73 YEARS AGO
DEC. 9, 1943
EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL: Football’s well over now, and everybody is shooting for that basketball goal. Some of the boys have been out for practice this week. We’re looking forward to a good season.
88 YEARS AGO
DEC. 13, 1928
PEEPS AT SSAS: The boys opened their basketball season for 1928-29 last Friday afternoon when they played McKenzie at McKenzie, winning with a score of 24-18. This is an excellent beginning and we hope the boys will continue to bring home winning scores.
AGGIE GIRLS WIN 6TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY: The Aggie girls continued their winning streak last Friday by swamping the McKenzie basketball sextet 48-12. It was Evergreen’s sixth consecutive victory and in the six games they have scored 223 points to 110.
In the game Friday, the entire team played winning ball. Lyda Mae Heffner and Hattie Snowden as guards played their best game of the season. Penny Mae Purnell also looked good in her first game and at the guard position. The forwards continued to score points in rapid succession and the centers played a strong passing game.
The team will continue its campaign Friday at 3 p.m. when they meet the strong Flomaton team.
MANY HUNTERS ATTEND ALGER-SULLIVAN HUNT: A large number of big game hunters assembled at timber reservation of the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Co., south of Repton, last Thursday for one of the biggest deer hunts of the season. There were antler seekers from various sections of Alabama and Florida who traveled many miles to take part in the chase. It is said that over a dozen deer were killed. Among others who accomplished this feat were: C.L. Barlow, Hobson Farris, Ralph Brown and Hub Wright.
It was also stated that this hunt was the last to be held on this reservation for a number of years in order that the game might increase.
Aggie Girls Meet Flomaton Friday: S.S.A.S. boasts of the strongest girls basketball team in the history of the school. Spectators will receive a treat Fri., Dec. 14, when the Aggie team clashes with Flomaton’s strongest.
In Heffner, Snowden and Purnell the team claims three excellent hard playing guards; the centers consist of Kelly and Pierce who are very successful in jumping for the ball. Elvie Ivey is a very efficient running center being assisted by Simmons. With Bailey and Andrews as forwards and Stacey and Cox assisting the team is strong on scoring.
How they have played this season: Repton 20, Evergreen 18; Repton 13, Evergreen 13; Lyeffion 23, Evergreen 19; Lyeffion (no score listed), Evergreen 21; Castleberry 13, Evergreen 24; Castleberry 28, Evergreen 46; Ft. Deposit 29, Evergreen 50; Ft. Deposit 12, Evergreen 34; McKenzie 12, Evergreen 48.
High School vs. Night Hawks: The high school five, playing their first game since Mortimer Jordan defeated them at Tuscaloosa last February, wrote the second naught on the Nighthawks’ record last Thursday evening by a count of 12 to 9.
58 YEARS AGO
DEC. 11, 1958
Rookie laden Aggies open cage play tonite: The Evergreen Aggies open their 1958-59 season tonight with the Andalusia Bulldogs in Memorial Gymnasium at E.H.S.
Coach Wendell Hart has 20 men working for starting places on the B and varsity squad. Robert Ellington is the only starter back from last year’s team.
B and varsity hopefuls by grades are, seniors, Robert Ellington, Robbie Boykin, Bill Ansley and Gerald Howington; juniors, Jimmy Eddins, Edwin Harper, John Hendricks, John Hagood, Ceylon Strong, Connie Rigsby, Shannon Griggers and Johnny Lewis.
Sophomores; Billy Melton, Billy Bateman, Bobby Smith, David Hyde, Brownie Boykin, John David Pugh, Elvin Higgins and Johnny Ivey.
Coach Jeff Moorer has 21 boys out for the Junior team. They are Melvin Powell, Duncan Roberts, Bonner Ridgeway, Conner Warren, Eddie Lambert, Wayne Blair, Andy Moses, Gene Huggins, Billy Hammonds, Stanley Barlow, Jimmy Kelley, Bill Hinson, Mike Kilpatrick, Ray Granade, Johnny Snowden, Ronald Byrd, Jimmy Weaver, Sid Lambert, Bobby Bateman, Robert Rigsby and Joe Sasser.
The schedule for the Aggie varsity and B teams is listed below.
(Evergreen’s 1958-58 basketball schedule was as follows: Dec. 11, v. Andalusia; Dec. 16, v. Hartford; Dec. 19, at Troy; Jan. 2, Open; Jan. 6, at Georgiana; Jan. 8-10, S.A.C. Tournament; Jan. 13, at Opp; Jan. 16-17, T.R. Miller Invitational; Jan. 20, at Greenville; Jan. 23, v. Florala; Jan. 27, v. Elba; Jan. 30, Open; Feb. 3, v. W.S. Neal; Feb. 4, at T.R. Miller; Feb. 6, at Luverne; Feb. 10, at Andalusia; Feb. 13, v. Ozark; Feb. 17, v. Opp; Feb. 20, at Florala; Feb. 24, at W.S. Neal.)
Castleberry Rolls Over Lyeffion 54-37: The Lyeffion cagers visited C.C.H.S. Tuesday night and left minus two victories.
They played some fine ball though. Final score, 54 to 37.
High point man for the Blue Devils was Sims with 23 points and second was McCreary with 11. Other Castleberry scorers were Edwards, seven; Weaver, six; Pate, two; and Jones, five. High point men for Lyeffion were Dean with nine and Morrison with eight. Other point makers were Brown, two; Frazier, seven; Pate, four; and Coker, seven.
The Blue Devil “Bs” played a fine game, staying ahead the who game also. The final score was 36 to 27.
High point makers for the Blue Devil Bs were Sims with 10 and Castleberry with nine. High point men for Lyeffion were McInnis with 11 and Frazier and Jones with six each. Others scoring were: Castleberry: Ryals, two; Edwards, eight; Hardin, two; and Stringer, five. Lyeffion: Ellis, four; and Jones, six.
Blue Devils Win Two From Excel: The C.C.H.S. Blue Devils played host to the Excel Panthers Friday night and acquired two more victories. This puts the Blue Devils’ record at three wins and one loss.
(CCHS won the varsity game, 41-37.)
McCreary was high point man for the Blue Devils with 15 points, followed by Sims with 11.
Points scored individually are: CCHS: Sims, 11; Weaver, nine; McCreary 15; Garner, four; Jones, four.
Excel: Jordan, four; Johnson, 18; King, two; Burkett, six; Ledkins, five; Lambert, two.
(CCHS’s B-team won, 37-18.)
Edwards led the Blue Devil Bs with 16 points. Johnson led the Panthers with five.
Those scoring points on the B team are: CCHS: Edwards, 16; Pate, seven; Hardin, one; Sims, two; McCreary four.
Excel: Sawyer, one; Casey, two; Stacey, four; Johnson, five; Hancock, two; Felts, two; Johnson, two.
Quarterbacks Hold Banquet Tomorrow: The Evergreen Quarterback Club will hold its annual football and band banquet tomorrow night at seven in the lunchroom at Evergreen High School. The banquet is a traditional event following the close of football season. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased from any quarterback.
The banquet is given for the members of the Evergreen High football teams, varsity and junior, and the members of the band. Proceeds are used to defray expenses for improvements of the athletic program at the school.
Highlight of the banquet will be the awarding of letters to the players earning them this season. Head Coach Wendell Hart and Line Coach Jeff Moorer will be in charge of the presentation.
The Quarterback Club this year will also award certificates to members of the Junior team. Other awards will be made to players earning them.
The captains of the varsity team for 1959 are usually elected by the team prior to the banquet and the new captains are introduced at the event.
J.W. Weaver, president, will preside at the banquet.