MARS HILL. N. C.
March 21, 19!
Cinder Squad Is Promising
Coach Dal Shealy’s Lion track
men appear to be sure contenders
for the district NAIA title which
will be determined in early May.
With 30 boys out for the spring
sport, Shealy has already cited
several individuals who should do
much to aid the Lions in their 13-
meet schedule, which begins after
In the shot put, discus and jav
elin events there will be much
depth. Mike Wood and John
Sweatlock are back from last
year’s team, and talented junior
college transfer Hal Bennett is on
Leonard Leedy, another transfer
student, is expected to handle the
p>ole vaulting while Charlie Orr,
Dennis Hefner, Ralph Taylor, Rog
er McGowan and Rodney Johnson
will compete in the high jump.
Butch Palmer and McGowan
will perform in the broad jump
and the triple jump and in the
Rick Garrison and Nick Bennett
head the list of hurdlers while
Johnny Draughon, Fred Tippit
and Russell Barrett will comprise
the most promising roster of dis
tance runners. The latter trio was
the mainstay of last fall’s cross
Gary Lawing, a versatile per
former back from the ’68 squad,
will again be competing in a
whole series of events.
Several of the 30 candidates for
the team have not yet settled on
a specific event for competition,
but all of the team members will
be competing in each meet, ac
cording to Coach Shealy.
As soon as spring holidays are
over the cindermen will launch
their season with a four-meet
home stand. First opponent will
be Bryan College on Apr. 1. The
following Saturday (Apr. 5) the
Lions will host Milligan and will
follow that with a meet on the
7th with a very strong Western
Top award-winners recognized by Coach Harrell Wood at the re
cent basketball banquet were (top photo, 1. to r.) Rudy Reeves, Most
Valuable Player; Bill Martin, cited for his good work as team trainer;
Eddie Miller, "Mr. Hustle" and Best Defensive Player. The smiling
trio posed with their "loot" after the dinner (lower photo. 1. to r.):
MUler, Martin, Reeves.
The planned return of football
to the college schedule of activities
this year is already favorably in
fluencing enrollment for 1969-70,
according to William Deans, di
rector of athletic promotion.
Figures supplied to the Hilltop
by Deans show that 11 boys al
Rodney Signs for East-West Game
Freshman basketball standout
Rodney Johnson has been chosen
to play in the annual East-West
Shrine Basketball Game in Win
ston-Salem late this month.
Sponsored by the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, the game will
feature such collegiate stars as Gil
McGregor of Wake Forest and
Artis Gilmore, a 7-foot center
The game will be played for the
benefit of hundreds of children
who win attend a weekend session
in the twin city on the final week
end of March.
Rodney was chosen to play in
the all-star game not only for his
abilities and skills as an athlete
but also because of the attitudes
and convictions he exhibits off
court. After competing in the
game on Friday night. Mar. 28, he
will speak to many of the chil
dren and will participate in the
various activities which are being
planned for the weekend.
A broken foot which he su
stained in late January at the zen
ith of Mars Hills recent basketball
season has fully mended and Rod
ney has recovered his former
bounce and speed.
Coach Harrell Wood, who re
cruited Rodney from Lee Edwards
High School in Asheville and has
coached him this year, comment
ed that he feels Rodney’s selection
to play in the East-West Game is
not only an honor for Rodney but
also a tribute to the college and to
the caliber of Lion athlete which
“I personally would like to
thank the Athletic Department
and the entire college for the way
in which I have been accepted
here,” said Rodney. “I feel that
I could have made no better
choice of schools. TTie atmosphere
and attitudes which I have en
countered in my short stay here
thus far have paved the way for
me to participate in such activities
as this coming all-star game.”
ready have transferred to Mars
Hill in anticipation of playing
football this fall, 106 have signed
some type of letter of intent in
dicating their plans to play for
Mars HUl, and 28 of these have
been accepted for 1969-70 by the
college Admissions Committee.
In their efforts to rebuild the
football program. Coach Dal
Shealy and others on the athletic
staff have contacted over 1,000
high school and junior college
gridders. Of this number 450 have
responded in some manner to the
contact and 300 have actually vis
ited the campus.
“When you consider that en
rollment is down more than 100
for 1968-69, you can see that foot
ball definitely will pay for itself
next year by the very number of
students who come here to par
ticipate,” Deans said. “In fact
football will probably pay for the
entire athletic program.”
Coach Shealy plans to use 34
players, all capable of playing a
starting position. They will form
the nucleus of his attack, offens
ively and defensively. Broken
down, the figure represents a first
eleven offense and a defense with
12 men who can fill in at these
first 22 slots without weakening
the team. In other words. Coach
Shealy will consider these 34 men
as his “first team.”
These players alone represent
over $60,000 to the college budget.
Deans explained. In all probabil
ity, he elaborated, there will be at
least 50 players in the football
program who will see the season
through. In view of the fact that
the student aid officer of the col
lege estimates the total costs of
attending Mars Hill for a year at
$2,100, these players then repre
sent over $100,000 toward the in
come of the college.
By Butch Palmar
In the short time I have spent here I have come to feel — despit*
what the critics say — MHC has a lot to offer a yoimg athlete: indi'
vidual academic attention, excellent facilities and a student body wit^
unlimited potential. I hope people will look back and recall 1968-6!
as the season in which a winning tradition and a good foundation
all athletics were established.
A good athletic program can develop a sense of pride in any insti'
tution. With good recruiting and continued support, all Mars Hill Col'
lege athletic programs wiU thrive. My greatest regret, in so far ^
college is concerned, is that I did not spend my entire four years her*
at Mars Hill with Coach Wood. Regardless of what others say, I wi!
always be proud to be a “Mars HiU Graduate.”
A place — any place — is only as good as the individuals make
Rudy Reeves |
Football Attracting Students
Now that I have disposed of Frank McGuire I will make some ever
more brash comments on the sports world off the MHC campus:
UCLA will not be No. 1; Carolina or Purdue will. Spencer Hey'
wood will replace Lew Alcindor as the greatest collegiate eager of ^
time. The St. Louis Cardinals will win the World Series. The Ne'*'
York Knicks will play Los Angeles for the NBA title. Bob Beame"
will never go over 27% feet again. And, Coach Harrell Wood will
beaten in handball before the year is out.
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REPAIRS, STATE INSPECTION, LUBRICATION
Dial 689-2431 Mars Hill
Notice To All Returning Students—
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Vault where they are Fully Protected.
All Garments are Insured.
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Needed: One MHC Fight Song
The spirit at MHC this year has certainly been a contributing facW*
in the building of a stronger athletic program. In order that this fall®
football season might be a good one, members of the Athletic Depall'
ment staff and several members of the student body have brought 1®
my attention a need for a school fight song. If anyone (ANYONE) h^®
any suggestions or ideas for such an endeavor, please do not hesital*
in offering them. I feel this is just one of many ways in which tb*
student body can take an active part in the athletic program.
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