Monday, July 25, 2016

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for July 25, 2016

Virgil 'Fire' Trucks
JULY 23, 1998

Wesley Persons, a graduate of Auburn University and a star player with the Cleveland Cavaliers, visited Evergreen recently. He was here to help the Evergreen Summer Youth Basketball Camp. This year, 74 potential players participated in the camp. Earnest Boykin, youth basketball director, said this was one of the biggest camps ever, and he extended his thanks to Persons and his staff.

JULY 28, 1983

Jackets begin fall practice: The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets varsity football team will begin fall practice Monday at 7 p.m. at the stadium. All those interested in participating are urged to attend.

These Conecuh County High School cheerleaders were among over 155 junior and senior high school cheerleaders who participated in the 15th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Clinic at Troy State University recently. Pictured are Sharon Baggett, Tammy Benjamin, Jacqueline Booker, Elizabeth Cantrell, Kim Covin, Tracy Covin, Teresa Jones, Miss Stringer, Robin Weaver, Vicki Weaver and Gloria Wiley. Sponsors Elaine Covin and Margie Kirksey also attended.

JULY 25, 1968

Boy Scouts win honors at camp: Boy Scouts of Evergreen Troop 40 racked up an impressive record at Camp Euchee last week. The 22 boys returned home Saturday after a highly productive camping experience. With 50 percent of the registered Scouts attending, the Evergreen troop was the largest in the camp near DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
During the week, the Scouts earned a total of 22 merit badges and 11 of them won the coveted Mile Swim Award. In the Water Carnival, Evergreen Scouts won first place in the canoe race, second place in relay swimming and third place in the Tee Shirt Relay. They were second in overall points.
Troop 40’s original skit was one of the three chosen for presentation at the Order of the Arrow campfire on visitors’ night.
In addition to these honors, the Evergreen Scouts pulled off what has been called the greatest practical joke in the history of Camp Euchee. Ask one of the Scouts about “The One-Eyed Euchee.”
Adult helpers in this camping experience in addition to Scoutmaster Jimmy Murphy were Reuben Hyde, Ralph Garrett, Bob Bozeman, Mitchell Stevens, Odeil Pugh, Edwin Brown, Emmitt McKenzie, Mrs. Cecil Price, Fred Stevens and Dr. Cecil Price who generously gave the boys their pre-camp physical exams.

JULY 23, 1953

Greenies Beat Florala Behind Gaston’s Hurling: the Evergreen Greenies registered a 6-2 win over Florala in Florala Sunday afternoon behind the effective hurling of George Gaston. Gaston struck out 13 batters and except for the seventh inning, when the State Liners got both runs, was never in serious trouble.
The Greenies were held scoreless by Florala’s Bartow until the fourth inning when Ronnie Edson’s single chased home two runs. In the fifth, the locals added three more counters using two singles, a walk and an error to good advantage. Gillis Jones and J.W. Windham came through with timely singles to spark the rally.
Florala got back in the ball game in the seventh when Gaston weakened and gave up three singles. The hits coupled with a Greenie miscue were good for two runs. Evergreen added its final marker in the ninth, the run coming when Jones singled behind Cullen Edson’s triple.
Jones was the batting star of the day as he collected four hits in five trips to the platter, including a double. He also crossed the plate with two runs. Cullen and Ronnie Edson got the other hits.
Sunday, the Greenies will play Baker, Fla. in Brooks Stadium at three o’clock. Sunday week, Aug. 2, the Greenies will tangle with Florala on the local diamond.

JULY 28, 1938

Greenie Schedule Changed For Today: The regular schedule will be changed somewhat today so that the Alabama-Florida league may keep its schedule straight. The Greenies are scheduled for a game here today, but the All-Star game at Troy this afternoon will cause the game to be played in Andalusia tonight with the Greenies as the home team. The local players picked for the All-Star game will play this afternoon and then journey to Andalusia tonight for the crash with the Rams.

Greenies 0, Dothan 1: The Dothan Browns pushed a lone tally across in the last of the ninth frame Thursday night to nose out the Greenies, 1-0. Charlie Richards on the mound for the Greenies pitched superb ball except for the ninth inning when the Browns bunched two scratch hits and completed with an error to score. The underhand ball of Richards kept the Dothan boys baffled all night. The official score shows eight hits chalked up against the tall hurler but only five were knocks. Cox led the batting parade for the Browns as he pounded out two safeties.
The Greenies were able to solve Lovetree for only three safeties which were kept scattered. Danny Kraus, new Greenie second sacker, socked out one of the blows while Cudillo and Hilcher were collecting the two remaining bingles. The new combination around second looked swell. Koval took over the short field duties as Kraus was sent to the second sack.

Dothan 1, Greenies 0: Again the Greenies felt the lash of the Dothan Browns as on Friday the Brown managed to win without registering a single safety. Lee Anthony on the hill for the Greenies had the Browns eating out of his hand for eight of the nine innings he pitched. In the sixth frame, the Browns pushed a run over to give them the margin of victory. A walk, two sacrifices and an error counted for the lone marker. The Greenies had scoring chances throughout the contest but lacked the punch to carry them across. The Browns were able to hit only three balls to the outfield off Anthony. Kraus ran his total chances to 21 in the game without a bobble. Anthony is the second hurler to pitch a no-hit game this season. Virgil Trucks of Andalusia has hurled two no-hitters. Anthony has missed two no-hitters by Danny Kraus spoiling one and pitcher John Koneff of Troy banged out a knock to ruin another no-hitter.

Greenies 3, Pelicans 5: Monday night the Panama City Pels pushed across four markers in the initial frame to nose out the Greenies, 5-3. The Greenies failed to solve Buscher but for one safety ‘til the ninth when they smashed out five hits good for three tallies. Beasley on the mound for the Greenies pitched good ball and but for shaky fielding by his teammates in the first inning might have come out on top. Fred Dickey paced Greenie batsmen with two hits.

Greenies 5, Pelicans 1: Tuesday afternoon Lee Anthony returned to the mound after a no hit game last Friday to hold the Panama City Pels to one run and three hits. The tall Kansan started off shaky in the first inning but settled down to shut the Pels out the rest of the way. Besides pitching a three-hit game Anthony batted in three of the five runs with a slashing double to left center with the bases clogged. Anthony whiffed six would-be Pelican batsmen. Joe Cudillo paced Greenie hitters with two safe knocks. Fred Dickey received the slants of Anthony to register his second low hit game of the week.

Charlie Hilcher Released As Greenie Pilot: Saturday it was learned that Charlie Hilcher, Greenie pilot and ex-Trojan manager, had received his outright release. Hilcher replaced Harry Rice as manager after Rice had been released so that he might join the Deland (Fla.) Reds as manager.

Club officials let it be known that Charlie Richards, Greenie hurler and coach at St. Bernard Junior College, had been named to replace Hilcher as the Greenie pilot. Richards will act as temporary manager.

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