19 YEARS AGO
APRIL 2, 1998
“Hillcrest High School honored its top 1997-98 football team with a banquet in the school’s cafetorium. Best Lineman Award was given to Sedrick Johnson, and Jermaine Watkins was awarded for the Best Wide Receiver.”
“Hillcrest High School recognized its outstanding football players for the 1997-98 season. Cleonte Moore was recognized for being the Most Improved Player. Will Lanier for Best Hustler, Wayman Tullis was given the Scholastic Award and Sam Fountain was recognized for being the best B-team player.”
“Hillcrest High School recently recognized the outstanding captains for the 1997-98 football season. They were Bennie Nevlous, Ashley Coleman and Sedrick Johnson.”
“Mallory Salter, daughter of Eddie and Julie Salter of Evergreen, killed her first turkey on Tues., March 31, 1998. The gobbler weighed 18 pounds, had an 11-inch beard and 1-1/4-inch spurs. Mallory’s father, who is a World Champion Turkey Caller, used a H.S. Strut mouth call to call the turkey for Mallory. Mallory recently won her first turkey calling contest and now that she has killed her first turkey, we can honestly say she is following in her father’s footsteps.”
34 YEARS AGO
APRIL 7, 1983
“Sparta edges Fort Deposit, 7-6: The Sparta Academy Warriors defeated Fort Deposit Academy, 7-6, in a game played March 29 at the Murphy Club. Winning pitcher was Russ Raines. Leading the Warriors were Al Etheridge with three hits (two doubles); Joe McInvale, two hits (double and triple); and Joey Johnson, two hits (double and single).”
“Old Timers game set at Castleberry: There will be an old timers football game at M.C. Thomasson Stadium at Conecuh County High School in Castleberry this Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. A team from the Repton area will be playing a team from the Castleberry area. The concession stand will be open. The public is invited to attend.”
“Cancer Society to sponsor softball tourney in May: There will be a Men’s Class C Softball tournament Sat., May 7, at the Evergreen Municipal Park sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This will be a double elimination tournament and trophies will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place with individual first place trophies. Entry fee is $65 and hit your own ball, no hot dogs allowed. To enter or for more information, contact Mike Kline. Remember, all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.”
49 YEARS AGO
APRIL 4, 1968
“’Fore’ is the word for next Thurs., April 11, when the Evergreen Golf Club stages its annual Invitational Golf Tournament. Golfers will enjoy the beauty of the course as well as the play. Here Bill McGehee tees off on the water hole, No. 8, as pretty a golf hole as there is in all the world. Bill will join Hugh Ellington in competing for the championship. The other golfer is Henry Kinzer whose ‘banana ball’ has earned him fame all over South Alabama.”
“Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen Aggies left their supporters with high hopes for a successful 1968 season after winning and losing in the jamboree at T.R. Miller High School Stadium Friday night.
“The Aggies lost in the first quarter to Miller, 7-0, but it could have gone either way.
“The Evergreens scored a touchdown themselves on a beautiful punt return by Hollis Tranum behind superb blocking, but the men in the striped shirts called it back on a clipping charge.
“The Aggies charged back in the third frame and completely outclassed Greenville in racking up a 7-0 win. Leon (Hoss) Hinson got the score on a toss from Jimmy Hart, but the stars of the evening were those hard charging Aggie linemen led by Roger (Big Red) Waller, Eddie Ralls, Jimmie Hamiter, Ernest Shipp, Forrest Simpson and Elliott (Buck) Quarles.”
64 YEARS AGO
APRIL 2, 1953
“Aggie Baseballers Play First Game Friday P.M.: With only four days practice under their belts, and one of those days hampered by rain, the Evergreen High School baseball team opens a 10-game schedule with Lyeffion on the Lyeffion diamond Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.
“Both Lyeffion and Evergreen concluded spring football practice last week and got in their first baseball practice last Monday.
“Coach Hart will be using several boys who will be playing their first game as varsity performers, but expects to field a strong team.
“He lists his tentative lineup as:
“Pitchers; Lavon ‘Cotton’ Quinley, Marvin Garvin, Cullen Edson and Hugh Ellington. Quinley and Ellington will alternate at first base when they are not pitching. Edson will play infield when he’s not pitching. Second base, Robert King; shortstop, Billy Lewis; third base, Charles King; left field, Ronnie Edson; center field, Homer Riley; right field, James Ansley; and catcher, Robert Mason. Reserves: Richard Taylor, utility and Donald Cunningham and Murry Johnson, outfielders. Ward Alexander and Shirley Frazier, both veterans of the last two years, will miss the first game because of illness and injury.”
Evergreen High School’s varsity baseball schedule that season was as follows: April 3, at Lyeffion; April 7, v. Lyeffion; April 10, v. Repton; April 14, v. Castleberry; April 17, at Repton; April 21, at Castleberry; April 28, at Monroeville; May 5, v. T.R. Miller; May 8, v. Monroeville; and May 12, at T.R. Miller.
79 YEARS AGO
APRIL 7, 1938
“Work Starts Tuesday On New Athletic Stadium: Actual work began Tuesday morning on the new athletic stadium at the Evergreen High School, according to Mayor J.R. Brooks.
“Approximately 25 workmen are engaged in grading the site. A number of trucks and other pieces of grading machinery are being used to move the dirt and with favorable weather the project should move forward rapidly.
“The stadium is being constructed as a WPA project with the city cooperating. It will involve an expenditure of more than $6,000 and when finished will be one of the most modern athletic stadiums to be found in a city the size of Evergreen. It can be used for baseball, football and other athletic events. It is hoped that it can be completed in time for the local baseball team to play a portion of its games this year there.”
News from Evergreen High School, written by Rubye Darby: Baseball claimed our attention Friday afternoon when we had two very interesting games. The Senior II and Senior III girls won over the Senior I girls by a score of 14 to 2. The Senior III boys won over the Senior II boys by a score of 7 to 1.