EIGHT YEARS AGO
MAY 22, 2008
Sparta Academy’s J.R. Williams signed a letter of intent last Thursday to play college football next season at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.
During a signing ceremony last Thursday morning in Sparta’s school library, Williams announced that he will play at defensive back or wide receiver for the Hawks next season.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Williams, who lives in Evergreen, was a three-year starter at Sparta, where he was a standout on both sides of the ball, pulling duty at times as wide receiver, cornerback, quarterback and running back.
Hillcrest High School whipped Handley High School, 33-22, in spring football action Friday night at Wright Field in Roanoke.
On the offensive side of the ball, (Hillcrest head coach Maurice) Belser tipped his hat to running back Derek Smith, wide receiver Malcolm Rudolph and quarterback Justin Nared. Defensively, the Jags benefited from strong performances by defensive tackle Jeremy Thomas, defensive end Antonio Jordan and inside linebacker Malcolm Jackson.
With 4.7 seconds left in Friday night’s spring football jamboree at Crenshaw Academy, Sparta Academy put together some late game theatrics to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
With less than a minute left in the game, Sparta quarterback Taylor Brown led the Warriors deep into opposition territory, where he connected with receiver Cody Baggett on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 4.7 seconds to go. The touchdown put the finishing touches on a jamboree that the Warriors won, 19-15.
38 YEARS AGO
MAY 25, 1978
Tony Rogers, outstanding quarterback for the Evergreen High School Aggies, signs a full grant-in-aid scholarship to Livingston State University as his high school coach, Charles Branum, looks on. Rogers was an outstanding passer and runner for the Aggies.
Sparta Academy athletes are recognized: Girls and boy athletes of Sparta Academy were honored at the Sparta Quarterback Club’s annual Athletic Banquet held in the school gymnatorium on Thursday night.
Wayne Frazier, an all-everything athlete at Evergreen High School and former star football player for Auburn University and for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers of the NFL, was the principal speaker. Wayne, who played in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, now lives in Brewton.
The Jerry Peacock Memorial Trophy was presented for the first time at the banquet with the honor going to Gray Stevens. The trophy is given by the Class of 1977 in memory of their late classmate who was an outstanding athlete and student and drowned in a tragic accident last year.
The Class of 1977 has provided a big, handsome trophy which will remain at the school with the name of the athlete winning the honor to be engraved on it each year. The Jerry Peacock Memorial Trophy is awarded to a senior male athlete who has been outstanding in football, basketball and baseball and is selected the most outstanding by the votes of the athletes participating in those sports.
Athletes recognized in the various sports were: Girls Basketball, Best Defensive Player, Sharon Johnson; Best Offensive Player, Angie Driver; Best Free Throw Shooter, Michell Joyner; and Most Valuable Player, Mary Claire Robinson.
Girls Softball: Hustler, Rosemary Ralls; Best Batting Average, Missi Thacker; and Most Valuable Player, Mary Claire Robinson.
Football: Best Offensive Lineman, Harry Crabtree; Best Defensive Lineman, Greg Anthony; Best Offensive Back, Ronny McKenzie; and Best Defensive Back, Johnny Ralls.
Basketball: Most Valuable Player, Gray Stevens; Best Rebounder, Tony Raines; Best Scorer, Terry Peacock; and Best Free Throw Percentage, Stevens.
Recognized for winning All-District honors were: football, Harry Crabtree and David Sabino; basketball, Gray Stevens; and baseball, Terry Peacock.
The girls track team was honored for winning the District III championship. Members of the team who qualified for the state finals and were recognized were: Cathy Johnson, Angie Driver, Cheri Johnson, Lesa Ralls, Leigh Daniels, Missy Price and Melinda Carrier.
53 YEARS AGO
MAY 23, 1963
Aggie Baseballers Given Player Awards: The Evergreen Aggies have selected the winners of the baseball team’s three awards for the 1963 season, Coach Henry Allmon announced this past week.
Selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player was Jimmy Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Weaver. The first member of the Evergreen Baseball Hall of Fame is Donnie Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Jones.
The winner of the Batting Championship Trophy is Sid Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lambert, with an average of .370. Lambert barely edged out Weaver, who hit .367. Weaver and Jones were chosen by a vote by the team.
Jones is a senior and both Lambert and Weaver are juniors.
Two Local Players In All-Star Game: Jimmy Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Weaver, and Sid Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lambert, participated in the 1963 East-West High School All-Star Game on Thurs., May 16, at Patterson Field in Montgomery. Both are juniors at Evergreen High School.
Lambert and Weaver played for the West squad which emerged victorious, 5-2. Weaver pitched for the last three innings, surrendering two runs and three hits. He doubled in his only appearance at the plate.
Lambert caught for six innings and batted twice but failed to get a hit.
Aggies End Season, Down Red Level: The Evergreen Aggies wound up their baseball season in Red Level Wednesday afternoon with an 11-5 victory over the host Tigers to give them an 8-5 record for the season. The game ended on a sour note however as Aggie right fielder Donnie Jones ran into a light pole while chasing a fly ball and had to be taken to the Conecuh County Hospital in Evergreen.
Jones’ twin brother, Ronnie was the winning pitcher as he pitched a three-hitter until the fifth inning when the game was called after Jones sustained the injury.
(Other players on Evergreen’s team that season included Johnny Brown, Scott Cook, Paul Deason, Mike Fields, Ronnie Jackson, Jimmy Raines and Willie Mack Pate.)