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22 YEARS AGO
DEC. 23, 1993
Willie Crutchfield is presented a plaque of appreciation by Hillcrest High School principal Ronnie Brogden for his years of volunteer service to Hillcrest and Evergreen High School. Willie serves as public address announcer during football games and is always ready to support other activities through Woodmen of the World. Pictured are Hillcrest Booster Club President Ralph Pugh, Willie Crutchfield, Ronnie Brogden and Hillcrest Athletic Director Dennis Anderson.
The Sparta Academy Junior Varsity Girls basketball team is the only team at the independent school that is undefeated. With a 38 to 25 victory over Greenville Academy, the girls move to 4-0.
Carrie Lambert led the way for the Lady Warriors with 14 points. Aundria Griffin added 13 points to round out those shooting in double figures, according to statistics by Byron Warren Jr. Nikki Jones tossed in nine points and Missy Westwood added two points to round out Sparta’s scoring.
Later in the evening, Greenville Academy defeated Sparta Academy’s varsity, 53-49. Senior Britt Ward was the only Warrior in double figures. He had 19 points in the losing cause. Sophomore Nicholas Jones had eight points, junior Brian Gorum had seven points, James Johnson and Adrian Mitchell had four points each, Casey Grant had three points, and Sandy Salo and Larry Wright added two points each to complete the Sparta scoring.
37 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1978
Ronald Fantroy, former Evergreen High School and Alabama Christian College basketball star, is more than “carrying his weight” in his first year with the University of Montevallo Falcons, according to Coach Bill Elder. Fantroy, a six-foot-five forward, had 14 rebounds against Talladega College recently and is averaging 3.1 rebounds per game, fifth best for the team although he only plays about 10 minutes of the Falcons’ 40-minute games.
Sparta Girls win & lose: The Sparta Warrior girls basketball team played the Escambia Academy girls in the first round of the Greenville Academy Christmas Tournament. Sparta won, 31-25. Cathy Cope led the scoring with 10 points; Angie Driver had eight; Mary Claire Robinson, six; Missy Thacker, five; and Cathy Johnson, two.
The Sparta girls lost their second round game to Wilcox, 32-15. Mary Claire Robinson led Sparta with six points, and Angie Driver followed with five, and Cathy Cope had four.
Cathy Cope was named to the all-tournament team. The Sparta girls are now even with three wins and three losses. They will play the Greenville Tornadoes at home on Jan. 4, 1979.
52 YEARS AGO
DEC. 26, 1963
Greenville Tigers Win Local Tourney: Ball-hawk Joe Terrell scored 34 points and Snake Raybon pumped in 19 and controlled the backboards as the Greenville Tigers trounced the Evergreen Aggies, 86-36, to win the tournament championship Wednesday night. Greenville took an early lead and Terrell and Raybon kept adding to it, with Raybon being the leader in the first half and Terrell doing most of his damage in the third quarter. Kenny Harper led Evergreen with 16 markers.
Selected to the All-Tournament Team were: Gilbert Emmons, W.S. Neal; Ronnie Jackson, Evergreen; Johnny Mack King, Frisco City; Snake Raybon, Greenville; and Joe Terrell, Greenville.
Frisco City fought off a late W.S. Neal rally to win the consolation game Wednesday night by a 69-66 count. Larry Eddins scored the nets for 28 to pace the winners while Gilbert Emmons and James Ryals had 20 and 17, respectively, for Neal.
67 YEARS AGO
DEC. 23, 1948
Twenty-one members of the Evergreen High School football team were awarded letters for the 1948 season at the annual football banquet given by the Evergreen Quarterback Club Friday night. The banquet was termed most successful by local QB’s and much of the success was due to the fact that the guest speaker was Earl Brown, head football coach at Auburn.
Coach Brown was well received by the more than 160 people in attendance. The banquet was held in the newly completed Evergreen High School Gym, termed by Coach Brown the finest he had seen in the state.
Coach Brown was accompanied by McCoy Hewitt, assistant freshman coach at Auburn, and Jimmie Lay, who flew them down. They were introduced by QB President Tal Stuart, who acted as master of ceremonies.
Local men of prominence who took part on the program were Judge Lloyd G. Hart, Superintendent of Education H.B. Pate, Mayor J.H. Robison, R.G. Bozeman, chairman of the school board, and J.J. (Jack) Finklea, E.H.S. principal.
Coach Wendell Hart gave letters to eight seniors. Heading the list of graduates are co-captains Sammy Hanks and John Law Robinson. Hanks, 210-pound tackle, was named on two all-state selections and will go to Auburn next fall. He received his third letter and John Law, who was the team workhorse and has letters at three positions, received his fourth monogram.
Other seniors receiving letters and the number of years they have lettered are Pete White (2), Nick Stallworth (2), Dean Shaver (2), Dudley Bartlett (2), Tommy White (2) and Thomas Coker (2).
Juniors receiving letters: John Greel Ralls (2), Jack Cunnigham (2), James Ryan (3), Dickey Bozeman (2), Bertie Hassel (1) and Bruce Johnson (2).
Sophomores that received letters: Shelton Craig (2), Billy Mudge Lee (2), Edward Hooks (1), Jeff Moorer (1) and Max Pope (1).
Donahue Edson received his first monogram and was the only freshman to letter.
At the conclusion of the banquet next season’s Captain Jack Cunningham and Alternate Captain John Greel Ralls, were introduced. In behalf of the team, Capt. Cunningham gave an initialed cigarette lighter to Coach Hart, who also received a bonus check from the school.
About 300 fans saw the Evergreen High Aggies wind up their pre-holidays cage slate with a 42 to 22 win over the Lyeffion Yellow Jackets Tuesday night in the new Evergreen High Gym. The victory gave the Aggies a two won and two lost record in their first four engagements.
Guerry Moorer and Billy Mudge Lee paced the Aggies to a 13-5 first quarter lead, and with John Law Robinson chiming in with a couple of set shots increased the margin to 22-7 at the half.
Moorer and Dickey Bozeman led the Aggie pointmakers in a 13-point spurt in the final period after Lyeffion had matched them point for point in the third quarter.
Moorer poured seven field goals through the hoop for 14 points and the scoring honors. Lee held the runner-up spot with 10 points on five field goals.
Dees and Watts each caged seven points to lead the Yellow Jackets.
Aggies Down Bulldogs 43-27 For First Win: The Evergreen High Aggies gained their first win of the young basketball season Friday afternoon with a 43 to 27 decision over the Repton Bulldogs. The game was played in the new Repton High Gymnasium.
The Aggies took an early lead and were never seriously threatened. Guerry Moorer sank six field goals and three foul shots for a total of 15 points to lead the scorers. Repton’s Thompson bagged 12 points for the runner-up spot, and Dickey Bozeman of Evergreen shot 11.
It was the third straight loss of the season for Coach Roy Davis’ Bulldogs.
82 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1933
Mayor W.A. Gunter of Montgomery, Coach Chet Wynne and Prof. John Pitts of Auburn were guests Tuesday of Mr. C.A. Jones, being among those who attended the annual camp hunt.
The basketball boys of China Industrial School were entertained Tuesday afternoon by their coach, Evelyn A. Brown, at her home on Cary Street.