The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 30, 1953 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 30, 1953
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PAGE EIGHT BI.YTHEV1I.1.E (ARfO COURIER NEW? WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 80, 1958 Chicks Dump Bay 70-57 in NEATourney Tribe Scores 7th Straight Win, Gets Quarterfinals Berth Blytheville hung up its seventh consecutive victory without a defeat and gained a quarterfinal berth in thr Northeast Arkansas Invitational tournament last night as i brushed past Bay 70-57. Approximately 1,500 persons sa the Chicks successfully begin d Jense or their crown in the Arkai lu State College gymnasium Jonesboro. Tomorrow afternoon, the Chic] take on Forrest City at 2:30 p.m Winner will go into the semiflna •gainst the Wynne-Hoxie victor. Jones Hits 40 Percent Last night, it was the sharpshoot tog of Red Childress, Bob'— Jone and Tommy Mosiey which helpe Porks Fall To Texas In Overtime Arkansas Overcomes Steer Lead By MAX SKELTON HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) — Rice and Texas, a couple o survivors of one-point overtime victories in the semifinals, bat tie it out tonight for the cham pionship of the 3rd annua Southwest Conference Presea son Basketball Tournament- The manner to which the unde feated Owls and the Longhorns gained the finals gives indication that the conference title race that begins next week probably will be * torrid four-team' affair. Both Close Rice, after trailing most of the , game, won Its ninth in a row by f edging Southern Methodist last night, 80-78. Texas, after blowing a 13-polnt lead, had to come from behind In the overtime period to defeat Arkansas, 68-65. There wasn't enough difference among the four teams to establish anything -like a favorite for the conference campaign. Both games were rough and tumble, particularly in the five- minute extra periods, and the crowd of 5,800 that practically filled the Rice field house was on Its feet much of the evening. Two Losses The loss was Arkansas' second of the season against five victories —and both setbacks have been by one-point margins. The Razorbacks dropped their sea.i«n-opener to Tulsa 51-50. Eight tournament records were broken In the Bice-Methodist game that saw the lead change 15 times and the score tied 22 times during regulation play. Blonde Gene Schwinger. the Rice «-foot-6 center, swamped SMU with 38 points, 11 better than the tournament record set in 151 by nament record set In 1951 by Wags vs. SMU Only a few hours earlier Alabama's Jerry Harper had tied the McLeod mark while leading the. Crimson Tide to a 68-58 victory over Texas Christian in the consolation semifinals. Alabama this afternoon meets Baylor, a 64-50 victor over Texas A&M, for the consolation title. Arkansas and SMU meet tonight for third place. The Aggies and TCU completed the afternoon pair- Ings. boost the Maroons past their firs tournament opponent. Jones, who provides the outside attack, hit 40 percent o( his EC shots from as far away as 30 feet He hit on nine of 22 while ringing up 21 points. Childress. working under the basket, sank nine of 21 foi 20 points and Mosiey popped five of 16 in and came out with 13 markers. Childress and Jones also led in defensive rebounding. Red got six and Bobby four. Bay Can't Keep Up Bay, although showing flashes o: high-scoring brilliance, couldn" match the pace set by the Chicks Blytheville was out In front 23-15 at the end of the first quarter ant the Yellow Jackets never closed the gap. Jones was the big gun in thai first period, racking up eight points Bay never got in striking distance during the second period. With 2:45 left, it was 34-23. Then Childress and West hit buckets to push it to 38-23 with 1:30 remaining. Bay added a couple of goals and a free throw, but Freddy Akers dumped a free throw at the half as the Chicks left the court with a 41-28 margin. Both teams got hot in the first part of the. third period, matching baskets until the final three minutes when Mosiey drove in for a layup to make it 49-37. The third-quarter flurry was Bay's best effort of the night, but the Yellow Jackets still couldn't pull any closer than ten points to the Chicks. Final quarter play opened with Blytheville holding a 57-41 lead and !oach Jimmy Fisher began using substitutes freely. Bay climbed within nine points with a little better than one minute remaining but then faded un- ler scoring by Chuck Langston, Childress and Cobb. In other action yesterday, Hoxle »at Newport handily 75-60; Wynne queaked by Manila 68-44 and Forest City rallied to defeat Marked Tree 47-44. In the B division, Mississippi County's only entry, Dell, lost to Galley View 68-47. Today, the lower bracket of the 1 division swings into action with jnesboro taking on Green" County •"ech at 1:30 p.m., Plggott meeting ocahontas at 3 p.m., Rector meet- ig Batesvllle at 7:30 and Leach- , „„ „„.. !Ue_ facing Walnut Ridge at 9. I brook which Included 15 free throws. Fast-breaking Navy out- rnn nlnth-rnnking N.C. State 85-75 with John Clune hitting for 27 points. The; .Middles connected on 40.2 per. •-•cent-'of their shots from the field.-- LSU Wins Tenth-ranking Fordham folded before the superb performance of Bob Pettit and bpwed to Louisiana State 65-49 .in the Sugar Bowl Tournament at New Orleans. Fordham trailed by 14 points in the first quarter but closed to within single point before Pettit came off the bench to clinch the contest in the closing period. He scored I LANDING THE SUCKERS—Racing and aviation, history is being made at Tropical Park, where a helicopter lands horse players in a flight originating at Miami Beach. (NEA) AAA Secretary Burnett Comments On Blytheville Schedule Problems Outlook for Blytheville's .improving its football schedule is encouraging, J. M. (Johnny) Burnett, executive secretary of the Arkansas Athletic Association, said today. "This office Is by no means sat- sfied with, the manner in which this year's Region II championship was decided," Burnett said in commenting on opinions voiced by Blytheville school officials who scored the method. "We know the only way to de- ermine a championship Is by round-robin play and we are work- ng toward that end. "We think we have made some •eal progress," he said, "especially n relation to Jonesboro and New- iort.'" The Chlokasaw Booster Club recently blasted the method of de- ermlning a Region n champion- hip by assigning "conference" ames. Blytheville was assigned games have refused to play Blytheville. Booster Club action brought endorsement by Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson and School Board chairman C. M. Smart. Both said the school probably won't be interested in participating in such a regional title-determining system again. Burnett said that Blytheville simply must say it does not care to compete for the title when it submits its schedule to the AAA office. Burnett said he is eager to see round-robin relations restored because "we want to see our regional and district setups function properly." "Really, I can't blame the people of Blytheville for being dissatisfied with the arrangement," he said. or nil three of its normal regional "Blytheville is in a'geographical pponents since the latter thus far I position where it can expect to play a number of out-of-state opponents. "Neither Blytheville, nor some of the in-state opponents would find a long trip too profitable simply for the sake of playing another Arkansas team. "But Blytheville is approaching the Big Seven status, which would go a long Way toward solving a lot of schedule problems. The last time I looked, the school was less than 100 students short of qualifying for the Big Seven. "It looks as if you can make It quickly should you get that air base," he said. When asked about the possibt ties of reorganizing Region n include additional teams, Burne Said the idea "has been kicke around some, but you don't do an; thing like that in a hurry." Trabert's Loss to Hoad Dampens U.S. Hopes of Davis Cup Victory By WILL GRIMSLEY MELBOURNE (AP) — Lewis Hoad, one of Australia's 19-year-old wonder boys who has devoted his life to tennis since he was 10, defeated America's ace, Tony Trabert, 13-11, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 7-5 today in a miserable, steady rain to tie the Davis Cup Challenge Round at 2-all. pj Bobby Dodd Moaning Over Rainy Weather Three of Top Ten Cage Teams Fal By BEN PHLEGAR NEW YORK (AP) — Three of the nation's top 10 basketball teams nursed fresh de eats today as tournament competition jammed the nation's gyms. Two of the losses came in the Dixie Classic at Raleigh, N. C., where fourth-rankin Oregon State was beaten for the second straight night and Navy dethroned defendin hampion North Carolina State. Tulane erased a nine-point half- me deficit nnd whipped Oregon tnte 74,70 despite a 23 7 polnt per- ormance by 7-foot-3 Wade Hal- All quarterfinal games will be un off tomorrow with semifinals riday afternoon nnd night and nals Saturday night. Bay Blylhcvllle Vest e ill 1 hlldress 20 Josley 13 Pos. ..F Knight"7 . .F Mann 3 ..C.. Underwood 18 Henley 22 ones 21 G Smith 9 Substitutes: Blytheville — Lnng- ton 2, Hall, Edgmon, Akers, Cobb 7. 'op Welters Clash Tonight MINNEAPOLIS f.T 1 )—Johnny Sax- n and Dei Flanagan, almost a clns- c match of the take-charge pun- her and the wily dancer, battle for shot at top welterweight conten- :r Carmen Basllio tonight before national television audience. The mutch starts at 9 p. m. The chips are deep blue for both ghters. Saxton, miffed at being >y-passed" by lending 147-pounds, sees tonight's lo-rounder as enlng the gate to a match with asilio and from there to champion A Gavilan. For Flanagan, the more experien- s of the two, it could be the cross- ronds fight of his career. The 25- year-old Jabbing specialist ol St. Paul has been in contention before only to suffer injuries and occasional lapses. Saxton a punishing swinger and cool ring general at 23, was the slight favorite. The New Yorker is the thlrc 1 . ranking welter contender. Flnnnagan rates sixth. Flannngan's record of 65 victories, eight defeats and t\vo drnws approaches but does not match Saxton's 42 victories, one setback and one draw. Snxton's loss was to Gil Turner, a split decision in nn overweight bout. He has 16 KO's. Sports Roundup— Hodges Was Safe...In Films Bjr GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The only movie producer in the world who is in the happy position of knowing he has a hit on his hands before he takes scene No 1 is Lew Fonseca the former Chicago White Sox infielder and manager, who for 20 years has recorded the imperishable moments of the annual World Series Not for Ponseca any worries about how each succeeding opus Is going to do at the box office. Even before the house lights were lowered for the American premiere of his 1953 production here he was able to forecast with tome accuracy that it will be shown 75,000 times in the coming year, always to packed houses. It will make no money, for there Is no charge for the use of the 700 prints of the -37-mlnute film, but the American and National league owners who underwrite the project feel that the eventual benefits to them are incalculable In terms of good will and future patronage. Already 60 prints are overseas for showing to the armed forces. In recording the most recent series, in which the Yankees again combed the Dodgers by 4 games to 2, Fonseca'i camera crew ground out 83,000 feet of film. This has been snipped down to • handler J,Mo by Lew in odd moments during the football season, and •omething h* fald about Uiii was JnWresUng, "All the cutting I've done," he said in his curtnin talk, "was aimed entirely at showing the high spots of the Series. I have not intentionally left out any controversial plays." The point Is that some low skeptics have in the past suggested that certain controversial plays which might have reflected upon umpires or players were given a qullk shuffle or cut out entirely. Lew must have heard of this, for he sees to it this time that there can be no such complaints, For example, Just about the biggest debate of the '53 Series revolved about a play at third base in the opening game. The Dodgers, staging a spirited rally, tied the score. at 5-5 and, with none out, had runners on first and second. It looked as though they might break the game wide open and get away to a, winning start in the playoff. Manager Charlie Dressen, thinking a mile a minute, ordered Billy Cox to bunt. Billy laid down a good one, and HodRei was off for third u catcher Yogi Btrr scrambled for toe bnll. Hodges slid in hard, and to many thousands It looked as though he scored a clear decision over Berra's snap throw to Gil McDougnld. But Umpire Artie Gore called it the other way. When the next Dodger, pitcher Clem Labine, also bunted and was thrown out by a wide margin, the Brooklyn rally was chilled. It was a hard blow. Well, the official film doesn't equivocate. The action is stopped dead and it appears to show Hodges in there while McDougald still reaches lor a ball not yet in sight. The viewers will be given chance to argue the play all over again. National Leaguers will swear they were robbed and American Leaguers will smile their customary superior smile. In Justice to Umpire Gore, the 'llm commentary might point out hat the arbiter later explained :hat Hodges made a hook slide- Tor no earthly reason inasmuch as It was a force play—and that the ball beat him while he was com- ng back. It's tough to lick *n umpire, even with pictures. 23 points. Holy Cross, the country's No. 12 team, rushed past De Paul 79-55 in the other Sugar Bow! game. Togo Palazzi contributes 29 points. Western Kentucky, No..7, ran its winning streak to 11 games in an 81-78 struggle ngamst Eastern Kentucky nnd advanced to the finals of the Kentucky Invitation at Louisville. Western will meet Louisville, 61-56 conqueror of Xavier of Ohio. Rice, No. 16, squeezed into the Southwest Conference final after an 80-79 overtime battle ngninst Southern Methodist. Wyoming, No. 20, won its first-round game againsi Cincinnati 64-54 in the All-College show at Oklahoma City. 24 Tournaments The jammed holidny schedule included 24 tournaments last night. Another of the big tournaments, the Garden Holiday Festival in New York, took the night otf. Among the major colleges, the best scoring performance came from Gene Schwinger ol Rice, who hit for 38 points against Southern Methodist. Here is the major tournamen! picture at a glance: Dixie Classic—Navy vs. Duke in the final tonight. Garden Festival, New York — Duquesne vs. Niagara in the final. Southwest Conference—Rice vs Texns in thefinal. Big Seven—Kansas edged Mis souri 69-67 and meets Oklahoma 86-70 winner over Nebraska, in the final. Sugar Bowl—Defending cham pion LSU meets Holy Cross. Kentucky Invitation — Western Kentucky vs. Louisville in the final. LSU vs. Holy Cross All-College at Oklahoma City- Oklahoma A&M vs. Oklahoma Cit; and Wyoming vs. Santa Clara in the semifinals. New England at Hnnover, N.H.— Connecticut (8-0) vs. Dartmouth (6-0) In the final. Gator Bowl afc Jacksonville, Fla —Georgia vs. Georgia Teachers in the final. Motor City at Detroit—Detroit de feated Toledo 74-67 for the title last night. Capital at Arlington, Va.—Richmond vs. George Washington in the final. All-American at Owensboro, Ky —Opens with Maryland vs. Arizona State of Tempe and Tennessee vs Bvansville in first-round games. „ FIVE BROTHERS KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY Medley Distilling Co.,Owensboro, Ky. Owned and Operate* Excluiivtly by ibt Medltj Brothers The condition of the Kooyong court was so bad after the match— which went 62 games and lasted just five minutes short of three hours—that officials decided to postpone the deciding singles test until tomorrow.. Now the optimism that was rampant in the United States' camp has subsided somewhat, for the Americans' slumping star, Vic Seixas, will go into action against Ken Rosewall, the other Australian 1-year-old. Rosewall has licked Seixas six times in a row. The only real ray of sunshine thatU.S. Captain Billy Talbert can see is that in a way Rosewall has been as bad as Seixas. Ken was benched in the doubles yesterday after his poor showing in the opening singles against Trabert. So the pressure will be on both players. Still today's match was the one the Americans had counted on winning. It wasn't that Trabert didn't perform well. He did. On occasions, he was brilliant. In fact, strange as it may sound, he held the upper hiand most of the way. Rain Hurt The rain and wretched condition of the court bothered him, but that certainly was not why he lost. Young Hoad had to play on the same court. Perhaps Trabert was annoyed a bit more because he .is a bigger fellow than Hoad and lad more trouble balancing himself on the slippery turf. Trabert slipped three times :he early going, and Referee Cliff Sproule came onto the court after he fourth game of the second set and looked over the grass. He returned to his position without comment. But two games later, it became obvious that something would have to be done and he told both players they could wear spikes. Trnbert accepted the offer, but Hoad elected to go on with his tennis sneakers since he was ahead. The youngster probably thought it better not to change tactics while he was winning. He changed his mind, though, In the third set when Trabert began to move in front and before it was over both were wearing spikes. Tony was downcast over the defeat, but he gave his wife Shauna a big smile and a hug when he returned to the dressing room. Captain Talbert, likewise, was in anything but a happy frame of mind. "It was a tough one to lose," he said, "but you have to say he lost to a terrific player. That kid Hoad was terrific. He made few mis- .akes and he was always attack- Ing. After Tony won the third set, we thought Lew might be shaken a bit, but he wasn't. He's a great competitor and one of the game's great players." Talbert said he thought Trabert also played well. "He never once let down," he said. "He was always battling." By HAROLD CLAASSEN NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech football coach, is convinced he will have two opponents in the Sugar Bowl game Friday — the West Virginia team and the weatherman. is a quick-drying field. Wade Mitchell, the 18-year-old freshman who has played the most of any Georgia Tech quarterback this season, is another "who hopes that the weatherman will do a quick about-face. He is recovering from a three-day siege of influenza but needs several days of bright sunshine to regain his strength. Pepper Rodgers, one of two Tech quarterbacks in 1952, will start. Charlie Brannon, a defensive halfback in 1952, will start for the injured Leon Hardeman. Hardeman, unable to work out for six weeks because of a knee injury, is expected to see a little action. West Virginia will arrive hffif tomorrow. The team has b'tHo drilling at Biloxi, Miss., since Dec. 20 and Coach Art Lewis said his charges are "all healthy and terl- ous." Dodd, seeking his fifth straight bowl victory, ranks the two opponents about on an even basis right now. "I just know that West Virginia is going to keep pushing us back ana back, like Notre Dame did, and keep control of that ball," he said today. "And if this weather doesn't clear up soon and give the field a chance to dry we will look terrible out there." Utilize Speed , Dodd's gridders depend almost entirely on speed and quick opening plays for their gains. A heavy turf would slow down their style. New Orleans has had 48 hours of soggy weather, with almost 2 inches of rain during that time. The playing field at Tulane Stadium, where the game will be played, has no cover. However, it AI Baccari of the Providence Reds in the American Hockey League scored the winning goal in three of ,he first four victories for his team ;his season. Tide, Rice Rated Even on Defense But Owls Expected To Have Edge in Offensive Line DALLAS Wl—The old one-two of Rice and Alabama could produce some exciting football in the Cotton Bowl Friday as the conviction grows that the two lines will stack up about even. Rice's line was rated by Malcolm Laney, Alabama scout, as equal to Maryland's and the Terrapin front wall stopped the Tide cold on the ground. But the Alabama end coach wouldn't say .if he thought his line was as good as Rice's. Good Defensively Alabama sports writers, however, said it for him. They told of a big, rough, tough line that was as hard to move as a brick wall. It might not be as good as ihe Owl line on offense but defensively it is about as good as any Alabama line ever, and with that Coach Harold (Red) Drew agreed. "Those big tackles Sid Youngle- man and George Mason—and that inebacker, Ralph -Carrlgan, are .errific," said Max Moseley of the Montgomery Advertiser, who saw the Tide In most of its games this year. Thus, the accent falls on those celebrated one-two punches. Rice's s better known—the line blasting of All-America Kosse Johnson and his "outside" compatriot, Dicky Moegle. Together they carved 1,777 yards out of 10 enemy lines. Bice in Good Shape Alabama scheduled two workouts today with a scrimmage in ;he afternoon—the last head-knocking the Tide will have before the game. Rice's squad worked at Abilene, out in dry west Texas, where the Owls were flown yesterday to get away from the rain of Houston. Coach Jess Neely held a scrimmage session the first crack out of the box and said his team was in "very good condition." Rice will fly into Dallas tomorrow morning for its final two workouts. Westbrook's - After Christmas Sale OF MEN'S SHOES GROUP 1 One Lot Men's Grey Suede Sport Oxfords Widths A-B-C-D Sizes 7 to 12 4 GROUP 2 Broken Lots of Men's Fall Styles Values to $13.95 $ 7 GROUP 3 Men's Sport and Dress Oxfords Colors—Brown, Blue or Brown Alligator Calf R C g. $8.95 ValuM 5 \WeitLroolt A FAMILY SHOE STORE 1312 W. Main j iNioiw 2342| Paps Lose To Leachville B Team Gets 26-23 Victory A sparse handful of fans watched Leachville's Juniors take a 40-22 decision from Blytheville's Junior High Papooses at Haley Field gymnasium last night. The Paps stayed with the highly- favored Leachville quint for three quarters before fading in the final period. In the B game, Blytheville staved off a late Leachville rally to come up with a 26-23 win in » game which was tight all the way. Monday, the Paps travel to Dyess. They don't return to Haley Gym until Jan. 14 when they entertaii Walnut Ridge. -^

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