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Tennis Team Has
Ups Downs 2-6
The Gardner Webb tennis
team is havtng its uds and
dovms this season. Playing
a very tough schedule has maae
its mark on the netters.
Recent wins over Mars Hill
and Wofford, however, has giv
en the team life. G-W defeat
ed a very strong Wofford team
by a score of 5-1. Tommy
Bell has been the most im
pressive netter in recent mat
ches. The wins have moved
the tennis record to 2-6.
The doubles team of I^arry
Smith and Tommy Bell has
been very successful for Coach
Janies Taylor. Smith and Bell
combined to defeat Mars Hills
Pegg and Malette by scores of
Duffers Top
Apps & 49ers
Are Now 10-4
The G-W Golf team has im
proved its record to 10-5 with
recent wins over Appalachian
and UNC-Charlotte. G-W soun
dly defeated Appalachian’s go
lfers in Charlotte as Terry
Florence and Gary Dobbins each
had 70’s for G-W. Bob Hines
had a 76 for the Bulldogs also
G-W defeated UNC-C by 285-
Mike Stewart, a sophomore
from Charlotte, set an amat
eur course record in Charlotte.
Stewart shot a 69. Stewart
also shot a 76, along with Flor
ence and John Kyle to defeat
Catawba and Guilford at the
Salisbury Country Club.
Bob Hines led all marks with
a low of 71 against Lenoir-
Rhyne as G-W won 18 1/2 to
5 1/2.
Coach Garland Allen thinks
6-0 and 7-5 as G-W capturea
the match handily.
In Spartanburg, S.C., G-W
defeated Wofford as Billy Wal
ters and Tommy Bell came
through for singles wins. Wal
ters also teamed with Charles
a doubles match.
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Track Team
Drops Two
Lacks Men
Track Coach Cole Proctor
has led his team into 2 meets
thus far this season.
Composed mostly of football
players, the track team has
done well individually in first
and second place but due to
lack of participants has found
itself lacking in other spots.
Ken Long has been throw
ing the Shot Put well and Cole
man Hunt has been impressive
in the 100-yard dash. Ken
Reid covered 22 feet in the
Broad Jump against Catawba
and Jody Anthony won the High
Jump at 5’ 10”.
G-W dropped both the Woff
ord and Catawba contests but,
Coach Proctor feels the pro
gram will pick up and that the
efforts will pay off in football
next fall.
Highly Sought
6-9, 215 lb.
Florida Cager
Signs With GW
ning for recognition in District
6-6 Forward Will
Be Asset To Dogs
Averaged 26-17
Donald Elliott, a 6-6 forward
from Dallas High School in Dall
as, N.C., has signed a basket
ball grant-in-aid with Gardner
Webb College.
“We’re very fortunate to get
a 6-6 kid straight out of high
school who can play outside on
the wing,” Gardner-Webb head
basketball coach Eddie Hol
brook said in announing the
“We haven’t had a big wing
man who is used to playing out
side, but we feel that Donald
has the physical qualities to fit
into our style ofplay real well,”
Holbrook continued.
Elliott averaged 26 points and
17 rebounds per game and led
the Dallas quintet to the district
finals in the state 2-A playoffs
before being beaten by West
Stanley 33-31 in a hard fought
defensive struggle.
“We were very impressed
with Donald’s outside shooting
and ball handling abilities,”
assistant coach Ron Hooper said
Hooper, who was responsible
for recruiting Elliott, said,
“It’s not every day that you
see a kid 6-6 who. can bring
the ball up court against the
full court press and this rea
lly impressed me. Donald has
real good size, speed and agil
ity and has the potential to be
an outstanding defensive play
er,” Hooper continued.
Kirby Thurston, 6-9, 215
pounds, one of the most sought
after cagers in the state of
Florida has signed a basket
ball grant-in-aid to Gardner-
Webb College.
Thurston, along with team
mate Alvin Jones, a 6-6 forward
inked the contracts this week
and Gardner-Webb coach Eddie
Holbrook expressed his elation
over the signings.
“He’s a super kid. We feel
that he is one of the top pros
pects we’ve signed since Tve
been at Gardner-Webb,” Hol
brook said when questioned a-
bout Thurston. “If he plays
like we think he can, this will
allow us to move George (All-
American George Adams) to
a wing position and this should
make us even stronger than we
were this year,” Holbrook con
Thurston was named “Player
of the Year” in Florida by the
Pompano Beach Sun Sentinal,
the Fort Lauderdale News and
the Miami Herald. He was also
named to the first team All-
State and Region IV All-Tour
nament squads.
Both Thurston and Jones
averaged 20 points per game on
a team which ended the season
with a record of 28-2 and run-
ner-up in the state champion
ships. They also hauled down
14 rebounds apiece in each of
their 30 encounters.
“Kirby has the potential to be
a great player,” Holbrook said.
“He has excellent speed and
quickness and he just explodes
when Eoim; to the basket.” he
Although Jones didn’t get the
recognition that Thurston re
ceived, Holbrook still considers
him a real fine prospect. “We
feel that Jones is a sleeper.
He has real good speed, quick
ness and desire and could turn
out to be a great defensive play-
Gardner-Webb’s 1971 Baseball team are: front row, left to right: John Lipe, Mike Anthony,
Ron Noe, David Heffner, Larry Sisk, Gary Mull, Terry Brewer, Larry Lecroy, David Jacobs,
Gary Wiley, manager Jerry Costins. , t u
Second row: left to right: Head Coach Jerry Bryson, Joe Stepp, Bobby Lail, Johnny Phillips,
Mike McDaniel, Joe Brown, Roger McSwain, Ron Lacy, managers Joe Jenkins and Danny Caldwell,
assistant coach Joe Ellenburg.
Competition Falls In Face
Of Dogs Hitting & Pitching
Gardner - Webb College’s
baseball team is enjoying a
great season. Gardner-Webb
has compiled a great 15-2 re
cord and is hoping for a berth
in the district and national play
offs. Great pitching, hitting,
and fielding have been the key
to the success of Coach Jerry
Bryson’s club.
To single out one individ
ual would be impossible
every player has ' "
greatly to G-W’s cause. Pitch
ing perhaps has beenourgreat-
est asset however. Of course
when you think of pitching at
G-W, automatically you think of
ace-hurler Bobby Lail. Lail,
a left hander, has been abso
lutely superb thus far. Lail
looked especially good against
Catawba College as he struck
out 17 batters and captured
G-W a 7-0 win.
Other pitchers who have play
ed very well are Buddy Starnes
and Johnny Phillips. Starnes is
a sophomore from Charlotte,
and Phillips is a junior from
Greenville, S.C. Starnes look
ed good against Emory and Hen
ry of Virginia in winning the
first game of a double header
here. Starnes pitched a one-
hitter and G-W captured a 17-3
win. Phillips came back in the
second game and allowed only
eight hits in capturing a 15-1
win. (Bob Lacy, another hur-
ler has been coming on strong,
Hitting has been outstanding
for G-W also. Roger McSwain
who went 6 for 6 against Elon,
Joe Brown, homered in the Em
ory and Henry game, and Joe
Stepp, who blasted two out of
the park against Emory and
Henry. Larry Sisk and Mike
Anthony have come on strong
recently. Both homered again
st Emory and Henry. David
Heffner, a freshman from Shelby
has been a good hitter also.
In fielding G-W has gone al
most flawless. CoachBryson’s
team has shown to be a quick,
and very smooth fielding team.
John Lijpe, a sophomore from
Old Fort, N.C. has backed the
plate well this season. Larry
Levron scored twice against
South Georgia Tech. He is a
speedster and excellent base-
Stepp, a strong hitter from
Hickory, has earned a reputa
tion as a “slugger” when facing
opposing pitchers. Stepp
Hannon, Way, Thompson
Will Lead 71 Gridders
Two defensive stalwarts and
an offensive quarterback will
lead the Gardner-Webb Bull
dogs into action during their
second year of senior college
competition on the gridiron.
Leading the pack will be Lee
Thompson, a 6-2, 220 pound
linebacker from Mableton, Ga.
Ray Hannon, a 5-11, 175 pound
quarterback from Greer,S.C.;
and Tommy Way, a 5-8, 193
pound defensive halfback from
Augusta, Ga.
The Bulldogs, who are un
dergoing a rebuilding program
will be depending heavily on
these young men to give them
the leadership that is neces
sary for a young, inexperi
enced squad.
“It usually takes a couple
of years to get your program
underway when you move from
junior college into senior co
llege competition and we feel
fortunate to have three out
standing players such as these
to lead ourteam,” Head Coach
George Litton said when an
nouncing the selection of the
Two of these boys, Thomp
son and Way, transferred from
Lees-McRae Junior College
where Litton was head coach
before accepting the Gardner-
Webb post.
“We think that Lee Thomp
son is as good a linebacker
as there is in this area,”
Litton said. “He led ourteam
in tackles last year and we’re
expecting him to have another
great year as a senior.” Lit
ton continued. “His quick
ness and agility made him
very effective as a lineback
er and we feel that he will
made us an outstanding lead
er,” Litton concluded.
“Although Ray Hannon is
only a junior, his teammates
certainly recognize his out
standing leadership ability,”
Litton said. “Ray sparked
our offense last year and we
feel that as a tri-captain he
will do the same this year,
he said. “He is a threat to
score anytime he handles the
ball and is equally effective
as a runner or passer, Lit
ton explained.
good long-ball hitter and has
proved to be a most effective
player at the plate.
Bobby Lail has lost only one
game in his 3 year pitching
career at G-W and centerfielder
Roger McSwain seems to im
prove his hitting percentage in
each game. Bryson’s squad
has really started clicking on
the last stretch before the play
offs. With some very import
ant games left on the schedule,
including homegames with Guil
ford and High Point, G-W has
a good chance of getting into
post season play.
Stubbs Signs
Is Good All
Purpose Man
Bill Stubbs, a 5-11, 195 pound
offensive guard from Bennets-
ville, S.C., has signed a foot
ball grant-in-aid to attend Gar
dner Webb College.
Stubbs lettered four years
as a member of the Bennets-
ville High School football team
and was named to the first
team 5AAA All-Conference and
Coastal Plaines All-Starteams.
He was also a member o f the
track team where he set a new
school record in the shot-put
and finished third in the state
his junior year.
Aside from being an offen
sive guard and defensive line
backer, Bill also handled kick-
off and extra point chores for
“We’re certainly pleased to
have Bill. He has tremendous
speed and quickness and we feel
that he can help us next Fall,”
George Litton, head football
coach at Gardner-Webb said.
“I’m glad Bill chose Gard
ner Webb,” Bennetsville High
School coach Fred Bradley said.
“He has great speed and a
tremendous desire to excel,”
he continued.
GW Signs Top Guard
One of the top high school
guard prospects in North
Carolina, Billy Ellis, of
South Iredale High School, has
signed a basketball grant-in-
aid with Gardner-Webb Coll
Coach Eddie Holbrook, bas
ketball coach, was well
pleased with the decision of
Ellis to sign with the Bull
“Billy can score, but we
were equally impressed with
his ballhandling, speed, unsel
fishness and burning desire
tn win.” said Holbrook. He
will fit well into our perfer-
red style of play, both offen
sively and defensively. He
has a real winning attitude
which is a must with our
Holbrook said the young ath
lete had been contacted by
more than 20 colleges. He
is 6-0 and weighs 165 pounds.
His high school coach was
Gary Sherrill.
Ellis has been chosen to
play in the annual East-West
High School game in August
of this summer in Greensboro.
His high school cage acc-
om.plishments include: Play
er of the Year in North Pied
mont Conference; averaged
30.3 points per game; set
conference single game scor
ing record with 51 points;
most valuable in conference
tournament; leading scorer in
tournament with 40 points per
game; playedinMarionClass
ic Tournament setting scoring
record with 35 points; made
Winston - Salem Journal and
Sentinel All Northwest team;
averaged 19.6 points per game
in 68 high school games and
shot 85% from free throw

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