52 YEARS AGO
DEC. 17, 1964
Jackets Tigers advance in meet: Lyeffion’s Yellow Jackets and Greenville’s Tigers won first round victories in Evergreen High School’s Holiday Invitational Tournament. Finals in the event are scheduled at 8:15 tonight, preceded by a consolation tilt at seven o’clock.
Lyeffion downed Frisco City, 57 to 50, in the opening game Tuesday night. Sammy Williams poured in 19 points to pace the Jackets. Smith and Daniels hit for 14 each, Norwood six and Wilson four. Larry Eddins netted 14 points and Weeks 12 for the losers.
Lyeffion was to meet highly rated Fairhope in the opening game Wednesday night.
Greenville’s Tigers, defending champions, edged Uriah, 66 to 64, in a thrilling nightcap.
Greenville was to meet the host Evergreen club in the final game last night. The Greenville-Evergreen winner meets the winner of the Lyeffion-Fairhope match in the finals tonight with the losers playing in a consolation preliminary.
67 YEARS AGO
DEC. 15, 1949
Large Deer Killed On Hunt Last Thursday: A deer, which old time hunters say was the largest ever killed in this county, was killed on a hunt last Thursday. The deer was brought to earth by Luke Foshee and weighed 215 pounds. A number of hunters of long standing state that it was the largest buck ever killed in Conecuh County. The buck had 13 points and another that had been broken.
While this writer does not support the veracity of the following story, it is being told around town. ‘Tis said that E.B. Horton was on a stand about a hundred yards from Luke’s. When he heard the shot E.B. called out, “Did you get him, Luke?” To which Foshee replied, “I shot, didn’t I?”
Twenty-One Aggies Awarded Letters At Annual Football Banquet Tuesday: In celebration of the first undefeated season in the school’s history, Coaches Wendell Hart, John Lockwood and members of the 1949 Evergreen High School football team were feted at the Evergreen Quarterback Club’s annual Football Banquet Tuesday night. The cheerleaders were also guests of the QBs at the (otherwise) stag affair held in the beautiful new lunchroom at the Evergreen City School.
QB Prexy Tal Stuart emceed the program that included a number of top performers on the knife and fork circuit. The principal address was made by Chaplain Roy M. Terry of Maxwell Air Force Base. Terry was introduced by J. Cliff Harper, executive-secretary of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
Hard-hitting fullback Jim Ryan and all-state left end Dickey Bozeman, both seniors, tied for the first D.T. Stuart Sportsmanship Award. Each received a trophy. The presentation off the award was made by Harper.
Coach Hart awarded letters to 21 members of the 1949 squad. He announced that the team had elected Jeff Moorer captain for 1950. Gillis “Little Red” Morgan was chosen alternate captain. Seniors Jack Cunningham, captain, and John Greel Ralls, alternate captain, are the retiring Aggie leaders.
Principal J.J. (Jack) Finklea expressed the appreciation of the school to the Quarterbacks, coaches, faculty, team, cheerleaders and citizens for the fine spirit of cooperation that had made the scholastic and athletic program of the school successful.
Other prominent guests present included: Coaches Ben Ennis and Joe Kilgrow of the University of Alabama, Dick McGowin of the Auburn coaching staff, Frank Sego, publicity director of the Montgomery Rebels. Sego represented Max Moseley, Sports Editor of the Montgomery Advertiser. Moseley could not be present because of illness.
Seniors receiving letters and the number of years they have lettered are as follows: Jim Ryan (four), Jack Cunningham (three), John Greel Ralls (three), Bruce Johnson (three), Dickey Bozeman (three), Bertie Hassel (two), Guerry Moorer (one), James Barlow (one) and Cecil Middleton (one).
The following juniors received letters: Ed Hooks, Shelton Craig, Jeff Moorer, Douglas Potts, Max Pope, Franklin Williamson, Cecil Culbreth, Pete Wells, Howard Quinley.
Sophomores: Gillis Morgan, Donahue Edson and Gwyn Daniels.
Other squad members entertained Tuesday night are Sam Cope, Cleveland Robinson, Allen Edson, Wallace Miller, Pace Bozeman, Sammy Robinson, Paul Hanks, Clinton Cobb and Clayton Cobb.
Six of the eight cheerleaders were introduced by Coach Hart, who thanked them for their fine efforts in behalf of the team. The six present are Sue Stowers, Louise Hildreth, Barbara Brantley, Barbara Price, Annie Joe Tranum and Bobbie Jean McIntyre. Two were not able to be there, Jean Brown and Pattie Snowden.
Aggies Lose Openers To Pensacola Tigers: Coach “Shorty” Sneed’s flashy Pensacola Tigers wrecked the opening of the 1949-50 basketball season in Evergreen by outshooting Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen Aggies in a pair of contests last Friday night in Memorial Gym. The Tigers varsity won by a 49 to 23 count, and the B team registered a 41-12 victory.
Dickey Bozeman topped the scorers (in the varsity game) with a 10-point effort. Jeff Moorer and Gwyn Daniels shared runner-up honors on the Aggie squad with four points each. Guerry Moorer had three and Bobby Frank Snowden two to finish up the Evergreen scoring.
Cleveland Robinson and William Stewart got five points each to pace the (B team) Aggies. Billy Watson and Autrey Palmore sank a foul shot each for the other Evergreen points.
82 YEARS AGO
DEC. 20, 1934
Did you know that Coach Gwin Alderman, Repton High School, played basketball and baseball for three years at Leakesville High School, Leakesville, Miss., under Coaches Bryant and Rawls, both of whom were trained by Bernie Bierman of the University of Minnesota.
At Stetson University, LeLand Fla., he played for two years under Robert Q. McQuillian, Physical Education Director from University of Minnesota.
Mr. Alderman has served as coach in Repton High School for seven years. During 1934-35 season, his football team earned 105 points as against 109 points for their opponents. In eight games, four were victorious for Repton.
Prospects for the basketball season are fair despite the fact that the team will be practically all new material.
Annex school expects an interesting season in basketball under the direction of Mr. L.D. Kelly, principal and coach. He played basketball at Thorsby Institute under Mr. Lefstead for his high school career.
While in Troy State Teachers College, he was taught by Gaumer, U. of Alabama, in Physical Education and basketball coaching.
For five years, he directed teams in Geneva County and enjoyed seeing his team win the county championship one year and enter the finals the next year.
Annex’s team will have some experienced players and will give a good account of itself in the coming season.
The Burn Corn boys won their first game last Friday afternoon, Dec. 14. They defeated Repton with a score of 16 to 13, with the honor going to Caine and Womack as making most goals. The girls have organized a team and are going fine. They haven’t played a game with anyone.
112 YEARS AGO
DEC. 21, 1904
Trainer Jerry Delaney of the Northwestern University says that football playing causes insanity. That may account for much that would be otherwise difficult to explain.
126 YEARS AGO
DEC. 18, 1890
The camp hunt of some of our Nimrods last week was hardly a success in the quantity of game.
Judge Walker wants something under a dozen possums for Christmas. Parties having more possums than they need will find it their interest to call early.