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PLATTSBURGH PRESS-REPUBLICAN—THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1959 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pairings were announced Thurs- day for -two- of the regiotUtl tour- naments; pointing to the National Collegiate basketball champion- ship next month; At New York's Madison Square Garden in the Eastern regional March 11, Manhattan will factf the Southern Conference champion, probably West Virginia, in the first of three games. Second Game The second game will send Bos ton College against the Atlantic Conference champion and- the third will pair Connecticut with an at-large team yet to' be, chosen. The Atlantic Coast picks tys ti- tleholder in the conference tourna. ment next month. At present North Carolina, the defending champion, and Duke are tied- for the league lead. Dartmouth has the inside track for the Eastern! at-large spot In the regional at Eyanston, 111 starting also March 11, Pitt will play the Mid-American champion and Notre Dame the Ohio Valley Conference representative. Ten- nessee Tech is leading the Ohio Valley parade. Meanwhile, two more berths in the NCAA field have' been clinched. Big Eight Title Kansas State captured the Big Eight title, and the accompany- ing tournament bid, by beating Oklahoma Tuesday night 68-51. Sen Francisco won the West Coast Athletic Conference crown by edg- ing St. .Mary's of California 49-47. Finals for the major National Collegiate, championship will be held March 21-22 at Louisville, Ky>. In the small college division of the NCAA, 18 teams have quali- fied for tournament berths. Four-: teen remain to be selected. f»» . fTV-.r'v Horse Falls, Destroyed At Bowie BOWIE, Md., Feu. 25 thoroughbreds fell and one> of them had to be destroyed today at Bowie race course. The track has been in bad shape since a 16- inch snowfall Feb. IS. Twice the remainder of -the pro- gram was almost called off, but it was finally completed. Whether there will be racing tomorrow is in doubt. Face Race Bernard fell in the face race, breaking his left shoulder, and was destroyed. Jockey Charles McKee .was not hurt and came BUTTER-FLY EXPERT—Tim Jeckd, Yaltl jxmlor, shows perfect form as he prepares for the NCAA swimming championships March 27-29th at Ann Aobof, Mich. Jecko won three individual crowns in the •1957 meet. ' NEW HAVEN, Conn. (M —Many experts say thftt Tim Jecko, 20- year - old Yale junior from Bethesda, Md-, ranks high among the cuf-i'est -crop of America's hopefuls. Tap Rooters One of Jecko's top rooters is the usually conservative Bob Kiphuth, Yale's coach aiid noted produce!; of great swimmers. He admits the trim, 187-pound, 6-foot- 2 Jecko is \very good.\ From him, that's terrific. Jecko, the only Yale swimmer to compete in Jhe 1956 Olympics at Australia, hopes the experts are right. He also hopes he'll make the 1960 Olympics and be more valuable to America than I was two years ago.\ In the 1956 games Jecko helped the 800-meter free- style relay team' qualify, but he wasn't picked on the unit that lost to Australia in the final, Cough . Handicapped by a bronchial cough in mid-December, *• Jecko! entered the water for the first time in six weeks late in Janu- ary. He isn't expected to reach his peak this season until late March, says Kiphuth, \when he should be a major factor in national' .championships.\ They are set for March 27-29 at Ann Arbor, Mich. It was about the same' time last year that Jecko, sophomore sensation, reached his peak and scored a grand slam in the Na- tional Collegiate A. A. (NCAA) championships at Chapel Hill, N. C. Medley Races In that meet, Jecko won the 100 and 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley races. The butterfly and freestyle are his specialties. Tim, who has been swimming in competition since he' was 13, credits Jim Cfimpbell, for many years coach of the Walter Reed S. C, Washington, I>, C, for \most of whatever success, has come my way.\ \Campbell got me started and to know what it was to work hard,\ explains Tim, \and this has served as an excellent found- ation here at Yale, where Coach | Kiphuth stresses body building, and conditioning. Mr. Kiphuth has] given me the necessary polish.' What make;} Jecko click? \A great haart and a smooth stroke,\ sky.? JCiphuth. \He's long willowy and tough, with ioose legs and loose arms,\ Greatest ThfiU What has given Jecko his great- est thrill as a swimmer? \I have to ipick the 1956 Olym- pics,\ smiles Tim, 'but close be- hind are the three NCAA titles I won last • season and swimming the anchor leg on Yale's. 4tf0-' yard freestyle'relay team, which set the world's record of 3:18.2 in February, 3957. (This team in- cluded Roger Anderson, David Armstrong and Joseph Robinson).' ' Jecko, who is majoring in Eng-i ish plans to enter Yale's School of Drama after he graduates in 1959. While learning to become an actor, Jecko intends to practice for a place on the 1960 Olympic swim- ming squad. Pro Cage Star Seeks Chance to Play in League Again By SEYMOUR STAEHAN Central Press Association Correspondent • \WILLIAMSPORT Pa. — Jack Molinas sat in the locker room sucking on an orange and regain- ing his breath. He had just led the Williamsport Billies of the Eastern Pro Basketball League to victory over the Wilkes - Barre Barons, scoring 3 points and playing every minute of the game. 'Yes, I'd like nothing-more than to get back into the N.B.A.,\ he mistake \ iV \\7 •\\\.\\' ~\'W^Z ''\\' sala - \I've paid for my uuawe. back to ride m the third. The spec- N rf hta shouM ^ consld ^ 4- n „..i nM f„n rt ^^i,rv 0 H tt.f. t.h* three- ... ered.\ Scoring Record Molinas.-is the former All-Amsri- can who set a new scoring record tacula'r fall occurred at the three sixteenths pole: _ In the seventh race, Battle Over, one of the choices, fell in the iden- ttcal spot of Bernard's accident ^^ Unlversrty iti ' Us co] . Battle Over struggled to his feet j Graduating in 1953, he and galloped on behind the field. J^ gterdom ^ ^ Jockey Sidney Cole was shaken up but otherwise uninjured Second Race Two other horses stumbled bad- ly in the second race on the deep, holey track but did not fall. Stewards conferred after the first-race fall, decided to permit the program to continue and said they would \declare the track un- safe\ if there were another fall. They studied the situation again when Battle Over went down, and decided to finish anyway. s Bid to College Tournament TROY, Feb, 26 OK—Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received and accepted a bid to the NCAA's college-division basketball tour- ney, the school announced today. Thua RPI, joins Brandeis, St. Michaels and Adelphi in the north eastern competition of the tour- ney, which begins March 7. Willis J. Stetson, athletic direc- tor at Swarthmpre College and chairman of the college division of th£ National Collegiate Athletic Assn., issued the Invitation. Paul Graham, RPI director of athletics, said RPI had cancelled its two remaining games, with Al- bany State Teachers and Harpur College, in order to participate. In wlupping Williams 55-45 Tues- day, the Engineer* brought their records to 14-4, the finest in the school's history. The site for the northeastern playoff has not been decided, The regional winner will take part in the filiate at Evansvil'ie, Ind., March 12-1*. The NCAA sponsors two basket- ball tourneys, the college and uni- versity divisions. \Name\ basket- ball school* participate in the latter. Best punter of footballs in Syra- cuse University history was AVatus Stone. Hit 96 punts during the I960- 6| •ampaitf&ic artraged M,7 yard*. Wayne Pistons of' the National: Basketball association in the '53-54 season. An outstanding performer and well on his way to rookie-of-the.- year honors, Molinas broke a league rule by betting on the out- come of a game. Although Molinas bet on his own team to win, Maurice Podoloff, president of the N.B.A., vigilant of the wishes of the owners to keep the game of basketball free of any possible sus- picion or taint, suspended the Fort Wayne star from the league in- definitely. The suspension has never been lifted, ^ Signa The following season, Molinas signed with Williamsport of the Eastern loop, a fast-moving pro- fessional league that established no' ban, either against him or against the much more serious violators of basketball ethics—'the \Dumpers\ and \point-shavers\ of the scandals of a few years previous. Outstanding Record Molinas proceeded to establish an outstanding record with the Billies, He set a new team scoring record in his first year, and each succeeding year has broken his own record. A tower of strength to his team, he has finished second, first, and third in the league in scoring in three ysars; has been named unanimously each year to the All-Star team; and one* was chosen the league's most valuable player, This year, in his fourth season of exile from, big league basket- ball, he is averaging 32 points per game for Williamsport, ranks sec- ond in the loop in scoring, and has continued through his fine all- around team, play to spark the ball club. • Suspension During the term of his suspen- sion, Molinas has completed law school and: has been admitted to the bar of New York State. Before he was admitted, a thorough inves- tigation of his character was made, and his actions in the betting affair and the consequent suspension were taken into consideration. It waa Judged thai his aot waa not of JACK MOLINAS such grave nature as to preclude Ihim from, practice. ' Why then,\ he asks, \should It bar me from playing after this long a suspen- sion?\ Anxious Molinas is desperately anxious to return to the N.B.A, \I love what I'm doing' now, the practice of law,\ he remarked, \I also love basketball.' And I want nix my name cleared. I made » take, and I never denied it, but I feel that four years out of big league basketball has paid for that mistake. * 'I'll play for anything—I'll play for nothing. I know that I can help some N.B.A. team- And I don't want this thing hanging over my head any longer.\ Opportunity Molinas will get the opportunity at least to plead his case once again, for his application for rein- statement will be heard by the board of governors of the N.B.A. at a meeting at, its offices in New York late in March. If they rule favorably, Molina* will be on the roster of some N,B,A. club next fall. \I am at th* prime of my life,' said Molinas. \I don't think thatl my mistake rates a life sentenos- I believe my debt has been \paid. I sincerely hope Mr. Podoloff and the board of governors will agree.\ Vic Wer.tz of the Cleveland In- dians and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees were the only two hitters who connected for home tuna in every American League park in 1957. DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Prejudice 5. Injure 9. Guiding rope for a horse (Fr.) 10. Smithy's block 12. Beginning 13. Stop 14. Grow old 15. Not many 16. Calcium Csym.) 17. Colored spots 20. Owns 21. Humor 22. Winged, as birds (her.) 23. Kinds of houses 27. Sound a horr.\ 28. Coin (Swed.) 29; Pismire 30. Shade of red 84, Pronoun 35. Asian ox 36. River into English Channel 37. Lassoer 39. Port 41. Sugar sorghum 42. Manifest 43. Wooden blocks 44. Mr. Whit- mun DOWN 1 White- striped » antelope 2. Insert 3. Mature 4. Place 3, Billiard rods 6, Afresh 7. Yellow bugle 8, Misname 9. Friable earth 11, Rents 15. Tuft of hair on horse's !e* 18. Taunt 19. Ignited 20. Hasten 23. Af- firm 23. 8tep« 24. Kind of bridge 25. Fate. 26. Epoch 30. Baby. 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