50 YEARS AGO
FEB. 24, 1966
CCHS Blue Devils bounce Beatrice; Lyeffion loses: Living up to their No. 1 billing, the Blue Devils of Conecuh County High at Castleberry bowled over the Beatrice Eagles, 89-53, Tuesday night in the opening round of the Area Class A Basketball Tournament. The meet is being held in the Monroe County Coliseum in Monroeville.
Coach Wayne Pope’s club jumped out to a huge lead in the opening minutes and played the reserves most of the way after the first period. Ten Blue Devils got in on the scoring with Ronald Reeves bucketing 20; Gary Oliver, 15; Rodney Wilson, 14; and Donald Janes, 13, to set the pace. Brown tossed in 23 and Booker 11 for Beatrice.
In the opening game, a cold-shooting Lyeffion Yellow Jacket team was edged, 43-40, by Fruitdale, second seed in the meet. Coach Joe Mason’s club got the shots, but couldn’t get them home. Booker hit 19 and Wilson 12 in the losing effort. Baxter got 13 and Williams 12 for Fruitdale.
Wednesday night Repton High Bulldogs swung into action playing Excel at 8:30. In the other game at 7, Frisco City met Coffeeville. Thursday night, the Repton-Excel winner meet Castleberry and the survivor of the other tilt plays Fruitdale. The finals will be Friday night and the winner then goes to Thomaston on Saturday night for the Area finals with the winner going to Tuscaloosa next week for the state tournament.
Evergreen High’s Aggies will be in action in the Monroeville Coliseum next week in the AA Meet, playing Georgiana in their first game.
65 YEARS AGO
FEB. 22, 1951
Coach M.C. Thomasson’s fast-breaking Conecuh County High Blue Devils copped the Conecuh County Basketball Tournament crown last Saturday night with a 41-31 win over Repton’s Bulldogs in the finals… in Repton’s fine gym Friday and Saturday.
Castleberry advanced into the finals on a forfeit by Evergreen. The Evergreen team was not able to compete in the county meet because a previously scheduled game with Greenville could not be played on another date. The Blue Devils added the clincher Monday of this week, however, when they whipped the Aggies, 52-41. Repton edged Lyeffion to enter the final round.
Two Williams, Bradley and Reaves, proved to be “Sweet Williams” for Castleberry as they pace the Blue Devils to their win in the championship tilt.
Bradley dropped 16 points to lead the scorers. Reaves was just behind with 13 markers. L.D. Hart totaled five; W.J. Reed, three; and Ralph Graddy and Raphael Palmer, two each for Castleberry.
Burt and McMillan were best for Coach Charles Pouncey’s Repton quint. Burt dropped 12 points and McMillan 10. Carter and Giles had three each, and Daniels, Kelly and Thompson, one each.
Evergreen High School will be host to the First District AA Basketball Tournament next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 1-3. The meet will be played in Evergreen High’s beautiful Memorial Gymnasium with 14 teams scheduled to vie for the district crown. McGill Institute of Mobile, runner-up to Ensley in the state tournament last year, is the defending champion.
80 YEARS AGO
FEB. 27, 1936
Nichburg suffered a double defeat Saturday at the hands of Coach Davies’ Lime Hill squads, the girls lost, 21-2, while the boys were losing an overtime contest, 9-5.
95 YEARS AGO
FEB. 23, 1921
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Country Club was held on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19. Officers elected for ensuing year: J.S. Stearns, President; C.R. Taliaferro, Secretary-Treasurer; Board of Directors, W.H. Wild, L.T. Rutland, E.L. Stallworth, J.C. Cheney and E.J. McCreary. Resolutions were passed restricting fishing in the club pond and streams on property owned by it.