The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1954 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 23, 1954
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW8 PAGE NINE Further Expansion Of Majors Is Seen San Francisco ins Tourney George Washington U. Beaten in Finals of Oklahoma City Meet By SAUL FELDMAN OKLAHOMA CITY (ft — Thousands of fans who witnessed the All-College basketball tournament here are probably convincted today the San Francisco Dons should be among the nation's top 10 teams. The Dons easily walked off with the championship last night by humbling the George Washington Colonials, the nation's No. 8 team. 13-57. Oklahoma City University was extended two overtime priods before stopping Tulsa 73-68 for third place. San Francisco came into the tournament unheralded but quickly became a crowd favorite when it beat down Wichita 94-75 in the first round. The Dons smacked OCU 75-51 in the semifinals. The West coast team, in winning its first All-College championship, displayed an almost flawless all- around game with well balanced personnel. Bill Russell, the Dons' 6-foot, 9-inch junior center who gave a thrilling performance in each of the three tournament games, was chosen to receive the meet's most valuable player award. He also was the only unanimius choice for the all-star team. Others on the first team are Bob Patterson of Tulsa, Walter Devlin of George Washington, Cleo Littleton of Wichita and Jerry Mullen of San Francisco. Selected for the second team were Don Bildebuck of Houston, Joe Holup of George Washington, Lyndon Lee of OCU, K. C. Jones of San Francisco and Harry Jorgensen of Wyoming. The teams were selected by sports writers, sportscasters and officials. Wichita won the consolation finals with an 82-74 victory over Wyoming. The defending Oklahoma Aggies ended up in eight place when they fell before Houston 57-48. Braves' Shift Voted Outstanding Trend By HUGH FULLERTO-N JR. The Associated Press When Lou Perini picked up the unprofitable Braves in Boston and dropped them in tiie fertile new territory of Milwaukee, he started one of the most significant trends in recent sports history. Following the Braves West, the Athletics were sold and shifted from Philadelphia to Kansas City after the 1954 season while the St. Louis Browns moved East into Baltimore, which had not had major league baseball since 1802. These three changes, the first in the major league setup in 50 years, were just the fore-runners of other shifts in the opinion of the nations sports writers and broadcasters. In the near future, possibly in 1955, the majors will moveo n to the Pacific coast, the experts say. Trend to Stay In the annual Associated Press year-end poll, the writers and broadcasters were asked: "what as the outstanding trend, characteristic or development in sports in 1954?' A similar question was asked about what is to be expected in 1955. The answer to both was virtually the same. For 1954 it was the shifting of major league franchises into new territory and the consequent deterioration of the minor leagues. For 1955 it will be further expansion, either by new moves to the West or by taking in new clubs to form 10-team leagues. Others Recognized Other 1954 trends recognized by considerable groups of voters in eluded a leveling-off of strength in college football, improved performances and record-breaking in track, greater interest in sports created by television, the emergence of the National League as superior to the American and "the decline of boxing as a reputable sport.' The last, incidentally, was the gentlest way boxing was mentioned. It also was described as "sickening garbage' and "a dishonest, fraudulent form of televised vaudeville.' Col'ege Basketball Results UK Invitational Tourney Kentucky 63, LaSalle 54 (final) Southern California 54, Utah 52 (consolation) , Oklahoma City All College Tourney I San Francisco 73, George Wash-j ington 57 (final) I Oklahoma city 73, Tulsa 68 (two overtimes, for third place) Wichita 82, Wyoming 74 (for fifth place) Houston 57, Oklahoma A&M 48 (for seventh place) West Texas'(Canyon) Tourney West Texas 67, Hardin-Simmons : 54 (final) | Texas A&M 86, Pepperdine 84 (consolation) Other games Pordham 61, St. Josephs (Pa) 52; New Orleans Loyola 72, Illinois 36 Memphis State 86. Nebraska 79 Butler 83. Northwestern 62 Bradley 82, Southern Methodist 13 Depaul 76, Michigan State 75 Detroit 86, Oregon 74 Chicago Loyola 81, South Dakota State 73 Miami (Ohio) 72, (Toledo 70 Phillips Univ 81, McPherson 59 Texas Christian 97, Austin 65 California 54, Ohio State 50 Brigham Young 70 t Michigan 60 St. Louis 73, Washington 64 UCLA 106, New Mexico 41 Washington State 72, Montana 63 Johnson Stops Marty Marshall Detroit Unknown Is Defeated in First Major Fight Bid DETROIT OP) — Philadelphia's Harold Johnson, in a lack-luster display of jabbing and clinching, punched Marty Marshall, of Detroit, back to obscurity last night in their 10-round nationally televised nght. Marshall, weighing 179, made his short-lived debut to big-time boxing to the first major Detroit ftght in over six months. He had been fighting in obscurity for eight years and appears prone to return to the small-time ranks. Poor Showing; Johnson, 174 Vj. made a poor showing in his effort to secure another title bout with light heavyweight champion Archie Moore. Moore has beat Johnson four of five times—once for the title. Referee Lou Handler scored the bout 96-82 for Johnson, Judge Joe Lenahan had it 98-82 and Judge Bill Appleton scored 85-82. Both Confused While Handler prodded the two on for eight rounds, both seemed confused by each other's odd style and hugged countless times. Johnson had little trouble dodging Marshall's erratic swinging while Marshall received only slight taps from Johnson before the two would embrace. Previous to the fight, Promoter Nick Londes of the International Boxing Club said if the fighters looked good he would attempt to get a title fight with More for the winner. After the fight there was no such talk. William Knox of Philadelphia was the first to bowl 300 in an American Bowling Congress championship. 10UM HASH ?NTUCIfl"STRAlflf BOURBOHWHSKtf Everybody in this firm, wishes each and every one a Wonderfully Merry Christmas! THE FRANKLIN PRESS Leon Burnt — Tommy Sylvester TOP ROOKIE — Bob Grim, the New York Yankees strikeout •ace, was voted the American League's Rookie of the Year award by the nation's sports writers. Fourth Year Was Burdette's Best One BURDETTE — An Arkansas Athletic Association rule cost' Burdette a share of the District 3B football championship this year, but In the eyes of the fans of this community, the Pirates of Coaoh Harold Stockton are still of championship calibre. Burdette and Keiser ended the season with identical 6-1 records in district play but the gimmick that cost the Pirates at least a share of the district crown was that the one loss they suffered In •the district was to Keiser. And. under existing Arkansas Athletic Association' rules If two teams end the season tied for the district leadership, the team that beat the oilier in regular season play is declared the champion. The 1954 season turned out to be the best for Burdette in its four-year football .history. The Pirates wound up with a record of eight victories and three losses after playing one of the toughest schedules any school its size could play. The only Class B team to tako I the measure of the Pirates this year wos Keiser, Burdette's other two losses were to Corning and West Memphis, a pair of Class A outfits. They won victories over such teams as Osceola, Marion (the only team to beat Keiser), Shawnee, Wilson. Lepanto, Trumann, and Portagevllle, Mo. Ran From Single Operating for the first time from the single wing,, the Pirates hung up an impressive offensive record that was sparked by a rangy, fast stepping tailback by the name of W. T. Langley. Langley, a 155-pound .all-district back, was the Pirates' big gun. A break away runner whose strong suit is operating in a broken field, Langley scored 12 of his team's 29 touchdowns and added three extra points for a total of 75 points. As an example of Langley's speed and running ability, six of his 12 touchdowns came on runs of 50 yards or more and only one of the 12 covered less than 25 yards. His scoring runs alone totaled W. T. Uinslcy 567 yards from scrimmage. The longest of his TD runs was a 70- yarder against the Shuwnee Indians and the .shortest was a seven- yarder. But the Pirates were not exact- ly a one-man show. They had sco> ing power- else where, the available statistics reveal., Hail All-Stater Jon Payne, who looks like anything but a fullback, scored six touchdowns and two extra points for a total of.38 points and Bengie HiRgins, a fine pass catching end, gut four touchdowns to wind up the Pirates' third leading scorer. And for the first time in its four-year history, the Pirates placed a player on the AAA's all- stale team. He's Bill Dunkln, a Kiinrd who along with the other guard, Elbert Rigsby, anchored a youne but solid forward wall. Dunkin also was picked on the all-district team. And probably the most enthused over Burdette's success this year Is Coach Stockton himself. "Those boys have come a long way," he said rather emphatically. "They were a little rough In spots but they worked hard. Even in those games we lost, the opposition knew it had been In a ball game." A Merry Christmas And Our Sincere Thanks We are most happy to extend our heartiest greetings to all of our friends and customers and our most sincere thanks to all of whom we've had tho pleasure of serving. We are deeply grateful to each of you for your loyalty, and it is our New Year's pledge to leave nothing tint/one in our efforts to give you a bigger and better service in order to deserve your continued support in the year ahead. ALAN BERRY FRED SANDEFUR DICK SHANKS LEON JONES EDITH KOLWYCK vft 1, /

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