The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 7, 1955 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 7, 1955
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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1955 Big Seven Schools Favor Admittance of Chicks # * * * * * * * But Still No Final Decision Made By GEORGE CLARK Courier News Sports Editor It reaction of the present membership is asaws can now consider themselves members of A roundup of comment from officials of cally every school in the conference is willing give them a spot on their schedules by 1956. & V3y Ljeor^e L lark Courier News SporU Editor Chicks Squarely on Spot But Big Seven May Be Answer to Problems The favorable reaction shown the "feeler" letter of intent written to the Arkansas Athletic Association and members of the Big Seven Conference by Blythevlle school officials has placed Blytheville High School squarely on the spot. But, on the other hand, this could turn out to be the Chicks' biggest break since this whole classification mess was dreamed up some seven years ago. These, in our way of thinking, are the two schools of thought one can follow when one sits down and tries to decipher just what is going on. Blytheville has been placed on the spot because actually the decision as to where to go from here rests squarely on the shoulders of our school officials. As we understand the rule under which the letter was written, Blytheville can either quietly withdraw its request for an increase in classification and return to its present role of an athletic stepchild or go ahead and press its request for an opportunity to play with the big boys and take its chances on the future. In either case, the decision is not going to be an easy one to make. * * * Every lince 1949 when the whispering campaign against Blytheville got into full swing and the state's larger teams began snubbing the Chicks in wholesale lots, BlytheviUe's football fortunes have been virtually at a standstill. The Chicks were forced to go out of state to get a schedule. Arkansas teams of BIytheville's classification shunned the Chicks cause they said they couldn't compete with them. Most of the teams in the Big Seven refused Blytheville contracts on grounds there was too much travel involved or that they just plain didn't want anything to do with the Chicks' brand of football. And, as the result, when all-state honors were dished out — which Is abotu the only incentive a. kid has for playing football these days the Chicks were continually overlooked on grounds that no one In the state knew much about them. * • * Joining up with the Big Seven might easily put an end to this sad situation. That's why we say the letter could be a big break for the Chicks. Actually, the method -of play in the Big Seven IS no different from any other classification In the state. The championship is decided on round robin play and a percentage basis. But it is our belief that up among the big boys the Chicks' schedule difficulties will be minimized mainly because of the broader athletic programs of the member schools. And, too, the prestige in the Big Seven is a little higher than that of the lower classifications. We don't believe that these teams will go $for "paper championships" such as we now have hi District But there is still another angle to be considered. If the Chicks elect to go ahead and raise their classification, can they compete with the larger schools? With the possible exception of one or maybe two teams, we think they can, but if it's going to be done on a year-in year-out basis, there Is going to have to be some changes made. The Chicks' athletic program is going to have to be broadened to at least get close to that of the other member schools or else the lumps the Chicks will take might turn the whole thing sour before it really gets started. Yes, it's going to be a tough decision to make. Olympic Committee To Consider 1960 Site NEW YORK (AP) — The special committee on sites for the 1960 Olympic games will meet here tomorrow to consider endorsing a single American city as a possible location for the winter sports. to be the deciding factor, BIytheville's Chick- the Big Seven Conference. Big Seven schools today revealed that practi- to accept the Chicks in their group and will So far, only one Big Seven school is unheard from. That is El Dorado where officials have not yet made public any comment they might have on the possibility of the Chicks joining the Big Seven. Typical of the comment offered yesterday by Big Seven officials was that of Jess Matthews, principal of Little Rock High School. Mr. Matthews said: "We would be glad to have them. We could play them beginning with 1956." Little Rock, incidentally, was one of the "doubtful" schools listed In speculation here yesterday. N. Little Rock In Favor Coach Raymond (Rabbit) Burnett who saw his North Little Rock Wildcats go down in defeat to the Chicks last fall said that he thinks BIytheville's entry in the Big Seven Would give the league better balance. Pine Bluff officials had about the same comment to offer. Steed White, coach of the Fort Smith Grizzlies said he would be "quite willing to play Blytheville" after the 1955 season. The Grizzlies, he said, have a full schedule for the 1955 season but would have an opening for the Chicks in 1966. Texarkana,.also listed as -doubtful" came through with a vote in favor of the Chicks. . . Texarkana, Too Texarkana's athletic director Bob Ellen said he was "all for It" When asked about the travel Involved in making a trip to Blytheville, Ellen pointed out that the 300 miles to Blytheville is no further than some trips Texarkana's team is now taking. In announcing that he had filed a "feeler" letter of intent with the Arkansas Athletic Association and members of the Big Seven schools, Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson said yesterday that he had also asked Big Seven schools for comment on the Chicks possible entry. However, last night, Mr. Nicholson still maintained that no final decision has been reached in the matter and indicated that one is not forthcoming in the immediate future. EUelble Now He said that as of last night he personalty had heard from only one Big Seven school and indicated that he was - awaiting word from others. Mr. Nicholson said that the letter filed makes Blytheville eligible for membership in the Big Seven since It was filed prior to Jan. 1 in accordance with regulations However, he added that the final decision has not been made. The final decision, he said, V *-i rest with himself and members of the school board. Reports from a reliable source last night said that some opposition to the Chicks entrance in the Big Seven has developed within the school. And while there was no official word to this effect, it is believed that this opposition may delay any decision on the matter for several days. Backers of Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley in California ,and Reno in Nevada, will present .their cases. The committee previously heard presentations for Lake Placid, N Y., Colorado Springs-Aspen, and Sun Valley in Idaho. The special committee has already selected Detroit as the American choice for the summer games in 1960. Ratification of both winter and summer sites must be made by the full United States Olympic Committee, but this is expected to be a formality. Too Many Invitations Insiders believe the United States lob. the opportunity to stage the 19^6 games when a half dozen American cities presented invitations to the International Olympic Committee, which chose Melbourne, Australia, rather than attempt to decide between the American contenders. For this reason the U.S. Olympic Commitee has decided to limit invitations to a single site for each game in 1860. The special committee on sites is headed by Douglas Roby, Detroit. Other members Include Louis Wilke. Bartlesville, Okla. Wood I ing Mokes This Prophecy BALTIMORE (Si — Gene Woodling, who will perform his outfield- ing chores lor the Orioles . this jyear, believes he will be a big as' set lo bus new club. Says Gene: "I've been traded several times before and the trades have always been beneficial to me. I'm a winning player and Richards is the same type. I'm 32, strong and healthy. I hope to play regularly for my new club." Football Injury Proves 'False' MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. tfl — The Fort Mill high school football team reported that one of its members lost his front teeth in the ocean during a rough practice session on the beach here. "It couldn't be classed as an in? jury, though," the coach reported. "The teeth are false," Slicer's Tree Gone Forever CONCORD, N. H. M*—For years golfers and duffers alike swore loud oaths at a lone pine tree on the par-4, fifth hole of the municipal golf course. The natural hazard was known as a "slicer's ntghtniflrp." But not so any more. City workers removed the tree nearly hacked through by an unidentified axe wielder. •5K. RAZORBACK Serving The Best Seafood In Town! 1/2 Dozen Fancy Se/ect Fried None Finer Anywhere Jumbo French Fried. . OYSTERS M.25 SHRIMP '1.25 The Above Served With Combinalion Salad and French Fried Potatoes SeMo Teams In Action Tonight By SONVY SANDERS * CARUTHERSVILLE — All but one of Pemiscot County's basketball teams are slated for games tonight. However, only two games will be played within the county tonight. Hayti's Indians will journey to Braggadocio Tor a doubleHender. Both the A and B teams are supposed to play .there. The Bragg City team will play host to Hal Rhea's Cooler cagers. Here are the out - of - county games: Caruthersville's Tigers journey to Poplar Bluff for a twin bill. Both the A and B teams will play ball. WardeU's Eagles will go to Parma, Mo. The Steele Bulldogs will travel to Senath and Holland will go to Arbyrd. Tonight's inactive team is Deering. Big 10 May Force Showdown In NCAA TV Squabble Today By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — The rebelling Big Ten may force an all-or-nothing showdown to-, day in the NCAA convention over the dynamite-laden football television problem - a showdown that possibly could wreck the 49-year-old organization. *-,....*'* H. 0 (Fritz) Crisler, University of Michigan athletic director, yesteiday demanded more liberal television along national-regional lines, or else the Big Ten might go ahead on its own. The Big Ten plan calls for nine regional and four national telecast. NO JOKE — Peter Mueller, middleweight import from Germany, draws plenty of laughs, but his authentic clouting — which produced a KO over Ernie Durando — has set him up lor big money shots. (NEA) Caruthersville Golden Gloves Finals Tonight By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE — The last of three nights of Golden Gloves boxing matches will be held at the Armory here tonight beginning at 8. The bouts are sponsored by the Caruthersville Junior Chamber of Commerce. After tonight's matches the local boxers will begin training for the Sikeston, Mo., tournament, which will be held next week. Boxers from Cape Girardeau, Canalou, Charleston, Sikeston and Senath participated in Wednesday night's opening competition along with Caruthersville boxers. In an exhibition bouf 145-pound Dale Davis, Mldsouthern U. S. Open Welterweight Golden Gloves champion last year, boxed Londo Diaz. 166, of Cape Girardeau. Davis lives at Senath. John McClellan, 112-pound Sikeston Negro, won a decision by a technical knockout over Curtis Jackson, 112-pounder from Concord. The T.K.O. in the flyweight contest came at the end of the second round. That match was one of the two sub-novice bouts of the evening. All others were in the novice division. Lavelle Sigger, 122, Sikeslon, technically knocked out Eddie Hall, 121, Caruthersville Negro, late in the second round of their featherweight match. Theodore Wilson, 130-pound Caruthersville Negro, won a unanimous decision from Bill Hayes. 135, Charleston, in a lightweight bout. Dunker Wins Dunker Douglas, 147-pound Cape Oirardeau Negro, was technically knocked out by Leamon Joe, 143- pound Caruthersville welterweight Negro, in the opening round. Doug Dunker of Cape Girardeau won over Dean Harvey of Caruthersville. Dunker won by a T.K.O. in the third round. Both welterweights weighed in at 135 pounds. Franklin Howard, 135-pound Sikeston Negro, won an unanimous decision over Willie Phillips, 135- pound Senath Negro. Cape Qirardeau's R. J. Billin- er won a unanimous decision over Charlie Anders of Senath. Both boys weighed 136 and are welterweights. In a heavyweight battle, 175- pound Floyd Owen, a Caruthersville Negro, technically knocked out Don Schmidt of Cape Girardeau in the first period. 133-pound Joe McCoy of Caruthersville won an unanimous decision over John Henry Lewis, 137- pound Sikeston Negro. John T. Robinson, Caruthersville Negro, lost to Don Ashworth, Sikeston Negro, as the result of a technical knockout In the second round. Both welterweights weighed in at 145. Taylor Gets Decision Willie R. Taylor, 147-pound Sikeston Negro, won a decision from Clayton Morgan, 147-pound Caruthersville Negro, in a welterweight match. Robert Lee Johnson, 148, Caruthersville Negro, won a split decision from S. R. White, 147, Sikeston Negro. L. P. McClellan, 137-pound Sikeston Negro, bent Roosevelt' Hall, 133-pound Caruthersville Negro. Glenn Hnlzlip, 100. Senath, tangled with Johnny Summers, 00. Canalou. in an exhibition bout. They are both In the sub-novice class. Arthur Pinson, 160-pounder from Sikeston, knocked out Charles Causey, 175-pounder of Caruthersville in the first round of their light heavy contest. Thomas Head. 180-pound Sikeston Negro, technically knocked out Junior Wattle, 190-pounder from Caruthersville, at the end of the second round of their heavyweight battle. Sanctioned by State J. R. Pipkins, 160, Canalou Negro, lost to Roy Smith, 155, local Negro. Decision in the light heavy match was unanimous. James Austin, 190, Canalou, forfeited to Roosevelt Jones, 184, Caruthersville Negro, by not appearing for the final event of the evening. The bouts were under the sanction of the State Athletic Commission and the commission was represented here by Joe Lewis, chief inspector, of Southeast Missouri from Poplar Bluff. The judges were Charlie Crow and Lee Ferrell of Caruthersville and Dub Caruthers of Essex. Mo. Dale Williams from Hayti was the referee. Bill Sikes of Sikeston acted as timekeeper. The attending physician was Dr. C. W. McKaskle of Caruthersville. Harry "Kuz" Moreland of Caruthersville was the ring announcer. The Jaycee's chairman of the project is Bill Shelby of Caruthersville. Aldo Forte, assistant coach of the Detroit Lions, is a salesman for a foundry sand corporation during the off-season. Gil McDougald, infieider for the New York Yankees, was a pinset- ter in a bowling alley as a youth. I romp t romp C DELIVERY SERVICE Phone 3-4507 Bours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with Delivery to 7 p.m. WOODS DRUG STORE And another Big Ten figure said refrain from palticipating In it M ne planned to ask the NCAA would be forced, by legislative pres- membership to vote today on a sures, to televise within the confer- resolution for regional TV. 'If the convention turns it down, my school will go ahead and arrange' to televise its games on its own," added the representative, who asked anonymity. Such unilateral action normally would result in expulsion from the NCAA and force the national organization to order its members not to compete with the insurgent. Thus, the school would not have anyone to play with let alon? telecast a game. But the Big Ten apparently wants to get the explosive issue settled now instead of two or three months later if normal procedure were followed. Will Stick to Guns Crisler, in making his dramatic pronouncement in a 25-minute talk, said his powerful and influential conference would stick by any member forced to break ranks by state legislative pressure. In such an event, national controls on TV would be finished and the gates to unrestricted television would be wide open. This is what Notre Dame and a number of other schools have been advocating for several years. Crisler made his statement in a round-table discussion of six 1 possible plans for telecasting this fall. After the oratory, the members voted in a secret straw ballot. The results of the poll were not to be disclosed and were to be used for the guidance only of the 1955 NCAA TV Committee to be chosen today. This committee, normally, would digest the information, delve Into every angle of the situation, and then offer a television program to be voted on by the members via the mails. Compromise Possible But Father Edward P. Joyce, vice president of Notre Dame, said he will ask that the vote be disclosed today so that the sentiment of the membership will be known. Even with all of the bitterness engendered yesterday, qne source said he believed that a compromise TV plan still had a chance of being put through. Crisler, a member of the 1954 TV Comittee which mapped out last year's national "Game of the Week" program, startled the convention by saying: "If any plan like last year's were adopted, we (the Big Ten) would be forced to reject it ... would stain from participating in it and He said the Big Ten had swung around to the regional side over 11 period of years after various bills had been submitted in state legislatures to force state institutions to televise all of their games. Nine of the Big Ten schools are state ence." Change Forced supported. 'We have doubt as to how much longer they can resist," Crisler said. 'If one such bill passed in our conference, I think no doubt the other nine institutions would stand by the college affected and accept the consequences from the NCAA. We feel the situation is serious. We'r» in trouble on television and if we are hi trouble, everybody else is." South Rules Six Point Choice in Senior Bowl MOBILE Ala (AP) — A massive but mobile line studded with All-Americans and backed up by some of .the fiercest tacklers in the nation make the South a touchdown favorite in tomorrow's Senior Bowl game. With both squads loaded with sharp-shooting passers and explosive runners, the defenses thrown up by North Coach Paul Brown and his opponent Sieve Owen could very likely spell the difference in the"25-man clubs. Owen, who has yet to win from Brown in the classics, has All Americans Bud Brooks, Arkansas guard: Rex Reedboggan, Mississippi tackle; Kurt Burris, Oklahoma center, and Frank McDonald, Miami (Fla.) end, In his line. Become, Pros The players become pros in the game, with each member of the expenses and the losing team members $400. About 15 pro scouts are here to view the pickings, although several players have already been spoken for. Unlimited substitution will be allowed in the game. 30,000 Expected Brown coached the North to victories in the last three games, 2014 28-13 and 20-6 after being the underdog in each. Owen, South coach in all five games, won the first two 19-18 and 22-13. .The heaviest advance ticket sale in the game's history indicates a crowd of more than 30,000 will see ame, with each member 01 me crowu ui ,.««.= «.«» ..,.-. "•"-"• 'inning team receiving $500 and I the game to be broadcast by CBS. Bragg City too Much And Wardell Falls WARDELL — Wardell High School's basketeers got a dose of their own medicine—hot shooting —last night and as a result they suffered their third loss of the sea son, a 96-77 setback at the hands of Bragg City. WardeU's Jerry Burnett kept up his hot scoring pace with 39 points but his efforts just weren't good enough to cope with Bragg City's well balanced attack. Hcwren hit 36 to lead Wardel! while Frets got 19, Swink 18 and Peaster 14. Redmond and Jerrolds make it a three-man show for Warden as they hit 19 and 13 points respectively. Tonight Wardell goes to Parma for a game. Brags City fat. Wardell Frets (14) F (39) Burnett Howren 135) F (19) Redmond Houser (8) C (13) Jerrolds Swink (18) O (2) McPherson Peaster (14) O (1) Bullock Substitutions: Bragg City — Sails (7), Wardell—Boran (3), Cain. Mrs. Elizabeth Arden Oraham is dividing her Maine Chance racing stable this winter for a two-coast campaign. Half of her horses will be in Florida and half in California. 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Raymond Zachry Insurance Agency 118 N. 2nd — Ph. 3-8815 Lumbermens Advertisement For Bids Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Commissioners of Drainage District No. 17, of Mississippi County, Arkansas, in the office of the District in the First National Bank Building, Blytheville, Arkansas, until 11:00 o'clock A. M. (CST), January 12, 1955, for excavating approximately 28,709 cubic yards of material (ditch clean-out), at which time and place the proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any bid received after closing time will be returned unopened. Copies of the plans, specifications and other proposed contract documents are on file in the office of Drainage District No. 17, at Blytheville, Arkansas, and arc open for public inspection. A set of such documents may be obtained from C. G. Redman, Secretary .of the District, upon deposit of Five Dollars ($5.00), which deposit will be refunded to each actual bidder upon return of such documents in good order within five days after receipt of bids. The character and amount of security to be furnished by each bidder are stated in the above mentiond documents. Bidder must be licensed in the State of Arkansas, and no bid may be withdrawn alter the scheduled closing time for receipt of bids for at least thirty (30) days. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right lo reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. Board Of Commissioners 0* Drainage District No. 17 ly C Secretary iman

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