FIVE YEARS AGO
JAN. 13, 2011
Evergreen’s Chris Hines grabbed 10 rebounds as the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball team opened SEC play Saturday with a 75-57 win over Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
Hines hauled in 10 rebounds for the Tide, which was his third double figure rebounding performance in the past four games.
Hines also had seven points and an assist in the nationally televised game.
Hillcrest High School’s varsity boys basketball team jumped out to 2-0 in area play last week when they downed 4A Area 2 rivals, Thomasville High School and Monroe County.
The Jags, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, mangled Monroe, 53-45, Friday in Monroeville and whipped Thomasville, 57-46, Tuesday of last week in Evergreen.
(Standout players on Hillcrest’s team that season included Barron Smith and DeAundre Lyons.)
Three Warriors post double doubles: Despite having three players post double doubles, Sparta Academy came up two points shy of a win in a double overtime game against East Memorial Christian Academy Tuesday of last week in Prattville. EMCA won, 54-52.
Devlin Crosby, Garrett McClain and Dalton Baggett finished the game with a double double each. Crosby led with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, six assists and five blocks. McClain followed with 11 points, 12 rebounds and a steal. Baggett finished the game with 10 points, 18 rebounds, a steal, an assist and a block.
(Other standout Sparta players that season included Tom Andrews, Allen Stuart, Jacob Hendrix, Hunter Hanks, Michael Cook, Drew Hardin, Michael Brown and Dylan Middleton.)
Hillcrest High School’s varsity girls basketball team dropped to 0-2 in area play last week after losses to 4A Area 2 opponents, Thomasville and Monroe County.
On Tuesday of last week, the Lady Jags suffered a 42-26 loss to Thomasville in Evergreen. On Friday night, Hillcrest suffered a 44-22 loss to Monroe County in Monroeville.
Lady Warriors fall by one to EMCA: After nearly 2-1/2 weeks off, Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team came up one point shy Tuesday of last week against East Memorial Christian Academy in Prattville.
Sparta, ranked No. 4 in the latest statewide basketball poll, lost to EMCA, 31-30, in Sparta’s first game since winning the Fort Dale Tournament title game on Dec. 18.
April Palmer led Sparta with 18 points, two rebounds and five steals. (Other standout players on Sparta’s team that season included Savannah Brown, Emily Booker, Madelyn Black, Grace Matlock and Stephanie Martin.)
20 YEARS AGO
JAN. 11, 1996
Coach Mark Fedor and Coach Gerry Watson flank two of Hillcrest High School’s premier athletes. Kelvin Rudolph and Ryan Meeks were both named to all-state football honors this past season. Kelvin was named to the first team sports writers poll and honorable mention Birmingham News, and Ryan was named to honorable mention by the sportswriters poll and Birmingham news. Meeks is the brother of former Denver Bronco’s player and Evergreen native Bob Meeks.
35 YEARS AGO
JAN. 8, 1981
The Monroe Academy Vols defeated Sparta Academy’s Warriors in the finals of the boys division, and the Fort Dale Academy Warriors defeated Sparta in the finals of the girls division to win the championships of the Sparta Holiday Tournament held in the school gymnasium on Dec. 29 and 30, according to Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
The Sparta boys defeated Wilcox Academy’s Wildcats handily, 76-64, in the opening round as Jeff Johnson hit for 30 points and Vince Watts 20. Joe McInvale had eight; Ed Carrier and Terry Shipp, seven each; Scotty Grace, three; and Andy Hammonds, one.
Monroe’s Vols outshot the Warriors, 75-60, in the championship game in spite of Terry Shipp hitting for 19 points and Jeff Johnson 17. Joe McInvale added eight; Vince Watts, six; Andy Hammonds, four; Wes Brown, three; and Ed Carrier, two.
Cathy Cope was the only Warrior girl in double figures as she meshed 10 points in a game won by Fort Dale, 39-29, in the championship tilt. Karen Brown had seven points; Cheri Johnson, six; Julie Saunders, four; and Missy Price, two.
Julie Saunders, Karen Brown and Jeff Johnson were named to the All Tournament teams, according to Warren.
Both the Sparta Academy varsity teams, boys and girls, were eliminated in the first round of the Greenville Academy Christmas Tournament, played in Greenville on Dec. 19 and 20.
Monroe Academy defeated the Warriors, 77-47, in the boys division of the tourney, and the Sparta girls lost to Wilcox Academy, 44-24.
50 YEAR AGO
JAN. 13, 1966
Brent Thornley captures awards at QB Banquet: Brent Thornley, a senior and co-captain of the 1965 football team at Evergreen High School, won both top awards at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s annual football banquet last Friday night at the EHS lunchroom.
QB President Waynard Price was master of ceremonies and recognized special guests. The invocation was given by the Rev. Frank Scott.
The featured speaker was Coach Richard Williamson of the University of Alabama. Coach Williamson made a fine talk on “the values I got, and you are getting and will get from football.” He stressed three things he had learned from football that he thought would help any young man in life as well as sport: 1. You must be dedicated, determined and willing to pay the price to succeed. 2. You must get along with your teammates and learn to depend on them and be dependable to them. 3. Perhaps most important you must learn to work.
Evergreen Jaycee President Harold Ryals presented the Jaycees’ Most Outstanding Player of the Year Award to Thornley. EHS Principal Morris Ward presented the D.T. Stuart Football Sportsmanship Trophy to Thornley in behalf of the donor, Tal Stuart. Ward said: “This is the most prized trophy of all, the winner was selected by his coaches and his teammates, those who know best.”
Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Nichols and daughter, Margaret, and Sammy and Andy Higdon attended the Senior Bowl Game in Mobile Saturday.
65 YEARS AGO
JAN. 11, 1951
The Repton High Bulldogs did what no other Conecuh County team has done in some nine or 10 years last Friday night when they turned under the Evergreen High Aggie cagers by a 44-30 count. The game was played in Repton’s fine gym before a crowd of several hundred fans who enjoyed every minute of it.
(Outstanding players on Repton’s team, which was led by head coach Charles Pouncey, included Andrews, Burt, Butts, Kelly and McMillan. Outstanding players on Evergreen’s team included Gwyn Daniels, Ed Hooks, Gillis Morgan, Jeff Moorer, Bill Watson and Bobby Wells.)
The Blue Devils of Conecuh County High School, Castleberry, handed the Evergreen High Aggies their second loss to county competition in a decade here Tuesday night (in Evergreen). The Devils of Coach M.C. Thomasson staged a terrific last half rally to come from behind and win a thrilling 40-38 verdict over Coach Wendell Hart’s Aggies.
William Bradley led the way to the Devil triumph with 13 points. Ralph Graddy had eight; Hart, seven; William Reeves, four; Palmer and Norris, three each; and Reed, two, for Castleberry.
Shirley Frazier played outstanding ball for Evergreen in his first varsity start. Frazier topped the scorers with 15 points and played a fine floor game. Gwyn Daniels had seven; Ed Hooks, six; Jeff Moorer, six; and Gillis Morgan, four, for the Aggies.
The Class AA First District Basketball Tournament will be held again this year in Evergreen High’s beautiful Memorial Gym. Dates of the tournament are March 1, 2 and 3.