39 YEARS AGO
MARCH 30, 1978
Aggie nine opens season with two wins: The Evergreen Aggies opened up their 1978 baseball campaign with impressive wins over J.F. Shields and Southern Normal.
In the opener Tuesday of last week, Evergreen rode the pitching of Ernest Williams and a balanced hitting attack to defeat J.F. Shields, 15-0. The game was delayed for rain, the forfeited by Shields after three innings.
Williams struck out eight. Wendell Parker belted a two-run homer in the second for Evergreen.
Friday night, the Aggies traveled to Brewton to take on Southern Normal, and came away with an 8-2 victory. Darnell Spears got the win for Evergreen. Turner Murphy pitched two innings of relief.
Tony Rogers had two homers while Wendell Parker had one round tripper for the Aggies.
The Aggies played T.R. Miller Tuesday night.
All American honors go to Wylie Tucker: Wylie Tucker, the dynamic little point guard for the University of Montevallo basketball team, added another honor to his growing list of accolades Thursday when word was received from the NAIA National Office in Kansas City, Mo. that he had gotten honorable mention in the voting for the NAIA All-American.
Only one other player in Montevallo cage history has ever received such laurels, that being Gerald Douglass, a second team All-American in 1975.
The 5-8 Tucker, a resident of Tuscaloosa who was born in Evergreen, completed an outstanding four-year career at Montevallo with his best season ever in his senior campaign.
The Falcon sparkplug paced the team in scoring with 410 points for a 13.3 average, hit 45.1 percent from the floor and 75.3 percent on free throws, handed out 163 assists (5.3 per game) and picked up 82 steals.
He was named MVP of both the Montevallo Tip-Off Tournament and the Capital City Classic and was All-Tournament in the Blue-Gray Tournament.
Tucker earned Southern States Conference and District 27 Player of the Week honors for Feb. 19-25, and at the end of the year was named to the All-Southern States Conference Team and the All-District 27 Team.
His ability and leadership were prime factors in the Falcons’ fine 20-12 record, the second-most wins in the school’s history.
In his career, Tucker scored 1,253 points, placing him third on the all-time scoring list at Montevallo. He is the all-time leader in games played (118) and assists (487).
During his four years at UM, the Falcons won the conference tournament twice, won the UM Tip-Off Tournament twice, won the Magic City Classic and the Blue-Grey tournament once each, and participated in the District 27 playoffs twice. In fact, Tucker sank the shot that beat Jacksonville State University in the 1975 District 27 championship game and sent the Falcons to the National Tournament.
Montevallo’s record during the Wylie Tucker era was a fine 76-43.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tucker of Tuscaloosa. Tucker is a physical education major. An all-around student, he was selected as a senior class favorite by his classmates.
Wylie Tucker is an excellent example in pointing out that one doesn’t necessarily have to be big or score lots of points to be deserving of All-American status.
64 YEARS AGO
MARCH 26, 1953
From “This Week’s Wash” by Bob Bozeman: I turned down a cup of coffee bribe to get the chance to tell this one on Sam Granade, hope you appreciate it enough to make this great sacrifice worthwhile.
Sam is a turkey hunter of the first water. He’s killed plenty of turkeys in his time (born and reared in Washington County where wild turkeys roost on yard fences, you know) but not so many that he isn’t proud of every one he gets. Of course, he’s no different from other hunters (and fishermen and golfers) and doesn’t have much to say about the ones that he missed.
Tuesday morning before it was good daylight Sam got his first turkey of this season… and jumped into his car and hurried to town before the bird’s body had time to cool. Sam showed that bird to everybody he could find and those he couldn’t find when he got to town he waited for – in fact, he stayed downtown so long showing off the turkey that I’m told it spoiled.
After all that you’d think that it was really some Tom, but it was a mere little bird weighing around 19 pounds. E.B. Horton killed the biggest turkey of this season and probably as big as has ever been killed in this neck of the woods. E.B. got this king of the gobblers on the first day of the season last Friday, and it weighed in at over 22 pounds.
89 YEARS AGO
MARCH 29, 1928
NOTICE TO AUBURN ALUMNI: There will be a meeting of the Auburn Alumni of Evergreen and Conecuh County at the courthouse in Evergreen on the night of April 3 at eight o’clock. J.V. Brown, Athletic Director of Auburn, and R.B. Brown, freshman coach, will be present at this meeting to discuss important matters with reference to the future plans of the institution and it is earnestly hoped that all old Auburn students in this vicinity will be present. – G.O. Dickey, R.F. Croom.