Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - February 11, 1986, Blytheville, Arkansas
Page 6 — Courier News, Blytheville, (Ark.)—Tuesday, February 11,1986
Ron Chrisco, Sports Editor
Chicks Prepare For Marianna; Tonight's Game At Helena Canceled
BY RON CHRISCO CN Sports Editor
BLYTHEVILLE - Thanks to old man winter, the Blytheville Chickasaws can start preparation a day early for Friday night's battle for first place in the AAAA East Conference with the Marian-na Trojans.
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contest at West Helena between the Chicks and Cougars has been postponed due to the ice and snow. The two schools will decide later when the game will be rescheduled.
The cancelation of tonight's game will probably work in the Chicks' favor because of the extra day of preparation, and also because it was without a doubt hard for them to concentrate on the Helena game anyway. The game at Marianna is the big topic of conversation among Chickasaw
fans, and according to Maraianna Head Coach James Banks, Trojan fans are also concentrating all of their attention on the big showdown.
In a recent article in a Little Rock Newspaper Banks stated he was having a hard time keeping his players from looking ahead to tilytlievilie because ot tne mteresi in the game by their fans. Marianna is scheduled to play in Jonesboro tonight, but the chances are very good that the game, like the Chicks and Helena, won't be played.
You won't get much arguement that Friday's game will be between the two Dest teams in the AAAA East Conference. Although the conference schedule isn't halfway over, it is pretty evident the race for the AAAA East Championship is a two team affair between the Chicks and Trojans.Chicks Remain Atop Prep Poll By One Point
Kelvin Crawford, who leads the Blytheville Chickasaws in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.4) for the season, drops in a jumper over Jonesboro's 6-5 center Doug Thomas. The Chicks game tonight at West Helena has been postponed due to the weather.NC Still No. 1; NC State Climbs Back Into Top 20
NEW YORK (AP) - North Carolina unanimously remains the No. 1 team in college basketball today, while neighbor North Carolina State has climbed back into The Associated Press' Top Twenty for the first time since the second week of the season.
AP College Poll
The Top Twenty By Associated Press
The Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press' collefle basketball poll, with first place votes in parentheses, total points based on JO 19-19 17 li l5 U;l3;12 11-10 9 8-7 6-5-4 3-2-1, re cord through'l^eli. 10 and last week's ranking:
Record Pts Pvs 1.North Carolina (631 24 1 J.Duke 22 2
3.Kansas 22 3
4.Mennphis State 22 2
5.Georgia Tech 18 4
6.Nev.-Las Vegas 24 2 7.St. John's 23-3 B.Oklahoma 21 2 9.Georgetown 19 4
10.Michigan 20 3
11.Kentucky 20 3 12.Syracuse 18 3 13.Bradley 24 1 U.Notre Dame 16 4 IS.Texas El Paso 21 3 16.lndiana 16 5 17.N. Carolina State 17 6 IS.AIabama 17 4 19.Louisville 16 7 M.Virginia Tech 18 6
Others receiving votes: Illinois 27, Virginia 27, Western Kentucky 27, Navy 25, Old Dominion 24, Michigan State 18, Alabama-Birmingham 13, Richmond 11, St. Joseph's 8, Louisiana State 6, Miami, Ohio 5, Minnesota 5, Purdue 4, Xavier, Ohio 3, Iowa State 2, Pepperdine 2, Texas Chris tianj, Auburn),
1260 1186 1073 1000 959 910 829 772 760 726 654 564 539 497 328 316 193 186 163 105
The top-ranked Tar Heels have been first in every poll since the season began. They were unanimous choices twice before losing to Virginia but still remained No. 1 last week.
All 63 sports writers and broadcasters voting in this week's poll tabbed 24-1 North Carolina as the top team. The Tar Heels collected 1,260 points in the balloting, far ahead of the 1,186 for runner-up Duke. The Blue Devils, 22-2, second in the poll for the second time this season, moving up two spots this week.
North Carolina State, meanwhile, jumped back into the ratings thanks to an upset of Louisville last week. The Wolfpack is 17-6 overall.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - By a point, Blytheville remains atop The Associated Press high school basketball poll.
The 20-2 Chickasaws collected four first-place votes and four second-place votes from the sportswriters and sportscasters in the voting panel. Brinkley, a point back in second, is 20-0, having received four first-place votes, Uiree second-place votes and a third-place vote.
Hope is third, followed by Little Rock Central, Jacksonville, Little Rock Hall, Fayetteville, Dumas, Lincoln and Fort Smith Southside.
Blytheville, which has been top-ranked all season, earned AAAA-East wins last week over Forrest City, 70-42, and Jonesboro, 66-41. Both of the Chicks' losses have been to Tennessee teams.
Brinkley beat Newport 64-47 and beat Rivercrest 77-66.
Hope, which was seventh last week, beat Camden 49-43 and Magnolia 70-57. Camden beat Hope in both their previous meetings. Central, fourth last week also, beat Conway, which was third last week, 78-58, and then lost to North Little Rock Northeast, 68-65.
Jacksonville climbs a notch after posting AAAArNorth victories over Sylvan Hills, 53-47, and Conway, 51-43.
Hall moves up from ninth after keeping its AAAA-Central record clean with a 63-57 victory over Lit-
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tie Rock McClellan and a 62-61 decision over Little Rock Catholic.
Fayetteville, after a 71-56 victory over Rogers and a 67-39 triumph over Huntsville, moves up from 10th. Dumas slips three notches. The Bobcats disposed of Dollarway 74-39 but then fell to Crossett 30-28.
Lincoln, a lAA team with a 22-0 record, was tied with Fayetteville for 10th last week. Southside was unranked last week. The Rebels cracked the top 10 after beating RusseUville 58-45 and Fort Smith Northside 53-35.
High School Poll
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Here are the results of The Associated Press high school basketball poll with first-place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right:
4.LR CentraK 14-4)49
5. Jacksonville( 17-3)42
6.LR HalK 14-5)39
Others receiving votes, listed
alphabetically: Camden, Conway, LR McClellan and RusseUville.
The other clubs are in a battle for third place, which would mean a trip to the Class AAAA State Tournament. The top three teams in the league qualify for the state tourney.
BHS enters Friday's clash with a 5-0 league mark, 20-2 overall. Marianna is 4-0 and 13-6. West iVlempms ai tne moineiii owns third place in the league with a 3-3 record. But Jonesboro (1-3), Forrest City (1-4) and even winless Helena (0-4) still have a shat at a state tournament bid.
After Friday night's contest, the Chicks will have four conference games remaining. They still must go to Forrest City, and of course they have the make up at Helena. The two home games left are against West Memphis Feb. 21 and a rematch with Marianna on Feb. 14.
Marianna will two home games and three on the road after Friday night. The Trojans have Jonesboro and Helena coming to Marianna and will take trips to Blytheville, Jonesboro and Forrest City.
The Chicks go to Marianna at the top of their game. They have won four in a row since that shelling they took at Obion County, Tenn., and during those four games have played some of their best basketball of the season. In those four game they outscored the opposition by an average of 63 points per game to 42. For the season they are outscoring the opposition 63 to 52.5.
In their last outing, Friday's 66-41 shelling of Jonesoro, the Chicks put together one of their b^t overall performances of the season. They played the usually
tough defense. But the improvement came on the offensive end of the court. Or to be more specific, shooting basketball, something the Chicks haven't been doing all that well lately. They made 53 percent of their field goals and 86 percent from the free throw line against JHS. The free throw per-
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