|Evergreen's Wayne Frazier.|
12 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 2005
Sparta Academy new head coach Don Hand saw a glimmer of light shining at the end of the tunnel last Friday during a preseason scrimmage with Lowndes and Macon-East academies at Lowndes.
“We looked as though we came a long way from the first scrimmage with Lowndes,” said Hand, who saw the Warriors suffer 21-0 and 14-0 losses to Lowndes and Macon-East last week, respectively.
Sparta opens its season Friday at home against a Fort Dale Academy team that feels it can compete for the 3A East Region title this season. Sparta is a 2A team.
(Players on Sparta’s team that year included Mason Black, Brian Bolton, Justin Booker, Gaston Bozeman, Chase Brown, Taylor Brown, D.J. Buckhault, Jacob Burch, Michael Campbell, Michael Chris Cinereski, Kyle Cinereski, Dylan Davis, Riley Davis, Damon Godwin, Hunter Hutcheson, Jamie Mason, Eric Morris, Casey Pierce, Tony Raines, Neil Salter, Will Ivey, Justin Sexton, Steven Stuart, Eric Talbot, Perry Thompson, Peyton Thompson, Cory Waters, Justin Webb and Myles Wiggins. Assistant coaches were Gary Watson, Daniel Wilson and Russ Brown.)
Hillcrest’s offense churned up 245 yards rushing last Friday but came up short on the scoreboard in a preseason game with W.S. Neal in Evergreen.
Neal’s Blue Eagles, sporting a team that features 15 seniors and 13 returning starters, took a 27-18 win over Hillcrest’s young team.
Hillcrest opens its regular season Friday in Evergreen against R.C. Hatch with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Stadium.
37 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1980
New head coach Danny Covin and his 1980 Evergreen High Aggie football team will make their debut here Friday night at 7:30 in Brooks Stadium with the visiting team being Wilcox County High School of Camden. Since this is one of only three home games the Aggies have this year, fans are expected to turn out in large numbers.
(Players on Evergreen’s team that year included Terry Nettles, Curtis Williams, Philander Rogers, Mitch Crutchfield, David Floyd, Harold Byrd, James Crosby, Michael Lampkins, Jeff Brock, Tracy Scott, Stefon Bradley, James Thomas, Carlos Thomas, Don Grace, Gary Bowen, Talmus Philyaw, Max Cassady, Russell Bozeman, Autoria Scott, Robert Johnston, James Lee, Bobby Booker, Randy Higdon, Shannon Hall, Napoleon Brown, Darryl Stallworth, Randy Millender, Tony Sims, Gary Weaver, Chris Blatz, Al Hendricks, Deatrich Wise, Wayne Locke, Wayne Harrison, Mark Bell, Frank Likely, Guyton Rogers and Efrem Stallworth. Assistant coaches that season were Harold A. Manley and Bobby Pierson.)
The Sparta Academy Warriors will open their 1980 football season when they play Greenville Academy’s Tornados in Greenville on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Warriors have six returning lettermen, all seniors, around which to build the 1980 team: Scott Baggett, Jeff Johnson, Bobby Mason, Terry Shipp, Richard Nix and Darwin Nix. (Richard Brown was head coach, and Bob Parker was assistant coach.)
62 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1955
Evergreen Aggies Are Busy Conditioning For Tough Schedule: The 1955 edition of the Evergreen Aggies is busy preparing for its opening game which is a little more than two weeks off with Bay Minette. The Aggies have been limited mostly to conditioning, passing and kicking drills. Contact work will begin Monday when the boys will be issued full equipment.
Walter Carrier, who has been working under center, will probably handle the passing and he will be throwing to targets like Randy White, Eddie Kelley, Neil Hyde, Ronnie Edson, Buck Lewis, Bert Tuggle and “Pee Wee” Hyde. Eddie Kelly is a newcomer to the Aggies, having transferred from Repton where he was a mainstay on the Bulldog eleven. Randy White, Walt Carrier and Wayne Frazier are working on punting and Murray Johnson and Wayne Frazier will do the kicking duties.
Coaches Hart and Robinson will probably use a T-formation offense and they will be depending on veteran backs Carrier, Lewis Edson and Hyde. The line will be built around such veterans as Randy White, Eddie Kelley, Neil Hyde, Wayne Frazier, Murray Johnson, James Nelson, Milton Moorer, Robert Mason, Timmy Boykin and Bert Cook.
This year’s team will probably be lighter and less experienced than last year’s, but with experienced men in key positions and lots of hard work the Aggies will deal misery to a tough schedule.
The 1955 schedule is as follows: Sept. 9, at Bay Minette; Sept. 16, at Atmore; Sept. 23, v. Andalusia; Sept. 30, v. Monroeville; Oct. 7, v. W.S. Neal; Oct. 14, at Greenville; Oct. 21, Open; Oct. 28, at Frisco City; Nov. 4, v. Prattville; Nov. 11, v. T.R. Miller; Nov. 18, v. Georgiana.
87 YEARS AGO
AUG. 28, 1930
Tennis Players Make New Endurance Record: Two local tennis players are believed to have broken the world’s endurance record for tennis playing here Tuesday. The players are Claude Pritchett and Winston Hagood.
The playing was begun at five o’clock in the morning and continued until seven in the evening. No time was taken out for any purpose.
The boys ate sandwiches and drank cold drinks, water, milk, etc. while playing. Both were going strong when darkness forced them to stop and no doubt they might have continued even longer had the day been longer. Both players stated that they suffered more from tired feet than in any other way.
The boys recently found a statement which disclosed that the world’s record for continuous tennis playing was slightly over 13 hours. They set out to break this record and succeeded in doing so.
Robert Conner Jr., professional golf player of Birmingham, is spending the week here, promoting the Miniature Golf Tournament for the Jeff-Led Golf Links.
112 YEARS AGO
AUG. 23, 1905
Brooklyn, Ala., Aug. 19 – The school boys defeated the Roustabouts in a game of baseball by a score of 3 to 1. Batteries for school: Stallworth and Johnson; for Roustabouts; Brewer and McCall. Struck out by Stallworth, 12; by Brewer, 4. Hits on Stallworth, 2; on Brewer, 10.
Baseball Players and Foot Racers! Louis J. Kruger, ex-champion long-distance foot racer of Germany and Holland, writes Oct. 27, 1901: “During my training of eight weeks’ foot races at Salt Lake City, in April last, I used Ballard’s Snow Liniment to my greatest satisfaction. Therefore, I highly recommend Snow Liniment to all who are troubled with sprains, bruises or rheumatism.” 25 cents, 50 cents and $1. Sold by Reid’s Drug Store.
Bermuda: Cotton picking is in progress and the boys won’t have so much time to play ball. Belleville and Bermuda crossed bats last Saturday evening, the score being 25 to 5, in favor of Bermuda. Come again, boys. You are welcome. Some of us play “mumble peg.”