|Sparta Academy's Hunter Bolton throws a strike.|
TWO YEARS AGO
MARCH 19, 2015
Sparta Academy’s varsity baseball team recorded its first win of the season last Thursday afternoon when they shut out the defending 2A state champion Clarke Prep Gators, 11-0, at Baggett Field in Evergreen.
Junior right-hander Hunter Bolton got the pitching win, giving up just four hits in five innings of work on the mound.
Hillcrest High School’s varsity baseball team dropped to 0-8 on the season during the past week after a series of four loses against Carver, Luverne, Ariton and Samson.
Class 6A G.W. Carver High School beat Hillcrest, 10-3, Tuesday of last week in Montgomery.
On Friday, Hillcrest traveled to Luverne High School, where they faced Class 2A Luverne in the opening round of the Squadron-Tiger Spring Classic. Luverne won, 13-1. Later that day, Hillcrest faced Class 2A Artion, and Ariton won, 13-0, in Luverne.
On Saturday night, Hillcrest played Class 2A Samson at Highland Home High School, one of two sites for tournament games, and Samson won, 7-3.
Hillcrest High School’s varsity softball team picked up its first win of the season Monday of last week by beating Georgiana, 20-4, in Georgiana.
Hillcrest junior Dominique McCreary got the pitching win, throwing all three innings and recording seven strikeouts. McCreary also went 3-for-4 on offense with two runs, five RBI and four stolen bases.
27 YEARS AGO
MARCH 15, 1990
Cynthia Pugh, daughter of Keith and Jatricia Pugh, is participating in the Jr. Miss Rodeo Alabama pageant that is being held at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery this week. The Miss Rodeo pageant is sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the annual Southeastern Livestock Exhibition and Rodeo. Cynthia is sponsored by the Conecuh County Cattlemen’s Association and the Evergreen Saddle Club, of which she is a member.
State Turkey Calling Contest set in Jackson: The Clarke County Wildlife Association will be sponsoring the 21st Annual Alabama State Turkey Calling Contest on March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Joe McCorquoddale Auditorium in Jackson.
Trophies will be awarded in a junior (15 years old and under) and a senior division. An owling contest will also be held. The contest is open only to Alabama residents.
Door prizes will be given away, provided by local merchants. A special drawing will also be held for a “Turkey Hunters Special” 12-gauge shotgun.
Admission is $5 and includes membership into the Wildlife Association.
The CCWA would remind all contestants to be registered no later than 6:45 p.m. Sat., March 17. The master of ceremonies will be Tom Henley of Jackson.
52 YEARS AGO
MARCH 18, 1965
World Championship RCA – RODEO and LIVESTOCK WEEK – March 17-20 – Coliseum, Montgomery, Ala. – Featuring the stars of TV’s “Wagon Train,” Charley Wooster & Bill Hawks – 5 Big Performances, Wed.-Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. Matinee 3 p.m.
77 YEARS AGO
MARCH 21, 1940
Monroe Turkey Hunt Results In Tragedy: Monroeville, Ala., March 16 – A turkey hunting expedition near here today cost two lives – those of a hunter who was shot by mistake and his father, who summoned to the scene, dropped dead when he saw his son lying on the ground.
The victims were George McCall, the huntsman and his father, Thomas McCall.
Sheriff J.L. Bowen, who investigated, said George McCall and Ellis Rawls had gone turkey hunting on a plantation near Perdue Hill.
After the two men separated in the woods, McCall soon killed a turkey and slung it across his shoulder while he continued the hunt. Rawls, on a nearby hill, sighted what appeared to be a live turkey moving in the distance. He fired one shot with a .22-calibre rifle and saw the turkey fall.
When he reached the spot where he shot the turkey Rawls discovered he had shot George McCall. The bullet entered his mouth and emerged at the back of the victim’s head. Bowen said Rawls did not know he had shot McCall until he reached the scene.
The dead man’s father, summoned to the spot, dropped dead when he reached his son’s lifeless body. Witnesses said he apparently suffered a heart attack due to the excitement.
No charges were placed against Rawls early today.
Surviving young McCall, a resident of Claiborne, are his widow and three young children. The widow, two sons and four daughters survive the elder McCall.
First Closed Season On Game Fish Announced: For the first time in history, Alabama will have a closed season on game fish in 1941. The Conservation Advisory Board recommended to Conservation Director Walter B. Jones that the month of April 1941 be declared closed to game fishing, and the regulation will be signed and promulgated in a few days. The peak of the fish spawning season in Alabama is during the month of April, it was show. The board wanted to give the public plenty of time to be notified of the new closed season, therefore the regulation was not made effective until 1941. Prior to passage of the regulation, Alabama was one of only four states in the Union not having a closed season on fish. States surrounding Alabama have closed seasons and during that time numerous fishermen from other states descend upon Alabama and take fish, it was shown.