The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 4, 1955 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 4, 1955
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PAGE BIGHT BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1958 Chicks to Invade Leachville Tonight for Showdown Battle Dyess Triumphs Over Wardell Gray Leads Eagles To 71-66 Victory; Burnett Hits 35 WARDEIi, Mo.—A combination of scoring balance and 6-5 Joe Gray proved too much for Wardell's Cardinals here last night as they dropped a 71-66 decision to the Eagles of Dyess, Ark. Jerry Burnett, the Cardinals' •core ace, potted 35 points to run his scoring total to 760 points for the year and 2,154 for four years, but it was to no avail. The tall Eagles used their big center. Gray, to a good advantage. Besides scoring 25 points, Gray played a. good rebound game. Plenty of Help And Gray had plenty of help Rogers and Jones came in for their share of the point making with 1' and 12 respectively. And they helped with the rebound work, too, as did Hall and Ward. Besides Burnett, the Cardinals countered with Redmond and Jerrolds in the scoring department with 14 and 11 points respectively but their efforts weren't good enough to stop the Eagles. The game was close all the way until the closing minutes when the Eagles took a commanding lead, Dyess led 20-17 at the quarter turn but the Cardinals were in front 4136 at the half. Wardell Pos. Dyess Burnett (35) P (12) Jones Redmond (14) T (8) Ward Jerrolds (11) C (25) Gray Bullock (2) G (17) Rogers Baker (4) G (7) Hall Substitutions: Wardell — McPherson. Dyess—Williams (2). Crucial Tilt Scheduled for 8 P.M. The Blytheville Chicks and the Leachville Lions, Northeast Arkansas' two top high school basketball powers, lay their cards on the table tonight in the first of two pre-district tournament showdown battles at Leachville. The game, which holds widespread interest in this section of the state, is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Leachville's gymnasium. Only one game is on the card. Avila's Aim: To Hit .400 This Season CLEVELAND WJ— "I try for .400 this year," second baseman Bob Avila of the Cleveland Indians promises. "Hornsby did it. He's just a human. If one person can do it, why not another? " argued the stocky Mexican who won the American League batting crown last season with .341. "It's only four hits in 10 times at bat. That's not impossible. I try for .400 this year." In referring back to Rogers Hornsby, Avila meant no slight to a more recent .400 hitter, Boston's Ted Williams, who would have won the league batting title if a few less at-bats had been required. "He's the best hitter," Avila acknowledged. General Manager Henry Greenberg must have had some doubts about how close Avila will come to accomplishing what he promises to any rate, Roberto and his try. At pretty wife, Elsa, left last night for a Cuban vacation with Avila's contract still not up to the figure the 28-year-old infielder wants. Gosnell Ready For Homecoming GOSNELL—Gosnell High School observes its annual homecoming tonight when the Pirates play host to the Keiser Yellow Jackets in a pair of games. Shirley Potter will reign over the activities as senior queen. Junior queen is Betty Poff. Crowning ceremonies are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the games to start at 7:30. Coach Jimmy Fisher's Chicks, currently in the middle of a hot scoring streak, will carry a nine game winning skein into tonight's fray. And to them this is the big one. The Chicks will be out to revenge the six-point loss they suffered at the hands of the Lions in the finals of the Arkansas State College tournament last month which is the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record. The Chicks have won 17 games this season while losing only one. Offensive Battle Tonight's game should be a red- hot offensive battle provided both teams are at top strength. The Chicks, in their past five games have averaged scoring 91 points per game as their fast break offense rolled to perfection. Leachville, on the other hand, is back on the right foot after suffering a two week relapse caused by illness to key players. The Lions returned to their old form Tuesday night when they rolled over Jonesboro 71-52 for the third time thi year. However, Coach Pisher this morning expressed some concern of couple of his players who he said have been ailing this week with light touches of the flu. Earl Hyde and Chuck Langston are both nursing bad colds and haven't ben up to par the past couple of days. Both are forwards on the Tribe's second unit which, in the past two weeks, has been sharing the load equally with the starting unit. Both to Make Trip Coach Fisher said, however, that both boys will make the trip to LeachviUe and both are expected to see action in tonight's game. The Chicks tuned up for their big battle with the Lions with a 97-54 victory over Bay Tuesday! night. Since that time they have j been working hard in daily work-, outs, stressing what Coach Fisher termed the "finer points of the game"—fundamentals. Coach Fisher is expected to go with his usual starters tonight with Danny Cobb and Charles Abbott at forwards Freddy Hodge at center and Bobby Jones and Freddy Akers it the guards. Whether or not he will continue iis two platoon system of play will depend on how the game goes in the early\ minutes. Majors Relying More On Colleges for Talent By HUGH FULLERTON NEW YORK (AP) — The United States has the biggest kid baseball program ever developed, but major league clubs are relying more and more on college players to fill their lineups. 3 Osceola Boys Win at Memphis Arkansas Fighters Win 4 of 6 Bouts In Mid-South Action MEMPHIS ( Arkansas fight- Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp owns four farms near Lexington where he raises Herefords and tobacco. Rupp is president of the Kentucky Hereford Assn. Hoddix, Three Other Cardinals Sign Contracts . LOUIS W>— Harvey (The Kit- en) Haddix. the St. Louis Cardinals' top winer the past two seasons, has signed his 1955 contract and joined three other signed Redbird pitchers who make up the big four" of the staff. The Cardinals also got autographed contracts yesterday from jitchers Gordon Jones and Herb tfoford, and first baseman Tom Alston. There now are 18 players n the fold. Jones, Tom Poholsky, Brooks ^awrence and Haddix represent he heaut of the mound corps. Also included among the players igned is the starting outfield of ast season — Stan Musial. Rip Repulski and rookie of the year, Wally Moon . Haddix, despite a mid-season injury last year, had an 18-13 record after compiling a 20-9 year in 1953. He will receive "more than $20,000" this year. ers in the Mid-South Golden Gloves tournament here won four and lost six bouts last night. Results included: Novice flyweight — Vaghn Delk, Memphis, decisioned Tyrone Honeysuckle. North Little Rock. Novice featherweight — Jimmy Mead., Osceola, Ark., stopped John Meadows, North Little Rock, TKO, 3rd. Open featherweight—Dave Gass, Jackson, Tenn., decisioned Ed Stebins, North Little Rock. Open welterweight—Henry Har- •ison. Joiner, Ark., decisioned Mur•ell Lee, Osceola, Ark. Novice middleweight — David Oakes Jr., Jackson, Miss, decision- ed Roy McElyea, North Little Rock. Open middleweight—Mark Brae- key, Memphis, decisioned James Ellis, Osceola; Larry Reed, Osceola. Ark.; decisioned Sherrill St. Amant, New Orleans. Open lightheavyweight — Sonny Ingram, North Little Rock, knocked out Royce Roach, Jackson, Tenn., 2nd. SAN ANTONIO. Tex. iJi—Paul (Bear* Bryant, Texas A&M football coach, told a Quarterback Club meeting here that a good coach has to have a capacity to take it. 6 SeMo Teams Play Tonight 3 Caruthersville Teams at Bragg City CARUTHERSVILLE — Six Pemiscot County basketball teams are slated for action tonight as regular play draws to a close. There will be three A games in the county. Caruthersville's Tigers will journey to Bragg City for a triple header. In the main .contest, Joe Parkinson's Tigers, with a record of six wins and eight losses, will face the Indians — the county's top team. In preliminary contests, Jack Hopke's juniors will go against Bragg City's juniors and John McGuire's B team will be up against the Indians* reserves. Warden's Cardinals, with high- scoring Jerry Burnett, will travel to Hayti to battle Daulton Rogers' Indians, Steele's Bulldogs will go to Cooter for the other game. Bowlers competing in the- 1953 Golden Jubilee tournament of the American Bowling Congress, at Chicago received record prize winnings of $573,860. Sandy Amoros is the smallest player on the Brooklyn Dodger? roster. He is only 5 feet *l\~ inches tall. Redlegs Should Be Stronger in '55 That thought was reflected today by Carl Hubbell, the Giants' farm boss, who in turn was reflecting on the success of Paul Giel, who came to the Giants last summer fresh out of the University of Minnesota. If Giel had been a shortstop or an outfielder, the Giants probably wouJdn * t ha ve signed him to a bonus contract. But since ball clubs always can use good pitchers, and since Giel's age and experience made it easier to judge his potential value, they were willing to pay $50,000 to get him. Thinks Like A Man Here's how Hubbell explained it: "When a player is 22 or 23 years old and has gone to college, he thinks like a man. He's matured and knows what,he wants to do. That makes it a lot easier to tell how he'll develop. Baseball isn't played entirely with the hands and legs, a lot of it is up here in the head." The famous "meal ticket" of the Giants, one of the greatest left- handed pitchers ever to play in the big leagues, should know a bit about that. He was only 20 when he broke into professional baseball at Gushing, Okla. Twenty years later he still was using his head and his famous screwball to win in the majors. 'You take a kid of 17 or 18, just out of high school," Hub continued. "He still thinks like a boy. You don't know what they're thinking or how they'll develop." Great Kid Program "We have the greatest kid pro- ram ever developed," Hubbell said. "There are more kids between 12 and 16 than ever before playing ball in th little leagues, the Babe Ruth Leagues and the Legion program. Then they have to skip two years while they're, in service. We lose so many that way. "When a kid comes out of high school and goes right into the ] army, well, the first thing is that I he's probably going to get mar- I ried. You can't stop that. When ' comes out after two years, he has a wife and probably a child. He has to take care of them. "Maybe he does want to play baseball, but he can't support his lily on class C or D wages. He thinks he'd darn well better get out and get a job that last 12 months a year—and we lose a prospect." HIGH HOPES?—Dr. Phog Allen, Kansas basketball coach .looks up at Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, 7-1 Philadelphia Overbrook High cage star, and wonders how he'd look in a Jayhawk uniform. (NEA) New Oil Field to Aid Rice Athletic Program HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) — Rice Institute's athletic department soon may be receiving income from what is believed to be a multi-million-dollar oil field discovery. A Limestone County wildcat was completed last week with a daily flow of 964 barrels of oil. Other wells are to be drilled. A group of Houston oilmen acquired leases on the property seven years ago. Three 32nds of any income was earmarked for special Rice Institute projects, with the athletic department to receive first consideration. New Stadium Since then the Southwest Conference school has constructed a 70,000-seat stadium and a 6,400-seat field house but the Board of Trustees is expected to follow the oilmen's wishes in apportioning the new income. Long-range income from an oil discovery is very unpredictable but Jack Frazier, who conceived the idea for aiding Rice, believes there is much room for optimism. The discovery is in a new pay zone some 5,500 feet below the old Mexia oil field. "The original Mexia field produced over 100 million barrels," Frazier said. "I think the new one should produce very well." Junior B Tourney Enters Semi-Finals Favored Teams Victorious In Quarter-Final Round LUXORA — Play in Mississippi County's Class B junior high school basketball tournament moves into the semi-final round tonight following completion of quarter-final play last night. Red Schoendienst, second baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, had the National League's longest hitting streak in 1954. He hit safely in 28 straight games from June 11 through July 9. .Winners of tonight's four games, will move into the finals which are set for tomorrow night. But, win, lose or draw all eight teams in tonight's semi-final action will get to go to the district tournament. Favored teams advanced as was expected in last night's play. Dye« Boys Win In the first game Armorers girls won over Gosnell 40-22. After garnering a halftime lead of 31-6, Armorel turned the game over the reserves and against the scrubs, Gosnell tightened the score. For Armorel McDaniel was high with 18 while Gordon paced Gosnell with 8. In the second game Dyess' top ranked boys whipped Burdette 58,5 when the junior Pirates failed o score a field goal in the second half. Dyess led 14-13 at the half and hen Burdette fell apart when its )ig boy Foy Robinson fouled out and the junior pirates couldn't core but two free throws in the last wo quarters. Goodman was high or Dyess with 26 and Robinson led Burdette with 6. Armorel Ahead In last night's third game Armrel's boys excelled at the free throw ine and walked off with a 59-41 •ictory over Dell. The junior Tigers lit 19 of 23 free throws. Williams was high pointer for Armorel with 30 but Stevenson was the Tigers big gun as he kept the back boards clean. Edwards led Dell's scoring with 16. Missco's girls had little trouble in getting by Shawnee in last night's final game coming off with a 58-22 win. Miller fed Missco with 30 points and Felts paced Shawnee with 11. Tonight's semi-final schedule finds the Armorel girls vlaying Dell at 6 p. m.; Luxora's boys meeting Wilson at 7; Keiser's girls playing Missco at 8 and Dyess' boys going against Armorel at 9. Pemiscot Meet Opens Monday Cooter and Deering To Clash in Opener; Bragg City Tops CARUTHERSVILLE — The Pemiscot County basketball tournament will begin Monday at Wardell and will continue through Saturday. Nine boys teams and six girls teams are entered in the tourney. According to won and lost standings, the top contenders in the boys division are Bragg City, Holland and Wardell while Bragg City and Holland are favorites In the girls division. Wardell. the host team, won the Steele invitational tourney early in the season. Boys teams entered in the tourney are Bragg City, Holland, Wardell. Caruthersville, Hayti, Steele, Cooter Deering and Braggadocio. Girls teams are from Bragg City, Holland, Deering, Cooter, Steele and Wardell. The first round schedule: Boys — Monday, 6:00 p. m., Co T oter vs. Deering; 7:30 p. m., Caruthersville vs. Steele; 9:00 p. m. Hayti vs. Wardell. Tuesday, 8:30 p. m., Braggadocio vs. Wardell. Girls — Tuesday. 7:00 p. m., Wardell vs. Eteele; Wednesday, 7:00 p. m., Deering vs. Holland. Bragg City drew a first round bye n the boys division and in the girls division Bragg City and Cooter drew lyes. But after his team lost eight of nine games, he added he was "a little tired of proving it." Pembroke college, in North Carolina, is the only school in the United States operated exclusively for Indians by state funds. I Make Your Whiskey OLD AMERICAN By GEORGE TEBBETTS NASHUA, N. H., lift— Our, Red leg team should be a powerfu run-scoring team. If our younge ball players produce, we should be in contention all the way. Any one of six teams has a chance to win the pennant in 1055. Clncinnat Is one of those teams. If the Giants could move up from fifth place, 35 games behin. Dodgers in 1953 to win Ihe pennant the next year, then I see no reason why one of the first six teanis last season could not win it in '55. We finished fifth, only 33 games away from the top. No Pitching Depth Our Cincinnati team last year did not have outstanding weaknesses but our pitching staff was not numerically . strong, enough to compete with the stronger clubs. The experience gained by Art Fowler .and Corky Valentine and the showing of Joe Nuxhnll will tend to strengthen our staff. The addition of Oerry staley from the Cardinals may give us a rotation which will allow us to compete with the best ! of them. Johnny Kllppsteln, whfcm we obtained from the Chlcn'go Cubs and Bill Werle, purchased tram Louisville, should help. Then we have several* fine looking young pitching prospects who may come through. Jablonskl Will Help The addition of Ray Jablonski. who drove in more than 100 runs for the Cardinals last year, will give us an exceptionally well-balanced attack of rfghthanded and lefthanded hitters. We are lacking in speed, but maybe that will not be such a big handicap if some of our fellows who have had the habit of hitting the long ball will continue to do so. Bight now It appears our No. 1 relief pitcher as successor to Frank Smith, whom we traded to St. Louis, may be Klippstein or Jerry Lane. The latter, up from Chattanooga, Impressed me lust fall as a fellow likely to be capable reliefer. Howie Judson also will work frequently in that role. Little Jackie Collum may be our top southpaw fireman but he will also start now and then. Oldest Negro university in the United Stales is Wilberforce Uni- rsity, Wilberforce, Ohio, tound- In 1855. 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