11 YEARS AGO
FEB. 17, 2005
Sparta teams bow out at sub-state: When a basketball team goes collectively cold from the field, there’s very little that execution and strategy can do to overcome it. That must have been the feeling Friday afternoon in Montgomery for Coach Russ Brown and his Lady Warriors of Sparta.
On the other hand, the Sparta boys fought and scraped until the end but the results were the same. The Warriors boys also lost at the sub-state round to end the season for both varsity teams. They were participating in the AISA 2A tournament with hopes of traveling back to Montgomery this week for the Final Four.
Patrician 58, Lady Warriors 51 (OT): The Lady Warriors blistered the cords behind the hot shooting of Cody Godwin to race out to a 16-point lead in the opening period. Godwin scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the opening stanza as Sparta had its way with the Saints from Butler.
(Other top Sparta girls players in that game included Ashton Garner, Preethi Covin and Samantha Seaman.)
South Choctaw 75, Warriors 63: The Sparta boys took the game into the latter stages of the fourth quarter before falling to the Rebels out of Toxey.
Topping the scoring and rebounding was Michael Campbell with a double double. He tallied 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Tony Raines was next in both categories with 13 points and nine boards. Raines also claimed six steals.
(Other top Sparta players in that game included Will Ivey, Eric Talbot, Carter Smith and Chris Cinereski.)
Hillcrest Jags sweep through area tourney: The Hillcrest Jaguars have taken an important step toward heading to Birmingham and to the State Final Four in 4A basketball. However, Coach Tommy Dukes’ squad faces another important hurdle this Friday night in the Jaguar gym.
After winning the regular season 4A Area 2 title, the Jags swept through the area tournament with two convincing wins over Opp and Andalusia. That propels them into a sub-region showdown game with Daleville Friday night at 7 p.m.
Jags 76, Opp 26: It’s hard to believe that a team that stayed within 15 points of Hillcrest just a few days ago could fall so far apart in less than two weeks. That’s exactly what happened Friday in the Jaguar gym in the first round of the 4A Area 2 tournament.
The scoring distribution reflected the night for Hillcrest. Frank Williams bagged 14 points that included two three-point shots. Chris Hines matched his totals exactly, 14 points and hit two from behind the three-point arc.
(Other standout Hillcrest players in that game included Maurice Bradley, Nick Lovelace, Cleveland Knight and P.K. Riley.)
Jags 68, Andalusia 40: (In the area championship game) Williams and Hines again tied for the scoring leadership with 20 points apiece. Jerry Jackson netted 11 points and had a team-high 10 rebounds. Hines snatched off nine boards for the Jags.
Andalusia 48, Lady Jags 45: The Lady Jags were eliminated on the first night of the girls tournament that was held in Geneva. Host and top-seeded Geneva’s girls also knocked Opp out of the tournament on Thursday night.
In the area finals it was Geneva defeating the Lady Bulldogs, 48-30, to advance to the sub-region round of the 4A playoffs.
All teams are shooting for a berth in next week’s Region Final Four that will be held for all six classes on the campus at Troy. The winners out of Troy will join the elite teams in Alabama the following week in Birmingham for the state Final Four in each classification.
26 YEARS AGO
FEB. 15, 1990
Little League registration is set for Feb. 17 and Feb. 24 at the Evergreen Municipal Park. Little League includes children ages six through 12 with the cut-off birthday being Aug. 1, 1990.
Anyone wishing to play Babe Ruth Baseball this season should come to the Municipal Park Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to sign up. Babe Ruth baseball is for boys born after July 31, 1974 and before Aug. 1, 1977.
41 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 1975
The Castleberry Blue Devils visited the Georgiana Panthers Tuesday night, Feb. 11, and left amidst a hail of brick bats, the winner by a score of 63-61.
The victory came in the last nine seconds of the game when Sam McCreary hit a 25-foot jump shot to give the Devils the go-ahead points.
Castleberry had five men in double figures with Bubba Moncrease and Larry Blackmon sharing top honors with 15 points apiece. They were followed closely by Melvin Moncrease with 13, and Sam McCreary and Kenny Gross with 10 apiece.
The Castleberry Blue Devils traveled to T.R. Miller Tiger Country on Feb. 4 to play its annual rivalry with the Miller Tigers. The Devils managed to defeat a scrappy Miller Five by the score of 61-51.
The Regional I, Area II, Class A Basketball Tournament will be held in Castleberry this year. The tournament will begin on Feb. 25 and run the 27th and 28th.
Conecuh County High School and Lyeffion will be the only two county teams bidding for the championship of this area and the right to meet the number one team of Area One for the chance to go to the state championships held in Tuscaloosa on March 5-8. Castleberry will carry a 17-8 record into the tournament while Lyeffion has an 8-11 record.
56 YEARS AGO
FEB. 18, 1960
Aggies Slip by Repton: The Aggies overcame a 20-point, last quarter, deficit with a torrid scoring streak to slide by Repton, 44-43. Windham scored the winning point with seven seconds left to play. Bateman paced the Evergreen attack with 13 points. Sims led the Repton cagers with 17 points. At the end of the game, there were only two of the Repton quints left on the court. Evergreen swept the night, winning the Bee game, 41-27, and the Junior game, 27-7.
Evergreen vs. Georgiana: Evergreen met the Panther five Friday night in an exciting game of skill. The Aggies trailed in scoring from early in the first quarter. When the final horn blew Georgiana took home the win by a score of 50-39. Bateman led the Aggies in scoring with 16 points. Mixon was high-point man for the Georgiana Panthers with 22 points.
Evergreen vs. W.S. Neal: Tuesday night the Aggies played W.S. Neal. The “B” team played hard and did their best but the W.S. Neal team was just too much for the baby Aggies. The Aggies were beaten 49-16.
In the second game, the “A” team started as if they meant business. But as time went on, the more experienced and taller W.S. Neal team proved too much for the Aggies. The Aggies came back in the fourth quarter by scoring 29 points. But the 29 points was not enough to beat W.S. Neal. The final score was 66-44 in favor of W.S. Neal.
86 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 1930
Castleberry Trims Miller High Cagers: Castleberry, Ala., Feb. 17 – Outscoring their opponents in every quarter, Castleberry’s high school basketball team defeated Miller High of Brewton on the local court Friday, 36-14.
The Castleberry team tucked the game safely away in the first half by scoring 19 points to Brewton’s four. The visitors made their best showing in the last quarter when they counted six times to Castleberry’s nine.
Skinner led the local attack, scoring 21 of his team’s 36 points. Matthews, the other forward, scored 10, while Weaver, Day and Howington, the remaining regulars, also played in fine style.
The victory of the locals Friday evened the count with Miller High for the season, the latter having previously defeated the locals, 33-18, at Brewton.
Dr. H.C. Fountain attended the Winter Fox Hunt in Mobile last week, where he acted as one of the judges.