24 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1992
The 1992 Sparta Academy Warriors will have big shoes to fill, trying to better the record of last year’s state runner-up championship team. According to Head Coach Mike Bledsoe, this will be a “rebuilding year” for the Warriors. A brighter note for the Warrior faithful will be the largest offensive and defensive lines in recent memory. The Warriors begin their quest for glory Friday night in Luverne, facing off against the Cougars of Crenshaw Christian Academy. Joining Coach Bledsoe on the coaching staff are Headmaster David Clanton and assistant coach Michael Bledsoe.
The 1992 Sparta Academy Warrior Cheerleading Squad will be cheering on their Warriors this Friday night in Luverne to open the 1992 gridiron season. The Warriors play the Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars. Pictured are co-captains Stephanie Booth and Julie Brundage, Rachel Bohannon, Regina Hawsey, Kelly Booker, Nann Castleberry, captain Kelly Booker and Carla Grimes.
Shane Lavigne, son of Mrs. Joyce Lavigne Harper of Evergreen, is the recipient of the 1992 Wendell Hart Scholarship. This prestigious award was announced Tuesday by the scholarship committee.
Shane is a graduate of Hillcrest High School where he was a member of the Aerospace Club, Student Government Association and Agri-business. He will be attending Troy State University in the fall where he will pursue a degree in pre-engineering.
39 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1977
Aggies open here tonight with W.S. Neal: The 1977 edition of the Evergreen High School Aggies will open their football season here tonight when they meet traditional rival W.S. Neal. Kickoff in Brooks Stadium is set for 7:30 against the usually powerful Golden Eagles.
Head Coach Charles Branum and assistants Ronnie Brogden and Danny Covin have been working their charges hard in an attempt to get the season off to a winning start. Prospects appear good for a brighter season than last year for the Aggies. The coaches feel that with a few breaks and no serious injuries the Aggies will be winners.
Players expected to start tonight include QB Tony Rogers, LHB William McCreary, RHB John Crosby, FB Greg Johnson, WR John Ingram or Phillip Harold, TE Byron Bradley or John Ingram, tackles Warren Locke and Keith Rabb, and guards Terrell Rabb and Johnny Hill. Mark Phillips and Wendell Parker will not be starting due to illness.
Others players expected to see action are Mike Adams, Chris McNeil, Greg Thomas, Calvin Thomas, Earnest Williams, Tommy Freeman, Garvin Freeman, Sanford Moye, Johnny Stowers, Melvin Pitts, Willie Willis, Leo Cobb, Ernie Edeker, Frank Davis and Jimmy Lambert.
Sparta opens here Saturday: The Sparta Academy Warriors will open their 1977 football season here Saturday night at Stuart-McGehee Field. Kickoff is set for eight o’clock against their traditional rival, the Greenville Academy Tornadoes.
Head Coach Mike Bledsoe and assistant “Bo” Owens state that their squad of 21 has been working hard and showing lots of enthusiasm. They believe that barring injuries the Warriors can give the Tornadoes a good game, if they play at 110 percent.
Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr. reports that Greenville will bring a big, talented squad to town including a tackle-sized fullback.
The Sparta Academy Quarterback Club will be serving barbecue pork plates prior to the game, starting at five o’clock.
54 YEARS AGO
AUG. 23, 1962
Aggies look good in first drills: Optimism, hard work and enthusiasm are the key words in the Evergreen High Aggie camp this week with 38 candidates for the 1962 edition of the Green and White go through opening drills.
Coach John Law Robinson wasted no time getting his charges down to cases as preparation for the opener with Atmore here on Thursday night, Sept. 13, moved at a fast tempo. Monday and Tuesday the Aggies went through conditioning drills in sweat togs, but yesterday they had on the pads for the first “knocking” session.
Robinson also welcomed Monday his new assistant, Line Coach Fred Allmon.
Robinson singled out two non-lettermen as the most improved men on the squad over spring drills. Tackle Stan Coker, up from the “B” team, and Halfback Bob Ivey, also a “B” grad, have shown up well.
(Other players on the team included Leon Adams, Johnny Bell, Scott Cook, Van Davis, Paul Deason, Alvin Dees, Marshall Dees, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Glass, DeWayne Grace, Benny Hammonds, Bobby Hammonds, Kenny Harper, Tommy Hartley, Bob Ivey, Donnie “Big” Jones, Ronnie Jones, Bill Kendall, Sid Lambert, Billy Lynch, Bobby Lynch, Mike Miniger Rodney Mitchell, Arlie Phillips, Charles Pierce, Winston Pugh, Jimmy Raines, Robert Rigsby, Joe Sasser, William Sessions, Ronnie Shaver, Calvin Smith, Johnny Snowden, Bob Tanner, Brent Thornley, James Ward and Jimmy Warren. Mike Moorer was on the team, but was lost for the season due to a surgery.)
69 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1947
Greenies Eliminate Flomaton In Playoff: Evergreen won the honor of playing the winner of the McCullough-Atmore series by defeating Flomaton two straight games in the elimination playoff.
The first game of the championship playoff will be in Brooks Stadium Sunday at three o’clock. This will be the final game to be played in Evergreen this season.
Big Wade Nobles, a fastball right-hander, came through with an 8-3 win Thursday to solve acting-manager Zell Murphy’s pre-game pitching worries. Making his debut as a pitcher, Nobles gave up only nine scattered safeties and allowed only one earned run to cross the platter. Harry Brooks, Flomaton hurler, held the locals to only six hits, but was given very little support by his teammates who made eight costly errors. Eben Moorer and Joe McDonald collected two blows each to pace the Greenies to their 8-3 victory.
Manager Hart opened on the mound for the locals Sunday but had to call on Edsel Johnson to take over in the ninth when he ran into some trouble. The Greenies drove out a total of 12 base blows off two Flomaton pitchers, one of which was a 365-foot home with two men aboard by Nobles in the third inning. White had three singles to his credit to gain batting honors for the winners.
EVERGREEN HIGH ANNOUNCES 1947 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: Sept. 19, Repton-Evergreen High, here; Sept. 26, Pine Hill-Evergreen High, here; Oct. 3, Greenville, there; Oct. 10, Frisco City, there; Oct. 16, W.S. Neal-Evergreen High, here; Oct. 31, Monroeville-Evergreen High, here; Nov. 7, Uriah-Evergreen High, here; Nov. 14, Camden-Evergreen High, here; Nov. 21, T.R. Miller-Evergreen High, here.
This gives Evergreen an impressive and rugged schedule. Seven games will be played under the lights on the home field.
84 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1932
J.W. THURMOND IS CO. CHECKER CHAMPION: Castleberry, Aug. 24 – Jones Wylie Thurmond is Conecuh County’s checker champion.
The Castleberry bank president won the title late Friday with a 25 to 20 victory over Haskew Page in the finals. The new champion, who is jocularly accused of playing checkers for a living and being a banker on the side, had previously beaten Ira Price, 10 to 1, and Forrest Castleberry, 15 to 13, to win his way into the finals.
In a team match here yesterday, Castleberry easily defeated Repton, principally through the effective playing of Page. The Repton team which made the trip over was composed of G.W. Reid, W.R. Boulware, James Stacey and “Bo” Long.