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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 1955 Chickasaws, Center Ridge Play Tonight (Otj Lje eorge Courier News Sports Editor NLR, Ft. Smith, Green Forest, Blytheville Top Tourney Teams Pour teams stand out as favorites in the state Class A basketball championship battles beginning in Little Rock today. North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Green Forest and Blytheville have been tabbed by coaches as the teams to beat, in that order. North Little Rock beat Fort Smith for the Big Seven crown in Hot Springs Saturday night after falling to the Grizzlies twice in regular season play. Most prognosticators are placing them one-two in the tournament with a slight edge for the Wildcats, on the strength of their Big Seven championship. NORTH UTTLE ROCK has an 18-4 record and Fort Smith is 19-6 for the season. Green Forest has played more games than any other team in the tournament. The Tigers have a fine 34-3 record including two wins each over Joncsboro and Leachville. The Tigers' only losses came to Class B teams in " Northwest Arkansas. They clobbered Van Buren in the District One finals Saturday night. But Blytheville has the tournament's best record at 29-2. The • Chicks were 25-2 for the regular season then racked up four more victories in going through the district meet last week. The two losses suffered by the Chicks came at the hands of Leachville and Rector. BLYTHEVILLE MAY h a v e been better off in the tournament if the Chicks had lost to Jonesboro in District finals Saturday night. The win placed the Chicks in the upper bracket, which on the basis of records, should be the tougher of the two. It has the winners of the Big Seven, District 1 and District 3 — all among the top four contenders in the tournament. If the big show goes according to predictions and the Chicks can stay in the win column, they will have to meet Green Forest and ARKANSAS ASSU BASKETBALL At Conway B. J. Pierce of Searcy 81, Western Grove 62. Hendrix College 90. Melbourne 59. General Motors of Hot Springs M, A&M White of Montlcello 72 The Philadelphia Phillies plan to uae their new $450,000 park in Clearwater, Fla. for exhibition games only this spring. Other workout* will take place at their old park, a couple OT blocks away. North Little Rock on successive nights (Thursday and Friday), before getting to the finals. Tribe Hits Trail For Little Rock, State Tourney State Tournament Opens, 2:30Today By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two darkhorses, Des Arc of District 6 and Magnolia of District 7-East, took the floor this afternoon as the 45-year-old Arkansas high school basketball tournament got under way in a new, spacious setting. Magnolia, winner of half the District 7 crown, and Des Arc, runner- up in its area, were scheduled to begin battling at 2 p.m. in Barton Coliseum in the first contest of five-game, first-day session. Of the 18 teams in the Class A high school free-for-all, North Little Rock and Fort Smith of the Big Seven, plus Green Forest and Blytheville, are rated the favorites. All four are listed in today's lineup. 'Cats Al Peak The North Little Rock Wildcats, an offensive-minded team that seems to have reached its peak right at tournament time, tangled with the Newport Greyhounds at 3:20. Fort Smith, a slow-breaking, defensive outfit, drew McGehee as its 8:50 p.m. opponent. Both games involving 1 the Big Seven entries are first round contests. That will pare the field to 16 teams. Five more games in two sessions Wednesday will reduce the survivors to eight. Blytheville, victor in traditionally powerful District 3. was paired opposite Center Ridge at 7:30 p.m. and Watson Chapel and Green Forest were scheduled for 4:40 p.m. in other games today. The 7,500-seat Coliseum will make a new attendance record almost a certainty — esecially if an optimistic weather forecast comes true. Most of the coaches in the annual get-together rate North Little Rocfc's Wildcats No. 1, with Fort Smith second. Green Forest of District 1 third and Blytheville not far behind. Fort Smith and North Little Rock finished in that order in Big Seven ieason lay — hut that order was reversed in the Big Seven tournament at Hot Springs. As usual, almost all of the other Blytheville's District champion Chickasaws were off for Little Rock today in quest of their first state basketball title. The Tribe, led by Coach Jimmy Fisher, makes its debut in the tournament at 7:30 tonight against Center Ridge, run- nerup to Catholic High of Little Rock in District 5. •* * The Chickasaws left at 8 o'clock this morning in three cars. They will remain in the Capital City If they win tonight's opening game. They will be at Magnolia Courts. Blytheville goes into the tournament with a 29-2 record—best in the lost column of any entry. Green Forest, District 1 winner, has a 34-3 record. Reminder from 1951 The Chicks' opponent tonight, Center Ridge, last figured prominently in the state event in 1951 when they surprised everybody in the state by going all the way to the finals before losing the championship to Fort Smith 42-35. Center Ridge is a tiny hamlet of 164 persons in Conway County located on State Highway 9 about 30 miles north of Morrilton. A lad named Carroll Scroggins led Center Ridge to glory in 1951. He just completed his senior year as one of the University of Arkansas' top cagers—and Center Ridge has another Scroggins on the team this year. The Chicks held a brief workout yesterday and Coach Fisher said, he was playing this tournament one game at a time. One At a Time He wasn't concerned at being in the tough bracket. "All I'm worried about now isT Center Ridge," Fisher said. "We'll! think about the others as they ] come along." The Chicks take their best record in history into the tournament. It is the second time since 1933 that Blytheville has had an entry i the state senior event. Two years ago the Tribe went to the semifinals at Fayetteville before falling to Monticello. This is the second state tournament for most of the team. As Papooses two years ago they won the district crown and went to the state junior tournament at Jonesboro, going to the finals losing to Green Forest. All Chick games will be broadcast locally over KLCN-FM. 14 teams could be classed as dark- horses — from the tiny towns like Lavaca and Watson Chapel to the traditional powers like Jonesboro and Van Buren. It will be defending champion Jonesboro's 20th straight trip to the big meet. Welch, Latfel Victorious in Mat Feature Butch Boyett and substitute Danny Dusek, played a bit too rough last night and as a result they lost the tag match feature of the American Legion's king-sized wrestling card at Memorial Auditorium. Boyett called and Dusek, who was to substitute for Eddie Malone. were disqualified in the final round of the main event of the four-match card with Lester Welch | and Ted Laffel getting the de-1 cislon. ! There were three preliminary | bouts on the card including a match between two women wrestlers. In this one Barbara Baker won two straight falls from Dianne Lynn. In the tag bout, Welch and Laf- fell won the first fall in 12 minutes with Welch applying a crab hold to Dusek. But Dusek and Boyett came back to rough their way| to victory in the second round with : Dusek making Laffel give in 13 minutes with a neck breaker. The third fall started out on the wild side and when Referee Virgil Hatfield tried to intervene he was attacked by Boyett. Hatfield disqualified Boyetl and Dusek. In the other two preliminary bouts Boyett defeated Lafell and Welch defeated Dusek. TOURNAMENT BOUND — Blytheville Chickasaws are shown above as they boarded autos this morning for their trip to Little Rock in search of further basketball conquests. The District 3 cham- pions of Coach Jimmy Fisher (right) play their first game at 7:30 tonight against Center Ridge. (Courier News Photo) Favorite Spring Pastime Player Shuffling Begins By SHELDON SAKOWITZ The Associated Press Major league managers often experiment during spring before, training designed Roundup / (i i =7 // / bu \jciule ^/cilbot Rock's Run Out of Competitors NEW YORK (AP) — Roland LaStarza, who was a highly regarded challenger for the world heavyweight championship less than two years ago, was stiffened in five rounds the other night by a Cuban fighter you probably never heard of before, one Julio Mederos. In his last fight prrvious to that, LaStarza looked like a sleepwalker in losing a id-rounder to Charlie Norkus, strictly a second-rater. And in the one before that he dropped a decision to Don Cockell, (he chubby cove who has been sentenced to face Rocky Marciano in May. Those are the only times the Bronx Battler has climbed into a ring since the fall night in 1953 when Marciano starched him in the nth round of their title bout at a local ball park. LaStarza. who thought he was going to be champion before the bombs went off that night, appears to be washed up. The point we would like to make is that when Rocky gels through laying it on a man there is one less opponent whom he can figure on making a buck with later on. The only reason the Brockton Belter is matched with such an improbable customer as Cockell now is that he killed off Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles and LaStarza in his previous title defenses. Broken Dreams Before that, while he was coming up, Rocky left a string of broken dreams behind him. Not one of the scores of men he dynamited out— Rex Layne, Lee Siivold, Harry i Matthews', Carmen Wingo, among others—has amounted to anything since. Wingo never fought again, only now is recovering from paralyzing blow struck him by the future champion. Joe Louis hung up the gloves after Rocky stopped him in the eighth round in 1951. This, ive believe, is the only true way to judge the worth of a chanr pion — what becomes of his victims after they have felt the power in his fists. Taking them on thus basis, we feel certain we have seen two great ones in the past quarter- century, Louis and Marciano. Joe fought himself out of competition, just as Rocky has done. HEAR BLYTMtE CHICKASAWS State Tournament Game Broadcast KLCN-FM 7:30 Tuesday Night Cotirtoty Ark-Mo Power Co. Santee To Run At Milwaukee On Saturday NEW YORK i.4 J < — Stymied by a lack of competition in the Knights of Columbus meet. Wes Santee will make his next assault on the world indoor mile record in the Milwaukee Journal games Saturday and he'll come equipped with his o-n mechanical rabbit. "Art Dalzell, who runs with me on the University of Kansas Learn, will be in the mile in Milwaukee," the gangling crew-cut said today. "I hope he'll set a fast pace. I also hope he'll be in Chicago the following week." Between times. Santee has considerable work. He'll fly down to Mexico City for the Pan-American Games right, after he finishes operations in Milwaukee, then whip back to the slates. "I'm not afraid of that Mexico height." he said when advised that some Americans have come a cropper the rarlfled air south of the border. "Colorado is like that and I've run under the stmfc condition/; there. It doesn't worry me at all." with position shifts to strengthen their clubs. These shifts don't always work out, but there's no Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED I'RKSS National "IntercoMeyiate (NAIAj Tourney at Kansas City (all. first round i. Beloit (Wis) 88, Whitworth (Wash; 75 East Texas Stale 68, Portland (Ore) State 55 Florida State 93, Montana State 102, (Minn) 78, Texas Southern (Mich) 83 Gustavus Adolphus Way land (Tex? 58 Southwestern (Kanj 83, Los Angeles Loyola 79 Steubcnville (Ohio* 79. Mississippi Southern 62 Alderson-Broaddus rWVAj 100. Minot iND) Teachers 72 Other Results Ivy League Playoff (semi-fmalsi Columbia 73, Pennsylvania 71 Princeton 58, Brown 39 Michigan 74, Iowa 58 Cheyney ( Pa > Teachers 109, Glassboro (NJ) Teachers 59 harm in improvising with the material at hand. This season has been no exception. The big league skippers have been switching players all around. The Washington Senators have been toying with the idea of moving third baseman Eddie Yost to the outfield, provided an adequate replacement can be found. Manager Chuck Dressen and I j coach Cookie Lavagctto, a former j top third sacfcer, have been con- ! ccntrating on polishing the play '< of 18-year-old Harmon Killebrew. | They are striving to improve the bonus youngster's throwing with hopes of stationing him at third. Dressen also Ls looking over some other prospects on the 50- mtin squad in an effort to send Yost to the outfield. Marian Shifts Two Chicago White Sox skipper Marty Marion shifted two of his rookie infield prospects to the outfield in an int ray quad game yesterday. First baseman Jim Marshall and Adrian i third ba.seman Joe Kirrene .were the displaced players as the "Myatts" edged the "Gutteridges" Brooklyn Dodger manager Walt Alston named his starting lineup for Thursday night's opener with the Milwaukee Braves and vet- eran shortstop Pee Wee Reese was not listed, Alston considers Reese his regular shortstop, but would like to see him perform at both second and third base. 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