13 YEARS AGO
DEC. 19, 2002
Lady Warriors win Monroe tourney: The Sparta Academy Warriors and Lady Warriors participated in the Monroe Academy Christmas Tournament held Dec. 13 and 14 in Monroeville.
The Lady Warriors finished in first place and the Warriors finished in third place. Katie Etheridge, Ashton Garner and Drew Davis were named to the All-Tournament team.
Lady Warriors 52, Monroe 40: Katie Etheridge led the scoring of the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Also scoring in double digits were Ashton Garner and Callie Ezell with 10 points each. Rounding out the scoring were Ava Pate and Cody Godwin with five points each, Jessica Armuelles with four points and Lacy Vargas with three points.
Lady Warriors 49, Escambia 42: Katie Etheridge led the scoring for the Lady Warriors with 27 points. Also scoring in double digits was Ashton Garner with 11 points. Also putting points on the board were Callie Ezell with six points, Ava Pate with four points and Lacy Vargas with two points.
Warriors 37, Monroe 43: Chris Garner led the scoring for the Warriors with 11 points. He was followed by Perry Castleberry with nine points, Paul Castleberry with seven points, Wiley Cobb and Drew Davis with five points each.
Sparta 71, Kingwood 48: Chris Garner led the scoring for the Warriors with 27 points. Also scoring in double digits was Drew Davis with 19 points. Rounding out the scoring were Cody Lowery with nine points, Perry Castleberry with eight points, Paul Castleberry with four points, Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Cumagun with two points each.
28 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1987
Castleberry crash claims lives of four: Tragedy struck the entire area Monday afternoon when three brothers and a longtime family friend were killed in a head-on collision in Castleberry.
John and Sean Miller, twin brothers, 20, Thomas Miller, 19, and Wayne McDuffie Stallworth, 20, were killed instantly when the 1984 Mercury Topaz they were riding in went out of control and crashed sideways into a tractor-trailer rig driven by Gerald Douglas Stodghill of Cumming, Ga. The truck belonged to the A&P Tea Co.
Sean and Thomas Miller were members of Troy State’s national championship football team, which defeated Portland State, 31-17, Saturday in Florence. Sean was an offensive guard while Thomas started at outside linebacker. Both were redshirt freshmen.
John Miller was a starting offensive guard for the Albany State University football team, and Wayne Stallworth was on the Albany State baseball team.
The wreck is still under investigation, but it is believed that the weather was a major factor in the accident. The car was ripped in half on impact and two of the boys were thrown from the vehicle. The other two were pinned under the truck. It took rescuers almost two hours to remove the bodies from the wreckage.
Funeral services for the four youths will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the W.S. Neal High School Gymnasium. It is anticipated that the gym will not hold all of the mourners for these very special young men.
43 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1972
All State team lists Keith Pugh: Keith Pugh has been named to an end position on the offense of the Alabama Private School Association’s All State team. Pugh is only a sophomore on the state champion Monroe Academy team and logged considerable playing time as a freshman last year.
In addition to playing at the wide position, Keith was backup quarterback and filled in for All-State quarterback Rob Kelly when he was injured. He also did the team’s place-kicking and played defensive halfback.
Pugh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Pugh of Evergreen.
Evergreen Aggies win own tourney, string up to 15: Coach Charles Branum’s undefeated Evergreen Aggies won their own Holiday Invitational Tournament here Saturday night and closed out pre-holiday play unbeaten with 15 straight wins.
The Aggies knocked off Greenville, 64-59, in the finals in one of their closer games of the season. Wavie Ausby fired 25 points and David Carroll 21 to pace the Aggies in the Greenville game. Cleve Fields had nine; David Thomas, seven; and Green, two.
In the opening round Thursday night, the Aggies blasted Repton, 77-29. Ausby had 15; Thomas, 14; Fields, 12; Green, 10; Locke, eight; Jones, seven; and J. Stallworth, three. Falls led Repton with 15.
Evergreen shot down Frisco City, 99-62, in the semi-finals Friday night. Fields led with 19 points. Ausby had 16; Thomas and Armstrong, 15 each; Jones and Green, nine each; Carroll and J. Stallworth, six each; and E. Stallworth, four.
58 YEARS AGO
DEC. 19, 1957
WRESTLING: Bobby FIELDS vs. Tom DRAKE – Best 2 Out of 3 Falls – 60-minute Time Limit – Also On Film – The Leather Saint, Starring John Derek & Paul Douglas with Jody Lawrence – In VISTA-VISION – Pix Theatre, Evergreen, Ala., Fri., Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m. All Seats… $1.
Most Valuable Football Player: Paul Pace, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Pace of Evergreen, was selected most valuable player on the Evergreen Aggie football team. The team voted on the player they thought most valuable on both offense and defense. Paul was awarded the Pix Theatre Trophy Dec. 10 at the Evergreen Pix Theatre.
Paul is a member of the Glee Club, “E” Club, Journalism Club, and is on the Echoes Staff. In addition to playing football, he is also on the basketball team.
The Evergreen Aggies cage squad traveled to Andalusia Friday night only to take setbacks in the junior, B team and varsity games.
The varsity game was very close with Evergreen holding a very slim lead at most times until the fourth quarter. The Aggies leading scorer was Paul Pace with 18 points followed by Zukowski with 11 points; Ivey, eight points; Ellington, three points; and Pate, two points.
The boys’ basketball team of the Conecuh County Training School, coached by Coach John Kennedy, won their first game of the season last Thursday night in Monroeville with the Union High squad. The score was 54-30.
73 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1942
Aggies Trounce Castleberry Five, 38 To 17: The Evergreen Aggies defeated the Castleberry Panthers in Castleberry last Wednesday night 38 to 17 for their fourth win of the season against no losses. Johnson led the locals’ tally on the Panthers basket with 19 points. Garrett rang up nine to pace the Castleberry attack. The game was a fast one with good playing by both sides. This was the Aggies second win over the Panthers this year.
In the four games to date, the Aggies have gathered in a total of 171 points for an average of nearly 43 points per contest. Opponents have been limited to 52 points or 13 per game. Johnson is the leading point getter with 87 to his credit to date. Thames followed him with 48.
BOY SCOUT NEWS: We held our meeting last Monday night at 7:30. All joined in a relay contest, the winning team receiving two points apiece.
Pvt. Billy Joe Barrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Barrow, Red Level, Rte. 1, is stationed at MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla., where he is training in the Army Air Force. He writes home that he likes Army life better every day. Bill’s favorite sport is hunting, but he says he is not missing it much, that the weather is so warm and nice in Tampa, he can hardly realize the hunting season is in at home.