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Canton And Waynesville Cagers Meet In Return Match At Canton Friday
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County Tournament Opens Next Week At Bethel
Here And Yonder
By BOB CONWAY
The boys' division of the Haywood County basketball tourna
ment this year appears to be more wide open than it has been in
several seasons ? with three teams I Waynesville. Bethel, and Clyde)
evenly matched and Fines Creek in the role of a darkhorse.
At first, the championship usually involved Canton and
Bethel and then when the Black Bears dropped out of the tourna
ment, the finalists were Bethel and Waynesville.
Canton again has passed up the county meet and the Clyde
Cardinals hayp entered the circle of top contenders ? holding single
victories over both Waynesville and Bethel, the other two members
of the Big Three.
However, since Fines Creek played the Mountaineers two
close games, the Hornets can't be entirely counted out of competi
tion and could spill one of the favorites.
Crabtree-lron Duff, with only one county win this year, ap
parently doesn't have the artillery to go all the way in the tourna
ment, which opens Wednesday at Bethel.
Waynesville, which has lost only one county tilt (to Clyde),
probably has the strongest team in tne tournament potentially, but
the Mountaineers have their bad nights, in which some members of
the squad have difficulty in finding the range. When the Gold and
Black sharpshooters are "on", however, they can pour in the poiqts.
In the girls' division, the Betrtel Belles will be heavily favored
with the Waynesville Mountainettes in the No. 2 spot. However, any
of the other four county sextets could come through on any given
Waynesville has the best chance of upsetting the smooth
playing Belles, but in two games this year the Mountainettes have
frittered away their chances of victory with poor passes, weakness
at the free-throw line, and an inability to stop Shirley Smith.
The Waynesville girls are still haunted by their "under the
basket" fixation of past seasons, and continually lose the ball try
ing to pass to Tulan Carver. But Bethel's tight guarding seldom
permits Miss Carver to get her clutches on the ball and when she
does, she's usually pressed too hard to do anything with it. Against
Bethel Friday before last, she got only three points.
If Waynesville puts its dependence on the kind of shots that
Agnes Roberson does so well, and on driving into the basket, the
mountain maidens could upset the Belles. But If they insist on
pursuing a lost cause, it'll be the same old story if Waynesville and
Bethel meet in the tournament.
What we'd like to see is a girls' team with Agnes Roberson of
Waynesville, Shirley Smith of Bethel, and Betty Owenby of Clyde
as the three forwards.
Miss Owenby has hit the high-water mark this season with
her 47 points against Fletcher,
Other top scorers in the county have been Catherine and
Ethel Ferguson'of Fines Creek, Bessie Phillips of Canton, and Louise
Presnell and Louise Best of Crabtree-Iron Duff.
Clyde Boys Down Bethel
In Close Contest, 34-32
The Clyde Cardinals served
notice that they will be a contend
er for the Haywood County basket
ball championship next week when
they got revenge for an earlier
loss to Bethel by edging the Blue
Demons at Clyde Tuesday night,
34-32. It was Clyde's first athletic
victory over a Bethel team in the
-past several years.
The Bethel Belles, however, were
never in trouble in downing the
Clyde Cardinalettes, 57-35.
The boys' game was strictly a
defensive battle, in which both
teams scored only 11 points in the
first half, leaving the score dead
locked at the itnermission.
Howard Shook was the hero of
the evening for Clyde as he dump
ed in-17 points from his center
slot. Bob McCracken contributed
Dean Reese with 11 and Gerald
Hill with 10 paced the Blue De
In the girls' game, sophomore
Shirley Smith bucketed 31 points
for Bethel, while Betty Owenby
hit 17 and Anna Jean Medford 16
The score at the half was 32-13
in favor of the Belles.
Bethel (57) Clyde (35)
F?Lowe (9) ... Owenby (17)
F?Henson (10) Ducker (2)
F?S. Smith OJ) Harris
G?Pinkerton ... Medford (16)
Subs: Bethel?Jones 3, Grogan.
Laymon 2, J. Smith. Phillips, Shef
field. J. Sheffield 2. Clyde ? T.
Brown, Scott. Hughey, Green.
Bethel (32) Clyde (34)
F?Russell B. McCracken (12)
F?Hill (10) D. McCracken (5)
C?Singleton (5) Shook (17i
G?Reese (II) Caldwell
G?Queen (4) Greer
Subs: Bethel ? Mease. West 2.
Officials: Sides and Mills.
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"Which of you is "Hot Lips" BeaUy?"
CONNIE MACK. "M?. BASEBALL*'
CONNIE MACK, who helped
pioneer baseball from the sand
lots to the No. I sport of the na
tion, died Wednesday at the are
of 93 in Philadelphia.
The Canton Black Bears attain
proved too tough for the Hender
sonville Bearcats and clipped the
latter. 65-61, at Canton Tuesday
night, but had to withstand a sec
ond-half rally after leading 44-24
at the recess.
The Canton Lady Bears made it
a grand slam with a 60-47 decision
over the Bearkittens.
Charles West showed the way
for the bruins with 26 points, but
pudgy Bill Davis of Hendersonville
captured scoring honors for the
evening with 28 points.
Taylor, a sub, paced the Canton
girls with 18 points, while Young
added 16 Brown was the big gun
for the Bearkittens with 30 points.
The score at the half was 27-19
in favor of Canton
Tomorrow night Canton will
play host to Waynesville.
Hendersonville (47) Canton (-14)
IF?Brown (30? Phillips (9)
F?Johnson (3) Willis (5)
F?Williams (13) Young (16)
Subs: Hendersonville ? Pace,
Powell 1, Sloan. Canton?Taylor
18. Surrett 7. Carswell, P. Clark.
Robinson 5. J. Robinson, McCrack
en, M. Clark, Cody.
Hendersonville (61) Canton (65)
F?Calloway '11) -Milner (15)
F?Davis (28) . Cannon 18)
C?Hunter (5) King (13)
G?Heilig (10) West (26)
G?Jones (2) Van Hook
Subs: Hendersonville ? Poteat
1, H, Hunter, Mintz 4, Johnson,
(Sinclair. Canton?Stamey 1, Pow
ell. Pace, Rvtter, Green 2.
Officials: Rhodes and Randall,
of games with Flat Rock Tuesday
night, the Fillies winning over the
Flat Rock girls. 50-31, and the Flat
Rock boys rallying in the second
half to win going away. 83-51.
Sparked by James Ferguson and
John Evans, who scored 17 apiece,
the Hornets took a 39-30 lead over
Flat Rock at the half, but couldn't
hold the pace in the second half.
J. Hoxit hit 21 and Ward 19 for
the Flat Rock five.
In the girls' game. Catherine Fer
guson shot the Fillies to victory
with 21 points. Smith was high for
Flat Rock with 22.
Flat Rock (31) Fines Creek (50)
F?Smith (22) C. Ferguson (21)
F?H. Osteen (4) E. Ferguson '7)
F?Lockabee (3) Medford (7)
Subs: Flat Rock?C. Osteen. An
ders 2. Justice Fines Creek?Hunt
er 12. B Ferguson 1, Bradshaw.
Price 2, Presnell, Haynes. H. Price.
Half time score: 22-9, Fines
Flat Rock (83) Fines Creek (51)
F?J. Hoxit (21) R Fish (?i
F?McCarson (14) Haynes (9i
C?Ward (19) J. Ferguson (171
G?P Hoxit (81 Evans (171
G?Henderson GO) Bramlett (21
Subs: Flat Rock?Hyder, L. Mc
Carson 3, Bell 9. Barnard 2, Rick
ard. Fines Creek?G. Ferguaon.
Officials McGuireand Gilbreath
The sixth annual Masters bowl
ing tournament will be held at
Rochester, N. V . May 13-16.
The annual Haywood County
basketball tournament wfll open
next Wednesday night at the
Bethel School gymnasium and
continue through Saturday night,
it has been announced by C. C.
Poind'.'xter, Bethel principal and
Participating will be all six of
the county's girls' teams and all
the boys' teams except Canton,
which has elected again to play in
the Blue Ridge'Conference tourna
ment and state Class AA playoffs.
The Bethel boys and girls are
defending champions as the result
of winning in the finals over |
Waynesville in the 1955 tourna
ment played at Clyde High School.
Pairings for the tournament will
be made in the office of the Way
nesville Mountaineer at 9 a.m.
Special added attractions at the
tournament will be the annual
queen contest in which same mem
ber of a county girls' basketball
team wil be chosen queen at the
end of the girls' game Saturday
night. and the free-throw contest,
slated between halves of the first
game Saturday. Trophies will be
awarded to winners of both con
Trophies also will be presented
to the winning teams and the run
ners-up, <o the all-tournament
team, and'to teams and individuals
adjudged showing the best sports
manship. Individual medals for
sportsmanship are donated by
Lawrence Leatherwood, superin
tendent j)f county schools, and
Perry Plemmons, principal of
Clyde High School.
Admission prices for tourna
ment games will be 50 cents for
students and 75 cents for adults.
Organization of the new Bit
And-Spur Riding Club at Canton'
has1 been completed with 32 char
ter members and a program of ac
tivities has been planned for the
Officers arc Blaine Medford,
president. Bill Turner, vice presi
dent, Mrs. Charles Mease, secre
tary, and Gunnar Bohnsdahl, treas
urer. Regular club meetings are
scheduled In the first week of each
Among the first field trips plan
ned by the club are visits to
Tryon on Feb. 25 and March 17
for the Gymkhana and to watch
the U. S. Equestrian Team in pre
paration for the Olympics.
Trial trips are planned in May,
July and October.
Horse shows planned for Canton
this year include a Gvmkhana in
April for Junior members of the
club: a Junior Horse Show in May;
a Spring Show in June; and a one
or two-day open show in either
August or September.
The club's activities will be con
cluded for the year with a Christ
mas party and banquet in honor
of local college students.
Fines Creek - St. John's
Game Set February 27
The basketball game set to be
played by St. John's School and the
Fines Creek Javvees has been post
poned until February 27. according
to Bill Woody, coach at St John's.
The game was originally schedul
ed for Feb 13. It will be played
on the Bethel court.
I The University of Texas leads
all schools in Cotton Bowl appear
ances, having made five trips to
Dallas on New Year's Day
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WHEN THE MAJOR LEAGUES open sprint
training March 1. four clubs will go to Alisons,
the remainder to Florida. The world's champion
Brooklyn Dodcer* will by at Vcro Beach and Mi
ami: the runner-up New York Yankees at St.
Waynesville Cagers Drop
Doubleheader At Reynolds
A 37-point splurge by center >
Jack Benfield of Reynolds was
too much for Waynesville at Key-!
nolds Tuesday night and the Moun-!
taineers dropped their third Blue
Ridge Conference tilt this season.
56-50. In the first game, played
here, the Mountaineers won easily.
The Mountaineetes also lost out
to the strong Reynolds sextet, 57
In the boys' game, Waynesvllle.
paced by Carroll Hooper with 12
and Bobby Ballance with 11 points,
held a slim 23-21 lead at the half.
In the girls' tilt, Phyllis Sales
took scoring honors for the evening
with 33 points for Reynolds. Agnes
Roberson netted 28 and Myrtle
Fitzgerald 21 for Waynesville.
Reynolds was ahead at the half.
Waynesville will journey to Can
ton Friday night and to Enka Tues
day night and then participate in
the Haywood County tournament
at Bethel next week
Wayneavllle (57) Reynolds (59)
IF?Carver (8) Conner (18)
F?Fitzgerald (21) Sales (33)
F?Roberson (28) . Sulllns (8)
Subs: Waynesville?Grant Rey
nolds?A. Ingle. J. Ingle. Dotson.
Waynesvllle (50) Reynolds (50)
F?Hooper (12) Hendrix (3)
F?T. Davis (3) Smith (9)
C?Sparks (5) Benfield (37)
G?Ballance (11) Harrell
G?Jordan (9) Reed (5)
Subs: Waynesvllle ? Holder 2,
Davis 8, Ezell. Reynolds?Mclntyre
Officials: Sproule and Lancaster.
Johnny Farrell, Jr.. son of the
former U. S. Open golf champion.
Is an Air Force lieutenant In
Korea. He has a set of golf clubs
with him and if the occasion pre
sents itself next spring he hopes
to qualify for the U. S. Open.
The Baseball .Writers' Assn. of
America mast valuable player polls
were started in 1931.
Track star Harrison Dillard,
will receive the Sullivan award on
Feb 19 at a New York Athletic
Teamed Up In
New Action Film
Alan I.add. Edward G. Robinson,
and Joanne Dru are teamed in the
new action drama, "Hell On Frisco
Bay," opening Sunday at the
"Hell On Frisco Bay," a new
Warner Bros, film, is the story of
an embittered ex-cop on a relent
less vengeance-hunt for the man
who framed him for manslaughter.
The film marks the return of
Alan I.add in an aetion-paeked role
in the style of his earlier films.
Starring opposite Ladd in "Hell
On Frisco Bay," are Edward G.
Robinson and Joanne Dru. The
film, in CinemaSoope and Warner
Color was under the direction of
Frank Tuttle. It is a Jaguar Pro
duction for Warner Bros.
The first race horse shipped to
Hiuleah in 1924 walked 14 miles
from a Miami depot to the track
Now there's a railroad siding next
to the track.
FRIDAY, FEB. 30
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
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SUNDAY. FEB. 12
Cartoons and Selected
LAST TIME TODAY
THURSDAY. FEB. 9
(In Cinemascope & Color)
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
(In Cinemascope & Color)
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DOUBL E FEATURE
"HEART OF THE
GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES
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SUN? MON. & TUES.,
FEB. 12. 13 & 14 ^
Rex Beach's Immortal
Legend of The Yukon
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A return meeting between the
Waynesville Mouhtaineers and the
Cantun Black Bears at Canton Fri
day night is the top game on a
schedule of three to be played in
the county this weekend.
Bethel will also be at Crabtree
Iron DutT. and Clyde will entertain
Walnut. The Cardinals will also get
in an extra game tonight at Old
The game against Rettiel will he
the last of the season for Crabtree
Iron DutT Canton will have two
more games left on its schedule
after tomorrow night and the oth
er county schools will have one
Despite a one-point 60-59 victory
here January. Waynesville probably
will be the underdog against the
Black Bears tomorrow night on the
Capton hardwood The bruins hand
ed HenderxonvilU' another loss
Tuesday night in their last start.
On the road against Reynolds,
the Mountaineers were victims of
a second-half rally and a 37-point
performance by center Jack Ben
field of Reynolds.
I.ightwcight boxing champion
Wallace iBudi Smith'was born in
Cincinnati hut now resides in East
Orange, N. J.
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