|A 'rock fish,' also known as a 'striped bass.'|
12 YEARS AGO
FEB. 24, 2005
Lady Warriors welcome new coach to Sparta: Coach Fawn Sims is excited but a bit apprehensive about her first girls softball team at Sparta Academy.
“We have worked hard but only against each other so I’ll be anxious to see how we do against live competition from an opponent.”
The Lady Warriors will get that opportunity next Tuesday afternoon when they go up against Wilcox Academy in Sparta.
(Players on Sparta’s softball team that year included Nicole Bradley, Kelsey Cope, Deanna Covin, Kayla Daw, Mary Frances Floyd, Ashton Garner, Frankie Gibson, Nicole Gilbert, Camerena Godwin, Rebecca Ostrom, Ava Pate, Whitley Roberts, Anna Smith, Page Smith, Sarah Smith, DeAmber Stamm and Hayden Talbot.)
The Hillcrest Jaguars coasted through the 4A Area 2 tournament with decisive wins over area foes Geneva and Andalusia. That set up a matchup with the Daleville Warhawks in the sub-region round of the state playoff system.
Again, it was virtually no contest as the Jags placed four players in double figures in the 73-52 win on Friday night in Evergreen.
Hillcrest, now 25-5, faced Southside-Selma last night at 8 p.m. in Troy in the Southeast Regional tournament. Southside-Selma is 26-2 and ranked No. 1 in the Alabama Sportswriters poll for Class 4A teams.
(Players on Hillcrest’s team that season included Maurice Bradley, Willie Dixon, Chris Hines and Nick Lovelace. Tommy Dukes was head coach.)
37 YEARS AGO
FEB. 28, 1980
Aggies end season 27-1; enter tourney: Coach Charles Branum’s Evergreen High Aggies concluded one of the most successful basketball seasons in the school’s history with an 85-43 romp over W.S. Neal in East Brewton on Friday night. The win ran the Aggies’ record to 27-1.
Horace Smith and Perona Rankins led all Aggie scorers with 23 points each. Other Aggies getting points were Sanford Moye, 11; Anthony Williams, nine; David Floyd, eight; John Allen, four; Michael Lampley, four; and Philander Rogers, three.
The Aggies now enter the Region 1, Area 2, Class 3A Tournament seeded No. 1. They will play the winner of the Neal-Wilcox County game tonight at 7:30 at Neal. If the Aggies win tonight, they will play the victor of Greenville-Monroeville-T.R. Miller on Friday night at seven o’clock at Neal for the championship.
The Area 2 champions will play the Area 1 champion for the Region Championship on Saturday night at seven o’clock and the right to go to the University of Alabama for the State Tournament.
Sparta Academy’s basketball teams ended the 1979-80 season last week. The Warrior girls made it to the state tournament by finishing second in District III while the varsity and junior varsity boys lost out in the district.
In the District III finals, Sparta’s girls lost to Wilcox, 57-34. The games were played at Fort Dale Academy in Greenville.
62 YEARS AGO
FEB. 24, 1955
The Evergreen Aggies broke a school record Wednesday night of last week as they ran over the Castleberry Blue Devils, 106-59, in Castleberry. It was the first time in school history as far as The Courant knows that an Evergreen team has scored better than 100 points.
Big Randy White was again the high man for Evergreen as he had his best night of the season, making 17 field goals and 10 for 12 free throws for a total of 44 points, which is another school record. Tommy Melton followed White with one of his best efforts of the season as he made 21 points. Wayne Frazier, eight, Alexander, five, and Jimmy Frazier and Wendell Tolbert, four each, to wind up the Aggie scoring.
Clarence and Charles Hart were high men for Castleberry as they scored 24 points each. Oliver had four; Weaver, three; and Warren and Aycock had two each.
District Tournament Begins Next Thursday: Evergreen will again be host to the first district AA basketball tournament beginning next Thursday night, March 3. There will be 16 teams participating in the tournament and it looks like there will be some good basketball if pre-tournament games are a good indication.
The following teams will be in the tournament: Baker, Fairhope, McGill Institute, Bay Minette, Foley, Monroeville, Butler, Grove Hill, Murphy, Evergreen, Jackson, Robertsdale, Semmes, U.M.S., Vigor and W.S. Neal.
87 YEARS AGO
FEB. 27, 1930
Kelley Brothers On All-District Team: The all-district team selected by the coaches of the schools participated in the district tournament at Foley last week shows the Evergreen Aggies with two places on the first team and one place on the second team. Elmer Kelley, Aggie center, won a place on the first team as center and his brother, Wilbur, tied with Beasley of Foley for one of the forward positions. Allen Johnson was selected as forward on the second team. The Aggies won more places on the two teams than any other organization.
First team: Shearer (Murphy), W. Kelley (Evergreen) and Beasley (Foley), forwards; E. Kelley (Evergreen), center; Hall (Bay Minette), Nihart (Bay Minette), guards.
Second team: Johnson (Evergreen), Gallagher (Foley), forwards; Wynne (Murphy), center; Blount (Murphy), Noeten (Robertsdale), guards.
Jay, Fla. To Play Georgiana Here: The fast Jay, Fla. High School will meet the undefeated Georgiana Athletic Club in Evergreen at 8:00 o’clock at the National Guard Armory. These two teams are supposed to be the best in their sections. Georgiana holds victories over Troy Normal, Dothan Athletic Club, Troy Town Team and many others. They are undefeated this season and have played a number of games, running up high scores in all games. Everyone knows what a good team Jay, Fla. has. If you saw the game between Jay and the Evergreen Aggies, you know what a good team they have. The Aggies defeated, 15-14. If you missed this game, ask someone who saw it. Anyway, the same team will be back in Evergreen Saturday night. Many have picked Jay to win over Georgiana. Make your plans to see this big game. Don’t forget, at the Armory, 8:00 o’clock in Evergreen – Georgiana Athletic Club v. Jay, Fla. Be there.
District Tournament Ends In Wrangle: A wrangle among several teams participating in the District Tournament at Foley last week as to the schedule arrangement brought about the necessity for a decision by the district board to settle the matter. This decision was reached at a meeting of the board at Bay Minette Monday night and as a result of this decision, and events occurring since, it seems that this district will be represented in the state tournament by Murphy High and Wright’s Military Academy, both of Mobile.
Bay Minette and Evergreen protested the schedule arrangement at the tournament and were upheld by the board decision. However, the board ordered these teams to determine either by playing or by drawing which should go to the state tournament. Bay Minette waived its right to Evergreen, who in turn waived its right to Murphy High. Thus, the matter was settled inasmuch as Wright’s had won its place by playing in the tournament. Foley was declared ineligible by the board due to having played Beasley, who was 21 years of age.
137 YEARS AGO
FEB. 28, 1880
Beale, of the Evergreen Hotel, had a rock fish last Monday, taken from Murder Creek, which weighed 23 pounds and measured 36 inches in length.