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Elusive Backs Star on Class All-State Football Team Roth Bancroft End Cooksley KIwood Back By IRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer Led by a quarterback who made the team a year ago, the 1070 Class all-state high school football eleven features elusive, hard-running, high- scoring backs and a rugged front line that can block and play defense with equal skill. Ten seniors and a junior from the dream team from the schools in the smallest division that play the fullscale Il-man version of the gridiron game. Hildreth's Tom Hitchcock is Fisher Overton Guard chosen to direct the all-star team from the quarterback position for the second year in a row. A fine runner, Hitchcock averaged eight yards on each of 88 carries while scoring 15 touchdowns. He also completed 58 of 112 passes, tossing for ten more while compiling 1,506 yards in total offense.

The only underclassman to crash the starting all-state lineup hs Bancroft junior Bob Roth, a glue-fingered split end who snared 33 passes for 705 Bishop Lyman Guard Stander Dix Tackle McGinnis Alliance SA Tackle yards and six touchdowns this fall. The 6-2 Roth was cited by several opposing coaches for his ability to go up in a crowd to pull down a pass. Kenny Bills, normally a fullback, but who would make a great tight end at 6-1 and 202 pounds, is placed at the other flank in order to make room for backs who drew exceptional support from the voting coaches. Bills averaged 17.2 yards on each pass reception this fall, although the rugged performer was also a workhorse ball carrier, packing the pigskin 182 times for 1,169 yards. The middle of the line is anchored by another converted back, but this was the doing of his coach instead of the all- state voters.

Lexington St. Ann mentor Mike Wortman credits much of the success which brought his club the Class state championship to the switch of Harv from halfback to center. blocking kept the of- Bills Hitchcock Polk Hildreth End Back fense Wortman says, he was our best tackier as Dan Bird from Falls City Sacred Heart is the choice at the fullback slot. A sprinter, Bird rushed for 1,011 yards, averaging over eight yards per carry, while scoring 13 His best night was a 202 yard effort. The two halfbacks would make a and Jeff team, as 6-3 John Bacus is paired with 5-9 Mike Cooksley from Elwood.

Though used at quarterback Pos. E-K Class I) All-State Football Team Plaver, School McGinnis, St. Agnes Bishop, Lyman Frost, Lexington St. Ann Bacus Litrhfield Back Bird Falls City SH Back Cooksley, Elwood Ht. Wt.

Yr. 6-1 202 12 6-2 180 11 5-11 205 12 5-10 185 12 6-1 no 12 206 12 165 12 6-1 180 12 155 12 6-3 190 12 6-0186 12 by Litchfield, Bacus is a strong runner as well as a fine passer who amassed 1,188 yards in total offense this fall while leading his club to an unbeaten, 8-0-1 season. Cooksley gained over 100 yards in every Elwood game to warrant his strong support for the all-star team. Mark Bishop and Larry Fisher of Overton get the call at the starting guard positions, with Carl Stander of Dix and Jim McGinnis of Alliance St. Agnes, teaming up at the tackles.

Honor Roll Heinje, Hildreth; Rod Dow, Lyman: Don Soucic, Lodficpolc; Chuck Collins, Butte; Mike McCarter, Overton. Munoz, Lexington St. Ann; Jim Kounousky, Clav Center; Mark Jones. Lodgepole; Darrell Tepley. Wolbach: Carl Stradlcy, Chester-Hubbell; Allen Lentfer, Bi-uning; Paul Wills, Potter.

Racks-Mike Davis, Lyman; Dan Jones, Sumner; Jeff Warren. Overton; Lee Konken. Niobrara; Jay Schoenholz. Binning: Jim Dodge, Callaway; Chad Baker. Cambridge; Steve St eggs, Alliance St.

Agnes; Dave Schultz, Clarks. There would be no need for plalooning this aggregatton. Every single one of the players was also praised for his outstanding defensive ability. Each of the linemen in the Cornhusker Black shirts Question Mark Remains Given Wishbone Schooling defensive Black Shirts continued Tuesday to wrestle with the problems presented by the Wishbone-T attack as by Oklahoma and head coach Bob Devaney opined have to wait until Saturday to find out how well adjusting to it. is giving us some problems, he admitted, we haven't played anyone before who has used it.

option play, which they ran quite well against us, was a little like what Oklahoma will run, but the big difference with Oklahoma is that they use all four running backs in the play and they have one more blocker in the backlield than mo.st The Sooners run their knights Facing rest LINCOLN, NOV. Wishbone-T generally out of a fullhouse backficld with no back flanked out. And Devaney pointed out that all four backs have carried the ball about equally from the formation. not much difference in the amount of times any of them has carried the he noted. that includes the 18, PAGE 37 Since going to the new offense the week of the Oklahoma-Texas game, the Sooners have stuck to that game plan of running the ball and been forced into throwing even when behind.

when they were down by 10 against Kansas, they panic and leave their game Devaney pointed out. a pretty cool team By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer Unbeaten Lincoln Southeast, the Capital City district champion, is expected to receive its for statewide honors from Creighton Prep when the state high gymnastics meet opens at Lincoln Johnson Gym Thursday afternoon. Coach Art Knights went through the season without a dual meet defeat while annexing the Trans- Nebraska Conference, Grand Island Invitational and district crowns. Two defending state tiUc holders will be on including Creighton Gene Mackie, who won the horizontal bar competition last year while also claiming the blue ribbon as the meet's top all-around performer. Mackie, who also won the all- around title two seasons ago as a sophomore, paced Prep to the district championship in Omaha last week.

Prep amassed points to 84 lor runnerup Omaha South. Omaha North was third. Snulheasl. whic scored IlH points in winning Ibe Lincoln district title, was tollnwed by defending state champion Lincoln Northeast, East and Lincoln High in that order. A third district qualifying meet was held in Grand Island, with North Platte claiming the team title.

Beatrice was -second and Grand Island third. A record field of 20 schools, up one this year with the addition of Millard, will compete for the team crown and seven individual titles. In addition to Mackie, Southeast side horse specialist Jim Daniels is only other defending champion to return. A maximum of 35 competitors has qualified in each of the seven events. preliminary action will trim the field to 12 for finals.

Thursday afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m.. prelims in floor exercise and the parallel bars will open the action, with the still ring and trampoline slated to start at 3:10. The evening session is set to start at 7 p.m. with the side horse and liorizontal bar preliminaries, followed at 8:10 by the tumbling eliminations. The 12 survivors in each event d'lH compete for ten scoring place-s in the Friday night finals beginning at 7 p.m.

I Sports Illustrated 1 Advances liuskers I Nebraka, lodged behind Notre Dame and Ohio I State in Sports Midwest football ratings for several weeks, has moved past the Irish and Buckeyes in this rankings. i But hold that applause Michigan passed all three teams and is rated No. 1 in the in I the Nov. 23 issue now on newstands. Michigan- i Ncbraska-Notre Dame for Midwest supremacy.

I While the Cornhuskers get to the top they I did get complimentary coverage by Sports Illustrated i on their 51-13 win over Kansas Stale. I William F. Reed, author of a feature on Nebraska i football, wrote it is becoming apparent even outside Nebraska that they just might be the No. I team in the I Reed concluded, now the Cornhuskers look I as powerful as Texas and as quick and well balanced I as Notre litiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiinnniiiiiiitiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiMiiiiiniiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiliH and a pretty good team right The Huskcr coach said he as encouraged about the availability of 1-back Jeff Kinney and defensive end Willie Harper Tuesday as he had been Monday when he said both should be ready to play Saturday. thought they would be coming along faster than they he said Tuesday.

may have to wait until Thursday or even Friday before knowing if or how much we can u.se them Kinney is suffering from a sore shoulder and Harper from a hip pointer, both injuries coming in last Kansas State game. Buskers am Return Hijih Set Bv Hiiskers New York Nebraska, for the second straight week, has posted a new season best for NCAA football teams according to the National Collegiate Sports Service. The Cornhuskers returned seven pass interceptions IH4 yards, boating the 163 yards in interception returns by Air Fnrce against Boston College earlier this season. While it is a new season best for NCAA teams in the 184 yards is far short of the NCAA record of 240 yards set by Kentucky against Mississippi in 1949. Last week Nebraska had established a season high for NCAA teams by originating 105 rushing and passing plays against Iowa Stale.

NCAA statistics show that Nebraska has moved up to No. 4 in the nation in scoring with its 38.1 average, trailing Arkansas (41.2), Texas (:I9.8) and Arizona State (39.3). The Cornhuskers rank No. 12 in total offense with their average of 421.7 yards a game. Nebraska ranks in the top five in the nation in pass interceptions with 27 10 games.

The leader i.s Arkansas with 30 in nine games, followed by Western Michigan with 28 in 10. Tulane and Tcnnesse also have 27 interceptions Tulane getting its total in nine games and Tennessee in eight. Small Budget tourist promotion budget of $80,000 annually is the second smallest in the nation. Only tiny Delaware spends less in attracting stale visitors. Frazier lias Weight Edge Detroit ki) Heavyweight champion Joe Frazier outweighs light heavyweight king Bob Foster by 21 pounds for their 15-round fight for title Wednesday night.

Frazier tipped the scales at 209 pounds at the official weigh- in at Cobo Arena, the scene of the fight, while Foster weighed 188. F'razier weighed 205 for his last fight when he won the title by stopping Jimmy Ellis in five rounds Feb. 16 in New York. Foster weighed 174, a pound below the light heavyweight limit, in his last fight when he knocked out Mark Tessman in a title defense June 27 in Baltimore. Check Guns Gunners should always make sure the barrels of their weapons are clear of obstructions before loading them for use.

On Top Top 20 I. Nebraska 114 2. Texas 114.0; Notre Dame 112.7; 4. Ohio State 112.5; 5. Michigan 108.7; 6.

Air Force 108.6; 7. Stanford 107.6; 8. Arkansas 107.2; 9. Tennessee 106.3; 10. Mississippi 106.2.

II. LSU 105.9; 12. Auburn 105.7; 13. Arizona State 104.5; 14. Toledo 101.7; IS.

Southern California 101.4; 16. San Diego State 99.0; 17. Georgia Tech 97.8; 18. Alabama 97.1; 19. Texas Tech 96.8; 20.

Oklahoma 96.5. Nebraska, with a 51-13 rout of Kansas State last week, retains a firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the Carr Sports Ratings. Analyst Don Carr gives the Cornhuskers a 114.9 power ratings, up from the 114.5 they had last week. Texas, Notre Dame and Ohio State continue to run 2-3-4 behind the Cornhuskers in the Carr system with Michigan moving up to No.

5. This forecast: Big Eight Margin Opponent 10 Colorado 3......................... Kansas St. 7................................... Kansas Oklahoma Iowa State Major College AP WIREPHOTO Favorite Air Force Florida St.

Missouri Nebraska ..................................17 Oklahoma St 3 3 Wyoming ...17............... New Mexico 7............. Texas Tech 14 Massachusetts ...21................................ Brown ...21 Pennsylvania 10 Wake Forest ...10................................... Illinois 24 Xavier, Ohio ...10 Drake St.

Cincinnati I Northwestern 3 Duke 14 Wichita St. 10.......................................... LSU .10......................... 1 Oregon St. ...17 Pittsburgh 3...................................

Cornell ...10................................ Indiana 3.............................................. TCU 7.............. Wm. Mary ...10 Clemson 1 UCLA 7 Baylor 10.........................

California Syracuse ..................................10.................. Miami, Fla. Tampa .......................................3.......................... Vanderbilt Tennessee ...............................14 Toledo .......................................24................ Colorado St.

Tulane ..................................17 Carolina St. Tulsa ...........................................21........................................ Idaho Utah ................................................21.. Brigham Young Virginia 7, Virginia Tech .................24. Washington 7, West Texas ........................1 Wisconsin 3.

Arizona Arizona St. Arkansas Boston College Columbia Dartmouth Houston Iowa Kent State Louisville Memphis St. Miami, Ohio Michigan St. No. Carolina North Texas Notre Dame Ohio State Oregon Penn State Princeton Purdue Rice Richmond South Carolina Southern Cat SMU Stanford Orange Bowl queen Earleen Carey holds pennants question mark opponent on Jan.

Fairbanks Start 11 for Nebraska and its 1 ores Maryland VMl Washington St So. Mississippi Minnesota Yale 1................................... Harvard By Associalprl Press University of Oklahoma will face Nebraska in a Big Eight title showdown this Saturday with 11 sophomores in the starting 22. Coach Chuck Fairbanks said Tuesday that sophomore Greg Pruitt will replace injured junior halfback Everett Marshall. The coach i ed practice as squad has much new- learning to do.

This may be the reason for our poor execution he said. The Sooners spent most of the time Tuesday on pass defense and offense before turning to the kicking game. Coach Dan Devine, plagued with key injuries all season, reported that defensive end Mike Bennett and fullback Mike McKee would not play against Kansas Saturday. Severe losses, he called them. McKee twisted an ankle in practice and had to he helped from the field.

Bennett was hurt against Iowa Saturday, and is out with a pulled hamstring. Wake Forest Lineman Is Honored By Associated Press Linebacker Eddie Stetz was downtown Winston-Salem. N.C., buying a pair of slacks when word came Tuesday that he was chosen National College Lineman of the Week by The Associated Press for his play in Wake 16-13 victoi'y over North Carolina State la.st Saturday. The information spread around the campus while the 5-hmt- II, 195-poiind junior from Johnstown, was replenishing his wardrobe. When he returned to the campus he passed by a group of students in the lounge of the administration building.

They told him, but Stetz believe them. thought they were he explained. From there, he went to his dormitory and again he was told of his honor. This lime he believed. never dreamed this would happen to he beamed, adding, those guys up front clearing the way it have happened.

They deserve the An ample share of credit belongs to Stetz, of whom Coach Cal Stoll said before the season started, Stetz has the ability to come up with the big catne up with several as Wake Fore.sl edged Nortti Carolina State to remain lied with Duke for the lead in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wake Forest Deacons dose their season Saturday night with a nonconference game at Houston. They can win their first ACC title in 18 years of trying if North Carolina helps out by beating Duke Saturday afternoon. Against the State Wolfpack Stetz made 16 solo tackles to break the. team high of by Stetz.

In additiw, he assisted oa 11 tackles, knocked down three passes, saved the game with a fourth-down tackle inside the one-yard line and caused a late fumble that helped spike a closing threat by North Carolina State. He has made 85 solo tackles and helped in 81 others as Wake Forest has compiled a 6-4 record. Stetz won the honors over defensive tackles Rock Perdoni of Georgia Tech and Sherman White of California, linebackers Jerry Murtaugh of Nebraska and Dale Farley of West Virginia, defensive ends Phil Seymour of Michigan and James Duback of Texas tight end Larry Christoff of Rutgers and guard Larry DiNardo of Notre Dame. At Kansa-s, Coach Pepper Rodgers said what worried him most about Missouri was their pass rush, and 6-4, 235- pound fullback like James Harrison. the most physical guy in the Injuries also pestered Coach Floyd Gass at Oklahoma State, where safety Lee Stover and Gilbert Barnes turned up with sprained ankles.

Gass said he sure they would be healed for the Iowa Stale game. Iowa State zipped through a hard-hitting workout and the Kansas State Wildcats, smarting from walloping by Nebraska, raced tlinragh a 90-minutc drill in preparation for their final game of the season at Florida State. It will lie homecoming for five of the K-State coaches, including head Coach Vince Gibson, all of whom either played or coached at Florida State. Gibson was both a player and a coach. (laririvcire The liny shrew will consume own weight in meat every three hours.

middle was credited with nearly 100 tackles during the year while being cited for the kind of downfield blocking that would assure a successful running game on offense. Bench Named MVP New York Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds, the 22-ycar-old slugging king of the major leagues, added another crown Wednesday when he became the youngest player ever to win a Most Valuable Player Award. Bench, who led the majors in home runs with 45 and run.s batted in with 148 while leading the Reds to the National League pennant, outdistanced a field that included two other strong Cincinnati candidates in the balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The young, strong catcher received 22 of the 24 first-place votes and a total of 326 points. Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs was second with the other two first-place votes and 218 points.

slugging teammate, third baseman Tony Perez, finished third in the balloting with 149 points while another member of the Reds, outfielder Pete Rose, also cracked the top 10, finishing seventh with 54 points. Bench is only the second player in the 40-year history of -MVP balloting to win the award at the age of 22. Stan Musial was 22 when he won in 1943, but birthday falls on Nov. 21 and on Dec. 7.

however, still retains the honor of having won the earlier in his career than a'iiy other player. He was only in his second season when he won the National League award. Bench just finished his third year with the Reds. Bench also is the first catcher to win the award in the NL since Roy Campanella did it with the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and is the first Red to win since Frank Robinson, now with Baltimore, did it in 1951. Robinson, who helped the Orioles defeat the Reds in the World Series, was in the top 10 in the American League MVP balloting won earlier by first baseman Boog Powell of the Orioles.

Bench appeared on every ballot in winning the award, being named second on the other two cast. Besides his two firsts, Williams was placed second on 17 ballots. He also had three third-place votes, one fourth and one fifth. After Perez in the voting came Bob Gibson, the fireball- ing St. Louis right-hander who previously was named the Cy Young Award wainner as the outstanding pitcher.

He received 110 votes. Wes Parker of the Los Angeles Dodgers was fifth with 91. Rounding out the top 10 were reliever Dave Giusti Pittsburgh, Rose, outfielder Jim Hickman of Chicago, first baseman Willie McCovey of San Francisco and outfielder Rico Carty of Atlanta. McCovey was last winner. Boxing Card Scheduled Omaha A pro-am boxing card, topped by a pair of pro heavyweight bouts, has been set from the Omaha Civic Auditorium Dec 2.

Texan Jim Elder, with an 8-1 record, will meet Sylvester Dulaire 8 3 of Connecticut in one of the two pro bouts. The other will be announced later. The amateur card is headed by the matching of six Midwest Golden Gloves champions against opponents from a strong Iowa team..

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