Juniors Ned McIlroy, Dennis Rounsavelle and Jay Miller got off to good start but 52.2 anchor leg by Sophomore Denny Weldon was kicker that gave El Segundo ( Calif.) H.S. foursome new U.S. interscholastic record of 3:33.3 for 400-yard freestyle relay in winning (58-19) dual meet with Beverly Hills at El Segundo pool (April 11).
Boston, pulled right down to wire by rags-to-riches St. Louis, went into double overtime before beating stubborn Hawks 125-123 in seventh game at Boston (after winning fifth 124-109, losing sixth 96-94) to capture first NBA title (see page 18).
Pancho Gonzales, still darkly muttering about quitting Jack Kramer's touring troupe, took time off from teaching facts of tennis life to Aussie Ken Rosewall to beat Frank Parker and Tony Trabert, teed off his big serve for 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 triumph over bustling Pancho Segura in world pro tournament final at Cleveland (see page 47). Whewed Little Pancho, after dropping his third final to Big Pancho: " Gonzales is just too tough." Gonzales then turned his attention back to Rosewall, winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at Detroit to stretch lead to 33-15.
Finn Kobbero, lanky 21-year-old Dane, held off scrambling little World Champion Eddie Choong of Malaya in sustained volleys, relied on sharp angle shots and powerful backhand drives to win second U.S. Open title 15-10, 2-15, 15-4 at Spokane. Women's champion: carrot-topped Judy Devlin of Owings Mills, Md., 11-2, 11-0 victor over Margaret Varner.
Long-shot 3-year-olds gave themselves (and their backers) a day last Saturday, romping off with big money at Gulfstream, Jamaica and Keeneland. Biggest surprise was light-weighted (104 pounds) La Verite, who slick-stepped from behind to wear down fading and top-weighted (126 pounds) Federal Hill for 26-to-l payoff in $25,000 Biscayne Bay Handicap at Gulfstream; Mr. Jive, off at 8 to 1 and with more than casual eye on Derby, bolted to front under steady whipping by Hedley Woodhouse to take $30,450 Gotham Handicap at Jamaica; Claiborne Farm's 5 to 1 Bandit, fleeing like proverbial thief in field of older horses, scooted home first in 105th running of $12,250 Phoenix Handicap, nation's oldest stakes race, at Keeneland.
Steeplechasers ran, jumped and stumbled over brush and timber in season's biggest weekend. Winners: Dancing Beacon in Middleburg (Va.) Hunt Cup; Another Hyacinth in Block House at Tryon, N.C.; Doll Ram in My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point at Monkton, Md.
Major leaguers wound up spring-training exhibitions and headed into more serious business of pennant races with Las Vegas line quoting New York Yankees 2 to 5 to repeat in American League and Milwaukee and Brooklyn 6 to 5 co-favorites in National League.
Ralph Dupas, fancy-stepping scatter-puncher, moved out of lightweight class with flourish, ignoring badly gashed left eye to slam away at Welterweight Vince Martinez' body often enough to take 10-round decision before 10,800 home-town fans who paid $41,200 to look in on non-TV bout at New Orleans.
Flyweight Albert Pell, clever 21-year-old New York butcher boy, outpointed Bob Le Febvre to become only repeater in AAU championships at Boston. Other winners: Hemon Marquez of San Francisco, 119 pounds; Rubin Pizarro of New York, 125 pounds; Gene Gresham of Detroit, 132 pounds; Vincent Shomo of New York, 139 pounds; Don Hullinger of Lima, Ohio, 147 pounds; Dennis Moyer of Portland, Ore., 156 pounds; Alex Ford of Youngstown, Ohio, 165 pounds; Lindy Lindimoser of Vancouver, B.C., 178 pounds; Lee Williams of Boston, heavyweight.