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’CATS PLAY ’DOGS HERE TONIGHT
NEW HANOVER* ACCEPTS INVITATION* TO* DUKE TOUR*NEY
New Hanover Gym To Be Scene
Of Three Basketball^ Contests
Full Cage Program Gets Under Way This
Afternoon At 4 O’Clock; Varsity Contest
With Fayetteville Slated For 8
By GENE WARREN
Star Sports Writer
Fayetteville’s win-hungry Bulldogs, still stunned by
their worst defeat of the 1947 season, a 53-29 pasting hand
ed them Friday at Fayetteville by Wilmington, invade New
Hanover Hi?h school’s gymnasium tonight at 8 o’clock to
try and do what no other high school team has done this
year, whip the Eastern Conference champion Wildcats.
If Coach Bill Dole’s cagers accomplish this feat (which
1* generally believed very unlikely) they will spoil a Wil
mington victory streak that has engulfed 11 conference
miDonents and 10 non-conference foes. Only one Quint has
bad the satisfaction or coming on
tbe court on the long end of the
icore against New Hanover High
this campaign and that lone out
jit was House of David, a profes
sions! team in the highest sense
e{ the word. And they barely top
pled Coach Leon Brogden's Bomb
irs 49-46. This same House ol
David team has since whipped sev
tnl of the best college clubs in
the nation and by much larger
icores than they did NHHS.
Besides having the best basket
ball team in Eastern North Caro
lina. Wilmington also possesses
the two leading high school scor
ers in the State. They are Billy
Mason and Johnny McKoy. Mason
is the higher point maker of the
two. having sank 158 points in 11
loop contests for an average oi
14.4 points. McKoy. 5 inches taller
than Mason at 6 ft. 6 in., is 13
points behind Billyv Johnny has
tossed through 145 markers for a
13.2 average. The other five reg
ulars. Toddy Fennell, Louis Collie.
i!ld w. A. "Weinie” Brown, who
ail stand under six feet tall, hold
conference averages of 7.3. 7.1, and
|,5. respectively.
Tonight's Fayetteville fracas is
axpectcd to be nothing short of
a wrestling meet just as was the
two teams’ first outing in Fayette
ville. Billy Mason, held to five
points at the Soldier City, will be
presented with another tough task
at scoring with two members of
the Bulldogs football squad of 1946
all over him under the backboa ds.
The same goes for Johnny McKoy.
However, set short artists Toddy
Fennell and Louis Collie should
again have a happy time pour
ing goals through from way out.
Unless W. A. Brown can work the
ball in for crips the little 5 ft.
4 in. "Demon Dribbler” will prob
ably come off the floor once more
with zero points.
B;g guns of me r ayeuevme oi
fensive will be 6 ft. 2 1-2 in. Dave
Sherill, center and Malcolm Yates,
lharp-shooting forward. Yates
sparked the Bulldogs last week
it Fayetteville, burying 10 points
chiefly on longshots.
The only other conference af
fair scheduled for tonight is the
Goldsboro-Wilson tilt. This affray
may not be played, however, as
Coach Norris Jeffreys of Goldsboro
raid Saturday he has cancelled
both of the' Goldsboro-Durham
games because they have no effect
on the conference race. The Earth
quakes’ skipper did not comment
on the Wilson game, but the same
situation also applies there.
Four other New Hanover High
ichoo! games today find: the
Junior Varsity vs. Cfarkton High at
4 o'clock; the New Hanover High
girls vs. Clsrkton girls at 4
o clock at the Isaac Bear gym;
Freshman vs. Fayetteville Junior
High at 5 o'clock: Fayetteville B
team vs. New Hanover High B
^m at 6:30 o'clock.
Here are the present Eastern
Class AA conference standings and
also the five leading scorers in ths
Eastern Conference and their re
spective averages.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS
TEAM W t Pet.
WILMINGTON _11 0 1.000
Durham _ 6 4 .600
®al(igh _ 6 5 .545
_ l 5 .545
_ 5 6 '.455
_ 2 * .182
_r___ 1 8 .111
CONFERENCE *flG FIVE
PLAYER, TEAM. POS. AVERAGE
Mason. Wilmington, forward _ 14.4
McKoy, Wilmington, center _ 13.2
Newsome, Wilson, center _ 11.9
MtfCotter. Rocky Mount, forward _ 11.4
u«*ry. Raleigh, forward _ 10.8
Flake Laird May Be
Virginia Tech Coach
Richmond, va., Feb. 24. —up)
*7 Flake iRed) Laird, former Da
vidson athlete and backfield coach
of the Virginia Tech football team,
will be the next Tech basketball
»nd baseball coach if President
"Ohn R. Hutcheson accepts the rec
oornmendation of the athletic coun
The Associated Press learned
today.
At Blacksburg, Tech Athletic Di
rector W. L. (Monk! Youngei
vcmld neither confirm nor deny
appointment -of Laird to suc
reed George S. (Gummy* Proctor
“ut said the Tech atheletic council
root last Saturday aflernoon.
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Armed, Widener Winner,
Leaves For Santa Anita
MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 24.—(U.R)—Cal
umet Farm's Armed, winner of
the $50,000 Widener Handicap here
Saturday, was to leave Miami at
9 p.m. (EST) tonight by air for
Burbank, Calif., and a shot at the
$100,000 Santa Anita handicap this
Saturday.
Armed, accompanied by Trainer
Jimmy Jones and Jockey Doug
Dodson, was booked aboard an Am
erican four-motored plane piloted
by Capt. C. A. Ryan. He had a pony
along for company, an exercise
boy, a groom, and 60 gallons of
Florida water for drinking.
(zaharias, kirk
TAKE WOMAN’S
FOUR-BALL MEET
International Tournament
At Hollywood, Florida
Comes To Close
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 24 —
(U.R)—Babe Didrikson Zaharias and
Peggy Kirk won the Women’s In
ternational Four-Ball Golf Tourna
ment here today by downing de
fending champions Louise Suggs
and Jean Hopkins 3 and 2 in an
18-hole play-off that continued yes
terday’s finals.
Darkness halted play after the
36th hole yesterday with both
teams even up. But the Denver
champion and her Findlay, O.,
partner surged ahead this morning
and finished the first nine three
up and with a one under par 36.
A par 38 was all that Miss Suggs,
of Lithia Springs, Ga., and her
Lakewood, O., team-mate could
produce -on the front nine.
On the 10th hole, a Zaharias putt
racked up a birdie three to in
crease the lead to four up. How
ever Suggs and Hopkins rallied on
the 11th and 12th and trimmed the
lead by two holes.
After dividing the 13th and 14th
holes, Mrs. Zaharias took the 16th
with a par 3 by knocking one up 6
feet from the pin while the others
were wide from the green. The
16th hole was halved in five and
the match was over on the 17th.
Training Camp Briefs
SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 24—(U.R)
A squad of 18 Boston Red Sox
players, coirjprised of 15 pitchers,
two catchers and an infielder
opened spring training practice
today with a light workout under
Manager Joe Cronin.
Veteran pitchers who participat
ed in Hie workout were Dave (Bop)
Ferris, Tex Hughson, Mickey Har
ris and Joe Dobson, who won a to
tal of 75 victories last season,
and Earl Johnson, Bill Zuber. Bob
Klinger, Bill Butland and Randy
Heflin. Hal Wagner and Ed Me
Gah were the catchers.
BROWNS
MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 24— (U.R)—With
34 of 38 men on the roster in camp).
Manager Muddy Ruel went his
St. Louis Browns through their
first spring drill today, a fast,
peppery two-hour workout.
Catcher Joe Schultz and infield
er Billy Hitchcock agreed to terms
just before the workout, leaving
only three men outside the fold.
TIGERS
LAKELAND, Fla., Feb. 24—(U.R)
—Paul (Dizzy) Trout, the big lo
quacious right hander, officially
became the first Detroit Tiger hold,
out of 1947 today when he failed to
take in for the opening drill.
Pitcher A1 Benton and Catcher
Bob Swift ended their holdouts
last night and pitchef Freddie
Hutchinson signed today.
Signed but unheard from as
drills opened were catchers Birdie
Tebbets and Joe firautt and pitch
ers Ruffis Gentry and Gerald
Burke.
PIRATES
MIAMI Beach, Fla., Feb 24—(U.R)
—Manager Billy Herman sent the
Pittsburg Pirate battery men
through a long and hard workout
today but ordered the half dozen
pitchers who took turns on the
mound "t|> take it easy.”
John H. Galbreath, Columbus
real esta,te man who holds a sub
stantial interest in the club,' paid
a surprise visit to the camp and
told Herman that he woufS fly
Hank Greenberg here from New
York in his private B-23 on Fri
day.
BRAVES
FORT * LAUDERDALE, Fla,,
Feb 24 — (U.R)—Manager Billy
Southwxrth today ordered intra
club squad games to start tomor->
row in an effort to have his
Boston Braves ready for their
week-end three game series
against the Brooklyn Dodgers in
Havana.
Dick Culler, regular shortstop
last year, reported in time for to
day’s routine workout leaving only
five players unaccounted for. They
are catcher Phil Masi and out
fielder Joe Bestudik. who have
not signed their contracts, and
catchers Ken O'Dea and Bob
Brady and outfielder Mike Mc
Cormick.
SENATORS
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24—(U.R)
—Rookie Johnny Sullivan, candi
date for second base and shortstop,
today became the Washington Sen
ators’ first casualty of the season
when he suffered a ruotured groin
muscle during a workout.
Sullivan, who was dischaiged
from the Army last fail, had bedn
counted on in manager Ossie
Blue.ge's plans. His injwy will ne
cessitate an operation that ^ will
keep him sidelined for at -eas.
:hree months.
* DODGERS
HAVANA. Cuba, Feb. 24—(U.R)—
Brooklyn Dodger manager Leo
Durocher today named coach Ray
Blades, former St. Louis Cards
manager, to succeed Charley Dres
sen as his first lieutenant and sig
nalman on the third-base lines.
Coach Jake PiUer was named
‘•second lieutenant.” Clyde Shuke
forth, former mayor-league catch
er and minor league managei.
will s' , Der it'.g bullpen brigade
as pert of his chores as tutor of
the pitchers.
YANKEES
SAN JUAN, P. R-> Feb. 24-<U.fi>
—•Glory at a high degree came
to the Ponce Puerto Rican pro
fessional team today when it
humbled the mighty New York
Yankees in an exhibition game,
12 to 8 with a six run rally in the
sixth inning.
The victim of the big inning
was the Yankees erratic left hand
er, Joe Page who not only yielded
three hits including a homer to
second baseman Roberto Pedroso,
but committed three consecutive
errors.
INDIANS
TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 24—<U.R)—
The Cleveland Indians went
through an opening workout today
before 2,000 fans under a hot sun.
Although the first contingent
of 24 players was composed princi
pally of pitchers and catchers,
several veterans at other positions
also were on hand. These included
Joe Gordon, Ken Keltner, Pat
Seerey and Ed Robinson. Gordon
and Pitcher Al Gettel, former New
York Yankees, took their first
workout as members of the Cleve
land team.
CUBS
AVALON, '■’’i.. Feb. 24—(U.R)—
Charlie Grimm today directed his
cast of 1947 Cubs in the first full
squad drill.
A total of 35 players—Claude
Passeau, who is ill, was the only
absentee—was on the field, and
batting practice for the 15 infield
ers and outfielders who arrived
here yesterday afternoon, was
launched immediately.
WHITE SOX
PASADENA. Cal.. Feb. 24—(U.R)—
Charley “Red” Ruffing, a 270
game winner of more than 20
years service in tlie major leagues
started on the comeback trail to
day with the Chicago White Sox.
At 42, Ruffing is slated for a
'Sunday pitcher” role under man
ager Ted Lyon*.
Sacrinty, Kinney To Receive
Judge Teague Trophy Tonight
Wake Forest Grid Star And WCUNC Swim
mer Picked Most Outstanding Amateur
Athletes In Carolinas In 1946
FLORENCE, S. C., Feb. 24.
— (JP) —Nick Shcrinty, Wake
Forest senior tailback, and
Frances Kinney, sophomore
swimmer at the Women’s Col
lege of the University of North
Carolina, tomorrow night will
receive the Judge Lewis Tea
gue trophies as the outstand
ing amateur athletes in the
Carolinas last year.
The awards will be made at
a banquet here by Dr. Sammy
Russell, Jr., of Florence, him
self known as a golfer. Bob
Fetzer, Director of Athletics
at the University of North
Carolina, will make the princl
pal speech. Flans are being
made for 200 guests, including
sports writers and coaches of
the two Carolinas.
The award is made annually
in memory of Judge Teague of
High Point, an avid sportsman.
Sacrinty, a native of Reids
ville, w>as voted the outstanding
player in the East-West post
season Shrine Bowl game at
San Francisco. Miss Kinney,
whose home is in Raleigh, has
won numerons AAU swimming
titles.
Sacrinty, a Phi Beta Kappa
student, plans to study medi
cine at Wake Forest.
Clarkton, Leland Cagers Win
Tri-County Tourney Contests
AUSSIES DROP
ADRIAN QUIST
Veteran Tennis Player Re
leased From Davis
Cup Team
MELBOURNE. Feb. 24. —MR)—
Adrian Quist, 34-year-old veteran,
was dropped from the Australian
Davis Cup team xoday as this ten
nis conscious nation began prep
arations to bring back the huge
international trophy the all-vic
torious U. S. team lifted last De
cember.
Named to the four-man team
which plays Canada in the only
match of the American Zone are
John Bromwich, ace of the losing
team last year; Dinny Pails; Colin
Long and Geoff Brown.
C. R. Cowling, widety known ref
eree and official, will manage the
team.
I
COLLEGE CAGE
RESULTS
Clemson 50, Furman 45.
South Carolina 57, College oi
Charleston 48.
Notre Dame 64, New York Uni
versity 60.
Catholic University 52, Bridge
water 36.
Kansas 37, Oklahoma A and M
34.
Illinois 45, Michigan 36.
South Carolina State 51, Morri#
Brown 47.
Elon College 64, Atlantic Chris
tian 46.
Western Carolina 49. Catawba 38.
Maryland 57, Army 54.
Ohio Wesleyan University 62,
Ohio University 55.
Indiana 46, Ohio State 43.
Wofford 51, Presbyterian 47.
IDAHO COACH
TUSCALOOSA. Ala., Feb. 24—(U.R)
—Millard (Dixie! Howell, of How
eli-To-Hutson passing fame, said
today he had been in communica
tion with the University of Idaho
about the head coach job there and
"I definitely would be interested
if the terms are right.”
Wo If pack, Wolflets Play
Hallsboro Teams Tonight
t — — . ,, ...
BY JIGGS POWERS
WHITEVILLE,, Feb. 24—On the
eve of the annual Columbus co-tn
ty basketball tournament, to be
held here February 26th through
March 1st, Whiteville’s Wolflets
and Wolfpack will journey over to
meet the girls and boys of Halls
boro High, in the local gym Tues
day at 7:30 o’clock.
The locaj boys will be expecting
a hard battle from a revengeful
Pack outfit, whom the Tigers
downed, 22-20, in Whiteville earlier
in the season, then too, the White
ville boys lost their Class A-2
title battle to Tabor City in Chad
bourn on Saturday night, and
should be on the rebound.
The Pack played their best
game of the season, in spite of
the 60-37 shellacking the Red Devils
pasted on them. They looked like
a real team for the first time this
year in taking a 5-0 lead at the
opening gun and holding it until
Ted F: , s,' little Devil guard who
was the outstanding defensive
man of the contest, sank a set shot
50 seconds before halftime, to knot
the count at 18 ail.
The last half was a different
story; as Earl Stanley, high scor
er for the night with 18, and Max
Spivey, sank baskets in the initial
minute to gme the winning Devils
a lead they never were to relin
quish. They tallied 14 points in
the first 3 minutes of this period,
with Fred Soles and Fipps being
the st; ndouts in floor play. Whlte
ville’s Captain Don Taylor piayed
one of his beher games until he
fouled out midway the third quar
ter. He. along with Charles Len
non, led the ’Packs pointmaking
with 10 each. Joe Irman and Bill
Davis led at guard. Hallsboros
Tigers will be slight favori’es over
the ’Pack, due to their former win
end the fact that they will be per
forming on a home court. Coach
Harold Stevens will start the fol
lowing lineun: Fo vs rt> Tames
Creech and Kay CcrU: Center—
Leo Pate; Guards—Ramon Creech
Snd Ned Council.
The Whiteville Wolflets will be
trying to take their 15th win of the
year when they take on the girls
of Hallsboro: having won No. 14
with their 43-32 conquest of the
Tabor City girls prior to the boys
title fracas. Mary Kate Sibbett led
the nights scoring with 14, while
Irene Grice had 12 for TC. De
fensively, it was the Big Three of
the Wolflets; Billie Schulken,
Jean Claire Jones, and Ida Jane
Fore. Nina Cox again starred on
defense for the losers. The Wolf
lets are expected to have little
or no trouble from the local girls
although they have a greatly im
proved team.
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night In Delco High
School Gym
DELCO, Feb. 24. — Clarkton
and Leland boys teams won the
opening games of the Tri-county
invitational basketball tournament
here tonight. The Bladen' county
aggregation captured a 42 to 23
triumph over the Hallsboro quint
in the opening tilt and the South
port boys out-played the Leland
hoopsters, 44 to 30.
Two contests are slated Tues
day night in t}ie Delco High school
gymnasium, fn the opening game
the Acme-Delco girls will meet the
Whitevijle girls and in the night
cap, scheduled to get underway
at 8:30 o'clock, the Tabor City
quint will battle the Shallotte boys.
The players and points scored in
Monday's games are as follows:
Hallsboro — Fast. 9; Cashwell
7; Thompson, 5; Thomas, 2; and
Russ. Clarkton — Doysden, 12;
Phillips, 9; Gooden, 8; Clark, 6;
Evans, 3; Qwick, 1; A. Phillips.
1; Little, 2; Lennon, Bire and Cox.
Leland — Holmes, 6; C. Clark.
2: G. Ganey, 4: D. Ganey, 6; R.
Clark, 8; and William Benton 18.
Southport — Gregory. 6; Hughes,
9; Stephens, 2; Simmons; Free
man; Mason, 7; Watts and Waters,
4.
MOUNTAINEERS TO
ENTER NATIONAL
BASKETBALL MEET
West Virginia University
Will Compete In Madison
Square Garden
MORGANTOWN. W. Va., Feb.
24—UP)—West Virginia University’s
basketball team, winner of 15 of the
16 contests it has played so far this
season, will compete in the Na
tional Invitational Tournament at
Madison Square Garden next
month.
Asa Bushnell, Secretary of tjje
Eastern College Athletic Confer
ence and chairman of the invita
tion committee, announced in New
York today the acceptance by the
Mountaineers o'f its fourth bid oi
recent years to the post-season
meet.
The acceptance was the first by
any college for the eight team
meet which will open March 15. j
Bushnell did not disclose what
other colleges had been invited
but it was believed that Duquesne,
Navy, Notre Dame, Syracuse,
Rhode Island, St. Joseph’s of Phil
adelphia, Muhlenberg, Kentucky.
Bradley, Western Kentucky, arid
Texas Wesleyan were among the
teams under consideration.
Voigts May Be Selected
Northwestern Grid Coach
CHICAGO. Feb. 24 — (JP) — Bob
Voigts, line coach of the Cleve
land Browns of the All-America
football conference, may ■ be
chosen head coach for Northwest
ern university tomorrow night.
The board of trustees meets
then and an announcement approv
ing a successor to Lynn Waldorf,
who resigned to become head
coach at the University of Cali
fornia, may be forthcoming.
Tony Zale Signs To
Fight Tommy Charles
MEMPHIS. Tenn., Feb. 24.—(U.R)
—Middleweight Champion Tony
Zale and Tommy Charles of In
dianapolis, Were signed by Promot
er Milo Solomito today to fight a
10-round bout here March 20.
Zale defeated Eddie Rossi here
last spring in a wapm-up for his
successful title defense against
Rocky Graziano.
Wilmington Is First Quint
To Enter High School Meet
Local Cagers Have Perfect Record; Foul!
Players On Team Selected Last Year
For All-Tournament Quint
DURHAM, Feb. 24.—(/P)—New Hanover High School
of W ilmington, today accepted an invitation to participate
in the Sixth Annual Duke-Durham Southern High School
Invitational basketball tournament to be staged in Duke’s
indoor stadium March 14 and 15.
The W ilmington team coached by Leon Brogden recent
ly captured the Eastern Class AA High School Conference
championship and will meet the Western winners, yet to be
determined, for the state championship.
_D} regular season play the New Hanover crew is un
TOUCHDOWN TWINS
MAY TURN ACTORS
Army Gives Its 0. K. To
Glenn Davis And Doc
Blanchard
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—(*>)—
It’s O. K. with the Army if Felix
(Doc) Blanchard and Glenn Davis
want to make a movie.
The War Department, which re
cently denied an application of the
“Touchdown Twins” for four-month
leaves so they might play football
next fall, said today it had no ob
jection if they Want to make a
movie.
But, it was emphasized, they
must do it during their 60-day
leaves, beginning next June 3. This
will follow their graduation from
the Military Academy and thpir
commissioning as second lieuten
ants. •
There have been reports Blanch
ard and Davis hoped to make a
movie, their pay going to the
army relief fund.
War department officials said
they knew nothing about this, but
nevertheless said it would be all
right, provided Blanchard and
Davis did their movie acting while
on leave.
GREAT INFIELDER DIBS
WHEELING, W. Va„ Feb. 24 —
tP) — John Glasscock. 89, one of
the great infielders of an era when
baseball was young died today ii^
a Wheeling hospital after a week’s
illness.
leaien in high school competition
and has lost only one game this
season, a 49 to 46 defeat at th«
aands of the House of David team.
This will be Wilmington's sec
ond appearance in the tournament,
in last year’s event it won it* open
ng round game from Coolidg*
Sigh of Washington, D. C., but
ost to Frankfort, Ky., the tourna.
nent champions, in the semi-final*.
In the consolation contest it defeat
'd Greenville, S. C. high.
Heading the Wilmington attack
his season are four boys who won
second team berths on last year’s
ill-tournament selection. Johnny
McKoy, Toddy Fennell, W. A.
Brown and Louis Collie were th*
lads selected on the all-tourna
ment poll and all are back this
year along with Billy Mason to
round out the team’s starting lint
up.
Wilmington’s acceptance, th*
first by any school, leaves seven
vacancies open. Several teams ar*
under consideration but the tour
nament committee is awaiting th*
outcome of championship game*
before issuing invitations.
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