EIGHT YEARS AGO
MARCH 26, 2009
Sparta Academy’s varsity girls basketball team, which captured the AISA Class A state girls basketball title in February, received a key to the City of Evergreen during a special ceremony Friday morning at the school. Pictured from left at the ceremony on Friday are city councilmen Luther Upton and John Skinner, Mayor Larry Fluker, Sparta head basketball coach Russ Brown and players Erica Palmer, BreAnna Pate, Morgan Harden, Mallory Kendrick, Rebekah Coleman, Madelyn Black, Savannah Brown, Assistant Coach Joey Rodgers, Jordan Smith and Emily Booker. Take part in the ceremony, but not pictured, were city councilwomen Diane Skipper and Vivian Fountain.
The postseason honors continued to roll in for Sparta Academy senior BreAnna Pate who was named Sunday to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s all-state girls basketball team.
Pate, a 5-foot-8 guard who was named two weeks ago as one of the 21 finalists for this year’s ASWA Girls Player of the Year Award, was named as a member of the first team AISA girls all-state team.
Pate was one of three seniors on Sparta’s varsity girls basketball team this season and helped lead the way as the Lady Warriors captured the AISA’s Class A state championship on Feb. 19.
Hines named GRAC Player of the Year: Former Hillcrest High School basketball star Chris Hines was named last week as the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Hines, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, earned the honor as well as the Region 24 Player of the Year Award after leading the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm to a 31-2 record and the Region 24 tournament championship.
The Blue Storm advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, where they were eliminated last Thursday in a 74-40 loss to Shelton State Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.
Sparta Academy’s varsity softball team improved to 4-2 on the season Friday afternoon thanks to a 9-8 win over Region 2 rival, Jackson Academy, in Jackson.
BreAnna Pate got the pitching win. She pitched the first two innings, only to leave the game due to an eye injury. She returned to the mound in the seventh inning and closed the game. In all, she struck out three batters and allowed four earned runs in three innings of work.
(Other players on Sparta’s softball team that year included Kelly Goneke and Sarah Smith. Mike Sims was head coach.)
33 YEARS AGO
MARCH 22, 1984
Eddie Salter of Evergreen won the state crown in the Alabama State Turkey Calling Contest held in Jackson on Tues., March 13. Shown with him are: Contest Emcee Joe C. McCorquodale Jr., second place winner Hannis Williams of Bay Minette, a former state champion; Danny Baggett of Evergreen, third place winner; and Tom Henley, president of the sponsoring Clarke County Wildlife Association.
Jeff Fountain, 14, of Jackson took first place in the Junior Division of the Alabama State Turkey Calling Contest held in Jackson on Tues., March 13. Eddie Davis, 14, of Prattville was second and Jerry Cotton, 10, of Evergreen placed third.
“Amity Joe,” owned and shown by Kathy Salter of Evergreen, is the Alabama Horseman’s Association Grand Champion for 1983 in Color Pleasure and Halter Stallions and Gelding and fourth in the state for Ladies Western Pleasure.
Little Leaguers will register players: The Evergreen Little League will be registering players for the 1984 season tonight at 6 p.m. at City Hall. In order to properly register, a parent must accompany the child along with a $10 registration fee and certified birth certificate. T-Ball ages six and seven for boys and six, seven and eight for girls. Minor leagues ages eight and nine, and Little League ages 10, 11 and 12.
This will be the last chance to sign up. Tryout date will be March 31. Time will be announced later.
Women’s Softball meeting Tuesday: There will be a meeting of the Evergreen Women’s Softball League Tues., March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. All managers must bring their league dues and team colors. All interested women are urged to attend.
Cancer Softball Tournament is set: There will be a softball tournament to be held March 30-31 at the Evergreen Municipal Park. Evergreen entries will be limited to the first 16 teams to enter. Entries must be called in no later than Wed., March 28.
Trophies will be given to the first, second, third and fourth place teams. Also, the first place team will have their entrance fee refunded. The entrance fee will be $70 per team. Hit your own ball and no red dot balls will be allowed.
There will be certified umpires to officiate the games.
The concession stand will be open and there will be plenty to eat and drink, so bring the family out and enjoy a day in the park. Any team interested may register by calling Doris Gorum. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
60 YEARS AGO
MARCH 28, 1957
Evergreen Golf Club will hold its 12th annual One Day Invitational Golf Tournament at the beautiful Evergreen Country Club on Thurs., April 11. The tournament will start promptly at 8 a.m.
The Championship and First Flights will be determined by nine holes of match play by the 16 lowest posted scores. There will be a prize for the medalist and trophies will be given to the winners, runner-ups and consolationists.
Approximately 100 golfers from over the state and northern Florida are expected to match pars on the beautiful, tree-lined Evergreen course. The layout of the Evergreen course is considered one of the prettiest and best in this section of the state and club officials say that it will be in excellent condition for the tourney.
Jimmy Ryan, outstanding and popular golfer from Greenville, is the defending champ and medalist and is expected to be on hand for the defense of his crown this year. Ryan defeated James McMurphy of Atmore for the title last year.
A number of other outstanding golfers from over the state will be on hand for the tourney as well as a number of local par busters.
China Wins Tourney: China Junior High School won first place in the county’s annual Basketball Tournament March 15-16 at the Conecuh County Training School. The China Wildcats conquered the Conecuh County Training School Eagles by a score of 27-26, which gave them first place, and CCTS came in for second place winners.
This game brought shouts of thrills from hundreds of fans who attended this event.
The parents, faculty and student body are proud of these high sports athletes for being the winners of the coveted crown.
These are the boys who together made up the basketball team: Percy Floyd, Paul Jones, Fennis Rankins, Pete Andrews, Douglas Evans, Warren Evans, J.B. Salter, Willie E. Carter, Nelson Nixon, Claudie Stallworth and Argusta Salter.
108 YEARS AGO
MARCH 24, 1909
The largest shipment of baseball goods ever in the city just received by City Drug Store. It will pay you to examine our stock before purchasing. Reach’s and Diamond Brand.
Baseball goods! Balls, bats, gloves, mitts, etc. – McCreary Drug Store.
Lines, hooks and poles for your fishing trips at McCreary Drug Store.
Fishing tackle! All kinds at McCreary Drug Store.