33 YEARS AGO
FEB. 25, 1982
“Jackets wins area, region championships: The Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets won the Class A, Region I basketball championship by defeating A.L. Johnson, 72-58, Saturday night in the finals. Lyeffion advanced to the regional finals by defeating Repton High School, 58-57, in overtime Friday night for the Area II championship.
“The area tournament and the region championship game were hosted by Conecuh County High School.
“Donald Lee had 22 points, Michael Grace, 21, and Troy Stallworth, 19, to lead Lyeffion’s attack against Johnson High. Bobby Blount had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Andrew Maxwell, Ray Salter, George Bradley, Andra Maxwell and Robert Riley contributed greatly to the win.
“The Jackets advanced to the area finals by defeating Conecuh High, 89-65, on Tuesday night of last week and Excel High, 67-48, on Thursday night.
“Lyeffion carried a 24-3 record to the state tournament at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Jackets played Brilliant High School yesterday, and if they won were to play in the semi-finals Friday afternoon at one o’clock in the University’s Memorial Coliseum.”
“Sparta sets grid Jamboree Friday, Mar. 5: Birmingham’s Legion Field proclaims itself ‘Football Capital of the South,’ but it will be temporary competition from Sparta Academy’s Stuart-McGehee Field when the Warriors hold a football jamboree on Friday, March 5. Seven teams will take part with three, 16-minute and six, 12-minute ‘games’ scheduled.”
48 YEARS AGO
FEB. 23, 1967
“CCTS Eagles capture AA Championship: The Conecuh County Training School Eagles captured the South Alabama AA Championship for the second consecutive year by downing Beatrice by a score of 98-89 in Atmore Sat., Feb. 18.
“Having received a bye for preliminary play, the Eagles played their first game in the quarterfinals against Thomasville. The defending champions, returning seemingly even stronger this year, ripped Thomasville by a score of 92-62.
“In semifinal play, the Eagles drove past Booker T. Washington of Brewton to the tune of 67-47 to put them out of action in the tournament for keeps.
“The championship game with Beatrice was really a thriller as the Eagles clawed Beatrice for the second year in a row to win the South Alabama AA District Championship.
“A keen defense in which forwards Carey Pat Bradley, Willie Perkins, Richard Nettles, Napoleon White and guards Norton Hurd, Sandy McMillion and Stanley Blair contained Beatrice’s dead-eye gunner, Longmire, to 39 points.
“The combination of playmaker center Johnny Atkins and ball hawk supreme Louis Meeks poured in 50 points. To finally capture this game, Meeks along fired away 34 points, thus ending Beatrice’s desperate attempt to stay in this ball game.
“This Eagle triumph put Coach James ‘Buddy’ Stallworth’s team into a playoff on Feb. 22 in Bay Minette, with South Alabama AAA division winner, Mobile County Training School for a showdown which leads to the state tournament.”
“Richard Cole, star lineman for the University of Alabama, will be the featured speaker at the annual Sweetheart Banquet of the Evergreen Baptist Church tomorrow night. Cole, a leader in the Christian Athletes Fellowship, played defensive tackle for the Tide and was a key man in the all-winning 1966 season. During his career at the University, the Crimson Tide piled up a record of 30 wins, two losses and one tie and won three consecutive Southeastern Conference Championships.”
“Blue Devils win, Repton is upset in Area I meet: The top-seeded Conecuh County High School Blue Devils of Castleberry advanced into the semifinals of the Area I Basketball Tournament, winning easily over Frisco City, 62-44, Tuesday night. The meet is being held in the Coliseum at Monroeville.
“Excel pulled an upset in edging third-seeded Repton High’s Bulldogs, 51-45, in the other game Tuesday night.
“Last night, second-seeded Lyeffion High Yellow Jackets were to play Coffeeville while Beatrice faced fourth-seeded Fruitdale.
“Tonight at 6:30, Castleberry will face the Beatrice-Fruitdale winner in the opening semifinal contest. Excel meets the Lyeffion-Coffeeville winner in the nightcap at eight o’clock. Consolation finals will be at 6:30 tomorrow night with the championship game set at eight o’clock.”
“Coach Cliff Little’s Evergreen High Aggies will play Georgiana in the opening game of the Region 1, Area 2 basketball tournament in Flomaton Wednesday night at seven o’clock. Monroeville will meet T.R. Miller in the nightcap at 8:00.
“Uriah was seeded No. 1 and drew a bye. Flomaton was seeded No. 2 and also drew a bye. The Evergreen-Georgiana winner will meet Uriah next Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Monroeville-Miller winner will meet Flomaton at 8:30. Friday night, March 3, the consolation game will begin at 7 and the championship at 8:30.
“Evergreen was seeded third and Monroeville fourth in the tournament.”
63 YEARS AGO
FEB. 28, 1952
“Aggies Blitz Lyeffion For 62 To 22 Victory: The Evergreen High Aggies had their best night of the season here last Thursday as they swamped Lyeffion’s Yellow Jackets, 62 to 22.
“Shirley Frazier and Gwyn Daniels shared the scoring honors with 19 points each. William Stewart had seven; Pace Bozeman and Wayne (Dog) Douglas, six each; Gillis Morgan, four; and Sammy Robison, one.
“David Eddins got 10 points to lead Lyeffion. Booker had six; Frank Burt, four; and Hilton Dees, two.”
“Win Hungry Aggies Win 3 In One Night From Greenville 5’s: Coach Wendell Hart’s victory-starved Evergreen High School cagers had a feast of victories Tuesday night in Memorial Gym, defeating Greenville’s Junior, ‘B’ and Varsity teams. The Aggie varsity wrapped up its fourth win in the last six starts by closing fast to win a 51-43 verdict from the Tigers.
“Shirley Frazier paced the Aggie scorers with 21 points. Pace Bozeman led the team on rebounds, played a good floor game and scored 12 points in one of his top performances. Gillis Morgan swished in eight points, Gwyn Daniels and Ward Alexander Jr., two each.
“Diamond topped the Greenville players with 12 points. Terrel had 10; Rainey, nine; Coker and Stabler, five each; and Riley, two.
“In the preliminary attractions, the Aggie Bees won, 35-20, and the Juniors by 34-18.”
78 YEARS AGO
FEB. 25, 1937
“The Evergreen Bulldogs triumphed over the Brewton quintet with a score of 34 to 17 last Wednesday in the local gymnasium. The boys and girls basketball teams will journey to Lyeffion for a contest with the Lyeffion basketball teams this Thursday.”
93 YEARS AGO
FEB. 22, 1922
“LENOX NEWS: Coleman School of near Jones Mill played the Lenox girls a game of basketball Friday afternoon last, the score being 2 to 0 in favor of Lenox. After the games, the Domestic Science girls served refreshments to the ball players.
“After the basketball game, the school boys played the out of school boys and old men a game of baseball, the score being 2 to 1 in favor of the school boys.”
“Andrew Mason and Leon Riley brought in another large wild cat Monday morning. They chased the animal a couple of hours and finally one of the party killed it. Cats are reported numerous in nearby swamps.”