Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - December 6, 1980, Blytheville, Arkansas
ChicksWin Trophy with New Offense
ByRONCHRISCO Courier News Sports Editor
SIKESTON, Mo.-A brand spanking new offense plus outstanding performances by & veteran and a pair of newcomers lifted the Blytheville Chickasaws to a 68-58 win over tiie New Madrid Eagles giving tiiem tiie third place trophy in the Sikeston Invitational Tournament.
Cape Girardeau Central, the current class 4-A Missouri State Champions, won the tournament for
the second straight year by defeating the host Sikeston Bulldogs, 54-53.
Charleston defeated Poplar Bluff in the losers bracket final, 53-^.
As it turned out, the Chicks' two victories in the tournament came over the No. 1 (New Madrid) and No. 2 (Charleston) seeded teams.
Tonight, the Chickasaws will be in action in friendly surroundings of the BH^'gym when they host one of the tougher teams on their 1980-81 schedule.
The Cairo, lU., PUots, led by one of the country's outstanding players in 6-8 Athony Webster, will meet the Chicks in A and B games starting at 6 o'clock.
With senior starter Ronnie Riley sideUned with an ankle tatjury, Chickasaw head coach Jim Dixon felt his ball club needed a different type of offense to compete with the super quick Eagles.
So Dixon s^nt most of Thursday's practice installing the shuffle. That was the first Ume the Chicks had even seen the offense.
"Because Ronnie was out we didn't have the people to go one on one which is the basis of our other offense," explained Dixon.
"The Shuffle is a better offense for the players we put on the floor last night. It is a miracle it worked that good after only one day of practice.
"I guess you could say it was unusual and unexpected that they did that well. All of our players just did an excellent job."
Brian Wagner, who came into last night's clash as the team's second leading scorer behind Riley with just under a 12 ppg average, picked up a lot of the slack caused by Riley's absence by pouring in a game high 20 points.
Brian connected on seven of 10 from the floor as the Chicks as a team continued to hit at an above average clip from the field.
RON CHRISCO SPORTS EDITOR
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But it was the play of a pair of inexperienced juniors that lite the spark that sent the Chicks to their third win of the season out of five games.
Mark Simmons, who started at post in place of Riley, and played every minute until he fouled out with 12 seconds to play, scored nine points grabbed three rebounds, blocked a couple of shots and turned in a hustling defensive effort against the Eagles' strong inside game.
At different times in the contest, Mark had to contend with 6-5 Tommy Little and a unbelievable strong 6-3 Keith Adams.
Little finished with eight points and Adams was held to only two.
When Wagner and the other starting guard, Greg Matthews, got into early foul trouble, Dixon called on 5-9 Ricky Moore. Ricky responded with six big points with a perfect shooting night. • He was 2-2 from the floor with a pair of 15 foot jumpers, and he connected on his only two trips to the free throw line.
RICKY MOORETar Heels Reach Big Four Finals
By KEN RAPPOPORT .\P Sports Writer The Nprltv Caisiina,, Tw„ Hissils. have been all-winning — but not getting any high grades from Coach Dean Smith.
"I think we need a little work," Smith said after his lOth-ranked basketball team squeezed by Duke 78-76 in the Big Four tourney at Greenstjoro, N.C., Friday night.
Smith was particularly unhappy with his team's execution of the Four Corners offense, the Tar Heels' bread and butter over the years.Reitz Kills Sutter Deal
ST. LOUIS ' A?)-"! ain't going to Chicago." St Louis third baseman Ken Roitz said Friday, killing a proposed deal which would have sent him to the Cubs for relief ace Bruce Sutter.
The Cardinals were ready to send Reliz, Leon Durham and another player to Chicago for Sutter. Reitz's approval was required because of a no-trade clause in his contract.
Reitz said his agent, Larue Harcourt, recommended he accept the deal after talking with Cardinal (General Manager Whitey Herzog a month ago.
But the third baseman, who set a National League record by committing only eight errors last season, said it was a challenge to stay in St. Louis.
"It's a challenge for me to stay here because Herzog has pretty much tried to force me to go," Reitz said. "I've been in the Cardinal organization for 12 years. I feel I've been good to the organization, and then to be aced out like this.
"It bugs me."
In the latter stages of the 1980 season, the Cardinals moved second baseman Kenny Oberkfell over to third with Tommy Herr filling in for Oberkfell. The moves add speed tothe lineup.
Reitz, with four years remaining on a $1.4 million contract, said Chicago General Manager Bob Kennedy, "wants me to be a regular."
"It's a hard decision for me because he's done a lot for me," Reitz said.
Kennedy, the father of Cardinal catcher Terry Kennedy, was farm director for St. Louis before taking the GM job with the Cubs.
Part of the challenge for Reitz will be proving he can hit consistently, he said. The third bawseman is noted for fading at the plate after the All-Star break.
"I came back last season and raised my average to .270," Reitz said, "I changed my stance and I think it helped me. I think I'll be more consistent in hitting next year because of that."
"I was hoping we wouldn't have to be in those last-minute situatins too
erence to the relative youth and inexperience of this year's North Carolina team.
Even at that, the Tar Heels won the Great Alaska Shootout tournament in a field studded with Top 20 teams, and have taken their first five games.
North Carolina's victory put them into tonight's Big Four finals against Wake Forest, which defeated North Carolina State 87-57 in the other first-round game.
In other action involving the nation's ranked teams, No. 4 Maryland defeated Wagner 96-73 and No. 18 Syracuse whipped Kent State 81-65 in the first round of the Carrier Classic at Syracuse; 12th-ranked Iowa nipped Cincinbnati 69-64 and Arizona State stopped Montana State 92-71 in the Fiesta Classic at Tempe, Ariz., and No. 17 Missouri stopped West Texas Sate 88-70 and Lamar tripped Pitt 67-65 in the Show-Me Classic in Columbia, Mo.
Freshman Matt DOherty hit a crucial free throw with 12 seconds left to help the Tar Heels pull out their victory over Duke. James Worthy led North Carolina with 26 points, while Kenny Dennard paced Duke with 18.
"The victory meant a great deal and it had to be a disappointing loss for Duke," said Smith. "But if you don't like this sort of game, you ought not to coach."
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was disappointed, but only that Vince Taylor's shot with four seconds left did not fall and Dennard was called for offensive goal tending trying to tap it in.
"It was a shot that I wouldn't mind having," Krzyzewski said of Taylor's short jump shot. "But we could have had a little more patience. But we cannot do anything about what's in the past."
Alvis Rogers scored 15 points in the night's second game to pace Wake Forest's easy victory over North Carolina State. The Deacons had a 50-38 lead at the half and later built on their advantage as Coach Carl Tacy freely substituted in the final 10 minutes.
Greg Manning scored 29 points as Maryland overcame a shaky start and beat Wagner. The Terps led 41-32 at the half and shut out Wagner in the first four minutes of the second half to pull away.
Leo Rautins, Dan Schayes and Marty Headd each scored 12 points and Eddie Moss played a sparkling defensive game to lead Syracuse
past Kent State. Robert Kitchens' 18 points led the losers.
Kenny Arnold hit fp^ free throws in the hnal 36 seconds to pace Iowa ' over Cincinnati. Steve Krafcisin led the Hawkeyes with 18 points.
Byron Scott was among five players in double figures with 19 points as Arizona State beat Montana State. The game never was in doubt in the second half as the Sun Devils led by as many as 29 points.
Ricky Frazier and Curtis Berry each scored 20 points to pace Missouri over West Texas State. Mike Oiiiver scored 30 points in Lamar's victory over Pittsburgh.
Elsewhere, Ed Rains scored a game-high 27 points as South Alabama beat Texas-El Paso 77-66 and Holy Cross trimmed Assumption 93-78 in the Worcester County National Classic. Kevin Rogers scored 23 points to lead St. Peter's past Vermont 62-36 and Kevin Troy contributed 20 as Rutgers defeated Columbia 78-63 in the Jersey Classic.
Also Cliff Livingstone and Antoine Carr sparked a second-half comeback to pace Wichita State past Mc-Neese 91-66 and Eddie Hughes tossed in two free throws with two seconds left to lead Colorado State over Oklahoma City 47-45 in the McDonald's Classic.
Sylvan Hills Wins 4A Title
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) -Mark Pena scored two touchdowns and linebacker Gary Stroud rambled 52 yards with a fumble recovery for another score to pace Sylvan Hills to a 24-0 triumph over Spring-dale in the Class AAAA state championship football game Friday night.
Sylvan Hills forced five Springdale fumbles and intercepted the Bulldogs' three times.
Sylvan Hills led 17-0 at halftime as Pena scored from 2 and 7 yards away and Tracy Brown kicked a 25-yard field goal.
The Bears got their final touchdown in the third quarter. Springdale's Bobby Yost fumbled the ball at the Bears' 48 and Stroud scooped up the ball and ran in for the touchdown.
The victory improved Sylvan Hills record to 11-0-1 for the year, while Springdale ended its season at 8-3.Class AAA
Stockemer's first touchdown came from 2 yards away in the first quarter and the extra point was good.
Airedales' quarterback Robin Hankins scored from 1 yard out moments later and the extrapoint kick by Tommy Harrell made the score 14-0.
Wynne quarterback Dewan Wilson hurled an 18-yard touchdown pass to Billy Bowers on fourth-and-14 to make the score 14-7 in the middle of the second quarter.
Stockemer scooted 38 yards for a score with 3:44 left in the half and Harrell kicked a 27-yard field goal with two seconds to go in the half to give Alma a 24-7 lead.
Wynne fullback Milton Light scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 1-yard run. Wilson passed to Bowers for a two-point conversion.
Alma closed its year with a 14-0 mark, while Wynne finished at 11-3.
"Mark and Ricky Just did an outstanding job," praised Dixon. "Especially when you consider the inexperience they took Into the game. The play of these two had a lot to do with winning the game.
"In Mark's case I am pretty sure he played more minutes tonight than he has in his entire baskerball career. He played hardly any on the junior high level and he joined us late in the season last year and didn't get to play very much even in our B games.
"Both of them played much better that could have been expected."
The Chicks never trailed after midway of the second quarter, but the game was far from over at that point. The Eagles put in a strong bid to overtake the Chicks in the flnal quarter when they whittled a 12 point deficite down to only two with 4:08 to play.
With 6;43 to play, the Chicks seemingly had things under control with a 49-37 edge. But the Eagles came alive and over the next two and a half minutes blitzed the Chicks, 12-1, to trail 5048.
But the Chicks answered that surge with a free throw from George Martin, a driving layup by Matthews and a short jumper from inside the lane by Simmons.
New Madrid made one more bid to come back. With 55 seconds left, Kent Perkins stole the ball at mid court and drove in for a uncontested layup to make it a four point game, 62-58.
Wagner put the game in the win collum when he hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds to play. Eleven seconds later, Brian broke away for a driving layup off a steal by the Chickasaw defense.
The game was all even after the first period, 12-12. The Eagles' last lead came on the first bucket of the second stanza when James Gates got loose for a layup putting them on top, 14-12.
After a rebound basket by Tom Fowler knotted it at 18-18, the Chicks
Pulaski Robinson ended the season with a 12-2 record while De Queen closed its year at 104.
The Senators never trailed in the game. They led 10^) at halftime on a 4-yard run by Simon Robinson and a 30-yard field goal by Mark Muren.
The Senators drove 50 yards after the second-half kickoff and scored on a 5-yard run by quarterback Kenny Fells to boost their lead to 17-0.
De Queen's only touchdown came late in the third quarter on a 6-yard scamper by quarterback Lee Austin.Class A
WYNNE, Ark. (AP) - Ralph Stockemer scored on runs of 2 and 38 yards Friday night to direct Alma to the Class AAA state football championship with a 24-15 victory over Wynne.
Stockemer rushed 22 times for 171 yards as Alma grabbed a 24-7 halftime lead.Class AA
DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) - James Monday gained 133 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored one touchdown Friday night as the Pulaski Robinson Senators claimed the Class AA state football title with a 26-6 triumph over the De Queen Leopards.
went in front for good on five quick points by Greg Matthews. Greg followed Wagner in point production for the Chicks with 12.
BHS led 31-22 at the intermission, and increased that lead by two poinU at the third stop, 45-36.
"Our Kids got it together tonight and all of them played an outstanding game," complimented Dixon. "George Martin did a good job on the boards. He got eight rebounds which is a-individual high for us this season."
The Chicks conUnued to do a super job of shooting the basketball from the field, lliey hit 55 percent last night and for the three games in the tournament they shot 56 percent.
After hitthig 48 percent inthe season opener at Rivercrest, the Chicks have not been below 55 percent hi any of theh- last four games.
New Madrid put three players in double figures. Sam McFerren led with 14, Fowler had 12 and Kent Perkins put in n.
FC FT REB PF TP
Brian Wagner 7-10 84 2 4 20
Greg Matthews 2-3 S 5 i:
Mark Simmons 4-5 1-3 3 5
George Martin 4-13 1-2 8 2
Joe Riley 2-4 2-4 5 4
John Sharkey 3-7 (M) 0 0
Ricky Moore 2 2 2-2 2 0
TOTALS n-4* 14-23 2S 2f «
NEW MADRID (SB)
FG FT REB PF TP
Sam McFerren 7-20 OJ 2 4
Tom Fowler 5-10 2-4 5 4
Kent Perkins 54 1-2 3 4
Bruce Gatson 3-10 3-6 5 2
Tommy Little 4^ 0-2 4 0
Johnny Jones 1-4 0« 0 l
Keith Adams 11 o-l 3 0
Jeff Lofton 0-1 0-10 0 0
James Gates 00 0-10 1 0
David Palmer 04 04 o 1 0
TOTALS 2M1 MO 22 " »
By The Associated Press BAST
Manhattanviile97, Vassar 51 Trinity, Conn. 66, Wesieyan 46 Upsala 81, Staten Island 65 Wheeling 80, Concord 76 Wm. Paterson 111, Baruch 81
SOUTH Fisk81,Millsaps77 Jackson S. 80, N. Carolina A&T 78u Louisiana Tech 79, NW Louisiana
DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Danville's Brad Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another Friday night to boost the Little Johns to the Class A state championship with a 33-6 football victory over Gould.
Taylor scored on runs of 5 yards and threw and fired a 25-yard pass to Kevin Phillips for another score as the Little Johns completed their season with a 12-0 mark.
Gould - which finished the season 10-2 - obtained its only lead of the night in the first quarter on a 15-yard scamper by quarterback Jimmy Harper. The Panthers failed on a twopoint conversison try and the score was 6-0.
N.C. Central 87, Shaw 63
St. Augustine's 70, Fayetteville St.
Tenn.-Martin 62, N. Dakota 59 Wash. & Lee 56, Lehman 44 W. Virginia St. 85, Rio Grande 83
MIDWEST Chicago St. 76, Northland 6 Coe76, Grinnell36 Columbia Coll. 67, Cent. Bible 42 Ind.-Purdue 76, Gardner-Webb 74 Minnesota 100, Loyola, III. 83 Nebraska-Omaha 105, Dana 79 Northwestern 63, Cornell 48 St. Louis 70, Delaware St. 47
SOUTHWEST SE Oklahoma 58, Abilene Chris. 56, OT
Stephen F. Austin 55, McMurry 51 Texas Southern 107, Prairie View 76
FAR WEST Cai-Riverside 72, Ciaremont-Mudd68
Cent. Washington 74, W. Montana
Colorado Coll. 86, Concordia 75 Colo. Mines 100, E. New Mexico 97 E. Oregon 99, George Fox 88 E. Washington 86, Seattle Pacific
Hayward St. 78, Los Angeles St. 76 Idaho 79, Simon Fraser 69 Ore. Tech 76, Idaho Coll. 68 Redlands 61, Fresno-Pacific 58 Southern Cal 99, Doane 58 S. Calif. Colt. 79, Cal Baptist 73 S. Oregon 92, NW Christian 63 Big Four Tourney First Round North Carolina 78, Duke 76 Wake Forest 87, N. Carolina St. 57 Carrier Classic First Round Syracuse81,KentSt.65 Maryland 96, Wagner 73 Case Western Reserve Tourney
First Round Wis.-Milwaukee 65, Denison 57 Case Western Reserve 75, Oberlin
Crab Cake Festival Second Round Baltimore 86, Campbell 71 Towson St. 70, UNC-Wilmington 66
Eagle Classic First Round
MOrehead St. 70, Ill.-Chi. Circle 59 Fiesta Classic First Round Iowa 69, Cincinnati 64 Arizona St. 92, Montana St. 71 Governor's Classic First Round Fairleigh Dickinson 88, E.
Stroudsburg70 Rider 79, Trenton St. 67 Hatter Classic First Round Florida A&M 83, Butler 77 Stetson 65, Appalachian St. 58 Jersey Classic First Round Rutgers 78, Columbia 63 St. Peter's 62, Vermont 36 McDonald's Classic First Round Colorado St. 47, Oklahoma City 45 Wichita St. 91, McNeeseSt. 66 Show-Me Classic First Round Umar67,Pitt65 Missouri 88, W. Texas St. 70 Spider Classic First Round Richmond 89, Catholic U. 68 Virginia St. 85, St Francis, N.Y. 73 Wisconsinlnvltational First Round Wis.-Green Bay 44, E. Michigan 42 Wisconsin 77, Kentucky St. 65
HIGHSCHOOLBOYS Pine Bluff 61, Jonesboro 46 Warren 66, McGehee 44 Altheimer57, Elaine 29 Grady 56, Delta 26 Plum Bayou 69, C. B. White 59 Vaster 53, Portland 33 Stuttgart 75, DeValls Bluff 43 Valley View 67, Oak Grove 51 Weslside80,Lepanto44 Weiner67,Monette50 Lake City 52, Caraway 48 Tyronza 55, Armorel 46 Leachville58, Bay 53 Harrisburg 57, Trumann 45 Hughes 48, Marked Tree 41 Norfork 59, Mountain Home 55 Hartman64;Altus56 Batesville 72, Heber Springs 47 Batesville Southside 60, Ju(teonia
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