MAY 3, 2007
“Evergreen Mayor Larry Fluker threw out the first pitch on Sat., April 28, to open the Babe Ruth season. The catcher is Quenton Simpson from Roberts Clinic Team.”
“Hillcrest spring game May 10: Things are a lot different this spring at Hillcrest High School where the Jaguars are going through spring drills in preparation for next Thursday’s spring game against Georgiana High School in Evergreen.
“Hillcrest head coach Maurice Belser, who took over the struggling program last spring, said he agreed to move the spring game date up a week at the request of Georgiana Principal Joseph Dean.
“Belser said Hillcrest will have its intra-squad Red vs. Black game Saturday at 3 p.m. at Jaguar Stadium.”
Players on Hillcrest’s team included Justin Nared, Malcolm Rudolph, Derrick Smith, Aaron Dees, Terrance Thomas, Neal Pressley, William Ferguson, John Dees, Malcolm Jackson, Edrikas Little, Kwann Peterson, Jimmy Peters and Tony Nettles.
“Sparta will cap off its spring workouts May 17 when the Warriors play Escambia Academy at Canoe at 6 p.m.
“(Sparta head coach Mike) Sims said with eight juniors and eight seniors on this team, Sparta will have an opportunity to be better than it has been in a while.”
Players on the team included Mason Black, Taylor Brown, D.J. Buckhault, Chris Cinereski, Damon Godwin, Hunter Hutcheson, Joseph Ross, Neal Salter, Steven Stuart, Peyton Thompson, Myles Wiggins and J.R. Williams.
23 YEARS AGO
MAY 7, 1992
“Justin Coker and his horse ‘Scooter’ are getting ready for the big Horse Show in the Evergreen Municipal Park on Sat., May 9, at four o’clock. Pleasure, halter and timed event classes will be held at the show. Barbecue will be available. Justin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Coker.”
“Meeks to be honored Friday night, May 15: Ceremonies honoring Evergreen native Bob Meeks have been re-scheduled for Fri., May 15. Meeks, a senior at Auburn University, was recently drafted by the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
“Bob Meeks Day was originally scheduled for May 1, but the Denver football club required Meeks to attend meetings in Colorado that day, putting the planned activities on hold.
“Meeks will travel to area schools delivering a ‘stay in school’ and ‘stay away from drugs’ message during the day. A reception is planned at Hillcrest High School that evening, which is open to the public.
“Auburn Head Football Coach Pat Dye is expected to attend the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. reception, along with other members of the Tiger coaching staff.”
38 YEARS AGO
MAY 5, 1977
“Warriors win at Greenville: The Sparta Academy Warriors won their fifth game of the baseball season on Tues., April 26, when they beat the Greenville Academy Tornadoes, 10-6, in a game played in Greenville. Sparta has lost eight games.
“Terry Peacock gave up nine hits, but scattered them well enough to be the winning pitcher. Jerry Peacock and Hugh Bradford both got two hits to pace the Warriors.”
“Members of the 1976-77 basketball team at Conecuh County High School were honored at a banquet last Thursday night. Preston Fluker is coach of the Blue Devil varsity and James Sanders coaches the ‘B’ team. Award winners are Leon Kennedy, Outstanding Player; Lawrence Finn, Most Valuable Player; Clinton Peters, Rebound Award; and Willie Jones, Defense Award.”
“Sparta’s girls lose two games: Sparta Academy’s girls aren’t as successful in softball as they are in track… the softball team dropped two decisions to Escambia Academy last week and is now 0-4 on the season.
“Escambia won both games of the doubleheader played Tues., April 26, at the Murphy Club Park. The count was 17-4 in the opener and 9-3 in the nightcap with Missy Thacker the losing pitcher in both contests. Mary Clare Robinson, Lesa Ralls, Cathy Johnston and Rosemary Ralls were Sparta’s leading hitters.
“In another game, played the week before, the Sparta girls lost to Fort Dale by an 8-4 score in Greenville. Missy Thacker again was the losing pitcher. Mary Clare Robinson and Lesa Ralls had two hits each to pace the Sparta attack.”
“Blue Devils win meet at Repton: The Conecuh County High School Blue Devils edged host Repton High School, 48-41, to win the Repton Invitational Track Meet on Wednesday of last week.”
53 YEARS AGO
MAY 3, 1962
“Lyeffion Q.B. Club Give Car At Supper: The Lyeffion Quarterback Club will give away a 1954 Chevrolet at a Fish Supper May 12. Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the car will be given away at 7:30 p.m.
“Members of the Quarterback Club are selling tickets for $1 each on the car. The supper will be $1 and donors do not have to be present to win. All proceeds will go to the building of a new football stadium at the school.
“The car to be given away is a 1954 Chevrolet hardtop, powerglide, with radio, heater, whitewall tires and two-tone paint job.”
“Thomasville Sets Golf Meet May 17: THOMASVILLE, Ala., (Special) – Pineview Golf Course in Thomasville, Ala. will have their annual one-day golf tournament on Thurs., May 17. A number of local golfers are expected to play.
“Entry is by pre-registration only for all flights except Championship and will be limited to the first 80 golfers to register plus the Championship flight. Play will be by male golfers only, 16 years of age and older.”
“Jimmy Ryan of Greenville is defending champion and will be on hand to defend his crown. Bonnie King of Evergreen won in 1960. Ryan will be challenged by a number of South Alabama’s top golfers including Art Gleason of Selma. Both Ryan and Gleason are ex-Alabama Amateur Champions.”
68 YEARS AGO
MAY 1, 1947
“Tri-County League Opens Season Saturday: Manager Wendell Hart will give the local fans an opportunity to see the 1947 version of the Evergreen semi-pro Sunday when the locals tangle with Frisco City’s entry in the Tri-County League at three o’clock. This will mark the opening of the newly organized league and a large crowd is expected to be at hand.
“This year’s team is made up largely of members of last season’s powerful squad. Several newcomers are also expected to break into the lineup Sunday.
“Manager Hart announced his probably lineup as follows: White, catcher; Mgt. Hart, pitcher; Gunter or Harper, first base; Bolton, second base; Johnson, third base; Moorer, shortstop; and Tolbert, Sanford and Wade Nobles, outfield. Dewey Nobles, Page and Kelly will also see action in the outer garden while McDonald will share the catching duties with White. Nelson and Seales also will be on hand for mound duty Sunday.
“The squad will invade Frisco City Thursday for a return game and will encounter their ace rival, Monroeville, at Brooks Stadium the following Sunday.”
“The Evergreen High School baseballers opened the current season last week with one win and one loss. Bay Minette handed the Aggies a 10-2 defeat last Monday in the season’s opener, but the Aggies came back Thursday with a strong hitting attack and downed the stubborn Monroeville nine, 10-7.
“James Carpenter, ace moundsman for the Aggies, received credit for Thursday’s win. Although Carpenter gave up 10 hits, the six errors made by the locals proved to be very costly. The Aggies seemed to have the ball game on ice after the first inning when they ran up an 8-3 lead, but the Monroe Countians pushed across four more runs before the game ended. Ivey, Jones and Cunningham led the local nine at the bat with two hits each. Taylor led the Monroeville lads with three hits.”