15 YEARS AGO
FEB. 10, 2000
“Jason Watkins, a senior at Hillcrest High School, signed a full football scholarship last Wednesday with the University of West Alabama. He is the son of James and Hazel Watkins. The standout performer for the Jags was signed to play fullback for the Tigers. Looking on are Hillcrest head coach Arlton Hudson and Jason’s mother, Hazel.”
“The Sparta Academy Warriors participated in the Class AA, East Area II Regional Championship Tournament held Feb. 3-4 at Sparta Academy. The Warriors lost to Calvary School, 73-47, and that concluded their 1999-2000 basketball season. Lee Booker was named to the All-Tournament Team.
“Lee Booker was the leading scorer for the Warriors with 23 points. Also putting points on the board were Jake Adams with eight points, Kyle Johnston with seven points, Justin Tranum with four points and Tyler Petrey with three points. Calvary scored two points for Sparta when one of their players tipped the ball into the basket going for the rebound.”
“The Sparta Academy Lady Warriors won the Class AA, East Area II Regional Championship Tournament held Feb. 3-4 at Sparta Academy. The Lady Warriors defeated Calvary School, 64-41, and Greenville Academy, 48-45, to claim the championship. Katie Etheridge was named Tournament MVP and Ashley Hammonds and Jill Pate were named to the All-Tournament Team.”
30 YEARS AGO
FEB. 14, 1985
“Special meeting of QB Club Feb. 25: The Evergreen High School Quarterback Club will have a meeting on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the old armory behind the high school.
“The guest speaker will be Marshall Smith, Troy State University athletic trainer. He will present a program on athletes’ knees, knee injuries and knee braces. Smith will have a slide presentation and will demonstrate one of the newer knee braces. He will answer any questions you may have on this subject.”
“Lyeffion hosts region tourney: Lyeffion High School is hosting the Regional Basketball Tournament with five teams participating: McKenzie, Castleberry, Lyeffion, Southern Normal and W.J. Jones. The semifinals will begin tonight at six o’clock and the finals will be Friday at seven o’clock.”
“Sparta wins one, loses one in meet: The Sparta Academy Varsity Boys won one game and lost one in the District Tournament played at Monroe Academy Feb. 8-9. Al Etheridge and Jim Wagstaff were named to the All-Tournament Team. Sparta’s Girls lost both of their games and Tracy Holmes made the All-Tournament Team, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
“Monroe Academy defeated the Warriors, 67-61, in the opening round. Al Etheridge had 23 points; Jim Marino and Jim Wagstaff, 11 each; Tim Brantley, seven; Brandon Salter, four; Jason West, three; and Mark Rigsby, two.
“Sparta beat Wilcox Academy, 71-69, in the consolation game."
45 YEARS AGO
FEB. 12, 1970
“Lyeffion High football banquet: The annual Football Banquet will be held on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyeffion High School Lunchroom. Coach Baccum from Mississippi State will be the guest speaker.”
“Aggies host 3A District Tournament: The Evergreen High Aggies play host to 10 teams next week as the District 1, Region 2, 3A Tournament gets underway in Memorial Gymnasium. Capacity crowds are expected every night, and Coach Charles Branum suggests that local fans make plans to ‘get there early’ in order to get a seat.
“Action gets underway Monday night at 6:30 as Atmore High meets W.S. Neal of Brewton. Top-seeded Marshall High of Evergreen meets Jackson at 8:00.
“Tuesday night, Marengo County-Dixon Mills meets Escambia County Training School at 6:30, and the host Evergreen Aggies tackle Camden Academy.
“Union High of Monroeville plays the winner of the Atmore-Neal game at 6:30 Wednesday night, and Monroeville High meets the winner of the Marshall-Jackson game at 8:00.
“The semifinals will be played Thursday night at 6:30 and 8:00 and the finals are scheduled for Friday night.”
“Skipper fourth: According to statistics released last week by the South Alabama Conference, John Earl Skipper of the Evergreen High Aggies is currently holding fourth place in the SAC scoring race. Skipper has scored 308 points in 15 games for a 20.5 average.”
60 YEARS AGO
FEB. 10, 1955
“Sickness and Conflicts Cause Schedule Changes: There were some changes made on the Evergreen Aggies’ schedule this week due to sickness and conflicts. Evergreen was supposed to play Castleberry there last Tuesday night, but the game was postponed because of sickness on the Castleberry squad. The game will be played in Castleberry next Tues., Feb. 15.
“Tonight the Aggies journey to Lyeffion to play the Yellow Jackets. This game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was changed because of the Sweetheart Dance at E.H.S. to be held at that time.
“The rest of the games of the season are as follows, Feb. 16, Monroeville, Here; Feb. 18, Andalusia, There; Feb. 22, Castleberry, Here; Feb. 25, Greenville, There; March 1, Andalusia, Here.”
“The Evergreen Aggies, fielding a much taller team and hitting a deadly percentage of their shots easily whipped the Lyeffion Yellow Jackets to the tune of 86 to 24 in Memorial Gym last Wednesday night.
“Evergreen center Randy White had his best night of the season as he made 19 of 24 free throws and eight field goals for his high of the year of 35 points.”
“Last Friday night, the Aggies journeyed to Brewton where they downed the W.S. Neal Eagles on their home court by a score of 59 to 44.
“The Evergreen scorers, as usual, were led by consistent Randy White, who made nine field goals and 13 for 17 free throws for an evening’s total of 31 points. Ward Alexander was right behind White with 14 points.”
75 YEARS AGO
FEB. 8, 1940
“The Evergreen (High School) basketball team was again victorious Friday night when the boys defeated Georgiana with a score of 11 to 9. The game was very close and exciting. That’s fine boys, we’re ‘rooting’ for you!"