22 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1989
“Two local players earn Marion Institute letters: Two players from Evergreen who were members of the Marion Military Institute Football Team in 1989 season earned varsity letters. The players are William Simpson and Timothy Stallworth.”
From “The Colyum” by Bob Bozeman – “Monday will wind up the holiday season with New Years.
“This weekend and Monday will also wind up my favorite season of the year, college football season.
“Local fans can take special interest in the Auburn-Ohio State game as local star, Bob Meeks, will be starting for the Tigers. Bob was an outstanding lineman at Evergreen High School and saw lots of playing time last year at offensive tackle as a freshman. He was the starting right tackle for Auburn in this his sophomore season.
“Bob wears No. 70 and is a fine blocker. He doesn’t get the attention he deserves because he plays alongside the highly publicized right guard, No. 67 Ed King, also a sophomore out of Phenix City.
“In the Auburn games I’ve watched on TV I thought Bob’s performances equal to the play of King. Offensive linemen are the unknowns of football as their names are seldom called and they get little publicity.
“Anyway, Bob Meeks is a fine player and a fine young man who brings credit to his family, his high school and his hometown. Here’s hoping you have a great game against the Buckeyes, Bob, and know that your hometown fans are pulling for you 100 percent.”
37 YEARS AGO
DEC. 26, 1974
“Through an oversight this writer failed to offer his congratulations last week to three fine Sparta Academy Warriors football players. The three, Sam Skipper, Bruce Hutcheson and Walker Scott, were named to the 20-member All District III Football Team of the Alabama Private School Athletic Association.
“This is quite an honor for the three players, their teammates, coaches and school. In addition, Walker Scott was also the top rusher of the Class B Schools in the state and was second only to Ryles of Class A Hooper Academy among all state private schools.
“Congratulations, Sam, Bruce and Walker on well-deserved recognition.”
“Mrs. Katherine Brown, wife of Headmaster Richard Brown, presents a trophy to ‘Loretta Wren,’ winner of the Sparta Academy Key Club’s ‘Dirty Dozen Beauty Review’ held in the new auditorium Friday morning. Key Club Advisor Ed Shelton directed the hilarious event with proceeds going into a fund to help purchase a curtain for the stage. ‘Loretta’ is Larry Reid, star Warrior athlete and one of 10 good sports who helped in this fun thing that was enjoyed and also helped in the worthy cause.”
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.