The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 5, 1955 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 5, 1955
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SATURDAY, MARCH 9, MM BLTTKBYILLB (ARK.) COURIER XBWi PAGE SEVEN Chickasaws Top Tech; Win State Berth Blytheviiie Plays Jonesboro for 3A Title Tonight at 8 (Conttntwd from Page 1) usually get 70 or SO tries for field goals In a game, they only shot 51 times laat night. Percentage Okay Their percentage on Held goals was good enough—39 per cent—but they simply didn't take the. shots. The Chicks also were well below par in free throws. They hit only 16 of 33 gift shots. After trailing Tech throughout most of the first quarter, the Chicks caught up 'On two fine plays by Charles Abbott, who turned In the outstanding performance for Blytheville, to go into a tie at S-all with 2:15 left. Danny Cobb took a fast break pass with half a minute to go to send the Chicks into a 10-9 lead for the first time in the game and from then on the Chicks were never headed, though the Eagles came within one point late in the second quarter. Eighi-Pofcit Lead With Abbott and Bobby Jones striking twice the Chicks moved quickly to an eight-point lead at 18-10 in the aecond quarter but they couldn't hold It and the Eagles fought back fco within a point at lfl-18 with less than a minute left in the half. Cobb dropped a free throw and Jonee scored on a fast break to give the Tribe a 32-16 haUtime margin. The ChlclK moved to their biggest lead in the third. H was the only period to which Fisher's charge* scored well. With Abbott showing the way the Chictw notched 20 points while Tech could gwner only 13. The margin was Iff pokito at one time— the widest in the game. ' Hodge tipped in a rebound In the ' opening minute of the frame to make it read 24-18. Edgmon got his only points quickly at this point with two free throws and a field goal to make 26-21 a* Tech held on via the charitv line. Widest Load On a Jast break, Hodge movedUhe score to 30-2-1, Akers hit from the corner and Abbott scored on a Bteal with 3 minutes left to give the Chicks an 11-point margin at 34-23. Bratcher scored and Jones pushed in a 20-footer for a 12-point lead at 40-28 with a minute to go in the period. Abbott got a rebound and scored with 30 seconds to go and the score going into the final stanza was 423-1. The lead hovered right around fob* 10-point mark throughout the last period wibb half of the Chicks' 12 points coming at the free throw line as Tech fought for possession of bhe ball. And though Tech got within six points with 2:18 left, the Chicks held on with a semi-stall during the last half of the quarter and then put on a freeze with the shifting Akere controlling the ball most of the time in the final two minutes. Akers was fouled twice in those two minutes and got three points and Jone« was fouled once to sink the final Chick tally. Defense Good The Chicks were about up to standard on defense against the hot Tech team. Abbott, who was also top scorer for the Chicks, was defensive rebound leader with 10 of the Tribe's total of 35. Hodge was next with eight defensive rebounds and Cobb was next with seven. Abbot notched 13 points in leading the Chicks in scoring. Jones was close behind with 12. Wise was high for Qre*ne Oowibr Tech with 13 point*. The. Jonesboro, Leachville game was a nip-and-tuck affair right down to the final few minutes When the Hurricane got a six-point lead with two minutes to go. The Lions collapsed then. Jonesboro began to stall and pulled away to the 11-polnt victory on the strength of foul shots. Tied at Hall , Jonesboro led 15-14 in the first period and the score was knotted at 33-33 at the half. Leachville could muster only one field goal in the third period but still went.ahead of the Hurricane by a one-point margin at 47-46. The Lions scored 12 points on free throws. But that was the story of the game for Leachville — they couldn't hit from the floor. Abernathy led the Jonesboro attack with 27 points, but this was one less than the high for the game racked up by Darrell Blocker of Leachville, who had 28. Blytheviiie Cobb 6 Abbott 13 Hodge 10 Jones 12 Akers 7 Pos. P F C G G Tech Bryant 8 Wise 13 Eaker 12 Chesser 7 Williams 2 Substitutes: Blytheviiie — Hyde, Langston, Edgmon 4, Bratcher 2; Tech — Lamb 3, Whitaker. Leahcville Blocker 28 Rauls 10 Ward 6 Ray 16 Thweatt 3 Pos. F F C G O Jonesboro SCORES ON STEAL — Charles Abbott (No. 70) of the Chicks Rankin 5 drops in two on a crip shot after he had stolen the ball from Jimmy Abernathy 27 Bryant of Greene County Tech, who tries to block the shot. Abbott Caldwell 12 Johnson 4 Substitutes: Leachville — Atkie- son, Bailey, Brown; Jonesboro — Neff 4, Mathes 14. Giant Rookie Star in Minors NASHVILLE, Tenn. f/P) — Outfielder Bob Lennon, who will be fighting for a regular job on the New York Giants this spring, was the scourge of Southern Assn. pitchers in 1954. Bob set two league records and topped the loop in six batting departments. The two records were 64 homers and 447 total bases. In addition he led the league in hitting, most runs scored, most runs batted in and the most hits. Quick 'Hat Trick' BOSTON (ff) — Hockey's "hat trick"—scoring three goals in one game—has been done many times but probably never as quickly in a college game by Jim Pope of Rcnsselaer Polytechnic Institute. The RPI defenseman in the game with Northeastern University scored three goals in a minute and 40 seconds. . His rapid fire goals gave RPI a 5-2 win. Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York 95, Rochester 92 Minneaolis 121, Boston 106 Syracuse 99, Milwaukee 96 Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York (Madison Square Garden)—Chico Vejar, 152, Stamford, Conn., outpointed Billy Graham, UV/ 2 , New York, 10. San Diego, Calff.— Harry Willis, 204. Los Angeles, stopped Jimmy Ingram, 180, Los Angeles, 2. turned in an outstanding defensive and offensive game last night as he led the Chicks to victory with 13 points. (Courier News Photo) Mitchell Pleased At Porkers' Start FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' spring football forces — with an assist from the weatherman — got off to a fast start this week with over 70 grid candidates participating in the great shift to the split-T. The drills have been unusually rugged for the first week, but enthusiasm has been high enough to warrant comment from head coach Jack Mitchell. "I suppose it's natural for a ( KG Encouraged, Shanrzes Okay for a coach to be dissatisfied with the results of the first week's practice," he said, "but this group of boys have shown me that they want to learn and work hard. It's very gratifying to a new coach to find that situation." Hll by Injuries Injuries crept into the Razorback lineup after nearly a full week ow drills. Tackle Dick Bennett was WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. </Pj— The Kansas City Athletics training camp yesterday was marked by these encouraging developments: 1. Little Bobby Shantz, the ace left-handed hurler who has been of sidelined for the spring \viih a dis-1 j itt j e use the p ast two years because located shoulder,'Henry Moore felt j of arm fj-ouble, pitched for 10 min- the affects of a sprained ankle and utes at half-speed without experi- Tommy Lockhart did not have the full use of Ills left hand—the result of a bone chip. End Jerry Mc- Faddcn still remained out of scrimmage sessions with a knee injury sustained in the Cotton Bowl game. Mitchell again announced plans for his coaching, clinic—to be held Fort Smith Meets North Little Rock In Big 7 Finals Both To Represent Big 1 In State Class A Tourney N«xt Wtek HOT SPRINGS, Ark. I* — Port Smith and North Little Rock will represent the Big 7 high school conference in the state Class A basketball tournament at Little Rock next week. The Grizzlies and Wildcats, with semifinal victories marked up last night, will meet ther at 8 tonight to decide the championship. Port Smith whipped Little Rock after being tied 24-aU at the half. North Little Rock wrecked Hot Springs 76-54 in the other semi-final game. By virtue of winning the regular season Big 7 race. Port Smith got a first round bye. Tbat put the Grizzlies automatically into the semifinals. North Little Rock gained the semis' by trouncing El Dorado, 2-43. Little Rock squeaked past Pine Bluff 76-74 to move into the semis and Hot Springs turned back Texarkana 53-48. Tied at Halt Port Smith and Little Rock, which finished third behind the Grizzlies and North Little Rock in regular season play, raced neck and neck through the ifrst half. There never was more than three points difference in the score. After the 24-24 halftime, however, the Grizzlies outscored the Tigers 6-8 in the thrd quarter and held onto a slim margin the rest of the way. Scoring leaders for both teams popped in 16 points, Neal Collier for Fort Smith and Ray Wilson for Little Rock. North Little Rock ziped to a 3521 halftime lead over Hot Springs and never was troubled. The Trojans outscored North Little Rock only in the third quarter and could not get within striking distance. Bill Sheets of Hot Springs led scorers with 22 points. Wayne Yotes dropped in 19 for North Little Rock. Two Women Booked for Mat Program encing any ill effects. 2. Third baseman Jim Finigan signed his 1955 contract. 3. An examination disclosed Wilmer Shantz. Bobby's brother who will be scrapping for the first string catching berth, is not suf- in conjunction with spring train- j fering from a rib growth, as first ing. It had been moved back to feared. He'll have two wisdom teeth removed, believed t,n be the source of a pain in his back. March 26 when the weather relayed the start of practice. The clinic now. however, will be held as originally planned—on March 18 and 19—during the third week of drills. Entries from all over the state indicate a record interest in Mitchell's "pigeon-toed T" and a record crowd. The Red-White game will continue to be held on March 26 as planned. Edgar Laprade of the New York, Rangers is the oldest player in the! mond 65 National Hockey Lengue. He is 35' years old. Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Southern Conference Tourney (Semi-finals) George Washington 67, Rich- »y Q a y* c Sports Roundup Alston to Have 'New Look' By GAYI.E TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Early advices from the Brooklyn Dodgers training camp lay much stress on the fact that Walter Alston, who was the team's practically unknown manager last season, is talking a blue streak this spring and generally making it plain that he intends to be the boss, in fact as well as in name. Those who have noted this radical , change in the minor leaguer who took over the veteran club with such painful diffidence Just a year ago after Chuck Dressen had talked—and written—himself himself out of the job have come to two conclusions: Alston has been told to take over and run the Dodgers with an iron fist or start thinking about other employment, and that as a result the Dodgers figure to be a much tougher crew to beat than they were last season, when they finished five games behind the New York ginnta. Last year Alston .was tossed Into nn Impossible spot, placed in charge of » group of the game's brightest stars who had Just won a pennant under another manager. One of them , Pee Wee Reese, could have had the post if he had wanted It badly, nnd of this Alston was fully aware. Alston had see th« team play onlir ono« or twice, and then Incidentally. Tho result win that when tills reporter nnd others tried to sound him out on this »nd that in truin- Ing camp, the reply usually was that we probably knew as much about the club u h« did. Th« Im- pression was that he intended to take things easy, throw his weight about as little afi possible, and learn as he went along. Although Alston was well intentioned, and no one doubted that he was a smart baseball man, there was doubt that h« had chosen the right way to ru n such a collection of individualists as the Dodgers. It would have been almost impossible to find two more diametrically different characters than Alston and the sharp-tongued, razor-minded little extrovert he succeeded. As it turned out, those experts who followed the Dodgers all sen- son were more than a little surprised that they made it as close as they did, considering the radical change In team tactic*. Where Dressen had borne down on base running and the hit-and-run,. Alston played H conservatively. When a Dodger got into a steaming row with an umpire and looked around for support, he likely as not saw his manager sitting calmly on the bench. Considering all this, plus the fact that one of the club's outstanding stars, Roy Campanella, was troubled by a hand injury which reduced his batting average from ,312 the previous year to a lowly .207, the enthusiasm with which the correspondents have greeted the "new" Alston appears to be Justified. $ club . which can go through such an experience without falling on its face has to he considered of championship caliber. YES! WE TAILOR-MAKE SEAT COVERS GILBERT'S AUTO UPHOLSTERY Hiwayfll M. Ph. 3-6742 West Virginia 89, Wash-Lee 74 Atlantic Coast Conference (Semi-finals) N.C. State 85, Wake Forest 70 Duke 90, Virginia 77 (overtime) Pacific Coast Conference Playoffs Oregon State 82, UCLA 75 (Oregon State leads best-of-3 series 1-0) OTHER GAMES Cornell 72, Harvard 58 Tulane 82, Louisina State 53 Brigham Young 78, Denver 62 Utah 85, New Mexico 42 Texas Tech 87, New Mexico A & M 58 Georgia 69, Florida 61 Concordia (St. Louis) 65, Concordia (Seward, Neb) 56 Giants, Dodgers Send Spring Lovers Notes By LARRY MERCHANT The Associated Frew Proving that distance is no barHer when old bosom buddies feel like exchanging a few pleasantries, the Dodgers and Giants have hooked up in a transcontinental lovers' quarrel to enliven the spring training air. Giant Manager Leo Durocher, as you might expect, touched off the spat. After all, it's spring training for him, too. "Brooklyn's In trouble If (JftCk- le) Robinson, (Pee Wee) Reese or (Roy) Campanella doesn't play," Leo cooed from the world champion's training site in Phoenix, Ariz. Irked, Dodger Vice - Presidents Buzzy Bavasi and Fresco Thompson—with a surprising assist from silent Walt Alston—hurled a cross- country love note back into Leo's ear from their Vero Beach, Fla., _^ | • • I K | ^^ m. m. DukeAAakes NC AA; Tourney ShapesUp By ED WILKS The Associated Presi There's still a little matter of settling the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball championship tonight, but beyond that — and whatever the outcome — Duke's Blue Devils are off for their first NCAA title appearance in Madison Square Garden Tuesday. camp. Summed up, read something their sentiments like this: "The Read Courier News Classified Ads. 14 to 6. Another mixed double main event card has been lined up for the American Legion's weekly wrestling show at Memorial Auditorium Monday night with a women's bout and a tag match headlining the action. Two more top flight women grap- piers will square off in the one- hour time limit opening match with Miss Barbava Baker taking on Miss Dianne Lynne. In the second bout four top notch heavyweights, including one newcomer, will square off in a tag tussle. The newcomer is Ted Lasell, a fleet heavyweight who is scheduled to team with Lester Welch against Butch Boyett and Eddie Malone. Lasell comes to Blytheviiie highly rated as a heavyweight performer who has made quite a name for himself in the Mid-Western circuit. Both Miss Baker and Miss Lynne will be making their Initial appearances in Blytheviiie. Both are highly ranked among the female grapplers performing in the southern area. Promoter Mike Meroney stated that the women's match wae booked late this week, resulting in a change in his original card, UA's Bowl Loot Hits New Record DALLAS «*) — The Arkansas Razorbacks, who set several football records last year, have marked up another record. , The Cotton Bowl Association announced yesterday that Arkansas and Georgia Tech collected $175,868.48 each for playing in the 1955 Cotton Bowl game. That's the highest amount ever received by a participant in any college football game in history, outside the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl officials said. Georgia Tech whipped Arkansas ATTENTION FARMERS Clean Your Own Seed and Save New The new all metml Clipper M-2B Grain, Seed and Bean Cleaner means higher crop yleldi and greater proflU for you by eliminating weed seeds . . . small and cracked iced* . . • foreign crop »eed» . . . Inert naterialt, from your seed. CLIPPER M-2B Today's Most Modern Farm Seed Ctantr! BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 118 F. Main St. Phone 3-4404 The Blue Devil's picked up the conference colors last night by outlasting Virginia 90-77 in overtime of a semifinal game in the ACC tournament at Raleigh, N.C. Duke has to face North Carolina State, the defending champ and 5th ranked in the Associated Press poll, in the finale tonight. Duke, to Get Rid A victory would send the Blue Devils against Villanova In the NCAA first round fHpleheader next week under their power. But Duke will get the bid even .as a runnerup since NCS is ineligible because of probationary action by the NCAA. In other action, West Virginia and George Washington qualified for tonight's title final to decide the Southern conference NCAA representative while Oregon State, the northern division champ, gained a leg in the best-of-three Pacific Coast playoff by beating UCLA, the southern djvision winner. 82-75. And Texas Tech gained at least a tie for the Border Conference title and NCAA slot by beating New Mexico A & M 87-58. Tech could gain a clear claim to the championship tonight by defeating Texas Western. West Texas State (0-3) already has finished its season and could gain a share of the title should Tech lose. The Southeastern, Missouri Valley, Big Ten and Ivy League conferences also could pin an official blue ribbon on their NCAA representatives tonight. Kentucky can take the SEC title by beating Tennessee, Penn can sweep the Ivy and avert a possible three-way tie by beating Princeton and St. Louis i or Tulsa could win the Mo-Valley j if the other loses. St. Louis plays Oklahoma A&M and Tulsa meets Wichita. A tie; would call for a one-game playoff: with the runnerup going to the j NIT. J Iowa Can Back In Iowa can claim the Big Ten crown if Minnesota loses to Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes are idle until Monday, when they could win regardless by beating Michigan. Getting back to last night's games: North Carolina State eased into the ACC title game by dumping Wake Forest 85-70. Rod Hundley, the clowning star for West Virginia, performed well against Washington and Lee, scoring 27 points to gain a title shot for the Mountaineers. George Washington filled the other berth as Joe Holup slipped in a layup with 2 seconds remaining to defeat Richmond 67-65. In other games, Utah, the NCAA entry from the Skyline, defeated New Mexico 85-42; Brigham Young beat Denver 78-62; Tulane dumped Louisiana State 82-53; Georgia got past Florida 69-61 and Cornell defeated Harvard 72-58. Graham Slowly Fades After 14 Years In Ring By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — One by one the oldtimers fade away. Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Paddy DeMarco, Roland LaStarza and now Billy Graham. None will admit he is through. I It was the years — 14 long ones in \ the ring and 125 fights—more than ' Chico Vejar which caused Graham's downfall in Madison Square Garden last night, Loses Split Decision True, tne ,32-year-old New Yorker lost only by a split decision and the three officials had it close. But it was the way he lost it more than the tight score that will be remembered by most of the, 4,804 fans who paid $15,246 for the 10- rounder. Judges Jack Gordon, 5-4-1 and Bert Grant, 6-4 voted for Vejar. Referee M Berl had it 5-4-1 for Graham. The AP card had Vejar ahead 6-3-1. Vejar, an energetic, 23-year-old with a scrambling, pesky attack, left a million openings. Seemed Rusty "I was rusty after that long lay- off (He hadn't fought since October) and I missed a lot of chances because of my inactivity," said Graham. "I don't think I lost it. though. I just can't seem to get the close ones. I thought I threw the harder punches. "I'd like to fight him again," added Billy. It was quiet as a cathedral on a weekday afternoon. You almost expected to hear the bells toll. The old master, once one of the finest boxers in the game, may get his wish for "another shot." Matchmaker Billy Brown of the International Boxing Club said the two might mix again on either April 1 or 8. Syracuse, Detroit, Cleveland, or Philadelphia may get it because the Garden's dates are filled. Giant bench is lousy, one of the lousiest in baseball, Duaty Rhodes is all they got. We can go blindfolded among our second-string outfielders and pick better ones than they have." Batboy In The Act Duke Snider and the Dodger batboy also got into the act. Snider, peeved at c omparisons between Willie Mays and himself, announced that until wonderous Willie passes him in the income tax bracket, he'll consider himself the better ballplayer. The bat boy, Charlie Digiovanna, 3ded a Durocher jibe as a footnote. "It looks like skinhead has his mouth in snape for the aeajson already." Noise of the more orthodox variety—ball meeting bat and ball meeting glove—echoed around other camps. The most encouraging news came from West Pa,lm, Beach where the Kansas City Athletics enjoyed a double dose. Bobby Shantz, benchridden moat of last year with a chronic soreness In his left arm, put ,his valuable flipper through a 10-mtnute teat run and reported it felt "loose and free." Jim Finigan, the A's fine sophomore third baseman, signed his contract to end a short-lived holdout. Case Looks For Fourth Eddie Ma thews of the Milwaukee Braves belted a couple 430-foot dcives and said he was hoping to get off to a fast start this year in the home run derby. Manager Casey Stengel conceded Cleveland had a better pitching staff than this Yankees. Stengel said his main problem, is to find a No. 4 starter after Whitey Ford, Bob Grim and Bob Turley. Chuck Dressen, Washington Senator field general toyed with the idea of shifting Eddie Yost, a veteran of 10 years, from third base to the outfield. But Paul Richard* decided not to tamper with Oriole pitcher Dee Pillette's unusual "sinkerball" motion. All the teams prepared for in- trasquad games as a prelude to next week's first scheduled exhibitions. Roy Hurry runs the 100-yard dash on Georgia Tech's track team. Arroyo Turns Up, Pitches Well ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (VP) — Pitcher Luis Arroyo, missing member of the St. Louis Cardinal squad, has turned up and immediately began looking like a mid-season performer. Manager Eddie Stanky said yesterday he hopes the 27-year-old left hander, who led Houston into the Texas League playoffs last year, can make the grade. Harvey Haddix and Paul Lapalma are the Redbirds' only other left handed hurlers. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, March 7 8:15 p.m. Adults 50c — Children 15c ~~l FEATURE CARD > Women Wrestlers ( Miss Barbara Baker VS. Miss Dianne Lynne One hour time limit, b«*t 2 out of 8 fftHi • TAGMATCH • TEDUSELL BUTCH BOYETT And VS. And LESTER WELCH EDDIE MALONE 90 minute tlmt limit, txMt 2 out of X falb

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