FOUR YEARS AGO
DEC. 20, 2007
“Sparta Academy’s varsity boys basketball team improved its record to 7-6 overall after splitting a pair of games over the weekend in the Monroe Academy Christmas Tournament.
“On Saturday night, Sparta captured the tournament’s third-place trophy by whipping Escambia Academy, 70-39, in Monroeville.
“In the win over Escambia, Chris Cinereski, a 6-foot-4 senior, led Sparta with 17 points. Mason Black followed with nine points. J.R. Williams finished the game with seven points.”
“Hillcrest High School’s Lady Jags beat previously undefeated J.F. Shields, 44-34, on Tuesday of last week in Evergreen.
“Catorica Floyd led Hillcrest with 12 points. Kemara Bawlson followed with 10 points, and Kawanis Thomas finished the night with nine points.”
“Sparta Academy’s girls basketball team improved its record to 11-2 overall Saturday by whipping Escambia Academy, 60-44, in the Monroe Academy Christmas Tournament in Monroeville.
“BreAnna Pate, a 5-foot-3 junior, scored 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors, who entered the tournament ranked No. 4 in the AISA. Susan Ann Cook followed with 11 points, and Erica Palmer finished the game with 10 points.
“Christin Booker scored seven points. Camarena Godwin recorded five points, and Morgan Harden tossed in four points. Ashton Raines posted two points, and Savannah Brown scored one point.”
19 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1992
“Four Sparta Academy Warriors scored in double figures last Monday night as the Warriors triumphed over Greenville Academy 65-69.
“Senior Bryant Robinson and junior Britt Ward led the scoring with 19 and 18 points respectively. Senior Terry Conway and junior McPherson Cook also scored in the double figure range, each with 10 points. Also scoring during the contest were Chip Gibson with six points and Casey Grant with two.
“According to Sparta Academy Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr., Sparta was in control for the majority of the game, jumping out to a 22-6 first quarter lead. The Warriors will try to keep their winning streak alive during the Monroe Academy Christmas Tournament tonight (Thursday) and Friday.”
“It’s no secret that bracket racers are a diverse crowd. Drop in on an E.T. racing event and you’ll see everything from rear-engined Econo Dragsters and late-model Camaros and Mustangs to early model muscle cars such as Novas, Barracudas and Chevelles. But an authentic ’50 Chevy C/Gasser? When was the last time anybody saw one of those?
“Competitors and fans at the Division 2 eighth-mile Firestone TNN E.T. Racing Tournament Finals in Atlanta saw a prime specimen from drag racing’s early days in Aubrey Padgett’s Big Iron C/Gas ’50 Chevy; its appearance has remained unchanged for nearly four decades.
“Padgett, of Evergreen, Ala., has raced the car since 1959. He and former partner Dennis Bailey campaigned it as a class-legal C/Gasser until 1965, when they put the car in mothballs. Padgett and son, Allen, 28, brought out the car a couple of years ago and now compete regularly in Atmore Dragway’s Pro class and at various nostalgia events across the South.”
34 YEARS AGO
DEC. 15, 1977
“Mike Windham and Stanley Johnston placed a joint claim on this spike buck deer which they killed late Wednesday afternoon of last week.”
“The Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets picked up their seventh and eighth wins by defeating Repton in a come-from-behind win, 72-64, and by whipping J.U. Blacksher of Uriah, 61-28.
“Adrian Woods led scoring (against Repton) with 32 points, followed by Willie Hunter with 22. Eric Finklea with 12, Harold Kyser with four, Ricardo Hall with two.
“Harold Kyser led rebounding (against Blacksher) with 14 and also hit 10 points. Adrian Woods had 12 rebounds and topped scoring with 26 points. Willie Hunter had eight points, Ricardo Hall with four, Ricky Johnson and Jerry Johnson with two and Kenny Nevlous with one.”
“Bouncing back from their first loss of the season Thursday night, the Sparta Academy Warriors eased past the South Butler Academy Raiders by a 72-66 count here Friday night in the Sparta Gymnatorium.
“Terry Peacock was the top gunner with 22 points as Sparta had three players in the double figure bracket. Gray Stevens had 19, Bobby Padgett 10, Johnny Ralls 7, Steve Dubose and Tony Raines 6 each, and John Hall 2.”
49 YEARS AGO
DEC. 20, 1962
“The Evergreen Aggies suffered their first basketball loss of the season Friday night at the hands of the taller Atmore Blue Devils. The visitors won the game on their phenomenally hot shooting and tremendous rebounding superiority, especially off their offensive board.
“James Hall pumped in 20 points and Ronnie Horne 12 to pace the Atmore win. Ronnie Jackson led the Aggies with 11 markers.
“Atmore also won the ‘B’ contest by a 33-30 count. Atmore’s James Gunn and Evergreen’s Mike Fields shared high point honors with eight apiece.”
“Two Monroe County high schools meet tonight in the finals of the first annual Evergreen Holiday basketball tournament. Frisco City and Blacksher High of Uriah are the finalists.
“Frisco City advanced into the finals after edging Greenville 52 to 49 in a semi-finals match Tuesday night.
“In the nightcap, Uriah eked out a 41-40 decision over the host Evergreen High Aggies in a real thriller. Uriah had pulled out to a 25 to 16 lead at halftime, but the shorter, battling Aggies came back to almost pull an upset in the final two periods.
“Larry Harris used a strong driving shot to good advantage as he topped the scoring with 23 points. Lassiter had eight points; B. Harris, five; Norris, three; and Steadman, two.
“Jimmy Raines fired 13 points, and Joe Sasser 10 to pace the Aggies. Larry Ellis had six; Sid Lambert, five; Ronnie Jackson, three; Scott Cook, two; and Donnie Jones, 1.
64 YEARS AGO
DEC. 18, 1947
“Coach Harry Engle’s Lyeffion Yellow Jackets grabbed their first win of the current cage campaign by edging past a fast-breaking Excel five 25 to 21 last Friday night.
“The Yellow Jackets gained the victory in the overtime period, the score being knotted at the end of the regular playing time. Played before a capacity crowd at Lyeffion the game was closely contested all the way with a lead changing hands frequently.
“Excel tied the game up 21 to 21 with only seconds remaining in the game after trailing at the half 12 to 10. In the overtime period the Yellow Jackets quickly dumped two field goals through the net and held the Excel team to win.
“Hamp Hardee, Lyeffion center, played an outstanding game both defensively and offensively and led the scoring with 11 points. Heywood Jones, team captain, followed with seven points. Jordan of Excel tallied nine.”
“Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen High Aggies opened the 1947-48 cage season here last Friday night by marking down a 36 to 19 win over the W.S. Neal five of East Brewton.
“Gillis ‘Crip’ Jones played an outstanding game under the baskets constantly grabbing the rebounds. Jones, the Evergreen layup ace, tossed in five field goals and two free throws to pace the scorers with 12 points.
“Brown, Aggie center, looked good in the pivot post feeding several shots nicely and playing the rebounds well. Cunningham, southpaw guard up from last year’s junior team, was the most consistent shot on the squad bagging three field goals in six attempts for six points.”
Compiled by Sports Reporter Lee Peacock from past issues of The Evergreen Courant. To read The Courant’s weekly Sports Flashback feature online, visit leepeacock2010.blogspot.com.