ONE YEAR AGO
DEC. 25, 2014
Nared named 2014 Sportsman of the Year: This week The Courant has selected Tuskegee University quarterback Justin Nared, a native of Evergreen, as the newspaper’s seventh annual Sportsman of the Year.
During his senior season at Tuskegee, Nared led the Golden Tigers to a 9-3 overall record, the 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Championship and an appearance in the Division II playoffs.
Nared started or played in all 12 of Tuskegee’s games this year and had a hand in 10 touchdowns, the most of any quarterback on the team. He finished the season with 67 pass completions for 1,178 total yards and eight touchdowns. He also ran the ball 35 times for a 93-yard gain and two touchdowns.
Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team finished third in the Fort Dale Academy Christmas Tournament by beating Fort Dale, 44-43, Saturday afternoon in Greenville.
Reagan Wild led Sparta over Fort Dale with 13 points, two assists and a steal. (Other standout Sparta players in that game included Emily Deason, Alex Etheridge, Lisa Smith, Amber Kirksey, Ashley Riley, Abby Dunn, Lauryn Bolton, Maggie Brock, Emily Rodgers and Jayden McKeough.)
Hillcrest High School’s varsity boys basketball team improved to 10-1 on the season during the past week after beating Sidney Lanier and Fruitdale in games played in Evergreen.
Hillcrest beat Lanier, 67-55, Monday of last week, and the Jags downed Fruitdale, 65-42, on Friday night.
Sparta Academy’s varsity boys basketball team picked up its eighth win of the season last Thursday night by downing region opponent Patrician Academy, 87-86, in overtime in Butler.
Zane Lambert led Sparta with 20 points, a rebound, four steals and an assist.
(Other standout Sparta players in that game included Taylor Chavers, Stone Riley, Nathan Pipkin, Griffin Weaver, Hunter Bolton, Tanner Bledsoe, Dakota Stokes.)
Hillcrest High School’s girls basketball team improved to 6-3 on the season during the past week thanks to double digit wins over Sidney Lanier and Central-Hayneville.
The Lady Jags beat Sidney Lanier, 58-23, Monday of last week in Evergreen and followed that with a 53-20 win over Central-Hayneville in Evergreen.
In the win over Sidney Lanier, Tyesha Rudolph led Hillcrest with 20 points, and Naajah Richardson followed with eight points. Alexis Holley and Cassie Riley finished the game with six points each.
(Other standout Hillcrest players in that game included Shanaya Grace, Destiny Simpson, Tyranesha Dukes and Temeisha Dees.)
16 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1999
Jared Stacey, 18, killed this buck in the Springhill community near Repton on Nov. 24. The buck weighed 235 pounds, had 10 points, 22-1/2 inch inside spread and 24-inch outside.
JV Lady Warriors win Escambia Tournament: On Sat., Dec. 11, 1999 the Sparta Academy JV Lady Warriors traveled to Canoe and participated in the Escambia Academy JV Tournament. In their first game the JV Lady Warriors defeated Escambia Academy, 32-17. Katie Etheridge was the leading scorer for the JV Lady Warriors with 16 points. Also putting points on the board were Susan Ivey with nine points, Anna Aman with three points, Jessie Armuelles and Callie Ezell with two points each.
In the championship game, the Sparta JV Lady Warriors defeated the Monroe Academy JV Lady Vols, 28-19. The leading scorer for the JV Lady Warriors was Katie Etheridge with 18 points. Also scoring were Anna Aman with seven points, Callie Ezell with two points and Jessie Armuelles with one point.
Named to the All Tournament Team were Callie Ezell and Susan Ivey. Katie Etheridge was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
31 YEARS AGO
DEC. 27, 1984
Sparta Academy hosts tournament: Sparta Academy will host a Tournament of Champions Dec. 27, 28 and 29 in the school gymnatorium.
Teams in the girls division are: Sparta-Evergreen, Jackson-Jackson, Wilcox-Camden, Pike-Troy, Woodland-Phenix City. Teams in the boys division are: Minor-Birmingham, Pike-Troy, Lakeside-Eufaula, Woodland-Phenix City, Edgewood-Elmore, Wilcox-Camden, Jackson-Jackson, Sparta-Evergreen.
Terry Brooks of Loango killed this trophy buck Dec. 10 in Conecuh County. The deer had 15 points and weighed 200 pounds.
Gerald W. Rolling killed this fine, seven-point buck in Conecuh County. It weighed 185 pounds. The head was of a seven-point, 150-pound deer killed by Tommy Hall in Butler County.
Frank Lee Porter killed this four-point buck Thursday with help from his son, Frank Cortez, and dog, Dusty.
LOST!!! Male Treeing Walker – Tattoo in Ear – J R W – REWARD!!! $100 Being Offered – Call or See Leon Adams or Butch Adams.
61 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1954
“Aggies Host To Strong Murphy High Tuesday: The strong Murphy High Panthers of Mobile invade Evergreen’s Memorial Gym for a pair of games with the Aggies here Tuesday night. This will be the first game for Evergreen after nearly a three-week layoff for Christmas holidays.
The Murphy team is always a power in the first district, usually battling it out with McGill, another Mobile team for the district championship. They are led by high-scoring Bobby Jackson, an all-state selection in football at quarterback. The Panthers will be a decided favorite over the Aggies as they are fielding one of their best teams in recent years.
Coach Hart’s Aggies are led by high-scoring center, Randy White, who is averaging better than 21 points per game in the Aggies first three games. Evergreen looked slow in their opening battle with Georgiana, but came back strong to take impressive victories over T.R. Miller and Repton in their next two games before the holidays.
One of the largest crowds of the season is expected to be on hand for the battle. The B team game will start at 7 p.m.