|Congressman Lister Hill|
11 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 2006
Sparta Academy head coach Clint Floyd is preparing the Warriors for their first-ever Saturday night season-opener.
Sparta is scheduled to play East Memorial Christian Academy Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in Prattville. Floyd said the game will be played at Prattville High School’s stadium on artificial turf.
Last Thursday’s scrimmage with Dixie Academy in Evergreen left Floyd feeling good about the defense and concerned about the offensive line play.
(Players on Sparta’s team that year included Gaston Bozeman, Chase Brown, Taylor Brown, D.J. Buckhault, Kyle Cinereski, Peyton Thompson, Myles Wiggins and J.R. Williams.)
Hillcrest High School head football coach Maurice Belser said he hopes to build a winning program with good coaching and lots of support for his players.
Hillcrest opened the second full week of summer practice Monday with 52 players dressed out. Belser said the team’s first full contact practice last Friday produced some good results.
Hillcrest will kick off its regular season Sept. 1 against Geneva County High School in Evergreen at 7 p.m. Geneva County dropped from Class 4A to Class 3A this season.
(Players on Hillcrest’s team that season included receiver Conrad Atkins, receiver Blake Bryant, John Dees, halfback Jarvis Holder, eighth-grade quarterback Justin Nared, halfback Derrick Page, Neal Presley, Roderick Rudolph and Derrick Smith.)
36 YEARS AGO
AUG. 20, 1981
Horse show Saturday: Steve Coker and his Palomino filly “Sparkle” join in inviting everyone to come out to the Lyeffion Saddle Club Arena Saturday for a barbecue and horse show starting at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Lyeffion High School FFA and the Saddle Club and all proceeds go to the FFA Chapter. There will be entertainment for all from a special children’s event to a wild cow milking… so, the sponsors say: “Y’all come out for some fun and good food… see you there!” The arena is on Highway 83 North.
61 YEARS AGO
AUG. 16, 1956
Aggies Begin Initial Football Practice On Friday, Aug. 24: One of the smallest squads in recent years will greet head coach Wendell Hart on next Friday, Aug. 24, when initial football drills begin at Evergreen High School. Hart expects about 30 boys out, but there will be several more by the time school opens in September.
The squad will be one of the shortest on manpower, depth and experience to represent the local school in the last five years. Only six lettermen return from last year’s fine team – five linemen and one back. Returning lettermen are Capt. Wayne Frazier, tackle; alternate captain Russell Deason, tackle; James Nelson, guard; Bert Cook, end; Mickey Joyner, end; and Bert Tuggle, halfback.
There will be great deal of help coming up from the B team, but even with this, the ranks will still be pretty thin according to Coach Hart. He believes that the Aggies can produce a top-notch line, barring injuries, and if several of the ‘green’ backs come through, they should field a good team.
Opening drills will be limited to conditioning workouts with the boys really getting down to the hard work about the middle of next week. As soon as the boys get into shape, the work will be long and hard as there will be only a little over two weeks after the first practice until the tough season’s opener with powerful Atmore.
As this was written, there still was no replacement to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of assistant coach John Robinson, who resigned last week. There is an extreme shortage of both teachers and coaches over the state.
Senior League Battle Is Tight All The Way: The battle for dominance in the Evergreen Senior Baseball League continues close all the way as only one game separates the leading Barons and the cellar dwelling Chicks. The Crackers and the Bears are tied for second place with even .500 averages, only a half game off the pace.
Howard Claybrook leads the batters in the League with a torrid .650 average closely followed by Bill Ivey with a .642 and Robert Ellington with an even .600.
(Other leading batters included Byron Warren Jr., .467; George Bolton, .467; Gordon Sims, .454; Dale Wiggins, .442; Gerald Howington, .388; Billie Grace, .367; and Leland Burgess, .317.)
Cats Take Over Lead In City Softball Play: Homer Riley’s Cats pounded Francis Williams’ Parts Pups by a 14-5 count last Wednesday night to jump into the lead in the City Softball loop. In the other game of the evening, Jimmy Murphy’s Panthers pulled their second straight big upset by downing the powerful Rebels, 8-6.
86 YEARS AGO
AUG. 13, 1931
Entries In Terrapin Derby Come From Far Near: Interest in the International Terrapin Derby to be held here Sept. 5 continues to grow with entries coming from all sections of the United States and from foreign counties. Five states and one foreign country are represented thus far with registrations only just begun.
Lion L.J. Kelly, chairman of registrations, states that he is receiving entries with each day’s mail from persons away from here. The registrations committee has centered its efforts so far in securing entries from persons elsewhere.
Congressman Hill Enters: Among the most notable to enter the derby thus far is Congressman Lister Hill of Montgomery. Mr. Hill is a full-fledged entrant and will be among the leading contenders for the first prize. He will send the name of his racer at a later date.
International Officers Register: Julian C. Hyer, President of Lions International of Ft. Forth, Texas, is one of the most enthusiastic entrants yet heard from.
Another entry from Lions International is that of Harry A. Hill, Assistant Secretary, of Chicago, Ill.
Among other entrants to date are: S.R. Butler, State Tax Commissioner. He names his terrapin “Spot,” Montgomery Lions Club has entered “Bull Lion,” P.O. Herbert, Mgr. Eureka Fire Hose Col, Atlanta, Ga., enters “Lindy.” He says, “Name the turtle after the celebrated Lindbergh, calling him ‘Lindy’ for short and a long race.” W.S. Hewlett, director Lions International, Bridgeport, Conn, enters “Shellback.”
Mobile Club Represented: The Mobile Lions Club is sponsoring an entrant about which there is much speculation and doubt. Most other entrants are leaving the matter of selecting the terrapin to the local committee. The Mobile Club states that it has its own racer and that he is now being groomed for the race. Reports from there say that a large delegation of Lions from that city will be here on the day of the race to witness the event and to pull for their entrant.
Many other Lions Clubs in the state are expected to make entries before the time for closing. As said in the outset, the registration is only begun. It is confidently predicted that more than 100 entries will be made this year. The fee for registering an entrant is $2. If one expects the committee to furnish a terrapin, add 25 cents to cover this cost. Fifty percent of the entrance fees will be divided among the four winners as follows: first, 25 percent; second, 15 percent; third and fourth, five percent each. The other 50 percent will go to the Boy Scouts.
Methodists Defeat Baptists By Score, 9-6: In an exciting game played at Gantt Field Thursday afternoon the Methodists defeated the Baptists by the score of 9-6. The score was tied on two different occasions, at the end of the third inning and in the sixth. In the seventh, the Methodists succeeded in putting over three more scores to win the game.”
111 YEARS AGO
AUG. 17, 1906
Belleville and Evergreen ball teams played ball here Wednesday. Evergreen defeated Belleville by a score of 19 to 9.