From a casual gesture of lending vacant land on the edge of town to the local semipro ball team Herbert Kokernot, rancher, banker and sportsman of Alpine, Texas, developed an interest that led to his being named Baseball Sponsor of the Decade by the National Baseball Congress. Ten years ago he built a quarter-million-dollar grandstand and ball park and ever since he has been generously encouraging baseball in the Southwest with his financial support. Latest of his ventures at Kokernot Park was last month's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament, sponsored by Alpine's Sul Ross State College with Mr. Kokernot's backing. In the picture above he proudly presents the trophy to Pete Swain, coach of the winning Sul Ross team. Colleges from six other states which participated in the tournament were: College of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Ark.; Western Illinois State College, Macomb, Ill.; David Lipscomb College, Nashville, Tenn.; Southwestern State College, Weatherford, Okla.; Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla.; and William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo. For both winners and also-rans there was a giant barbecue and entertainment, courtesy of Herbert Kokernot.