Monday, April 18, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for April 18, 2016

Ottis Johnson
APRIL 16, 2009

The City of Evergreen recognized Evergreen Little League President Brian Martin for over two decades of service to Evergreen Little League during a surprise plaque presentation at this year’s Opening Day Ceremony. Pictured during the presentation are Martin, Evergreen Mayor Larry Fluker and city council members Diane Skipper, Vivian Fountain and John Skinner Jr. Opening Day festivities were held Friday evening at Evergreen Municipal Park.

Evergreen Mayor Larry Fluker throws out the ceremonial first pitch during Evergreen Little League’s Opening Day ceremonies Friday at Evergreen Municipal Park. Evontae Johnson caught the first pitch. Johnson is a catcher for the Orioles, who have won the past three Evergreen Little League championships.

Sparta Academy’s varsity softball team reeled off three straight region wins this week and locked down a spot in the Class A state tournament.
On Wednesday of last week, the Lady Warriors whipped 1A, Region 2 rival, Jackson Academy, 12-9, in Evergreen.
On Thursday in Evergreen, Sparta’s girls took two games of a double header against Open Door, winning 9-2 and 8-0.
(Players on Sparta’s varsity softball team that year included Madelyn Black, BreAnna Pate, Sarah Smith and Rachel Stacey. Mike Sims was head coach.)

APRIL 21, 1994

Sammy Pettis and Aaron Pettis proudly show off this fine turkey they killed while hunting near Castleberry on March 22, 1994. The turkey had a 10-1/4 inch beard, one-inch spurs and weighed 17-1/4 pounds.

Evergreen Little League will hold Opening Day ceremonies this Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at the Evergreen Municipal Park. Players on T-Ball, Minor League and Little League teams will be introduced at this time. Everyone is invited to come out and support these young people.

Hillcrest High School finished in third place in the 4A-6A division of the Warhawk Invitational Powerlifting Meet held April 16, 1994 at Dadeville High School.
The Hillcrest team finished with 23 points. Individual team results are as follows:
98-pound Class: Josh Merrills, totaled 450 pounds, first place;
232-pound Class: Blake Anderson, totaled 1,365 pounds, first place.
Blake Anderson broke his own squat record of 505 pounds and moved it to a new mark of 515 pounds. He also broke his own bench press record of 270 pounds and moved it to a new mark of 275 pounds. He broke his own dead lift record of 550 pounds and moved it to a new mark of 575 pounds. He broke his own total record of 1,300 pounds and moved it to a new mark of 1,365 pounds.
Dorothy Marshall broke the state record in the bench press of 90 pounds held by Michelle Lovelace and moved it to a new mark of 100 pounds.
(Other Hillcrest powerlifters at that meet included Robert Burt, Rod Dennis, James Lee, Lewis Wright, Willie Campbell.)

APRIL 19, 1979

Sawyer Griffin brought in this wild turkey on Wednesday morning of last week. The gobbler weighed 16 pounds and had a 10 and 3/4-inch beard.

Grandpaw Coburn is at it again: J.W. Coburn, known familiarly around the dirt and paved tracks of South Alabama and Northwest Florida as “Grandpappy,” continues to hold Evergreen and Conecuh County banners high in stockcar racing.
Saturday, J.W. won the Helmet Dash and the Fast Heat at the South Alabama Motor Speedway in Opp in the Limited Sportsman Division and finished third in the Main Feature, to score early in the newly open racing season.
Coburn won the 1978 Championship in the Hobby Class and earlier this year attended the SAMS Nasco Racing Banquet in Florala to accept the NASCAR Trophy and Sundrop Cola Trophy. He is the only licensed NASCAR driver in Conecuh County.

APRIL 16, 1964

Aggies drop two by 1-0 scores: The Bay Minette Tigers dealt the Evergreen Aggies their first baseball defeat of 1964 by an 1-0 count Thursday night in Evergreen.
Robertson hurled a three-hitter for the winners who scored their unearned run in the second.
Jimmy Weaver went all the way for Evergreen, allowing seven hits.
The Evergreen Aggies suffered their second straight 1-0 loss Saturday night, this time at the hands of arch-rival T.R. Miller. The game was played in Evergreen.
Sam Schad four-hit the Aggies but needed help from Bob Watson to get the last out. Bubba Faulkner pitched a three-hitter but lost it on an unearned run.
An infield error in the seventh gave the victors their lone run.
The Aggies record now is 1-2.

Murray Johnson, former Evergreen resident, and Mrs. Elon Holland were winners of the high series handicap in the bowling tournament held at Escambia Bowl, Atmore, recently for the Heart Fund. Mrs. Betty Bowab and John Guy won high series scratch in the event, which raised $44 for the Heart Fund. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Johnson Jr. of Evergreen, is a 1956 graduate of Evergreen High School, where he was a star tackle on the football team. Of his class of 76, he was the first to get his college degree, finishing at Auburn University. He and his wife, the former Jean Hanks, and children now make their home in Atmore, where he is associated with Liberty National Life Insurance Co.

9th graders win Lyeffion meet: The ninth grade piled up 30 points to win the intramural track meet for junior high grades at Lyeffion High School. The meet was under the direction of Coach Shirley Frazier.
Winners by grades in the various events with runners-up listed second were: 100 yards, Ronnie Booker, 8th, and Stanley Wilson, 9th; mile, Jimmy Morrison, 9th, and Raymond Mack, 7th; 440, Homer Chavers, 9th, and George Tolin, 8th; 220, Ronnie Booker, 8th, and Haywood Salter, 9th; 880, Homer Chavers, 9th, and Jerry New, 9th.

APRIL 21, 1949

Ottis Johnson Leads Troy S.T.C. Batsmen: Ottis Johnson, former Evergreen Greenie star, is currently leading the Troy State Teacher’s College nine in batting with a .320 average. Ottis starred with the Greenies for three seasons, always batting near the .400 mark, and was one of the Tri-County Baseball League’s top outfielders. This is his first season with the college squad.
The TROY MESSENGER, daily paper in Troy, Ala., had this to say about Ottis:
“At present, right fielder Ottis Johnson is leading the pack at the plate with a .320 average. The big flychaser has added plenty of power to the Wave attack since breaking into the lineup. This is his first season of baseball with the Wavemen.”

Mrs. Samuel Averill Wilson returned Tuesday afternoon from several days visit with Mr. and Mrs. Philip N. Sowell of Brewton. She was one of 21 guests at a Wild Turkey dinner and also as their guest at the opening game of the Alabama State League Monday evening between Brewton and Andalusia.

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