|Kenneth "Lum" Snyder|
24 YEARS AGO
FEB. 21, 1991
“Warrior boys and girls both going to state: The Sparta Academy varsity boys and girls basketball teams will be playing in the state tournament at Hooper Academy this Thurs., Feb. 21. The Sparta girls will play Springwood Academy at 2 p.m. and the boys will play Springwood Academy at 7 p.m.”
“Dameion Fantroy sets state weight record: Hillcrest High School’s Dameion Fantroy blasted the state weight lifting record in the 175-pound benchpress by 20 pounds. His first lift of 325 pounds won his weight class by 20 pounds, his second lift of 345 pounds bested the state record of 340 pounds in 1988, and his third lift of 360 pounds bested his own record by another 15 pounds. Dameion set his record in the state meet in Eufaula, Feb. 16, 1991. He will be competing with several of his teammates this Saturday in the Frisco City Invitational Powerlifting meet.”
“Sparta Warriors had 17-4 season: The Sparta Academy Warriors wound up a fine regular season of 17 wins and four losses for the boys team, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
“Sparta won its final game with a victory over Wilcox Academy, 88-73, in Evergreen. Wayne Cook poured in 33 points and Tim Salter ripped 23. Mark Watts had 15 points, Steven Gall, 11, and Scott Brown, 6, in a game played Friday night.
“The Warriors whipped Hooper Academy, 93-66, played here on Feb. 8 with four players in double digits. Gall had 22 points.”
39 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1976
“Warriors upset unbeaten Wilcox, enter playoffs: The Sparta Academy Warriors pulled the upset of the year to end regular season play on a high note when they edge previously unbeaten Wilcox Academy, 46-45, in overtime in Camden Friday night.
“Sparta will meet Catherine Academy tonight at six o’clock in the Alabama Private School District III Playoffs at Wilcox. Winner and runner-up in the playoffs go to the state tournament.
“Ronnie Pugh hit a 30-footer in the final seconds of the overtime period to lead Sparta past the Wildcats who had won all 19 of their games this season. Pugh also led the scoring with 18. Joe Andrews had 12; Jerry Peacock, nine; Bobby Johnson, four; Hugh Bradford, two; and Walker Scott, one.
“The Warrior varsity finished the season with a fine 18-6 mark and is seeded second in the district playoffs.”
“Lyeffion QB’s meet tonight: The Lyeffion High School Quarterback Club will meet tonight at seven o’clock at the school. All members and others interested in Yellow Jacket athletics are invited and urged to attend.”
“Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bouchillion (Emma Sue Josey) and son, Keith, of Birmingham visited Mr. Joe Josey Saturday. Friends here of Keith will be pleased to know that he was chosen the outstanding defensive football player in which his team won the state 4A championship last year at Mountain Brook High School.”
54 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1961
“Ex-Pro Footballer Speaks At Rotary: Special speaker at the Rotary Club last Thursday was Lum Snider, ex-professional football player.
“Snider, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., was at one time an All-SEC and All-American guard on the Georgia Tech squad.
“After several years of pro ball with the Philadelphia Eagles, he coached for the British Columbia Lions in Vancouver. He fascinated the Rotarians as he gave first hand information about pro-football both in Canada and the U.S.
“Now a salesman for International Paper Co. and resident of Birmingham, Snider was introduced to the club by Knud Nielsen.”
“County Teams Vie In District Meet: Three Conecuh County schools will participate in the Class A District I Basketball Tournament to be held at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton Feb. 22-25.
“Castleberry, Repton and Lyeffion will join 16 other teams from over the district in the Class A meet.
“Castleberry will be the first Conecuh team to play when it meets Silas at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Winner of the three o’clock game will play Excel at 7:30 that same evening.
“Lyeffion will play the winner of a Wednesday afternoon match between Chatom and Fairhope at six o’clock Wednesday.
“Repton and Monroeville will play at 9 p.m. Wednesday and the winner will meet the winner of Miller vs. Coffeeville Friday at 7 p.m.
“The tournament will be played through Saturday with the consolation playoff at 7 p.m. Saturday and the finals at 8:30.”
“Jr. League Calls Annual Meeting Of Officers, Managers: The annual organizational meeting of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League will be held Thursday night, Feb. 23, at the courthouse at 7:30, according to President Wendell Hart.
“Hart said that all league officers, managers of last year’s teams and game officials are asked to be present at this meeting. Officers for 1961 will be elected and preliminary organizational work for this summer’s play will be started.
“Among business to come up is a proposal to reduce the number of teams from four to three in the National and American Leagues. Hart said this move is being considered so as to cut play from three to two nights a week and avoid conflict with the Babe Ruth League.”
69 YEARS AGO
FEB. 21, 1946
“The Shooting Linds – Ernie and Dot – are presenting a spectacular exhibition of fancy shooting in Evergreen Feb. 28, which has been given the stamp of approval by the world’s master fancy shooter, Ad Topperwein.
“Ernis and his attractive wife, Dot, have been shooting professionally for the last 10 years and as a team for the last five years. Their spectacular routine of fancy shooting with pistol, revolver, rifle and shotgun has been arranged by the famous veteran gun wizard, Ad Topperwein. Topperwein, himself the surviving member of the greatest husband-wife shooting team of all-time, discovered the Linds last year and brought them to his San Antonio, Texas ranch to impart, for the first time, the technique of his fancy shooting which made him internationally famous.”
“Roads End Reached By State’s Hunters: MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Hunting in Alabama reached the end of the road for the 1946 season on Feb. 20, according to Game, Fish and Seafoods Chief Graham Hixon of the Department of Conservation. On that day hunters get their last crack at quail, rabbits, raccoons and opossums.
“Turkey hunters will have a spring season of March 20 to April 15 on wild gobblers in those counties and areas open to such hunting. The William B. Bankhead and Oakmulgee National Forests will be open April 1-15 to turkey hunters who secure the proper permits.”
84 YEARS AGO
FEB. 19, 1931
“Plans Being Made For Tournament: In the first district basketball tournament to be held here Feb. 27-28, the first game will be played Fri., Feb. 27, at one o’clock.
“The 10 best basketball teams of this district will participate in this tournament. The official referee for the games will be ‘Fob’ James of Enterprise.
“In this tournament, the visiting teams will be our guests. As we are expected to take care of these players, it will be greatly appreciated if the citizens of the town will, if possible, take some of these boys. If you can and will do this for us, please notify Coach McInnis or Morris Thornley.
“Season tickets are obtainable. Patronize our ticket sellers and give your support to the Aggies in making the tournament a success.”