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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 3, 1955
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COU1UER NEWS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1955 Utah Rolls on in Spite Of Opponent's Antics * * * * **** Elevated Shoes Fail to Stop Utes By ED WILKS The Associated Press There was something new, something old and something blue in college basketball last Elevated S/ioes Is Just One of Sax's Gimmicks SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Inventive Sax Elliott has come up with his answer to a short basketball player's dream. . It isn't the Pogo stick. It .isn't the medieval stretching rack. It Isn't stilts either, but you're getting warm. It is shoes with ele- va ted soles—some up to a half- foot thick. Elliott, coach of the Los Angeles State College team, displayed the shoes for the first time last night against the University of Utah. The Utes won, 77-38.. Not Discouraged K Elliott was discouraged by the lopsided loss, he didn't show it. "Utah is the best team in the country," Elliot said. (The Utes are No. 5 in the Associated Press poll). "And if they hadn't used a full-court press we would have given them trouble." One player already 6 feet 5 inches tall, Glen Abney, wore elevators six inches thick. He clumped, around In the shoes for five minutes, staying under his own basket, without scoring a point or gathering in a rebound. Elliot admitted they were clumsy. "But we practiced with them only once," he said. Confirmed Dabbler Elliot is a confirmed dabbler in basketball innovations. Some of his previous gimmicks include putting officials up on a platform above the basketball court; the "64- point" game in which the first team to hit 64 wins; ear plugs for officials to prevent them from being influenced by the crowd, spotting the visiting team six points to offset a home court advantage, and canned cheers—recording's of yells and songs which a visiting team takes with it on a road trip. He said the elevators weren't against the rules. But he admitted they probably would bring a rule change, "rnaybe day after tomorrow." What Los Angeles State tried (unsuccessfully) against Utah — elevator shoes — was new. So was the game between Boston College and Tufts at Boston Garden. It was played under professional rules. * What Hank Iba's Oklahoma Ag- gies did to St.Louts' Bllllkeiu at Gallagher Hall in Stillwater, Okla., was old. The Aggies won, 67-54. And Eddie Hickey, bossman of the Bills, was blue. He hasn't won at Stillwater since 1943. Coach Sax Elliott sent his Los Angelas State lads against the taller Utes with a boost in their boots. Glenn Abney, for instance, showed up with six-inch soles that nudged him above the seven-foot mark. Won. 77-38 But Utah, ranked fifth in this week's Associated Press poll, rose to the occasion and whacked the Dit-blos 77-38 for their 15th success in 17 games. Boston College upset Tufts 63-54 in the pro go at Boston. Both teams got a little rattled in the first half trying to avoid the 24-second violation (the pros have to take a shot within that time limit after gaining 1 possession), but they calmed down in the second 20 minutes. Only clear-cut decision after the experiment: Garden officials said the game, paired with a St. An- seJm's-Bridgeport game played under orthodox college rules, made it the fastest college double-header ever played in the Arena. St. Anselm's whipped Bridgeport 81-58. Only two other ranked teams were at work, and both won easily against lesser competition. LaSalle No. 3, rocked Georgetown 85-58 with Ail America Tom Gola hitting 12 of 17 field goal shots for a 34-point total. Duquesne, No. 4, ran over Westminster (Pa.) 70-56. Texas Christian and Texas A&M also had something "new" — four Southwest Conference free throw records as TCU strengthened its league lead ,92-62. The records came about when Dick O'Neal of TCU sank 22 foul shots, the two teams staged 102 free throw attempts and made 70 and TCU STILL ROLLING—Mrs. Lenn Naramore, 72, is the oldost active woman bowler in Kansas — among other places. She bowls twice a week and ha? been in state tournaments since 1936. (NEA) 2 Osceola Boys Win at Memphis Carl Pankey Scorei Knockout; Reed Wins by Decision MEMPHIS (/PI— Arkansas fighters won five and lost three bouts in the opening round of the Mid-South Golden Gloves tournament here last night. Results included: NOVICE LIGHTWEIGHT Charles Anderson, Senath, Mo., knocked out Jim Wilkins, Osceola, Ark., 1st, 0:50. Bill Cummings. North Little Rock outpointed Robert Scott, Memphis Navy. NOVICE FLYWEIGHT Tyrone Honeysuckle, North Little Rock, knocked out Charles Smith, Osceola. 1st, 0:24. OPEN BANTAMWEIGHT Irving Tucker, Memphis, knocked out David Starling, Osceola, 2nd, 1:07. OPEN' FEATHERWEIGHT Ed Stebbins, North Little Rock, outpointed Larry Dickey, Jackson, Miss. NOVICE MIDDLEWEIGHT Billy M c C o n n e 11, - Memphis, knocked out Davis Hall, Osceola, 1st, 0:17. OI'EiV MIDDLEWEIGHT Larry Reed, Osceola, Ark., out- pointed Bill Jones, Memphis Navy. NOVICE LIGHT HEAVY Carl Pankey, Osceola, knocked out Pat Smith, Memphis Navy, 2nd, 0:45. Cage Gomes Aid March of Dimes CARUTHERSVILLE—The high school B team defeated the Key Club basketball team 65-39 in an exhibition game in the high school gymnasium last night. Kayden was high for Key Club with 21 points and Green was high scorer for the B .team with 15 points. In two volleyball contests, Kiwanis defeated Rotary. The final scores were 12-10 and 11-4. All the proceeds of the benefit games, sponsored by Key- Club, were donated to the March of Dimes. S17.25 was collected at the gate and a total on advance sales is incomplete but is expected to be around s4, Key Club President John Finley said. Appetites Up 25 Stones EL DORADGvKas. (ff)—The Junior Chamber of Commerce has a hearty respect for its follow citizens' pancake appetites—and some money for youth work. The Jaycees' pancake sale resulted in consumption of enough flapjacks, they report, that stacked up they'd equal the height of a 25- story building. bagged 40 of them. Virginia, Beaten Wake Forest beat Virginia 96-90 in the Atlantic Coast Conference despite 32 points by Buzz Wilkinson No. 3 scorer in the nation. Columbia stayed close to the lyy League's coleaders, Penn and Cornell, as 5-9 Chet Forte scored 34 points in a 79-51 victory over Brown. In the Southern Conference, Furman — the nation's team scoring leader — was held to a mere 60-58 victory over Virginia Tech, the lowest Furman total since the 1951-52 season. Fireman Gets His Reward BROOKLYN (/Pf-~"Fireman" Jim Hughes, ace relief hurler for the Dodgers, topped all National League pitchers in the number of relief appearances in 1954. He played in 60 games. His efforts were rewarded by the New York City fire department which named him an honorary fire chief. Pitcher Don Ncwcombe, the heaviest player on the Brooklyn Dodgers' 1935 rosier, weighs 225 pounds. Frosted Foods MOSCOW (vP) —Soviet scientist* report "great new successes" in raising fruits and vegetables in the zone of eternal frost in the northern reaches of Siberia and European Russia. (These are areas when only the surface of the ground thaws in warm weather.) A Tass report said that one station raised a new, variety of quick- ripening potato which produced a big crop. Good results were also reported in raising cabbage, carrots and other vegetables. Another station produced its first crops oZ apples, raspberries and currants, Sports Roundup- PreSS Critical of Prick's Speech By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK W—For the first time we can recall since he took office, Commissioner Ford Prick received a bad local press for the speech he delivered at the annual banquet of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Assn. here Sunday night. His listeners got the impression that ho believed there was some sort of devious underground plot afoot to discredit the great .summer- sport and spread the thought that it is in danger of falling apart. He denied vehemently that the game Ls ailing and announced that a special week has been set aside in March to make the country baseball conscious, .something like National Apple Week. Critics of the commissioner's address pleaded ignorance, first, | of any plot to undermine the ' public's confidence in the game, i They thought, also, that in painting a glowing picture of baseball's! past, present ai|d future he lef! j out something about (ho currenf f precarious condition of the minor leagues, Including trlple-A. Finally, the «omewhat affronted scribes suggested that anyone who tries to celebrate baseball week next month in this climate might get himself frozen to home plate. It could be that the prior commissioner, A. B. (Happy) Chandler, had the right idea when he stuck to his simple and unassailable platform of loving baseball. Jackie Robinson's disclosure that ha m ukcs a pi-act ice of riding 'Milwaukee's Ed Malhcws because the- Bnives' slugger "gets hot under the collar" and loses his effectiveness at the plate has caused Milwaukee writers to rush to their score books. Last season, they found, Ma thews belted Brooklyn pitchers for 18 hits, including four doubles and eight home runs, and knocked in 18 runs. Off that, they figure that if big Ed could arrange for someone 10 fluster him in each of the six other rival cities of the league his problems would be .solved. Only the name is changed! EFFECTIVE FEB. ] ANDY'S AUTO SERVICE formerly WILSON'S AUTO SERVICE Same experienced personnel (o serve you. ANDY MOSES: Operator ASH A SECOND PHONE 2-2811 BURDETTE'S PIRATES — They're not exactly setting the woods afire with their play this year but Coach Harold Stockton's Burdette Pirates have come a long way since the opening of basketball season, showing improvement day by day. Members of the squad are: front row (left to right) — John Rex McHaffey, Thomas McPate, Joe Easley, Gary Bevlll and Bengie Hij- glns. Back row — Elbert Rigsby, Harry Shearln, Bill Langley, Milton Burks and Aubrey Rutherford. (Courier Newj Photo) Paul Richards Predicts First Division Finish for Orioles By PAUL KICHARDS WAXAHACHIE, Tex. (AP) — Our goal for 1955 is to finish in the first division, I think we can do it for the simple reason that we have a much improved club over last year. We are improved in both offense and defense. The Orioles finished seventh last year because of lack of base hits. The pitching was fine but you've got to get runs to win. "We've made a lot of changes this year. That's bound to help us greatly. The key new acquisitions, I believe, our four men. They are outfielder Gene Woodling, catcher Hal Smith, third baseman Billy Cox and first baseman Gus Triandos. Of course, we also expect help from such fellows as Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald. If three of these fellows come through, I feel sure we'll finish in the first division. Platoon System It may drive the scorekeepers crazy but we intend to platoon our starting lineup at .practically every position and we won't hesitate to make multiple changes in mid- game if our opponent switches pitchers. Right now I'd say the only men exempt from my substitution plan would be Woodling and Smith. The trades we made have given us what I consider real depth. By platooning lefthanded hitters against righthanded pitchers and vice versa, we'll be getting the very best out of our bench. At the moment we expect to platoon Triandos and Ed Waitkus at first base, Cox and Bobby Young at second, Gil Coan and Hoot Evers in right field and Cal Abrams and Chuck Diering in center. Woodling- Will Help One of Baltimores' big problems last year was that No. 4 hitting spot. There was no big sock <*uy to knock in the runs. I believe Woodling can handle that job. Hitting between Coan and Waitkus on certain days and Evers and Triandos on others, he might knock in 85 or 90 runs for us. One thing you can count on. The Orioles are going to be an interesting team to watch in 1955. Linville Puckett Quits Kentucky Cage Team LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Linville Puckett quit the University of Kentucky and its basketball team yesterday after blasting what he called its "life or death" attitude on the sport. Just before the 6-foot junior guard from Winchester, Ky., issued his announcement, the University released a statement in which Coach Adolph Rupp hinted at violation of training rules. There have been reports of dls- sention within the squad for some time and the sport's world was shocked recently when Kentucky, ; the nation's top-ranking team, was j beaten twice by lowly-ranked Geor- igiti Tech. j Over - Emphasized i Puckett said he was leaving be: cause he felt basketball had become Buck Charges The Hunter NORTHWOOD, N.H. f/P}—Arthur Wheeler had "a. "hand-to-antler" struggle bagging his deer. After he fired his last round, the animal went. down, got up and charged. Wheeier orofce his gunstock over the deer's hear, but secured the kill. The buck weighed 117 pounds. over emphasized at Kentucky. "It isn't regarded as a game but as a matter of life or death with resemblance of one's going to war," Puckett said. Puckett was the only member of the team who failed to report for practice yesterday after Rupp, restating the squad's training rules, warned "I arn assuming that those who did not show up ... do not wish to live up to the team training requirements.'" Puckett said he wants to continue his basketball career and "to finish out my two years of eligibility at another school/ He added that he had two or three schools in mind. Puckett was the Wildcat's fifth- ranking scorer. Pro Basketball Results Minneapolis 96. New York 81 Rochester 84, Port Wayne 74 . Philadelphia 122, Boston 107 Osceola Is Upset In Tourney Meet Wilson Hands Seminoles 42-39 Loss; Keiser and Dell Teams Victorious LUXORA — The upset bug got in its first bite in the Mississippi County Class B junior high basketball tournament last night as play shifted into the quarter-finals. ^ Victim of the upset wis Osceola's second seeded boys who dropped a 42-39 decision to Wilson's unseeded Bulldogs in last night's final ga: Otherwise, favored teams ca __ out just about as expected in last night's opening session of the quarter-finals. Luxon GlrU Lose CVJltt & ss Christians Whip Texas Ags 92-62 However, one other seeded team bit the dust in what is considered as a mild upset In some quarters. This was in last night's opening game when Dell's girls whipped Luxora 31-15. Luxora was fourth seeded in the girls bracket. In other action last night Luxora's boys whipped Keiser 42-17 and Reiser's top seeded girls got by Dyess 35-29. .Quarter-final action is scheduled to continue tonight with four games on tap. At 6 o'clock Gosnell's girls are scheduled to meet Armorei with Dyess' top seeded boys going ngainst Burdette at 7; Shawnee's girls meeting Missco at 8 and Armorei and Dell boys clashing at 9 o'clock in what should be the top game of the night. Free Throws Won It Free throws cost Osceola the victory in Its game with Wilson. With one minute to go the score was knotted at 39-all and Osceola tightened up its full court press. The result was fouls and the Junior Bulldogs calmly potted three free throws In the closing seconds to take the game. The game was close all the way with the score tied numerous times. Reece. of Osceola walked off with high point honors with 17 points while Cissell led Wilson with 14. In the Dell-Luxora girls game Hubbard was high for Dell witlf 17 and McRay for Luxora with eight. In the Luxora-Keiser boys game Staggs led Luxora with 24 points and Smith was high for Keiser with six. In the Kelser-Dye»s game Smith with 17 led Keiser while Harris paced Dyess with 13. $70,000 Fund Breaks Up Knothole Gang KANSAS CITY HP) — They're breaking up that old knothole gang in Kansas City. The knothole boys will be able to watch the American League Athletics play from choice seats. They've got a $10,000 fund at their disposal. Cliff C. Jones Sr., a 76-year-old baseball fan who is president of an Insurance company, has set up the $10,000 foundation. The city Welfare department will distribute the tickets. Jones says he's been a baseball fan since he was 8 years old and he can remember when baseball tickets weren't always readily available to him. "Sometimes I was a member of the knothole gang," he said. "Sometimes I went on passes, and if I had 15 cents of my own, I bought a ticket." Frogs Break Four Free Throw Records In Gaining Victory By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas Christian and its brilliant sophomore center, Dick O'Neal, looked like a, good bet Thursday to have the Southwest Conference basketball records pretty well rewritten when the season ends March 1. Wednesday night they put four new free throw records into the conference book with their 92-62 victory over sagging Texas A&M, The triumph strengthened TCU's hold on first place, running the Prog standing to 5-1 in conference play, well ahead of SMU's 4-2 mark, Thursday night's play won't change things much. Texas, wallowing In last place With 14 straight losses, plays host to Texas Tech at Austin in a nonconference game that makes up all the evening's play. O'Neal, gangling, 6-foot-7 TCU pivotman, broke his own conference record with 22 free throws against A&M. TCU set another conference mark with 40 charity losses In 61 attempts. A&M's 30 free throws In 41 trie* were good for two more conference records as the combined totals of 102 attempts and 70 successful throws erased old standards for the 7-team circuit. O'Neal, so closely guarded that three men fouled out trying to halt him, sank five field goals in 14 tires for an evening's total of 32 points. Horned Frog forward Ray Warren was next with 24. Bill Brophy was A&M's best with 17. The 32 points of O'Neal placed him second only to Rice's great Schwlnger in the all-time single season records for the conference. Schwinger sank 604 in 28 games last year, compared to O'Neal's 498 in 18 games this season. The 06 points were a new school record for TCU. The victory gave the Horned Frogs a 14-4 season standing. Art Houtteman of the Cleveland Indians had a peculiar pitching record when hurling for the Tigers in 1950. He led the American League in shutouts and also ni most hom« runs allowed. North Carolina's basketball teams of 1922-23 played without a regular coach and compiled a record of 2B victories against 10 defeats. TRUSSES EXPERTLY I FITTED 2 price KIRBY DRUGSTORES Only one pair o! brothers have won collegiate singles tennis titles. Clifford Sutler won the championship in 1932. Brother arnest won in 1937 and 1938. Both played for Tulane. Gene Conley of the Milwaukee Braves In his first full season in the major leagues, found the Dodgers his softest touch. He beat Brooklyn five times and lost only once. At The First Sign—Get BOB'S GYPSY RUB LINIMENT CAMERA CENTER • Flash Bulbs • Color Film • Polaroid Film • Movie Film • We have Cameras and Projector! for rent. BARNEY'S DRUG STORE 2006 W. Main Ph. 3-3647 PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET • Fresh Fruit & Produce • Fresh Dressed Poultry » The Finest in Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork Nationally Adrcrriscd & Fancy Groceries "^2-2043 r*.~T~Comc~'liT~| iick I Call In We Deliver Come 1044 Chick MR. 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