|Alabama head coach Frank Thomas.|
SEVEN YEARS AGO
JAN. 21, 2010
Davis honored by Evergreen council: The Evergreen City Council put its stamp of approval on two important resolutions earlier this week, including a resolution that named a local football player as the city’s special athletic ambassador.
During a council meeting Tuesday night at Evergreen City Hall, the council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution “to celebrate the athletic achievement” of Drew Davis.
Davis, the University of Alabama’s starting right offensive tackle for the past two seasons, closed out his college football career on Jan. 7 when Alabama claimed its 13th national championship with a 37-21 win over Texas in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.
Sparta Academy’s eighth-ranked varsity girls basketball team improved to 12-4 on the season last week with wins over Escambia Academy, South Choctaw Academy and Restoration Academy.
Sparta beat Escambia, which entered the game ranked No. 9 in the state, 65-53, Monday of last week in Evergreen. The Lady Warriors defeated region rival South Choctaw, 63-13, last Thursday in Evergreen. Sparta outpaced Restoration, 39-21, Friday in Evergreen.
(Players on Sparta’s girls team that season included Kayla Baggett, Madelyn Black, Emily Booker, Savannah Brown, Rebekah Coleman, Emily Kendrick, Tiffany Martin, April Palmer, Erica Palmer and Ashton Raines.)
32 YEARS AGO
JAN. 17, 1985
Lyeffion wins Excel Tournament: The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets defeated the J.U. Blacksher Bulldogs, 46-45, Saturday night to capture the Excel Classic Tournament Championship.
Tournament play began for Lyeffion Thursday night as they took on Frisco City. Lyeffion came out on top, 55-50.
Leading scorers were Charlie Grace, 22 points; Tim Brown,15 points; and Eddie Taylor with 10 points. Joe Mixon led all rebounders with 11 rebounds.
Saturday afternoon the Yellow Jackets defeated Monroe Senior High School, 57-49. Mixon led in scoring with 18 points, and Brown led all rebounders with 16.
In the Saturday night championship game, Mixon again led all scorers with 18 with Brown bringing down 12 big rebounds. Mixon and Brown were named to the all-tournament team.
The Yellow Jackets’ record is now 7-3. Other members of the Lyeffion team are: Willie George, Sammy Booker, Sammuel Gross, Michael Bledsoe, Henry Turner and Anthony Gill.
Monroe Vols beat Sparta: The Monroe Academy Vols took two of three games played here on Jan. 8.
Monroe won the boys varsity contest, 82-67, in spite of a 31-point scoring effort by Al Etheridge. Jim Marino had 11 points; Jim Wagstaff and Danny Reed, 10 each; Scott Salter, four; and Jason West, one.
The Sparta girls won, 52-46, with Kim Searcy tallying 12 points and Carol Kendrick 10. Tina Bybee had nine points; Tracy Holmes, eight; Susan Ward, six; Leah Carrier, four; Raye Ann Gall, two; and Lynn Williams, one.
57 YEARS AGO
JAN. 21, 1960
Eagles Lose Third in a Row: Mon., Jan. 11, 1960, the Eagles lost their third successive game tonight as Booker Washington of Brewton trounced them, 58-48. The Eagles hampered by the absence of their coach, John Kennedy, were guilty of several third quarter errors that spelled defeat. The game, which was played in Brewton, was a nip and tuck affair until the fatal third period.
There is a good deal of rivalry and tradition with games between Booker Washington and Conecuh County Training School. The Trojan coach, Percey King, was the assistant coach at CCTS before going to Brewton. The Eagles hope to avenge their defeat Fri., Jan. 15, when they meet the Trojans at the CCTS gym.
Eagles End Losing Streak: Tues., Jan. 12, 1960, the CCTS Eagles ended the season’s longest losing treat tonight in Monroeville by smothering Union High, 55-47, also avenging an earlier defeat at the hands of Union High.
The Eagles confused a fast and aggressive team by playing a deliberate and possessive brand of basketball.
The Eagles’ overall record is now three wins and four defeats and their conference record is one win and two defeats.
Eagles Games to be Played Soon: Mon., Jan. 18, Bay Minette in Evergreen; Thurs., Jan. 21, Beatrice in Evergreen; Fri., Jan. 22, Atmore in Atmore; Wed., Jan. 26, Camden in Evergreen.
82 YEARS AGO
JAN. 17, 1935
Aggies Suffer First Loss Of Season: The Evergreen Aggies received the first set back of the season by McKenzie, 23-22, Friday night in McKenzie. The fact that the local cagers were on a foreign court and the absence of “Bear” Jones who is out with a sprained ankle, helped in no small way to their defeat. The game was fast and clean throughout. Capt. Sellers of McKenzie and E. Johns of the Aggies led the scoring with 10 and 12 points, respectively.
The locals came back strong last night to down Georgiana, 31-19. The Aggies did not show to their usual form as their pass work was poor at times. It was the accurate shooting of E. Jons which kept the locals out of danger.
A novel idea has been introduced at the games. A seat is marked before the game and at the half the person sitting in the seat is given one dollar. Be sure you come and you may win.
Jimmy Walker Chosen Captain Of Tide: University, Ala. – Jimmy Walker of Holt, Ala., will lead the 1935 Crimson Tide of Alabama into battle, and Riley Smith of Greenville, Miss. will be second in command. Walker, star end of the Alabama team, and Smith, quarterback superb, were elected captain and alternate captain of the Tide at the annual football banquet sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Tuscaloosa Thurs., Jan. 10.
The affair was one of the most successful ever staged. Adding to the glamour of the Victory Banquet was the presence of Jack Rissman, wealthy Californian, donor of the Rissman Trophy awarded the Rose Bowl champions Thursday evening, and Elmer Anderson, acting president of the Tournament of Roses Committee. In presenting the trophy, which consisted of a regulation size gold football suspended between two goal posts with a football map of the United States inscribed in gold, Rissman declared that Alabama proved that she was the greatest team in America. He added that the Alabama players were a team of gentlemen and that they had conducted themselves in such a manner as to bring honor upon the University of Alabama, the state of Alabama, and the entire South. After praising the Alabama team, Anderson invited Alabama to return to the Rose Bowl at the earliest opportunity.
Other speakers introduced by Bruce Shelton, publisher of the Tuscaloosa News and toastmaster for the occasion, were Head Coach Frank Thomas, Athletic Director Henry Crisp; President George H. Denny; O.B. Keeler of the Atlanta Journal; Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal; Henry Vance of the Birmingham News-Age-Herald. Keeler recited a poem he composed; while Vance read his poetic description of the Rose Bowl encounter.
More than 400 persons attended the banquet, and many who purchased tickets could not be served and were refunded their money. The Alabama Union dining room was decorated in crimson and white with huge footballs decorating the walls. Posters recalled the famous passing combination Howell to Hutson, while others reviewed Alabama’s Rose Bowl record. The Junior Chamber gave blankets to the players and the Tournament of Roses committee will give the 35 players Rose Bowl football watch charms.
Hugo Friedman, graduate manager of athletics, presented to the Tidesmen and members of the coaching staff, in behalf of C.B. Grimes, ardent follower of the Tide who has been ill for several months, passes to local movie houses.