The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 11, 1956 · Page 12
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 11, 1956
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PAGE TTTELYB BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 19M The View from Here IN NINE YEARS his teams won 202 basketball gamei and lost only 46. His senior boys came up with five county championships, three district crowns and entered four state tournaments. His juniors took three county championships and two in the district . . . then went on to win in the state in 1955. These records belong, of course, to Coach Tom Park of Dyess High School. Th* adding machine was hauled out to tabulate this wonderful record yesterday upon hearing the official announcement that Coach Park was quii- * ting his post. He's moving: to Horncrsville, Mo., where he'll perform is superintendent of schools. There will be absolutely no coaching duties connected with the new position. / "I won't even cc^li from the •idelinesi" the good-lor .'tor 33- year-old coach said. He's certainly not a stranger to schoolboard functions because he served at Dyess for two years as superintendent in addition to Ins coaching duties. Before that he pul in two years »K school superintendent. He also has earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. "The opportunity was too good to pass up," the coach said yesterday. "And it's particularly tough to be leaving now because within a year or two I figured we'd have our best aH-time cage squad here." So the 1952 Dyew learn must then rate M the best he's coached. That was the quintet which loit a 65-63 heartbreakcr In the at at* tournament to champion Bergman. Wayne Lemoni, m member of the crack outfit, is now Mississippi Stat* College's regular center. "Probably my greatest play- tr," Coach Park said". The 6-5 Wayne -was named to the state all-star team in 52-53. Joe Gray was another ouU standing Park product. He graduated in 1955 . . . and holds the Northeast Arkansas tourney record of 54 points, in a .single game, tnd a tourney record of 114 point* ID three games. He'i now in the Air Force. Billy Burllson, who watt re- ecntry named to the junior, •iaic e4nM B all-star team, ratM M th* coach's best all- time pro»pect. Billy U a ninth grader. Keep an eye on him. With such * beautiful future fa store for Dyess fans, you can Imagine the struggle Tom must have (tone Lhrongh to make up hi* mind about the big switch. "Respect," he said, "respect for the coach, I think, is the most important factor In forming winning teams. If the boys don't like or respect their coach, they can't be expected to play their best ball. And won't. "I suppose you might say that I'm a stickler for fundamentals, too." Although Tom has turned out sonie fine individual stars, teamwork above all else Is the key lo his success. "I've never once ... In all the time I've been here . . . encountered jealousy among any of my boys. I suppose that's because I try to Instill team pride In the boys above all else." In that respect, his teams travel in their Sunday clothes to all rood games. That includes suit, collar and tie. This practice has been a standard procedure throughout his tenure. July 1 is the date of Tom'i of fid a I departure. YOD'TC got a good long time yet, folks, to get your going away speech prepared, you'll be waving- goodbye lo • great man and coach. Torn and his wife Frieda are expecting a child soon. Perhaps that's why they have chosen July 1 as goodbye time; want to make sure the child will be * native Arkansan. Of course, there's nothing wrong wilh Missouri, either. HythevHle High's Chickasawa are scheduled for their first tnste of cinders In a track meet at Poplnr Bluff Friday afternoon. Their meet with Caruthersvllle scheduled for yesterday was called oil because of bad weather. They won't be able to escape that red-hot Class "B" Missouri state champ Caruthersville, however. The Tigers are among the eight, teams entered in Poplar Bluff's meet. • * * Overheard In Memphis: "Bill Terry Just told me the South At- Inn tic League hired the worst umpire he's ever seen." Sure would like Lo hour what the unip says about Terry. Meet Attracts 135 * » » » » » » * Osceola Defends Both Senior, Junior Titles in Missco Event WILSON — A starting field of about 135 athletes representing eight schools has been :d to participate in the second annual Mississippi County Class ''B" Track and Field Meet named I which begins here tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Conley Unable To Help Tribe 4 to 6 Weeks MILWAUKEE M*—Pitcher Gene Conley's sore shoulder will keep him out of National League action lor "four to six weeks" as the Milwaukee Braves today faced the opening of another season with a mnin cog missing from the worki. Conley's trouble is a carryover from the 1956 campaign when it put the 25-year-old righthander out of action in August after he's won 11 and lost -1. After a winter's oreatment he reported for spring training suy- ing he felt "fine." But two weeks ago the injury was back. The 6-9 pitcher stayed in Florida, under the wire of Dr. Michael Dicosola Saraaota, when the Braves started playing their way north ten days ago. General Manager John Quinn, who gave the four lo six weeks '.estimate, said "I talked with Dr. Dico.sola nnd he appeared very pleased with the progress Gene is making . . . lie's been throwing lightly for a few days now." Serious April injuries are getting to br an old story to ihe Braves. They begun nnd closed the two campaigns with one or more startf-rs in handiiRCs. A's Rookie Plugs Hole in Hill TU LS A, Oklft., tffi — Kansi City's hopes of finding a rookie to plug holes in Us mound staff continue to ride high following 7-hit, 7-iiining performance yesterday by Troy Herrlitgc. The 25 - year - old native of Tipton, Okla., allowed Pittsburgh two runs, one earned, struck out one nnd walked one. Herriage came to the A'.s from Montgomery of the Sally League where he posted a 15-7 record last season. Bobby Shantz come on in the eighth to relieve Hcrrlnge and got credit for the 4-2 decision. He yielded only one base hit. The Athletics won, the game on a two-run homer by catcher Joe Ginsberg in the ninth inning. Art Ditmnr and Lou Kretlow are scheduled for mound duty here today as the Athletics meet Pitts burgh In the next to last of their exhibition game.v Hog Smith in NCAA MADISON. Wis. '/Pi — Billy Ray Smith of (he University of Arkansas will vir Burcohi of California Polytechnic College in the opening rounds of the heavy\veii,'h.t division of the 19th annual NCAA boxins touHirur.cnt. Tne tourniiinf-nt will be held at the University of Wisconsin tomorrow tiirouph Saturday. 'Little' Tryout Dates Changed Little League tryouLs. because of the wet. grounds, have been rescheduled. Boys 10 years of n«e and under will' perform Thursday: 11-year- olds tryout Friday, and players 12-13 will show their wares Satu rd 11 y. Tryouts begin al 5 o'clock p.m. each d:iy. Osceola, defending champions both senior nnd junior divisions, been awarded the favorite's role. Their dominance is expected :o be clear-cut in the senior events jut the junior story remains slight* ly clouded. Although the meet is usually restricted to Class "B" schools, Manila's junior squad has been allowed to take part. Here's the way the field shapes up: Seniors: Osceola, Wilson, Luxora, Armorel, Missco, Keiser. Juniors: Osceola, Wilson, Armorel, Keiser, Shawnee, and Manila. Osceola should do especially well the weight department with lichard Lucas doing the chuck- ng. Btg Luke has been throwing he iron ball about 45 feet. Luxora's Billy Looney is an out- landing sprinter who is slated for action tomorrow. Billy is also a avorite in the broad jump. Last ./car's jump mark set by Armorel's 'erry Coats is 19 ft., 2 3 4 Inches ; ferry is also set to work tomorrow, j Reiser's Jimmy Mattson's form n the high jump to date has looked est. And in the pole vault several oys have shown well. Including iudie Cecil of host Wilson. Cecil also will carry the hopes of tVilson in the mile run. He's cxpect- d to be pressed in this event by ill Maloch of the favored Semi- oles. One star Seminole might not hi the starling lineup, uowevei ie's one of lost year's champions len Wells, the 440 king, who re ortcdly is 111. Manuel of Luxora and Shoemaki rom Osceola are expected to fur ish a tight fight to the tape li e 880 run. Experts have already cut am ried the relny runs, loo. Here' ihe way they .see them: Wilson ii the 880 and Osceola In the mile But they're undecided in the 440. Order of Events fl:00 — Senior pole vault, hlgl jump, broad Jump, shot put, and discus. Junior high jump, shot put an discus. Broad jump and pole vaul following seniors. 9:45 — Junior and Senior 440 re lay (only if there are more than I teams i. Junior 50 yd. dash Senior 120 yd. high hurdles Junior 120 yd. low hurdles Senior 100 yd. dash Junior 100 yd. dash Senior 180 yd. law hurdles Junior 220 yd. dash Senior 220 yd. dnsh Finals 1:00 — Junior and Senior .sho put, discus, nnd brond Jump 1:30 — Junior 440 yd. relay Senior 440 yd. relay Junior 50 yd. dnsh Junior 120 yd. low hurdles Senior 120 yd. high hurdles Junior 100 yd. Senior 100 yd. dash Senior Mile Run Senior H80 yd. relny Junior 440 yd. dash Senior 440 yd. dnsh Senior 180 yd, low hurdles Senior 880 yd. run Junior 220 yd. dash Senior 220 yd. dash Junior 880 yd. relay Senior Mile Relay 1955 Senior Records: 100 dnsh — J. CrossWait, Osceola. 10.1 220 dash — J. Crosswait, Osce- old, 23.8. 440 dash — *Ben Wells, Osceola, 57.8. 880 — LexH Kennedy, Wilson, 2:23.4. 120 hurdles — James Sano, Wil- ui, 20.8. 180 hurdles — Clark, Oi,ceola. 23.4. 440 relny — Osceola (Crosswait. Hopkins. Wells. Rodgers), 47.3. 880 relny — Osccoln (CrosMvatt, Hopkins. Wells, Rodgerst. 1:41.0. Mile relay — Wilson (Chandler, Kennedy, Floyd, Carpenter), 4:01.0. Shot Put — Wade Rodgers, Osceola, 42 ft., 1 in. Discus — Wade Rodgers, O.sce- oln, 117 ft.. 4 in. Pole vnult — 'Kenny Sano, Wil- Ted Busting Out Again CHARLOTTE. N. C. tfV-Ted Williams walloped his first home run of the spring training season yesterday to announce he's back in full stride as the Boston Red Sox' fence buster. Williams also singled and drew n walk in three appearances nt the plate as Boston smothered the Philadelphia Phillies 21-1 at Greenville S. C. Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATKI) Pit ESS j Richmond, C n 1 i f. — Archie- Moore, 196, Snn Diego, slopped' Willie Bcnn. 211. Los Angeles. 5.1 Kansas City, Kan. — Floyd P«t- terson, 183, Brooklyn, knocked out Chief Alvln Williams, 116. Kansas City, 3. Miami Beach. Fla. — Bob Snl (.enfold, Ifla'/i, Chicago, outpointed Jim Perwy, 182',i, Miami, 10. I Southern Assn. HJT THE ASSOCIATED PRKgl Nashville 0. Chnltnnoog» 1 Otlwr game* postponed. Drive in today for a complete automotive checkup! PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. Your Ford Dealer BlyrtiiYillt, Ark. Phon* 3-4453 Reds Take Smith At Waiver Price DENVER Iff, — All because of a sore arm, a three - player deal with the Cincinnati Redlegs in December, 1054, has proved a total loss for the St. • Louis Cardinals. The sore - armed relief pitcher they had pinned their hopes on. Prank Smith, was released by the Cards on waivers and promptly picked up by Cincinnati for the $10,000 waiver price yesterday. The Redbirds gave up hard hitting third baseman Ray Jablonski and pitcher Gerry Stalcy for son. 7 ft., 10 in. High jump — Chandler-Hudgins (Wilson, Luxora) tie, 5 ft. 2'/ 2 in. Brond Jump — "Jerry Coats, Armorel. 19 ft., 2*4 in. • indicates returning athletes. 1955 Junior Kceords: 50 dash — Logan Young, Osceolfi. 6.0. 100 dash — Jerry Hill, Osceola 11.3. 220 dash — S. E. Stovall, Osceola, 2(i,0. 440 dash—Leroy Mahoney, Shawnee. 62.7. 120 hurdles — Mahoney-Harlin- son fShawnec) tie, 17.6. 440 relay -- Osceola (Young, Hill, Stovall, Moore), 51.5. 880 relay — Osceola (Reece, Hill. Stovall, Moore), 1:49.5. Shot Put — S. E. Etovfill, Osceola, 46 ft., 9 in. Discus — S. E. Stovall, Osceoln, 130 ft., 9!i in. Broad jump — S. E. Stovnll, Osccola, 17 ft.. 6!';. in. High jump — Buchiman-Reece (Wilson, Osceolat tic, 4 ft., 8' 2 in. .•Pole vnult — Groves, Luxora, 8 f(.. 3 In. Smith in that deal, and thre win $50,000. The 28 -year - old righthander pitched only. 39 innings last year because of the sore arm and posted a 3-1 record. His departure reduced the Cardinal squad to 33 players, 14 of them pitchers. THIS WRESTLER TOOK A DIVE — Bob Boyd, who most recently appeared, in the American Legion ring as a referee, showed up Monday night in trunks instead of white and was treated accordingly by Joe McCarthy. Boyd pinned McCarthy, however. (Courier News Photo) Landy Will Try for Record Here MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — John Landy, the fastest miler of all time, hinted today ' he might break the 4-minute barrier when he visits the United States for two races next- Jo/in Koldus Considered For JonesboFo Post JONESBORO — Blythe- villc's Junior High Coach John Koldus has been mentioned here as one of several Arkansas State graduates being considered for the head football coaching position at Jonesboro High School. The post was recently vacated by Charles "Chili" Davis, who resigned. Jerry Davis, line coach and scout at University of Arkansas (he played end at Oklahoma): and Furman graduate Frnzier Bailey, assistant at Little Rock Junior College, are also under consideration. month. The Australian .school teacher,, cularly hard," Landy continued, who has gone under 4 minutes inj "But now I'll do some prepara- four of his last five races, will run] lion for i«ese meetings." in Los Angeles May 5 and in thej He said he had no idea who West Coast, Relays in Fresno May I would run against him in Los An- 12. His world mark is 3:58. "If conditions are right, I might even run faster than last Saturday," he said. He was caught in 3:58.6 in that one and complained later that he felt "sluggish." "But ii's just a gamble," he added. "I dearly would love to break the 4-minute mile in the United States, though The under-4-m i n u t emile has been run nine limes since Roger Bannister of Great Britain finally broke the barrier two years ago. It never has been done on American soil. Wes Santee's 4:00.5 is the closest in the United States. "I haven't been training parti- geles — which will be a special mile' in a dual meet between Southern California and UCLA— and Fresno. There will be no more competitive appearances for him between his American races and the Olympics, the 25 - year - old Landy indicated. WHEATON. 111. Iffi— Gil Dodds, one 01 America's top milers decade ago and now a successful track coach, sees no reason why Americans can't better the four- minute mile. "Our fellows who are good never have a chance to reach maturity," said the one-time world record holder. "Glenn Cunningham ran some of his greatest races after he was 30," said Doddgs, "but nowadays' they quit too soon." Dodds, better known as the; "Flying Parson' 'when he was the toast of American milers, opens. his 10th season as Wheaton's"'. track coach Saturday on a new 315,000 cinder oval which he feels "is one of the top tracks I've seen." Dodds ran as an amateur until 1948 when he was 29 and then con-. tinued to run in exhibitions through 1953. He set a world record of 4:06.4. in 1944 and later ran a 4:06.1. 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