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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (AHK.) COURIER VEWS MONDAY, MARCH 14, 1958 (-jeo u -jeorqe Courier News Sports Editor Afterthoughts on the Chicks Jimmy Fisher's 1954-55 Chickasaws failed to go as 1'ar in the state tournament by one round as his other District 3 championship squad did, but this year's outfit had a better won-loss record for the season.• In losing to Green Forest by aai embarrassing 19 points in the quarterfinals T h u r s d a y, the Chicks dropped their third game of the season against 30 victories. Two years ago the Tribe, led by burly Montroe Holland nnd Bob Childress, won their quarterfinal contest at Fayeltcville before falling in the semifinals to Monticello. But their season record of 24-5, including all tournament play, doesn't measure up to this year's aggregation. ON THE OTHER HANI), the 1952-53 Chicks ended their regular season without a loss to an Arkansas team. The four losses in regular play were rtelt out by a couple of top West Tennessee teams. Jackson and Milan. Their only loss to an Arkansas team was in the state tournament. COMPARISON OF THESE, two units is interesting, albeit idle, speculation. Size of the '53 squad would have been a big advantage with the hulking Holland and lanky Childress, but speed of this year's unit, and its betcr reserve depth probably would make the two teams fairly even. Our vote would go for the '53 squad, but not without some misgivings. BLYTHEVILLE'S L O S S to Green Forest was the most one- sided defeat suffered by the Chicks in as long as we can remember — and that covers the past three seasons. The 19-point spread was almost three times as much as the total points by which the Tribe lost in its only two other defeats of the season — seven. Three of those were to Rector and tour to Leachville. But the 19-point margin is deceiving. The margin was only 10 points with four minutes to go and could have been six but for a couple of nervous crip shots by the Chicks which rolled around and out of the hoops. The big mavgin came in the final hectic and frantic minutes of desperation battling. Four Big 7 Schools On Chick Slate I Blytheville's football Chickasaws won't be able to compete for the Big Seven championship next fall because of conference round-robin rules, but Chickasaw fans will have an opportunity to see quite a bit of action in store for Blytheville in coming years. Coach Russell Mosley, though unable to get all conference members on the line for next season, has signed with four of the seven and has a chance of getting another. Already set . are North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs and El Dorado. Coaches and officials of the AAA met in Little Rock Saturday to discuss mutual problems and schedule situations. El Dorado was gned at the meeting. Mosley said there also is a fair chance of getting Fort Smith for the coining season, though there is no chance of lining up Little Rock or Texarkana. With three open dates yet to be filled. Mosley is not formally announcing his schedule. He still has Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 open. Alston Thinks Karl Spooner May Be Genuine Pheenom Favored Duquesne Begins NIT Bid NEW YORK (AP) — All AniLM-ica Dick Ricketts and sharp-shooting Sihugo Green, as good a one-two scoring punch as you'll find anywhere, lead Duquesne into the National Invitation Tournament today as the seeded teams swing into action for the first time. The Dukes, top seeded in (he 12-team tourney which got under way Saturday, face Louisville in the opening game of tonight's double-header at Madison Square Garden. Cincinnati, seeded fourth, takes on dangerous Niagara in the nightcap. The other two seeded ouifiLs, Dayton (No. 2) and Holy Cross' defending champions (No. 3» play their first game tomorrow night. Dayton meets powerful St. Louis nnd Holy Cross clashes with St. Francis of Loretto, Pa. Both of tonight's unseeded teams were impressive with their iirst- round victories. In ben ting Manhattan 91-86, Louisville hit at a 44.5 average with C-8 Clmrlie Tyra scoring 27 points and grabbing -3 rebounds. Niagara also used Us terrific rebounders to oust Lafayette 83-70 with Ed Fleming's 8 pacing the drive. 3ut In Duquesne's Ricketts and Green, Louisville will be facing a feared pair who paced the Dukes to a 19-4 regular season rcord. Gren, with n 481-point output this season, is averaging 21.9 while Ricketts has an even 20 point average on 459 points in one more game. Cincinnati, which beat Seton Hall 88-78 ill the Garden in regular season competition, has a candidate for the tourney's Most Valuable Player award in Jack Twyman. 6-6 senior, who holds practically every Bearcat record. Giants, Bears Will Meet in Little Rock Pro Grid Battle LITTLE ROCK IjW — The 7th annual exhibition professional football game here SepL. 10 will have a decided Arkansas flavor. • War Memorial Stadium manager Allan Berry announced the teams selected for the 1955 game: the Chicngo Bears and the New York Giants. The Giants are coached by Jim Lee Ho well of Lonoke, Ark., who starred in both football and basketball at the University of Arkansas. Bear players include three former Razorbacks, They are John Hoffman. Fred Williams and Leon Campbell. Yanks Drop 4th Straight Exhibition By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS No one expects miracles, but Manager Walt Alston of the Brooklyn Dodgers was wondering today if maybe Karl Spooner is a real, genuine "pbeenom." The 23-year-old left-hander came up from Fort Worth at the end of I last season and proceeded to strike out 27 batters in 18 innings. He didn't allow a run in the two games and had the Brooklyn brass wagging their heads. But Alston has seen too many youngsters look as if they were going places at the end of a season, only to flop the next year. Over the winter, Spooner, who injured his knee last s u m in e r , was forced to un' dergo surgery to have a cartilage removed. Yesterday, Alston decided to '" "-test him out - - — ~_ against the Chi- Karl Spooner ca e° Wn j te Sox 1 He hurled creditably for two innings, giving up two hits and no runs. Alston decided that was enough. "The knee didn't bother me a bit," said Spooner. "But my shoulder was stiff. I guess I'm not loose yet." Sox Win The White Sox went on to win the game 6-5, pasting Billy Loes and Johnny Podres for three runs apiece during their stints. But it didn't bother Alston. He went through with his experiment for the day and he was happy. The same couldn't be said of skipper Casey S tercel of the New York Yankees, 'vho lost their fourth straight exhibition game, this one to the Boston Red Sox 4-2. This la the first time in history the Yanks have lost four in a row at the start of the Grapefruit League circuit. Leo Kiely, George Susce and Skinny Brown set back the New Yorkers, whose only offensive effort was a home run by Hank Bauer with one on. The Kansas City A's are having the same trouble as the Yanks. They went down to No. 3 in a row, a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the went 12 innings before rookie catcher Ed Korrheck broke it up with a bases-loaded double. Bucs LOOK v<oori Three clubs continued to look good and, surprisingly, one of them was the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos edged the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th inning when Dick Groat, the former All America basketball player from Duke, singled home the winning run. The Pirates collected H hits off three Phillie hurlers. ; The Cincinnati Redtegs, with j perhaps the most potent sluggingj lineup in the National League, gave the St.Louis Cardinals a little sample of their night with a 6-2 triumph, while the baby Detroit Tigers polished, off the Milwaukee Bnives. also by, 6-1. Ted Kluszewski hit a home run. TEST FOR THOMSON — Milwaukee's Bobby Thomson gives his ankle a thorough test— as Coach ' Bucky Walters watches hopefully — in sliding pit at Braves' Bradentown camp. Thomson broke the ankle in spring training last year and Braves hope it will hold his big bat in the lin,eup for the full season. (NEA) Grizzlies Win Cage Crown; Top North Little Rock, 60-55 By ADKEN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Last Friday night, Basketball Coach Clarence (Ace) Parker of the Fort Smith team, said he thought his Grizzlies "could beat North Little Rock . . . because, well, we just think we're a little bit tougher." Sure enough, the Grizzlies were a little tougher — and a little steadier in the last two pressure-packed minutes — as they trimmed the Wildcats 60-55 for the state Class A tournament championship Saturday night. Sports Roundup ou Ljayle Jatbot Pitchers Win Flags-Stanky ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When Edclie Stanky is asked whether he thinks his St. Louis Cardinals might improve on their sixth-place finish in the National League last year, his reply is that his club will go just as far as its pitching goes. He speaks from painful experience. "I know now tha* the m»n who first said pitching was 75 or 80 per cent of baseball wasn't exaggerating even a little bit," Eddie said. "When you can lead a league in hitting and base stealing and field pretty good too and finish where we did, then you really know what pitching means. "Because we didn't have pitchers who could go all the way, and didn't have n relief pitcher who could get us out of an inning, we lost 38 games in which we went Into tht- seventh inning either lead- Ing or tied. You hiivc an experience like that and you'll understand why I traded such a hitter as Ray Jablonski to Cincinnati lo get Prank Smith on my side." Smith Will Help Cards Smith is the relief pitcher who worked In 50 games for the- Red- legs last sea.sou and was one .ol the important reasons why Cincinnati moved up lo fifth place. Birdie Tebbetts, the Rcdlcgs' manager, was snylng the other day he hoped he hudn't blown one in parting with the right-hander. "If he can pilch for me the way he did for Birdie, we can't help being better," Slanky sold. "It's getting: to where relief pitching is RO important that you're sunk If you havcij't got It. The lively ball Is responsible. When you slnrl to put a tcflj^i together these days, I would say Hint after you get your strength through the middle, The game had been publicized as North Little Rock's offense- attack built around Wayne Yates, the tournament's top player—versus Fort Smith's tenacious defense. Yates wasn't around at the finish, and the Grizzlies' accuracy in the last, tense moments provided the difference — while a wildcat missed a crip shot that would have tied the game with less than 30 seconds to go. The Cats did a remarkable job of breaking up a Fort Smith stall in the last three minutes, but they failed to make the shots after they got the ball. Yates Fouls Out Both Yates and his chief aide ; Bill Blankenship, fouled out in the third quarter—as did 6-6 Earl Furlow and Terry Holt of Port Smith. Ronnie Bateman, the Grizzlies' playmaker, also went out in the fourth period. Despite clever, constant guard ing by the Grizzlies. Yates scored 19 points to raise his five-game tournament total to 105. The 6-5 North Little Rock center — who still has another year to play- made most of his points on tip- ins, rebound shots and unerrin] ihort hook shot. Fort Smith had a number of standouts including: Jimmy Gattis, who raced in for the crip shot in the last 10 seconds that made the score 60-55 and cinched the victory. Neil Collier, high man of the ;ame with 21 points, most of which came on free shots. King Puts Fort Smitli Ahead Johnnie King, whose jump shot from about 15 feet out with about a minute a half to go put Fort Smith ahead to stay at 57-55. through second base and, in center-1 to look for is a good reliefer. No ^^^ uum field, the next most important man' club wins nowadays without one."' Assn. 8-5. a tnle and a single and Wally Post hammered a home run for the Redlegs in hanging' the first defeat of the exhibition season on the Cards. The Rcdbird pitchers had given up only two runs in 27 innings before they went against the Redlegs. The Cleveland Indians whipped the New York Giants again. 13-6. In other games, the Chicago Cubs turned back the Indians' "B" team 10-4 ;lhe Milwaukee "B's" beat the Cincinnati "B's" 11-4. and the Baltimore Orioles scored six runs in the last l.vo innings to stop Birmingham of the Southern BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, March 14 8:15 p.m. Adults 50e — Children 15c ^Championship Match^ -TAG MATCH- Bob Corby and Red Roberts Joe Welch and FrankThompson SONNY MEYERS The Southern Heavyweight Junior Champion VS. CHARO AZTEC 9(1 Minute lime limit—Best 2 out of 3 falls Special Rcfcret Appointed By N. W. A. 90 minute time limit bcsl 2 out of 3 falls. Bateman, the best long shooter. Furlow, one of several who helped foul out Yates. The victory was the third for Fort Smith over North Little Rock Uiis season, although the Wildcats had beaten the Grizzlies 44-39 a week earlier in the Finals ol the Big Seven tournament. Fort Smith was Big 7 champion in regular season play. Each team placed two men on the "all-state" 10-man team, which was selected by coaches from the 18 teams that appeared in the tournament. Fort Smith Gattis and Bateman: North Little Rock was represented by Yates and Tommy Worrell, who finished his high school career by scoring 17 points in the title game. 739 Paid Customers Others on the honor list were Pete Cillier, Van Buren's tall and tough shooter and rebounder; Howard Patterson and Edwin Graham, Lavaca's two little guards; Or-ilee Boss and Johnnie Winkle, Green Forest's best; and Connie Andrews of Magnolia. Only 739 paid customers, the smallest finals crowd in many years— plus a television audience, watched the Grizzlies' triumph. Dons vs. Colorado, LaSalie Meets lowa^ In. NCAA Semi-Finals, By JERRY LISKA KANSAS CITY (APJ — Three teams of high basketball pedigree — San Francisco, La Salle and Iowa — plus a hardwood "commoner" of sorts, Colorado, plunge into the NCAA's championship showdown this weekend. •;•San Francisco's Dons, top-ranked in the regular season AP poll, seemingly appears destined to rack up 15-rated Colorado for their 25th straight victory in Friday night's semifinal round. However, which team will survive the other semifinal between third-ranked La Salle, the defending champion, and fifth-rated Iowa Is open to debate. The championship game will be played Saturday night after the western and eastern titles are settled Friday night at Kansas City's Municial Auditorium. San Francisco had a real scare in its regional final at Corvallis, Ore., Saturday night, shading Oregon State 57-56, but tourney rail- birds point out the Dons had to beat a fine, height-blessed Beaver team on its own fl" ~r. RusSell Hits 29 for Duns San Francisco' • All-America Bill Russell scored 29 points against Oregon State, the same total Colorado's Bob Jenngerard tallied in the Golden Buffaloes' decisive 9381 victory over Bradley in the Manhattan, Kan., regional. La Halle's defending champions, sparked by another All-America, Tom Gola will encounter in Iowa probably the best-balanced team that it has faced in winning; 25 of 29 games and 12 in a row. Iowa's Big Ten champion Hawk- eyes have compiled a 19-5 record without a single outstanding scorer. However, center Bill Logan amassed 31 oints while missing the last six minutes lay as the team from the tall corn state defeated Marquette 86-81 for the Evanston, 111., regional crown. La Salle Sets NCAA Record La Salle's 99-64 victory over Canisius for the Philadelphia regional title set a shortlived NCAA mark until later Saturday night. Utah crushed Seattle, 108-85, in the Covvallis consolation game for both a single and two team record. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston (A) 4, New York (A) a Detroit (A) 6, Milwaukee (N) J Cincinnati (N) 6, St. Louis IN). 2 Chicago (A) 6. Brooklyn (N) S Chicago (N) 10, Cleveland ,'fA) "B" 4 Cleveland (A) 13. New York'/ft) 6 Washington (A) 7, Kansas -City (A) 4 (12 innings) . ^~~. Pittsburgh (N) 4, Philadelphia (N) 3 (10 innings) Baltimore (A) 8, Birmingham (A> 5 Title Match Tops Mat Card Sonny Meyers, the new southern Junior heavyweight champion, lays his title on the line here tonight, when lie meets Charo Aatec in one oi the two main event bouts of the American Legion's Memorial Auditorium wrestling card. Meyers, who won the southern title from Ray Pirett last month, will be making his first defense. The challenger, Aztec, hails from the Southwest where he has built up a solid reputation as a top notch heavyweight. In the other half of the double main event card Bob Corby and Red Roberts are scheduled to team against Joe Welch and Frank Thompson in a tag match. This will be the first appearance here for Corby and Thompson. NCAA Group Airs New Grid TV Plan By SKIPPER PATRICK KANSAS CITY !AP) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association's TV committee today disclosed a compromise! plan for telecasting 1955 football games which will allow eight national telecasts and five regional dates over a 13- week period. It offers a compromise with the Big Ten Conference and other proponents of a regional setup for football television. The plan was mailed Friday to the NCAA membership for approval. A two-thirds vote of the membership is needed for acceptance. Smaller colleges, or approximately 310 of the 425 members, limitations. The 1954 program, which reserved all 13 dates for the national network show and limited a team to one appearance, would be relaxed under the new proposal Lo permit one national telecast and one intra- district appearance, or two-mtra district appearances for each team in 1955. Additional appearances would be possible under a stipulation that "sell-out games be telecast in the home TV areas of the home and visiting team, also the area of the game if it is played off-campus, provided | no damage is done to other colleg- \ iate games." j The plan, released today by NCAA j executive director-Walter Byers, at' least partly answers demands of the big Ten for free negotiations for TV sponsors and a regional deal that would provide for appearance of a team once at home and once away. The Pacific oCast conference also has insisted on a program providnig for regional telecasts. tight Dates The eight "game-of-the-week" dates will be distributed among the districts, if approved, on Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Nov. 24 and 26 and Dec. 3, plus three other Saturdays between Sept. 17 and Nov. 24 to be selected by the sponsors at the time the rights are awarded for the national program. 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