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Arizona Republic, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1973, Phoenix, Arizona
July so the a Hydro seek Gold cup loot reporter Bill Nixon in Flagstaff admires trophy pre occasion was Nixon departure from Flagstaff to assented by Northern Arizona University football letters utne full time sports beat in he covered with him Are wife Marion and daughter Nau sports for 14 associated press All the testing and adjusting ends As one of the largest fleets of hydroplane in a single place in recent years chases after the prestigious Gold cup and in prize but the rules had to be altered slightly saturday to As sure that a full Field on the noisy and colourful Thunder boats could participate in this Columbia River in a special racing officials decided to extend the qualifying period to this if for All boats in the pits to get a Chance to fifteen unlimited had checked in by saturday after but four were having difficulty meeting the 95 mile per hour average Over two laps required to win a berth in the favored in the race is the pay n a new Seattle based hydroplane named for the sponsoring Chain of build ing Supply wealth of memories from sports i staff writer Bill Nixon ends a 24year career with the Republic and Gazette in the following article he reminisces Over almost three decades of covering sports in by Bill Nixon ii he time was late 1951 at old Goodwin stadium on the Campus of then Arizona state College at bpm end coach for University of Arizo nals sat on the floor in the a dressing room trying to recover from a 6114 pasting administered by the ask football looked up at reporters surrounding him and said softly Frey play the kind of football we talk if 28 years of writing All concerning Arizo abased athletic that quote was the Fay wite Vosberg hit it on the Tod Many of the coaches Down through those year is from 1945 until the present Day failed to get to the Point like Vosberg did that thie sports writers in attendance knew they had of the for me it was one that toppled them there was another from a very despondent skip coach of the Idaho vandals who had just taken a 4714 walloping from the 1955 a Stahley didst have much to look Forward to for the rest of the but one reporter claimed the Idaho freshman team had some commented skip they Arent Worth the coach Warren the old was a Moody once he told his Star player in the Denver heres one Phoenix sports writer you can talk and pointed at yours the next in one game at the wild cats lost a close one to Texas tech and Wildcat phenom Art Luppino was knocked silly with an i was concerned about Luppino and made my Way into the dressing Woodson literally tossed me out of the complaining that sports writers come Down Here before the team gets a Cooling off period and get the kids to say something they dont despite the wily Warren at least to one of the Best sources Tor sports i had my doubts though in 1967 when he it cached a great new Mexico state team to a 900 humiliation of Northern Arizona the score even made the new York editorial coast coast took pot shots at Woodson up the thiere was one belly when i phoned in the game score to the Republic sports some Wise Guy what was the turning Point of the game it want funny to Nau head coach Andy Mac now an assistant at Michigan said any later that i dont mind for myself coaches have to expect such its just those seniors and his voice i another one like Michigan Stags spartans of 1949 were still smarting from an upset loss to Oregon state when they came to the spartans were reportedly the finest team to appear on an Arizona they had such people As Lynn Sonny Bob Don de Bagdon and Don Cole one spartan red shirt who naturally didst make the trip was a player of the future Frank Michigan state smothered the scoring 33 Points in the last no coach present or future could Ever ask for More of an Effort than Charlie Hall and Roy Rivenburg gave that night in the spartans of 1949 must still remember but football had its Bright moments there were the Luppino years at the a 195455 when he took the National major College Rushing titles in Back to Back the 1954 wildcats remain in my mind As one of the most exciting football teams in 28 years of covering College teams in Wajid could forget the toughness of offensive Cen ter Paul or his leadership against Asu that with time running out at the Haj Cofer broke the huddle himself grabbing the quarterback by the shirt and hauling him to the line of the wildcats scored from the Asu two Yard line on the final play of the first half because Hatcher had More Cool than therb in beating the in Hatcher missed the Asu game at Tempe because of but Luppino and a freshman Ralph got the Job they engineered a 76 upset of Dan Devines first Sun Devil team and knocked the devils out of the Border conference Luppino got the a touchdown on a 20yard using the Field judge for he also kicked the biggest Point of his Eddie sine blocked Bobby Mulgado conversion after ass Only but nobody but sine knew it until the following films showed that he had actually deflected Mulgado the wildcats gave me two of the most exciting games to write when they upset powerful Hardin Simmons teams in 1948 and in the later game the cats were fourth yet came from 21 Points behind to Surprise the highly favored but despite the Flash of a the most exciting moments were supplied by Danny Whites Wilford whizzes the i can still hear Woody then head coach of salad Bow bound during a prac Tice session we have to Stop that whizzes who moved to Ohio state the next foot Ball season and is still Columbus 1 coached Miami and Johnny Pont to a 3421 win Over White but he didst Stop White was magnificent in his final College its still vivid to whizzes a touchdown pass against Miami in the salad bowl with blood streaming from his nose and a defender hanging All Over what a competitor whizzes and Sun devils in 1950 scored 404 Points for a 92 i was there in Goodwin stadium the night Whiz Zer had Dixie Idaho talking to the incomparable scored five touch Downs and passed for two others As ask Wal loped the the two Best passing performances i witnessed came 22 years in 1947 at University of Kansas Orange Bow bound Jay Hawks invaded with a tremendous the Jay Hawks beat the Arizona but firing Freddie Enke got National acclaim for the who captured the major College total of sense Crown Over Mississippi Charlie Conerly that threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in totalling 357 Yards 288 Long after 1969 to be specific Northern Arizona University was in route to its Best season in the Lumberjacks got a 368yard passing performance by quarterback Bob Stewart As Nau came from behind to beat Weber Stewart got 206 Yards and All three Lumberjack touchdowns in the fourth Enke and they wont be forgotten for Fine performances against outstanding compete several players in the prep ranks will Long be like Lee Carey of Tucson White of Mesa and James Dugan of Dugan was the most talented prep athlete i Ever life played some tricks on or he would have been the greatest in my opinion football player in Arizona if you dont think 28 years is a Long consider the official scorer in the 1945 Tucson semipro baseball league who watched with Admi ration As an 18yearold Gene performed for Marana air Force 1 also watched in amazement in 1947 at the emotions of a Young third Billy who cried his eyes out in the Locke room of old Phoenix municipal stadium after the Phoenix senators lost a doubleheader to the Juarez indies and fell out of first place in the arizon Texas on the boxing 1 wonder Why Zora Folley never could acquire the killer it occurred to me recently that the stars of Auto racing i knew Best Are Bobby Jimmy Bryan and Art dedicated to the and great to be the biggest Golf outside of beating heavy favorite Gabe Gonzales in the r g Golf tournament years was seeing colourful Jimmy de Maret out shoot fabulous Ben Hogan to win a play off for the 1949 Phoenix open Tennis Drew my mostly because of a Friendship with Gardner onetime Davis cup oddly could throw a football As far As any one i Ever Tennis also commanded attention because the Little woman can you imagine a girl married to a Newspaperman for 26 years demanded i go watch Jack Bobby Riggs and Pancho Gonzales perform in matches at Phoenix unions the action was but in i fell i realized the importance of thoroughbred horse racing to the sports but the closest i came to direct Contact was my association with the late Phoenix Gazette writer Dick Dick Drew chuckles one Day at the Gazette when he wrote ruffled skirt May be in a bit Over her head and followed in the same Para graph my saying the Field would have to be aware of fast closing text basketball coverage has been a major part of my newspaper and i still say Leo Blevins Phoenix College head coach was the he made moves in the 40s and Early 50s for Phoenix Phoenix College and the a that have been the Way i see one of the most outstanding single game Basket Ball performances i saw was by Little Dave Schuff Phoenix for the a in 1951 when the wildcats upset powerful Long Island i can still see Dave dribbling around those Liu giants and hitting the boards with a key the funniest thing in 28 years it happened when Byus football team beat in 1948 at Goodwin the cougars and devils got involved in a full scale Battle of fists that brought every policeman at the stadium to Midfield to Stop the the Asu band struck up the Star spangled and the policemen came to attention and trouble the players went right on then there was the most embarrassing moment when de then Asu and yours truly were locked in the dressing room at Montgo Mery stadium after a salad bowl near missing the monday there were Many baseball including one in which i failed to recognize the arrival of a future Hall of the new York who Spring trained in switched Camps for one year 1951 with the Phoenix based new York after the first Day of the gazettes Ben Foote came Back to the office praising to the skies the Talent of a Young Oklahoma kid named and another Rookie named the rest of the sports staff dismissed footes enthusiasm because he was always finding future greats in Spring training in the later my sports world for the most part has been Northern arizonans who could forget that 90yard punt return for a touchdown by Little Jim Fuller against West Texas state and Mercury Morris in 1966 at Flagstaff or How about that 2120 shocker by Nau Over Duane Thomas and West Texas at Amarillo in 1969 that when an Nau assistant asked Axer a a Bob Stewart Why he didst throw to the tight gee wailed i Only had one and so we dont take ourselves seriously and drop a few tears Over leaving 28 years of new papering behind lets leave pm a Arizona wildcats once had a fullback named Bill the Field announcer would say to describe the play the Ball some drunk turned to his companion and shame shame right in front of Pak Driver Mickey Remund already has set a Gold cup qualifying record at for two laps of the 2mile Oval refunds owned by pay n Pak chairman Dave features the unique horizontal Stabilizer Wing mounted above the boats Remund says the Wing gives him a smoother especially Down the straight stretches where he hits speeds of 160 his main opposition should be Dean Chenoweth in the miss a Lake boat that last year was racing As the pay n Budweiser boat manager Bernie Little bought the Craft from Heerensperge this year and has been haunting the pay n pack racing team with it All going into the Gold the Budweiser has accumulated Points for the sea Salana tops three state lifting Marks de Saldana set state rec ords in each of the three lifts and a state record total to highlight the state teenage Power lifting championships in Chandler lifting in the 114 press benched 180 and dead lifted 325 for a 740 other state Marks came from Pete Durazo with a 275 Pound Bench in the 132 Mike Tucker with a 375 410 dead lift and 1005 total at 149 Dave a 460 dead lift at 165 Dave a 475 dead lift at 198 and Lance a 520 dead lift in the 220 Saldana Rick Arambula Mike Longmier 645 Hernandez Mike Miller Bonny Bua 565 Moody Pete Durazo Steve Cheney 828 148 make Tucker Greg Whlter Bob Skalicky 835 165dave Mcgee Larrv Stanley to Norman Reaume 935 181jeff Louis Jay Arthur Verlaque Powell 910 Dave Horsman Dave Kyllon Corey wills 1065 220lance Mallow Randy Johnson Mike Smith 990 Kelso Ray a 200 behind the National Leader pay n other contenders today Are expected to be the Atlas Van lines from piloted by Bill and the Lincoln Thrift of piloted by Danny also in the pits Are pizza Pete of miss Madison of shakes special of Valu Mart u16 and Valu Mart both of notre Dame of mister Fabricator of miss of Murphys Marina of and red Man u8 and red Man u81 of some longtime hydroplane observers say the notre Dame is potentially the fast est boat in the Field but note that engine difficulties have plagued the Craft All its still not Good notre Dame Driver Ron Lar san muttered after finishing a Warmup Lap Larsen said his Crew has been having trouble getting the right mix of water and alcohol to Cool the on the other Remund said after finishing a test run saturday that everything just we should be All Robinson sparkles at Lead ii associated press Atlanta Bill once billed As another Poten tial Mickey is now showing the form that led the new York Yankees to acquire from the Atlanta braves for Clete floundering with the yanks for three pressure packed he was finally sent to the minors after the 1969 sea he eventually migrated to the Philadelphia Organiza and hit As a phils Reserve last but this starting in right and Center the 30y e a r o 1 d native of my is one of the National leagues top five hitters and has been a Valu Able Lead off Hes also doing extremely Well in the Friday in the phils 64 Victory Over the Robinson made his Best catch Ever by bouncing against the right Field bullpen Gate to Rob Dusty Baker of what looked like a sure game tying two run Hank Aaron had walked with two out and a right handed pull sliced a drive that looked like it might not even make the Robinson leaped High on the seven foot which broke a hinge As it gave and he pulled Down Bakers Ive made a lot of catches but that the Best the Philadelphia outfielder theres no Way to describe a catch like its just pure they might have killed me if Hank Aaron hit that he the Atlanta superstar hit a three run blast earlier in the giving him a career total of just 15 Short of tying the babe ruths record Atlanta manager Eddie Matthews and Danny his Philadelphia agreed they had never seen anything like the i dont know How he got up so High and reached so far for the said the Admir ing 1 also dont know How he kept from fall ing into the i never saw it done before Ozark and that is a Tipoff on How Bill Robinson More about blazers Triumph continued from Page do he made the blazers trailed at then after la blocked a Henry Fig at tempt at the Start of the third Sweetan took his club 42 Yards to pay Vogels halfback pass for 44 Yards to Greg Brown got the the blazers gained 220 Yards on the showing evidence that Venturo is still a main Chancy gained 82 on 19 Williams 47 on 12 but scampered 40 Yards on a keeper to set up Cruz Field the Way with 91 Yards on but five Spag was Only 6for18 in the but in his Many of his tosses were was 13 for31 with two Good for 138 the casinos could gain but 22 Yards losing much of that due to sweetens the blazers fumbled five times and lost giving them 12 miscues in two the teams combined were penalized 183 As officials spent much of the night throwing and Stop Ping Tom Altemus punted three times for a Yard while Las with its regular punter out with an injury but Yards average on Las vegas Phoenix 10 j 7 10 0 17 t21 21 Fig 1 run Joerger kick 28 Fig 15 Fig 44 pass from Vowel Joerger kick 42 run Henry kick 16 pass from failed Lai vein 3722 138 160 1331 32 8104 statistics first Downs Yards Rushing Yards passing total Yards fumbles lost penalties punts Phoenix 36220 39 Jacques who likes to be next est new York a 3yearold Colt who has never won a finished second saturday for the Lith time in 15 starts this the owned by Jacques wimp Hei came in second to real reason in the third race at Aqueduct to make his record 11 seconds and a third in 15 1973 last he was out of the Money in All 10 Jacques backed heavily in place betting paid and Rev Pic Bolo by Kevin Phoenix blazers Pale Baker on Mike Clupper in and Tom Altemus 85 converge on Las vegas Marvin Pettaway 0 on a Kickoff return in saturday nights 2217 Blazer Pettaway fumbled twice in third Quarter to Send blazers on Way to
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