The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 19, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 19, 1955
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PAGt FOURTEEN BLYTHBV1LLE (AR1M COURIER NEWI MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, t9M CJiicfcs' Charles Abbott On. All-Southern Team Blytheville High School's big power- driving fullback, Charles Abbott, was selected to the All-Southern football team yesterday, capping a three-year high school career as the most outstanding Chickasaw fullback in many years. Abbott, together with four other Arkansas grid- ders. was named to the 36th annual 60-man All- Southern all-star squad by a panel of 132 coaches »nd sportswriters. The squad ot 92 backs and 26 linemen was selected Irom a 12-state area with five boys being chosen from each state. In addition to the 60-man squad, 72 more were accorded honorable mention. Abbott, who closed out his high school career with a tremendous 1955 season, was the first Blytheville player chosen for All-Southern honors since Billy Wayne McFarland was named in 1047. McParland was a halfback. Th« hard-running Abbott, who in addition to being a Brent ground-gainer, is a vicious blocker and.tackier and outstanding on defense. He carried the ball 94 times n nne games or 941 yards — a fabulous 10 yards average. He gained more than 100 yards in four games, with a high mark; of 108 yards against Osceola and 164 against Hot Springs - in both cases he played only a little more than half the game. Respect for his ability was revealed in Big Eight coaching circles when no other fullback in the conference was nominated to oppose him for all-state honors this year. Other Arkansas boys named to the mythical dream squad were Prank Plegge, tackle, of Little Rock: Jim Mooty, back, of El Dorado: Billy Kyser, back, of Camtien; and Jim Necessary, center, of Hot Springs. Martin Steps Up Work After Seeing Reb Films By HAROLD V. KATUKK FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) — Coach Abe Martin has finally gotten around to looking over pictures of Mississippi games and that may be the reason he's calling for his Texas Christian Horned Frogs to step up the pace in practice for the Cotton Bowl. MiU'tin watched Mississippi's Victories over Louisiana State and Mississippi Slate and sad he was greally impressed. "Mississippi is a. good all-around club, it handles the ball beautifully, has overall team speed and its passing Is very good, " was Martin's comment. Then he said that while lust week was easy on the boys they would work much harder starting today. The Frogs win practice through i Friday morning, then take out for I Uie Christmas holidays. They re- j turn on Dec. 27 and finish up at I home on Dec. 29. Workouts wlil be held at the site of the Jan. 2 bowl' game the three days prior to the contest. I While Martin was impressed with Mississippi, which, like Texas Christian, has a 9-1 record, he didn't predict that his Progs would take a trimming from the Rebels. He .said it would be a "great ball game" but indicated he figured TCU would come out on lop. Ii will be the eighth bowl appearance for Texas Christian, making it the bowlingest team in the Southwest Conference. Somebody remarked that since Johnny Vaught, coach of Mississippi, had never won a major bowl game perhapr TCU wouldn't mind the Rebels taking this one. Especially, in view of the fact that Vailghl is a former TCU playei himself. Chicks Rest After Second Loss When the Blytheville High Chickasaws hang their basketball stockings over the firer place this weekend they will have much to ask of Santa Glaus. The local lads went down in defeat again Saturday night, bowing to the Wildcats of North Little Rock 60-43. Following on.the heels of the Pine Bluff loss it was their second Big Eight conference defeat to two consecutive nights. The young season's record now stands at 4-2. The Haley Field Gym baskets should have been friendly but they weren't as the Chicks registered a feeble 26 per cent of their 60 field goal attempts in the North Little Rock battle. Their worst effort of the year. Guards Freddy Akers and Bobby Jones managed to gather In 12 points each. ' Blytbeville Pos. N. Little Rock Abbott, 8 .... P .... Yielding, 6 Daniels, 3 .... T Shantz, 7 Hodges, 8 C . Blankenship, 8 Jones, 12 O .. B. Worrell, 17 Akers, 12 O Eagle, 19 Substitutions,: Blytheville — Bratcher, Slayton, Thomas, Holt. North Little Bock — Bchrriidt 1, Stane, Maddox, N. Worrell, 3, Charles Abbott recovered from his rather mediocre showing of the night before, dropped in eight points and turned in one of the finest defensive plays seen this year. Great Flay A Wildcat had slipped past the defense and was racing unmolested for pay dirt when Aboott took up the chase. Leaping, he caught his man just as he was going up for the score and batted the ball neatly and cleanly out of danger. As usual the Chickasaws opened well. They led momentarily then settled for a first quarter tie. Both teams displayed a good taut defense in the early stages, the sharpness of the Chicks' work reflecting In several wild North Little Rock passes. But the second period was a dif- ferent story. Before the Chicks knew what was happening they had fallen back 10 points. Halftime score read 31-20. Free Throws Hurt Blytheville threw the ball at the basket 31 times in the first half, connected with only eight. And here again, in this half, in- ; eptness at the free throw line took j its toll. The Chickasaws missed eight In the first half (16 in the entire game), with most of these coining on those fatal first at- empts. Charlie Eagle, alert 5-11 Wildcat Outsiders Test SW Again; UA Is 0-4 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Southwest Conference basketball teams get the bulk of their intersection^ schedule out of the way this week but they'll have to hump it if they win enough games to pull even for the season. Southern Methodist and Rice, the most successful of the league outfits against outside opposition, each has two games, with SMU's task the hardest. The Methodists licked Kansas 81-61 last week to enhance their reputation and they will try to repeat the trick but on the Jayhawk's home court this time. SM0 also plays Wichita at Wlchiti in a short mid-western swing. The games are Wednesday and Thursday. Rice meets Kansas at Houston tonight then takes on Auburn at Houston Wednesday night. Hogs Lose Another Texas, which also has done very well, doesn't play a game this week, leaving it up to downtrodden Texas Christian, Baylor and Arkansas to pick up lost ground. Arkansas lost its fourth game without a victory this season Thursday night to the University ol Oklahoma, G9-59. The conference's record for the season in intersectional play is 12 victories aRiiinst 19 defeats. TCU, Baylor and A r k a s a s aren't likely to add many victories because TCU plays Wichita at Wichita tonight, Baylor tackles Tulsa at Waco Tuesday, Arkansas plays Phillips Oilers at Bartlcs- ville Wednesday and Baylor engages Oklahoma A&M at Still- water and Texas Christian tries Oklahoma City University at Fort Worth Friday. SMD was quite impressive in knocking over eighteenth-ranked Kansas, with Jim Krebs and Larry Showalter flipping in 42 points between them. It was SMU's second good showing in intersectional play of the week. The Methodists previously had whipped Wisconsin 75-62. Rice rolled on undefeated in six games by smashing Louisiana State 85-60. Texas A&M whipped Tulane 85-66 in something of a surprise then proceeded to lose to University o[ Houston 78-44. Texas did itself proud by winning (he Blue-Gray Tournament at Montgomery, Ala., licking; Mississippi 86-72 in the finals for the first defeat of the season for the Rebels. The Longhorns also rop- pled Auburn 83-76. Texas lost a scoring duel to Phillips. 108-81, earlier in the week. Arkansas stayed winless by falling to Oklahoma. Texas Christian had a miserable week, losing to Ken- lucky Wesleyan 72-62 and to Tulsa 73-38. Ray Downy of Texas became the top scoring individual in the league as he made 86 points in three games. He ran his total to 187 to replace Dick O'Neal of Texas Christian, who .low has 162. guard, the fray's high point maker with 19, touched off the third quarter fireworks with two fast field coals. Then Bill Worrell cashed in wiih a three-point play and the visitors were looking down on the Chicks from a 37-20 mountain, Apparently the Wildcats were satisfied with this advantage for thev be^ran weaving the ball on outside with little thought of bringing it any nearer the basket, even though 4 minutes still showed on the clock- in the third period. The Chicks met the challenge. Coach Jimmy Fisher called for a full-court press and the Chicks were off and running on one of their red-hot spurts. They hit the Cats like a hurricane, almost sweeping them from the floor. Great Spurt It was by far their finest eight minutes of "the night as they.drew within six points of the leaders. At the sound of the third horn the score was 40-34. In the final frame Bobby Jones continued the pressure with a field goal and Abbott followed with his great defensive play. Akers took the cue, added two, and the Chickasaws were only a field goal away. R. L. Shantz slapped back with Tigers, Indians In Tuesday Tilt CARUTHERSVTLLE — The Caruthersville Tigers will play host to the strong Bragg City Indians here Tuesday night. An A and B doubleheader is planned with the preliminary B game to start at 7 p.m. at the Armory. Other Pemiscot County games will include Homersville at Holland, Cooter at Braggadocio, Steele at Ross and Wardell at Deering. Writer Breaks Par HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (/P)—Leonard Crawley, sports writer frorn England, toured the Guyan Country Club golf course with his friend, Walker Cup Captain BiU Campbell of Huntlngton. Crawley played 36 holes on the unfamiliar course and turned in a 143—one under par. Give Husband Orson ^Cff\Tf\\ f k I I " For The Amazing New jLUILM LALL Christmas MAKES ANYONE AN EXPERT MOST CALLS EVER MADE! One way of grasping the call preparatory to use. Fingers and palm opening and closing over the aperture to imitate the mouthing tonen of the duck. For (Stose-tll calHnf, one w»y to nuke Ihe feed call. 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Two points] 1 separated the clubs with four! minutes left. *, I The absence of Shantz was not j particularly noticed for the Wil- j cats were protected with a good j bench. They rose to the demand! and blasted away with eight j straight, points as the Chicks col-j lapsed. Holiday Pest for Chicks Hodges tied Abbott with eight points in the game, hitting two field goals on 17 attempts, and four for 10 at the free throw line. He | stole four defensive rebounds to \ lead in that department for j Blyihevilie. The Chicks only count-1 ed 11 defensive rebounds and nine j offensively. j Three points were added by j Billy Daniels but his fine work sel-1 dom appears in the box score. Dan-1 iels, only a junior, was credited' with three defensive rebounds. The Chicks will be idle now during the school holidays until Jan. 3, when they host Marianna. And they'll have to meet the Wildcats again in their next conference tilt at North Little Rock. 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