20 YEARS AGO
APRIL 4, 1996
Hillcrest High School’s track team took part in a track and field meet at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton on March 21, 1996. Hillcrest’s girls team finished second behind Jay High School. Hillcrest’s boys team finished third behind T.R. Miller and Jay.
First-place finishers from Hillcrest included Allen Marshall, discus; Elena King, 100-meter dash; King, Tiffany Marfo, Kristie Merrills and Stephanie Rogers, 400-meter relay; and Kevin Randall, 200-meter dash.
Other athletes from Hillcrest participating in the meet included Charmaine Bradley, Patrick Cook, Willene Cook, Tim George, James Hall, Mario Jackson, Venson Lett, Willie Likely, Ryan Meeks, Kevin Randall, Amity Reeves, Printance Simpson and Keria Strons.
“Norman Hall, son of Arnold and Melanie Hall of Evergreen, shows off a large-mouth bass, which he caught ‘in the mouth’ while fishing with his father. The fish weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 24 inches long.”
“Reo Kirkland III, son of Brewton attorney Reo Kirkland Jr., is at it again. In December of 1994, at age five, he killed his first buck, a 13-point. In March of 1996, at age seven, Reo bagged his first wild turkey with one shot from his .410-gauge shotgun, using No. 6 shot. Reo credits his daddy with calling the gobbler into gun range and teaching him how to prepare and cook fried wild turkey breast.”
35 YEARS AGO
APRIL 2, 1981
“Clint Jackson, Nashville, Tenn. welterweight, presently rated eighth in the world, has contracted for his eleventh fight. Jackson, presently at 10 wins (eight by knock out) and no losses, will fight Bruce Johnson, the best welterweight in the State of Florida, who sports a record of nine wins, no losses. The fight will take place April 2 in Tampa.
“Jackson, a native of Evergreen, is currently rated in the world’s top 10 by all the respected rating services, with the exception of the World Boxing Council, which requires a boxer to have 15 fights before he can qualify for a top 10 rating.”
“J.B. (Jr.) Andrews and son, Timmy, did a father-and-son act on these turkeys. Junior’s Tom weighed 18 pounds and had a 9-1/2 inch beard while Timmy’s big bird weighed 13 pounds and had a 3-1/2 inch beard. The team scored Saturday morning.”
“Fred Burt finally was successful when he killed his first-ever wild turkey over the weekend. The Tom was a fine one, weighing 19 pounds and carrying a 10-1/4 inch beard.”
50 YEARS AGO
APRIL 7, 1966
“Greens outlast Whites 19 to 14: The Greens staged a comeback to down the Whites 19-14 Friday night in an intra-squad game that concluded Spring practice for the Evergreen High Aggies.
“Coach Cliff Little and Assistant Coach Perry Outlaw were well pleased with the performance of their club this spring. They watched the game from the ‘top of the hill’ and praised all of the boys.”
Players taking part in the game included Jimmy Bell, Wayne Caylor, Homer Faulkner, Murry Griffin, Ronald Halford, Harold Hamiter, Bubba Mininger, Rusty Price, Elliott Quarles, Forrest Simpson, Ed Smith, Bill Snowden, Hollis Tranum and Jack White.
65 YEARS AGO
APRIL 5, 1951
“The Evergreen Golf Club’s Sixth Annual Invitational Tournament will be held on the Evergreen course, four miles north on Highway 31, next Thurs., April 12.
“The Evergreen tournament is considered one of the best one-day meets held each year in south Alabama. A unique feature is that the tournament has never been won by a local golfer. The local club will enter several strong challengers headed by Bill McGehee this year, and 1951 might be the year for the championship trophy to stay at home.
“Between 20 and 30 local golfers are expected to enter the event. Visiting golfers are expected from Brewton, Andalusia, Greenville, Montgomery, Pensacola, Monroeville and many other places over this state and Florida. Entry fee in the tournament is $5 including lunch and refreshments.”
From Hi-Lites of E.H.S.’s Personality of the Week: The personality of this week, Bobby (Pete) Wells, is a very active student in the affairs of Evergreen High School. Pete, noted for his speed and agility in sports, has lettered twice in all three major sports. Pete will graduate from E.H.S. in May.”
80 YEARS AGO
APRIL 2, 1936
“The Andalusia Country Club is making preparations for their largest annual invitation golf tournament, set for Thurs., May 7.
“The green and fairways will be in excellent condition and the clubhouse facilities and new swimming pool will provide extra attraction.
“Invitations have been extended to all clubs and golfers in south Alabama, and a record crowd will be there.
“The tournament will be for one day only, and handsome cups and prizes will be awarded for medallists, flight winners, runners-ups and consolation winners.
“The new swimming pool which is 26 feet by 85 feet is expected to be completed by May 7.
“Last year golfers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia participated and this year plans are being made to entertain at least 100 golfers.”