The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 1985 · Page 14
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 7, 1985
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The Salina Journal Sunday, April 7,1985 Page 14 Basketball Hall of Fame to induct 3 women SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Coaches Margaret Wade and Bertha league and 19th century rulesmaker Senda Barenson Abbott will become the first women inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies July 1. "It's only fitting," Hall of Fame spokesman Jerry Healy said Saturday when the results of a secret ballot by a trustees committee were announced. "Basketball is the only sport that is played all over the world, indoors and out, 12 months of the year by men and women of all ages." Also to be inducted this year are former pro star Nate Thurmond; Harold Anderson, who coached Thurmond at Bowling Green; retired University of Washington coach Marv Harshman; and Al Cervi, a star guard in the early days of the pro leagues. The ceremonies also will mark the opening of a new $11.4 million Hall of Fame Building. "I'm not a very emotional person, but this is a great victory," said Wade, 72, from her home in Cleveland , Miss. "I guess maybe I had hopes, but I didn't really think they would ever put a woman in the Hall of Fame." The hall, which installed its first black player a decade ago, has come under increasing pressure from women's groups over the past several years to induct women. Currently 143 individual players, coaches and contributors, and four teams, are enshrined. "This is worth more than all the money I didn't get," said Teague, 84, the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball, men's or women's. In 43 years of coaching at Byng High in Ada, Okla., Teague's teams won 1,189 of 1,275 games to give her an incredible lifetime winning percentage record of .932. "My only regret is I never played the game," said Teague, who was a first grade teacher when a group of high school girls came to her and asked if she would teach them basketball. . "I got a little book and the first year my girls won a pennant. I was hooked for the next 43 years," she recalled. "What I wanted to do was give girls something in athlet- ics they could be proud of." Wade played the game. She burned her uniform and wept along with the rest of the Delta State team when college officials abolished women's basketball in 1933, because they thought it was "too rough for ladies." "It was all we could do then," she recalled. But 40 years later when Delta State decided to try women's basketball again, it called on Wade, then 62, who had left a highly sucessful high school coaching career • 14 years earlier. In her second season, the Lady Statesmen, led by 6-3 Lucia Harris, the first dominant center in the women's game, won the first of three straight national championships. Abbott, a games mistress at Smith College, wrote the first separate rules for the women's game in 1892 and left an imprint on women's college basketball that lasted until the 1970s. Thurmond, one of the better defensive players in the NBA, averaged 15 points and rebounds over a 14-year career that ended in 1977. Now community relations director for the Golden State Warriors, he is one of just a few players to have a jersey retired by two teams — Golden State and Cleveland. Anderson, who died in 1967, coached 20 years at Bowling Green and took six teams to the National Invitation Tournament and three to the NCAA playoffs. He produced stars such ay Thurmond and Howard Komives and compiled a 362-185 record. Harshman was the second winningest active coach in the game with 642 victories .before he retired in March. He began his 40- year career at Pacific Lutheran in 1945. Before taking over the Huskies in 1972, he coached at Washington State for 13 years. In 1975 he led the U.S. squad to a gold medal in the Pan Am games. Cervi, 68, a feisty guard in the early days of the game, began his pro career at age 20 with the Buffalo Bisons in 1937. "I started out in baseball, but I hurt my arm so I got a job playing basketball," he said. Hearing Aids •1AM, BOUUCK AND CO. at a price you can afford Backed by the Reputation of Sears! JAMES LACY Sears Hearing Aid Consultant will be in your Sears store: April 8 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Come in for a Complimentary Hearing Tesl Your hearing needs are carefully and courteously attended to by capable highly trained personnel. In-home appointments available USE SEARS CHARGE PLAN You can count on 510 S. Santa Fe 827-8711 Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back Floyd, Blackmar share lead at Greensboro Open Ray Floyd is co-leader entering today's final round of the Greater Greensboro Open. GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Rookie Phil Blackmar, tied for the lead with veteran Ray Floyd going into today's final round of the $400,000 Greater Greensboro Open, says he's in a no-lose situation. "The worst that can happen is that I win a lot of money," said Blackmar, a hulking, 6-foot-7, 260- pounder who reeled off four consecutive birdies on the way to a third-round 68 Saturday. "Everybody expects me to fold. If I do, it doesn't matter," Blackmar said."But I know that if I play to my capabilities, I can play with anybody. It's a matter of me beating myself." There's also the matter of beating Floyd, who came from nine shots back with a spectacular, 6-under- par 66. "I've definitely got a chance to win," Floyd said after collecting nine birdies, including seven on the front nine, where he carded a sizzling 30. "But I don't know how I'll handle it. I haven't been there in a while," said Floyd, a non-winner since 1982. "If I can keep myself under con- Powerlifter seeking financial aid By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor John W. Curtis is chasing a dream. But, at the moment, the 43- year-old Salinan will need some help attaining it. Curtis is one of the top power- lifters in the state of Kansas in the Masters Division. He has won 19 trophies in the last four years and finished third in the 181-pound division last year (40-44 age group) at the National Masters Powerlifting Championships in McLean, Va. Curtis, 1207 N. 7th, is hoping to attend this year's national championships May 11-12 in Irving, Texas. But that's where the problems begin. Curtis has been unemployed since being laid off at Beech Aircraft Corporation two months ago. And, with four children at home and his wife Jeannette expecting another, Curtis and his family have had to pinch pennies. "I went everywhere trying to find a sponsor last year, but didn't have any luck," Curtis said. "It seemed like the only things they were interested in sponsoring were softball and baseball." Curtis did make the trip to Virginia last year after his fellow employees at Beech collected enough money to send him. The trip to Texas next month will cost approximately $300 and Curtis is still looking for a sponsor who will foot the bill. "The national championships was quite a meet last year," Curtis said. "I met a lot of veterans who gave me pointers. I learned a lot from them." Curtis has learned plenty about power-lifting since he started five years ago. In the beginning, Curtis John Curtis said he was just trying to "body tone" his 196-pound frame, but acknowledged he quickly fell in love with the sport. Because of the lack of Masters competitors in this area, Curtis usually competes against men half his age. But that hasn't stopped him from bringing home the hardware. Three hours a day, three times a week at the Salina Weight Training Club keeps him in excellent condition. "When they (the competition) find out my age, they chuckle a little ... until they see me lift," Curtis said with a smile. What opponents see is a man who can total more than 1,450 pounds of lifting in three events — bench press (380), dead lift (567) and squat (530). But Curtis wants more and thinks the 1,500-pound range is what he needs to bring home a national championship next month. And with a national title comes an invitation to the World Powerlifting Championships this summer. They were held in Europe last year and will again be overseas in '85. "I'm trying to get to the World (Championships)," Curtis said. "That's my dream." But if the dream is to come true, the powerfully-built Salinan will need a financial boost along the way. Residential Doors & Operators JRAVIMOR . INSTALLATION • Mod-Co Garage Door & Supply Co. Sublldflry of 0«lbert Chopp Company, tnc. 441 M«rth Pram P.O. i«1TT •«llM,KM»>*T40l Phoiui UT-I4M ENERG^IR II Air Compressor SALE! Single Stage SALE S 399 S 499 S 599 1 H.P. Reg.'518.. 2 H.P. Reg.'740.. 3 H.P. Reg.'960.. 5 H.P. Reg.'1118. 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And on the par-5 second, he pull- hooked his drive, with the ball hitting a cart path and slashing into a woman's face. Floyd's ball hit Willadean Welch of Greensboro, N.C., who suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations. She was treated and released from an emergency clinic. But he played two more shots to the green, then holed a 25-foot putt. It touched off a string of seven birdies in eight holes. He scored from about 12-15 feet on the next two holes, and dropped another putt of about the same distance to save par after missing the green on the fifth. TOOL VALUE OF THE MONTH Your choice Long-Handled Round-Point Shovel teatures a rolled step for easy soil penetration. 139550 Bow Rake with heavy-gauge steel head and teeth for removing debris from soil. mess QUANTITIES LIMITED SAUNA AUTO SALVAGE If we don't have...we can get it Telephone Service to 65 cities 1 1 /2 Miles North on 81 827-5686 Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 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