32 YEARS AGO
FEB. 9, 1984
Sparta sweeps final three games: The Sparta Academy basketball teams ended regular season play by sweeping three games from Greenville Academy here Friday night.
The Warrior boys varsity romped to a 91-46 win behind a balanced attack that had five players in double figures and 10 in on the scoring. Russ Brown had 21 points; Connery Salter, 16; Vince Watts, 15; Britt McNeill, 11; Al Etheridge, 10; Jim Wagstaff, seven; Danny Reed, six; Thad Ellis and Jim Marino, two each; and Mark Rigsby, one.
The girls varsity took a 43-35 decision with Jan Coker scoring 13 points; Tammy Booker, 10; Carol Kendrick, nine; Tina Bybee, seven; and Raye Ann Gall, six.
Brandon Salter scored 15 points to lead the boys junior varsity to a 46-33 victory. Jason West had nine points; Lynn Ralls, six; Glynn Ralls, Jeff Walker and Brad Watts, four each; and Tim Wilson and Brian Bybee, two each.
The Warrior varsity cagers enjoyed a very successful season, according to Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr. The boys finished with 18 wins and five losses, and the girls posted an identical mark. Over the past two years, the girls have won 35 games and lost 11 for a winning percentage of 76.1 percent. The boys have a two-year record of 36 wins and 13 losses, a winning percentage of 73.7 percent.
47 YEARS AGO
FEB. 13, 1969
Tal Stuart Jr. was successful last week in his current effort to trap wildcats on his farm at Belleville. Here he and Jim Williams hold up a bobcat that weighed 23 pounds which was caught Tuesday night of last week. Tal highly recommends the trap in the background. It is made in two compartments separated by heavy hardware wire. The trap is baited with a live rooster in the back compartment. When the cat comes after the rooster, he trips the trigger and releases the heavy door, trapping himself. Jim set the trap for the catch.
62 YEARS AGO
FEB. 11, 1954
The McKenzie High Tigers scored a mild upset last Tuesday night when they upset the Conecuh County High Blue Devils by a 46-38 score in a closely contested game played at McKenzie.
Bobby Daw with 12 and Wilbur Heaton with 11 were the scoring leaders for the Blue Devils. Charles Hart and Lamon Reaves tallied five points each; Lewis Heaton, four; and Leon Raines, one.
Coach Albert Arnold’s high-flying Repton Bulldog quintet racked up its 12th win in 13 starts Friday night downing Beatrice, 51-46, in a spirited contest.
Harry Giles, Paul Brantley and Ray Blackwell were big guns in the Repton victory. Giles tallied 17; Brantley, 16; and Blackwell, 15 points. Roger Kearley had two points and Eddie Kelly, one.
The Evergreen High School Aggies edged past Repton’s Bulldogs, 51-48, on the Repton court Tuesday night. The game was closely contested from start to finish with both teams battling for all they were worth.
Coach Wendell Hart’s Aggies now hold a record of 11 wins and five losses. Tuesday’s defeat was the second in 14 starts for Coach Albert Arnold’s fine Bulldog quintet that has won 12. The Reptons suffered the loss of star center Harry Giles at halftime when he became ill, and it is understood that he had an attack of appendicitis and may be lost for the season.
Tall Randy White was the mainspring in the Aggie win as he converted his mates’ passes into 26 points. Ward Alexander Jr. pushed 15 points through the cords and Wayne Douglas dropped in seven and continued his improved play. Jimmy Frazier had two and Hosea King one.
Ray Blackwell and Paul Brantley were ringleaders in Repton’s assault on the basket with 17 and 15 points, respectively. Billy Farrish had eight; Harry Giles and Roger Kearly, four each.
The Evergreen Aggies fell victim to sloppy ball handling and faulty passes in the second quarter as they lost a heart-breaker 48-46 in Monroeville Friday night. The Evergreens outscored the home Monroe County High team in every quarter but the second, but lost so much ground during those eight minutes that they were never able to recover.
Randy White bagged 16 points with Monroeville players hanging on both arms throughout, netting seven field goals and making good two of three free throw attempts to cop scoring honors. Ward Alexander Jr. meshed 12 points; Wayne Douglas, nine; Hosea King, five; and Jimmy Frazier, four.
Bobby White with 11 and Johnny Finklea and Paul Fowler with 10 each paced Monroeville’s scorers. Cobb and Stevens had six each.
77 YEAR AGO
FEB. 9, 1939
Dr. Pepper Cage Team Defeats Green Hawks: In a game witnessed by the largest crowd in Evergreen basketball history, Virgil Trucks’ Dr. Pepper team shaded the Green Hawks, 35-31, Tuesday night.
Featuring the straight shooting of Bill Fowler, the upstaters ran up a lead of 11 to 1 with about five minutes of the first quarter gone. At this point, the locals stiffened and more than held their own the rest of the way. At the end of the third period, they were trailing by only one point, at 23-22.
All the Hawks deserve commendation for their showing. However, the floor work of Harris and McLeod and “Bear” Jones’ work in taking the ball off the backboard was outstanding.
In preliminary games, the up and coming Evergreen High club defeated Monroeville, and the Junior One team defeated Junior Two in an intra-mural game.
After the way the local fans have shown that they will turn out for good basketball, the Hawks are busy lining up another feature attraction. The Spring Hill College quintet will be played in Evergreen at a date to be announced in next week’s issue.
The Aggies met a strong Red Level team Thursday night on the latter’s court and came out on the short end of a 39-24 score.
In a game played on the Greenville court, the Greenville High School defeated the Evergreen quintet last Friday night by a comfortable margin of 34-17.