Thi'sday, September 16, 1971
THE KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD,. KINGS MOUNTAIN. N. C.
■■ By CARY STEWART
The Evil Beetle
The first time Kings Mountain’s Sammy Leigh pulled
his Volkswagen “Evil Beetle” to the starting line at a
drag strip, the fans laughed and wondered what in the
world a bug wjis doing trying to compete with the big
. _. I •* «
But, now, when Leigh’s little wonder makes it;s ap
pearance, most fans figure it’s going to be across the fin
ish, line faster than anything else on the strip.
Leigh*s VW, which has turned up to 110 miles per
hour in a Quarter, is one of the hottest dragsters goin(^ i
It’s a consistent winner at tracks in the two Carolinas and |
Leigh, who works and drives for Volkswagen of Gas-,
Ionia, recently won his class in the Summer Nationals in
Bristol, Tenn., and last weekend he won four straight races ;
in a tour of strips in the Ralcigh-Durham area. i
Leigh began drag racing at the age of 18 while living j
in Maryland. He started in a big way last summer after
spending four months building his “Evil Beetle.”
‘T started on the car in March of ’70 while I w'as still
living in Maryland,” he recalled, “and I started racing |
it in July of ’70.” , .u- ■
He raced in Maryland all of last season and early this,
year, then moved back to Kings Mountain in March.
“The car was running real w'eil at the first of the ]
season," he commented, “but from May to July, it ran into >
a breakage period. I losi five transmissions in a span of
Leigh chnfhv''phnrl^Ve ^Sn irtanbure^^ ■ Chase High's Trojans captured oottor than wo did Friday night,
Sunday) at strips in Shelby, their sixth victory in seven years ('vc.-ybody in l.io onfenMiee will
C., Blaney, S. C., and Sanford, N. C, He has laced in PYiday night, heat us.”
states. \ . 'at Chase, lG-13. Chasid’s .’spirii.'^ were lifted late}
He said he built the VW because it was dlffereru. The Mountaineers Oif Coach Boh in tiie fir.st halt when C’hiile |
“I used to race a Chevelle,” he recalled, “but I just; Jones struck for touchdou-ns the
couldn’t get the car to go. The V\V seemed like a good ’ first two times they had posset
idea, since it’s different.” ...... ; i^ad only to see the hosUs c«me
KM Lineup Will Be Chan;
When East Invades Frici*
Kings Mountain High's foot- away,” ho .said. “Chase liad no
bail lineup .should bo changed buslmrss lx*ating as.”
somewhat Friday lUUht when the | Just wlial changejs Jones will
Mountaineers host w inic.ss f.a.sl I make in hLs lineup remain.^ lo bf?
tu lioj.ord at John (Jamblo Stad-'soen but it last w'oek’s game i'
Coacli Bob Jone.s, bitterly dis- ,
appointed following la.st Friday'.s i
16-13 loss at Clwse, said that all I
IxDsltions are wide opc»n and that |
the players that sh<iw the big i
gesl desire lo play w’ill start.
“Wo haven’t looked gOv>d all
year, except at times,” say.s
Jones. “So let's face it. If the
any indication, only dofensiv<'
tackle Slev«‘ Ingle Is assuml ol
a spot. “ll(*'.s llu* only piayc^r
that gave us a conslstc-ni p(»i-
forman <*,'• said Joiu‘s.
Fullback John Uri<»r \va.^ K.M’.s
only offensive lhr<*at and ho
picked up most of his yaidago
on Ills lirst play fiom s'-rimmagi*
when he rsimbled y^tids lo
DEFENSIVE STANDOITT — Senior tackle Steve Engle, shown here pouncing on a fumble, played
a consistently good defensive game last Friday in Kings Mountain's 16-13 loss to Chase. Ingle's
fumble recovery set up KM's final touchdown, which at the time meant a 13-0 lead. But the
Trojonii came storming back in the third quar ter to win their sixth victory over KM in the post
guys wo’ve got in there don’t ' give the .Mountaine(*r.s a 7 0 ic*a(i.
want to play football, we’re go- East Rutherford v ii] .wne liero
Ing to put somtibody in there that l with an 02 rwvnd, having lost to
does.” Dallas and Lineolnion. Jone-s
Jones .said the Mountaineer ‘ says l:h(‘ Cavaliers are big and
lefonse did not pursue and that strong and will >^:ve KM a siein
he offensive line failed lo block
n last week’s 16-13 upset at
Chase. 'It was a game oX give-
.'^aid Jones, “we’re
one of the w’orst teams in the
conference. Thetvs no way for
u? to go but up. We iiavo to gel
tMJtter because we can't do any
worse than vve did at Chas(!.*'
The Mountaineers will carry a
0-1 Souihwestcrn Conference rec
ord and a 1-1 overall mark into
the conle*st. Tiiey whipped Be.sse-
mer City 21-6 in the sea.son oiM*n-
er two weeks ago.
The pa.sl six years the Cava
liers have (mjoyed sucte.ss
a:;ain-it the Mountaineers. The
Rutiierford County club has won
1-iur of the past six c<jntesUs_ KM
hau' won only once and the two
club.T battled Lo a 1M4 tie once.
East Rutherford ha.s won the
last two oontcsls, 12-9 hist year
and T G in the rain two years ago.
Kings Mountain's last win over
lh(‘ Cavaliers (14-7) came in I96i^.
i Sion of the ball and held a 13-0
Leigh built and maintained the car himself but re
cently sold it to Volkswagen of Gastonia, Ron Benson and
Arnold Whisnant, v. ho also work at VW of Gastonia, help
Leigh maintain it now.
In comparing drag racing in the North and South,
Leigh says it’s harder to win in the North.
“Most of the time.” he said, “the big-name cap don’t
come around here unless it’s for a national meet.
He says his VW has become a permanent fixture at
strips here and people now know what to expect. “But,’’
he said, “when we go to a new track the fans laugh and | ^
wonder what in the world a Volkswagen is doing at a | didn't pursue'on
drag strip.” defense and the offensive line
Leigh, who is married to the former Linda Webster failed to bldck.
of Kings Mountain, expects bigger and better things out
of the “Evil Beetle” next season.
“We’ll have a new body next year,” he reports, “and
we hope to go even faster."
storming from behind in the third ^
The Trojans recorded a safety !
in the second quarter to make the I
score 13-2 at halftime. Junioi
quarterback Tony Fowler toe?sed a
pair of third period touchdawn
pijvscs to *win the game' for Bob
Coach Jones, in his first year
as the Mountaineers’ head coach,
was bitterly disappointed afte.
G-W On The Go
College tootball has hit the sports scene once again
and one of the biggest victories pulled off among last
week’s seasoii openers was Gardner-Webb over Lenoir
Rhyne. _ ^ ,
Coach George Litton’s
Jones said the only Mxuitain-
cor that consistently did a good
job was defensive tackle Steve In
gle. Ingle forced a Cha.se fumble
at tlie Trojan 23 yard line to set
up lOl’s final tourhdav\'n.
Fullback John Grier raced 88
yaixis on KM’s first play from
scrimmage and Jolui Bridget;
hooted the extra point to give
the Mounties a quick 7-0 advan
Shortly afterward, Ingle scoop
ed up a Fowler fumble and four
ploys later Marshall Logan went
Lipsc»-m;) caug’nt Giior in the end ;
zone for a safety. Trojan,
weren't able to put any morel
points on the board be:oro hai: 1
time but they were fired u) |
at the U'ginning of liie third 1
On both of Cha-se’s loiu’
d.v.vns, the K^^ dofen.-^e had th('
Trojans stopped.-The liists vver<
hacked up on theii own g:: 1 lin.
with a third and 13 wlien full
back Kenny lloascr went ovr
Grier and gallopel 70 yards t
give the Trojans a first down o:
the K.M 30.
A pa.ss from FcwTit to Steve
Arrowood covering 27 yards irav*
dha.se its fir‘;i tjuchd/wn and!
Terry Hines added the point after
to make it 13-0. 1
A pas.s co\’ering 72 yards from
Powlcr to Eddie M'^X-nney gave
‘Chase a first and god on t'ae
three, but KM’s defence -;toppe:t
the Trojans on their first Cuce
cracks. But, on fourtli down, E’ew-
ler hit Arrowood in The end zone
and Hines again converted to
round out the scoring. :
Bulldogs, in only their sec- ov^r from the one to make it 13-0.
ond season of senior college | -^fier that, Kings Mountain’s
plav, shocked the Bears in po‘'-ci;I oL'ense due mostly tj
Hiekorv Saturday nicht 24-6 blocking, bo-r-rd
HlCKory aaiuraay niMU ^ Mountaintx'rs fmi.slici
To say Litton was hap-
g, mc^'t ol
py with the victory would be coming on Grier’s louth.-
an understatement. The for-|p,own run. i
mer Lees-McRae mentor was j Quarterback David Bolin, ^^'ho|
overjoyed and says he is i was swarmed under oy the chase |
eagerly looking foWard to dt^ensive rash, was able to com i
the remainder of the season, one of 12 pas.si's foi ,
Gardner - Webb which who h.nd 1
uaranei ample tune to throw the ball, hit;
won only two games last . i
LONG TO RUN—Fullback John
C7ri3r, chover rambled 83 yards
fer tfiO fir.'vt of two Kings Moun
tain touchdowns Friday night at
It wa>n't enough, though,
as the Trojans stunned the
Mountaineers 16-13 in a South-
wictern Conference contest.
KM Pee Wees
18-0 In Opener
The Kings Mountain Optimist r
)ce wee football team lAon its |
season opener Tuesday night at
Belmont. 18-0. |
Peter Brown scortxi the fir.=t ,
wo touchdowns for the KM team. ■
He tallied in the first quarter on
I 23-yard sweep. The Mounties i
Irovt? 6-0 yards in eight plays fol-
owing Belmont’s opening k:vk-
After holding Belmont without
t fir.sl down following the en.su-
ng kickoff, KM drove 50 yar-is 1
In six plays to go ahead 12-0.
Irown scored again, thiS time
’noim 25 yards out.
The score remained 12-0 at
Kings Mountain scored its fin
al touchd-'wn in the third quar-
.er alter John Gamble intercepted
I Belmont pass on the KM -10. It
took KM 10 plays to score, Kevin
Tinsley getting the six points on
i one-yard pluiigo.
Coaches Jim Littlejohn and
Charles Burns cleared their bench
in the final quarter.
Kings Mountain led Belmont in
first downs, eight to two, and
the Mountaineers gained over 200 j
The coaches citctl Kevin Tins
ley, John Gamble, Kelly Land,
ohn Ro.ss and Bobby Bridges for
jheir defensive play. Offensive
)layers carnlrrg recognition were
3illy Garner, John Ross. Peter
3rowm and Ronnie Wilson.
The Kings Mountain team is
aost to Evening Optimist of 'Gas
tonia next'Tuesday night at 7
p.m. The site of the game has
not been decided.
Tlie KM pee wees are edm^et-
ing in tne Gasten League.
EYEING GASTON DAY — These six Central Junior High Patriots
are eyeing Saturday night's opener against Gaston Toy School
ot John Gamble Stadium. Front row, left to right are linemen
Max Cochran, Jeff Carroll and Jefl Jones and back row, same
order, are backs Steve Southwell. Jimmy Thompson and Donnie
Patriots Open Saasoa
Here On Saturday Night
vear in Litton’s first season,
nicked off three Lenoir
Thyne passes and recovered
five fumbles en route to the
Junior quarterback Ray
Hannon, who had been in-
jui'ed until two days prior to
r; the opening contest, directed
the Bulldogs’ triple-option offense with near perfect pass
ing and ballhandling. The Bulldogs ran up a 17-0 halftime
advantage on a pair of Hannon .touchdown passes, includ
ing one to former Belmont High School split end Meredith
The Bulldogs open their home schedule this’Satur
day nigbt against Newberry and it will be Band Night.
Some cf top high school bands in the Carolinas will
Other Bulldog home games this season are against
Samford, Carson-Nowman (Homecoming, Oct. 23), Pres
byterian and Georgetown.
on six of 23 piiss attempts for 1 L’
Jones call(?d'’ihc contest a
“game of giveaway” and added
that “Chase had no busine\«;.s beat
ing our team. But. if we don’t do
Little Moimties Open
Here Next Thursday
Bobby Jones, Kings Mountain High’s new head foot
ball coach, was viewing films of last Friday’s 16-13 de
feat at the hands of Chase’.s Trojans.
The former Gastonia Ashbrook assistant couldn’t be
lieve that the same offensive line that led the Mountain
eers to a 7-3 record last fall was doing suclvan inconsistent
job of blocking.
But, it was.
“I can see guys missing blocks every now and then,
or letting up every now and then,” he said. “But we didn’t
do the job at any time.
Neither was Jones pleased with the pursuit of his de
fensive linesmen. He said tackle Steve Ingle was the only
Mountaineer that consistently played a good game.
Jones was so disappointed in his team’s showing that
he figures to make several changes for this week’s gdme
here against winlcss East Rutherford.
“We can’t get any worse than we were last week," he
said. “If the guys we’ve had in there so far don’t want to
play football, we’re going to get someone who does.”
Leads By Game
In Womens Loop
Cleveland Radiator Service leads
Scoggins Gulf Service by one
game after two weelcs of action
in tile women’s duckpin bowling
The leaders won four games
from American Legion Tuesday
night for a 7-1 retx)rd. Scoggins,
which was the leader after the
first w'oek of action, split a four
game set with Drews Tax Sers icc
and dropped to a 66-2 mark.
Team captain Becky Barnett
led the Cleveland team’s victory
with a 122 s'.nglo game and a 325
set. EtJiel Tignor had a 108 line
and 277 series for the losers.
Betty Wells scored a 113 line
and 327 set to lead Scoggins Gulf
t.) its split with Drews. Winnie
Fulton had a 108 line and 304 .srt
Kings Mountain Higli's fresh
man foctball team, regarded as
one of the teams to boat in the
Tri-County Junior Hi Hi Confer
ence. is one week away from ii-
oi^ening season game.
The Little Mountaineers wiii
get their campaign under way
next Thursday at Jolin Gamble
Stadium against Crest. an Ulier
club which is expeeled to be a-
mong the frontrunners.
Tnough most Tri-County coaeii- j
es are picking the Little Meuntioj
as the team to beat. KM coaches
John Blalock and Steve Biker
say the lack of an cxjierienccd
quarterback will hurt. The ninth
graders have mostly the same
players who led Central Junior
High to an undefeated .season last
>x?ar. But the quarferback of that
team, Steve Southwell, is still at;
The ninth graders, who have j
good depth with over 30 players ;
on their roster, were strcngtlicn- i
ed last week with the addl'ion;
of Johnny Byers and Tony Falls, j
Score 356 Sets
Rod Houser and Richard Drid-
] ges shared scoring honors in
I men's bowling league play Mon-
i dav night, both scoring 356 .sots.
In other Tuesday action. Plonk | jHouser had a 147 line to go
Brothers won four games his high series and Bridges
Oates Shell Service. The Oatesa 140 single gamcfl Bridges’
Both had been playing on the
junior varsitj' team, which was
disoanded due to a lack of play
ers*. . I
Blalock and Baker have five'
phiyers seeking the starting quar- j
,.-iback spot but it will probably
M to either Dale Hartsoe or
C..uek Austin. Others seeking the ■
•l:\rting berth are Brantley Mer
cer. Kenny I'ails and David Lan
Fullback Carl Roseboro and
halfback Kciini’ McCoy, who ran
roughshod over Central’s foes last
fall, will give tlte ninth graders
a good rumiing game. Halfbacks
Chark's Beil and Tony Rhyne and
fullback Walter Snead also figure
to see a lot of action.
Freddie Smith, Marvin Johnson
and Chris Laughter are seeking
Continued On Page 5
Player M Week
Senior tackle Steve Ingle has
been named player of the week
foj* his defensive performance in
last Friday night’s 16-1.3 loss at
Coach Bc6 Jones said the 180-
pound tackle was the only Moun
taineer that consistently played
good football in the disappoint
Ingle, a two-way performer at
tackfe, is a two-year starter and
lettermen for the Mountaineers
but was hindered his sophomore
and Junior years bt<*ause of in
As a result of being selected as
player of the week, Ingle wUl re
ceive a free gift from the men’s
department of Fulton’s Dept.
Store, which sponsors the weekly
Halfback Marshall Logan was
player of the week for the sea
son's opener, a 24-6 KM victory
over Bremer City.
Central Junior High’s Patriots
open their 1971 football se.i.'-on
Saturday night at John Gamble
Stadium against Gaston Day •
Coach Porter Griggs' charges
finished 5-0 last season but will
be in a rebuilding .‘^fage this
Only one player, quarterback
i>:eve Southwell, *tn-U‘d on
year’s undefeated r” 1 mos-
other players did not see a great
deal of actiun.
Southwell will stai^ at quarter
back again thia trip and lie d
have halfbacks Donny .McDewr
and Jimmy Thompson and full
back Wendell Jackson in hi.
On the line the Patriots will
have Jackie Wray and Je:f Jone-
at ends, Nathaniel Smith and
John 7arbro at tackles. Simon
McClain and Max Cochran ct
tackles and Randy Oliver at cen
Central's 1971 roster follow.s:
B.\CKS: Mike Eumgardner, Bill
Easley, Sieve Southwell, Cu:ii^
Hickrnan, Randy Putnam. Jlmm;.
Thompson, Harold Glass. Kenn>'
Bumgardner, Scott Ledford, Won
dell Jackson, Donny McDevitt.
Kings Mountain High
will not have a junior
football team this year.
Coach Tommy Pruitt said th-
team has been disbanded due to
the lack of players.
Pniitt had been drilling the
team since the opening of scho(>l
in preparation for Thursday’^
scheduled opener against
ENDS: Jackie Wray. Jeff Jones,
Mike Murphreo, Robert Miller.
Mdte Williams. Chris Johnson.
James Larr>', William Thompson
and Temmv Manning.
TVCKLES: Joey Allen. Glen
Roberts Max Cochran, Simon Mc
Clain, Willie Roberts, Ke\'ln FfrrL
Stove L.u'.cnstcr, Tommy Martin.
GUARDS: Natiiahicl Smitfc,
Earl Cansler. John Yarbro, Ron
nie McKinney, Alfred Jamerson.
CiliNTERS: Jacque Jackson. Ran-
■iy Oliver. J':e Ormand.
Three Tear '
!n Mixed Loop
Boh Herndon. E.-b Ramcicy and
Plonk Oil share the lead after
one -.veek’s action in the mixed
■"ocvUng league. AH have 3-1
Herndons team stopped Ranry
Jluruon at; Karidy CulberUon roil
ed a 12s lino and 342 set. Blanton
■vas high for the losers with a
Ram.soy’s team whipped John
-Tilling. Ramsey led the way with
a 121 line and 327 set and Char
ity Tignor’s 115 line and Dill-
mg's 3(.6 set led the losers.
Ethel Tignor’s 122 line and Mull
Ramsey’.-? 350 set weren’t enough
.13 Rani.sey’s team dropped throe
-amcs to* Plonk Oil. Clarence
Plonk's 131 line and Jenny Oates’
732 set led the winners.
Ranny Blanl >n
Kings Mountain Invitational Set Dec. 3-4
.. .... - . .ne-l v-r»nr« H<'
Basketball soa.-on U ju.sl around’ in the District ^tournament and
t.Iu‘ corner and Kings Mountain , St. Augusrine participated m the
win help tip off the new season ; tho District 29 e\ent.
by ho.stin’,' a four-ti’-am college i
t(’am is wlnlo.ss after eight tries.
Karon Moss scored a 108 line
and Charity Tignor added a 300
set for Plonk’s while Jenny Oates
topped the losing team with a
109 line and 309 sot.
Cleveland Radiator 7
Scoggins Gulf (>
Plonk Brothers 5
American Legion . 3
Dreiws Tax 3
Oatat Shall 0
team won the match, three
games to one.
Boih Herndon scored a 134 line
cage tourn.arren! De<*. 3-4.
The Kinps miit.'in Invitation
al, which will he a;i annual
c.cnt, will b. playrd at the 3.1X)0-
: community cf-ntcr. Partici
pn.ing in tJie tournament, will bo
bardner-W’c'ub, Elm. 5t. Augus-
;ino and Kn. ber-Scotia.
'Fwo cf the teams — Gardner-
Wrhb and Elon—finlslied the
seas, n Ic.si year ranked in the
Baruer-Scotia, a Concord school,
upset Gardner-Webb 88-83 in tlie
regular season finale last year.
It was one of only a few games
which the Boiling Springs Bap
tist school lost.
The tournament w’Ul be a
homecoming for G-W's Adams,
who w’as an All-American and
All-State performer at Kings
Mountain High School in 1968.
and 347 set as his team won j top ten in the NAIA circles. And
three games from Qub’.s Paint botii teams fcalarod All-Americas
I Oo. Bob Wells had a 119 line and performers in George Adams oJ
332 set for., the losers.
IBlll Mullinax '.'Scored a 125
I line and Ranny Blanton added a
Bulldogs Tommy Cole ol
Although Bar?x'r-Sco1ia and St.
.625 1 333 set es Childer's Roofing won Augu.siine weren't nationally
.37." I lour games off Dilling Heating, ranked, they- wore ranked high j boro. Cole was selected as the
.375 jlGerald Hipp’s 122 line and in their durtrirts. Barber-Sootla, | most valuable playar In thait ootn-
.000' sat topped the losers. 1 along with G-\v and PTlon, played , feet.
Adams led the Mountaineers to aBA.
a two-year record of 45-2 and two| g-W'’s other seven-footer is Ken
Southwestern Conference titles in Long a Tennessee prep product.
The Bulldogs have other season
1967 and 1968.
Colo, a 6-2 guard, played with
Adams on the 19G8 West All-Star
roam which whipped the Ead
in the annual event in Greens-
ihe i ast r.vo years. Holbrook is
expecting big thing.s from the 6-S
Bari'"*"" .1 will feature two
Ga-toi.'a -V^liU-y products, center
Eric Eyp.um and guard Lirrv
(Y-y/Y-t. Both playc-.l at A.shlc\
under veteran Larry Rhodes re
garded as one of the top basket
ball coaches in North CarolLna.
In addition to bringing Tommy
Cole to KM. Elon will bring last
year’s District 26 Coach erf tiie
Ye.ir, Bill Miller. Tlie formci
North Carolina eager has built
' Elon into a small college powder
I since taking over q-s head coach
I U year? ago.
! Elon returns every player of
ed in Dennis DeSanc- [ last year’.s team which won the
tis, Tony .^agnola. Doug Jolley. • Carolinas C mferenco regular sea-
Lon Dugger and others. son and tournamom titU's and
One of Ci-W’s newcomers this should bo the team to beat here
year will be freshman Donald But all 5 ur partieip;iting eoaehei.
ElUott, who led neaitoy* i?ailaa' agree that anybody is capable of
tfigh School to the stat* playoffi taking home the marblos.
Gardner-Webb will feature two
seven-footers to go along with
Adams and a host of reUirnine
lettormen from la.'it year’s fine
Gardner * Webb Coach Eddie
Holbrook has said that scvcn-hx)i
Henry Boyd of Winnsboro, S. C..
has the potential of benng tlie
best basketball player lo over
wear a Gardner-Webb uniform,
and that ineludt's Adams and 7-3
Artis Gilmore, now playing with
the Kentucky Colonels of the