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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURtER THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1955 _xY/i </<?/'. 'erton Courier News Sporls Editor Chick, Green Forest Game Is Repeat of Junior Tilt Aside from our personal inter- ets in today's game between the Chickasaws and Green Forest (which is, to say the very least, tremendous) it will be interesting to judge the two squads from fhe standpoint of improvement over the past two years. For it was this same Green Forest, team which defeated the Blyiheville Papooses in the finals of the state Class A junior tournament at Jonesboro two years ago. .The Junior Tigers dropped the axe on the Paps that night 47-34. AND THEN, as now, the same boys make up the nucleus of the two squads. In fact, four of the Chicks' starters this year were starters on the Papoose team in that game, and four of Green Forest's Tigers this year were on the state junior champion squad two years ago. Bobby Jones, Freddy Akers. Fred Hodge and Charles Abbott were standouts on the Paps' team then. Jones and Akers made the all-state team. Also playing for the Paps then were Jimmy Bratcher and Kenneth Stanley, members of the Chicks' second unit this year. Boss, Greer and Sneed, top players for the Tigers, this year, were big guns for the Green Forest junior champions in 1953. Jackson also of the '53 squad is a reserve Tiger now. BOSS LED the Tigers in their opening round win over Watson Chapel Tuesday with 23 points. Sneed got 20 and Greer had 10. Boss also was high, scorer in that finals game at Jonesboro two years ago. He had 14 points that time. Sneed and Jackson had 12 and Greer got seven. Jones was the Paps' top scorer iii that game with 13 points. Akers was next with 10, Abbott got seven, Hodge three and Bratcher one. Green Forest is a big, strong team. Today's repeat performance should be an interesting one. Let's hope the outcome is different. Chickasaws Meet Green Forest Today Tribe Can Gain Semifinals With Win Over Tigers LITTLE ROCK — Hoping they keep up the hot streak they hit in the final quarter against Center Ridge Tuesday night, Blytheville's Chickasaws were scheduled to battle the tough Tigers from Green Forest at 3:20 this afternoon with the winner advancing to the semifinals tomorrow night. * * * Jonesboro Wins Fights Last Nighf By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco — Raul Macias, 117 3 i, Mexico City, stopped Cham- rern Songkitrat. in 3 ,!, Thailand, 11. (For NBA version of World bantamweight title). Tokyo — Hitoshi Misako, lll'b, Japan, outpointed Tanny Campo, 112, Philippines, 12 (for Orient flyweight title). When Paul Andolino tried to cut down the size of his racing stable a year ago he offered his Boston Doge for sale at $7,500. Andolino refused $100,000 at Hialeah after the colt won his seventh straight race. Tourney Favorites In Action Today By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Big 7 steamrollers-— North Little Rock and Fort Smith — were paired opposite tournament tested foes for the first time today in the quarterfinals of the state Class A basketball tournament. North Little Rock was slated to meet Magnolia at 2 p.m., while the Grizzlies are matched with Van p.m. contest. matches are: Blytheville at 3:20 p.m.: and Lavaca vs. Jonesboro at 7:30 p.m. Although North Little Rock and Fort Smith yesterday advanced Buren in a 8:50 Other quarterfinal Green Forrest with amazing ease for the second straight day — Jonesboro. Van Buren and Lavaca had to fight to stay alive. Wildcats Hot The Wildcats topped the 80-pOint mark for the second straight day in overwhelming Paris 84-57. Port Smith toyed with Marianna 66-38. Jonesboro edged past Batesville 5554 in a dramatic overtime struggle. Lavaca eliminated Catholic High of Little Rock 75-62. Jonesboro, a participant in the 45-year-old state tourney for the 20th straight time, got off to an early lead, but the Pioneers narrowed it to 23-21 by halftime. The last half was close all the way and ended 50-50. Tommy Rankin tossed in a free throw with nine seconds left in the overtime period to provide the winning margin. It was Rankin's 16th point. Jonesboro's David Abernathey was high man with 17, while Fred Hageman tallied 13 or Batesville. Pete Collier fell only one point 1 short of the tournament record as he led Van Buren over Prescott's Curley Wolves. Collier, 6-4, 220- pound all-around athlete, dunked 36 points. The record is Charley Keller's 37 against Beebe in 1949. Prescott put up a tough fight- holding a five-point lead late in the third quarter—but the Pointers finally cinched the victory with a ourth-quarter spurt. Charles Purtle and Stan Barger tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Wolves. No Contest Fort Smith jumped off to a. lead over Marianna and the District Six champs never had a chance. Jim Gattis, who had 14 points, Neil Collier and Ronnie Bateman paced the Bruins to the one-sided victory. Donald Earnhardt, who registered 20 points, was Marlanna's best. Paris' Frank Wade, a 300-pound, 6-8 giant, kept the Eagles in connection with North Little Rock for the first few minutes, but the Wildcats quickly pulled away. Yates hit 18 points in the first half to lead the Big 7 team to a 48-27 lead. Little Lavaca from Sebastian County managed to hold the Initiative all the way in its triumph over Catholic High of Little Rock. Mac Smith of Catholic High scored 23 points, while Howard Patterson, a comparative midget at 5-7, tallied 21 for. Lavaca. Jesse Steele of Lavaca tossed in 20. Sports Roundup Mayo Surprised at Phils Job CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — You think you were surprised to hear that a fellow named Mayo Smith had been hired out of the minor leagues to manage the Phillies? Then how do you think Smith felt? He's practically covered with welts from pinching himself. " —— it ^ came r | gnt Qut Qf fa f blue," says the former outfielder, whose entire big league career was squeezed into a brief season with the Athletics in 1945. "Until I got that phone call from Roy Hamey (Phils general manager) I had no more reason to think I might be managing this club now than you had. "I wasn't even in the Phils farm system. All I knew about this team was from reading the box scores— the same as I knew about all the other teams. That's really all I know about it now, or will know until we have played some exhibition games. "I know that we finished fourth last year, and that the team was short on power to go with its good pitching. It was shut out 16 times, five times by the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Such things as that I've picked up just by reading. I expect to learn a lot more as we go alone." 40-Year-Old Missourian If the 40-year-old Missouri native sounds engaging, he is. He is a trim figure in a uniform and his smile is quick and friendly. One 'senses that he realizes fully the stern nature of the task confronting him—trying to make something of a club which has wrung out three managers In as many seasons. The most important step Smith has taken to now was in advising Granny Hamner that he can quit playing second base, where he was less than happy, and go back to playing shortstop, where he is one 'LET'S BE GOOD'—Chuck Drosscn gives orders to his pet poodle, Bonnie, upon arriving to take over Washington Senators at Orlando, Fla. Bonnie's big league experience luis been at Brooklyn, and »hc bos? has to tame her down a bit. (NEA) FOR SALE Breeders Registered COTTON SEED Delfos Bobshaw 1-A HENDERSON SEED CO. Highway 61 S., EJIytheville PO 2-2860 It will be the second time teams from Blytheville and Green Forest have met on ths basketball court. Two years ago, junior high teams made up of practically the same players, met in the state junior finals at Jonesboro. Green Forest won that one 47-34. A victory for the Chicks today would place them in the semifinals at 7:30 tomorrow night probably against the tournament favorite — and the hottest unit in the state meet so far — North Little Rock. Top Test . The Wildcats from North Argenta have only to get by Magnolia in the first game this afternoon to gain a semifinals berth. Today's test may well be one of the top games for Blytheville. Green Forest has been picked by most coaches and sports writers as the number three team in the tournament, right behind North Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Tigers have good speed, and according to Chick Coach Jimmy Fisher, are a little taller overall than Blytheville. They went into today's game with a remarkable 35-3 record for the season to match Blytheville's equally remarkable 30-2 mark. Jones' Condition Unknown It .was not known here this morning whether Bobby Jones was completely recovered from sickness he developed Tuesday. The deadly- shooting guard turned up with a spell of dizziness and had difficulty seeing during the Center Ridge game Tuesday night. Apparently he has recovered since Coach Fisher has not contacted this department. A win today would equal the past ^ecord for advancement in the state tournament by the Chicks. The Tribe got to the semifinals once before, in 1953, before going down to defeat. That year they also won the district crown, and defeated the state tournament favorite. Van Buren, in the quarterfinals at Fayetteville before running out of gas against Monticello in the semifinals. Tech Wins 2nd Round In NAIA KANSAS CITY (&> — Arkansas Tech will meet Alderson-Broaddus of Phlllppi, W. Va., at 10:30 tonight in the quarterfinals of the NAIA basketball tournament. The Wonder Boys, semifinalists In 1964, thumped Atlantic Christian College of Wilson, N.C. 93-74 last night — their second straight one- sided victory in the tournament.' Paul Martin dunked 25 points to lead the Techsters, although five of the Arkansas boys garnered 10 points or more. Little Donovan Horn tallied 18 points; E.G. O'Neal and Don S«vier, 16 apiece; and Ray Hudspeth 12. Tech held a 55-44 edge at the half. Alderson-Broaddus advanced by beating Quincy, 111. 88-84. In other top second round games yesterday, top-seeded Western Illinois College nosed out Kirksville. (Mo.) Teachers 86-84; College of Steubenville, O., beat Louisiana Tech 00-65; and the Southeastern (Okla.) Savages walloped Nebraska Wesleyan 106-69. . The first professional basketball league (on an organized basis* was the National Basketball League started in 1898. It lasted only two seasons. of the real good ones. "That was one thing I had to get straight before' I agreed to take the Job," Smith said. "Hartley said that I would be the boss, and that if I wanted Hamncr at, shortstop, that's where he would play. That was all I needed to know." One is free to gather from this that Smith is a rathf^r slrong- minded individual, who was not too awed at the chance of piloting a big league club to lay down condition. We have an idea he's going to do all right. PICKARD'S GROCERY & MARKET • Fresh Fruit & Produce • Fresh Dressed Poultry k The Finest in Beef, Veal, Lamb &Pork Nationally Advertised & Fancy Groceries 2-2043 Call In w» Deliver Come In 1044 Chick LIGHT TOUCH—Workmen install a bank of floodlights atop Kansas City Mun rebuilding work on tv>p nark is rushed for the Athletics' first appearance there, licipal Stadium, as April 12. (NBA) Whitworth, Chicks ToBeHonoredHere Former Blytheville grid star and now head coach at the University of Alabama, J. B. Whitworth, and the District 3A champion Blytheville Chickasaw basketball team will be honored at a. banquet sponsored by the Chickasaw Booster Club at Hotel Noble March 18. Whitworth, member of the 192324-25-26 Chickasaw football teams, recently was named head coach at Alabama. He formerly had been line coach at the University of Georgia .nd head coach at Oklahoma A. and M. Coach Jimmy Fisher and his Chickasaws, District 3A winners for the second time in three years, and also the second time since 1933, are competing In the state Class A tournament at Little Rock this week. The The Chicks play Green Forest, in a quarter finals game today. The Tribe currently has a 30-2 record for the season, the best in Elytheville history. Booster Club members have invited former members of the Chick Grid squad who played with Whitworth in the 1920's. Included in the group who still live in this area and are expected to be on hand are Percy Wright, B. Otis Koonce, Fred Copeland, J. W. Rayder, Elbert Alley, Dr. John Elliott and Floyd Tate. Ben Lincoln, Chick coach from 1920-24, is expected to be here. Haley Soufhl Efforts also are being made to get LIVES ON BOARDS—Harry "The Horse" Gallatin set an all- time professional basketball mark when he appeared in his 500th straight contest with'the New York Knickerbockers. He hasn't missed a gamp, exhibition, playoff or regular season, since joining the New York club from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. (NBA) Take Command... get the thrill fir THE NEW DODGE 61 MOTOR CO. Your Dodge-Plymouth Dealer Hiway 61 N. Ph. 2-2142 A's To Start Only 2 Rookies In 1st Exhibition Game WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. tf) — Manager Lou Boudreau's starting exhibition lineup, which has been the subject of considerable speculation by Kansas City Athletics followers, listed only two rookies. • Boudreau named the lineup for today's scheduled games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two rookies are second baseman Hector Lopez and third baseman Hal Bevan. The rest of the lineup includes: Lou Limmer or Bill Renna in right field; Bill Wilson in center; Gus Zernial in left; Don Bollweg, first; Joe Demaestri, shortstop; Joe As- trolh, catcher; and Marion Prl- cano, pitcher. Bill Oster and Carl Duser, a rookie, also were scheduled to take a turn on the mound. Rirman's starting backfleld returns this fall. The backfield includes quarterback Jimmy Boyle, halfbacks Joe Appello and John Popson and fullback Bob Delltnger. Harvey Haley, former superintendent of schools for whom Haley Field was named, to attend. Graham Sudbury will be master of ceremonies at the banquet which will start at 7 p. m. in the Mirror Room. The Rev. James Pomeroy will give the invocation. Ticket.-; for the banquet are on sale for SI.5.0 at Mead Clothing .Store, Owen Drug Store or may be purchased from any Booster Club member. The meeting is open to the public. MaciasWinsTitle OnTKO;Crowned Bantam Champ Songkitrar Stopped In 11th Round With Blazing Left Hook SAN FRANCISCO Iffl— Raul Macias of Mexico, who took more punishment from his fervent fans after it was over than he did from Thailand's Chamrern Songkitrat while he was winning it, Is the world bantamweight boxing champion today as far as the National Boxing- Assn. Is concerned. Macias won the title, which the state of Californl^ firmly refuses to recognize, with a blistering two- fisted assault that caused Referee Fred Apostoll to stop the one- sided scrap at 2:38 of the llth round last night at the Cow Palace. Near Riot A flock of screaming Mexicans clambered into the ring after it was over. Police were unable to stop the mad scramble. Macias, "Little Mouse" to his compatriots, was swallowed up in the blustering throng, to emerge moments later perched askew on willing shuuldr-rs. Anyone who thought bantamweights lacked punching power received as rude a jolt as the Thai- lander last night. Macias, using a lightning left hook and Jab mixed with a bruising right, had Songki- trat on the floor four times, twica in the sixth round and twice mora in the llth. Macias. unbeaten in 11 pro fights, was in full charge all the way. He lost only one round, the first, on all three cards. Apostoll had it scored 60-50 through the 10 full rounds, Judge Jack Downey 6314 to 46'/2, and Judge Eddie James 61'/ 2 to 48'/2- Each weighed 117%. A Rare Tie PELHAM, Oa. Iff)— It's no typographical error that Pelham high school's 1954 basketball record reads 19-10-1. Coach E. L. Raney explains: "We played Mcigs and when ths game was over the Scoreboard showed Meigs winning, 58-57. Then we made a routine check of the scorebook and it showed a tie. By then the fans were gone so we said to heck with it, apd it stands M the only basketball tie I ever saw." 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