The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1953 · Page 10
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 24, 1953
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FACE TEN Bevo & Co., Win Big ' i9 Game in Final Seconds By RIP WATSON NEW YORK (AP) — Clarence (Bevo) Francis, the high-scoring phenom whose amazing point totals were wiped from the record books last spring, had the last laugh on his critics today. BLYTHEVTT.LR (ARK,) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, DECEMBER The big boy from little Rio Grande (Ohio) College averaged 50.1 points per game last year, but the Coaches' Assn. voted to throw the records out because of the poor quality of the opposition. "He couldn't score like that against a good team," his critics scoffed. "Rio Grande will never bent anybody that amounts to anything." Important Win Bevo kept pumping the points In as Rio Grande made an Eastern swing this year, but he and his mates hadn't scored a major victory until big Bevo took matters into his own hands last night and fired the winning basket in the final seconds for a 67-65 victory over Wake Forest. Grabbin the cut ball at the foul loose with his circle, Bevo specialty, a I fornia 52-49, whirling jump shot, and Rio Grande had a victory over the conquerors of mighty North Carolina State and the national AAU champion Peoria Caterpillars. Bevo made 32 points in nil. outscoring the talented Dickie Hem- rlc of Wake Forest, who got 24 in losing cause. Little Wayne Wiseman shared the starring role with Francis, twice stealing the bail for baskets in the final 2 seconds. North Carolina State, No. 9 in (lie Associated Press poll, came iom behind to whip the Peoria AAD team 63-60, making it two defeats in two nights for the Caterpillars against college opposition. AKBies Win Oklahoma A&M, No. 5 in the poll, also had a tough same be fore turning back Southern Call- while eighth-ranked Minnesota set a school record with a 91-73 beating of Marqeutte. Bradley surprised Notre Dame by getting out in front and staying there almost all the way for a 74-72 victory despite a desperate Irish rally. Toledo, which gave third-ranked Duquesno a scare last Saturday, also made it tough for Dayton last night, grabbing a 20-17 first quar- ler lead. With 6-11 Bob Uhl leading the way, Dayton went on an 11- polnt spree and the flyers went on to win 75-G4. Uhl, a sophomore, made 22 in all. In other games. Texas Christian whipped Howard Payne 96 - 48, irelghton topped Denver 65-60 and New Mexico Western won the New Mexico Conference tournament -vith n 53-49 victory over Arizona State of Flagstaff. There's Heavy Dough in the Bowls NEW YORK (AP) — Tele vision and radio sponsors are becoming "sports Santa Claus es" for a lot of athletes at col leges and conferences repre sented in next Jan. Ist's foot - ball bowl games. The spectators at the annual New Year's Day gridiron spectacles will pay nearly two million dollars to watch the games, but the TV and radio rights will bring In almost one million more, an AS' sociated Press survey disclosed today. Thavs a pretty nice collection of pies for the football'teams to slice up among themselves. Most of them have to count their conference brothers in, too, however, BO the athletic funds- at many colleges -will be swelled by the TV- radio take along with the gate re- cepte. RDM IB Biggest Biggest bonanza of all Is the Rose Bowl it Pasadena, Calif., matching UCLA of the Pacific Coast Conference against the Big 10's Michigan State. The TV-radio money there even tops the gate receipts, since the tracts in six figures to go with ticket sales In the S300,000-$400,- 000 range. But the Orange Bowl— probably the day's best attraction from the spectator's point of view since it matches Maryland, the No. 1 team, against Oklahoma, No. 4, for only $70,000. Receipts Up The teams will go home with something besides the train fare, however, for they've added 3,000 seats to the bowl this year, making the capacity close to 70,000. That should push the gate receipts to around $386,000, and each team gets $120,000, which they'll split with other conference members. Rice, No. 6, and Alabama, No. 13, will take home slightly more than $150,000 from the Cotton Bowl, at Dallas, which will take In a gate of $300,000 plus $120,000 from TV-radio and the program and concession money combined. Officials of the New Orleans who have Georgia vs. West Virginia, Sugar Bowl. Tech, No. 8, No. 10, declined to release figures on the financial aspects of the game, as is their custom. But sources In New Orleans put the Sugar Bowl gate a $365,000 last year, and It was reliably reported here that the TV-radio would bring In another $100,000. The Rose Bowl is tops in the number of spectators, with 100,300 to 82,000 for the Sugar Bowl and 75,504 for the Cotton Bowl. The annual East West Shrine all- star game at San Francisco on Jan. 2 also benefits from TV-radio —imd from the lack of competition from other games. The crowd of 63,000 will pay $280,000, with another $65,000 coming from TV- radio. Arkansas Sporttttts Arkansas Tech OnceAgainGiants OfBasketbailamongSmallSckools By CARL BELL Associated Pren gporta Writer Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference basketball, particularly as played by Arkansas Tech, looks pretty good in the light of recent developments. Sam Hindsmari's speedy, smooth, sharp-shooting Wonder Boys knocked off Memphis State 83-67 with the greatest of ease last Saturday night. A few nights earlier, Memphis State — coached by former University of Arkansas mentor Gene Lambert — had lost to SMU by only 66-63. And a few nights later the Memphians showed Baylor how the cow ate the cabbage, 71-64. THOROUGH TESTING—Bibber McCoy demonstrates why the mat boys pack 'em in. Here, he exposes his well-padded ' ' " Billy Darnell drop match. Eyes closed. Bibber puts all poses his well-padded middle during Madison Square Garden .'Uts all his trust in that bread bucket of his kick Mountaineer Heft Faces Tech Speed NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bruising West Virginia power and deceptive Georgia Tech speed could make the Sugar Bowl football game the most unusual in its 20-year history. sponsors get an advantage over the other bowl games by coming on the air after the other major games are over. Also, the game pits the No. 3 team In the country, Michigan State against the No. 6 team, UCLA. The combined TV-radio take lor the coast classic, $610,000. well ahead of the gate of $340,000. After game expenses, stadium rental, taxes and other expenses •re taken out, each conference figures to get about $350,000. That Will pay for a lot of scholarships, tackling dummies, tennis balls and other minor sports Items. The Sugar and Cotton Bowls also •re reported to have TV-radio con- Trimble Gets Long Contract PHILADELPHIA (IP)— Jim Trimble, who only three years ago was a comparatively unknown football coach today held a three year contract as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The 35-year-old Trimble, youngest head coach In :he National Football League, Is believed to have signed a contract calling for about $18,000 a year. Vlnce McNally. general manager of the Eagles, declined to disclose the exact terms of the agreement. Trimble took over the head coach- Ing job with the Eagles in September, 1053, with only one year's expedience as an assistant coach with the club. Jim Ryan, who trains horses for Mrs. E. duPont Weir, holds a doctor's degree in chemistry from Cage Scores By The Asoclatcd Press NEW MEXICO CONFERENCE New Mexico Western 53, Arizona State (Flagstaff) 49, (championship.) Adams (Colo.) State 57, St. Michaels CNM) 45 (consolation.) OTHER GAMES lona 82, Queens (NYI 54. N. C. State 63, Peoria Caterpll- ars 00. Rio Grande 67, Wake Forest 65. Minnesota 91, Marquettc 73. Bradley 74, Notre Dame 72. Oklahoma A&M 52, Southern California 49. Texas Christian 96, Howard Payne 48. Eastern New Mexico 46, Pan handle (Okla.) Aggies 44. Crrighton 65, Denver GO. Westminster (Utah) 63, Ricks 56. West Virginia is billed as one of the biggest teams to receive a Sugar Bowl invitation and football experts term its split T ground attack as crushing as those of prewar single wing powerhouses. Tech Favored Georgia Tech, which operates from a standard T formation, accents mental and physical speed in an offense that makes use of quick-opening line plays and wide end runs. Tech is a two-touchdown favorite for the Jan. 1 game, but those who once scoffed at West Virginia as Sugar Bowl material are taking a second look. Opposition to West Virginia centered around its weak schedule, which they said included only four big time foes. One wtis North Carolina State, which! had a weak team, and a second was South Carolina, which handed west Virginia its only loss by a 20-14 mar- Leeds University In England. Sports Roundup Alston Orders Pitching Coach By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The first official move made by Walter Alston indicates that the new manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers is every bit as smart as they said he was when they brought him out of the minor leagues to tackle one of the trickiest jobs in the business. Alston, looking around at the unbroken ranks of ex-infieldcrs who comprised the Dodgers coaching staff, asked his boss to go out and find him the best pitching coach they could lay hands on, and hang the expense. That- found Ted Lyons unemployed momentarily, and by signing the former White Sox great they might well have made a down payment on that world championship they have their little hearts set on. Weakness If the Brooklyn team of the past few seasons has had one noteworthy weakness, it lay in the absence of an expert handler of pitchers among Charlie Dressen's staff of assistants. Dressen, himself, was a former infielder, and so were Billy Herman, Cookie Lavagetto and Jake Pitler. In their prime the quartet might have made a pretty fair inner de- fense, but not one of them ever throw a curve intentionally. One of tha little differences of opinion between Dressen and his employers which might have contributed to his departure was said to have been Chuck's insistence upon being his own pitching coach. The Dodger officials, among others, did not consider Dressen especially gifted in handling his throwers, the young ones in particular. Yanks Have Turner The record does not prove conclusively that the bosses were right about It, for the little guy shuffled his unwieldy staff smartly enough to win two flags and tie for a third in three years. That's a nice average. But the fact remains that he has just lost two World Series to team which employs a full-time pitching expert named Jim Turner. Also that the Yankees are We Will Be Closed Christmas Day best wishes for the Holidays ALLEN'S SHELL STATION ARK-MO STATE LINE working on their sixth straight championship, which is a swell average. Turner's duties consist mainly of coaching and pampering Casey Stengel's pitchers and advising Casey which of them had the best night's sleep. As the Yanks also have an infield coach, Frankie CrosettI, and a catching coach. Bill Dickey, Casey thus is enabled to concentrate his heaviest thinking on the outfield, which was his own preserve, and on double-talking about the overall operation. The system seems to be the best devised vip to now. Maxim Has Swanky Camp He's Training At- Resort Hotel MIAMI BEACH, Fla. I/ft — Joej Maxim, former light heavyweight boxing champion, is in training for another title bout with Archie Moore — and you'd never guess where he's working out. Maxim and his manager, Jack Kcarns, set up camp yesterday at the Algiers—one o[ the newest and finest hotels In this resort city. "This is the setup we ever had." Keavns beamed, "it was something like this in Atlantic City one time (when he managed Jack Dcmpsey In the 1920si but this is the swankiest training camp we ever had." The ring was set up on a deck high above the big swimming pool where 500 tourists splashed in the water or lolled in flic sun. There, said Kearns, Maxim will go through daily workouts to get In shape for his third meeting with Moore. They have fought in St. Louis and Ogclen. ut.ih. The fight in Miami's baseball stadium on Jan. 27 will be televised nationally. Kearns said the winner will meet heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and left little doubt he ex- pecLs It to be Maxim. gin. Beat Pitt But West virgin! beat Pittsburgh and Penn State in the other two games, and Pitt tied Oklahoma and lost a close game to Notre Dame. The football game will climax a week of Sugar Bowl sports activity. A three-day tennis tournament will begin Sunday, with veteran Oardnar Mulloy defending his title Idaho State and Louisiana State will fight for the boxing title Monday night. Tuesday and Wednesday Holy Cross, LSU, DePaul and Fordham will take part in the basketball -tournament. An invitational track meet will be held next Thursday. A yacht regatta is scheduled to complete Sugar Bowl activities on Jan. 2-3. Y Announces Tourney Plans Chess, Checkers Ping Pong Included The Y annual holiday tournaments are scheduled to begin in th< Y game room on Monday and continue through the week. There will be six championshi] events for boys and men. The ping pong; and checkers tourneys will lie one-day affairs, but the chess events will continue throughout the week The Junior High ping pong even will start nt 10:00 a.m. on the 28th and will be completed that day. This will be a double-eliminatior tourny. The Junior High and open chess tourneys also start on Monday but these will be round robin contests and will continue all week Grade school chess begins Tuesday to continue all week. All grade school boys who play the game are urged to enter this one. Checkers will be an elimination event, starting at 10:00 a.m. December 30 and. ending the same day. The open ping pong is the oldest of these tourneys, having been designed to attract college students hofe for the holidays, as well as the many players who are in Blytheville all year. This will be run off on a double- elimination basis. Those who wish to enter any of these events may do so by registering at the Y or by appearing at the times tsated above. Jonesboro Highly Rated Hurricane, Van Buren Labeled Tops in Prep Cage Circles By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS T-Hirnsmenls in February an*. March determine the high "school wsketball championships in Arkansas, and most teams are paced to hit their peak about that time. But two perennial powers, Jonesboro and Van Buren, already are cranked into high gear and have established themselves as favorites for the Class A state title when tourney time arrives. Jonesboro's Hurricane has rolled to six easy victories in as many tries, and its conquests included a 62-54 dumping of Van Buren. Seven Lettermen The Hurricane is paced by all- state Larry Grisham, a 6-3 senior center, and is blessed with six other lettermen—all of whom were starters at one time or another last season. The Van Buren Pointers, led by the big and seasoned Pete Collier and Bob Crawford, have conguer T ed all comers except Jonesboro and appear to be the unquestioned kingpins of Northwest Arkansas. However, Green Forest, a state tourney contender from that section last year and fortified with some brilliant sophomores and all of its 953 stars, has everyone guessing whether it will compete n Class A or Class B this winter. Fayeltcville Stronger Payelteville, a top team for years, is smaller than usual this season but still possesses enough shooting ability to be considered as a factor in the northwest. Northeast rkansas is loaded with cage talent. In addition to Jonesboro, strong teams are Leachville, BlytheviUe and Bay. Port Smith's Grizzlies are the general favorites in the Big Seven —whose winner and runner-up compete in the state Class A tourney, but El Dorado and Little Bock rate as strong contenders. El Dorado's Wildcats won an • SMU and Baylor were ranked among the better teams of the Southwest Conference in pre-season. ratings. Now, the Southwest Conference is not exactly noted for its basketball, but it is major college stuff and the Tech boys welcome the favorable comparison. 129-14 Mark Within this state, Tech has been accepted as a small college kingpin for fipe years—or ever since Hindsman has had his system in gear at the Russellville school. Hindsman, who previously produced winning teams at State Teachers College, has an amazing record at Tech. For five full seasons and this deep into the current campaign, the Wonder Boys have hung up 129 victories while losing only 14 games. Their record in the AIC is 104 wins; five defeats and five consecutive championships. In E. C. O'Neal, a 6-foot-3 lad who plays either center or forward, Tech has an all-around performer who probably could star for any team in the country. He can hit any kind of shot and defends and rebounds with the best. Donovan Horn is one of the most deceptive guards you'll see, and James Hudspeth is a marksman with the roundball, but—for the most part after you mention O'Neal—the Wonder Boys are Just bunch of guys named Joe who lave been blended into a well oiled machine by good coaching. Hogs Look Better Despite the absence of a giant center, the Arkansas Razorbacks it this point look as good as anyone else in the Southwest Con- 'erence—with the exception of Rice. The Owls, sparked by the great Gene Schwinger~a big boy with arly-season tournament at Marion, ja., and hold a victory over Mon- icello, last season's state runner- ip and strong again. The big power in South Arkansas may be Crossett, which handed El Dorado its only defeat. Other South Arkansas teams appearing stron ginclude Hope's Bobcats, winners of the Nashville Invitational tourney. Around the heart of the state, the top prospects include Sheridan, winner of its first six games, and Clinton, which is reported to be loaded again despite the loss of many of the stars who sparked it to the state crown last March. the agility of a small one, have set themselves up In business odds-on championship favorites. •' The race for what's left could be a wide-open humdinger. All Those Teams Ever stop to think how much basketball is played in Arkansas? There are 467 high schools in the state which have teams. »nd most of them have teams in all .hree divisions—senior boys, junior )oys and girls. Johnie Burnett, executive secretary of the Arkansas Athletic Association, estimates that there are'at least 1,400 teams. And each ilays two games a week. VC ; *j ild 1 TIME OUT! With ADAMS APPLIANCE "Mom? I made the college basketball team'." Browning: - Remington - Winchester - Ithaca - Savage • Stevens Rifles and shotgun*—All types and gauges. 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