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IKURSDAY, DECEMBER 81, 1908 BLYTEEV1LL8 (ARK.) COURIER PAGE 8EVFN Chicks Going After Semifinals Berth With a semifinal position at stake, Blytheville's Chickasaws this afternoon were t take the floor of Arkansas State College's gym against Forrest City. Coach Jimmy Fisher's crew will be out for its eighth win without a setback. But while the Chicks were hard at work on getting into, the semi- fir.- 1 '. Jonesboro's Hurrican had the tt'.ls, Jonesboro's Hurricane had i ASC gymnasium at Jonesboro buzzing. Yesterday afternoon, the Hurricane tore little Greene County Tech to shreds, 90-59, to rack up t new tournament scoring record Still Team to Beat Previous high of 84 points was set by Blytheville lust year. The win added to Jonesboro's reputation as being the team to beat in the tournament. As of now, it looks as if Leaeh- vills may provide the first real test for Jonesboro. Last night, the Lions re-red past Walnut Ridge 67-40. But another lower bracket team also showed its power in yesterday's games when Focahontas buried Piggott 64-46. Batesville took a 66-62 win over Rector in only other A division gpme yesterday. In the upper bracket today, Hoxie met Wynne at 1 p.m. for the right to meet the Blytheville- Forrest City winner In the semifinals. Hurricane vs. Pocahontas Jonesboro takes on Pocahontas tonight at 8:30 and Leachville goes after Batesville at 10 o'clock tonight. Winners of these two games will meet iti'the semifinals tomorrow night at 7:30. irhe Chicks, if they get past For- _™t City, will meet the Hoxie- Wynne winner in semifinal play tomorrow afternoon at 1:30. Final game will be played Saturday night at 8:30. Blytheville's KLCN will carry all Chick games in the tournament, broadcasting on both AM and FM In daytime and FM only at night. Jonesboro's KBTM (AM and FM) Is airing practically the entire tournament. Rice Wins, Porks Lose at Houston By MAX B. SKEtTON HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) — Rice's undefeated Owls an champions of the 1953 Southwest Conference Basketbal Tournament but have little time on their hands to celebrate After letting the tall Lon(horns+all but run over them in the early minutes, the Owls turned to speed while rallying magnificiently to defeat Texas, 65-58, in last night's tournament finals. Frogs win Southern Methodist defeated Ar Knapp Wins Y Tourney Beats Zellner For Crown In one of the most hotly contested ping pong tournaments ever held at the Y, Carroll Knapp turned back all challenges to capture the Junior High event, defeating Meryin Zellner in a rousing finals match 6-21; 2S-21-- 21-11.---- -•».•,-•,.,•, It was a battle all the way, especially after the opening round of play, . ^f the double-elimination affair. I ;fp The champion came through the 'lower brackets by defeating Jimmy Haynei 21-7; 21-6, and Bobby Peek 21-13; 21-13; then sent Zellner Into the loser's bracket with a smashing 11-8; 1-15 decision. He ran into real trouble with Larry Baker who breezed into the finals of the upper bracket. Baker won the opening game 21-18 and it appeared that he might take the match but Knapp returned to take the second 21-18 and the clincher 21-17. Baker had come through the upper bracket with a 21-4. 21-3 victory over Bobby Smith and decisions over Tommy Kellicfc and Jerry Brown. Meanwhile Zellner came back through the loser's bracket with wins over Jerry Brown, who appeared to have spent himself in the heart breaking loss to Knapp, and James Brogdon, who had been sent Into the. loser's bracket in the initial round. The Knapp-Baker mateh in the finals of the ..winners bracket was probably the outstanding match of of the tourney as the boys battled lor more than an hour. The Open ping pon.i? tourney began yesterday and will be completed today. In Grade school chess, Billy Lam- «ert leads the way with 6 wins without a loss, while Wendell Chit-1 with 5 and 1. All chess tourneys are mon has a 3-1 record and Marty I round robin. kansas, 10-66, for third place. Ala bnma earlier had beaten Baylor 67-61, for the consolation or fifth place title. Texas Christian finish ed seventh by defeating Texas A&M, 66-41. It was Rice's 10th victory In a row but the Owls face a tough job next Tuesday when they open their conference title campaign ai Dallas against Southern Methodist. Rice had to go. into overtime before defeating the Mustangs , in the tournament semifinals, 80-79. The SMU-Arkansas scrap was a see-saw in which the lead changed lands 13 times and the score was .led 15 times. Neither team managed to build up .anything approaching a comfortable lead until ^ie-Mustangs pulled away by seven points in the closing minutes. Smith Hl»h Carl Scharffenberger, a tall soph- imore center, paced the Method- sts with 23 points. Buddy Smith was high for . Arkansas with 14. The 'Razorbacks lost the services of Capt. Orval Elkins in the first two minutes when he sprained an ankle in a tumble. Following Smith in the Arkansas scoring was Gerald Barnett with 10 points. Both Barnett, who made the second all-tournament team, and Smith are sophomores. Results of the three-day Houston tournament left little doubt on two points: 1. The conference race will be just as wild a scramble as was the 1953 football season. 2. The tournament was such 1 financial success It will be continued on an annual basis in Hous. ton. Rice Favored Rice's victory over Texas earned the Owls the role of favorite in the conference race but Texas, Southern Methodist and Arkansas are not far behind. Texas Christian, the defending champion, Etill shows strong promise. Baylor also is improving. Only Texas A&M gave no indication here that It will figure prominently in determing the 1953-54 champion. . The tourney had been sent here on a trial basis after two years of financial failure at Dallas. Conference officials frankly admitted that failure this year would kill the tournament. $1500 for Each An Income of about $14,000 was needed to break even. Gross receipts for the three days approximated $26,000. Abb Curtis, assistant, conference executive secretary, estimates the seven conference teams and guest Alabama each will receive .checks for about $1,900. in addition to expenses. All the teams lost money last year. Most had broken even in 1951. Caudel boosts a 3-2 mark. In the open chess event, Rev. Harvey Kidd leads with a 5-0 record and Herbert Loveless is a close second Sammy Lee Is Sullivan Winner Army Major First Diver To Get It By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — Major Sammy Lee, twice an Olympii platform diving champion bu inactive all year, is the 1953 winner of the James E. Sulli van Memorial Trophy as Ama teur Athlete of the Year. Stationed In Korea with the Army Medical Corps, the ear-nose- throat specialist has been unable to compete in any 1953 national championship. The 5-foot-2 American-born Korean is the first diver to get the award and he oldest winner at the age of 33. Lee practically wrote himself out of the competition in a letter to Jesse Abramson, New York Herald Tribune track expert. "I know that I will not win it," he wrote of '.he Sullivan Award. "I did not compete in any national championships this year . . . whoever wins the award this year will cer- inly feel a little embarrassed ''m sure. As for me, I'm darned proud of being mentioned." The major won easily from the 'ield of eight, certified by the Sulivan Memorial Committee of which Avery Brundage is chairman. The committee pared down a 1st of nominations from the 47 Amateur Athletic Union districts and affiliated sports bodies. Absent from the list, because heir amateur status is being investigated, were Mai Whitfield, ,wo-time Olympic 800-meter champ ind world record holder for 880 ratds, and Wes Santee, the University of Kansas' 4:02.4 miler. iVhitfield got seven write-in votes or first and Santee four write- ins for second. Lee, however, received 247 firsts f the 631 ballots cast by a tribunal if sports authorities. On a 5-3-1 joint basis, Lee had 1,676 points. iast year he was runnerup to rack star Horace Ashenfelter. "Old Divers Never Die" The award is'made by the AAU i "the amateur athlete who, by performance, example and good nJluence, did most to advance the ause of good sportsmanship dur- ng the year." In Seoul, Lee received word by elephone he had won the award. "Well, I'll be damnedl I'll be arned! This is the best phone all I've had In months. It's like 'inning the Olympic platform div- ng championship," he exclaimed dding:- "I guess they figure old ivers never die." SHOW OF HANDS—In this wrangle at Madison Square Garden are Ed Cunningham. 11; Jim Walsh. 24; and Lew Scnliti, 18, of Brooklyn St. John's and St. Louis' Jerry Kock, 43. The visitors " smothered the Brooklyn forces, 77-47. (NEA) Australia Winner Of Davis Cup Crown By WILL GRIMSLEY MELBOURNE (AP) — Ken Rosewall, a pint-sized racquet rifleman of 19, saved the coveted Davis Cup for Australia today by mowing down America's depressed Wimbledon champion, Vic Seixas, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the climactic fifth match of the Challenge Round. Sports Roundup— For Bowl Winners, The System By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — Employing once more the practically infallible Talbot system which enabled us during the past year to predict Roland LaStarza's ascension to the heavyweight title and Native Dancer's runaway victory in the Kentucky Derby, we are" pleased to provide our readers (all both) with an exclusive preview of tomorrow's bowl games. Orange Bowl — The Oklahoma Sooners will win that showpiece by about two touchdowns, partly because the Maryland team did not get voted the nation's No. 1 with Its great quarterback, Bernie Pal- oney, sitting on the bench with • bad knee. No team can lose its liness back and be the same. ' S»me Story Rose Bowl — We'll have to go M)ng with Michigan State until the SRrest Coast finally proves its Urge, sun-kissed lad: belong on the same field with the little, undernourished specimens who annually represent the Big Ten. UCLA has an authentic All Arntric* in Paul Cameron, and he has a team around him hich can move the ball from the sinple wing. But you know how It always is. Pretty soon the Big Ten backs begin going every which way with the bail and the volume of sound from the big bowl slowly subsides. Kosse to Ride Cotton Bowl—Bice over Alabama by anything up to three touchdowns, with All America Kosse Johnson showing off bl( before his firts national audience. Sugar Bowl—The crystal ball Is a little clouded on thist'one, but we'll string with the odds makers nd give Georgia Tech a split de- cision over West Virginia. Lacrosse State, Too O»tor Bowl — Texas Tech, the mighty scoring outfit from the plains country featuring Bobby Cavaios and 31 other talented backs, has to be the choice over Auburn In what should be an eye- filling offensive display. Sun Bowl — Mississippi Southern, upstart conqueror of both those fine old gentlemen, Alabama and Georgia, rates a three-touchdown margin over Texas Western In our home town, El Paso. Cigar Bowl—L»cros»e BUte over Missouri Valley. Nervous as a kitten at first, but nhaling confidence as Seixas fell nto the simplest errors, the dark- laired Sydney youngster swept past his opponent in 93 minutes to give he Aussles a 3-2 victory and their llth triumph since the series tarted in 1900. Four In Row This was the fourth straight yea he lads from Down Under have eaten oH the Yanks in the Chal- enge Round. The Americans won rom 1946 through 1949. Although neither Rosewall nor eixas played above-average tennis n the technical sense of the word t was a good match from a com- etitive standpoint and the crowd f 17.500 that filled every seat In le Kooyong stadium got a big tick out of it. Doubts Right down to the final point here 1 was doubt about the winner In the fourth game of the final et, Seixas whipped into a 40-15 lead Rosewall's service and looked o be about to break Ken's deliv- ry for the second time in a row. But the Australian had the weap- ns to run it out although Seixas ougllt off three match points. Vic cut down fighting, but, at times e was discouraged by seemingly dverse decisions. He simply didn't ave the ground strokes to win. Deserved It When it was all over, the spec- ators gave young Rosewall a anding cheer and showered the enter court with seat cushions, fficials appealed repeatedly for •der but the fans In he huge iree-tier oval burst into a wild enzy and ignored the appeals. Rosewall deserved everything, he youngster came back from a ever case of Davis Cup jitters hich forced Captain Harry Hop- an to bench him in the doubles, e lost his first singles match to merica's Tony Trabert and was unimpressive that he was re- aced by Rex Hartwig for the tan- em event. Can We Win? He had one big psychological advantage, and that was that he had beaten Seixas In all their previous half-dozen meetings. For some unknown reason, Vic, even at his best, has folded before rRosewall. Enos' Salary Is Revealed ST. LOOTS m— Veteran outfielder Enos Slaughter, considered one of the best paid players on the St. Louui Cardinals roster, will receive $20,000 plus a possible attendance bonus in 1954. The pay check figure was disclosed by Slaughter in circuit court here yesterday on his motion for modification of a divorce decree granted Mrs. Mary Kathryn Slaughter in 1951. Slaughter, who signed his 14th contract with the Cardinals Tuesday, testified his 1954 salary will be the same as last year's, but less than he received In 1851. He did hot reveal his 1951 earnings. And Seixas was not at his best, today. Nor has he been since he arrived in Australia. Now with Rosewall and his fellow 19-year-old. Lewis Hoad, ready to fight off the challenge for years to come, the question arises: When will the United States win back the cup?-The Aussies are betting it will be a long time. Duke, W. Kentucky, Rice Cop Tournaments By BEN PHLEGAR NEW YORK (AP) — Four major basketball powers held new laurels today as they added holiday tournament titles to their unbeaten records. Western Kentucky, the winningest school playing a major schedule, ran its string to an even dozen with an 89-71 triumph over Louisville in the final .of the Kentucky Invita-' tional at Louisville. the All-College Tournament at Oklahoma City with a 65-50 victory. The Aggies will meet Santa Clara, 59-51 conqueror of Wyoming for the title tonight. At Jacksonville, Fla., the University of Georgia won the Gator Bowl Tournament by upsetting Georgia Teachers 80-69. Duquesne and Rice extendei their streaks to 10 each. The tower ing Dukes from Pittsburgh whipped Niagara 68-61 with Jumping Dick Ricketts hitting for 30 points in the Garden Holiday Festival in New York. Schwinger Hot Gene Schwinger and Joe Durren berg combined in a late rally tha gave Rice a 65-58 decision ove Texas in the final of the Southwes Conference Tournament at Hous ton. Schwinger scored 24 points and 84 in the three-game run. Holy Cross won the Sugar Bow Tournament with its seventh con secutivc victory, 66-56 over defend ing clinmpion Louisiana State. Kansas, last season's losing NCAA finalist but an early disap pointment this winter, captured the Big Seven Tournament in rough battle with Oklahoma 82-73 Navy Loses Navy, the surprise of the Dixie 'lassie at Raleigh, where it bea defending champion North Caro lina State in the semifinals, ran ou' of gas against Duke In the fina! and bowed 98-83. In the Capital Tournament ai Arlington, Va., George Washington solved Richmond's zone defense af ter a rough first half and won the Cage Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AT NEW YORK Duquesne 66, Niagara Gl (championship) LaSalle 74, Brighmn Young 62 Manhattan 64, St. .Louis 58 DIXIE CLASSIC Duke 98, Navy 83 (championship 1 Wake Forest 86, N. C. State 79 BIG SEVEN TOURNEY Kansas 82, Oklahoma 73 (championship) Missouri 72, Nebraska 57 Kansas State 08 ,Iowa State 77 Colorado 81, Washington 60 SUGAR BOWL TOURNEY Holy Cross 66, Louisiana State 56 (championship) Fordham 65, DePoul 61 (consolation) ALL COLLEGE TOURNEY AT.OKLAHOMA CITY Santa Clara 59, Wyoming 61 (semi-final) Oklahoma A&M 65, Oklahoma City 50 (semi-final) Tulsa 76, Cincinnati 70 Mississippi 88, Funrmn 78 KENTUCKY INVITATION Western Kentucky 89, Louisville 71 (championship) Xavier (Ohio) 86, Eastern Kentucky 67 Villanova 73, Houston 66 Murray (Ky) 81, Siena (58 MIDWEST TOURNEY Northwestern Louisiana 80, Central Missouri 78 (overtime) (semifinal) Findlay 66, Indiana State 5 (semi-final) SOUTHWEST CONP. TOURNEY Rice 65, Texas 58 (champion- Senath Beats Carufhersyille Fast Final Period Tigers' Downfall KENNETT — Crtruthersvillc's Tigers were felled by a last quarter "Jenath rally and were knocked out if the Kennett Invitational Tourna- nent 57-53 here last night. The Tigers trailed 15-12 at the end of the first period, but led 28-28 it hnlfllme and had a 41-40 margin ;oing into the finnl quarter. But Senath poured 17 points Srough in that last period while the Tigers were getting only 12. Other tournament games produced these scores: Holcomb 54, Carrulh 51; Senath 54, Dewing 39; Bragg City 88, Arbyrd 48; Steele 67. Clarkton 82- Kennett 63, Hornersville 68; Holcomb 65, Campbell 53. Finals will be played Saturday. Cartithcrsvillc Fns. Senath Cravens 4 P Petty 8 Wilson 15 P Mumma 18 McClnna'inn 10 C Richardson 7 Pranks 3 G Seward 13 Abernatliy G Jackson 8 Substitutes: Canithers- vllle — Hughes 14, Hill, Willis 3, Gregory 2, Cook 2; Senath — Hoi sten, Smotherman 3. ship) Southern Methodist 70, Arkansas 66 Alabama 67, Baylor 61 Texas Christian 6, Texas A&M KIWANIS TOURNEY AT OTTAWA, KAN. Washbtirn 52, Cape Girardeau 48 (championship) Druvy SB, Panhandle (Okla) A&M 55 HOLIDAY TOURNEY AT FOREST CITY, IOWA Kirksville (Mo) 79, Cornell (Iowa) 77 (championship) Winona (Minn) 41, Buena Vista 40 MCNEESE TOURNEY Southeast Okla 58, McNeese (La) i7 (championship) Sam Houston State 77, East Texas Baptist 76 (consolation, overtime) SUNSHINE TOURNEY Southwestern Okla 65, Taylor Inci) 63 (championship) Southwestern Louisiana 71, Missouri Valley G8 Central Okla 68, Abilene Chrls- ,ian 5 Westminster (Mo) 78, Eastern New Mexico 61 title with an 81-67 romp. Connecticut surprised previously unbeaten Dartmouth 70-58 for the New England Tournament title at Hanover, N. H. Aggies-Win. Oklahoma A&M dumped Oklahoma City University from the unbeaten ranks in the semifinals of One-TD Margin In Three Bowls NEW YORK (AP) — Close observers figured today a total of seven touchdowns should decide the five major New Year's Day football bowl games. * Three of the contests—the Rose, the Orange and the Gator-looked close enough that the winning margin in each might be a touchdown or less. The Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl appeared a little more one^%' sided, although not by more than I JJHsTll^ a COUI]le °* touchdowns apiece. ll/QIIIU Terps Still Fouled * Maryland continues to rate a g— m slight nod over Oklahoma in the | J Miami Orange Bowl clash between I iill**I/ whllt ' on P a P er are tne two highest I W%HI W ranking clubs. The unbeaten Terr• apins of Jim Tatum won 10 games in gaining the. No. 1 rating In'the Associated Press poll. Oklahoma lost its opener by a touchdown to Notre Dame and was tied by Pitts- • burgh but wound up No. 4. The condition of the Bernle Faloney's left knee may make this game even closer. Paloney Injured the knee in his last regular game a- Santee Runs On Track He's Gunning For 1938 Mile Record NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas' great miler Wes Santee goes against a wet track today in an effort to set a mile record in the Sugar Bowl's 16th annual track meet. Santee, America's chief hope for he four-minute mile, will be shoot- ng for the 1838 record of 4:10:7 set by Glenn Cunningham, also of Kansas. Earlier this year, Santee established the American mile record of 4:02:4. Track conditions may slow down :he flying Santee. New Orleans has lad rain for the past four days. However, the track's attendant said the track was still springy nnd its dampness may not hamper .he runners too much. Competition Santee faces some stiff competition in Sweden's Sture Landquist, defending champion in the event, and James Blaine of Texas A&M. .andqulat ran 1,500 meters in 3:44:8 last summer and his victory ast year establishes him as prime ipposition. The 440-yard run may compete or the meet spotlight since Olym- )ic nee Thane Baker and National AAU Champion Jim Mashburn will p strides in the event. Baker attended Kansas State College last ear. Other Events Baker also is entered in the 100- ard dash against such standouts is Dean Smith of Texas Univer- ity. Buddy Goode of Southern Methodist and Erwin Caswell of Loyola of the South. The seven-team mile relay evenl hapes up as the finest field of ts type in the meet's history. The ield includes Kansas State, Texas ,&M, Texas University, Oklahoma University, Southern Methodist Louisiana State and Oklahoma k&M which set the event record .f 3:16:4 in 1949. Mashburn, running on the Okla- loma entry, was a member of the J.S. national team which set the vorld record of 3:08:8 in the 152 ympics at London. 1 Can Run This Team/ Substitute Quarterback of Maryland States By BEN FUNK MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — The loss of Oklahoma's second string quarterback, Pat O'Neal, )ecause of a freak injury may have robbed Coach Bud Wilkinson of a "secret weapon" ;o throw gainst Maryland in the Orange Bowl football game. Only three pitchers who began the 1951 season with Cincinnati are still with the Redlegs —Ken Raftensbereer, Herm Wchmeier and Frank Smith. Oklahoma rarely used the forward pass In winning the Big Scv- championship and fourth place n the national rankings. The Soon- rs gained 306.9 yards, a game on he ground, the highest average In the country. Two lor Two In the eighth game of the season against Iowa State. O'Neal threw two passes. The result: Two Oklahoma touchdowns. After that game, Wilkinson paid special attention to the 176-pound junior signal caller. All through December, in practice lor the Orange Bowl game, he let O'Neal run ttv first .string almost »a much ns the regular quarterback, Gene Calame. Wilkinson himself said he was trying to develop an aerial attack to use against Maryland, in fear that Coach Jim Tatum's Terrapins might bottle up hi3 ground attack. Maryland had the nation's best rushing defense average, allowing its opponents only 83.9 yards a game. Fourth-Strlnrer O'Neal, who started the season a- Oklahoma's fourth string quarterback, was injured Tuesday during a punting drill when a lineman fell on his chest, but he didn't know It at the time. Next day, he complained of a chest pain. An examination disclosed a shoulder bone separation. Maryland remained a one-touchdown favorite despite the injury to quarterback Bernle Paloney, a brilliant operator who guided the Terps to 10 straight victories 'and the mythical college championship. Observers In the Maryland camp doubted that Faloney could be of any use at all with his injured left knee. Charley Boxolci will start In Faloney's place. "I've felt ever since Bernle got hurt that it was going to be me against Oklahoma," said Boxo'.d. "I can run this team. I have confidence in my ability to do it, and I feel the other boys have confl- Icnce In me." I gainst Alabama and it's not right yet, although trainer Duke Wyre says he will be available for some action. Close In ROH Michigan State figures to start a new Big Ten winning streak in the Rose Bowl at the expense of UCLA but it Isn't nearly as strong a favorite as the Midwest club of Coach Bobby Dodd's winning bowl record of five games in their sugar Bowl meeting with West Virginia at New Orleans. But the boys from the hills may prove every bit as good as their 8-1 record, which hai been criticized in some quarters for including some relatively .weak Joei. Teams Has Worked .-. _ Coach Art Lewis has drilled hi» Mountaineers hard for the past 10 days. Tech has been satisfied with only one full-scale drill. Injuries have plagued both of the Cotton bowl foes, Alabama and favored Rice, with Alabama tlw hardest hit. Quarterback. Albert Elmore', injury in a car crash during the Christmas vacation, definitely will not suit up, Alabama Coach Red Drew said last night. He added that two other regulars, right end Bud Willis and right guard Charles Eckerly, would see only limited action as will Curtis Lynch, who Is supposed to understudy Willis on the flank. All America Kosse Johnson of Rice was still limping at yesterday's practice session and did no contact work. TIME OUT! With ADAMS APPLIANCE "He'd be an even greater basketball player If he'd forget dames for five minutr.i!" 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