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The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Dec. 2, 2015

DEC. 7, 1967

Coach Wendell Hart has a fulltime job as head coach of the Evergreen High Aggies, but he still took time for an interview in the Labor Survey now underway in Conecuh County. Mrs. Harold Adams is conducting the interview. Coach Hart joins other citizens in reminding you that it is just as important for the employed to register in the survey as for the unemployed to do so.

From “Front Page, Upper Left Corner” by Bob Bozeman: Evergreen and Conecuh County got prominent mention in the “Alabama News Scope” column which appears in the Sunday editions of The Birmingham News. For the benefit of you who do not read The News or failed to see the item, I’ll repeat it here:
“Small World Dept.: Swapping small talk about mutual acquaintances back in Alabama the other night were George C. Wallace and John Kennedy, former athletic coach at what is now Thurgood Marshall High School at Evergreen.
“Wallace had dinner at the Sheraton Cleveland where Kennedy, a waiter in the dining room, served him dinner.
“Kennedy coached football and basketball and was assistant principal at Marshall High School before going to Cleveland several years ago.
“At Evergreen, the principal, Oran Frazier, who visited Kennedy in Cleveland recently, said the former coach had one of the best coaching records in the South Alabama Conference.
“The name of the school was changed from the Conecuh Training School to Marshall High School in honor of the new U.S. Supreme Court Justice.”

DEC. 4, 1952

Aggie Five Plays Here Thursday Nite: The Evergreen High Aggies will swap baskets with the Frisco City cagers here next Thursday night, Dec. 11, in the first home game of the 1952-53 basketball season. Coach Ralph Law’s Aggie Bees will play the Whippet ‘B’ Club in the first game at seven o’clock with Coach Wendell Hart’s varsity to take the floor at eight.
The Aggies open the season with Beatrice tomorrow (Friday) night in Beatrice. Nothing is known of the Beatrice team, but the Monroe County school is expecting to field a high scoring quintet in spite of the absence of hill-high Dale Brown, who graduated last June.
Shirley Frazier, high-scoring artist who tosses ‘em in with either hand, leads the returning lettermen. Others are Ward Alexander, Pace Bozeman and Wayne Douglas. Hugh Ellington, a long and lanky newcomer, has looked good in early practices. Clayton Cobb, a ‘B’ performer prior to his entry into service, John Henry Brantley, Cullen Edson and Charles King are other varsity squadmen.
Coach Law has Hosea King, Buck Lewis, Randy White, John Wilson, Eddie Tuggle, Robert King, Wendell Tolbert, Tommy Melton and Timmy Boykin battling for starting berths on the ‘B’ team.
Memorial Gym’s floor will be refinished and other improvements made including the return to operation of the scoreboard and clock prior to the first game next Thursday.

Q.B. Club Will Hold Banquet On Dec. 18; Tide Scout To Speak: The Evergreen Quarterback Club will hold its annual banquet honoring the Evergreen High School football squad on Thursday night, Dec. 18, it was announced today by President Brown Boykin. The banquet will be held in the high school lunchroom.
Alabama Assistant Coach and Scout Bubber Nisbet will be the principal speaker. Nisbet heads the Tide’s recruiting forces and is responsible for a large number of its stars being at Alabama. He was captain of the Alabama team in the thirties and is an able speaker.
The banquet is held each year following the end of the football season and is highlighted by the presentation of the D.T. Stuart Sportsmanship Award and Trophy. Coach Wendell Hart will also award letters to members of the 1952 team who earned them at this time. Captains of the 1953 team will be elected before the banquet and introduced during the program.
Coach Hart and Assistant Coach Ralph Law led their charges to a record of five wins, four losses and one tie this season. The Aggies closed out the season with three straight wins.
The public is invited to attend the banquet and enjoy this outstanding sports program. Tickets will go on sale next week and can be obtained from any member of the Quarterback Club.

The Martin Theatres Football Trophies will be awarded at a ceremony on the stage of the Pix Theatre at eight o’clock Thursday night, Dec. 11, Mrs. Gladys Barron, Pix manager, announced today. Two trophies are to be awarded, one to the outstanding player on the Evergreen Aggie varsity and a smaller one to the outstanding player on the Aggie junior team.
The winners are being selected by the fans. Mrs. Barron reminds those who have not voted that they can still take part in the selection of the players to receive the awards by voting before next Thursday. Fans may vote in the lobby of the Pix Theatre.

DEC. 2, 1937

Boy Scout Bulletin: Before the meeting Monday night, the Scouts enjoyed a relay race. Teams were chosen by Lauris Jones and Greely Moore. Greely’s team won two matches out of three tries to cop the contest.

Alabama Gets Bid To Play At Rose Bowl: The undefeated and untied 1937 Alabama football team has been invited to the Rose Bowl again, and will meet the California Bears there on Sat., Jan. 1, 1938.
This will be the fifth trip to the West Coast for the Crimson Tide. Out of the four former trips, they have won three and tied one. They have beaten Washington State, Washington and Stanford one time each, and tied Stanford once.
Teams of 1925, 1926, 1930 and 1934 have gone west, and now the 1937 machine takes its place to try to hold that clean record for the Southland over the coast. Alabama is always a big drawing card in the west, and packed the big bowl to its capacity of 86,000 for the first time the feat was ever accomplished in 1934.

Evergreen High School: Traffic is heavy in the school vicinity this week with the coming and going of trucks to and from our athletic field, which is being enlarged. We are looking forward to this being the beauty spot of our campus in the near future.

DEC. 6, 1922

Thanksgiving Observation At Loree: Thanksgiving was fittingly observed here. Early in the morning those who were fond of the sport took their guns and went hunting.
About four o’clock in the afternoon the hunters came out, bringing squirrels, rabbits, birds, etc. with them.
Mrs. C.W. Reid supervised the barbecuing of the meats and about eight o’clock all was in readiness for the Thanksgiving supper, which had been anticipated with great pleasure especially by the children of this community.

Conecuh Communities Hold Joint Exhibition: Castleberry, Ala., Dec. 2 – The grammar school of this place, the Kirkland and Cedar Creek schools east of here, held a joint community fair at the Kirkland school house Wednesday.
An old fashioned “dinner on the ground” was served. The afternoon was devoted to athletics.

DEC. 4, 1907

There were a lot of birds’ lives saved on Thanksgiving day as the weather was too bad for hunting.

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