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Track Chicks Are Back at the Old (Grass) Stand i-r. IIAVI-S «,i/iri. tfriifnr proving? "Track demands a great deal of persona! sacrifice. expected to see this spring from his o . ^^ By U.U HAlbB, BporiS tuuur I o ..,,:i^j iiv. >• V,. - 0 iJ "H rfootn't nrnuo Nnt all hnvs are nn In (hie hioh level nf r-nmnetitinn Trapk Well. W3S there any Speed HI du, <iiy J .».,... By ED HAVES, Sporls Editor It was a cool, overcast, windy afternoon. But you can always find a silver lining if you look hard enough. Bill McFarland, back lo fight another season of track- without a track-at Blythcville High, discovered a silver lining ot sorts at his time trials yesterday afternoon. * * * With stopwatch in hand and his back turned against the Wind, he observed: "Eight years ago our fastest quarter- miler at the beginning of the year ran 60.5. At the end of he season/our fastest boy hit 55.3. Today a sophomore and a senior both ran it 58.2 on a cool day and both should run under 54 before we finish." Is this an indication that the track program is im- proving? The coach smiled. "No," he said. "It doesn't prove anything. It's just an observation." * * * Despite McFarland's undying, eight-year effort, there has been no continuity to the track and field program. ' The team is still running on the grass spread at Fairview, too many blocks from the BHS campus, and the track tradition McFarland has been trying to build is still nowhere in sight. But there is a new atmosphere this year. "We've got more enthusiasm than we've had in a long time," the coach commented. "Nobody HAS to come out for track. We're not forcing any of the football or basketball boys to come out. And there seems to be a different attitude on the track now. "Track demands a great deal of personal sacrifice. Not all boys are up to this high level of competition. Track boys are a special breed. And we're also hoping they'll have some fun, too." * * * It appears there'll be 25 boys on the team. The first regular meet is March 23 in the Tiger Relays at Little Rock. "No sense in running against anyone but the best," McFarland reasons. Also upcoming is the Wilson Invitational. And a call-up meet at Kennett somewhere between March 13-17, a day when the weather is right. * * * McFarland wasn't ready to talk individuals or times he ... He zippered up his maroon, satin jacket. It was getting cooler. * * * It was a cool, overcast, windy afternoon. The coach looked like he was about to embark on an- ^Or'Sbe-^st maybe-there really is a new enthusiasm among the boys this year, a new dedication, a new pride. Are there more silver linings to be unfolded by these track athletes without a track? Only time-but not as measured by the heartless stopwatch-will tell. LAST CHANCE TONIGHT Long Sop, Short Chicks LITTLE ROCK—Their big man wasn't there, so their little man hitched his belt ,ind took charge. Stan Williams pul together eight points in the fourth ouarter pulled the Blyiheville Higli Chickasaws out of a tailspin and brought one-half of the AAA-Eastern Division championship one step closer. But the steps keep gctiing higher. The Chickasaws defeated the McClellan Lions here last night 53-42 and now must cross over to Jacksonville tonight where a victory would enable them to finish in a deadlock with . North Little Rock for the East crown. If the Chickasaws dp it, they'll likely have to accomplish it the hard way: without their all-state candidate center, 6'8 Walt Hampton. The senior, down with the flu or "one of those bugs going around," did not make the trip here. And his mates reacted glumly. They did well in the first half but faltered in the finishing portion. Contacted at lier home in Blytheville last night, Walt's mother said the boy was "still sick," but they hoped he would be well enough today to make the trip by car to Little Rock. Even then there would be no certainty he could play. Hampton, finishing his high school career brilliantly, averaged 20 points per game in February against some top-chop competition. * * * Williams became the point leader last night as the Tribe hoisted its 22nd win against four losses. Standing now at 11-2 in the league, they're just one step away from the best finish in six seasons. The victory last night clinched second place. .. Williams counted 16 points. Don Gaines, despite some uncommon bad luck at the free-throw line, came in with 12 points and Ron Wilson delivered 10. * * * In the absence of Hamp- COURIER NEWS g Saturday, March 4, 1987 | H FAQS act i = 1 iiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiminiiiiniiiiiiiiiiifliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiji Weiner vs. Taylor in B Tuckerman Finalist LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Tuck erman, a surprising finalist, will play Green Forest at 7 tonight for the championship in the senior boys Class A state basketball tournament. Tuckerman gained a berth in the finals with a rousing 63-58 upset victory over defending champion Whitehall Friday night in the semifinals. Green Forest scored a con- vicing 67-51 victory over Brinkley in the other semifinal tussle. * * * Whitehall had led for three quarters in its game with Tuckerman, 34-28 at the half and 4540 at the end of three periods. Tuckerman, however, picked up team and tied the score with about two minutes left then went on to take the victory. Tuckerman had five players to score in double figures with Galen Lassiter and- Ken Slio- walter sharing scoring honors with 14 points apiece. Rickey Mobley led Whitehall with 16 points. + * * Green Forest never trailed in its game and held 32-26 at halftime. Stephen Stafford led Green Forest with 16 points, followed by Randy Usery with 15 and Bill Hodges with 14. Gus Rusher led Brinkley with 23 points and Keith French added 17. LITTLE ROCK (AP)— Weiner and Taylor will climax their basketball seasons here tonight when they clash in the finals of the senior boys Class B state tournament. The 8:30 p.m. game means there will be a new state champion since defending champion Greenbrier was defeated in the semifinals Friday night. Weiner turned the table on Greenbrier by a score of 62-51, and Taylor gained the finals with a .68-52 triumph over Oil Trough. • Greenbrier was outscored in every quarter by Weiner, who led 30-25 at the half. Joe Guzie- wlcz led Weiner with 22 points and Phil Hesse added 15. Muss Benton meshed 19 points for Greenbrier and Tommy Watson contributed 14 more. * * * Taylor outscored Oil Trough 18-6 in the third quarter to zip to its victory. Ray Whitehead paced Taylor's scoring attack with 38 points. Eugene Fitzerald added 13 more. Donnie Branscum led Oil Trough with 20 points. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiintuiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiniiiiui High School •Niiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiniiuiiiiinn >• By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Class A Senior Boys Semifinals Green Forest 67, Brinkley 51 Tuckerman 63, Whitehall 58 Class B Senior Boys Semifinals Weiner 62, Greenbrier 51 Taylor 68, Oil Trough 52 Regional Tournaments 2AA at Newport Semifinals Leachville 61, Trumann 42 West Memphis 57, Helena 58 3AA at Russcllville Semifinals Russellville 63, Pine Bluff Southeast 44 Searcy 56, Benton 54 Others Springdale 60, Siloam Springs 55 Fort Smith Southside 63, Texarkana 42 Fort Smith Northside 63, El Dorado 44 Little Rock Central 59, Pine Bluff 50 North Little Rock 68, Little Rock Hal] 51 Blytheville 53, Little Rock McClellan 42 Jonesboro 60, Jacksonville 55 One Down, One to Go CHICKASAWS (53) Gaines . Wilson . Brlggs ., Williams Bell Peterson Smith 0 Guillot 0 4 4-16 2 3 4-4 2 1 4-7 2 6 4-4 2 2 1-2 4 2-2 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Totals 17 19-35 12 53 ton, who just happens to he the ace rebounder too, Wilson pulled in 10 and Gaines eight as BHS won the rebound struggle 31-24. McClellan, however, won it in the second half. Had the Chickasaws made a decent free-throw percentage, it wouldn't have been a contest. This is almost unbelievable, but Gaines, a good shooter, missed 12 at the free line, sinking only four. Bo Briggs missed three but other than that the team responded at the line in normal or even above normal style. * * * Brlggs, hustling all the way, contributed six points. Bill Peterson, furnishing a much-needed spark in the second half, put in four points. Aubrey Bell rounded up only three points but played a smart second half with some stylish ball handling. The Chickasaws needed all the help they could muster in the closing moments as the Lions rammed to within five points, 41-36, with 2:19 left in the game. Gaines slipped inside here, though, to sink a field goal and skim off some of the pressure. Williams banged a jumper and Peterson pitched two free throws and the uprising had been squashed. * * * The Chickasaws, despite a weak third quarter, actually showed some fine field goal shooting in the second half. They just didn't get off as many attempts. They bullseyed 9 of 23 from the field in the first half for 40 per cent, closing with 8 of 14 and 57 per cent. It breaks down to a passing grade of 53 per cent for the night. Squeezed by Blytheville's pressure defense, McClellan made a mere three points in the second quarter. The Lions tossed 25 per cent in the first half but rallied with 44.per cent in the end. * * * Blytheville bounced to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and had the situation in perfect control at halftime 26-11. It was 35-24 after three quarters but was destined to get a worse before it got a lot better again. "I was well pleased," said Blytheville coach Dwight Williams, "even though the score wasn't that good. But this was the kind of game you wouldn't mind winning by just one point. "The boys played a real good defensive game in the first half." + * * Blytheville lost the B thriller 47-43. Blytheville's scoring: Stewart Jerome 12 points; Kenny Beard 10; Jimmy Moore 9; Mike Huff 4; and 2 each Virgil Davis Tax Returns and Bookkeeping Service Efficient - Confidential Complete Ins. Protection • Auto • Fire • Life • Homeowners DAVIS INS. AGENCY 120 W. WALNUT ST. PHONE PO 3-0994 or PO 3-OMS 1 8 7 15 2-5 S 8 1-2 5 3 LR MCLENNAN (42) Reynolds 0 1-1 8 B. Roberwn 4 0-1 2 J. Roberson 2 3-5 0 I&om 6 3-3 5 Cobb 3 Tucker 1 . Total 15 10-17 17 48 Scoring by quarters: Chlckasawa .... 15-11- 9-18—53 McCleUan 8- 3-13-18—43 by Buddy Layton, Joe Ellis, Charles Hall and Mike Henderson. * * * In the varsity game, McClellan's Butch Isom took over on offense with 15 points. The Chickasaws expected this. Tonight they expect Robin Bogle to be the Jacksonville gunner. Fred Mitchell, a Blytheville coach, scouted Jacksonville last night. The Jacksonville Red Devils, in sixth- place, were nudged just a few miles here by third- place Jonesboro 60-55. Jacksonville looked tough, the scout reported. Tipoff tonight at 7:30, B game ate. + * * The ChicKasaws spent the night at the Alamo Plaza. If they lose tonight, they plan to come home right after the game. They still plan to come home if they win but lose the coin flip with North Little Rock for placement in the state tournament. The No. 1 team in the East is slated to play Its first game in the AAA state tournament at Barton Coliseum here Monday afternoon at 2. First game for the No. 2 East team is Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. The Chickasaws are gunning for that Monday assignment. If they get it, they'll also have a shiny prize for their trophy case. Last AAA championship for BHS was in 1961. In fact, it was the school's first and only top prize in any sport since they volunteered to fight in the state's toughest league 11 years ago. WELL-SEASONED — Embarking on his ninth season as head track coach at Blytheville High is Bill McFarland (right). Assist- ing are coach Alan Stolt (second from left), and football payers Tommy Barnes (left) and David Miles. (Conner News Photo) U.S. SKATING JUDGE HEARS BOOS Peggy 'Cinch' for Gold Medal By MARTIN ZUCKER VIENNA (AP) - The 1967 World Figure Skating Championships end tonight with the women's free skating finale, and pretty Peggy Fleming is rated a cinch to give tiie United States its only gold medal here. Peggy, an 18-year-old college freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., piled up a 70- point lead in the compulsory figures. Experts say she is now unbeatable. The big question is who will finish second, Canada's Valerie Jones or East Germany's Gabriele Seyfert. Miss Jones has a slim 10-point lead over the German girl, who finished second last year and is a strong free skater. * « * Vienna couldn't have been happier at Friday night's re suits as hometowners Emmerich Danzer and Wolfgang Schwarz finished 1-2 in the men'* competition. Gary Visconti.the 21-year-old U.S. champion from Detroit, moved up from fifth place after (Sie compulsories to third place — and this despite a fall during his free skating. The Danzer-Schwarz-Visconti finish was just the way things turned out last year at the championships In Davos, Switzerland. Mrs. Jane Sullivan, the American judge who has been a tar- AUCTION SALE Brewer Implement Auction Sikeston, Mo. 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