14 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1998
“Coley Vaughn, 15, killed her first deer last Wed., Dec. 9. The buck had eight points and weighed 165 pounds. She shot the deer with her father’s 30.96 rifle. She is the daughter of Paul Vaughn and Martha Vaughn of Evergreen. Not a bad first deer for the young lady hunter.”
“Hillcrest High School offensive coordinator Keith Nettles congratulates Sam Fountain on being named to the Birmingham News All-State Team for Football. Sam was named as an Honorable Mention for Offensive Linemen.”
“Sparta Lady Warriors defeat Escambia Lady Cougars: The Sparta Academy Lady Warriors defeated the Escambia Academy Lady Cougars 69-39 on Tues., Dec. 8, in Evergreen.
“Leading scorer for the Lady Warriors was Andrea Ward with 32 points. Also scoring in double figures were Shelley Bell with 13 points and Ashley Hammonds with 10 points.
“Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Warriors were Laura Wiggins, Sally Hartley and Jill Pate with four points each and Katie Etheridge with two points.”
“The Sparta Academy Warriors claimed their first win of the season with a 90-70 victory over the Greenville Academy Tornadoes on Mon., Dec. 14, in Greenville.
“Leading scorer for the Warriors was Seth McIntyre with 25 points. Also scoring in double figures were Chad Morris with 17 points and Bryant Shipp with 13 points.”
29 YEARS AGO
DEC. 15, 1983
“Players were presented with individual awards Saturday night at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s annual football banquet honoring the Evergreen High Aggies held in the school cafeteria. Winning awards were James Roche, outstanding defensive back; DeWayne Booker, outstanding defensive lineman; Mark Bell, the Wendell Hart Memorial Trophy; Henry Savage, outstanding defensive back; and Nathaniel Grace, outstanding offensive lineman.”
“Coach Tom Goode, offensive line coach of Alabama’s Crimson Tide who resigned the first of this week to become offensive coordinator for Mississippi State’s Bulldogs (his alma mater), was the featured speaker at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s Banquet Saturday night.”
“Sparta Academy’s girls basketball team won the Greenville Academy Christmas Tournament in Greenville last week. The Lady Warriors also won the Fort Dale-South Butler Tip-Off Tournament earlier in Greenville and now sport a season record of eight wins and one loss. Team members are Shawn Hammonds, Susan Ward, Kim Searcy, Jeannie Vonderau and Julie Johnson; and Carol Kendrick, Jan Coker, Leah Carrier, Tammy Booker, Tina Bybee, Angela Sellers, Tracy Holmes and Coach Robert Cumbee.”
“Tina Bybee, Jan Coker, Tammy Booker and Leah Carrier of the Sparta Academy girls basketball team were named to the All Tournament Team at the Fort Dale-South Butler Tip-Off Tournament in Greenville.”
44 YEARS AGO
DEC. 19, 1968
“Coach Hart awards letters to 23 Aggies at banquet: Coach Mickey Andrews, backfield coach at Livingston State University, stressed the qualities it takes to make winners, on the football field and in life, in the featured address at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s annual football banquet last Thursday night. A capacity crowd was on hand for the event at the Evergreen High Cafeteria.
“Head Coach Wendell Hart awarded letters to 23 Aggies, including 11 seniors and three sophomores.
“Elliott (Buck) Quarles was the big winner of individual awards. The senior linebacker and full back was presented the Outstanding Player Award given by the Evergreen Jaycees by James Ansley. He was also awarded the Outstanding Back Trophy given by radio station WBLO by Bill Moody.
“The coveted D.T. Stuart Sportsmanship Trophy, given by D.T. Stuart Jr., was won by Roger Waller, Aggie captain.
“Gwyn Daniels presented the Daniels Exterminating Co. Most Valuable Lineman Trophy to senior tackle Forrest Simpson.
“Letter awards went to these seniors: Capt. Roger Waller, Alt. Capt. Don Montgomery, Jimmy Hart, Charlie Wild, Buck Quarles, Leon Hinson, Tommy Weaver, Forrest Simpson, Wayne Hammonds, Claude Nielsen, Jimmy Brown.
“Juniors winning letters were Hollis Tranum, Jimmy Bell, Ivon Gomes, Ernest Shipp, Eddie Ralls, Jimmy Hamiter, John Brantley, Ronald Parker, Ronald Halford.
“Sophomores earning letters were Larry Peacock, Jeb Barron and Reggie Smith.”
59 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1953
“Unusual Basketball At High School Tuesday: It will be the privilege of the student body and faculty of E.H.S. and the general public to view a spectacle that happens perhaps once in a blue moon, Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, at 8:30.
“For the benefit of the March of Dimes, the E.H.S. ‘B’ team will be pitted against the mighty gentlemen of the E.H.S. faculty in E.H.S’s ‘Basketball Game of the Year.’
“Featured on the faculty’s spectacular line-up will be ‘Step-and-a-Half’ Claybrook, whose mighty frame reaches to the ultimate height of five feet, six inches.
“Next comes ‘String Bean’ Dye, a six-footer who is retired from pro basketball and is now tangling with the chemistry students of E.H.S.
“The tall man on the team is ‘Fats’ Livings, a short 6-3 midget. Shooting from the guard slots will be two coaches, ‘Slow Motion’ Hart and ‘Lightning’ Parsons. These gentlemen, a few years absence, will return to the basketball court to show us how they used to do it.
“Last, but definitely not least, we find ‘Long Byron’ Rawls and ‘Never Miss’ Kelley. ‘Long Byron,’ although handicapped by a lack of height, is through his shooting and dribbling ability, one of the outstanding members of the faculty team. ‘Never Miss Kelley’ who hasn’t played since his high school days, is expected to turn in an unusually outstanding performance. ‘Whistler’ Wilkerson is the team’s secret weapon.
“The rumor is being circulated that the faculty will use the old-fashioned snow-bird system of offense.
“Everybody is invited to come to the gym at E.H.S. next Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Admission will be one piece of silver money. Come one, come all!”
74 YEARS AGO
DEC. 15, 1938
“Brooklyn Wins From Castleberry, 16-14: The basketball kettle of the Conecuh County schools was set to boiling Friday night when Brooklyn met Castleberry on the latter’s court. Getting off to a fast start the Brooklyn quintet rolled up a fairly comfortable lead in the first half of the game with a swift offense and a stubborn defense.
“The halftime score was Brooklyn 15, Castleberry 5. However, Castleberry made it known they were still in the game and hit the comeback trail, but the time element caught them two points shy of Brooklyn’s lead. The game ended as follows: Brooklyn 16, Castleberry 14. The high score man for Brooklyn was Clayton Brown, for the losers, Pug James.”
“Mr. G.W. Martin was a member of the party of deer hunters hunting near Castleberry on Saturday.”
“Noted Football Stars To Appear In Charity Game: Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 12 – Forty-four of the leading college seniors in the United States will take part in the ‘Blue and Gray’ all-star charity football game here in Cramton Bowl Jan. 2.
“Headed by the University of Mississippi’s great All-American back Parker Hall, the ‘Gray’ will have such stars in their backfield as Barrett Booth, LSU; Kimble Bradley, Ole Miss; Speck Kelly of Auburn; Charley Watson of North Carolina; Gaylon Smith of Southwestern and Don Willis of Clemson.”