hitting a near-perfect 12 out oi j ed home from there. In the Junior Higli first gamo Jerry Manlcy scored 15 points for thfl Paps. His rival at center, Berlin Baker, hit 16. But even in defeat the Paps looked good «s "wy heltl tllc half-Urn* Iraci 13-9. They're improving steadily. Still, boss John Koldus reminded the boys, they had a long way to BO. to put together more than one or television fights that come out ofj in blasting the guild for its "vaguei i wo cards involving fighters whose New York (.Friday from Madison I and shadowy" activities and its; Mm, f V/M.L- h« n «hr,c-f trtu-rt tv,,-! niauayers now are nouguild mem-! Square Garden and Monday from! "Monopolistic p r a c t i ; e =,." Hei ] ^ .1.1 L be ? S ^o ^ ° 1I ,; bers - St. Nicholas Arena, probably called it a continuing menace 'This definite' will be the end Missco Tourney Underway Blytheville __ iji ^ ii _. 4ti . ivu - ivi> i_ n, t ,[ ,,i ,- - ' Watson, 9 boxing after Jan. 15? Or wi{l| -This definite! will be the end'would be piped from other states. th^V^est'ity"'^'boxiiis and" said U^ Hnrvison, 2 the fight managers yield tOl of boxing in New York," said one. Some managers, however, urei \vould reduce the commission to aiv ^'Anley, 15 Julius Helfand hard - fisted ^ prominem m;in «ge;- who didn't'understood to feel that New York! •'empty shell, subservient to the! Rounsavall phairmnn nf the WPH' VnrL-1 u " is!l to l)e identified. "Helfand! is their home and they mus: make. whim, caprice and dictates of the 1 Smith, 2 V.J1CU111U111 Ul Lilt- i-lHV 1 \-ll n [ ,,, 1M ', ,,,,( ,,,„ ,,,,,-lJ „,,[ nf I-,,,.-i,,«„--.- I It-irl, f l,n ,.~ Sr,~i~., I DIMM'' QHle^ it W1 ^ StODD6d ' '"••*— : ~ JUXIOR GA51K ros. F P C State Athletic Commission? The show/dowu promises to be interesting 1 with a strong possibility of a court battle while the International Boxing' Club and the television networks fidget on the sidelines. Helfand gave th* managers who belong: to the Boxing Guild of New, York 11 "yes" or "no" choice. His! nine-page decision following a j seven-month inquiry, in effect, j outlawed the local guild, an affil-j iate of the International Boxing i Guild. | Terms Clear Although Helfand phrased it ! A small crowd was on hand warden i j ast n jght to greet the opening H ° 0 HHiPn iround of P Ia > r in the first an ' rlllH ii i • •> f~i • T Baker. ie i nual county-wide senior in- j'.mock. 10. vitational Basketball Tourna- McCoy, ! | That would just turn us over iu the inercey of the promoters. We fought hard to get the television money up from 5212 to 54,000 ;tnd we're not going to walk away from all we fought i"or." Altitudes Uncertain If the managers stann pat, the SeMo G!oves Talk at At the present time, it's hard to say what the attitude of other Mate commissions will be. In Chi- cairo.. Lou Radzienda, president ofj the National Boxing Assn.. said,I "I will have no comment until Ij receive the official directive from I the New York State Athletic Com-. mission." | j Nobody connected with the ln-i | I ternaiional Boxing Club would! 1 comment about any such po&sibil-j ity as boxing moving out of the; FORT SMITH. Ark suite. There was only one brief, Williams played only Fort Smith Forced To Forfeit Tilt Substitutions: Blytheville—Bruce, 2, Boyd. Wardell—James, Johnson, Kentner. SENIOR GAME Blytheville COiiUer, 3 Williford, 6 Wyatt, 20 Bratcher, 24 Moore, 5 F C G War del M. Fisher, 2 I Bankston, 4 i Harris, 20 j Hooten, 14' R. 0 , nsi. i^i Substitutions: Blvtheville— Yountr, McMahan. Scott; Wardell — Mc- j Gush, Treece, 3. more legal terms, his message was ! C A R U THERSVILLE — Another • meeting of Sikeston and Caruthersville Golden Gloves promoters has been set. for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 28, at the Country Club in Sikeston, ac- >.-P! — Darrell i '"" ' ' , one minute, i 13. His total was 24. statement from the IBC afier Hel-| and didn't score, against Van Bur-! Wyatt kept his average soaring clear: "GivR up your guild membership C0 rdtng to Al Lawrence, local promoter and Jaycee president. the Bolting lose your license.'' If the 81 members a Guild of New York refuse to turn in their cards before the Jan. 15 deadline, boxing may be dead in New Yoik. One matchmaker said last night it would be impossible The meeting will be held to dis- frmd's announcement, trom Harry Alarkson. director, and read like this "As a licensee of the New York State Athletic Commission <.ve operate under the rules and regulations 01 that .commission and the laws of New York state. 01 course It camej en last week, but his appearance i with 20 points. managing i cost Fort Smith a basketball vie-' Warden's big man was big Jack. Fort Smith yesterday forfeited ; Harris. He also,scored 20 times, add- the game, which it won 39-36. to' ing ten big ones in the important cuss further plans for the proposed lht ' co , umiS5ion decision todav Southeast Missouri Golden Gloves' Association which would be an organization to further amateur boxing in Missouri's Bootheel. faces. Probably no school in the state had two better guards this year of are, likely to have next year. And most of what dependable reserve strength the Chicks can count an will be in these positions. PROSPECTS FOR next year may not be too bright. Between the entrance to Big Eight football and the heavy loss of manpower that plagues nearly all teams every few years (it almost seems to run in cycles.i Chick conches face a rugged year ahead. But flue coaching, with which Blytheville has been Messed over Iho years, can make up for a great deal In material shortages, particularly In hijjh school athletics, where must hoys are just learning ami developing anil Instruction Is of greater importance than It Is Inter on. It's our own bet, that the ChickiisnWs will hold their own in the stiffer competition. There may be fewer seasons with only a single loss marring the record i as has been the case for the past three years) but the Chicks at Will have something to aim for, and our guess is they'll hit their share of championship marks. ated a new problem for us in our negotiations each year on our televised commitments.' Helfand cu*: loose with both fists Van Buren when it was discovered that Williams is ineligible. Johnie Burnett, executive secretary of the Arkn.iisas Athletic Ao- cre 'i sociation, said Williams is ineligible because he played hist season with a Fort Smith Boys Club team. He was a member of the high Stan Intihar. 6 foot 4 Cornell end from Euclid, Ohio, returned to action with a brilliant performance against Lehigh after missing 1954 due to Ineligibility. meat at Missco High in West Ridge. In the girls' first game, Manila clipped Shawnee 47-23 as Harris scored 27 points. McFatridge hit 23 for the losers. Manila had the upper hand all the way, leading 30-11 at the half. Wilson's girls were then dropped by Goalie!!" 36-24. Gosnell led the chase at the half 19-16. Crawford tallied IS for Gosnell and Wilson's SOUTH made 11. Gosnell was unable to register a point in the first quarter of the boys' opener but went on to outscore Dell in the third quarter. Still | it wasn't enough. Trailing at the half 29-7 the gap was too big to close even with Rea- pan's 18 points..Final score was Dell 54. Gosnell 31. Gulp aided the winners with 16. In the final jramc of the evening, Missco Hii;h boys eliminated Shawnee 72-29. Missco held a comfortable half-time bulge 43-14. Sulcer school varsity, but quit the team | for a 19-point total, during the season. | Wardell Catches Up Williams, a standout halfback on! With 2:58 remaining in the game Fort Smith football team, was in-i Warden finally caught up with the jured late in the gridiron season. I Chick B's. knotting the count at and had not been able ' to play J 5-S-54 on Treece's two free flips. much basketball this year. ' They grabbed the rebounds and rac- last frame. The third quarter was a seesaw affair. The score was tied fivsj times. But the Chick B's had the) edge going into the home stretch j 43-42. Actually it was Wyatt find; Bratcher vs. Wai-dell's Harris ana;, )accd the ]o5Crs w j th 9 tallies but Ray Fisher. Fisher ripped the nets; M ifaco - s K emp. 20. and Hall, 18, ran away with the game. Second night of the tournament gets moving tonight at six o'clock when the keiser and Luxora girls clash. A boys game will follow, Luxora vs. Burdette, and Missco's girls wind up play against Gosnell. 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