14 YEARS AGO
FEB. 10, 2005
Sparta teams reach sub-state: Both the Warriors and Lady Warriors of Sparta Academy will play this Friday at Huntingdon College for the right to advance to next week’s AISA AA Final Four.
For the fourth time this season, the boys and girls teams of Escambia Academy prevailed over the Sparta teams in the Class AA East Area 1 tournament. The games were played in Canoe last Thursday and Friday and relegated the Warrior teams to runner-up status in the upcoming sub-state round.
Both Sparta teams won on the opening night of the tournament to advance to the finals against the host teams. Sparta’s girls whipped Clarke Prep while the boys took care of Jackson Academy.
(Players on Sparta’s boys team that year included Chase Brown, Michael Campbell, Will Ivey, Chad Morris, Tony Raines and Eric Talbot. Sparta girls players included Erin Brock, Preethi Covin, Ashton Garner, Cody Godwin, Ava Pate and Samantha Seaman.)
Jaguars host area tournament: Despite closing out the regular season with a loss, coach Tommy Dukes’ Hillcrest Jaguars head into the postseason with the No. 1 seed in this week’s 4A Area 2 tournament that begins this Friday night in Evergreen.
The Lady Jaguars also lost their regular season finale and must travel to open area tournament play. They travel to top-seeded Geneva for an opening round game on Thursday night.
(Players on Hillcrest’s boys team that year included Chris Hines, Jerry Jackson, Nicholas Lovelace. Hillcrest girls players included Ebony Nelson and Kaleen Thomas, and Danny Covin was head girls coach.)
39 YEARS AGO
FEB. 14, 1980
Aggies, 24-1, play last home game Friday: The largest crowd ever to watch an Evergreen Aggie basketball game piled into the Evergreen Gym Friday night and witnessed the Aggies defeating Jackson for the second time this year, 69-63, in overtime.
Scoring for Evergreen went as follows: Horace Smith, 18; Sanford Moye, 15; Joe Mitchell, 15; Perona Rankins, 13; Philander Rogers, four; John Allen, four.
Evergreen traveled to Brewton Tuesday night and handled Southern Normal easily, 80-64. Scoring for Evergreen: Rankins, 21; Moye, 17; John Allen, 16; Rodgers, eight; Mitchell, eight; Anthony Williams, four; David Floyd, three; Michael Lampley, three.
Evergreen’s record is now 24-1. The Aggies will play their last home game of the season Friday against Wilcox County.
Warriors whip McIntosh twice: The Sparta Academy Warriors won both the varsity boys and girls varsity games when they hosted McIntosh Academy in the Sparta Gymnatorium on Saturday night, Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr. reports.
The Warrior girls raced to an easy 50-29 victory with Missi Thacker scoring 17 points and Cathy Cope 10. Joining in on the scoring for Sparta were Karen Brown, seven; Cheri Johnson, six; Lynn Hyde, four; and Lindy Scott, Terry Blackmon and Missy Price, two each.
Sparta’s boys measured McIntosh, 58-47, behind the shooting of Terry Shipp, 18 points, and Ronny McKenzie, 16. Terry Peacock and Richard Tate had eight each; Bobby Mason, four, and Trent Carrier and Jeff Johnson, two each.
64 YEARS AGO
FEB. 10, 1955
The Evergreen Aggies, fielding a much taller team and hitting a deadly percentage of their shots, easily whipped the Lyeffion Yellow Jackets to the tune of 86 to 24 in Memorial Gym last Wednesday night.
The Aggies, led by lanky Randy White, jumped to an early 33-6 lead in the first quarter. White poured through 13 points in the first frame, closely followed by Tommy Melton with eight points.
The Evergreen five slowed down the pace in the second quarter, scoring only 12 points, but the Yellow Jackets had trouble finding the bucket and scored only one point. The Aggies left the court at halftime with a 45 to 7 lead.
Evergreen center Randy White had his best night of the season as he made 19 of 24 free throws and eight field goals for his high of the year of 35 points. Tommy Melton followed White with 16 points. Jimmy Frazier, before leaving the game via the foul route, contributed 14 points followed by Wayne Frazier with six points; Ward Alexander, Buck Lewis and Wayne Douglas with four points each. Ronnie Edson with two points and Robert King with one finished up the Aggie scoring.
Tomlinson and Jones tied for Lyeffion’s top men with seven points each. Anthony, Brantley and Coker with three points each and Covin with one point rounded out the Lyeffion scoring.
89 YEARS AGO
FEB. 13, 1930
Evergreen Loses To Castleberry 15 to 14: Castleberry, Ala., Feb. 10 – Evergreen’s final bid for a tie failed when a foul goal was missed as the game ended and the Aggies went down to defeat before Castleberry, 15 to 14.
The local team grabbed the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it. Their lead, however, never became secure and usually ranged around three points. In the second quarter, Castleberry gained a five-point lead at 11 to 6, but Evergreen looped a field goal to cut the margin to three points, 11 to 8, at half time.
The two teams took turn about in failing to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Castleberry missed many chances to draw in the first half and Evergreen did likewise in the second. In winning by a lone point, Castleberry evened the count with Evergreen for the season as the Aggies had won by a similar margin, 18 to 17, at Evergreen. The line-up:
Evergreen – Johnson, rf (4); Hyde, rf; W. Kelley, lf (4); E. Kelley, c (4); Hardie, rg (2); Rogers, rg; Miller, lg.
Castleberry – Skinner, rf (5); Matthews, lf (2); Glass, lf; Weaver, c (8); Day, rg; Howington, lg.
The local team now has won five games and lost three, scores of the winning games being as follows: Lenox, 25-6; East Brewton, 41-22; East Brewton, 24-20; Repton, 16-11; Evergreen, 15-4. Scores of the losing games were: Brewton, 18-33; Jay, Fla., 23-50; Evergreen, 17-18.
Evergreen Meets Mobile Here Friday: The Aggies will meet one of the best cage teams in Alabama at the Armory in Evergreen at eight o’clock Friday night in the team from Mobile High. This team took the high laurels from Sidney Lanier in Mobile last Saturday night by a score of 25-23.
The Aggies lost to this team in Mobile a few weeks ago by the score of 41-25 and needless to say they are out to get revenge for this licking. They believe they can give them a trimming on their home court. At any rate they will be scrapping to this end until the final whistle blows.
Mobile has lost three games this season. One to Foley and two to Biloxi High, Miss. A big crowd is expected to see this game of games. It is going to be the best game of the season. Be there are root for the Aggies. It will help them to win.