|Alabama's Frank W. Thomas|
24 YEARS AGO
DEC. 3, 1992
Senior Bryant Robinson will represent Sparta Academy in the AISA All Star football game to be played at Block Park in Selma Fri., Dec. 4. The game will start at 7 p.m. Bryant is the son of Wayne and Cathy Robinson of Evergreen.
It was a ‘clean sweep’ for Hillcrest High School on opening night of the 1992-93 basketball season. Each of the school’s four teams posted a victory against W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton Tuesday night.
The ninth graders started the evening with a 46-32 win, followed by the B-team with a 47-44 win. The Hillcrest girls picked up where they left off last year with a 52-48 victory over the Lady Eagles. The Jags varsity finished off the evening three points shy of the century mark with a 97-67 victory over W.S. Neal’s top players.
Conservation Officer Tommy Atkins along with hunter safety instructors Hoover Kynard and Garvey Gates, gave a lecture to students at Evergreen Junior High School. The lecture included requirements of becoming a conservation officer, laws and regulations, hunting accidents, night hunting and firearm safety.
39 YEARS AGO
DEC. 1, 1977
James Wendell Hart, 60, of Evergreen died Sat., Nov. 26, in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness.
He was known as Coach Hart to hundreds of former students as he served as head coach at Evergreen High School for over 20 years. He also coached at Luverne, Elba and Lyeffion and was one of the state’s most successful coaches and at one time the most senior in years of service.
Coach Hart was a native of Conecuh County, a member of a prominent pioneer family. He graduated from Evergreen High School where he was an outstanding athlete and then played at Sunflower Junior College and Millsaps College, both in Mississippi. He lettered in three major sports – football, basketball and baseball in both high school and college. He graduated from Troy State University.
After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, Coach Hart returned to Evergreen and was named head coach at Evergreen High School in 1946. He coached football, basketball and baseball and was successful in all three sports. He coached the only undefeated team in Evergreen High School history, his 1949 Aggies winning eight, losing none and tying two. The 1949 and 1950 teams had a record of 17 wins, one loss and two ties.
Coach Hart was known for his coaching primarily, but he was also recognized as an outstanding classroom teacher.
54 YEARS AGO
DEC. 6, 1962
Coach Wayne Pope’s Conecuh County High Blue Devils crushed Excel 56 to 29 in Castleberry Friday night.
Donnie Kast fired 18 points and tall Henry Foster 16 to pace the Blue Devil attack as the home team grabbed an early lead and pulled away steadily.
(Other players on CCHS’s team that season included Larry Smith, Patton Brown, Don Garrett, Danny Norwood and Ronnie Golson.)
Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Stuart spent the weekend in Birmingham and attended the Alabama-Auburn football game.
There will be a donkey basketball game Saturday night at Lyeffion High School at 8:00. Local stars will compete from the beasts’ backs.
Advanced admission will be 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Prices at the gate will be 60 cents for adults and 35 cents for children.
The Evergreen Aggies will open their 1962-63 basketball season in Repton Friday night, Dec. 7. Admission is 35 cents for students and 60 cents for adults.
(Other teams on Evergreen’s regular season schedule that season included T.R. Miller, Atmore, Frisco City, Lyeffion, W.S. Neal, Repton, Greenville, Castleberry and Georgiana.)
69 YEARS AGO
DEC. 4, 1947
The boys who once took advantage of an understaffed game warden force killed their game and fish illegally and then sang a happy ditty about ‘never seeing one of them possum sheriffs’ aren’t singing that song so joyously these days.
Four hundred and 14 transgressors of game and fish laws and regulations felt the heavy hands of Alabama’s 72 game protectors on their shoulders during October, the first month of the present fiscal year, it was announced by C. Graham Hixon, fish and seafood chief of Alabama’s Department of Conservation.
Applications from alumni for Sugar Bowl tickets are being received this week by the University of Alabama Athletic Department, Frank W. Thomas, athletic director, announced.
Opening date for alumni ticket orders was Dec. 1 and a limit of two tickets for each alumnus has been set. All ticket applications must bear the class year and school of applicant, Thomas said.
Sugar Bowl ticket price is $5, and applications should included mailing fee of 25 cents, Athletic Business Manager Jeff Coleman said.
Alabama received the Sugar Bowl bid following its 41-12 victory over LSU.
84 YEARS AGO
DEC. 1, 1932
Alabama’s Crimson Tide left for San Francisco Saturday morning where they will clash with the St. Mary’s 11, Dec. 3.
The Tide will be making its fourth trip to the West Coast. They represented the South in the Rose Bowl of Pasadena in 1925, 1926 and 1930. They won two of these games and tied the third.
The 1932 Crimson Tide, although it has lost to both Tennessee and Georgia Tech this fall, is rated just as high as the others that have gone to the West Coast and Alabama fans are in high hopes of victory over the Galloping Gaels of St. Mary’s.