SEVEN YEAR AGO
APRIL 15, 2010
Chief of Police James Simpson lets loose his “infamous” change up to open up the Evergreen Little League season last Friday night. Hunter Bolton, catcher for the 2009 Champion Orioles, caught the pitch. Looking on is Little League President Brian Martin.
Sparta Academy’s girls and boys track teams competed April 5 against 21 other Alabama Independent School teams and had several winners in the competition.
In the field events, Madelyn Black won first place in the shot-put event and second place in the triple jump.
(Other Sparta athletes competing at that meet included Kayla Baggett, Alex Etheridge, Emily Kendrick, Drew Ann Lambert, Grace Matlock, Sally Matlock, Garrett McClain, Brandy Moorer, Drayton Rodgers, Erica Palmer, Miranda Smith and Amanda Thompson.)
The Sparta Academy Lady Warriors held their own Monday against the No. 1-ranked Wilcox Academy Lady Wildcats in the early innings, but were outdistanced in the late innings.
Tevin Buchanan cocks and fires a pitch for the Hillcrest High Jaguars in a recent game. The Jags had a tough season that ended last Friday with a doubleheader against region opponent Thomasville. The Jags were very young this year with four eighth-graders earning starting roles.
Tyler Covin brings the heat as he came on in relief for the Sparta Warriors Monday afternoon. The Warriors had a tough go against the Wilcox Academy Wildcats.
32 YEARS AGO
APRIL 18, 1985
Sparta Warriors defeat Greenville: Sparta Academy outscored Greenville Academy, 9-2, in a baseball game played in Greenville April 12. Sparta scored nine runs on seven hits and Greenville scored two runs on four hits. Al Etheridge was the winning pitcher and Danny Reed had two hits for Sparta, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
Willie James Mims Jr. caught this six-pound bass last Thursday. When asked where he caught the fish, Willie James replied “in the mouth.”
Mike Kline killed this gobbler Wednesday morning of last week. The turkey weight 17 pounds, had a 10-inch beard and one-inch spurs.
Top turkey hunters will be selected by Paul Koenig, The Birmingham News: The search for 10 of Alabama’s top turkey hunters – and The Birmingham News All-State Turkey Hunting Team – is on.
Know of someone who’s an exemplary turkey hunter? That is, both a good hunter and sportsman? I’d like to hear about it.
Qualifications should be based on one or more years of turkey hunting and may include how your nominee does during the spring season. The team will be announced in May; the deadline for making nominations by mail is Tues., May 7.
57 YEARS AGO
APRIL 28, 1960
The Evergreen Aggie Baseball Club shown on group picture, taken in the Evergreen High School Gym: Front row, left to right, Jacob Coleman, James Reeves, Billy Bateman, Jimmy Eddins, Shannon Griggers and Leon Stinson; second row, left to right, Eddie Lambert, Johnny Ivey, Billy Melton, Harold Adams, Legrand Lynch and Gerry Windham; third row, left to right, Don Holcomb, Frank Pugh, Robert Brooks, Donnie Bolton, Leland Burgess and Rhett Smith; top row, left to right, Sid Lambert, Jimmy Weaver, David Hyde and Bonner Ridgeway. The happy face in the center of the group belongs to Coach Jeff Moorer.
Sam Cope, former Evergreen Aggie and Crimson Tide footballer, was one of the lucky local hunters who bagged a turkey this season. The hunters will start catching up on lost sleep Saturday as tomorrow is the last day of the season. Sam is exhibiting his first kill of the season. He added another “Tom” a few days later and when last heard from was still out after his third one.
Golfers jammed the beautiful nine-hole Evergreen Golf Club course on April 14 for the club’s annual invitational tournament won by Jim Ryan of Greenville. It was Ryan’s fourth Evergreen trophy. Three youthful linksters in the foreground are Robert Rigsby, Ed Briggs and William Sessions.
A mass meeting of all persons interested in the league and parents of boys who may participate in the league play has been called by the Evergreen Senior Baseball League. The meeting will be held at 7:30 Monday night at the courthouse.
82 YEARS AGO
APRIL 18, 1935
Evergreen Nine Plays Chapman Here Today: The first game of the Central Alabama League schedule to be played on local territory will occur the afternoon when the local nine meets the aggregation from Chapman at Gantt Field at 3:30 o’clock. Chapman played their first game of the season at Andalusia last Sunday losing by the score of 7-5. Next Sunday Evergreen will play Andalusia at Gantt Field. Admission prices are 15 and 25 cents.
Having taken the first game last Sunday, local players are in fine fettle to win the next two games. Those who saw the team in action in the first contest are unanimous in their praise of the fine work done. It is pretty generally conceded that prospects are for a much stronger team this year than last year or perhaps the year before.
Work is progressing at a fast pace on the building of a fence around the park and the construction of grandstand seats. Messrs. M.A. Hansen, S.J. Brundage and R.J. Kendall for a committee that is looking after this work and they report excellent cooperation on the part of citizens in donating funds, materials and labor toward the project.
Evergreen Trims Opp With Score of 8-4: The local nine got off to a good start last Sunday when they played Opp in Opp. The players showed marked ability of making a real team for Evergreen this year. Good teamwork was shown throughout the game.
“Doc” Jones put the boys on their way and after pitching five innings of his rapid crossfire, was relieved by Skin Hyde, who also had the boys guessing. Willie Woodham had the locals the first two innings when five of the six men up took on S.O. and back to the bench, but Willie soon weakened.
Evergreen had practically an errorless game with only two to their credit while Opp had nine.
Batteries for the two teams: Opp, Willie Woodham, pitcher, Bell, catcher; Evergreen, Jones and Hyde, pitchers, Melton, catcher.