NINE YEARS AGO
JULY 19, 2007
Bateman captures top honors in golf: Brian Bateman, 34, of Monroe, La. captured first place in the Buick Open pro golf tournament on July 1 in Warwick Hill, Mich.
Bateman is the son of Dr. Bill Bateman, a 1961 graduate of Evergreen High School, and the grandson of Scotty and Bill Bateman, formerly of Evergreen. He is the great nephew of Virginia Key and the late Judge Robert E.L. Key of Evergreen.
Bateman, who began his professional golfing career after graduating from Louisiana State University in 1996, took home $882,000 and a brand new Buick for his win in the Buick Open. The tournament’s total purse amounted to $4.9 million.
With his win at the Buick Open, Bateman became the first player to capture his first PGA TOUR win at the Buick Open since Tom Pernice Jr. in 1999. At age 34, Bateman has already had a long and successful golfing career.
Cassie Gomes, nine, of Bossier City, La. won this year’s Bayou State 3-D Archery State Championship. Gomes, a fourth-grader at Benton (La.) Elementary School, captured top honors in the Pee Wee Division at the event, which was held on June 9 at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area in Pineville, La. Gomes is the daughter of Heath Gomes and Summer Coleman. She is also the granddaughter of Ivon and Mary Gomes of Andalusia and the great-granddaughter of Bob and Lillie Gaskin of Evergreen.
24 YEARS AGO
JULY 16, 1992
The 1992 Evergreen Little League All-Stars finished the playoffs with one win and two losses last week in the district tournament in Atmore. (Players on the team included Derrick Carmichael, Chris Mitchell, Lee Goodwin, Charlie Ward, Jonathan Salter, Walter Bone, Chris Mobley, Jason Shehan, Jennifer Meeks, Stephen Ellenburg, Roderick McIntyre and Jason Robinson. Ray Etheridge was the team’s manager, and assistant coaches included Stanley Mitchell and Jeff Etheridge.)
EAST SIDE AGGIES: Final sign-up for Tiny Mite and Pee Wee football players for the East Side Aggies will be held Sat., July 18, at the Evergreen Municipal Park from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. All new players must bring a copy of their birth certificate.
There will be a Parents Meeting for cheerleader and football parents Thurs., July 16, at Carver Recreation Center. All parents that are interested in their children playing football must attend this meeting.
For more information, contact Wayne Nevelous.
MEN’S SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: The Evergreen High School Class of 1970 will sponsor a men’s softball tournament Sat., July 18, at the Evergreen Municipal Park. Registration fee for the tournament is $60 per team. For additional information, please contact Earl Evans, Alma Thomas or Regina Darden.
39 YEARS AGO
JULY 21, 1977
Sparta QB Club meets tonight: The Sparta Quarterback Club will meet Thurs., July 21, at 7 p.m. at the school. This meeting will be for the purpose of organizing club activities for the coming school year. There are several important projects that will be discussed. All members of the school are requested to make a special effort to attend this meeting.
Griffin to hold week golf clinic at LBW course: Mike Griffin, who has coached Troy State University to two straight NCAA Division II Golf Championships, will conduct a golf clinic at Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College Aug. 8-12.
Griffin is a native of Thomasville. He was Troy State University’s number one golfer for three of his four seasons and was a medalist in the 1968 and 1969 Alabama Collegiate Conference Tournaments. Griffin joined the professional tour in 1972.
Prior to turning pro, he won the Montgomery Country Club Invitational, the Dothan Country Club Invitational and the Woodley Country Club Invitational tournaments. Griffin holds course records at Thomasville, Luverne, Dothan’s Olympic Spa and Troy Country Club. Griffin won more than 30 amateur tournaments.
Griffin was the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 1975 and 1976. The 1976 TSU team coached by Griffin won the NCAA Division II National Championship by 31 strokes.
The beautiful new golf facilities at LBW will be used during the clinic. The facilities include a driving range, putting green and a 3,400-yard nine-hole golf course.
54 YEARS AGO
JULY 19, 1962
EVERGREEN SENIOR LEAGUE:
Braves v. Tigers: The Braves scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-1 win from the Pirates Monday night and break up what had been a tight ball game.
Claude Aaron’s double, a single by Larry Ellis, a walk and an error in the Pirate outfield allowed the winners their final four tallies.
The Braves tied it in the fourth when Ronnie Jackson stole home after he had walked. Jackson went all the way for the winners as did Steve Baggett for the Pirates.
Indians vs. Tigers: The Tigers scored six runs in the third inning Monday night as they mauled the Indians, 11-4.
A triple by Calvin Smith, a double by Willie Mack Pate, and singles by Sid Lambert, Mike Fields and Joe Sasser were the blows that put the Indians on the canvass for the 10-count in the third.
Lambert was three-for-three to lead the eight-hit Tiger offense. Mike Fields scored the mound win with “Bubba” Faulkner finishing the final inning. Paul Deason was plastered out of the box in the third and was replaced by Bob Ivey who finished the game.
Indians v. Pirates: The Pirates whipped the Indians, 6-5, Thursday night as the Bucs kept themselves out of last place.
George Fontaine started but Steve Baggett bagged the win as he took over in the third on the mound for the victors. Paul Deason took the loss for the Tribe although he pitched a no-hitter.
A triple by Deason highlighted the three-run Indian third as the Indians tied the game at 4-4, but the Pirates scored two more in their half of the third.
The Indians scored in the fifth when Jimmy Weaver got on on an error, worked his way to third and then stole home.
69 YEARS AGO
JULY 17, 1947
Hart Whitewashed Frisco; Johnson Wins Third Straight: The Evergreen Greenies closed in on league-leading Atmore with two wins in three starts last week. Big Edsel Johnson notched his third triumph of the season against no defeats Thursday as the Greenies slammed out an 18-hit, 12-4, win over McCullough. Johnson gave up 11 hits but was tough in the pinches. Ottis Johnson grabbed a screaming line drive with his bare hand and threw to third to complete a double play for the fielding gem of the day. Warren Bolton broke a season long hitting slump to lead the locals with four bingles.
Well rested manager Wendell Hart came back after nine days off the mound and shutout Frisco City with five hits, 9-0, for his ninth win of the season against two losses. It was Hart’s second shutout of the season. The Johnson brothers lead the Greenie batting with two hits each.
James “Lefty” Carpenter was wild in the second game of the twin bill, losing his fourth game of the season, 8-6. Frisco City got only seven scattered hits, but Carpenter’s wildness and six errors by his teammates gave them the game. The Greenies were ineffective at the plate with Carpenter garnering two of their five hits for the honors.
The Greenies play Thursday in Frisco City with E. Johnson expected to start on the hill. Evergreen’s arch rivals, Monroeville, come to town Sunday for a single game starting at 3 p.m. Manager Hart is scheduled for the mound duties.
Logue, Scout hurler, pitched a hitless game Friday night but lost to Stuart, 1-0. Gunter scored the lone run of the game as Noble spaced three hits to shutout the Scouts. It was the best game of the season and an indication of the all-around improvement in the Softball Loop.