|Kenneth David 'Lum" Snider|
SIX YEARS AGO
FEB. 17, 2011
Hillcrest High School’s varsity boys basketball team assured itself of a shot at the area tournament title and a spot in the sub-regional round of the state playoffs with a win over Monroe County Friday night in Evergreen.
Hillcrest, the regular season area champs, whipped Monroe, 60-58, in the semi-finals of the 4A Area 2 tourney Friday night.
Hillcrest and Jackson battled it out for the area title Monday night in Evergreen, but details from that game were unavailable before press time this week.
Evergreen’s Chris Hines matched a career high in assists when the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball team faced No. 18 Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville.
Hines matched a career high with three assists and recorded nine points, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes of play.
Vanderbilt won, 81-77.
Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team came up short in its quest for the Class 2A state title when they suffered a 48-47 loss to Lowndes Academy on Friday.
The loss came in the Elite Eight round of the state tournament, and the game was played at Faulkner University in Montgomery.
Savannah Brown, a senior, led Sparta with a double double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. She also had four steals and three assists.
(Other players on Sparta’s teams that year included April Palmer, Ashton Raines, Madelyn Black, Emily Booker, Stephanie Martin, Drew Ann Lambert and Jessica Coleman.)
31 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 1986
Andrae McMillian, star Evergreen High School running back, signs a football scholarship with Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. Andrae averaged 6.1 yards per carry through five games this season before being injured and unable to finish the season. His coaches say that he is not only one of the most gifted players ever at the school, but also an outstanding student in the classroom. Looking on are Coach Dero Wise and Andrae’s parents, Mary and Mack Rankins.
These Lady Warriors of Sparta Academy won the Region Tournament at Greenville Academy last week and were to play Catherine Academy in the APSA State Championship Tournament at Huntingdon College yesterday morning. Members of the team are Stacey Holmes, Julie Johnson, Jeannie Vonderau, Shawn Hammonds and Jennifer Brown; and manager Tommy Ellis, Tracy Holmes, Baby Girl Floyd, Susan Ward, Kim Searcy, Leah Carrier, Carol Kendrick and Coach Robert Cumbie. Note: Sparta won, but the score wasn’t available, nor the next game.
Sparta outscores Wilcox 81-79: The Sparta Academy Warriors won an 81-79 shootout from Wilcox Academy in Camden Feb. 11. The Lady Warriors and Jr. Warriors lost their games, according to Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
Scott Salter had the hot hand for Sparta’s boys and he meshed 27 points. Danny Reed had 16 points, Jason West and Mark Rigsby 12 each and Tim Brantley and Brian Bybee six each.
Wilcox beat Sparta’s girls, 50-42. Kim Searcy had 18 points, Tracy Holmes 12, Leah Carrier 10 and Baby Girl Floyd two.
The Wilcox Jr. Boys beat the Warriors, 56-33. Lee Wild had 14 points, Chris Weaver 11, Baxter Stinson five and Truman Hyde three.
Lady Warriors advance to state: Sparta Academy’s Lady Warriors won the region tournament played Thursday and Friday at Greenville Academy to advance to the APSA State Championship Tournament to be played at Huntingdon College. The Warrior boys lost in the finals of the region to end their season, according to Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
Sparta’s girls edged Escambia County, 44-40, in double overtime in the region finals. Leah Carrier led the way with 19 points; Carol Kendrick had nine points; Kim Searcy and Tracy Holmes, six each; and Susan Ward, four.
The Lady Warriors beat host Greenville Academy, 58-48, in the first round with four players in double digits: Ward, 16; Holmes, 12; and Searcy and Carrier, 11 each. Kendrick had eight points.
The Warrior boys outscored Crenshaw Academy, 85-75, in the first round as six players scored in double figures. Brandon Salter had 16 points; Scott Salter and Danny Reed, 14 each; Tim Brantley, 13; Jason West, 12; Mark Rigsby, 11; and Brian Bybee, five.
Escambia Academy whipped the Warriors, 77-51, in the finals. Reed had nine points; Bybee, Rigsby and Brantley, eight each; Brandon Salter and Scott Salter, six each; and West, four.
56 YEARS AGO
FEB. 16, 1961
Jr. League Calls Annual Meeting of Officers, Managers: The annual organizational meeting of the Evergreen Junior Baseball League will be held Thursday night, Feb. 23, at the courthouse at 7:30, according to President Wendell Hart.
Hart said that all league officers, managers of last year’s teams and game officials are asked to be present at this meeting. Officers for 1961 will be elected and preliminary organizational work for this summer’s play will be started.
Among business to come up is a proposal to reduce the number of teams from four to three in the National and American Leagues. Hart said this move is being considered so as to cut play from three to two nights a week and avoid conflict with the Babe Ruth League.
If the new proposal is adopted, the National League will have three teams and each team will have a farm club in the American League. Each league will have one game on two nights of the week.
Ex-Pro Footballer Speaks At Rotary: Special speaker at the Rotary Club last Thursday was Lum Snider, ex-professional football player.
Snider, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., was at one time an All-SEC and All-American guard on the Georgia Tech squad.
After several years of pro ball with the Philadelphia Eagles, he coached for the British Columbia Lions in Vancouver. He fascinated the Rotarians as he gave first hand information about pro football both in Canada and the U.S.
Now a salesman for International Paper Co. and resident of Birmingham, Snider was introduced to the club by Knud Nielsen.
County Teams Vie In District Meet: Three Conecuh County schools will participate in the Class A, District I Basketball Tournament, to be held at T.R. Miller School in Brewton Feb. 22-25.
Castleberry, Repton and Lyeffion will join 16 other teams from over the district in the Class A meet.
Castleberry will be the first Conecuh team to play when it meets Silas at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Winner of the three o’clock game will play Excel at 7:30 that same evening.
Lyeffion will play the winner of a Wednesday afternoon match between Chatom and Fairhope at six o’clock Wednesday.
Repton and Monroeville will play at 9 p.m. Wednesday and the winner will meet the winner of the Miller vs. Coffeeville game Friday at 7 p.m.
The tournament will be played through Saturday with the consolation playoff at 7 p.m. Saturday and the finals at 8:30.
81 YEARS AGO
FEB. 20, 1936
The Lime Hill girls basketball team won an easy victory from Prof. Hardy’s Nichburg team by a score of 25-6 at their home court Fri., Feb. 14.
A return game will be played at the Nichburg school Sat., Feb. 22.
THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA STAR
131 YEARS AGO
FEB. 18, 1886
Johnnie Henderson has killed five large wild turkeys this week.