|Morris Higginbotham, at right.|
21 YEARS AGO
DEC. 25, 1997
Robert Lee Franklin and Quintin Galloway of the Sparta Hill community killed their first deer (eight point) this year in the “WOODS!”
36 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1982
Sparta girls, jayvees win: Sparta Academy’s girls defeated Fort Dale Academy, 35-28, while the junior varsity won, 48-42, in a battle of Warriors (nickname for both schools) in games played in Greenville on Dec. 17, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
Leah Carrier had 10 points, Tina Bybee and Cheri Johnson nine each, Jan Coker five and Tammy Booker two for the Sparta girls.
Dewan Salter hit for 19 points, and Wes Brown 15 to lead the Sparta Jayvees. Ed Carrier had eight points and Jason Evers, Scott Pate and Richard Starr two each.
Vol boys beat Sparta, but ‘our’ girls win: Sparta Academy’s girls beat Monroe Academy, 39-34, to prevent a visit to Monroeville on Dec. 18 from being a complete disaster for the Warriors. The boys varsity lost, 81-66, and the junior varsity boys were edged, 38-35, by the Vols.
Cheri Johnson, Jan Coker and Tina Bybee hit for 10 points each, Leah Carrier seven and Tammy Booker two for the Warrior girls.
Chris Blatz led the Warrior varsity in their losing cause with 25 points, and Al Etheridge was also in double figures with 15. Britt McNeil and Russ Brown had nine each, Connery Salter six and Joe McInvale two.
Mark Rigsby and Thad Ellis netted 11 points each to pace the Jayvees. Chad Grace had six, Tim Brantley five and Scott Salter two, according to Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
51 YEARS AGO
DEC. 28, 1967
Faulkner gets letter at LSC: A Conecuh County boy has received a football letter at Livingston State College for his play during the 1967 season.
Head Coach Morris Higginbotham announced that Homer Faulkner, a kicker from Evergreen, is among the 31 boys receiving letters.
Coach Higginbotham’s Tigers, hard at work rebuilding, won four games this year, including one over Arkansas A&M, Champion Small College in Arkansas.
66 YEARS AGO
DEC. 25, 1952
Letters Awarded Nineteen Aggies At Annual QB Banquet Thursday: Billy Lewis Receives D.T. Stuart Trophy: Nineteen members of the 1952 Evergreen Aggie football team were awarded letters at the annual Quarterback Club Banquet last Thursday night. The group included nine seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. The seniors were given gold footballs by the Quarterbacks.
President Brown Boykin was master of ceremonies at the banquet which was one of the best ever staged by the club. A wonderful speech by guest speaker James (Bubber) Nisbett, Alabama assistant coach, highlighted the program staged in the Evergreen High Cafeteria.
Coach Nisbett, an All-SEC fullback at Alabama in the thirties, was introduced by Bob Kendall.
Sportswriter Bob Bozeman of The Courant introduced Sam Hanks, all-state tackle at Evergreen High School in 1948 and letter winner at Auburn for the past three years. Hanks, starting right tackle at Auburn this year, is a senior and was recognized by the Quarterbacks for his fine record at Auburn.
Bozeman also reviewed the 1952 season, paying tribute to Coach Wendell Hart and Assistant Coach Ralph Law for their splendid work not only as coaches but also as builders of character.
Quarterback Billy Lewis was honored by his selection for the annual D.T. Stuart Football Sportsmanship Award. G.L. (Dock) Wilkinson explained briefly the purpose behind the giving of this award each year and the donor, D.T. Stuart, presented the handsome trophy to Lewis.
The other award made each year to an individual player, The Martin Theatres Trophy, was given by the Pix Theatre to the outstanding player as voted by the fans, went to Shirley Frazier. The junior award was made to Tommy Melton.
Coach Hart introduced the captains of the 1953 team elected last week. Sam Cope will captain the team next season with Ward Alexander serving as alternate captain. This year’s Captain Pace Bozeman and Alt. Capt. Shirley Frazier presented gifts in behalf of the team to the coaches.
Raymond DaLee presented the gold footballs to the senior letter winners. Principal C.W. Claybrook paid tribute to the team and coaches.
Coach Hart awarded letters to the following players:
Seniors, Pace Bozeman, Shirley Frazier, Billy Lewis, Bill Robinson, Joe Stowers, Cullen Edson, Sammy Robison, James Ansley and Clayton Cobb; Juniors, Sam Cope, Paul Hanks, Bud Ward, Lamar Sheffield; Sophomores, Ward Alexander, Jimmy Frazier, Wayne Douglas, Richard Taylor and Wayne Bell; Freshmen, Ronnie Edson.
Cheerleaders, Elaine Hassel, Phyliss Cunningham, Barbara DaLee and Patricia Alexander, and manager Garvin Langley were other letter winners.
Aggie Cagers Play Castleberry Quintet There Tuesday Night: Coach Wendell Hart’s Evergreen High Aggies will return to cage warfare Tuesday night, journeying to Castleberry for a brace of games with Coach Ray Owens’ Blue Devil five.
The Aggies posted a 4-1 mark in pre-Christmas play for their best start in several years. After racking up wins over Beatrice (2), Frisco City and Pine Apple, the Evergreen club was edged in its final game before the holidays by W.S. Neal, 53-50, on the East Brewton school’s court.
Coach Owens has made a successful coaching debut at Conecuh County High with his team posting a 4-1 record prior to Christmas. The Blue Devils lost their first game last Thursday night to the defending State Class A Champions, T.R. Miller High. They have defeated Lyeffion (twice), Pine Apple and Repton.
Capt. Shirley Frazier has led the Aggies to their early season successes. In five games, Frazier has racked up 77 points for an average of better than 15 a game. His high for the season was against Neal last week when he stripped the cords for 24 points.
(Other players on Evergreen’s team that year include Hugh Ellington, Wayne Douglas, Alt. Capt. Pace Bozeman, Ward Alexander, Cullen Edson and John Henry Brantley.)
81 YEARS AGO
DEC. 30, 1937
Bodies Of Two Hunters Found: Andalusia, Ala. – The bodies of two huntsmen Monday had been recovered, and three other men whose airplane crashed into a lake near here while they searched for the death victims, were being treated at a hospital here, the aftermath of a hunting trip which started last Thursday.
Charles Burke, 24, and T.J. Morgan, 23, both of Andalusia, lost their lives while hunting ducks on the lake Thursday. Their small boat was found intact and investigators said they had no clues as to how the pair went overboard.
Subsequently an airplane, used in the search for the two huntsmen, fell into the lake, injuring “Curley” Tathem, Grand Rapids, Mich., pilot; C.L. Tranium and Clyde Duggan, both of Andalusia.
Tathem suffered a fractured leg, Tranium a fractured skull and leg, while Duggan suffered a fractured skull, attaches to the hospital said.
The body of Burke was recovered Sunday, and that of Morgan was taken from the lake Monday morning.
THE ROSE BOWL GAME: All Alabama, as well as the nation, will be watching and listening with much interest Saturday when the Crimson Tide of Alabama meets the Golden Bears of California at the Rose Bowl for the Tournament of Roses game. Despite the fact that Alabama has played four games in the Bowl, winning three and tying one, she is going into this game as the underdog. (Cal won, 13-0.)