16 YEARS AGO
JAN. 30, 1997
“Michael Pate, senior running back for the Sparta Academy Warriors, was recently named to the Alabama Independent School Association All State Team. He was named as the first team running back for the association. Pate was congratulated on his most recent honor by Sparta Head Coach Keith York.”
“Sparta Academy Warriors defeated Hooper Academy 78-67 in a game played here Jan. 24. Jason Robinson had 21 points to lead the scoring. Seth McIntyre had 19 points. Chad Morris had 15 points; Josh Pate, 12 points; and Chris Kervin, 10 points; to complete the double figure scoring. Michael Pate added one point for Sparta.”
“Sparta Academy Lady Warriors defeated Hooper Academy 77-37 here Jan. 24. Andrea Ward paved the way with 16 points. Nikki Jones had 15 points, and Aundria Griffin had 15 points to complete the double figure scoring. Cass Ralls had eight points. Ashley Hammonds and Jennifer Coker had six points each. Sally Hartley had four points; Kristin Smith and Heather Booth had three points each, and Jill Pate had one point for Sparta.”
“Melvin Johnson killed this nice eight-point buck last Saturday morning. Johnson said he sat down on his bucket in the woods and waited for the big buck to get close enough to kill him. His friend, J.J. helped him load the buck.”
31 YEARS AGO
JAN. 28, 1982
“The fans got ‘their money’s worth’ and the Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets proved with a strong fourth quarter effort that what Yogi Berra said: ‘It ain’t over until it’s over’ is true. The Jackets downed Repton High’s Bulldogs 69-66 last Thursday night to run their record to 14-1 for the season.
“Michael Grace was the top rebounder for Lyeffion with 12 and also scored 10 points. Bobby Blount had 10 rebounds and five points. Troy Stallworth paced the Jacket attack with 32 points. Donald Lee had 15; Andrew Maxwell, six; and Ray Salter, one.”
“The Sparta Academy Warriors won the varsity and girls games, but were edged in the junior varsity tilt in games played Friday night at South Butler Academy.
“The Warrior varsity team won 68-63 as Chris Blatz scored 20 points. Joe McInvale had 13; Vince Watts, 10; Russ Raines and Russ Brown, six each; Joey Johnson, four; Connery Salter, three; and Scotty Grace, Britt McNeill and Wes Brown, two each, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
“Dewan Salter hit for 19 points and Al Ethridge for 10, but to no avail as the Raider ‘B’ team won 42-40. Thad Ellis had five points; Scott Salter, four; and Christ Vonderau, two.
“Sparta’s girls used a well-balanced attack to down the Raider girls, 28-15. Tina Bybee had eight points, Jan Coker and Cheri Johnson, six each; Sara Cope, four; and Jerolyn Dean and Tammy Booker, two each.”
“LIVE! SAT., JAN. 30: SUPER WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT – Wilfred Benitez vs. Roberto Duran: It’s a make-or-break bout for Roberto Duran as he battles defending champ Wilfred Benitez for the WBC Super Welterweight crown. Get exclusive live coverage of this knockout fight, plus a whole month of great movies, super specials and more major boxing events. 24 hours a day. Subscribe today. HBO. Pinebelt Cablevision, Evergreen, Ala.”
46 YEARS AGO
JAN. 26, 1967
“Coach Cliff Little awarded letters to 24 members of the 1965 Evergreen High Aggie football team at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s annual football banquet Friday night.
“Coach Bobby Freeman of the Auburn University coaching staff and Wayne Frazier, center for the Kansas City Chiefs and former Auburn and Aggie star, were the featured speakers.
“Harold Hamiter, hustling guard and co-captain, was awarded the highly coveted D.T. Stuart Sportsmanship Trophy.
“Homer Faulkner, star quarterback who signed with Ole Miss, received the Evergreen Jaycees’ Outstanding Player award.
“Bubba Mininger, hard-hitting little guard, received the Quarterbacks’ Outstanding Lineman Trophy.
“Rusty Price received the Outstanding Defensive Lineman trophy presented by radio station WBLO.
“Coach Little presented monograms to the following seniors: Moreno White Jr., Glenn Bolton, Bubba Mininger, Harold Hamiter, Jack White, Homer Faulkner, Rusty Price, Larry Windham and Stanley Mitchell.
“Junior letter winners are Ed Smith, Tim Stinson, Lavon Tolbert, Wayne Caylor and George Stinson. Sophomores who earned letters are Forrest Simpson, Roger Waller, Elliot Quarles, Don Montgomery and Ralph Deason. Freshmen earning the award were Eddie Ralls, Hollis Tranum, Jimmy Hamiter, Jimmy Bell and Ronald Halford.”
61 YEARS AGO
JAN. 31, 1952
“Aggies Lose Two More; McGill Here Friday: In play Friday night and Tuesday night the Evergreen Aggies dropped two decisions. Undefeated T.R. Miller of Brewton finished fast to clip the Aggies 62-48 Friday night. Billy Long paced Miller with 20 points. Shirley Frazier bagged 18 to lead Evergreen.
“Tuesday night the Evergreens journeyed to Georgiana to lose another 41 to 49. William Stewart turned in his best game of the season but his 15-point effort and Frazier’s 16 were not enough. The ‘B’ team was edged both nights.
“Friday night the Aggies play their strongest foes of the season here on the home, Memorial Gym, court when they meet the McGill Yellow Jackets of Mobile. McGill got off to a rocky start but in the past few weeks has rounded into the form that makes the Jacket five one of the most feared in the state each year.
“Coach Wendell Hart’s team has been handicapped by injuries and sickness all season. Most of the team was back for practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday and the boys are in the best shape of the season. They will go all out Friday night in trying to make a good showing against the slick playmakers from Mobile. Game time is seven o’clock.
“Tuesday night the Evergreens will play Castleberry in Castleberry.”
76 YEARS AGO
JAN. 28, 1937
“E.L. Gaylor of Saugas, Mass., claims the world’s record for holding his breath. In a recent laboratory experiment at Wesleyan University, he held it for 14 minutes and two seconds.”
“Once a week, Hubert Fitch, Walter Logan, Henry Valentine and R.P. Turberville of Fort Worth, Texas, meet to continue the domino game they started nearly 20 years ago.”
“Bitsy Tops Stars: MIAMI, Fla. – Bryan M. ‘Bitsy’ Grant, mighty miniature Atlanta Atom of tennis, is spilling champion net stars all over the South in winter play here, twice defeating Donald Budge, ranking No. 1 U.S. star.”