NINE YEARS AGO
AUG. 22, 2002
“Sparta Academy, Junior Varsity/Pee Wee Schedule, 2002: Sept. 9, at Greenville; Sept. 16, at Escambia; Sept. 23, v. Escambia; Sept. 30, v. Greenville; Oct. 8, v. Monroe; Oct. 21, v. Cottage Hill (Pee Wee Only). 5 p.m. Kick-off on all Pee Wee games, 6 p.m. Kick-off on all JV games; Oct. 21, Game time to be announced.”
“Hillcrest High School, 2002 Football Schedule, Aug. 30, at W.S. Neal; Sept. 6, at Choctaw County; Sept. 13, v. Jackson; Sept. 20, at Monroe County; Sept. 27, at Geneva; Oct. 4, at UMS-Wright; Oct. 11, v. Andalusia; Oct. 18, v. Thomasville; Oct. 25, v. Gulf Shores; Nov. 1, v. Greenville. 7 p.m. Kick-off on all games.”
“Sparta Hamburger Supper and Pep Rally: Sparta Academy will hold a Pep Rally and Hamburger Cook-out on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the school. They will begin serving hamburger plates at 5 p.m. for $3.50 each. After the supper a pep rally will be held to kick-off the 2002 football season. The Warriors will travel to Monroeville on Friday, Aug. 30, to take on the Monroe Academy Volunteers. Everyone is encouraged to come out Thursday night and bring your spirit and your appetite.”
“JDCC Baseball Team: Jefferson Davis Community College Head Baseball Coach Mark Jackson is looking for assistant baseball coaches for the upcoming 2002-2003 season. Please contact Coach Jackson for more information.”
24 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1987
“Warrior blanks Sparta 21-0: Warrior Academy blanked the Sparta Academy Warriors 21-0 Saturday night in Eutaw.
“Robbie Bolton had 15 yards on four carries; Lee Wild, 10 on 12; Kenny Bledsoe, 15 on 9; and Jamie Deason, 7 on 5.
“Bledsoe completed five of eight pass attempts for 24 yards and was intercepted once. Brad Watts was incomplete on two tosses. Jeff Carrier had two catches for 21 yards; Watts, 1 for 9; Craig Blackburn, 1 for 1; and Deason, 1 for a loss of 7 yards.”
“Probable starters on defense for the Evergreen Aggies when they open the season with J.F. Shields here Friday night at 7:30 at Brooks Memorial Stadium are Craig Palmer, James Gross, Patrick Atkins and James Grace; Travis Stallworth, Greg Stanton, Tony Simpson and Russell Meeks; and Earl Johnson, Steve Cunningham and Marvin Cunningham.”
“This is probably the way the Evergreen High Aggies will line up on offense here Friday night when they meet J.F. Shields in Brooks Stadium in the season-opener at 7:30: Travis Stallworth, TE; Patrick Atkins, T; James Gross, G; Craig Blackburn, C; Russell Meeks, G; Scott Jones, T; and Marvin Cunningham, SE; Tony Simpson, TB; Steve Cunningham, FB; Jack Harvey, QB; and Greg Stanton, TB.”
“Head Coach Ed Parrish and Assistant Coach Gerry Watson are readying their Evergreen High Aggies for their season opener with J.F. Shields High School of Beatrice Friday night.”
39 YEARS AGO
AUG. 24, 1972
“Meeting is set Lyeffion Friday Pee Wee Football: There will be a meeting of all boys who will play Pee Wee football at Lyeffion on Friday night at 7:30 at the school. Boys 8-13 are urged to attend.”
“Jaycees drop Pee Wee football: The Evergreen Jaycees regret that they will not be able to sponsor their previously planned Pee Wee Football program. The decision to drop the program from their list of projects was made due to a lack of coaching help and due to the cost of the program.”
“Lenox Horse Club enjoys trail ride: Member of the Lenox Horse Club and their visitors recently enjoyed a trail ride and camp out. President Paul Brantley announced plans for the Fall Rodeo and Horse Show on Sept. 30. The parking area for the arena has been expanded to solve parking problems.”
54 YEARS AGO
AUG. 22, 1957
“Evergreen High Aggies Begin Workouts On Friday Morning: Football practice for the 1957 version of the Evergreen High School Aggies begins officially Friday morning at 5 a.m., according to Coach Wendell Hart. He said it would be much cooler that time of the day for the preliminary workouts.
“Thirteen lettermen will be returning with eight in the line and five in the backfield. Expected to provide a lot of experience in the line will be: Howard Claybrook, Paul Pace, George Bolton, Bobby English, Robert Daniels, Byron Warren and Jerry Mitchell. Thought to be lost to the team this year was Zeke Zukowski, but he will return as the captain of the squad.
“In the backfield, returning stalwarts will be Robert Ellington, who will alternate at halfback and quarterback, Robbie Boykin, Jimmy Moorer, Billy Grace and Jimmy Bell. Also returning will be Ceylon Strong.
“The line is expected to be medium, but fast. The big question in the line at the present will be the reserve strength. Several large boys, with little experience, but lots of determination, are expected to turn out: Wayne Peacock, who weighs about 225, Dale Wiggins, who will weigh in at about 195, and Cleveland Brown, who probably weighs over 200. A number of other boys is also expected to turn out.
“The backfield will probably be a little heavier this year, and overall will average a shade less than 160. Many of the boys report having run this summer getting ready and should be in good shape.
“’The schedule looks rough this year, starting with a hard one against Atmore for the first game,’ Coach Hart said. ‘In fact, every game on the schedule could be hard.’
“Coach Hart’s load is expected to be lighter this year, with the addition of Jeff Moorer to the coaching staff, as assistant coach. Jeff was the assistant coach last year at Andalusia High.
“’In spite of the rough schedule, we’ll probably field a stronger team this year. At any rate, we’re looking forward to Friday and getting down to work,” Coach Hart concluded.
69 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1942
“Aid And Guide To Alabama Fishermen: The fish and game division of the Alabama Department of Conservation is endeavoring to aid all Alabama fishermen and in the past few days has issued fishing reports on lakes and streams of 23 North Alabama counties, 15 counties in Central and 14 counties in South Alabama. The reports tell fishermen, when, where and how fish are biting, the kinds of bait to use, and other details. However, the department does not guarantee that all fishermen will “catch the limit.” Fishermen must plan their own trips, furnish their own equipment including yard sticks and scales, and formulate their own post-trip yarns.”
Compiled by Sports Reporter Lee Peacock from past issues of The Evergreen Courant. To read The Courant’s weekly Sports Flashback feature online, visit leepeacock2010.blogspot.com.