36 YEARS AGO
JULY 19, 1979
“Pritchard is head coach Lyeffion High: Roger Pritchard, a graduate assistant football coach at Alabama State University, Montgomery, has been named head football and basketball coach at Lyeffion High School.
“Pritchard, a native of Fort Myers, Fla., was a three-year regular at linebacker for the Hornets after transferring to ASU from The Citadel. He is a 1972 graduate of North Fort Myers High School where he was a star football player.
“The 24-year-old Pritchard inherits a football team at Lyeffion High School that went 2-8 last year, but he hopes to improve the small Class A team by stressing fundamentals when practice begins Aug. 6.
“Pritchard’s top assistant will be former Alabama State defensive tackle Edward Johnson of Chicago, Ill.”
“There will be a varsity football team organizational meeting at Lyeffion High School next Thursday night, July 26, at seven o’clock. All boys who want to play varsity football for the Yellow Jackets are asked to attend this important meeting.”
“Conecuh County High School Quarterback Club will meet this Thursday night, July 19, at 7:30 in the school lunchroom. All interested people in the sports program are urged to attend to meet the new coach, Doug Williamson.”
“Ezra Dees of Bermuda really made a haul when he went fishing last week. He caught these two stringers of catfish that weighed 39 pounds.”
51 YEARS AGO
JULY 16, 1964
“Ronnie Jackson, ace Evergreen Aggie cager, has been honored by selection as a member of the South A-AA All Star Basketball Team to play in the annual game at the University of Alabama on Aug. 13.
“This year there will be two all-star games in keeping with the new four-division set up for state teams. One game will pit Class A and Class AA stars, including Jackson, from the South against a similar group from the North. The other features Class AAA and Class AAA players. Both games are sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
“Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orman Jackson of Evergreen, plays guard and forward. He is 17 years old, stands six feet-three inches and weighs 165. In three years varsity basketball under Coach John L. Robinson he has specialized in the jump shot and averaged 17 points per game and 12 rebounds.
“Ronnie’s athletic honors include all-county for two years, all-area in 1964 and all-Christmas Tourney. He served as team captain for the past two years. Alabama Christian of Montgomery is his choice for college.”
“Alabama’s Junior Miss, Margaret Hagood, poses with ‘The Rev. Mr. Black,’ their purpose being to focus your attention on the Evergreen Jaycees’ 2nd annual Evergreen Horse Show which begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Brooks Stadium. Featured on the program will be an address at 7:30 by George Wallace Jr., son of Alabama’s governor.”
66 YEARS AGO
JULY 21, 1949
“Evergreen Legion Team Defeated In Playoffs: The Evergreen Junior American Legion Baseball Team was eliminated from the district playoffs by Andalusia in a game Monday afternoon in Andalusia. In two previous meetings the Evergreen team had defeated Andalusia both times, and were the only team in the district to hold double wins over Andalusia.
“Evergreen finished third in the regular season standings in the district with a six won and four lost record. Andalusia finished first and Brewton second. Evergreen did this with only about three boys with any previous experience, and Jack Finklea, manager of the Legion team, says that the groundwork has been laid for a fine team next year.
“Bobby (Pistol Pete) Wells deserves a lot of credit for the fine showing of the Evergreen squad. Pete was the winning pitcher in all six of Evergreen’s victories. He received for two losses.”
“Troop 64, composed of two patrols, the Rattlesnake and the Flame Arrow, enjoyed a two-day camping out on our farm near Sandy Ridge, two miles east of Evergreen, Ala., July 3-4, 1949.
“We went fishing, played baseball, sang and told stories, as well as we enjoyed cooking our meals during our stay out there.
“Below are the names of the scouts who took an active part in the outing: James Stern, Walter Crook, Joseph L. McGhee, James Watson, Joseph Rodgers, Joseph Simpton, Edward Stallworth, Preston Stallworth, Jesse Albert Rankins and myself, John B. Jordan Jr., Senior Patrol Leader.”
81 YEARS AGO
JULY 19, 1934
“Locals Win From Greenville 6 To 4: The Evergreen ball club defeated Greenville on the latter’s home diamond Sunday afternoon by a score of six to four in a game featured by the hurling of Woody Mott, rotund hurler recently acquired by the locals, and weird umpiring which threatened for a time to precipitate fisticuffs.
“Mott held the Greenville team hitless until two men were out in the ninth inning, following which two weird decisions on the bases, coupled with two hits and some slow fielding, allowed the Greenville outfit to score three runs. One run had been previously scored without a hit by the home team.
“The locals were paced at bat by Barney Ferguson, husky third baseman, who hit safely three times in as many tries, followed by Sam Jones with three hits in five tries. Al Hansen chimed in with two hits, and one hit was registered by each of the other local clubbers except Archie Barfield, who seemed unable to make them go safe.
“Melton drove in three runs when he clouted a long drive to center field which Wilson, Greenville center gardener, got his hands on but was unable to hold. The play was called an error by Wilson, with Melton stopping on third base. Melton also clouted out a two-base hit for his only base knock.
“Fisticuffs were barely avoided in the ninth inning when Hester, hometown umpire, made two bad decisions in succession. Manager Melton took exception on the second occasion, and trouble was averted only when teammates restrained the fiery Tom from taking a poke at Hester. Hester immediately ejected Melton from the game, and a moment later sent Sam Jones to the showers. No reason has been assigned for the chasing of Jones.
“Following the flare up Sunday, announcement was made that Hester had resigned as an umpire and will join the Chapman club as a player. Announcement was also made Tuesday that J.O. Stapp, local arbiter, had resigned, to be succeeded by ‘Sullivan’ Murphy, efficient and well liked umpire. The announcement of successful negotiations for the services of the red-headed Murphy was received with approval from players and fans alike. Players of other clubs hailed the securing of Murphy as a stroke of good fortune for the league as a whole.
“Another move designed to strengthen the local club for the rest of the second half pennant chase is the announcement of the acquisition of Herbert English, right-handed pitcher from Range. English pitched six innings against the local club in the game between the American Legion team and the Evergreen team on the Fourth of July, and Manager Melton was favorably impressed with his showing. English will be eligible to participate in all games starting Sun., July 22.
“Evergreen journeys to Luverne for the usual Thursday afternoon game, returning home for an imbroglio with Chapman Sunday.”