Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 27, 1976 · Page 62
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 62

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 27, 1976
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8I ~:^!1?_ 2 ^ 1976 Sunder Catette-Mail " --Chartejfjn, West ' Lions Give Laidley Field Good Face-Lifting Whatever success is enjoyed by the Charleston Lions Club and the West Va. Coaches Assn. in the promotion of the North-South football game next Saturday night, ancient old Laidley Field has already come out a winner at least in a wee measure through pre-game renovations and sprucing up activities Dr. Charles R. Byrd, tireless representative of the Lions Club in the promotion of the game, noted the other day that members of his organization have been devoting a good measure of time--and a lot of muscle--to bringing old Laidley up to snuff for this attraction. It's an Dr. Byrd °W Lions Club policy. These g u y s won't be associated with anything which isn't first class. "We're installing some new seats, renumbering the old ones and making some other repairs," says Dr. Byrd. "Every seat in the stadium will be reserved and we certainly want the people to be comfortable and happy while they watch the game." He reported that more than 3,000 tickets have already been sold for By A. L. Hairdntan the game and there just isn't any doubt that the promotion will be a financial success. "We're not expecting this game to be a first year gold mine," Dr. Byrd said. "But you might recall that our basketball tournament (the W. Va. Conference tournament) wasn't an immediate success. We had to almost give away tickets that first year." He does expect a profit, however, and says the big concern of both the Lions and the coaches is that it be an artistic success. "That's awfully important to us," said Dr. Byrd. "We want to continue this game on an annual basis and the only way we can be assured of this is to assure our supporters of a good show on the field." At this moment Dr. Byrd and his constituents can rest easily. There is a lot of enthusiasm among the players and also among the football fans of our area. The facilities at W. Va. State College, where Dr. Byrd serves as a member of the faculty, are being utilized for practice sessions as well as rooming and feeding the players. And it is all first class Side Attractions Not only the game but the side attractions are shaping up as first class, according to Dr. Byrd. 0 "When I went up to Laidley Field ^the other night, I was most pleasantly surprised to find more than 100 student musicians up there trying out for the North-South Jackets Sign Wildcats' Estep; M.H. Signs Skins' Underwood West Virginia State and Morris Harvey have announced the signing of baseball recruits for next season. State signed Nitro's Perry Estep while Morris Harvey signed Hurricane's Dennis Underwood and Bob Arisen of Uniontown. Pa. Estep. a 6-foot, 165-pound centerfielder batted .449 for the Wildcats this past season and was voted the team's most outstanding offensive player. Other honors included second team All-State and first team All-Kanawha Valley Conference and Tri-Valley Conference. "Perry is an outstanding student-athlete with a 3.4 academic average. We are very pleased to have him in our baseball program," Maxwell said. Estep also played basketball for the Wildcats, Dunbar's David Petts and Winfield's Steve Bailey have also signed with the Yellow Jackets. Underwood finished his high school career with a .362 average. He led the state in stolen bases as a junior with 46. He was honorable mention All-State as a sophomore and a junior and he was first team All-Tri-Valley Conference this year.He was an outfielder for the Redskins. Arisen, a 5-11, 175-pound pitcher, had a 5-1 record this season with an ERA of 1.75. He averaged nine strikeouts a game. Both Underwood and Arison also played football. Underwood also played basketball. Underwood and Arison are the third and fourth players signed by M.H. coach Tom Nozica. The first two were Andy Graiscr and Joe Natalie. band," he declared. "This reassured me that there is an awful lot of interest in this game." Dr. Byrd, along with everyone else connected with the promotion, would be might) 1 thankful for some of the cool weather we have experienced here of late to justify the scheduling of the game so early in summer. "We realize we're a little early with the game this time," he admitted, "but the July 3 date was agreed upon to coincide with the bicentennial weekend. "Next year we undoubtedly will play the game either later in July or even the first week of August when the weather may not only be more suitable but the players will have a chance to get in most of their vacation time before reporting for practice." Dr. Byrd, like his ticket chairman, C. L. Spencer, readily admits that they might have made some mistakes in this, their first year of promoting a football game, but they feel they will benefit from their miscues and do a more thorough job next year * * * Teams Get Nickname They're calling the 1976 game "The "North-South Rhododendron Classic." which is pretty spiffy. But Dr. Byrd and his buddies also are adding something else to the game by giving the teams nicknames, like "Bears' for the North and "Cardinals"for the South. From whatever profits come from this game, 60 per cent will go to the Lions and 40 per cent will go to the coaches' association. From the Lions' share of the gate receipts will come the complete expenses of the game. It is estimated that it will require a minimum of $20,000 to meet all expenses for the game, including approximately $11,000 for food and lodging for the players during their two weeks of training at W. Va. State College. The two head coaches--John Chmara of Bluefield for the South and Wayne Jamison of Bridgeport for the North-are being paid $750 each for their services and their assistants--three on each staff- are being paid $400 each. For next year, Dr. Byrd said, the coaches for the game w i l l be named shortly after the close of the 1976 season and they will almost immediately get down to the business of selecting their players. There has been little or no static from the college coaches who have already recruited a great majority of the players on the two rosters. But it will be recalled that their demands that the boys steer clear of any and all all-star games was a big factor in killing the old North- South game, which was promoted by the Gazette. Times have changed From Bulova From $99 A. Goldtone case. Cor!.im li;atd strap. 5140. B. Goltltonc finish. Rolled link band. S160. C. Stainless steel. Slack call strap. $99. We have them. The exciting, new quart; digitals Irom Bulova. 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