The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 20, 1955 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 20, 1955
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY X), 19BB Coaching Staff to be Larger for Big 7 Beefing Up Slated For Both Football, And Basketball By GEORGE CLARK Courier News Sports Editor Given the green light by the school board, Blytheville High School officials today began the big task of preparing for full scale competition in Arkansas' elite Big Seven athletic conference. At a history-making meeting yesterday, the school board voted unanimously to proceed with plans for the school's entrance in the Big Seven Conference after first analyzing what problems the Chicks would confront in the higher classification. Members of the coaching staff were present at the confab. Yesterday's action by the board means that the Chicks can now consider themselves full-fledged members of the Big Seven in spite of the fact that they probably will not compete for the conference championship until the 1956 season. All Needed The board's permission was all that was needed after the school filed a letter of intent with the Arkansas Athletic Association and members of the Big Seven three weeks ago. In announcing the board's decision. Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson commented: "There's not much we can do in the immediate future except make plans. The board has decided to meet as nearly as possible, the necessary requirements that members of the coaching staff and the school's Athletic Committee feel will be needed in order to enter the Big Seven on a competitive basis." Mr. Nicholson stated that several adjustments are going to have to be made in the school's athletic program now that the Chicks have raised their classification to Triple-A. Larger Program "Coaching staffs in both junior and senior high school are going to have to be enlarged," he said, "and we are going to have to increase the physical facilities of our plant." Mr. Nicholson stated he feels these requirements could be met but he added the big problem is jn the school's basketba.U program which has been Jn need of a good overhaul for many years. "As far as basketball is concerned," Mr. Nicholson said, "we are not equipped with our present facilities to properly entertain teams of Big Seven calibre." But he added that while this problem can not be solved immediately, "we are going to work on it and try to work out something as soon as possible." Big .lob The biggest problem the Chicks face in basketball is the lack of proper playing facilities. The school has outgrown Haley Field Gymnasium. "The acquiring of a new field house and gym is going to be a collosal job," Mr. Nicholson stated, "one that we will just have to work out as we can." W. P. Pryor, president of the school board who presided at yesterday's meeting had this comment to offer after the meeting: "All I can say is that I hope it works out. We are faced with a big handicap in our basketba program but I believe It can be worked out. We (the board) simply decided that Blytheville could no longer stand still so, away we went." Coach Russ Mosley when asked for comments, said he is "tickled to be in the Big Seven. Of course, it's going to mean .some long trips and some harft ball games but maybe we can compete with them." Aside from a general broadening of the school's athletic program which was promised by the board at yesterday's meeting, Mosley said "one of our biggest problems is going to be getting boys out for football." Fisher Comments Jimmy Fisher, Chick ba.sket.ball coach, said thai, he was "glad to get a chance at this kind (Big Seven) of competition." It'll be a tough row to hoe for awhile but I believe we can make it. "What the average fan doesn't seem to understand .though, is the travel involved in playing such a schedule. It's particularly rough in basketball because the Arkansas Athletic Association won't allow you to play but two games a week. And these games involving round trip travel of 650 miles is going to be rough." However, Coach FLsher said that he planned to get started right away in lining up a full Big Seven scheduled for his 1955-56 season. According to the reception given the Chick's bid for Triple-A classification, school officials are anticipating little trouble in lining up full Big Seven schedules-in both basketball and football. At the time the letter of intent was filed with the AAA and Big Seyen schools, Mr. Nicholson asked for comment from the Big Seven members, stating that BlytheviLte would withhold a final decision until such comment was received. Practically every Big Seven school voiced approval of the Chicks' moving up and stated that 1956 dates probably would bejaned up. Need Only Schedule J. M. (Johnie) Burnett, executive secretary of the Arkansas Athletic Association, said all that remained! for Blytheville to compete for the; triple-A crown was a satisfactory! schedule. According to Big Seven rules,: round-robin play is required, thus! "satisfactory schedule" for title | competition would mean contests with all other members of the conference. Mr. Burnett told the Courier News this morning that Blytheville. will continue for the rest of this | school year in competition in Dis-1 trict m-AA. He said, "My interpretation would \ be that the change in status is for the following year, and would not, be effective until the school year 1955-56." Thus Blytheville will still be eligible for the participation in 1II-AA basketball for the remainder of this season. Cole to Stay At Arkansas Razor-back Scout- Changes His Mind FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. <J> — George Cole, veteran Arkansas Razorback football scout who had said he was considering joining Bowden Wyatt at Tennessee, said yesterday he will remain at his job under the new head football coach, Jack Mitchell. Cole had indicated he was considering a change in jobs after 25 years, because of criticism leveled at Wyatt who resigned as Arkansas head coach to accept a similar position at Tennessee. HE GAINED PLENTY Alan Amcchc, Wisconsin's NEA All- America fullback, and wife Yvonne hold onto the sweetest reward the Badger star has received for his ground-gaining Ameche was presented with 3.212 one dollar bills, fastened together, representing the yardage he picked up in college—an NCAA record. Gift came from hometown Kenosha, Wise- fans. (NEA) Musial on First Base For Cards in 1955? By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK (AP) — You won't get any member of the St. Louis Cardinals' official family to admit it, but don't be surprised if $tan Musial winds up the regular Redbird first baseman again next season. Manila Seeking Basketball Tilt MANILA — Manila's Lions are looking for a basketball game to fill an open date next week. Coach Deward Dopson said yesterday that the Lions' game with West Memphis, scheduled for Jan. 28, has been cancelled and a replacement game is needed. Coach Dopson said he would play any team within a reasonable area. Tiger Juniors Get First Win CARUTHERSVTLLE — Caruthersville's Cubs won their first game of the season as they swamped over Braggadocio's Eagles 2617 in a junior high contest here Tuesday afternoon. Caruthersville led throughout the entire game and had a 8-3 halftime margin. The Cubs have lost NOTICE TRUCKS - TRUCKS - TRUCKS "A LICENSE FEE of $5.00 per annum is hereby levied upon each motor vehicle operating for hire or profit on the street of (he City, regardless of whether the owners or operators live or reside in said City or elsewhere." (Excerpt from Ordinance No. 429 of the Ordinances of the City of Blytheville, Arkansas.) All License Fees shall be due and payable during the month of January of each year. TO AVOID PENALTY — PROCURE YOUR TRUCK TAGS PRIOR TO MIDNIGHT JANUARY 31. CITY of BLYTHEVILLE The Musial switch figures. Especially if Bill Virdon, the .spectacular rookie outfielder from Rochester, comes through as expected. Virdon captured the International League batting crown with a .333 average last year. If Virdon should make it, Manager Eddie Stanky probably will play him in center field, switch Wally Moon to left and keep Rip Repulski, the only righthanded hitting outfielder with the exception of rookie Harry Elliott, in right. Best on Club Musial. easily the best defensive first baseman on the club, could shift to first, a position he played on and off from 1946 through '52. Regardless of where Musial plays, the Cards' youth movement will continue at full speed. The trade which, sent Ray Jablonski to Cincinnati has practically assured j two games. | Eddie Wyatt was high for Ca-1 ruthersville with 7 points and the j Eagles' Grinstead was high by j meshing 9 points. [ the regular third base job to 23- yeEir-old rookie Ken Boyer, who literally burned up the Texas eague with his brilliant play afield and at bat.. Virtually everyone who has seen him in action says Boyer is ready. A .319 hitter in Houston, the tall, rangy lad already is being hailed by some scouts as another Pie Traynor. Heart of Havana Club Boyer and Virdon, along with infielder Don Blasingame, another highly promising Cardinal rookie, are currently the heart of the Havana club in the Cuban League. Boyer. playing excellent ball ag'ain following a mid-December bean- ing, is hitting around .300 and fielding sensationally. Virdon, currently just about the best American performer in Cuba, is hitting around .330 and handled his first 165 chances without an error. Blasingame, a scrappy, hustling type player along the lines of'Stanky, was the Texas eague all-star shortstop. A .315 hitter at San Diego Open Starts Today Field of 150 Golfers Tee Off in Search of $15,000 Prize Money By BOB MYERS SAN DIEGO, Calif. W) — Call fornia's winter golf picture shifts to the Mission Valley Country Club on the outskirts of this city today, where a field of nearly 150 players starts shooting for $15,000 cash in the 72-hole San Diego Open. Leading the contingent is the winning Hopkins Trophy team from the United States, victor over a valiant Canadian team ill the fourth edition of the series sponsored by the International GoH Assn. The Yankee shotnialrers scored 17 points to 10 for the Canadians to win the award, inaugurated by John Jay Hopkins, wealthy industrialist, as a Canadian - United States good will gesture. The United States scored 11 points in winning three, losing two and splitting one singles match, and winning two and losing one of the doubles attractions at the neighboring La Jolla Country Club Briefly, the results: Singles — Chick Harbert, Northville, Mich., defeated Pat Fletcher, Saskatchewan, 4-up, 3 points to 0; Ed Furgol, St. Louis, defeated Al Balding, Toronto, 1-up, 214 points to '/a point; Henry Martell, Edmonton, defeated Marty Furgol, Lemont, 111., 3-up, 2',4 points to V'z. Jules Huot. Montreal, defeated Jerry Barber, Los Angeles, 1-up, 2 1 :) points to \' 2 . Cary Middlecoff, K i a m e s h a Lake, N.Y., defeated Bill Kerr, Montreal, 5-up, 3 points to 0; and Jack Burke Kiamesha Lake, and Stan Leonard. Vancouver, B.C., ended even, each IVi points. Doubles — Burke-Ed Furgol defeated Fletcher-Leonard 2-up, 2'2 points to I?; Balding-Gordon Brydson, Toronto, defeated Middlecoff-Lloyd Mangrum, Nlles. 111., 3-up. 2'/2 points to l /2' Barber- Marty Furgol defeated MatSe Kerr, 3-up, 3 points to 0. Houston, he is being converted into a second baseman. Batting Champ Elliott, a chunky bespectacled outfielder, was the Pacific Coast League batting champion last year with a .350 mark at San Diego He collected 224 hits which included 42 doubles, 15 home runs, 19 total bases and 110 runs'batted in. Pitching is what the Cards need most and Stanky may find a couple of "live ones" in such "sleepers" as Herb Moford, a n-game winner at Columbus; Luis Arroyo, a 27-year-old Puerto Kican southpaw with a 16-9 record that included a nine-inning no-hitter at Houston; Willard Schmidt (18-5), the Texas eague pitching leader with Houston and John Faszholz, whose 18 victories with Rochester tied hi mfor the International League lead. Its the whisky jj in the bottle thjat keeps Early Timfs on top Early Times is so fine, so traditionally perfect that millions of Americans have made (his premium quality whisky the top-selling 86 pioof straight bourbon in all America. Embodying the groat tradition of Old Style Kentucky Distilling, Early Times is boll led only at the peak of perfection—Truly, Every Ounce a Man's Whisky. AMERICA'S TOP SELLING 86 PROOF STRAIGHT BOURBON KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKY EARLY TIMES DISTILLERY COMPANY • LOUISVILLE 1, KY, $134 Pint Paps, C/iicrCs B Team Play Dyess In Doubleheader Here Tonight Blytheville's junior high Papooses and the Chick "Bees" swing into action at the Hs- ley Field Gym tonight against the invading Eagles of Dyess High Scnoo . The first game, scheduled for 7 p. m., will pit Coach Bill Stancil s Papooses against Coach Tom Parjcs high flying junior Eagles in a game that should be one of the top junior affairs in the county this year. Leachvilie Again Tops Jonesboro Lions Garner 70-64 Victory in Close Eaft'e of Powers LEACHVtLLE — If there was any doubt in anybody's mind as to who has the top team in District Three this year, it should be erassd now. Leachvilie's Lions, for the second time this season, thumped Jonesboro's Golden Hurricane 70-C4 in a see-saw battle played here last night. The Lions, with Darrell Blocker leading the way, rode home free on a last half ra!Jy that broke open the game which had been a nip and tuck affair for two full quarters. Blocker Gets 24 Blocker, working like a master under the backboards, pushed through 24 points for the Lions. But his efforts weren't good enough to cop high scoring honors. Jonesboro's Rankin took care of that with 27 points. The game was tight most of the way. The two teams were knotted at 14-14 at the end of the first eight minutes and Leachvilie held a three point, 33-30 edge at th'e hair. However, the Lions began pulling away in the third period and emerged with a 50-46 margin at the In the second game, the Chicks' B team is slated to go against the Dyess High B team. In the junior contest, the Paps will be seeking revenge for an earlier shellacking they suffered at the hands of the potent junior Eagles. Taps Beaten Earlier In a game played al Dyess earlier this season, the Paps were defeated 74-33 by the Eagles, which is one of the top junior teams of District Three. Last weeK the junior Eagles journeyed to Jonesboro and gave the Annie Camp juniors of Jonesboro a terrific batttle before dropping a 45-42 decision. Jonesboro currently is undefeated and is rated 33 one of the top junior teams in the state. The B game should be a corker the Chick Bees are undefeated this year and will be shooting for their sixth straight win. Two Games Tomorrow Dyess, on the other hand has a wealth of Class B talent and should 5ive the Chick Bees all they want. The Chick Bees and the Paps also are slated for actior in a home doubleheader tomorrow night against Burdette teams. In that twin bill the Chick Bees will take on Bur 'ette's A team while the Paps' B team will play Burdette's juniors. beginning of the fourth. Leachvilie Atkieson 10 Blocker 24 Ward 12 Ray 16 Thweatt 4 1'os. p F C G G Riggs 8 Mathis 5 Rankin 27 Rankin 27 Abernathy 6 Caldwell 16 Substitutes: Leachvilie — Hauls 4; Hanshaw 2. Osborn. Youth Problem Top Sports Figures Ban Together to Curb Juvenile Delinquency KANSAS CITY U1 — Some outstanding athletes of the past and present plan to do something to curb juvenile delinquency. Ernest Melil. sports editor of the Kansas City Star, said they have organized as the Fellowship ^)f Christian Athletes. They plan to visit colleges and high schools in teams "in the belief th;tt a great many prominent sports figures who want to be counted as to their Christian convictions can have a great bearing on the thinking and conduct of American youth," Mehl said. Members Listed The organization was proposed by Don McClanen, athletic director of Eastern Oklahoma A&M, Wilburton, Okla. Members enlisted include Doak Walker, Otto Graham, Dan Towler and Kyle Rote, professional football players; Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma football coach; Bob Mathias. Olympic Decathlon champion; Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, and former college football players Bob Penimore of Oklahoma A&M, Don Mooinaw of UCLA and Jerry Coody of Baylor. The group will have 'a "klckoff" meeting in Oklahoma City Jan. 31. r ~1 Get a BRAND NEW TIRE for only 6.70-15 A Quality Tire, Sale-Priced- Not a Recap or "Second" Wards Trail Blazer k a fuHy-warronted Tire that delivers plenty of dependability and mileage at low cost. 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