By RANDY LANEY
Record Sports Writer
Coach Ralph Polcari’s Blythewood Indians opened their 1966-67 basketball season on a winning note by downing Blaney in the first game and followed with a victory over Camden Military. The Indians risk their unbeaten mark tonight in Blythewood’s first conference 4-B clash as Polcari’s squad visits the Yellow Jackets of Irmo, also undefeated after two contests.
Coach Dan Hallman’s Yellow Jackets appear strong contenders to capture Irmo’s second conference championship of the year. After an undefeated (9-0) football season, the Yellow Jacket cagers opened with a slim 40-39 win over conference rival Olympic, perennial 4-B powers, on the Red Devils’ home court.
In other area action tonight, Dreher opens the season at Brookland-Cayce, Winnsboro meets Cardinal Newman at Dentsville gym, Lexington entertains Olympia, and Hollywood visits Chapin. Area squads on the road tonight include Dentsville, opening at Newberry, and Airport, traveling to Orangeburg in search of victory number one.
High-scoring Tommy Frick leads the Indians’ attack with support coming from Stanley Wilson, but the Blythewood squad will have to counter Irmo’s size to down the Yellow Jackets. Ray Carr, Irmo’s 6-5 pivotman, and 6-3 forward Steve Dietzel have controlled the boards in the Yellow Jackets’ first two outings while Wayne DuCote, a transfer from Columbia’s University High which was closed last year, has provided the scoring punch.
Coach Dave Nielson’s Brookland-Cayce Bearcats dropped a 51-41 verdict to Orangeburg in the season’s opener Friday night and seek their first win against the Blue Devils. Dreher, after compiling a 15-10 mark last season, faces a rebuilding challenge after graduation took its toll from Coach Dixon Owens’ squad.
Cardinal Newman, led by Bobby Collins and Marty Woolbright, seeks a third straight victory against Winnsboro. After dropping the opener to Benedictine the Cardinals bounced back to trim Gilbert and Pelion last week.
Experienced performers Woody Henderson and Ronnie Cates lead Dentsville as the Cougars open their first season in the Eastern AA conference against Newberry’s Bulldogs.
Dwight Spencer leads Airport in search of its first victory of the season, but the Eagles must stop Orangeburg’s Terry Johnson, a three – year letterman forward. Orangeburg’s record stands at 1-1 after a Friday night win over B-C and Saturday’s setback from Columbia.
The week’s area action continues as Lexington visits Swansea Thursday night. Friday night action sees A. C. Flora hosting Florence’s McClenaghan High, Olympia visiting Lower Richland, Orangeburg traveling to Lancaster, Cardinal Newman Journeying to Blythewood, B. C. entertaining Airport, Sumter welcoming Dreher and Columbia High at Eau Claire. Eau Claire’s Shamrocks visit the Indians in Orangeburg Saturday night and Flora’s Falcons, after an opening victory last week over the Shamrocks, entertain Camden.