15 YEARS AGO
MARCH 8, 2001
Sparta Academy seniors Ashley Hammonds and Jill Pate participated in the AISA All Star basketball game held Feb. 24, 2001 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Ashley is the daughter of Wayne Hammonds and the late Pam Hammonds, and Jill is the daughter of Joel and Carol Pate.
Sally Hartley elected Auburn Tigerette: Sally Hartley, daughter of Tommy Hartley and Gloria Hartley, has been elected to serve as a member of the Auburn Tigerettes/Tiger Hosts for the 2001-2002 football recruiting season. The Tigerettes and Tigers Hosts are the official hostesses and hosts of the Auburn University Athletic Department.
In addition to providing moral support to the Auburn Tigers, they are active in football recruiting and act as tour guides to people visiting Auburn. Sally is a freshman from Evergreen, majoring in Public Relations.
“The Tigeretts and Tiger Hosts are extremely important to the success of our football program,” said Auburn Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville. “They assist us in so many ways during the season and recruiting, they are invaluable. Much of the success we have had in recruiting comes from these young people and their efforts to help prospective student athletes experience student life at Auburn. The Tigerettes and Tigers Hosts do an outstanding job in a classy, professional manner.”
30 YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 1986
SOFTBALL MEETING: There will be an organizational meeting of the Mens and Womens Softball Leagues Tues., March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Court House. Anyone interested in playing is urged to attend.
45 YEARS AGO
MARCH 11, 1971
Football is the order of the day, or rather afternoon, at Sparta Academy as Coach Mickey Goneke is conducting Spring practice. Blocking is a basic skill that takes hard work, and more hard work, to develop as these linemen are learning in this “one-on-one” drill.
Backs must be able to block, not just run, Coach Mickey Goneke tells his Sparta Academy players. Here the coach is showing one of his backs the proper stance as he prepares to throw a block. Spring practice is in its second week at the private school. Sparta will field its first team this Fall.
From “Front Page: Upper Left Corner” by Bob Bozeman – “Bob Kendall brought me an interesting article from a recent issue of The Tuscaloosa News. It was written by Bill Plott, Sunday editor of the paper, and is self explanatory.
“Strangely enough, though, there have been two instances where participants in the state (basketball) tournament drew byes in the first round.
“The first occurred during the 1928-29 meet when Mortimer Jordan got a free ride in the opening round and advanced to the quarterfinals unchallenged. The Jefferson County school was to have played Evergreen, representing the Second District.
“Unfortunately for the South Alabama team, the tournament came during an unprecedented rainy season that had created flood conditions throughout much of the state. Evergreen was unable to secure transportation to Tuscaloosa because of the floods and had to withdraw.”
Knowing that Bob would want the record kept straight, I checked the 1929 editions of The Courant and found that the real reason the team didn’t go to Tuscaloosa was that Evergreen High’s girls had won their district tournament and arrangements (probably financial) couldn’t be made to send both teams.
Quoting from the March 7, 1929 edition of The Evergreen Courant: “By finishing second, the Aggies, for the second successive year, won the right, along with Murphy High, to represent the First District in the state tourney, but had to forego the trip to Tuscaloosa as arrangements could not be made to send both boys and girls teams to the state meets this year.”
A year later, Evergreen again won the right to go to the state meet and declined. Here is Coach “Abe” Robinson’s explanation of that in the Feb. 27, 1930 Courant: “Coach Robinson states that due to financial reasons and to the fact that no team in this district, in his opinion, can hope to win in the state tournament, he waived his team’s right to Murphy High.”
60 YEARS AGO
MARCH 8, 1956
EHS AGGIES OFF TO STATE TOURNAMENT; BATTLE KINSTON IN FIRST GAME TODAY: The Evergreen High School Aggies became the first basketball team in the history of the school and the first team in Conecuh County to win a place in the State Basketball Tournament in Tuscaloosa by virtue of their winning second place honors in the First District Tournament in Mobile last week.
The Aggies meet Kinston High in the fourth game of the opening round of the State Class AA Basketball Tournament, which gets underway this morning. The Evergreen-Kinston game is slated for 3:30 p.m.
The Aggies will be paced by Big Randy White, who is the highest scorer in the history of the school with a total of 833 points in 28 games this year for a neat 30-point per game average.
Wayne Frazier, Eddie Kelly, Mickey Joyner and Robert King make up the rest of the starting team for Evergreen. The capable substitutes are Ronnie Edson, Harry Pugh, Wendell Tolbert, Walter Carrier and Timmie Boykin.
Aggies Win 2nd Place In District AA Tournament In Mobile: The EHS Aggies waltzed through the first three games of the First District Class AA Tournament in Mobile last week only to lose to powerful Murphy of Mobile in the final game of the tourney.
Evergreen opened up the Mobile Tourney with an easy win over Monroeville Friday afternoon by a 63-41 count with the reserves playing most of the second half of the game.
Friday night, the Aggies took on Grove Hill and romped over them to the tune of 71-24 with the first string watching a good part of the game from the bench.
Foley met Evergreen in a hard fought semi-final battle Saturday afternoon, which saw the Aggies fighting to hold onto their lead in the final minutes of the game after holding a 21-point lead at one time during the third quarter. Foley fell by a 69-59 count.
Murphy had a comparatively easy game with first-seeded McGill Saturday afternoon and also had an hour and a half more rest than Evergreen before they met in the finals. The Panthers ran away from the Aggies as the Evergreen team was as cold as the proverbial wedge and never could get started as they fell, 73-54.
Evergreen placed two men on the All-District team with Randy White and Wayne Frazier both gaining positions. White was the tourney’s high scorer with a total of 115 points in four games for a 29-point average.
75 YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 1941
Aggies End Season, 13 Wins, 7 Losses: By defeating Monroeville, 47-28, last week the Evergreen High School Aggies ended their 1941 cage season with 13 wins against seven losses, including the three games played in the bi-county tournament.
The Aggies outscored their opponents, 512-410, with victories ranging from 75-14 to 26-8. The five leading scorers on the squad and their points are Derrill Moorer, 158 points; Fred Owens, 101; Randy Moorer, 73; Judson Murphy, 73; and Knud Nielsen, 35.
Coach James Smith produced a better than average team this year, experiencing occasional setbacks as even the best do. When the squad really began to click, however, it was a credit to the colors it wore.
HIGH SCHOOL: Basketball games are over. Some tournaments are over – others nearing the finish. Our local boys had hard luck at Uriah. Better luck next time, boys. We have organized our softball teams and are enjoying the games very much.
At last, football stadium is getting started. Perhaps in the distant future we may have one of the best in the district. We are very much in need of it. We will have an opportunity to show what we really can do.