Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Sept. 18, 2014

Evergreen High School's 1967 offensive starters.
SEPT. 21, 1967

“Elliott (Buck) Quarles was named Outstanding Player of the Week by the Evergreen Jaycees for the Monroeville game.
“Quarles is a 160-pound junior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Quarles. He was a starter last year and has developed as the Aggies’ top runner this season. He was chosen not only for his blocking and running on offense, but also for his fine play on defense as a linebacker.”

Evergreen dropped its game against Monroe County High School, 14-13, in Evergreen.
Quarles scored Evergreen’s touchdown on a three-yard run, but a bad snap caused the Aggies to miss the ensuing extra point try. Evergreen’s second touchdown came on a 7-yard pass from Jimmy Hart to Don Montgomery. Wayne Caylor kicked the extra point.
Other Evergreen players in that game included Ronald Halford, Leon Hinson, George Stinson and Hollis Tranum.
 “The finest crowd in years filled the stadium to overflowing. Due to a lost report form, Principal Roy Davis could give no official attendance figures. However, he reported a gate o $2,163, including better than 2,000 paid admissions.”

“Bulldogs whip Lyeffion 18-0: Outplayed in the first half by an underdog Lyeffion team, the Repton Bulldogs roared back with three touchdowns in the last half to win going away, 18-0.
“(Gary) Boatwright and Salter were standouts for Repton.”
Other standout players in that game included Repton’s Jimmy Ray Higdon and John Lee and Lyeffion’s Vernon Chavers and Doug Williams.

SEPT. 18, 1952

“The Repton High School Bulldogs ripped the cover off the 1952 season Friday night and also played the first game on their new lighted field before an overflowing crowd. The grid opener for Coach Charlie Pouncey’s team was spoiled by the visiting Flomaton Hurricane team which edged the battling Bulldogs, 13 to 0, in a thrilling scrap.
“The Repton club was led by Shelton Baggett who played a bangup game on offense in the backfield and shifted into a guard spot to spark the defense.”

“Coach Wendell Hart will take the wraps off his seventh edition of the Evergreen High School Aggies here Friday night when the Evergreens meet Atmore’s Blue Devils in the season-opener for both clubs. Kickoff is set at eight o’clock in Brooks Stadium.
“Coach Hart listed his probable starters on the offensive team as follows: Left end, Cullen Edson, 135; left tackle, Wayne Douglas, 180; left guard, Bill Robinson, 140; center, Joe Stowers, 150; right guard, Richard Taylor, 160; right tackle, Sammy Robison, 160, or Paul Hanks, 175; right end, Alt. Capt. Shirley Frazier, 160; quarterback, Billy Lewis, 150; left halfback, Ward Alexander, 178; right halfback, Jimmy Frazier, 145; fullback, Capt. Pace Bozeman, 160.
“The defensive platoon is composed of the following: LE, S. Frazier, 160; LT, Hanks, 175; LG, Lamar Shefield, 190; center, J. Frazier, 145; RG, Taylor, 160; RT, Douglas, 180; RE, Levon Ward, 160; FB, Ronnie Edson, 155, HB, Bozeman, 160; HB, Lewis, 150; safety, Alexander, 178.”

“Starlington Cops Conecuh Loop Title In Playoff Sunday: The Starlington Stars defeated the Centerville Rookies, 7-0, behind the two-hit pitching of Punk Fussell to win the playoffs of the Conecuh Amateur League at Brooks Stadium Sunday. In a preliminary tilt, Shreve edged Castleberry, 5-4, to take third place in the playoffs.
“The Stars scored twice in the first inning and were never in trouble with Fussell pitching airtight ball. The game was called at the end of the fifth inning because of darkness.
“Fussell struck out seven batters and didn’t issue a free ticket to first. Houston Blackburn did the catching. Gillis Jones started for the Rookies, giving way to Homer Riley in the third inning. Clint Ward was the catcher. Jones gave up four hits, struck out three and walked three. Riley gave up three hits, struck out six and walked two.
“Ervin Burkett collected two hits in three trips to the plate to lead the victors. Riley and Jones got the two Rookie hits. Most of the game was played in a slow drizzle.
“Castleberry and Shreve tied up in a real thriller in the first game. At the end of the scheduled seven innings, the score was tied, 0-0. Shreve pitcher Herbert Sanford had a no-hitter until he gave up one hit in the sixth. At the end of seven innings, Shreve had gotten only three hits off Castleberry pitchers Ralph Grady and J.W. Windham.
“Sanford, Duck Reeves and Ed Hooks were the Shreve battery, while Grady, Windham and W. Ivey worked for Castleberry. O’Neal Kennedy and Tot Bentley each had two hits in five trips to lead the hitting for Shreve. Carroll Powell and Windham with one hit each led Castleberry.”

SEPT. 16, 1937

“Miss Lou Skinner has gone to Talladega where she is physical education teacher.”

“FORE SALE – One 19 month old male pointer. Untrained, but not gun shy. Will sell cheap. Apply to Texaco Service Station.”

SEPT. 20, 1922

“A crowd of scenery seekers went to Stephens’ pond Sunday morning where they enjoyed boat riding and several members of the party took a dip.”

“Football practice is going on in dead earnest now on the campus of the Marion County High School in Guin. The boys can be seen every afternoon going through heavy drills.”

“We (Wild Brothers Hardware) are often told that we carry too much stock for the size town, but our experience is that we hardly have any trouble trading if we have just what the people want. This has been clearly demonstrated in our fishing tackle department. We do not suppose there is a more particular customer ever comes in our store than a real fisherman, still we hardly have one to come in and go out without what he came in for. We just carry enough stock to give them what they want, regardless of any peculiar idea that they may have. What it takes to catch fish, we happen to have it.”

SEPT. 18, 1907

“Hunting permits can be secured at The Courant office.”

Glennis Curry remains in first place in local ESPN College Pick 'Em contest

It’s been a long time since Hillcrest High School has had a football game as big as the one tomorrow (Friday) night in Evergreen.

Region rival T.R. Miller will enter Brooks Memorial Stadium as one of the top teams in Class 3A, and the game is a must-win for the Jags if they hope to have a shot at making the playoffs. Hillcrest has lost its past two games by a combined four points, and many will view the game against Miller as a David vs. Goliath-type match-up.

Like a lot of people, I don’t think that Hillcrest’s 1-2 overall record really reflects what type of team Hillcrest has this season. Hillcrest is more than capable of upsetting Miller tomorrow night, and that would be just the thing to give the Jags the shot in the arm they need to finish out the rest of the season strong.

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The third week of our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em contest has come to a close, and the standings on Sunday morning showed that Glennis Curry remained in sole possession of first place for the second straight week.

Aaron Albritton was in second place. Arthur Ingram III, Chuck Murph and Mike Dailey were in a three-way tie for third place.

Hunter Norris was in sixth place, and Barlow_91 was in seventh place. Rod Sims was in eighth place. Sharon Peacock and Ricky Powell were tied for ninth place.

Steve Stacey and Jeremy Matheny were tied for 11th place.

After the dust settled on Saturday, I found myself in a three-way tie for 15th place with my brother, Mark, and Chris Garner of Evergreen.

If you’re playing this local contest and didn’t finish in the Top 10, don’t fret. This contest will run for 11 more weeks, and it’s a marathon not a sprint. You’ll find that the standings will change a lot over the next few months.

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In the SEC this week, there are three head-to-head match ups between conference teams and five other games involving conference teams facing opponents from outside the SEC.

No. 3 Alabama will play Florida Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa (CBS). Mississippi State will take on No. 8 LSU Saturday at Baton Rouge, starting at 6 p.m. (ESPN), and South Carolina will play Vanderbilt Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Nashville (SECN).

In other action, No. 5 Auburn will visit No. 20 Kansas State tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN). On Saturday, Troy will play No. 13 Georgia in Athens at 11 a.m. (SECN), and No. 6 Texas A&M will play SMU in Dallas at 2:30 p.m. (ABC). Indiana will play No. 18 Missouri Saturday at 3 p.m. in Columbia (SECN), and Arkansas will play Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. in Fayetteville (ESPNU).

For what it’s worth, here’s how I see each of those games playing out. I look for Auburn to beat Kansas State and I expect Alabama to squeak by Florida. I also like Georgia over Troy, Texas A&M over SMU, Missouri over Indiana, Arkansas over Northern Illinois, LSU over Mississippi State and South Carolina over Vandy.

Last week: 8-3. So far this season: 30-5.

Today in History for Sept. 18, 2014

Washington lays cornerstone of capitol building.
Sept. 18, 1793 – George Washington laid the U.S. Capitol’s cornerstone in a Masonic ceremony. Wearing an apron embroidered with Masonic symbols, Washington led a ceremony laced with the society's rituals. The apron, along with the trowel and tools used to set the Capitol's cornerstone in place, is currently housed at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Va.

Sept. 18, 1851 - The first issue of "The New York Times" was published.

Sept. 18, 1862 - General Robert E. Lee began retreating from the Battle of Antietam.

Sept. 18, 1893 - William Edward Campbell was born in Mobile. He would gain fame as the author, William March. In June 1917, March enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was assigned to the Marine Brigade in the Army's Second Division and took part in several notable actions. March received the French Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross – the United States' second-highest decorations for bravery in combat – for his actions in the assault on Blanc Mont Ridge, a key German stronghold east of Reims, in October 1918. March's first novel, “Company K,” was published in 1933. It dealt with his war experiences and is recognized today as a classic of its type.

Sept. 18, 1895 - The first chiropractic adjustment was performed by Daniel David Palmer, who ignited a new, sometimes controversial field of medicine.

Sept. 18, 1907 – Work continued on the Cedar Creek Mill Co. logging road from Brewton to Andalusia, where it was to connect to the Central of Georgia railroad terminus.

Sept. 18, 1912 – The Agricultural School in Evergreen opened the 1912-13 school year with 94 pupils on the roll.

Sept. 18, 1956 - Mickey Mantle hit his 50th career home run.

Sept. 18, 1961 – The fall session of court in Conecuh County opened with Judge A.H. Elliott presiding.

Sept. 18, 1962 - Charlie Finley was denied permission to move the Athletics to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.

Sept. 18, 1965 - Mickey Mantle played in his 2,000th game.

Sept. 18, 1972 - Art Williams became the first black umpire in National League history.

Sept. 18, 1973 - Future President Jimmy Carter filed a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), claiming he had seen an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in Leary, Ga. in October 1969.

Sept. 18, 1981 – Evergreen High School lost to Opelika, 41-14, in Opelika. Mark Bell led Evergreen’s offense with eight carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Barry Padgett led Evergreen’s defense with seven solos and seven assists.

Sept. 18, 1983 - George Meegan reached the edge of an Alaskan tundra, and completed his 2,426 day trek of the Western Hemisphere- a journey of over 19,000 miles or 31 million steps.

Sept. 18, 1996 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens struck out 20 Detroit Tigers, tying his own major league record for most strikeouts in a game.

Sept. 18, 2003 – Robert Duvall, who played the role of Boo Radley in 1962’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 0.20 inches.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 3.70 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.95 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 50.30 inches

NOTES: Today is the 261st day of 2014 and the 90th day of Summer. There are 104 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Historical marker describes unique Wilcox County town of Pine Apple

'Downtown Pine Apple' historical marker beside town hall.
This week’s featured historical marker is the “DOWNTOWN PINE APPLE” marker in Wilcox County, Ala. This marker is located next door to the Pine Apple Town Hall, on the west side of Broad Street in downtown Pine Apple.

This marker was erected by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Pine Apple in November 2010. There’s text on both sides of this marker, and both sides are different. What follows in the complete text from the marker:

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“DOWNTOWN PINE APPLE: The Town of Pine Apple was settled by 1816, originally named Friendship in the 1820s and later designated Pine Apple by the United States Post Office in 1851. Pine Apple was incorporated on Feb. 24, 1872. The following commercial ventures served the community from this area: automotive agency, bank, barber, blacksmith, boarding house, butcher shop, cotton gin, drug store, eggery, feed store, feed mill, fertilizer plant, furniture store, garage and service stations, general store, gift shop, grocery stores, hair salon, hotels, ice house, insurance agency, livery stable, mercantile stores, newspaper, quail hatchery, radio station, restaurant, sawmill-planer mill, seamstress, spoke and handle factory, tannery, telephone exchange, wheelwright and woodshop. Pine Apple also had a calaboose, churches, Civitan club, doctors and dentist offices, fire department, Matheson Library, Masonic Hall, Moore Academy, New Century Club, Pine Apple Depot, post office, public pool and bath houses, and tennis courts. Pine Apple experienced the War Between the States, the burning of the town in 1903, and the Great Depression, and sent sons to war in support of this country. (Continued on other side)”

“DOWNTOWN PINE APPLE (Continued from other side): Pioneers, founding families, and entrepreneurs active in the civic and commercial life of Pine Apple include: Adams, Anderson, Beard, Blackmon, Bloxom, Bonner, Brantley, Burch, Byars, Carter, Chapman, Chappell, Coleson, Compton, Cone, Cobb, Cook, Crawford, Donald, Ezell, Feagin, Fields, Finklea, Frazier, Fuller, Gaston, Gellenthin, Gillian, Girlie, Gravet, Grimes, Guillot, Hale, Hardin, Harris, Harriss, Hawthorne, Heath, Henderson, Hester, Holloway, Huggins, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Kennedy, Knight, Kyser, Lamkin, Lloyd, Lobman, Lynam, Majors, Maness, Matheson, Maxwell, Mayo, McCrory, McNeil, McWilliams, Melton, Mills, Monk, Moseley, Nall, Norred, Oakley, Owens, Patterson, Pierce, Powell, Preyer, Ptomey, Rikard, Ruth, Sharpe, Shy, Sister of St. Joseph, Smith, Snowden, Stallworth, Stanford, Steen, Steiner, Stone, Strickland, Stuart, Suggs, Thompson, Tucker, Wall, Ward, Watkins, Watson, Watts, Webb, Weeks, Williams, Williamson and Winters. Over the years, Pine Apple became a regional center for agricultural, recreational and timber activities. At the time of the dedication of this historic marker, elected officials included Mayor Chris Stone and council members: Lewis Anderson, Harold Grimes III, Tim Steen, Birdie Mae Stallworth and Joyce H. Wall.”

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The historical marker described above is one of several in the Pine Apple area. Be sure to visit this site in the coming weeks as I plan to talk about those other markers in the near future.

In the end, visit this site next Wednesday to learn about another historical marker. I’m also taking suggestions from the reading audience, so if you know of an interesting historical marker that you’d like me to feature, let me know in the comments section below.

Today in History for Sept. 17, 2014

Hank Williams Sr.
Sept. 17, 1540 – The DeSoto Expedition reached the ancient Indian town of Talisi, which was located on the Alabama River at Durant’s Bend, 15 miles northeast of Selma, in Dallas County.

Sept. 17, 1803 – Enoch Hooper Cook Sr. of Wilcox County was born in Caldwell County, Ky. He, his 10 sons and two grandsons, 13 in all, served in the Civil War, said to be the “greatest number from one family that had served either side in the war.”

Sept. 17, 1861 - Confederate General Sterling Price encircled a Union garrison at Lexington.

Sept. 17, 1862 – In Maryland, the Battle of Antietam took place. General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army were stopped by General George B. MeClellan and his numerically superior Union forces. By nightfall about 26,000 men were dead, wounded or missing. Lee began withdrawing to Virginia after dark on September 18. Jacob Hirschfelder and James C. Thomas, both of the Conecuh Guards, where killed at Antietam. Thomas E. Ray (deserted to enemy in 1864) and Third Cpl. James Robertson (wounded in three places), both of the Conecuh Guards, were wounded at Antietam.

Sept. 17, 1869 – The original First Presbyterian Church of Camden building, which was erected in 1856, burned.

Sept. 17, 1897 – George Bradley was hung for the June 17 murder of Richard Rumbley at Rumbley’s store near Pleasant Ridge. This was the second hanging in Monroe County, Ala. since the end of the Civil War.

Sept. 17, 1905 – Jim Johnson, alias Jim Caldwell, shot and killed Wade Coleman at McWilliams, near the Monroe-Wilcox County line.

Sept. 17, 1914 – The Agricultural School in Evergreen opened for the 1914-15 school year with 90 pupils on the rolls.

Sept. 17, 1914 – The Monroe Journal reported that “Contractor Lambert” had “begun the demolition of the old Presbyterian church building preparatory to the reconstruction and remodeling of the building.”

Sept. 17, 1917 – During World War I, Army Pvt. John E. Maldin of Opp “died from disease.”

Sept. 17, 1920 - The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, Ohio. It was the precursor to the National Football League.

Sept. 17, 1923 – Hank Williams Sr. was born at Mount Olive in Butler County. After his first appearance on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1949, the singer-songwriter went on to become a country music legend despite his death in 1953 at age 29. His grave is located in Montgomery's Oakwood Cemetery.

Sept. 17, 1928 - The Town of Jones Mill officially changed its name to Frisco City after a 153-50 vote in favor of the change.

Sept. 17, 1930 – Retired American astronaut Edgar Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas. The Apollo astronaut, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon, has had a long standing interest in consciousness and the paranormal. In 2008, he stirred up controversy with this statement in a radio interview: "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real."

Sept. 17, 1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as 'Mr. Cub'.

Sept. 17, 1961 - The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as the new National Football League team.

Sept. 17, 1967 - The Doors appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and performed "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange."

Sept. 17, 1976 – The Wilson-Finlay House (also known as Mist Lady, the Joshua Wilson House and the Finlay House) in Gainestown in Clarke County was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 17, 1978 - The series "Battlestar Galactica" began airing on ABC.

Sept. 17, 1981 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela threw his eighth shutout of the season to set a new National League rookie record. Valenzuela’s three-hitter beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 and put an exclamation point on one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history.

Sept. 17, 1982 – The last tie football game involving a Monroe County team was played between Frisco City and Leroy. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Sept. 17, 1983 - Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds retired after 16 years as a catcher.

Sept. 17, 1983 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron's major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.

Sept. 17, 1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.

Sept. 17, 2004 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 700th home run.

Daily Weather Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Sept. 17, 2014

Rainfall (past 24 hours): Trace.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.00 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 3.50 inches

Summer to Date Rainfall: 6.75 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 50.10 inches

NOTES: Today is the 260th day of 2014 and the 89th day of Summer. There are 105 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.