41 YEAR AGO
JAN. 2, 1975
Chris Booker, a 220-pound offensive guard and defensive end for the Monroe Academy Volunteers, signs a four-year football grant-in-aid to Troy State University. He was a three-year starter for the Vols who during that time won two state championships and were runners-up the other year. Watching the signing are Chris’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Booker of Belleville and headmaster-coach Mac Champion of Monroe Academy. Booker was recruited for Troy by Jim Thompkins, offensive line coach, who indicated that Chris would be playing on the offensive line.
Fred Stinson and Tommy Hutcheson show off a “carload” of deer. The pair killed three bucks last Friday in Wilcox County, two three-pointers and one five-pointer with Fred claiming two of them.
Dove shoot set this Saturday: There will be a dove shoot at J.M. Hawsey’s place this Sat., Jan. 4, sponsored by the McKenzie Quarterback Club. Admission will be $1 with proceeds going to the QB Club.
56 YEARS AGO
JAN. 14, 1960
County Cage Meet Gets Underway At Lyeffion Today: Basketball teams representing Conecuh County’s four high schools will meet today and tomorrow in the annual county tournament at Lyeffion. Both varsity and “B” teams will compete for the county championships.
The action gets underway with the “B” games with Evergreen meeting host Lyeffion at two o’clock this afternoon. At 3:15, the Castleberry and Repton “B” Clubs will play.
Action in the varsity division is slated for tonight. Castleberry will go against Repton in the seven o’clock game and 8:15 Evergreen meets Lyeffion.
The meet finals will be staged tomorrow night. Winners of the two “B” games will play at seven o’clock for the “B” title. The winners of the varsity clashes play at 8:15 for the championship.
All games will be played in the Lyeffion Gymnasium. Admission prices for each session are 25 cents for students and 50 cents for adults.
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Hart spent the weekend in Mobile and attended the North-South football game.
Late Surge Pushes Lyeffion Past Repton: The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets put on a “full-court press” to bewilder Repton and take a come-from-behind win Tuesday night, 51-37, at Lyeffion.
Trailing by two points going into the final quarter, Coach Dale Brown’s cagers used the press to good advantage and outscored the Bulldogs by 19 to 7 to win going away.
Willard Walls scored 15 points, and Larry Pate 12 to pace the Jacket attack. Also scoring for Lyeffion were Joe Morrison, nine; Harley Hamrac, six; Jimmy Jones and Mac McInnis, four each; and William Carter, one.
Raybon Nall hit for nine to lead Repton’s scorers. Benny Bell had eight; George Dees, seven; Wayne Baggett, four; and McCoy Baggett, one.
Eagles Suffer Two Defeats: The Conecuh County Training School Eagles, not showing their pre-Christmas form and playing lackadaisical basketball, suffered defeats at the hands of Ralph Bunche High of Andalusia and Union High of Monroeville.
On Thurs., Jan. 7, the Eagles journeyed to Andalusia, seeking to avenge an earlier defeat at the hands of Ralph Bunche Hig. The Eagles started off with a bang, hitting six straight points before Ralph Bunch, Eagles incidently, could break the scoring column. Ralph Bunche knotted the count at 10-10 after six minutes of the first quarter had elapsed and were never headed thereafter.
The Eagles were always in striking distance, but could never seem to muster an equalizer. Final score: Eagles (CCTS) 23, Ralph Bunche (Eagles) 31.
Eagles Grounded by Union High: Union High of Monroeville, a fast team with the finesse of the Boston Celtics, smothered the CCTS Eagles in Evergreen by a count of 73-64. The score doesn’t by any means indicate the action on last Friday. The Eagles were taller, but not scrapier.
Union High took the lead from the very beginning on a long jumper by their fine guard, Richardson, who led the scoring with 22 points. The score was tied twice at four all and eight all, with half the first quarter gone, Union broke the game open by establishing an eight-point spread when the buzzer sounded ending the first stanza.
In the second quarter, the Eagles played Union High on even terms as they gathered 15 points each. They played even again in the third quarter as each gathered 35 points. Union High had the edge in the final quarter as they edged the Eagles, 5-4. This game only goes to prove that one disasterous quarter can spell defeat. Douglas Evans led the Eagles with 21 points, followed by Robert Martin with 14.
Junior High Basketball: Junior high basketball games scheduled for Fri, Jan. 15, are as follows: Little Zion at Butterick, Sandy Grove at Nymph, Rabb at Lime Hill, Mt. Zion at China, Castleberry at Mt. Rose, Nichburg at CCTS.
Some results of games played last week (boys) are as follows: Nymph was defeated by Butterick; Lime Hill defeated Little Zion, Sandy Grove won over China; Castleberry defeated Rabb by a score of 33-28, Mt. Rose won over Nichburg, and Mt. Zion defeated the CCTS Eagles by a score of 38-33.
In the games played with girls, some of the results are as follows: Mt. Zion over CCTS, Sandy Grove over China, Castleberry over Rabb 33-2.
County standings for both girls and boys will be prepared for next week’s paper.
Coaches are urged to call in their scores. If it is not convenient to call them in, please place them in an envelope and mail. This will make it possible to have a complete listing of scores and an accurate county rating.
Mr. and Mrs. V.P. Smith visited Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Smith in Mobile Saturday and attended the Senior Bowl football game.
Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey L. Nelson and Jimmy have returned from a two weeks visit with their parents in Mobile. While there, they attended the annual Senior Bowl game.
71 YEARS AGO
JAN. 4, 1945
Miss Mozelle Hamilton and Miss Shirley McFarlane spent Friday and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hamilton in Montgomery and attended the Blue and Gray football game.