Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 45
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 45

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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ug. 1972 ^Sunday GneU+Mml 'People Mover' Chiles Finds Route to Success in Football MORGANTOWN-For m a n y young men growing up in the ghettos of our major cities, ath- · letics have been the ticket to escape and future success. This is definitely true for Brian Chiles, starting fullback for the 1972 West Virginia University football team. The 6-1, 225 pound "people , mover," as coach Bobby Bowden calls him, has used his football prowess to run from Inwood (Long Island), New York, right into football grants- in-aid at Wesley Junior College in Delaware and now WVU. Unlike most of the successful athletes who escape the ghettos, this senior grid standout wants to return home at some later date as a social worker to help his people. Right now, though, football has his attention. Chiles and his teammates will report to the coaching staff a week from today to begin fall practice for '72. Most observers are expecting a lot of things from the Mountaineers and Brian agrees. "There is no reason v yhy, with a lot of hard work and barring key injuries, that we can't go 11-0." Last year's third leading rusher (97 carries, 486 yards and six TDs) is quick to add, "of course we must get the breaks to help us along." Brian, who is WVU's only big back, has always been on suc- cessfal grid squads. In three years of high school action his teams at Lawrence High won 20 and lost only four. THE FORMER junior college All-American started to think more and more about football as a stepping stone to success late in his junior year of high school. At this point, severa colleges began tc show some interest in him. As a senior he really had to buckle down, obtaining part- time work, since only he and his mother were left at home. So he went to school til three, then from six til 10 each evening, six days a week, he worked as a stock boy-salesman in a small department store. Upon graduation he chose Wesley where a high school :eammate, a year ahead of him, had cast his lot. He was a standout there for two years, capping his career Contest Go-sponsoring the "Miss Charleston Charlie" contest at Watt Powell Park Aug. 10 will be the Pilots Club of Charleston- A committee representing this group, shown above with Charlie business manager Regis Cole, was named last week. From left: Mrs. Donald Carmen, Mrs. Lucinda Baldwin, Cole and Miss Alice Legg. Girls 18 to 32 are eligible for the contest. (Staff Photo) More Than 500 Are Entered In City Swim Championship Two swimming teams in the j Relay events at both Glendale Greater Charleston Swimming;and Kanawha will be timed fi- League are undefeated as 15'nals. The finals for all individual events at Meadowbrook Friday pionship. iwiU begin a half-hour earlier, at More than 500 swimmers are 4 p.m. for warmups and 5 p.m. entered in competition which for competition, will be held at Glendale Pool in Entries this year are about 10 teams begin comoetition Monday night for the league cham- · · · ' South Charleston Monday night and at Kanawha Country club on Wednesday night. Finals will be held at Meadowbrook Recreation Club on Friday night. per cent ahead of last year with s t r o n g teams being launched by the Tennis Club and Tom Dawson, chairman of the Greater Charleston Swimming Assn. summer league, is director of the city meet. by leading Wesley to a berth in the Sterling Silver Bowl in Kansas. His team tied 1 host Hutchinson in a cold Thanksgiving Day battle, despite his establishing a new rushing record by carrying the ball 33 times for 204 yards and his team's only TO. Then nearly 75 schools sought Brian's talents. The list included Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and of course West Virginia. The personable athlete decided he preferred to play on the East Coast. Thus he narrowed his choice to three. .Furman, Georgia Tech and WVU. Furman was in the picture because three of his teammates were going there. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, the home:own of his mother and where tie has many relatives. Then why did he pick WVU? Several reasons come to his mind now: 'the football program and ath- etic tradition, plus the state's jeauty and of course the friend- iness of the people." * * * WHILE AT Wesley, his team isited Keyser on successive rears to play Potomac State. In Brian's words, "After growing ip in Inwood, I had never seen beautiful scenery before. I climbed one of the nearby hills on one trip and sat there look- ng down into the pretty val- eys." Upon graduation the 21-year- old New Yorker would like to Jlay pro football. If that doesn't lappen, he will return to the ghettos to help his people. "Drugs are running rampant back home," Chiles notes. 'They are bad in the elementary schools up. Many of my old friends have gone astray of the law because of this and other problems. If I can save just one youngster and get him on the road to success, I'll be happy Of course I wouldn't stop there." No, Brian Chiles will not stop with one; he will battle on just like he batters his way for key yardage on the gridiron for the West Virginia Mountaineers. BASEBALL! Derby Day TODAY 4:00 CHARLESTON vs. SYRACUSE "Charlies" "Chiels" WATT POWELL PARK Edgewood Country Club. The Tennis Club, which has The qualifications" at "Glendale'dominated league competition in are for 8 and under and 9-10 age jthe past, will be, hard put to groups. Warmups begin at 4:30 continue its record. p.m. with events starting at 5:30 p.m. Parking for the Monday event at Glendale has been secured at the Methodist Church lot on Central Avenue. For the first time this year, points and awards will be given for the first 12 places. Medals will be presented to those 12 l places in individual contests. Events at Kanawha--which." i n relays, points and awards also start with 4:30 p.m. war-j w ii] be earned for six places, mups--are for the 11-12, 13-14, w jth medal* for the first three and 15-17 age groups. Kodak Sponsors Baseball Series ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Eastman Kodak Co. of Rochester will sponsor the minor league baseball World Series which will be played Sept. 11-19 in Honolulu. The series will match winners of three Triple A leagues--International, Pacific Coast and American Associaton--an all- star team from the Caribbean Federation of Winter Leagues and a team from the Mexican League. Kodak's sponsorship will include special activities and awards to players. Meanwhile, former Cleveland Indians pitching great Bob Feller has been named honorary commissioner of the series. A Bob Feller outstanding pitcher award will be given by the Sheraton Hotel Corp., for which Feller works. Suppa, Garrett Win Tourney Sam Suppa Sr. and Ed Garrett won a scotch foursome golf tourney Saturday at Kanawha Country Club, shooting a net 6314. Second were Dick Huber and Harry Hoffmannn with 66V4, while Bill Lanham and Fred Hall took third with 68. Midget Football Sign-Ups Today All boys ages 8-12 living in| the Park Avenue to Lock 6 area wishing to play midget football can sign up at 5 p.m. today at the North Charleston Recreational Center. , places and ribbons for the next three. Other teams in the league are: Berry Hills Country Club, Edgewood Pool Inc., Elkland, Glendale, Hawks Nest, Hilawn, Kanawha Country Club, Lakewood, Meadowbrook, South Hills and Walnut Hills. 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