NINE YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 2008
Hillcrest High School’s softball team started its season last week against Escambia County High School in Atmore. Members of this year’s team include Denise McMillian, Shemina Mixon, Armerisha Mixon, Shanika Taylor, Jasmine Reynolds, Sasha Rankins, Kiara Kyser, Kabrina Peters, T’Kyah Pittman, Crystal Meeks, Tyler North, Kaylen Thomas, Trishauna Lee, Keiona Simpson, Kalisha Stanton, Courtney Simpson, head coach Terry Gandy, and assistant coaches Melinda Baxter, Clint Peters and Corey Wallace.
Eleven-year-old Jackson Gorum killed his first turkey on Sunday morning while hunting with his grandfather, David Gorum. The turkey, which had a 9.5-inch beard, weighed 18 pounds and had one-inch spurs. Jackson shot the gobbler from 12 steps away with a .20-gauge shotgun loaded with No. 5 shot.
Sparta Academy’s baseball team dropped to 0-3 on the season Monday of last week after an 11-1 loss to Class AAA Clarke Prep in Grove Hill.
Hillcrest High School opened the 2008 season Friday with a double header against Escambia County High School in Atmore.
Escambia won the first game, 15-2, and edged out the Jags, 8-1, in the second game of the twin bill.
(Standout Hillcrest players in those games included Marc Barlow, Quinton Nettles, Alexander Nevlous and Neil Presley. Brandon Armstrong was Hillcrest’s head coach.)
Sparta Academy’s softball team showed plenty of fight, but came up short in a 17-0 loss to Class AAA Clarke Prep Monday of last week in Grove Hill.
“Now that we’ve hung in there against these larger schools, we’ve just got to continue to work hard, string us one or two wins in a row together and get out confidence back,” Sparta softball coach Mike Sims said. “We can turn this thing around.”
Herman Matthews of Evergreen caught this big mouth bass last Thursday afternoon in an undisclosed fishing hole. Matthews good-naturedly declined to say where he caught the bass, but did say that it took a couple of minutes to bring in the fish. He caught the bass with a rod and net, using a green rubber worm for bait.
Lake Higdon, eight, killed this turkey during a youth hunt Sunday at Bermuda. Higdon is the son of Rod and Margaret Higdon.
24 YEARS AGO
MARCH 11, 1993
Jags bomb Wilcox in baseball opener: The Hillcrest High School Jaguars opened the 1993 baseball season with a 19-0 victory over the Jaguars of Wilcox Central High School Monday afternoon in Evergreen.
Senior Rhett Wilson pitched the complete game shutout. Wilson allowed three hits and walked five while recording 10 strikeouts.
Isaac McMillan and Sederick Fluker led the offensive attack for the Jaguars, each collecting two hits and combining for seven runs. Marlo McDaniel added a three-run home run in the first inning. It was McDaniel’s first extra-base hit in high school baseball.
Reggie Boykin paced the Jaguars on the base paths. Boykin collected five stolen bases. McMillan added four, Fluker had three and Earnest Grace and Gary Remundo each had two as the Jags raised plenty of dust with 18 stolen bases.
A rematch was schedule against Wilcox Wednesday afternoon. The Jags will be on the road next week visiting Escambia County High School on Tuesday and Pleasant Home on Wednesday. The Jags will face Frisco City’s Whippets on March 18 in Evergreen and will host the first area game of the year on March 19 as the Trojans of Charles Henderson (Troy) High School visits. The starting time for all home games is 3:30 p.m.
49 YEARS AGO
MARCH 14, 1968
Just one shot did in this red fox for C.C. Rogers who lives on Rt. 1, Owassa. Rogers shot the fox with a .22-calibre rifle. It isn’t too often that you hear of anyone bagging a red fox with a rifle.
99 YEARS AGO
MARCH 13, 1918
Large Catamount Killed: J.A. Lunsford last week sent The Courant the front foot of a large catamount which he killed a few days before in Bottle Creek swamp, near Brooklyn. The animal, he said, weighed 23 pounds.