The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 1, 1954 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 1, 1954
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MCI; an BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW*» FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1954 Blytheville in NBA Semifinals Today All Four Seeded Teams Get Wins In Quarterfinals Everything's going according to form in Jonesboro's Northeast Arkansas invitational. And if it continues to do so today, it'll be Blytheville rs. Jonesboro in the finals at Arkansas State College tomorrow night. > However Hoxie and Leachville will have something to say abou* that. But yesterday's play made the seedings .look sound. Tonight, top- seeded Jonesboro meets third-seeded Leachville and Blytheville (2) takes on Hoxie (4> this afternoon. Thus all four of the, seeded teams gained the semi-finals-as expected. 1:30 Game Tim* Yesterday. Blytheville crushed Forrest City 14-51, Jonesboro steamrollered Pocahontas 65-47, Leachville powered past Batesville 15-53, ana Hoxie rallied to defeat Wynne 74-64. The Chicks' game with Hoxie was scheduled to get started at 1:30 p.m. today. Leachville will meet Jonesboro at 9:30 tonight. The game originally was scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but was changed due to tonight's Tan- Oklahoma Enjoy Top Gain Additional Prestige In All-College By BEN OLAN NEW YORK (AP) The Oklahoma Aggies looked toward the remainder of the college basketball season today with high hopes of improving their already lofty rating among the nation's leaders. The Aggies, ranked No. 5 In the Associated Press poll, captured the All-College Tournament title last Bight by whipping Santa Clara 67-56. Oklahoma A&M has lost only once this season—by one point to Minnesota. Otheti Clote Hot only was the shooting all over at Oklahoma City; two other tourneys closed out as the new year came in. At St. Paul, Gustavus Adolphus' height overcame St. Thomas' tenacity lor a 66-60 victory and the Championship of the first annual St. P»ul Invitational Tournament. Northwestern Louisiana squeezed by rindlay 71-68 in the finals of the Midwest Collegiate competition, at Terre Haute, Ind. Still to be completed is the Ail- American City Tournament at Oweniboro, Ky., where last night Bt. Francis of. Brooklyn whipped South Carolina 58-55 and Kentucky Wesleyan turned back Denver •4-55 in first-round games. The winn«» meet tonight in one of the two temlflnals. Maryland takes on Xvansvllle (Ind.) College in the other. Irish Win In other games, Notre Dsme pulled ahead .in the final three minutes to hind Northwestern a 52-50 defeat, th« first home loss for the Wildcats this season. Michigan brought its record to 6-2 with a 76-68 triumph over Marquette, and UCLA defeated Michigan State «7-57. ' In th* conolation games of the All-College Tournament, Oklahoma City outfought a taller Wyoming team 63-54 for third place; Tulsa edged Mississippi 64-60 for fifth and Cincinnati walloped Furman 93-77, despite Frank Selvy's SO points lor the losers. Red Heads At Cooter Katie Watson Is With Girl Team The All-American Red Heads, with Osceola's Katie Watson, will appear at Cooter gymnasium Saturday night In the second halt of a double header. The Red heads take on the Kennett All-Stars, under men's rules, at 8:15, with Steele meeting Brag- gadocia in the preliminary at 7 o'clock. Katie Watson was all-state last year as a high-schooler at Osceola., She Joined the touring Red Heads, which includes two southeast Missouri, girls. They are Shirley Howard, Horner- •vilje, and Pattye Burton, Pascola. Butch Moore, the Red Heads' trick shot artist, Is scheduled to give a halftime demonstration. Tallest girt on the team is Esther Taylor, & six-footer. gerine Bowl game in which Arkansas State College will participate. Finals will be played tomorrow night at 8:30. Yesterday afternoon, Coach Jimmy Fisher's Chicks were not their usually sharp selves even though they won from Forrest City handily. Scoring Divided Fisher was not pleased with their performance and pointed out today they will have to play a better brand of ball to get by Hoxie. Red Chlldress' 23 points was high for the Chicks. No other man scored more than seven with the exception of Dexter West who got 13 before he fouled out. Childress hit on nine of 27 from the field and West sacked five of 13. Bobby Jones had his worst scoring effort of the year. The sharpshoot- ng sophomore guard hit only two of 16 and got seven points. Jones' average has been between 35 and 10 per cent all year. Early Lead The Chicks, thanks to Chlldress' ;en points. Jumped to a 19-12 first quarter lead. In the second period, they increased their margin by four points, sacking 17 to Forrest City's 13 for a 36-25 halftime advantage. Both teams rattled the boards In the third frame. Blytheville picked up 26 points as Childress got eight and Jones and West five each. Forrest City was six points shy of the Chicks' total. As a team, Blytheville hit on 28 of 88 attempts for a 31 percent mark, one of their lowest of the year. They dumped 18 of 25 free throws. Although West fouled out. he was brie only Chickasaw with more than two personal fouls at the end of the game. Blytheville Pos. Forrest City West 13 F Davis 7 Hill 1 F Laws 3 Childress 23 ....C G. Dvais 13 Mosley 6 0.. Hammons 12 Jones 7 a Cox 6 Substitutes: BIythoville — Langston 4, Hall 2, Edgmon 4, Akers 4, Cobb 4; Forrest City—James 9, Schmitz 7. KICKED UPSTAIRS—Harry Byrd worked In a logging camp near Darlington. S. C., while Eddie Robinson tried Johnny Mize's old uniform and number 36 for size at the Yankees New York offices. The pitcher and-slugging first baseman were traded to the. World Champions by the Athletics. (NEA) Just How Good Is Maryland? Nation Is Due for Answer Joday By GEORGE BOVVEN MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A headon collision between national champion Maryland, meth odical steamroller of 10 opponents, and Oklahoma, a fast moving machine after a sputtering start, rocked the Orange Bowl today. IN BOWL TODAY — L. W. Fitzhugh, former Blytheville high gridder, is one of the Texas Tech Raiders who is to appear in today's Galor Bowl contest. Fitzhugh, 190-pound senior guard and one of the fastest linemen on the squad, is expected to play against Auburn today. Eagerly awaiting what was sup- • posed to be the real answer to Maryland's strength were 69,839 Orange Bowl ticket holders and a nationwida (CBS) television audience. Not Convinced Some persons weren't convinced Jiat undefeated Maryland should lave been rated first over once- beaten Notre Dame in the Asso. elated Press poll. The undistinguished opponents of Maryland compared with those of the Irish were in the minds of the doubters. Oklahoma took care of that question. The Sooners were beaten 2821 by Notre Dame in the opener and tied 7-7 by Pitt. Then Coach Bud Wilkinson made some personnel changes and they won their next eight games to wind up ranked fourth In the country. The Groaners Both Wilkinson and Coach Jim Tatum thought his team should be the underdog. "If we had Bernie Faloney at quarterback, I believe 'we would have a little better than an even chance," Conch Tatum said last night. Faloney's Injured left knee was In such condition that Tatum left It up to him to decide if he jihould play. "He told me that he's hoping to play," Tatum reported. "He thinks he can get by on offense, but not on defense. He can't start fast." Coach Wilkinson didn't agree with Tatum that the absence of Faloney would-, make a big difference or that Maryland should bo the underdog. "From the game movies of Maryland we looked at, we couldn't see any difference between Faloney and Boxold except their numbers," he said. A scoring ball game was expected. Oklahoma has scored in every game In the past seven years under Wilkinson. Tatum'e Maryland teams in the same spnn have been blanked only three times and the last time was 51 games ago. Harrison's Tournament' Tomorrow Harrison High School's f 1 v e- school Invitational tournament will get started at the Harrison gym at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. Ripley, New Madrid, Osceola, Marlon and Blytheville, all will enter boys and girls teams in the one-day basketball marathon. Finals will be played Saturday night, but games will be In progress throughout the day tomorrow. Last night, the Harrison Dragons racked up a pair of wins. At Tur- reU, the boys took a 39-25 victory while the girls were reaping a 25-1* decision. Jim Norrls, International Boxing Club president and master of Spring Hill Farm, has named a colt, Al W, after Al Weill, Rocky Marciano's manager. Aussies in Wild Celebration By WILL GRIMSLEY MELBOURNE (AP) — Australia celebrated another Davis Cup victory over the United States today and the enthusiasm of the tennis fans down here makes Brooklyn Dodgers partisans look like sedate amateurs. Galardo vs. Perez In TV Bout Tonight By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — The fight tonight is Davey Gallardo-Lulu Perez from the Madison Square Garden studio, a rematch of a rematch between two busy little featherweights. Radio-TV viewers can catch the show at 10 p. m.,E8T, on NBC-TV or ABC-radio. The International Boxing Club hopes enough fans will be attractec by the novelty of the first Jan. 1 fight in Garden history to make a passable gate. Perez In First Perez won the first match this three-bout series because Gallardo suffered a deep eye cut that required two stitches. Gallardo came back to win No. 2, knocking down Perez twice in the fourth round. Perez was 4-1 In the first bout and 17-5 in the second. The betting people are sticking with Perez as an 8-5 choice in No. 3 although the past performance charts show Lulu is a risky favorite. Important With Sandy Saddler, the feather' weight champion, due to get out of the Army in the spring and aching That's how wild the celebrations •re from one end of ttie land to the other. HtroM Lewis Hoad and Ken Rosewall, Hi* Aussies' 1-year-old whiz kids, were being acclaimed as national heroei. World news was shoved In- Hide in the newspapers and even the itory of Queen Elizabeth blighting eight Australians was •ubordlnated to the triumph, Harry Hopman, the usually dour •port* writer who caplnlns theAu- ttmlltn ttsm, was wreathed In •milts »s he accepted .congralu- liUoni. Hopmtn, who li not per- mitted to write for his paper 10 days before the challenge round because of past hassles with other Australian writers who accused him of saving news of the team for himself, had nothing but praise for Hoad. Can't Miss "He has a great potential," said Hopman. "He cannot miss becoming really great. There is not much difference between his form against Trabert than that of Frank Sedgman 1951." against Vic Seixns in All the experts predicted the tup would remain in Australia for many years to come. Ken McGregor, Sedgman's former partner, who no\v is a professional, said his country should keep the cup at least five more years. Luni Reign Predicted "The last two days proved there are no better players,in the world than our top pair at Hoad and Rosewall," he wrote In a column In the Melbourne Sun. "Even if Australia had no tennis cubs coming on—nnd there are plenty—I would sill! s»y we'll hold the cup until 1958," Selvy Star Of O.C. Event His 50 Points Shatter Records OKLAHOMA CITY 1.0 — The Oklahoma Aggies added stature to heir long-standing dominance of he All-College Basketball Tournament by defeating the Santa Clara Bronchos, 67 to 56, in the cham- lionship game before 5,500 fans last night. Uth Win It was the llth victory for Coach Hank Iba's No. 5 crew in the na- ion In this 18th annual holiday basketball classic and was achieved over a competent field, ncluding five outside invaders, O k 1 a homa City University's Chiefs, considered as the major opponent of the Aggies in the eight cam scramble gained third place >y downing Wyoming, G3-54. Tulsa was the fifth place victor with a 64-60 triumph over Mississippi and Cincinnati took seventh place, sacking up Furman, 93-77. Odd Twist And odd twist of circumstances irevailed in the latter game. Frank Selvy, Furman's topranking scorer counted 50 points as, a half-dozen ournament records were broken, rfowever, his individual effort couldn't cope with the steady scoring of the Cincinnati contingent. Selvy's 121 points In three games was a new mark likely to stand up for awhile. He also established new free throw mark. His sensational scoring spree, however, wasn't good enough to rate him »s the tournament's most valuable .player. This honor went :o the Aggies' center Bob Mattick whose scoring and rebounding constituted the Aggies' potent weapons. The all-tournament team included Mattick, Selvy, Arnold Short of Oklahoma City University, Harry Jorgenson of Wyoming and Kenny Sears of Santa Clnra. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Detroit—Ken Hammer, 188'i, Detroit, declsloned Stanley Mylinskl, 177H, Chicago (8) In 1934 the Detroit Lions, in their first season In (he NFL, won seven sirnlfrht shutouts — a record which I '<tlll stands. for action, this meeting of Gallardo, No. 5 challenger, and Perez, No. 9 behind Sandy, could be Important. Saddler, incidentally, Is fighting Billy Bosslo over the weight at St. Nicholas Arena Jan. 15 while he's home from Germany on leave. Perez has the better career record, 33-2 since he started In 1951. He has knocked out 19 opponents and never has been stopped. CJallardo is 47-14-5 for 66 pro starts since 1948. He has knocked out eight foes and has been stopped four times, usually ort cut*. Cage Scores HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NORTHEAST ARKANSAS INVITATIONAL (at Jnneshoro) FIRST BOUND Class B Cave City 70, Lynn 63 Lake City 88, Hardy 68 SECOND ROUND Class A Hoxie 74, Wynne 64 Blytheville 74, Forrest City 57 Jonesboro 65, Pocahontas 47 Leachville 75, Batesville 53 Cluss B Oxford 56, Nettleton 54 Poughkeepsle 67, Valley View 63 HOT SPRINGS INVITATIONAL SECOND ROUND Hot Springs 66, Nashville 60 Bauxite 54, Bismarck 45 El Dorado 51, Lakeside 49 North Little Rock 48, Malvern 43 SHERIDAN INVITATIOAL FINALS Sheridan 57, Little Rock 52 (consolation) Pine Bluff 49, Montioello 34 (championship) ALL-COLLEGE TOURNEY Oklahoma A&M 61, Santa Clara 56 (championship) Oklahoma City 63, Wyoming 54 (third place) Tulsa 64, Mississippi 60 ((consolation) Cincinnati 93, Furman 77 (consolation) ALL-AMERICAN TOURNEY Kentucky Wesleyan 64, Denver 55 (first round) St. Francis of Brooklyn 58, South Carolina 55 (first round) ST. PAUL INVITATIONAL Gustavus Adolphus 66, St. Thomas 60 (championship) Creighton 75, Illinois Wesleyan 66 (third place). Tennessee A&I 88, MacAlester (Minn.) 48 (consolation) MIDWEST COLLEGIATE Northwestern Louisiana 71, Findlay 68 (final) OTHER GAMES Notre Dame 5S, Northwestern 50 UCLA 67, Michigan State 57 USC 70, Iowa 60 Michigan 76, Marquette 68 Princeton 80, Syracuse 77 Wichita 77, St. Bonaventure 71 Arizona 79, Canisius 58 Oregon 59, Sacramento State 53 Baker ((Kan.) 74, Kansas Wesleyan 56 McPherson 101, Friends 46 Southwestern (Knn.) 82, Bethany (Kan.) 74 Bethel (Kan.) 18, College of Em- porla 66 Football Scores Rice Bowl (Tokyo—U. S. Par championship) Fisher) » Air Victory Through Air Is Theory Of Several of Nation's Bowl Teams By BOB HOOBING NEW YORK (AP) — Victory through air power was the keynote for several entries today with particular attention centered on Miami, where Oklahoma challenged Maryland's national champions. The fourth-rated Sooners, one touchdown underdogs, were expected to mix in plenty of passing against the nation's leading rush- bowl games, ing defense club. In other major Michigan State, No. 3, met UCLA, No. 5, »t Pasadena: Georgia Tech, No. 8, faced lOth-place West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl: and Elce, No. 6, hosted Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Faloney's Kne* At Jacksonville, Fla., Auburn plt- 'ted its "X" and "Y" units and the passing combination of Bobby Freeman to Jimmy Pyburn against free- scoring Texas Tech, led by second team All-America halfback Bobby Cavazos in the Gator Bowl. The burning question of quarterback Bernie Faloney's condition and Maryland's right to the national title went on th« line before an estimated 69,839 fans In a televised and broadcast game. Faioney, the split-T magician whose knee was injured in Maryland's last regular-season game with Alabama and which gave way again several days ago in practice, will see some action, according to the team trainer. But his substitute, Charlie Boxold, was to start for Jim Tatum's powerful Terps and how much service Faloney would see was unknown at kickoff time. Proving Grounds Many people felt that Notre Dame, not Maryland, should, have been named the No. 1 team in the country. The Irish, who defeated Oklahoma 28-21, voted the Sooners the toughest opponent they met. So today the Orange Bowl turf was to be Maryland's proving grounds. TV viewers looked forward to a terrific line battle sparked on the Terp side by All America Stan Jones and tackle Blubber Morgan and on the Sooner side by Lineman of the Year J. D. Roberts and tackle Bog Nelson. Michigan State's Spartans ruled a, touchdown favorite over UCLA in the latest edition of the Big Ten- pacific Coast Conference battle, which the Midwesterners have won six out of seven times. UCLA Jinx UCLA, owner of one of the best defensive records in the country, faced a Pasadena jinx that has found it on the losing end of two previous appearances (9-0 to Georgia, 1943, and 45-14 to Illinois, 1947). The Bruins have classy All America single wing tailback Paul Cameron and Michigan State has All America end Don Dohoney but the pregame word, was that MSC's quarterback Tom Yewcic and hard- running halfback Leroy Bolden were the men to watch. The Spartans may take a page from the University of Michigan book to spring screen passes which were dynamite for the Wolverines in 1948 (49-0 over USC) and 1951 (14-6 over California). State used the same weapon to turn defeat into victory against Texas Christian early this season. Weakness Certainly aerial defense proved the Bruins' biggest weakness this year, with Stanford, paced by passing ace Bobby Garrett, handing them their only defeat. Passing appeared to be vital for favored Georgia Tech and underdog Alabama too. The T-formation Engineers, going against the heavier, split-T powered West Virginians, were expected to try to run to the out- side or go overhead to avoid thf beefy Mountaineer middle. Injury-riddled 'Bama, a bowl veteran, counted heavily on the passing of quarterback Bart Starr to try to handle Bices' ground, forces, paced by All America fullback Kosse Johnson and speedster Dickey Moegle operating behind a powerful line. In. other games Mississippi Southern met Texas Western in the Sun Bowl, La Crosse .(Wis.) State met Missouri Valley in th« Cigar Bowl, Arkansas State met East Texas State in'the Tangerine Bowl and Great Lakes Navy met Ft. Ord in the Salad Bowl. Santee Does Hot 4:04 Mile in N.O. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hope for a four-minute mile was brighter today after Wes Santee of Kansas turned in a record 4;04.2 in the Sugar Bowl Track Meet — the third, fastest mile ever run by an American. Annual Shrine Game Saturday East-West Stars Will Tangle SAN FRANCISCO Wl — Their 10 days' practice finished, four dozen of America's top college football stars await the kickoff of tomorrow's 29th annual Shrine East- West game. The two all-star teams are spending New Year's Day in their camps at Santa Clara and Stanford, relaxing, listening to chalk talks nnd watching bowl games on television. They watched a musical New Year's Eve show. Finishing touches were applied yesterday to the work of molding talent from across the nation into what the coaches hope will be high- scoring machines. Then East Coach Ray Eliot of Illinois and West Coach Chuck Taylor of Stanford announced their starting lineups. Starteri Starters for the west Include: Left end. Gary Knafelc, Colorado; left tackle, Ted Connor, Nebraska; right guard, Bob Hantta, Kansas; and right half, Veryl Swltzer, Kansas State. Each coach has 13 replacements. The only men who may see limited action because of injuries are the East's John Lattner and fullback Lou Petroka of Boston Unl- Santee, Solder of the American record of 4:02.4, flashed through a phenomenal 55-second final quarter yesterday to break the 15-year-old Sugar Bowl mark of 4:10.7, set by Glenn Cunning, ham of Kansas in 1938. The slender Santee, who Bet the new standard over a damp track, said after the race he wasn't shooting for the four- minute mile, although a slip on a wet spot may possibly have, cost him two seconds. Fast Finish "I was just trying to break Cunningham's mark," he said. "I wasn't even thinking of trying to break four minutes." Santee took over the lead just after the field crossed the line at the finish of the third lap. His time In the final lap was slightly sensational in view of the times turned in on the first three quarters. With Bruce Drummond of Oklahoma University and Charley Capozzoli of Georgetown alternating In the lead, the field did the first lap in 60 seconds, the second in 62 and the third in 65. Al Rosen, third baseman of the Cleveland Indians, received his nickname—Flip—as a high school basket ball player. versity and the West's Sam Morley of Stanford. Each team elected three co-captains. They are Lattner, left half Gene Filipski of Villanova and center Bob Lenzlni of Illinois for the. East and Swltzer, Baylor quarterback Cotton Davidson and Texas end Carlton Massey for the West. Great Tide Bowl Games Recalled By HAROLD V. RATUFF DALLAS (AP) — Alabama's trimmed but never-say-die Crimson Tide rolls against Rice in the Cotton Bowl today in a game that brings memories of the first bowl game the Tide ever played — 1926 when it arose from a deep underdog role to whip Washington in the Rose Bowl. Followers of the bowlingest team of them all recalled that the Tide was derided and told it had no Business at Pasadena. Yet Alabama, with Jonny Mack Brown leading the way, beat Washington 20-1, .thereby launching a bowl career that led repeatedly to all the major post-season games. Two TD Favorite Today, Rice's thunderous offense featuring All-America Kosse Johnson and bouncing Dicky Moegle is rated two touchdowns better than .he Crimson Tide and there has seen some doubt that Alabama deserved its Cotton Bowl spot. Emerging from an erratic season- of six victories, two defeats and three ties with the Southeastern Conference championship by the margin of a field goal, Alabama then ran into one of its worst practice periods before play- Ing in a bowl game. The Tide enters its twelfth bowl battle with only one experienced Quarterback, several regulars nursing bothersome injuries, and a wide second to Eice in the offensive statistics. "Might" There were a hardy few who thought the Tide might, with its acknowledged powerful line, Blow down the Rice offense that has averaged 358.6 yards per game, and that the opportunists from Alabama might cash in on Owl mistakes for an upset triumph. They also thought that the lone quarterback—passing Bart Starr—and that lightning fast runner, Corky Tharp, might even make it an offensive game. The Weather won't present any . handicap for either team—it's due \ to be clear with temperatures in the mid-sixties, an ideal situation. A Jammed crowd , of 75,504 will watch this 18th Cotton Bowl game. Enst Command Marines (Camp Force (Nagoya) 13 4 BASKETBALL ATTRACTION Cooter, Mo, High School Gym JAN.2, 7 p. m. WORLD'S CHAMPION ALL AMERICAN RED HEADS versus KENNETT, MO. ALL-STARS ADMISSION 50e and $1.00 See This Famous Girls Pro Team in Action FEATURING FOUR GIRLS FROM THIS ARIA KATIE WATSON Osceola, Ark. PATSY BURTON Pascola, Mo. BUTCH MOORE Caraway, Ark. SHIRLEY HOWARD Hornersville, Mo.

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