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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1945 . MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE Ventura, Johawks, Swaledale Win Despite the fact that many per sons feel the entire college basket ball world has been scandalized by the admission of 5 Brooklyn college players that they had con spired with gamblers to throw games for $3,000, we would lik to insert a word of caution--don judge too hastily. Too many persons have a teu dency to generalize about such matters, to condemn all college basketball because of the actions of one or 2 teams. That obviously is not fair, and does not give the game as a whole a chance to clear itself. We're not shutting our eyes to the facts--gamblers definitely .are active in collegiate sports, especially since the ban on horse racing went into effect and deprived the large majority of the bookies · of t h e i r sources of income. ' They naturally turned to the next, best thing, and the one that happened to be in season -- college basketball. NCAA Fights Had the ban come at another time of the year, you probably might be reading the same things concerning football, or even base- Eliminate Rock Falls, Rockwell, Meservey in Boys' Opening Round By ROGER ROSENBLUM Globe-Gazette Sports Editor Ventura, St. Joseph's of Mason City.and Swaledale moved into the second round of the Cerro Gordo county basketball tournament by virtue of opening victories on the Roosevelt floor here Tuesday-night. The Vikings of Ventura stretched their victory string for the season to 17 by handing Rock Falls a 54-28 lacing i n the* * * * * * * * ball. Withiii the last month, the National Collegiate Athletic association, which governs college sports, has taken long strides toward stamping out the gambling influence. Results will not come overnight, of course. * But we feel that within the nest few seasons, the NCAA is going to Tie extremely successful in waif- Ing war on the bookies and their influence. Coaches have been warned not to give out any infor- |' mation that would in any way aid gamblers in determining odds on a given contest. That will eliminate one source. Of course, there really isn't any IM way you can stop a gambler from I] contacting players on a team, but II we feel that the one instance now 11 being publicized might lead to an I exaggerated picture. Those in| \stances whereby a gambler can 1 influence players to throw a game are very rare. Above Board As a general rule, your college man is above such tactics. Not that it can't happen, as proved by the Brooklyn college incident, or that it won't occur again. But the instances are so isolated that to have ; it blacken the name of the entire r | sport would be silly. The revelation can serve a use- Iful purpose, however. It will put I just that many more persons on their guard, and make it all the tougher for the gamblers to operate. When the bookies know that every move they make will draw suspicion, they'll have to go tinder cover more than ever before. That's going to hamper their operations, and the threat of nation. al exposure to a player involved is also going to be a strong deterrent. Perhaps the grand jury investigation ordered by Kings county Judge Samuel S. Leibowitz will produce some results, we don't know. We're inclined to believe, However, that aside from the activities of gamblers giving and taking odds on games, little of essential value will be found. Make Killings ' Leibowitz said, in a statement to. the jury, "that rumors have been many that the bookies have been making killings on major basketball games both here (in New York City) and all over the country." As we see it, there are not many ways of stopping these men from operating. You can make it tough on them .by refusing to divulge information, but operating independently or in a syndicate in various places in a big city, it would be extremely difficult to root them out. Whether or not- they make killings on games isn't the primary concern. What interests us. right now is how often the gamblers are' getting to the players themselves. That's where your biggest and most .irreparable .damage .will come. It's one thing when players throw a game because of a gambler's influence, and another when through smart betting a bookie makes a big haul. There always have been gamblers around the sports world, and always will be. The problem is not so much eliminating them, as eliminating their influence on the participants. How much that is, we don't know. We guess it to be small, but we could be wrong. We hope not. evening's final game. Meservey and Rockwell; along with Rock Falls, were eliminated from the tournament, Meservey lost to Swaledale in the night's first encounter, 19-5, wlule . the Johawks tripped Rockwell, 36-19. Wednesday, night 3. more boys games were on the card, including 2 first round contests and 1 second round battle. The Clear Lake "B" team was scheduled to open the evening's play at 7 o'clock against Thornton, followed at 8:10 by the Mason City sophomores vs. Plymouth and at 9:20 by the St. Joseph's - Swaledale battle. The Johawk-Swaledale game is a second round match; and the winner meets Ventura in the semi-finals on Friday night at Ventura. The Vikings-had little trouble with Rock Falls. Coach Leo Esbeck left his first-stringers in the game through the first 2 periods, and about 2 minutes of the third quarter before sending them in to dress. Still unbeaten this season, Ventura showed it had class and scoring .punch by 'time and again intercepting Hock Falls passes and driving in for clean shots at the basket, most of which found their mark. . At the end of the initial period the Vikings were out in front by a '14-6 margin, and that was increased to 34-10 at the intermission. With the reserves playing a majority of the' third stanza, the margin was 44-15 at the end of the third period. Koerber. Rock Falls forward, finally found the range during the last'period, and dumped in 11 points in the late stages of. the game. Dick Miller scored 1£K points :o : pace the Ventura attack, while Wolfram had 12 and Center Willard Gisel 9.. ' . ' · . , ' Some excellent rebound and tip-in work by Center. Frank Pattee kept the. Johawks ahead throughout their game with Rockwell. The Blue and White jumped into an early lead, and never was headed. It L; kept control of the ball almost'at" will"." " Box Scores S WALEDALE (19 FG FT PF TP Hshn, I 1 « 4 Pahus. f S » I Caspers, c « 1 1 Jlndrlch, i · · 0 Moroner, ,r ·-.-·· · '· * McLmjhlio, f » · I Wll.nri, { 0 0 · Jones, t'..:..:......... 0 o 1 o o · o o o VerHelst, I Baldwin, I . . . . . . . MESERVEY (S) FG IT PF TP . Ostenlorf. I O Sprau. t. G. Ostendorf. c . . . : Guli.' t Obrecht, f Hall. ..« · - · . MeninKen. c Haferman. Totals - 1 RIVALED ALE . . . . . . t 4 MESERVEY 4 0 Free Throws Missed: Swaledale--Cas- pers e. Jlndrleh 3, Moroney 2. Pahus 2. McLaurhlin. Meierrej--Sprau 3, Obrecht 3, G. Ostendorf, Goth. Holy Family Quintet Gains Finals in Dubuque Meet With 40 -15 Win GRAND JURY TO PROBE SCANDAL Brooklyn College to Play Remaining Card By TED MEIER Brooklyn, (/P)--College basketball authorities throughout the nation, disturbed by the admission of 5 Brooklyn college players they had accepted 51,000 to throw a game,-pondered anew Wednesday methods of combatting widespread gambling on games that one source estimated ran as high as $10,000,000 weekly. Leaders .of 'the indoor sport, ST. JOSEPH'S (36) Cater, f '.. Coyle. f F. Pattee. e ; FT e PF TP 1 6 T. Pailee, t ............ O Foshmla, c ............ 0 o Garcia, e .............. 0 It Skyles. I ............. · « « Kelly. f ............... " ° Merwr, I .............. « ^ Totals ... ............. 13 « ROCKWELL (19) FG FT Waters, t ____ · ...... .'..- 3 - ° CUrk. f ........... --.-·· 3 « Petersen, f Huff, C ... Byburn, f . Dlerkant, c Hansen. f ' Storajes. f FIGURE IN BASKETBALL CHARGES--Robert Lefler (above), was 1 of 5 members of the Brooklyn college basketball team, Brooklyn, N. Y., who, 2 assistant district attorneys of Kings county announced. had signed a statement alleging they had received Sl.OOO to "throw" their game against Akron university at Boston Jan. 31 and that negotiations were under way to "fix" the St. Francis game slated for Feb. 10 at Madison Square Garden. PF TP « 6 Charles City, Austin Next on List for Mohawk Quintet have made _ bad it 'not missed 14 of 17 -free throw at- Rockwell : could things , Interesting ST. JOSEPH'S 10 f 1» -- XOCKWELL - · - - S · S . *Tree Tarawa Missedt St. Joseph's--Fat- tee^V-Carlo S, 'T.--~P»ttee. Kockwell-- Waters 6. Aviso 4, Clark 3. Drsrdeuf'. A ;3rd straight weekend of bas- etball . action confronts Mason ity's cagers Friday'and Saturday. eviating from the procedure of he last 2 weeks, the Cardinal and ack will be at. home Friday night and on the road Saturday. Friday night Coach Bud Suter's lads play their 3rd straight "revenge" VENTURA 54 tempts. St. Joe commanded a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Maintaining the pace through the second period, St. Joe held a 16-5 hai.'time advantage. That had been increased to 34-13 at the end of the' third quarter. Pattee scored 12 points for the Johawks to lead his club's point- making, and Waters and Clark netted 6 each for Rockwell. Swaledale had little trouble disposing of a small Meservey outfit. Four' of Meserveys points were scored in the first quarter, when the winners missed the mark on frequent shots. After that initial stanza, however, the losers did not make another field goal, and all they could add to the original'5 points was a charity toss by D. Obrecht in the 4th quarter. Meservey registered only 1 goal during the entire contest. Swaledale, moving forward at an easy pace, pulled ahead at the intermission by 8-4, and at the end of the 3rd quarter by 15-4. Big Bob Caspers netted 13 points for Swaledale, while Sprau had 2 for Meservey. Dlek Miller, f ... Gisel. c ......... Baker, e ........ Boll Miller, f E. Anderson, J FG FT . , e a . -. 5 . 0 O . · 1 Knap, f Dorow. c Schmidt, i K. Anderson, c ROCK FALLS (i« Duff, f Koerber. f Tost, e Wjrbomer, [ ...4.. Deels, I Botchardf, f Jackson, f Lair, f Taylor, f libbets, f ....' BOCK FALLS FG FT :t o £ 1 4 e · o PF TP 3 S 1 4 4 O 14 6 Free Throws Missed: Ventura--Gisel Schmidt 2. Dick Miller. K. Andeno Dorow, Bob Miller. Rock Falls--Duff Yost 2,* Koerber, Wyborney, Taylor. return battle vtth the Charles City 'Comets. Earlier In the season, the Comets landed the Mohawks a 4 -point, 34-30 setback at Charles City. Saturday will mark the oth out- if-town engagement in 6 starts, vith:a trip to Austin on the card Austin holds a 10-point triumph 'largest of the season, incidental- y) over the Cardinal and Black The Mohawks will be heavy favorites to even the count with Charles City. Thoroughly displeased with the showing made a Marshalltown last Saturday night when the club blew a 4th-quarte lead, Suter got down to bras tacks this week with -stiff work outs on the slate each night. Plenty of rebound work -- weak est feature Saturday -- came in fo attention this week, as well as th play department, which went we for 3V4 quarters against the Bob cats before collapsing. After holding first place for straight weeks in the northeas division, the Mohawks slid inl the runner-up spot this week i the Associated Press poll of hig school teams. M a r s h a l l t o w grabbed first. A double victory , by the Mo from Ned Irish, promoter of the doubleheaders at Madison Square Garden, to Wilbur C. Smith, president of the National Collegiate Athletic association, asserted that the action of the 5 Brooklyn players in no way typified the attitude of the college athlete in general. Smith called upon the "every-dar fan, who is in no way to be confused with the professional gamblers, to help us by not betting on college athletics." .Meantime, a Kings county grand jury called into a rare night session by Judge Samuel S. Leibowitz, heard testimony from the 5 players, Bernard Barnett, Larry Pearlstein, Robert Leder. Jerry Green and Stanley Simon; their coach, Morris Raskin: police and assistants district attorneys Edward HeCfernan and Louis Andreozzi. The jury concluded its session shortly before midnight and was expected to hand up its findings to judge Leibowitz sometime Wednesday. Irish announced that "further action to diminish gambling on Sames and to protect the players from approaches by persons ifiter- ested in influencing the outcome" was taken at a meeting of New York metropolitan .athletic directors and cage coaches. ."The measures are designed," Irish said. "To give the. player as- 1 surance of protection from these advances, but in order to be effec- Phog Allen Blames NCAA for Scandal By FRANK CRAWFORD Lawrence, Kans., (fP)--Officials of the NCAA send their basketball teams right into the nest ot professional gambling and then deplore betting on intercollegiate athletics; says Phog Allen, who has been yelping at the heels of gamblers for months. "The National Collegiate Athletic, association met in Columbus in January and expressed 'regret' at the prevalence of gambling on intercollegiate sports," Allen, basketball coach at the University ol Kansas, asserted in an interview Wednesday. "But they continue to team up with professional promoters to hold tournaments In arenas where everyone knows big time (amblers operate in hordes." "What a paradox!" yelled Phog. Wins Over Monticello at Dubuque Dubuque--Holy Family of Mason City earned the right to meet St. Joseph's of Bellevue in the finals ol the diocesan basketball tournament here by walloping Sacred Heart of Monticello, 40-15, Wednesday morning. The final game was to be played here Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock. The Bellevue club has won.the tournament for the past 3 years. The - Maroons never were in trouble, as they jumped into an early lead'and held x safe margin throughout. By the time the initial quarter came to an end, Holy Family commanded a 7-3 martin. By halftime that was increased to 17-6 and 29-8 at the end of the 3rd stanza. Al Mataloni, playing at guard for the Maroons, led the scoring iayfield Independents Beat Mason City Cage :iubby4,-39Score Hayfield-TheTamresIndepend-|«ve. must remain undisclosed at ent basketball team of Mason City « ne . moment. layed the Independent team here, Asa Bu ! h ? ;l 1 ' commissioner of the locals winning by a score of ? ats . te TM;,. athletics, asserted 'ath- 1-39. after trailing 'most of theUetic directors must now. organize - in strength to protect college games" while Smith, in his statement at New Orleans, declared : the causes which may be facilitating the increase in gambling should be closely examined. Such questions as to whether games should be played in any gym- I " 01 nasium or arena not located on the 17M ' campus of one of the competing institutions should be considered." , ?·"*;,% , ,,,. T , Vadal Peterson, coach of Utah's " rao t« i£S "£' ?074 NCAA champions, said at Salt C7o 703 «-9 108-H401 Lake City that the players'admis- sion "may be the lesson needed to I check a vice at its beginning. BOWLING SCORES Games Jan. 3D Women's Learue Won lit -'nd 3rd H.c. Tot. Dr. Pepper 0 409 483 471 Sam Raizes 3 Ml 591 UJ W. Schlnnow 111. 418. r. Swift Herb Ge £. Both 213, 470. It js a "sad commentary" on the NCAA, Phog observed, when with the top teams of the nation it is forced to seek aid from professionals to conduct its own tournament. "The political oligarchy of the NCAA is busy .keeping a self-perpetuating group in power rather than trying to smash at the cancer eating at the heart of intercollegiate athletics," Allen contended. "They'd better .get .busy or intercollegiate sports wil be deader than a door nail. These Brooklyn gamblers ' charged with giving bribes are just small timers. Just peanuts. There are some really big operators back east. It will take more than talk to stop these babies," the colorful veteran coach believes. Officials of the NCAA, with their Pollyanna attitude,'.' said Allen, "allowed gamblers to ply their trade right under their noses. And the pity of it all was that those men had the power and opportunity to strike at this bet ting Frankenstein. Had they hac vision and nerve they would hav engaged a man with the standin J. Edgar Hoover to clean up thi nasty business. . . · "But they haven't done it an I don't think they will. 1 think th college presidents rather that overcautious athletic directors and faculty representatives are the ones to do the job." parade with 14 points, followed by Center Joe McCauley with 10 and Mony Vega with 8. The triumph was the 5th in a row for Holy Family. The boxscore: HOLY FAMILY (10) nes, f e»a. f eCanler, e urnett, t ataloni, t allotly. f eplcka. e utehlnson, ( heehy, c asej, i .: PF TP 3 4 0 « 1 10 Totals .'. 18 rc ACRED HEABT (15) . Sloll. t I Vebber. f 1 irfll llaa«, c 3 r lnee- llaar, f .......... 0 M Sloll, t " Hayes, f ..' 0 Totals 4 FT PF TP FIGHT RESULTS (By The Associated Press) New York.--Archie Moore. 1GG} Hero, Cal.. T. K. O. Bob Jacobs, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia of New ,^f° York asked the aid of the public 1 to see to it that "cheap, tin-horn chiselers" be thrown into jail. Judge lelbowitz. In instructing the grand jury to "hand up any indictments necessary" declared "to corrupt a college boy is to dei his formative years. vermin stretch their filthy paws Into our college halls , . , , ... , , .. . , they pollute the flower of our hawks, coupiled with a defeat o COUIltt y s you th and they have got the Marshalltown quintet, could K ,, destroyed. Take forthright move Mason City back into the ,, s h these t, arna cles and Holyoke. Mass.--nanny Bartfield. 13!Hz, New York,' outpointed Joe Amlco, 14134, Philadelphia, 10. Providence--Louts Lflnr. 1U3. Chlearo, T. K. O. Jimmy Nelson, TJ315, Cleveland. 8. ·Batimore--Joe Carter, 156, Rome, N. Y-, outpointed Louis «'Kld" Cocoa, 133, Ft Rico, 10. top rung. COLLEGE BASKETBALL (By Tbe Associated ?reas) spurn Duke 48: N. Car. Stale M. Jacksonville XATC 43: Florida 34. Virflnia Teeh 43: VMI X!. Tennessee 43: Georgia 26. Jacksonville NAS 47; St. Auittstlne Coast Guard 38. Portsmouth Coast Guard 43; Cherrr Fotat First Warning Group S3. Smltbfleld Blue Streaks 71; Wake forest M. Lenolr fihyne 39; Appalachian 23. Balnbridre Navy m; MItcbel Field 40. Camp Delrlek 44; Camp Helablrd :7. Etnarr and Henry 36: Lynchburt 35. MIDWEST narrenstmrf 45; Missouri Valley 41. Illinois state Normal 52; Charleston Teacners 43. Fort Sheridan I!; Trail Field 45 Overtime). Franklin 40; Freeman Field 36. Ambulant Proctology CLINICS Consultations and Examinations Every S A T U R D A Y 10-12 1-5 \ For Rectal Soreness Emergency Cases at All Times Dr. R. W., D. O. 218, 219. 220 First National Bank Bldfr. Phone 842 FOB 15 iBAOS 9FOK JooWfr ·fte rlA^faow 1 WAS A sfter AJo A POOfrTABl BUSINESS Lincoln Army Air Field 63; Doane Navy St. Ambrose 5t: Dubnqne 50. 'ndiana State 48; Wabasn 31. St. Olaf 31; Au«9burr 19. Macalester 65; Carleton 42. Loras «?: Wart burr 53. Simpson 48; Ottumwa Navy 46. St. Louis 66; Jefferson Barracks 48. Bowline Green 31; Deuhon 49. Ohio 4S; OUerbein 42. Great Lakes 39: Northwestern 39. Iowa Preflltht 61; Nebraska 41. Kansas 39; Kansas State 36. SOUTHWEST Oklahoma A. t M. 43; Oklahoma 31. Southern Methodist Sfi; Tex. Christian 3R. Pnrcell Xaval Gunnery School 42; Altus AAB 38. Camp Howze 42; North Texas 38. Camp Luna 48; Kirtland Field 42. WEST Washington Slate 46; Oregon state 31. Vlelorvin* Array Air Field 37; Williams Field S3. · Whitman 47; Northwest Nazarene- 34. College 'of Pacific 60; Letteraun General Hospital 29. FIGBT BESULTS (Bj Tbe Associated rVess ' Brooklyn -- Jimmy Doyle. 1(8*2. Los An- ceies. ontpointed Johnny Jones, 1521:. Pittshorfh. 10. Jersey Citr -- ]ri*h Jimmy MalUean. i;0, Cresco Grapplers Beat Austin Matmen by 35-3 Cresco--Austin's lost its second decision in Iowa within the space of 2' weeks, as the Cresco grapplers came through with an easy 35-3 decision over the Minnesota crew here Tuesday night. Boston ark, , outpointed Bob Wade, 16$, New- Football teams from 8 different Southeastern Conference schools have played in the last 9 Orange I smash them hard." The disclosure oJ the scandal likened to baseball's Chicago black sox of the 1919 World series, broke I late Monday night with the arrest I of Harry Rosen and Harvey Stemmer on charges of conspiracy. The players, later dropped from the Brooklyn squad, signed a Packer Tutor Feels Game Can Survive Los Angeles. (U.PJ--Curley Lam- jeau, coach of the national professional feotball champion Green Bay Packers, thinks there will be enough "genuine 4-F's" and discharged players to keep the league in operation next fall, without weakening the brand of professional football. "We need only 250 players for the league to function," the 6-tlme championship coach said. "There should be enough genuine 4-F's and discharged players to keep us In operation -- and I don't think the league will be any weaker than it was Ia;t year." Lambeau, who admitted he was keeping his eyes open for possible recruits next fall, said he was heartily in favor of another big- time professional football league, "if it's not one of these fly-by- night leagues that promise a well- known college player a lot of Maroons Trip Lansing, 35-18 Dubuque--T h e Holy Family basketball team of Mason City reached the semi-final round of the diocesan cage tournament which got under way here Monday by drawing a bye for the first round and beating Lansing, 35-18, in the second round Tuesday night. The victory paired Holy Family with Monticello In the semi-final game Wednesday. Mason City's contender led all the way in its second round game, with no trouble whatever. Ten men were used during the game, with Vego high for Holy Family with 15 points and McCauley runner-up with 12 points. Holy Family had a 21-3 lead at the halltime and the game was never in doubt. statement they received Sl.OOO from Stemmer to throw the Akron game originally sch'eduled for Wednesday night in Boston. Stemmer, described as a gambler, was held in $3,500 bail for a further hearing Feb. 5. Rosen was arraigned in Manhattan on another charge. The D. A.'s office said he would be arraigned later I on the conspiracy count. | Brooklyn college authorities said i that with the exception of the Akron game, which was cancelled, the team would play the remainder of its games as best it could with the other members of the squad who were not involved. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Aekle; 31: Hampton 30. Alrflna 29: HumboHt 2T. BarUnrton 34: Kcokuk '30, Bedford 32; Clarlnda 28. Davenport 3A; St. Ambrose Academy, Davenport, 17. ~~ I.e Man 31: Elk Point, S. Dak.. 19. Morrison. III., 43; Lyons, Clinton. IS. Omana (Benson) Ml Council Bluffs IAV- raham Lincoln) 27. ' Spencer 44; Eithervllle 3T. Spirit Lake .13; Mllford 30. money and .then give him only a small percentage of the profits." "On the whole I think it would be a swell thing, and there's room for more," he said. SHOW WORLD SERIES FILM The only showing of "Highlights of the 1944 World Series" open to the general public was to be made Wednesday night at the YMCA, it has been announced by W. P. Tyler, chairman o£ Clausen- Worden post No. 101's baseball committee. The showing was to be at 7:30 o'clock, with a 2nd presentation on tap if necessary immediately following. All sports fans were invited to witness the film. Lt.-Cmdr. Bob Elsoh, former ChJcago sports announcer, docs the commentary on this sound film which depicts the high spots of the recent classic won by the St. Louis Cardinals over the St. Louis Browns, 4-2. This was to be the only showing in Mason City, as the pictures have been booked many months ahead by organizations throughout the entire country. 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