FEB. 4, 1993
Hillcrest High School’s varsity basketball team is experiencing unprecedented success for the school this season, thanks in part to the play of the three team members pictured above and Coach Danny Covin. Isaac McMillan, Derrick Averett and Bryant Richardson were named to the All-Tournament Team following the Third Annual Hillcrest High School Invitational Tournament last week. The Jaguars took first place in the tournament, defeating Charles Henderson High School of Troy, 73-64, in the finals which pitted two area opponents who are sure to meet again in the area tournament. Averett was named the tournament’s most valuable player by a vote of the coaches from the six teams participating.
Hardee’s of Evergreen and Evergreen Concrete were sponsors of the Third Annual Hillcrest High School Invitational Basketball Tournament last week in Evergreen. Each business was presented with plaques of appreciation by Coach Danny Covin. Pictured with Novella Johnson and Marilyn Scroggins (Hardee’s manager), along with Mike Lanier, owner of Evergreen Concrete.
38 YEARS AGO
FEB. 2, 1978
Coach Joe Connally of the Auburn University football coaching staff was the featured speaker at the annual Lyeffion High School football banquet held at the school on Jan. 17. Taking part on the program honoring the Yellow Jacket players were assistant coaches Jim McKinnon and Ronnie Williams, Coach Connally and head coach Darwin Cook. Jacket players receiving awards were Jerry Johnson, defensive back; Harold Kyser, offensive back; Willie Hunter, offensive lineman; Kenny Nevlous, defensive lineman; and Joe Salter, sportsmanship.
Lyeffion High School’s Yellow Jackets basketball team is knocking off opponents right and left and working toward competing for the state championship in Class A. Jackets pictured are Charles Watts, Ricky Hall, Kenny Nevlous, Ricky Johnson and Joe Salter; and assistant coach Jim McKinnon, manager Steve Searcy, James Riley, Willie Hunter, Adrian Woods, Harold Kyser, Erick Finklea and head coach Ronnie Williams.
The Evergreen Aggies lost a tough decision last Tuesday night to the Greenville Tigers, 55-53.
Evergreen had three players in double figures. Terry Floyd led the scoring with 18 points; Earnest Williams, 11; and Michael Floyd, 10. (Other players on Evergreen’s team were Tony Rogers, Joe Mitchell and Christopher Askew.)
The defending state champion Wilcox Academy Wildcats had to go into overtime to defeat the Sparta Warriors, 47-40, in a game Monday night in Camden.
Terry Peacock had 10 points; Gray Stevens, Steve Dubose and Tony Raines, eight each; John Hall, four; and Johnny Ralls, two.
The loss dropped the Warriors’ record to 11 wins and seven losses for the season, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
53 YEARS AGO
FEB. 7, 1963
The relentless Conecuh County High School Blue Devils blasted Beatrice’s Tigers, 79-51, in Castleberry Tuesday night for their 20th straight win of the season. They are undefeated.
Donnie Kast stripped the nets for 25 points to pace the scorers. Henry Foster added 20 and Larry Janes, 10.
Garreth Raines led Beatrice with 19 points, and Rojene Booker added 17.
Coach Wayne Pope’s high-flying Blue Devils seemed headed for the No. 1 seed in the First District Class A Tournament to be held here week after next. Most of their wins have come over district foes which will be the basis for the seeding of teams. The veteran Castleberry team has not been pressed in a game this season.
(Other players on CCHS’s team that season included James Glass, Dudley Jones, Thomas Shipp, Wayne Sims, Tommy Johnson, Bobby Ellis and Pete Findley.)
The Evergreen Aggies gained revenge for an earlier season defeat Friday night as they whipped the W.S. Neal Blue Eagles, 62-47, in Evergreen.
Sid Lambert set the Aggies individual single game high point peak for the season as he ripped the cords for 31 markers, half the Aggie scoring total. Ronnie Jackson contributed 10 points to the winning cause. Ray Davis led Neal with 24.
The eighth annual Moore Academy Homecoming Celebration will be held at Pine Apple Sat., Feb. 9, 1963.
The Moore Academy Hawks will meet the Camden Tigers in the annual basketball game to get under way at 7 p.m.
68 YEAR AGO
FEB. 5, 1948
Lyeffion Lashed By Aggie Point Parade, Final Score 50-20: In their first encounter with county opposition, the Evergreen High Aggies romped to an easy, 50-20 win over the hapless Lyeffion Yellow Jackets.
Gillis “Crip” Jones tossed eight field goals through the hoop, four of them on rebound shots, for a 16-point night high total. Georgie Brown with 10 and Mickey Logue with 10 points followed in the scoring. V. Dees was the Lyeffion offense, dropping in five field goals for 10 points.
The Castleberry Panthers lost the first game of the season on their home court to a fast-passing W.S. Neal cage squad by a 23-16 score.
“Phil” Dees, outstanding Castleberry forward, was held to seven points by the close guarding East Brewton team. Clark with four, Beasley with three and Pate with two rounded out the Panther scoring.
The Evergreen High Aggies stopped a last quarter rally by the Blacksher High Bulldogs of Uriah here last Friday night to win a well-played contest by a 44-40 score. The Aggies had the game, but the big show of the evening was the Bulldog’s Gulsby. The big center went on a 20-point scoring spree, tossing baskets from all angles.
The Evergreen scoring was evenly divided as has been the case all season. Benton Carpenter was the leader with 13 points, Mickey Logue tallied nine, Gillis “Crip” Jones and Jack Cunningham each made eight points.
83 YEARS AGO
FEB. 2, 1933
Conecuh Hi Meets Lyeffion Friday: Castleberry, Feb. 1 – Basketball teams of Conecuh County High School go to Lyeffion Friday to meet the boys and girls teams of that place. The girls teams of the two schools have not met but the local boys will be seeking revenge for a defeat here by Lyeffion several weeks ago.
The “berry pickers” won their second game of the season last Friday night – a 17-13 victory over the Evergreen Aggies. Except for a short time in the third period, Castleberry maintained a one or two-point lead throughout the game, then stretched it to four points as the game ended.
Archie Barfield, running guard, was high-point man for the winners. He and Gaston King, the other guard, kept the Evergreen score down with their fine defensive work. Nealy got the tip-off most of the time at center while Quimby and Weaver, forwards, played their part well. The latter played a good floor game but missed several “crip” shots. The passing of the Castleberry team was far superior to that of Evergreen but Coach Thomasson did not look with favor on the numerous fumbles by his boys.