The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 16, 1954 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 16, 1954
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SATURDAY, JANUARY, 16 1054 BLM'HKVIUJE (ARK.) COURIER NBWB »AOB PIVB Blytheville Cagers Face Memphis' Catholic Tonight Chicks Will Host Tennesseeans At Haley Field Gym A week of strenuous drills behind them, Coach Jimmy Fisher's Chickasaws take to the Haley Meld Gymnasium floor tonight in search of their 13th victory. ,, Their opponent will be Memphis' Catholic High (School. Wirst game is to begin at 6:30. In the 8 o'clock feature, the Blytheville .crew Is expected to rank as favorites. Catholic has a club composed mainly of juniors and sophomores and, according to its coach, has been both this year. brilliant and erratic More Defense But the Chicks have had a habit of playing just* good enough to win. And that's a habit Fisher would like to see them lose. This week, he ' has had his charges working overtime on devising a tighter defense. If all goss well, he'll be using an all- court press more and more as the he hopes to cause more passing and dribbling mistakes on the part of. opponents and just generally slow down opposition offense, which he figures has been scoring too much, es- sec:son wears on. With the press, Hayti Downs Caruthersville Second Period Costly for Tigers m , HAYTT — A poor second quarter, during which they scored only six points, led Caruthersville's Tigers to defeat here last night by a 64-52 score. Hayti's Eonald Glass scorched the nets for 29 markers as the Indi-ns gathered their victory. Caruthersville led 16-12 at the en-i of the first period, but was outscored 16-6 during the second chapter. This gave Hayti a 28-22 le->d at half time. The Tigers came back in the third quarter to rack up 19 points and tie it at 41-all, but Hayti scored 13 points to Caruthersville's 11 in the final period. The game originally was scheduled for Caruthersville. but a leaky gym roof caused the site to be shifted to the Hayti gymnasium. Caruthersville Pos. Franks 10 F McClanahan 7 F Wilson 1 C Cravens 11 G Qrigory 10 O Substitutes ersville — Willis, Hughes 3, Darnell 4, Abernathy; Hayti — Richards 2, Spahr 3. Hayti Glass 29 Carlson 2 Phillips 7 Skinner 2 Hiwklns 9 C a r u t h - Sudbury, Central Get Wins In Y Cage Loop In two games in. the Gra-Y league played at the National Guard armory yesterday afternoon, the Sudbury Gra-Y defeated Central's Rebels by the one-sided score of 26-0, while Central's Fifth Grade Rockets tagged Lange Gra- Y 10-9 in the best game of the se-son. The Rebels placed a patchwork on the floor and as a result, were never in the game. Billy Nelson was high scorer with 11 points followed by Ronald Cobb with 8 and Freddie White with 5. The Rotkets-Lange game was i different affair, with the lead changing hands almost every goal. The score was tied at 5-all at the half. Preston Eaton, Lange center, was high scorer with six points and Terry Mullins of the Rockets was runner-up with 5. pecially close to the basket. Pressure from Guards Putting on the pressure will be Guards Tommy Mosley and Bobby Jones — between them forming one of the best guard combinations in the state. They'll be joined ,by All-State Center Red Childress and Dexter West and Bobby Hill, who will be at the forwards. West has been one of the Chicks' main sources of strength since, and including, the Leachville game. .. He has found the range with a two-hand overhead shot and has been hitting between 50 and 60 percent with it. He takes most of them within 12 feet of the basket. Mosley caught fire in the final quarter against Greene County Tech Tuesday night and put on a terrific shooting and dribbling ex- hib-tion in the final five minutes oft he game. Doing some alternating with this quintet will be reserves Danny Cobb and Freddy Akers. Akers is the third man in the ;uard slot — perhaps strongest position on the Maroon team. 1 Cobb, a junior, has been seeing a lot of action at forward and is pushing the regulars for a starting spot. The B game will find Coach Harold Stockton bringing his Burdette crew to town for a practice game with Fisher's reserves, who are having another successful year. ''Courageous Blytkevllle Boxers Hand Tough Memphis Y Defeat D«x»«r Wttt Dell Gets 12th Victory Blue Devlis Roll Over Monetle MONETTE - Dell's Blue Devils posted win No. 12 here last night as they steamed past Monette 7633. The 41-36. Dell girls took the opener Edwards' 27 points led the boys while Whistle's 24 was tops for the girls. Dell goes to Osceola Tuesday night, then returns to its home court Friday for a homecoming contest with Osceola. DELL Pos MoneUe Blair 14 F Taylor 3 Whistle 24 F Trammell 5 Richardson S F Yates 24 Peterson > Q Hotchklss Garrett G Williams Tate G Pace Substitutes: Dell — Byars 1, Helems, Slgmon; Monette —Fletcher 4. Dell Pos Mimetic Wilbanks 12 F Huffstickler 7 Austin 7 F Perrin Chandler 13 C Pace 4 Edwards 27 G Cornish 4 Johnston 14 G Wallace 10 Substitutes: Dell — Simmons 1.' Mlnyard 2, Cook; Monette —Ball 3, Spikes 3, Henry 3. Cage Scores By THE ASSOCIATE DPRESS Notre Dame 83, Holy Cross 61 Princeton 106, Brown 66 Fordham 63, Colgate 53 Rio Grande 107, Alliance (Pa) Maryland ton 61 George Washing- South Carolina 65, Clemson 57 Baker 66, Bethany (Kan) 65 Central Okla 73, Southeastern Okla 64 Southwestern (Kan) 66, Fort Tough Defense Still Pays for Colleges By RIP WATSON NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky, Duquesne and Western Kentucky, the nation's last unbeaten major college basketball teams, had fair warning today: It takes more than a perfect record to crack a tough defense. Holy Cross and George Washing, ton learned that fact to their sorrow last night as both went down to their first defeats of the season, Holy Cross bowing to Notre Dame 83-e'l and George Washington to Maryland 68-61. Banked Sixth The story was the same in both cases: too much defense. With Togo Palazzi missing 13 field" goal attempts in the first half, Holy Cross found itself on the short end of a 36-23 score. A collapsing defense thoroughly shackled Palazzi and his mates, who were ranked sixth in the country and had won 11 in a row. George Washington's streak stopped at 11 when the previously high-scoring Colonials couldn't solve Maryland's defense. George Washington, ranked seventh, trailed by 14-9 after 10 minutes and never got started after that. Kentucky, No. 1 team in the Hays State 60 Philander-Smith (Ark) 75, Tabor 68 Central (Mo) 68, Drury'63 Springfield (Mo) 63, Warrensburg (Mo) 58 St. Benedicts (Kan) 52, Washburn 48 Ottawa (Kan) 67, Kansas Wesleyan 57. Northwestern Okla 78, -East Central Okla 72 Southwestern Okla 86, Okla Baptist 78 Coe 86, Quincy ((111) 75 Southern State 84, Ouachita 68 Arkansas. Tchrs 98, Ozarks 82 Panhandle A&M 80, St. Michaels (NM) 58 Southern California 68, UCLA 65 California 83, Stanford 68 Sports Roundup— Basketball Dies in New York By HUGH FULLERTON JR. (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — The sports writers of this village had better start pulling in their belts and getting ready for a lot of long, hard winters. Basketball is about to lapse in- 'to the same state of somnolence that has engulfed football hereabouts. Even for writers who always thought basketball was an unseemly display by a lot of tall young men running around in their underwear, that game has helped Ueep meat and potatoes on the family table during the winter. Kg Time Ever since Ned Irish moved the college teams out of band-box gyms Into Madison Square Garden —and Incidentally moved himself from a battered newspaper desk to a plush Garden office—the game ' has been strictly big time In this -^town. And the Garden was re- /("garded as the capital of intersectional basketball. But look,what's happening now. The local college teams have dropped so far in class that Irish, always mindful of the value of a buck, was moved to Issue a. mild warning that they'd better Improve or look around for some other place to play their games. "Sony" And the athletic directors of the three big: colleges that still play t''dr h-me games In Ihe garden— N7U, St. John's and Manhattan- principles." • That's just about what happened in football some years back. Chick Meehan's colorful NYU team used to play only the best and could pack Yankee Stadium. Pordham, under MaJ. Frank Cavanaugh and Sleepy Jim Crowley, kept the Polo Grounds full on Saturdays, hattan, CCNY and even Man- Long Island University supported teams —though not so well. Then Pordham ana NYU began feeling qualms about the way they were getting good football players. And they began to realize that the money was going out as fast as (t came In. So they decmphasized with the result that the only college football teams left In town are Columbia, maintaining its Ivy- draped aloofness way uptown, and Fordham, Which ' was ragged edge of giving the last year. Dumps Hurt But basketball, always a popular game here, became exceedingly prosperous after Irish provided a place where the colleges coulri play before large numbers of well- politely replied: 'heeled customers and brought in "Sorry, bud, but It* agauut our tb* nation! best oppoilUon for them to meet. The "dumps" hurt a lot, of course. But what hurt the most was that coaches from basketball-minded institutions all around the country found it was as easy to find basketball talent in asphalt-paved "mines" of New York and nearby New Jersey as football material in Pennsylvania's coal pits and steel mills. Sanity. Too The city kids heard that a college is supposed to have a real campus with trees and grass instead of just a subway platform. They found the Idea Intriguing, especially when accompanied by mention of room, board, tuition and perhaps spending money—and not too much studying. The locals Just couldn't match most of those bids, though they're not averse to giving scholarships to good students—which sometimes Includes basketball players. For one thing, they're all members of 'he Eastern College Athletic Con-, 'Vhich wrote the dls-irdcd "sanity code" Into Its constitution and oUdo't ttkt U out Associated Press poll, should im- jrove their 10-0 record against Tu- ane tonight. But neither Duquesne nor Western Kentucky needed any kind of warning about their opponents. Dukes vs. Niagara Duquesne plays Niagara at the Upstate New York school, remembering their tight squeeze over Niagara in the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival and also he Purple Eagles' reputation for being tough on their home court. Western Kentucky plays Eastern Kentucky, a bitter cross-state rival .hat upset the favored Hilltoppers exactly a year ago tomorrow. Second-ranked Duquesne has won 14 ifth-ranked Western Kentucky 15. At least two other members of ,he top ten face trouble tonight, ndiana. No. 3, plays a return game at Wisconsin, a team the Hoosiers nipped by 70-67 at Indiana for one of their four Big Conference successes without defeat. Minnesota, No. 10, can't afford to let down against Iowa's young team, which has a 3-0 Big 10 mark against lesser opposition. Steers Win Oklahoma A&M, No. 4, visits Tulsa for a Missouri Valley game, ilghth-ranked Oklahoma City is host to Murray State of Kentucky and ninth-ranked Duke is Idle. Texas clicked on 65 per cent of ts shots In the second half to whip Bice 74-66, giving the Longhorns a ront-running 4-0 mark in the Southwest Conference. California whipped Stanford 83-68 to make its record 3-0 in the Bouthern division of the Pacific Coast League, while Oregon and Oregon State moved ahead in the northern division. Oregon beat Washington State 75-73 and Oregon State beat Washington 61-49. Seattle, 14th ranking nationally, turned back St. Mary's (Calif.) 73-60 and Southern California edged UCLA 68-65. Princeton (1-2 in the Ivy League) walloped Brown (1-4) 106,66, Montana upset Utah 76-56 to win Its first Sklyline Conference game and Bevo Francis popped In 61 points in Rio Grande's 107-77 victory over Alliance. Collie's Win Gives Locals Second Victory A courageous team of Blytheville boxers gave it all they had in American Legion's arena last night and because of that fact came out with a 5-4 decision over a Memphis YMCA team. The team decision came as a result of a win by Burdette's Alfred Collie, who decisioned Carl Johnson in the only open division match on the card. It marked the second team win in as many starts for the Junior Chamber of Commerce team, but [t wasn't .' n easy one. In practically every one of last night's fights, the locals were faced with opponents who had the edge In age, experience, training and, in many cases, weight. Nearly 400 fans witnessed the 11 bouts, more than half of which were real thrillers. Right Pays for Collie Collie's good right hand spelled the difference in his fight with Johnson which wound up the evening's program. After a nearly-even first round. Collie came back in the second to score impressively over the southpaw from Memphis and in the third the Burdette battler had his adversary hanging on. As the bell sounded ending the fight. Collie was moving in for what surely would have been the final flurry of the contest. He caught Johnson with three consecutive right hands to the chin in those linal seconds of the fight and had him swaying about the ring. It was a unanimous decision for Collie and gave Blytheville the team triumph. Baxter in Touyh Scrap Pole Baxter, Blytheville mlddle- w , and Jack Potts put on three rounds of the fiercest scrapping of the evening- Baxter mus. lered all he had to come back late In ' e third round to take the decision. Baxter continued to show the hard-punching which gained him a TKO victory last week. He staggered Potts in every round and in the first had him nearly out of it, before the bell r np But Potts wasn't doing all the receiving. The Memphian took some of Baxter's best and came fighting yack hardest when in trouble. The pair kept up a torrid three- round pace, standing toe-to-toe throughout the second and third rounds. Baxter was tiring in the third, hut it was probably his late flurry In this round that saved the decision 1 r him. Oayle Jolley, Blytheville light, welpht, lost a very close one to Melvin Weaver on a split decision. Jolley Rallies Jolley narrowly lost the first round, but came back to take the second easily as he stepped up the iace and scored with both hands. The third was anybody's guess. Jolley was very effective throughout the round, taking punches only G -ing three rallies by Weaver. A few boos greeted the decision, which could have gone either way. Jolley and Weaver staged a sizzling final two rounds. Ernest Lucas, Blytheville wel- A WIN — Pete Baxter, Blytheville middleweight, lands a hard right hand on Jack Potts in the first round of their fight last night. In on» of the'most furioun bout* at ttit tvenlng, Baxtn'i hard-punchlnf won him a unanimoui (Courier N«wa Ffcoto) terweight, stabbed Red West with too many stiff left hands and won easy decision ov-r the tough Memphian. Lucas took the first handily and had West nearly ready to fold up the second, but the Memphis scrapper fought Lucas off and managed to get through the round. Lucas moved in for a KO In the third, but found West, lifte the rest of the Memphis team, was In great shape and had recovered completely between rounds. TKO for Birmingham So Lucas had to be content with rocking West with long lefts and an occasional right. The team score was standing al 4-3, Memphis, when Robert Blim- . . . AND A LOSS — Gayle Jolley, local lightweight, participates In a third-round exchange with Memphis' Melvin Weaver. Jolley, ingham, Blytheville welter, carries a fair left. , stepped in the ring to meet Memphis' Sonny Coda. Birmingham stung Coda with four good lefts to the head in the opening seconds of the first round and then fought the Memphian off the rest of the way in what was s wiping up as a really close contest. But In the second, Birmingham scolu.l with a left hook which . dazed Coda and the Blytheville boy swarmed over him in a fog of leather. Coda's corner, sailed a towel through the ropes after 1:45 of this in the second. Experience Tells Lightweight Freddy Rounsavall ran into Memphis' classiest entry in Byron Rozlcr, who had obvious experience. After fighling gamely through the first round, Rounsavall ran into a good right hand at 1:15 of the second and it ended there. Rozier looked like a fighter who should move up to the open dlvl. slon. Well-constructed and fast; he hits very hard with his right and Lightweight LaVell Kelly nearly had Memphis' Tommy Lang on the deck in the first round, then took a ten count at 55 seconds of the first round. Little Bobby Smith, weighing In at 90 pounds, took another close decision. He and Dicky Upton put on three fast rounds. Upton took the second, but Smith's margin in the first and third were enough to give him the nod on a split vote. Danny Edgmon , ran into too much experience In the person of Memphis llghtheavywelght, Joe Guess. Razorbacks, SMU Meet Tonight By CLAYTON HICKERSON DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — Southern Methodist's hot Mustangs had the task of holding onto their first-place tie for the Southwest Conference leadership tonight against the Arkansas Razorbaeks — on the Porkers' home court. Meanwhile, Texas, tied with the Ponies for the conference lead, tightened their hold last night with a stunning 74-66 victory over Rice's faltering Owls, ranked llth In the nation Just a fortnight ago. At College Station, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs won their first conference victory of the season, 69-52 over Texas A&M's Cadets. The defending champion Frogs never were In/trouble after period when A&M led 69 Percent The Longhorns won their fourth straight conference victory with a burning second-half, pace that saw (hem '-ynnect on fi5 per C?P' fit their shots. For the game, they »v«ra§«d 47 per o*ot. the first 15-13, Texas' Billy Powell, 6-5 forward, scored 11 of Texas' 18 points in the fourth period while Gib Ford's ball-hawking kept the Owls off balance. Rice's Gene Schwinger was limited to three ponts in the last quarter as Powell took over the job of guarding him. Earlier, Bob Waggoner and Jim Richardson of the Steers- had fouled out trying to stop the blond menace. 24 for Schwinger Fred Saunders, Texas forward, scored 11 points as the Longhorns shot from behind In the third quarter and was the night's high point man with 26. Schwinger led the Owls with 24 points. The Longhorns, off to an early lead, lost It midway of Ihe first period, and trailed the Owls M-35 at the hall, Texas tied It up 68-68 soon after the final period opened on a twisting layup by Richardson. Ford put the steers ahead with two free shots and Texas stayed in front. The game nt Fnyctlevllle tonight Is the Porkers' first conference i -rntest tit home. Arkaaias Coach Glen Rose said ha hoped the home court would be I some advantage to his Razorbacks. The Razorbacks, holding an 0-2 conference record against SMU's two wins and no losses, lost their first loop games on the road by an average of 3.5 points per game. who at times seemed to have Weaver ready to quit, lost a very close split decision. (Courier News Photo) Edgmon took all of Guess' best sr.'s and came back for mori for two rounds, but it w^s stopped in 1:10 of the second. Opening the card were two fights pairing Blytheville boys. Charley Jones, 110, took a close decision from Billy Peterson, 111, and David Ray, 97, came back to grab rounds two and three from scrappy Wlmpy.Smith, 102. Next week, a delegation of Blylheville boxers will be taking part in Osceola's Northeast Arkansas Golden Gloves tournament, which gets underway Wednesday. Molner Again Booked for M at Feature It'll be tag team wrestling in the main event of the American Legion's wrestling program at Memorial Auditorium Monday night as once again Promoter Mike Meroney has lined up four top-notch heavyweights for the main go. Chuck Molner, who couldn't keep an engagement here last Monday night because of adverse weather conditions, will be one of the four performers. Molner, a newcomer to Blytheville, Is scheduled to team with Joe Welch against Eddie Malone and Charley Keene. Last week Molner was slated to team with Lee Fields against Keene and Malone but icy roads kept him from showing and Promoter Meroney had to substitute Edward Welch. So this week Meroney lined up approximately the same card with Joe Welch as Molner's partner. Monday night's bout is expected to be as rough If not rougher than last Monday night's. 'Velch has been at odds with Malone and Keens for some time and this feud is expectec. to highlight the action. Two one-fall preliminary bouts are also on the card with Malone meeting Welch and Molner taking on Keene. First capitol of Idaho cost $30,000; present one, $2,20,000. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA WRESTLING Monday, Jan. 18 8:00 p.m. TAG MATCH Eddie MaSone & Charley Keene Adults 60c — Children 15e plus 2 1-Fall Matches Malone vs. Welch Chuck Molner & Joe Welch and Keene vs. Molner

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