18 YEARS AGO
MARCH 4, 1999
Hillcrest Jaguars defeat Georgiana, 8-2, on Feb. 26: Hillcrest High School won their first home game of the 1999 baseball season against Georgiana High School, 8-2, on Fri., Feb. 26. Alvis Griffin and Keith Kent combined to keep Georgiana to a total of seven hits and two runs.
Alvis pitched four innings and gave up five hits, one run and four strikeouts. Keith gave up two hits, one run, one walk and six strikeouts in three innings. Both runs were unearned due to three errors.
Scoring for Hillcrest were Josh Merrills, one run; Alvin Griffin, one run; Kelvin Fluker, one run; Mario Taylor, one run; Ronald Grace, one run; Drew Armstrong (courtesy runner for Keith Kent), one run.
Josh Merrills had two RBI; Steven Daniels, one RBI; Mario Taylor, one RBI; and Ron Grace, one RBI.
Hillcrest High School lost their opening baseball game, 9-8, to Clarke County High School on Fri., Feb. 19, 1999 in Grove Hill.
Alvis Griffin pitched four innings of play and gave up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Keith Kent had three RBI; Kenny Riley, two RBI; and Alvis Griffin, two RBI.
Hillcrest High School defeated Red Level High School, 8-1, on Tues., Feb. 23, 1999 in Red Level. The game was called after 4-1/2 innings of play because of darkness. Therefore, the score reverted back to the last full inning.
Keith Kent gave up one run on four hits and three strikeouts in five innings of pitching.
43 YEARS AGO
MARCH 7, 1974
It’s two years in a row for the Evergreen High Aggies to compete in the State 3A Basketball Tournament at the University of Alabama. Coach Charles Branum’s cagers will tangle with Russellville at nine o’clock this morning in the opening round. They carry a superb, 29-2, record into the state meet. The Aggies are Albert Stallworth, Eddie Stallworth, Chuck Jones, Willie Ingram, Anthony Merrill, Coach Branum, Donald Perkins, David Thomas, Cleve Fields, Ronald Fantroy, Alfonza Holder and Gene Stallworth.
Aggies open play in state meet this morning: The Evergreen High Aggies return to the state Class AAA tournament for the second year in a row today after completing a 29-2 season.
The road to state this year began last week with the Region 1, Area 2 tournament in Evergreen in which the Aggies knocked off Grove Hill, 81-72, in the semi-finals and stopped arch-rival Jackson in the finals, 65-53, playing one of their finest games of the season.
Saturday night, the Aggies took their second straight Region 1 title by crushing the Alba Sharks, 69-43, behind a 19-point effort by sophomore center Ronald Fantroy. Fantroy dominated play underneath, taking the game away from Alba’s 6-8 pivotman Barry Montgomery, an all-state and all-America candidate.
Under the coaching of Charles Branum, the Aggies have compiled an impressive two-year record of 62 wins and four losses, one of the top records in the state. Branum’s personal record is 187-35.
This year’s area all-star team featured three Aggie performers: forwards David Thomas and Eddie Stallworth and guard Cleve Fields.
68 YEARS AGO
MARCH 3, 1949
Lyeffion, Evergreen Win In Benefit Doubleheader: The curtain fell on the 1948-49 basketball season in Conecuh County Tuesday night at Evergreen High’s Memorial Gym and caught in its swirl were Repton’s Bulldogs and the Blue Devils of County High at Castleberry. Lyeffion topped Repton, 44-23, and Evergreen downed Castleberry, 55-31, before a near capacity crowd with all proceeds divided by the March of Dimes and Crippled Children’s Clinic.
Miller Dees paced the Lyeffion Yellow Jackets to their win over the fighting Repton Bulldogs in the opener. With Dees hitting for 11 the Jackets took a 15-8 lead at the quarter, Dees hit for six in the second as Lyeffion surged to a 28-10 halftime lead. Three more in the final two periods gave Dees a night high total of 20 points.
Bobby Thompson and Don Ivey sparked the Repton Bulldogs. Thompson sank 11 points and Ivey eight for the bulk of the Bulldogs’ counters. Coach Roy Davis’ five had trouble hitting their shots. Coach Harry Engle’s boys put them in from everywhere and were especially accurate at the foul throw line sinking 14 of 19 charity tosses.
Scoring for Lyeffion were Ferris McCrory, 11; Bill Booker, one; Junior Watts, three; Miller Dees, 20; Billy Wayne Cook, six; George Waters, one; and Gilmore, two. For Repton, Bobby Thompson, 11; Andress, two; Allen Thompson, two; and Don Ivey, eight.
Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen Aggies went wild in the second quarter to account for 23 points as they outscored Coach M.C. Thomasson’s County High Blue Devils, 53-31. The game started out slowly with the score deadlocked, 7-7, at the quarter, but the Blue Devils couldn’t match the Aggies speed in the second period and it was 30-11 at the half.
Local fans were treated to some of the fanciest shooting of the year as both the Aggies and Blue Devils sent a neat percentage of their shots through the cords. Evergreen tried 58 shots from the floor with 25 good for an excellent 43 percent (normal high school percentage ranges from 22 to 28 percent). Castleberry hit well above the average sinking 12 of 40 for an even 30 percent.
Lee Owen (Pill) Dees, Castleberry ace, set the pace as he topped the scorers with 18 points. Dees sank seven field goals, all from way way out, and dropped four of five foul shots. It was his sixth and last year of varsity basketball and he finished in a blaze of glory.
Evergreen divided the points evenly. Dickey Bozeman, John Greel Ralls and Guerry Moorer netted 11 each and Billy Mudge Lee sank 10. Finishing up the scoring for Evergreen, Bobby Frank Snowden, six; Pete Wells, two; Jeff Moorer, two; and Gwyn Daniels, two. For Castleberry, Herbert Smith, two; Baggett, two; Edd Beasley, seven; and Curt Sullivan, two.
Officials were Sauer and Gwinn of the Central Alabama Officials Association of Montgomery.
Three County Teams Lose In Frisco City Tourney: The three Conecuh County high schools entered in the First District “B” Tournament at Frisco City were eliminated last weekend. Lyeffion went to the quarterfinals for the furtherest advance made by any team.
Coach Ray Davis’s Repton Bulldogs battled second-seeded Monroeville down to the wire but couldn’t cope with the two-team system employed by the Monroe Countians. Monroeville finished fourth in the tournament.
Coach M.C. Thompson’s Castleberry Blue Devils lost a heart-breaking, 19-18, decision to fourth-seeded Chatom. Herbert Smith shot nine points and Lee Owen (Pill) Dees eight for the Devils. Dees, although playing in only one game, was named to a forward post on the second string all-district team. Chatom finished second in the tournament.
Coach Harry Engle’s Lyeffion Yellow Jackets advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to T.R. Miller High. The Jackets trounced Excel in their opening game and gave the Millers a battle before falling. Miller was seeded third, but were convincingly superior as they took the title, defeating Chatom in the finals. Miller and Chatom will represent the first district in the state “B” tournament in Tuscaloosa this weekend.
The Evergreen squad will carry a 16-won, seven-lost record into the tournament. They have won nine and lost two against first district competition.
Coach Hart states that the Aggies will go down to Mobile tonight (Thursday). He will start his usual five, consisting of Dickey Bozeman and Billy Mudge Lee at forwards, Guerry Moorer at center, John Greel Ralls and John Law Robinson at guards. In addition to these starters, varsity reserves Bobby Frank Snowden and Gwyn Daniels and “B” squad members Jeff Moorer, Bobby (Pete) Wells and Gillis (Choo-Choo) Morgan will make the trip.