Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for March 5, 2015

MARCH 1, 1973

“These Evergreen High Aggies will meet Andalusia tonight at six o’clock in the State Class 3A Basketball Tournament at the University of Alabama. The Aggies downed Alba Saturday night to win the Region 1 title and advance to the state. Victories over Monroeville and T.R. Miller gave them the Region 1, Area 2 title. The Aggies are undefeated on the court this season in 32 games although they had to forfeit four games. They are coached by Charles Branum. A replay of tonight’s game will be broadcast over WBLO tomorrow at 1 p.m.”

“Hi-Lites of E.H.S.” – “The Evergreen High School Aggies played their way into the state 3A basketball tourmament by crushing three powerful foes in district and regional games. The Aggies dropped a tall, talented Monroeville five Thursday, 60-44, and downed Jackson Friday night, 75-69, to win the Region 1, Area II championship. Saturday night Coach Charles Branum’s cagers crossed the final hurdle on the way to the state tournament in Tuscaloosa by edging the powerful Alba High School Sharks, 72-65. The Aggies open in Tuscaloosa Thursday night against Andalusia at 6:30.”

“Joe Brown joins golf pro ranks: Joe Brown, outstanding amateur golfer of Mobile and formerly of Evergreen, has turned professional. He is now serving as assistant pro at the Lake Forest Yacht and Country Club near Spanish Fort. His future plans include a try on the PGA tour.”

MARCH 6, 1958

“Aggies In Training, 45 Report Tuesday: The Evergreen Aggies started spring training Tuesday afternoon with 45 boys reporting for the first session. Coaches Hart and Moorer report that this is the largest number of men reporting for practice in the history of the school. Attitude is good and the boys are bucking hard for chances at starting berths.
“Spring practice will last for 21 days and all practice must be completed during this time.
“Eight lettermen will form the nucleus of next year’s squad. The boys reporting for practice by grade and position are:
“Senior lettermen and linemen: Paul Pace, George Bolton, Byron Warren, Wayne Peacock and Ken Tucker. Senior lettermen and backs: Jimmy Bell, Robbie Boykin and Robert Ellington. Other seniors are linemen Leon McKenzie, Dale Wiggins, Cleveland Brown and Danny Hays.
“Junior backs Ceylon Strong, Shannon Griggers and Edwin Harper. Linemen, Wayne Stinson, Paul Hardin, Connie Rigsby, Oren Dozier and Rodney Johnson.
“Sophomore backs: Billy Melton, Bobby Smith, Billy Bateman, James Reaves, Brown Boykin, Sonny Perdue, Roy Lewis and Jerry Watson. Linemen: Jerry Windham, Bobby Potts, Elvin Higgins, Robert Brooks, Michael Miller, D.C. Mininger, Roger Barlow, David Hyde, Rhett Smith, James Padgett, Donald Stinson and Jimmy Dunn.
“Freshmen backs: Leon Stinson, H.W. Ward, linemen Wayne Blair, Melvin Powell and Bonner Ridgeway.”

MARCH 4, 1943

“Hunters May Have Shells After All: Sportsmen may expect some relief from the shotgun ammunition shortage before opening of hunting seasons next fall. That’s the encouraging news Chief Ben C. Morgan of the Game, Fish and Seafoods Division, Alabama Department of Conservation, brought back from the recent North American Wildlife Conference at Denver, Colorado.
“Belief was expressed by a WPG representative who spoke at the meeting that a ‘reasonable amount’ of 12 and 16 gauge shotgun ammunition would be available before Fall. Prospects for other shotgun and rifle ammunition are uncertain, Chief Morgan said.
“While the average hunter had his sport curtailed last fall due to gasoline and tire rationing and ammunition shortage, he found better game conditions than has been the case for 10 years, Chief Morgan said. All game showed a splendid gain while the dove, chief sufferer during the exceptional cold weather of several years back, staged a big comeback.”

“Turkey Hunting Opens March 20: Oldtime turkey hunters and a smattering of new addicts to the sport of attempting to outwit old king Turkey Tom are putting in final licks on their callers in preparation for Alabama’s annual spring wild turkey hunting season. Known more commonly as the gobbling season, daylight of March 20 will herald its opening. From then until sunset April 15, fellows who have never been known to work harder than using their jaws at the dinner table will become inured to the hardships of swamp mud, chilly weather and long, motionless waits behind stumps, logs and other vantage points.”

MARCH 1, 1928

“The boys composing the S.S.A.S. basketball team are worried. They are very anxious to make the trip to the state basketball tournament at Tuscaloosa, but so far they have been unable to raise the necessary funds. Will not some organization or group of men come to our aid?”

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