The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 21, 1955 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, February 21, 1955
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY M, IBM BLYTHKVILL! (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Minnesota Near First Undisputed Big Ten Crown in 44 Years , By ED COKRIGAN The Associated PFDM Exactly 44 years ago, Minnesota won the Western Conference basektball championship. The Gophers haven't finished in undisputed possession of first place since. This year, unless the roof suddenly falls in on Ossie Cowles' lads, they are going to win the Big Ten chase and go on to the NCAA Tournament. They have a B-2 record In league competition compared to 8-2 for second-place Iowa. Tonight they play weakling Wisconsin In their final road gnme of the season. This is Important because Minnesota Cellar-Dwelling Bucs Improved, Says Haney By FRED HANEY HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a team finishes in eighth place, it is pretty hard to talk in glowing terms about next year. 1 do think, however, we will be much stronger than last year, with two or three boys such as Dick Groat returning from service. Our biggest problem Is in the outfield. We're set at only one spot, center field, or wherever Frank Thomas plays. We've got a lot of outfielders going to camp from the looks of the roster. We just have to hope for the best in that group. I don't worry too much about the catching. We had a good pair in Jack Shepard and Toby Atwell. Tliis was our strong point. There's a fellow I'd like to talk about and that's Dick LHtlefield. Don't forgot, he'll be with us all season, and you know what a big help he was after he started to pitch regularly on June 12. He won 10 games and could have had a few more, but wa left too many men on base. Tired of Cellar I'm also hoping that Vernon Law can go a full season in the way he started out last year. Remember, he was just coining out of service, and hadn't pitched very much for two years. And then worried more about his arm than getting anyone out. He won six games by the middle of June and finished the season winning only nine. I don't think he's that type of pitcher. I hope it's just a case of getting reorientated. Like I said before, everything concerning the Improvement of the Pirates depends on the rest of the league. The Giants and Braves figure to be the best with 11 chance of Brooklyn bouncing back. The balance of the league could change with breaks and development of young players. I don't need lo tell you I'm tired of being in eight place and having the other guys make jokes at my expense. Harrison Cops Four County Cage Crowns Harrison High School basketball teams swept to four county basketball championships in Osceola Saturday. The junior girls first took Frenchman's Bayou 35-10 and beat Luxora In the finals, 25-16. The junior boys beat Osceola, 37-22, Wilson by 45-17 and in their final contest, topped Luxora 27-25. Senior girls got their crown by Inclement Weather AtOaklawn HOT SPRINGS, Ark. W) — A muddy track, cloudy skies and cold temperatures were In prospect here today as the 1955 spring lawn Park swung Into Its first- full week. Barring scratches a field of twelve four-year-old and up sprinters were slated to go to the post for the five and a half furlong Benton Purse, an allowance affair. The entries included H. Cantor's Oil Gusher, Edward Luther's The Snaper, E. A. Mtschoff's Dark Embassy, G. R. White's Luck William, the White Spot Farm's Nymp's Pride, W. F. Scott's Steak Bone, C. B. Sander's Glenn K., Prisse and Jones' Hard Six, E.K. Carey's Bib Ox. coupled with Royal Ghost; Mrs. B. Koring's Spudder, Olen Sledge's Sliver K., C. B. McNeil's Me Today, E. J. Johnson's O'Brien's Pat and Samuel E. Wilson Jr.,'s Wildcat Sam. on the also eligible list, may not get In. Though most of the contestants for the featured race were making their initial start after a winter's rest, several weren't unfamiliar with the winner's circle. Lucky William has been an Oaklawn winner in past seasons. Dark Embassy and Steak Bone were winners at Chicago tracks last year, while Nymph's Pride picked up two victories last year though starting only a few times. Today's card also included an allowance sprint for three-year- olds. whipping Osccola 28-22. Senior boys won over Osceola 35-31 and then went on to beat Wilson 55-20. All four teams go to' the district tournament which will be run off in West Memphis on Friday and Saturday. Read Courier News Classified Ads. hasn't been beaten a t home in Minneapolis this year. While the Gophers are exected to fatten up at the expense of Wisconsin, Iowa and third-place Illinois will go at It and the result probably will kill off any chances of the loser. With only a couple of weeks to go, the sole conference representative in the NCAA tourney. Is Idaho State, which won its third straight Rocky Mountain title Saturday by beating Montana State 57-46. 14 Undecided That leaves 14 other league champions still to be decided. Nine "at-large" outfits fill out the tournament. Five—Marquette, Penn State, Canisius, Villanova and San Francisco, the No. 1 team in this •week's Associated Press poll—already have been tapped. One Eastern spot remains to be filled and that could go to Fordham or Memphis State. Three at- large teams still are to be selected from the Western area. In the running are such teams as Oklahoma City, Seattle, Santa Clara, Creighton and Drake. The National Invitation Tournament, which has been battling the NCAA for the top independents, has 8 of its 12 teams in the fold— defending champion Holy Cross, Manhattan, Niagara, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Duquesne and St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. There aren't many more possibilities, but Lafayette and Connecticut might make it, along with the runners-up in a couple of the conferences. Rundown Here is a rundown on the major conference races: Missouri Valley — First-place St. Louis (6-1) can clinch a tie for the championship Saturday by defeating Tulsa (5-2). Southern—West Virginia won the regular-season title Saturday with an 83-74 victory over favored George Washington. Big Seven—Colorado, in first place with 7-1, figures to fatten its advantage against Kansas tomorrow and Kansas State Saturday. Atlantic Coast—North Carolina State has the championship just about wrapped up. Tournaments March 3 will decide the NCAA representatives in the Atlantic Coast and Southern conferences. Southeastern — Kentucky (8-2) can move into undisputed possession of first place tonight by disposing of troublesome Vanderbilt (7-4 >. Alabama is tied with the Wildcats for the lead. TCU Near Title Southwest—Texas Christian (8-2) needs only an even break in its last two games to insure itself a tie lor the title. Skyline—Utah could win its first crown since 1944 by getting past Wyoming and Colorado A&M Friday and Saturday. Border—Texas Tech ,(7-2) holds a narrow margin over West Texas State (8-3). Pacific Coast Conference—Oregon State has won the Northern Division and UCLA the southern section. Now they meet to decide who gets the NCAA berth. Ivy League—Penn (10-2) can nail down at least a tie by beating Columbia (7-3) Saturday. Enjoy Tastes Mellow as Moonlight "from the life and vigor of the grain Original 1870 formula Plw SUta TH LEACHVILLE CUBS — Leachville's junior Cubs, runners-up in District 3A Junior tournament here last v/eek, are shown with the second place trophy they received Saturday night after falling to Jonesboro in the finals 43-31. Holding the trophy is Eric Kisner, Leachville center, who was injured and unable to piay In the finals. (Courier News Photo) TCU Can Cinch Tie For SWC Crown Tuesday; UA Wins By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Richer by three new conference records but poorer by one standout guard, Texas Christian seeks the victory that means a share of the Southwest Conference basketball championship. Santee Leads Strong U. S. Team to Pan-American Games NEW YORK (AP) — Four world record holders, miler Wes Santee and a solid core of tested Olympians will leave the United States' powerful, 33-man track and field team in the second Pan-American Games in Mexico City next month. The Horned Progs, as a team and as individuals, lead the Con-! ference in every major department, but still need one victory to insure at Jeast a tie -for the championship. They go after the triumph Tuesday night, playing Baylor's ever- danyerous Bears at Waco. The Bears are out of the race, but would like nothing better than to shatter TCU's dreams. 8-2 in Conference The Progs stand 17-5 for the year and 3-2 in conference play. TCU coach Buster Brannon will send a patched-up lineup into the clash, as a result of a knee injury suffered by J. Bryan Kilpatrick, a lankey guard who figured heavily in earlier Horned Frog successes. Kilpatrick was injured last week as TCU beat Rice 84-80. The frogs wrote three new entries and part of another in the conference records, all signed by Dick O'Neal .O'Neal erased old marks when his 35 points in two games gave him 624 points for the season, 310 points in conference play and 120 free throws in conference play. His 49 points against In 1940. Porks Meet SMU Both Arkansas and Southern Methodist are still in the running for the conference crown, but tha number is due to be halved Tuesday night when they meet at Dallas. Arkansas also has to face TCU at Fort Worth in the March 1 finaltt to the regular season. Other games Tuesday match Texas vs. Texas A&M at Austin and Rice vs. the Armed Forcea All-Stars at Houston. SMU plays Eice at Houston, Texas meets Baylor at Austin and Texas A&M plays Arkansas at Fayetteville Saturday, Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston 114, Philadelphia 80 Port Wayne 96, Milwaukee 87 Syracuse 104. New York 84 Minneapolis 105, Rochester M "It's an outstanding squad," said Jim Kelly, chairman of the committee of 18 which selected the touring athletes yesterday. "It could have won any Olympic Games ever held and will do great in Mexico City." Coach of the team in the first games at Buenos Aires in 1951, Kelly, of the U. of Minnesota, said this is a far better squad than the one that captured 12 individual competitions and two relay of the 22 events four years ago. 'This is an idea of what we'll have in 19556 Olympic games In Melbourne." Ke'ny said. "We're | senl, who also passed Dwyer. The noi sluing still and waiting for the i time wasn't much considering the Russians. The armed forces have done a great job. Their cooperation has been terrific." One-Third Servicemen Exactly one-third of the team is made up of servicemen and that doesn't include Santee who goes back into the Marines in June. The Kansas cowboy, America's fastest, miler, returned to the winning column Saturday in the national indoor championships when he put aside his record ambitions and concentrated on beating Denmark's Gunnar Nielsen and Fred Dwyer of the armed forces. The lean, short-striding collegian trailer Dywer to the last lap md then collared the little ex- Villanova flyer to win. in 4:07.9. He won by four yards over Niel- way this trip has been operating this year but it was enough to break Gil Dodos' meet record of 4:08.3 set in 1944. The Pan-American squad includes J. W. Mashburn. Oklahoma A&M. in the 400 meters. Carries Much Weight CHAPEL HILL, N. C. Wj—Paul Likens, center on the University of North Carolina basketball team, carries a lot of the weight in the classroom since he's president of the school's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 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