Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 12, 1971 · Page 12
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i Mtdto Evening Telegraph Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1971 HIGH SCHOOL SPARTA TOURNAMENT Assumption 73. Sesser 40 Llncolt 52, Murphysboro 47 Monday's College Basketball East Arms' 64. King's. Pa. 32 Rutgers 101, Gettysburg 72 South So. Caro. St. 81, Flsk 79 Kentucky 79, Gcogria 66 Virginia 50, South Carclina 49 No. Caro. A&T 123, St. Augustine's 83 Fla. St. 36, Manhattan 68 Jacksonville 35. Okla. City 67 W. Ky. 85, Morhead St. B3 Lenoir Rhyne 88, Gullford S2 Maryland 56, Clemson 52 Miami, Fla. 78, Lafayette 75 La. Tech 104, SW La. !)3 Tennessee 85. Florida 75 Auburn 83, Alabama 72 Ky. Wesleyan 88, Steuhrnvillp, 0. 68 Midwest Cincinnati 87, No. Illinois Sfi Cent. Mich. 82. Wayne. Mich. St. 70 Missouri 77, Iowa SI. 71 Indiana St. 38, Butler «0 Oklahoma 75, Kansas St fiR Ashland 49, New Hamp .17 Wichita St. 82, Chicago I.oy. 74 Central, O. St. 73. Thomas More, Ky. 58 Moorhead 73, Concordla, Minn. 66 Southwest How. Payne 117, Stephen F. Austin 32 Denver 85, TCU 74 SMU 88. Dallas Biiplisl fi:i New Mexico 73. Air Force 66 ,Rlce 85. Tulane 66 Fnr West Idaho State 75. Idaho 6B Utah St. 86, Montana Si. 70 Hawnil 94, Arizona St. 87 Seattle 107. Nevada-Reno 78 George Blanda, alias Father Time, chosen best male athlete of year Old reliable. u Blamln, shown spiling up to pass in a game against San Francisco 49crs in December, was selected as (lie Associated Press Male Athlete of 1970 in a nationwide poll of sporlswriters and sportscasl- <-rs. The Oakland Raider "second-string" quarterback became the first football star to he so honored since 1955. (AP Win-photo) NEW YORK (AP) - When George Blanda was already kicking and throwing foot- halls, Bohhy Orr and Johnny Bench were just learning how to walk. Now, more than 20 years later, Orr is the scourge of the National Hockey League and Bench is the main cog in baseball's Big Red Machine in Cincinnati—and Blanda is still kicking and throwing footballs. He did it so well in 1970— and with last-gasp heroics that would have made Pearl White shudder—that the 43- y e a r - o 1 d "second-string" quarterback of the National Football League's Oakland Raiders was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Blanda received 332 votes in the year-end nationwide poll of sport swriters and sporlscaslers, beating out 22- year-old Orr, defenseman of the Boston Bruins who received 246 votes and cat- cher Bench who got 224. And just by being a football player—excelling in a tough, often brutal sport against players half his age—he also managed to break baseball's five-year hold on the award and become the first grid great, to capture it since Howard "Hopalong" Cassady of Ohio State was selected in 1955. Filling out 1970's top 10 vote getters were Baltimore third baseman Brooks Robinson, New York Knicks center Willis Reed, former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, college football quarterbacks Joe Theismann of Notre Dame and Jim Plunkett of Stanford and pro basetball stars Jerry West of Los Angeles and Lew Alcindor of Milwaukee. Blanda played his college football under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at Kentucky, quarterbacking the Wildcats to a 29-9-2 record during his three varsity years, 1946-48. He began his 21-year pro career with the Chicago Bears of the NFL. In his 10-year, 115-game career with the Monsters of the Midway" he passed for 48 touchdowns, ran for five more TDs and kicked 511 points in conversions and field goals. He was dropped by the Bears and sat out the 1959 season. Then, in 1960, when the American Football League was born, Blanda was reborn—and he hasn't slowed down since. He signed with Houston as a free agent and spent seven years with the Oilers before being traded to Oakland, where he is the backup quarterback behind Daryle Lamonica. In his 11 years in the AFL— including 1970 when the league became the American Football Conference of the merged National Football League—Blanda tossed 180 touchdown passes, scored four more himself and booted 996 points. Hi s name is strewn throughout pro football's record books. But it wasn't until last season that "Old Reliable" fired the fans' imaginations, trotting onto the field Sunday after Sunday to rescue the Raiders with what became known as "Sundown magic." Oct. 25: With Lamonica injured, Blanda came off the bench against Pittsburgh and threw three touchdown passes for a 31-14 Oakland victory. Nov. 1: With three seconds remaining, Blanda kicked a 48-yard field goal as the Raiders tied Kansas City 1717. Nov. 8: With three seconds to play, Blanda booted a 52- yarder to beat Cleveland 2320. It followed his 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 remaining that tied the game and set up the winning drive. Nov. 15: Blanda directed a late-game touchdown drive that turned back Denver 2419. Nov. 22: A pair of fourth- quarter field goals upended San Diego 29-17. Dec. 6: Blanda's point- after-touchdown with no time remaining defeated the New York Jets 14-13. "I'm essentially a kicker," says the 6-foot-2, 215- pounder, pro football's all-time leading scorer with 1,561 points. "Sometimes a little bit of experience helps." Blanda said being one of 11 children taught him to be competitive early in life. "You had to survive." And when Jim Otto, the Oakland center, commented: "The guy almost embarrasses you... running wind sprints and working harder than any of us," Blanda replied: "I love it!" Jet tehocker still haunts Ea rl Morrall MIAMI (AP) - "My mind keeps flashing back," says Earl Morrall. "I keep thinking "If's over and over in my mind—if I had done this, if this play had worked. It's always there. I'll never forget it." "I can't remember past yesterday," quips Johnny Unitas. "We just got beat— that's the way I look at it. It's a blow, but: if you've done everything you can, you can't cry about it or complain about it" In those two different retrospective Jooks at their stunning upset by the New York Jets in the Super Bowl two years ago, Baltimore's venerable quarterbacks have indelibly underscored the two different worlds they are operating in this week. But words are only one picture. The other picture is equally tangible and poignant—Morrall, virtually ignored, alone with his thoughts, far from the center of the action, the spot where Unitas talks to newsmen and is hounded by photographers. Unitas is the focal point. Unitas moans redemption. Unitas has a golden arm. Unitas reads defenses better than anyone. Unitas. Unitas. Unitas. And that perspective as the Colts prepare for Sunday's meeting in Super Bowl V with the Dallas Cowboys is reflected by the scene. Unilas, who stood on the sidelines two years ago while Morrall floundered, is consciously cool. He points out the on ; y difference from two years ago is that, his hair is a little longer, and then he says: "It's just another ball game. It's worth more money, and there's prestige and pride involved—you want to win it. It's the thing we played for all year long, you don't want to blow it. Rut it's just another ball game." And what about the game this Sunday? "We're a different ball club than two years ago," Unitas says "this time we're still on the way up. Two years ago we had pretty , well reached our peak. We might have been a little overconfident. But not this time. We know nobody's invincible — especially us," Two years ago, the Colts were supposed to be in- West team has guns to aini at NBA East SAN DIEGO (AP)-The west learn should win tonight's 21st annual National Basketball Association all-star game, according to the oldest alt-star. "The west has more of the better players," insists Johnny Green, 37-year-old Cincinnati Royal forward, a Cage menu WEDNESDAY SlU-Curbondule ut l-.vansvllle THURSDAY Prlnclplu at Hurrls Teachers College FRIDAY Colllnsvllle at Wood River Civic Memorial at Madison East St. Louis at Edwurdsvllle Cahokia at Belleville East Calhoun at Winchester Greenfield at Carrollton Highland at Triad Belleville Althoff at East St. Louis Assumption Brussels at East Pike Carllnvllle at Staunton SATURDAY East St. Louis ut Alton WMA at Murquotto Staunton at Civic Memorial Belleville East at Granite Clly Edwurdsvllle ut Belleville West Cahoklu ut Colllnsvllle Nokomls at Southwestern Calhoun at Jerseyvlllc Greenfield ut Northwestern Madison ut Charleston Livingston ut Bunker Hill Highland at Tuylorvlllu Hllisboio at GUI -llnvlllc Lincoln Kusl SI. Louis ut Hrlle- 1 vllle Althuff Indiana State ut SlU-Ciuliuiulali- Mlssourl-St. Louis at SlU-F.d-! wardsvllle Greenville ut Prlnclpiu Eureka at Blackburn member of the cast team. The nationally televised game starts at !) p.m. CST at San Diego's International Sports Arena. The west, led by 10-timc all- stars Oscar Robertson of Milwaukee, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, both of Los Angeles, is a squad with the combined all-star experience of 57 games. The East's 14- man team totals !)0, paced by Willis Reed of New York who has played in six. But two-time all-star Lew Alcindor of Milwaukee m;iy be the game's deciding factor. "Alcindor can dominate the game if he makes the effort," said Green. A year ago, when Alcindor was a rookie, he played behind Green on the east team that, won 142-135. Reed and Robertson scored 21 points each in lhat game. With re-alignment of the league, Alcindor and Robertson join the west team and Big Low stands in the 1 way of Heed's attempt to bo the game's most valuable player in consecutive years. Robertson is a 32-year-old veteran with nine of his 10 all-star game appearances resulting in victories for his side. Besides Alcindor, west coach Larry Coslcllo of Milwaukee will start forwards .lorry Lucas of San Francisco and Connie Hawkins of Phoenix with guards West and Davo Bing of Detroit. New York's Rod Hoizman, Coach of the east, will 'lead with Reed at center, John Ilavlicok of Boston and Billy Cunningham of Philadelphia ut. forwards and guards Wall Fra/.ior of Now York and Karl Monroe of Baltimore. In addition to guard Robertson and Center Chamberlain, I ho west can cull on center Klvin Hayes of San Diego, forwards Bob Love and Chel Walker, both of Chicago, and guards Lcn Wilkcns of Seattle, Jeff Mullins of San Francisco and Geoff Petrie of Portland. Filling out the oast squad arc centers Wes Unsold of Baltimore and Bob Kauffman of Buffalo, forwards Green, Gus Johnson of Baltimore, Lou Hudson of Atlanta, Davo DcBusschoro of New York and guards Jo Jo White of Boston and John Johnson of Cleveland. vincible. They had a defense that couldn't be cracked, and the Player of the Year— Morrall. And it all came apart on Super Sunday. Before it was over, Unitas, aching arm and all, was in. Morrall was out. Morral'l has lived with that for two years. And now he's reliving it again, a question here, a question there when people finish talking to Unitas. "There's been a big change in this team," Morrall says. "Two years ago we had a groat season up to the last game. Whether we took things for granted is hard to say, bul it's more all business this year.... , "We know what happened in the past. We know we've got. to go out and play good football. We can't lei anything go against us. We have to try not to let it got away from us." And then Morrall turned it personal—probably very much unaware that today, Jan. 12, 1971, is exactly two years to the day that the blame for the defeat by the Jots was laid at his feet. "There's a lot different feeling for mo," he said. "1 can't sav I won't bo plaving ... I got to bo prepared. That's my job. "But nobody likes to bo on the sidelines. I'd like to be in there." Proviso East still / has prep poll lead Jeff up nes in air Missouri's Mike Jeffries (45) of Alton, III., appears to have a strange control of ball as Iowa State's Gene Mack comes in for a closer look in game Monday night at Ames, Iowa. Missouri went on to win the game, however, 77-71. (AP Wireplioto) SPRINGFIELD (AP) First and second teams in the Associated Press poll of Illinois High school basketball held firmly to their positions in this week's poll. But two new teams bumped two teams out at the bottom of the poll by 16 sports Writers. Proviso East saw no real challenge in its first place status — its only game with Morton East, which Proviso won, 61-48. But the Falcons of Thornridge, who had been in tost booth for three weeks, picked up 18 additional votes this week over last after clipping 12th rated Chicago Heights Bloom. Proviso East, with a record of 11-1, got 253 votes, 13 first place votes; Thornridge won 240 votes, but polled only two first votes. Three polls ago, Thornridge got all 16 first votes. Benton, with a record of 101, dropped this week from third to fifth after suffering a weekend setback to unrated Centralia, 74-72. LaGrange, now at 11-2, slid into third. Fourth place went to Paris which still has a perfect record, 11-0. Centralia's whipping of powerful Benton Saturday followed its beating Friday of 9th rated Carbondale, 62-51. The two wins pushed previously unnoticed Centralia into the 13th slot in the new poll. But pollsters cautioned that Garbondale was missing a first stringer when it met Centralia. Carbondale remained in the 9th poll berth, despite the upset. Granite City fell from 10th to llth after being crushed Saturday by Alton, 72-50. Danville and Elgin backslid from their poll positions after both teams suffered upsets. Danville fell to Springfield High, 46-44, and Elgin went down to Aurora East, 81-49. Aurora East and Centralia are the new names in the AP poll this week. The top 16 teams, first place votes, won-loss records and poll points: 1. Proviso East (13) 11-1 253 2. Thornridge (2) 12-1 240 3. LaGrange 11-2 213 4. Paris (1) 11-0 186 5. Benton 10-1 182 6. Mendota 15-0 179 7. Jollet Central 13-2 176 8. Peorla RIehwoods 13-2 114 9. Carbondale 9-2 93 10. Rock Island 8-2 84 11. Granite City 9-4 65 12. Morgan Park 15-2 52 13. Centralia 9-3 41 14. Chicago Hts. Bloom 9-5 36 - 15. Champaign Central 12-2 31 16. Aurora East 8-3 28 Other teams receiving votes in order: Qulncy, Danville, Chicago Carver, Alton, East Peorla and Rockford East. Other teams receiving votes: Elgin, Belleville East, Rockford Auburn, Bloomington, LaSalle- Peru, Springfield Southeast, Chicago Dunbar, University High Normal, Meridian, Breese Mater Dei, Assumption of East St. Louis, Fairfleld, Galesburg, Peoria Bergan, St. Joseph-Ogden, Marian Catholic, Elgin Larkln, Effingham St. Anthony, Mollne, Rockford West, East St. Louis, Mount Carmel, St. Patrick, Des- Plaines Maine West. CITY BASKETBALL Clark Oil 69 (Brown 23), Ye Ole 39 (Perica 14) Varble TV won on forfeit from Marcal Asphalt Watertower 80 (Williams 18), Mlddletown Bombers 75 (Hard!- mon 28) Diner 83 (Watkins 24, Dunham 24), Sprlngman Lbr. 51 (Cameron State Farm 63 (White 19), Coca Cola (DeGerlla 13) DTs 66 (Jacobs 29), Wardeln's 65 (Poore 16) South Carolina shocked again By The Associated Press Two straight defeats at the tail end of last week tumbled South Carolina from second to .sixth in The Associated Press college basketball poll and the shcllshocked Gamecocks haven't recovered yet. Still cold from the Maryland freeze which beat them in College Park Saturday, the Gamecocks dropped a 50-4!) shoi'ker to Virginia Monday night for their third consecutive setback. South Carolina, which began last week undefeated and rated No. 2 in the nation, dropped its second straight one-pont decision on Barry Parkhlll's 15-foot, jump shot with just seven seconds left to play. Three among other teams ranked The AP's Top Ten wore more fortunate. Western Kentucky, No. 5, dropped More h o a d Slate 85-63. Jacksonville, rated seventh, walloped Oklahoma City 95-67, and No. 10 Kentucky defeated Georgia 79-66. In other games, Maryland whipped Clemson 56-52, CiiK'innaU came from behind to take North Illinois 87-86, Auburn dropped Alabama 8372, Army trounced Kings College, Pa., 64-32,' Florida State routed Manhattan 96-68, Tennessee turned back Florida 85-75, and Utah State topped Montana State 86-70. Virginia boat the clock as well as South Carolina. The Cavaliers were trailing 49-48 but gambled, holding the ball for one lasl shot. Parkhill made il and harried South Carolina called two time outs—one with four seconds left, t h e other with three seconds remaining—to set up their last gasp shot. Rick Ay- dletl Iried it but missed from the corner. Both teams played for the good shot throughout the game and finished with better than 60 per center accuracy from the floor. Parkhill finished with 15 points for Virginia and Tom Owens had 16 for SC—Ihe only mon lo reach double figures. Morehead State shackled Togetherness: Cowboy trait MIAMI (AP) — Vince Lorn bardi defined it as Love Craig Morion calls i Togetherness. Whatever the catchword, it's the stuff o which championship football teams are made. "I realize that togethernesi is an overworked word, bu I can't think of a better one,' Morton said today in tryinj; to account for the tumabou that bas thrust the Cowboyii from the brink of oblivion to Super Bowl V. "-—"This has always been team, but we never ^sacrificed for eaci yntjl this year. We go together as individuals am Now, we have a complete desire to win. "It would be nice if you could put this kind of thing into words. Lombard! used 'love.' That's a great word, too, particularly when you're winning the way he did." Lombardi'.s 1906 and 1967 Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowl games, each year earning their berth in the world championship match by toppling Dallas. Sunday, it will bu the Cowboys against the Baltimore Colls for the money—a $15,000 payoff per- man to the winners—and for the Vince Lombard! Trophy symbolic of pro football supremacy. Morton has been cast in (lie role of "the other quar- terabck" for the duei between the resurgent Cowboys and the redemption-bent (Jolts, Jed by ageless wonder Johnny Unitas. But Morton, who has made his share of sacrifices lo the Dallas cause, is neither awed by the spectre of Unilns nor perplexed by his own predicament after a long season marked by trial and tribulation. "I've always respected and admired Johnny Unitas," lie said as the Cowboys began the final-week Super Bowl countdown with a work-out at their Korl Lauderdale training base. "In my book, lie's the greatest quarterback who ever lived. But you've got to be youself." Morton, beset by injuries, including u painful bruise on his right elbow, completed only 11 of 40 passes in the Cowboys' playoff victories over Detroit and San Francisco that completed their stretch drive and nailed the National Football Conference title. And the Dallas signal-caller lias not called signals, except for changes, or audibles, at the line of scrimmages, since last November. Coach Tom La miry has sent in all the plays, since a humiliating 38-0 loss to St. Louis —and the Cowboys have reeled off seven consecutive victories. "In no way has il affected me," Morton said, "and I wouldn't want to change it now, not the way we're going. "When I come off the field, we talk together on the sideline about what we want to run on the next series. I'm so indoctrinated with his system that we more or less think together anyway. I try to approach the game the same way as he does." "Craig is an excellent sujnalcaller," said Landry. "He can call them with anyone in the league. But a change had to be made. Vi'e were playing poorly and we had to do something to shake things up. It was either change the quarterback or call the plays. "By calling the plays I felt I could take some of t h e pressure off him. He still has the option to audible anytime he chooses." For the past week, however, Morton has been inaudible. A throat Infection bedded him a week ago in Dallas and he is under doctor's orders to do a minimum of talking. "This is the first day I've talked all week," he said. "I still take three shots a day and all kinds of pills. My room looks tike a drugstore." big Jim McDaniels, holding him to a mere 10 points, but Western Kentucky still romped. McDaniels grabbed 14 rebounds and Western opened a 41-22 halftime bulge to coast in. Harold Fox snapped lethargic Jacksonville into action with three straight steals and baskets early in the second half and the Dolphins went on to whip Oklahoma City, Fox led Jacksonville with 21 points while Norm Russell hit. 27 for the losers. Kentucky used 23 points by Tom Parker and 20 more from Mike Casey to defeat Georgia. The Bulldogs, who threw a slowdown at Ken- lucky, hil 15-of-20 firsl-half shots to slay close before the Wildcats took control. Cincinnati wiped out a 13- poinl deficil and beat Northern Illinois on a pair of foul shots in the. last 20 seconds by Dave Johnson. Cleveland Ivey and Jerry Zielinsky had 22 points each for the losers. Florida State, down by one point at halftime, outscored. Manhallan 32-4 in the first nine minutes of the second half to rip the visiting Jaspers. Ron King's 28 points led FSU with 5-foot-7 Otto Perry directing the second- half attack that shattered Manhattan. Willie Allen's tip-in with 90 seconds left sparked a six- point Miami burst that moved the Hurricanes to a 78-75 victory over Lafayette. Jim Irving's 32 points led St. Louis to a 79-65 victory over Tulsa. Irving scored 24 of his points in the second half when Ihe Billikens broke the game wide open. i Defense again playing key part for Knicks NEW YORK (AP) — When they swept to their first National Basketball Association championship last spring, the New York Knicks often heard capacity home court crowds urge them on with rythmic chants of "Dee- fense, dee-fense, deefense." It must have worked because the Knicks, halfway through the current NBA s e a s on, have the best defensive figures in the league. New York is allowing an average of 102.4 points per game, almost three full points DUGGER Swimming Pools \ V I I Sporting Goods FULL LINE OF SPORTING GOODS School Letter Jackets W /I nd bf Bc'thultu M'j-4 -'- J//-666/ 1 less than Milwaukee, which is No. 2 with 105.3. The Bucks, however, boast the NBA's leading scorer in towering Lew Alcindor, who is averaging 31.5 points per game, 2.3 more than Boston's John Havlicek. FRONT-END ALIGNMENT We'll check your alignment, correct camber, canter and toe-in. t»hou« 462-8284 • Complete Brake Lining Available • We have Walker's Mufflers jnd Tailpipes • Goodyear Shock Absorbers Sold and Installed WELLS TIRE 00, 839 E. Broadway, Alto*

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