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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUB~(~Tt~'(;j[~LIE~ENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. I"/~LI r~ O THE' FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, MAY1 Baseball Team Goes Undefeated! i ON MAY I, 1973 THE FFA ELECTED NEW OFFICERS for the 1973-74 school year. Those elected to serve are, from left to right, Jerome Woodham, president; Jerry Taylor, vice pre- sident; Steve Pierce, secretary; Pat Maddox, treasurer; Hamp Tew, reporter, Carlton Killings- worth, sentinel. | i I i ..... I VTILDCAT BAND HAS \ BANQUET On May 12, 1973 the band held its annual band banquet. A lot of effort was put into decora- tions and presentations. The theme for this year was"Color My World With Music." At the banquet awards were given to outstanding musicians and leaders. Honorary Band Member Award - Wayne Brooks; Musicianship Award - Ginger Ward and Terry Hamilton; Lea- dership Award - Dennis Gibbsl These award winners were voted on by band members. Band Booster officers were installed also. They are: Don Brad- ley ~- president; John West- r vice-president; Jim Walker - secretary and treasurer. The banquet signified the band's closing of the year. Next year everyone is hoping for even a greater band! PICTURED ARE GILBERT SHAW AND MARY JEAN JOHNSON, two winners in the Olympics held in Andalusia, Alabama on May 4. Other winners not shown are Ann Jones, Deborah Parker and Aaron Shaw, Wednesday, May 2, 1973, an assortment of Wildcat footbal- lers, basketballers, Coaches Odom and Godwin, and a few strays piled into their respec- tive automotive vehicles (a bunch of guys got in their cars), and, as soon as lunch was ov- er, they all took off for that sports metropolis of this area- Kinston. The purposefulmotive of the excursion to the land of corn, peas, and basketball (the reason we went to Kinston) was to meet and do battle with the Kinston Tigers - on a diamond. Yes, if one can believe it, Flo- rala was to participate in the athletic event that is heralded as our National Pastime (we went to play baseball). The op- ponents were quite formidable, skilled in the art of the sport to such an extent that they came within one game of going to the State Playoffs (Kinston was good). Thus, the arena was set, and shortly after the car arrival, the contest commen- ced (the game started). With comments buzzing a- round such as, "I haven't played baseball in four years," and "It's been a couple of years since I've even held a baseball," Florala was, naturally, not too confident. But with little league experience behind them, the Cat "baseball team" courageously decided to play the game, fully expecting to get smeared. Much to the surprise of everyone, lead-off man Mike Welch got a hit. It had previously been won- dered if Florala would get a hit all day. Two more hits were to follow in that first inning, but the Cats failed to push a run across, and Kinston came to bat. With Caraway on the mound and Huckabaa behind the plate, Florala managed to get Kinston out after only two runs had scored. Behind by just 2-0, the Cats were in good shape. In the second inning, things changed. Sightler and Gibson got hits, and Carnell James - Florala's first black baseball player, was at theplate. James responded to the pressure with a single, driving in Sightler with Florala's first run of the game. A Welch sacrifice then drove in Gibson, and a Woodham sin- gle RBIed James with the third Cat run of the contest, and Flo- rala was ahead! Kinston went three out - three down in the bottom half of the second, and the Cats began to see that they just might win this game after all. Hamilton added a run in the third, but Kinston rallied to tie it. at four all. The fourth inning was a big one for Flo- rala as Welch and Caraway scored after RBI's by Caraway and Hamilton. Again it was three up-three down for Kinston, and Florala was in control of the contest with three innings to go. After goose-egging the Cats in the fifth, Kinston added one tally and was in position to break the game open when Caraway, growing stronger as the game progressed, rose to the ocassion FRESHMAN EXPECTATIONS By - Sonya Moseley At the first of the year not much was expected out of fresh- men. ' They were the new little creatures who, in general, didn't know anything. A period of ad- justment was allowed in which most everyone was very lenient toward the freshmen. As time went by things changed., Freshmen were to be- have as ~hough they bad been at their present surrounds for years. The office was constant- ly invaded by freshmen who were late tc class or had been caught doing the wrong thing. Gradually this slacked down as the fresh- men became better adjusted. Now the freshmen are faced with new problems. Teachers are anxious to finish their, ma-~ terial and are covering mater-~ ial quickly. More and more reports, homework, and other such things are being added to the list of things that must be done (or caught up on). Fresh- men are expected to keep up. This is a must in order to pass and become a sophomore. In the few weeks left in school Freshmen are expected to do as much as they've done during the rest of the year. The end of the school year is a time for hard work - not playing around. FRESHMAN AT THE PPOM - By Lisa Mc aniel Before you go to high school, all you hear about is the PROM! Although some Juniors and Sen- iors feel it's not fair to Fresh- men to come, we, as under- classmen, feel that it is great, marvelous, and fantastic to be able to go. It was .just as beautiful as we expected it to be. The band was good and everyone was feeling great. At first I was wondering if I would feel out of place therebut of course I didn't because every- one was having fun! Small Chance A chance remark is any- thing a man manages to say when two women are talking. -Seagull, Ogden, Utah. Lately it seems there is an epidemic of bruised heads around FHS. What caused this dreadful outbreak? The future seniors (otherwise known as the Juniors) got their class rings last Wednesday!! (This might also be the reason why there are so many empty pockets around too.) Those beautiful rings are seen in a great var- iety this year; yellow or white gold bands, a whole spectrum of colored stones, crest, vista view letters, and sunbursts. As was stated above, these fantastic rings that have brought unending pleasure to, their owners have also brought a little unhappiness to the unfortunate, ever-suffer- ing underclassmen at FHS. VICA BANQUET HELP MAY 8 The eighth annual Trainers' Appreciation Dinner was held Tuesday evening, May 8, at the Florala High School Cafeteria. This dinner was to show the VIE Students' appreciation to their trainers. Welcomed by VICA president, Linda Birge, the stu- dents and their trainers enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the FHS lunchroom staff. The local singing group, "SPIRIT", provided an enligh- tening program of music. Speeches and reports were gi- ven by VIE members. Everyone worked hard to make the evc-,ning the success ~t was. to chalk up a pair of strike- outs, one of the victims being Kinston's slugger "Big Ar- chic." Welch came across with an insurance run in the sixth which proved to be vital as Kinston matched it in the bottom of the frame. Florala was then held in the top of the last inning, and Kinston had one more turn at bat, trailing by only one run. But once again, in his best form of the game, Caraway smothered the batters, forc- ing them into three groundouts, and the game was over. Florala 7, Kinston 6. UNBELIEVABLE! An thus Florala closed out their '73 baseball season unde- feated, with one win and no los- ses. Leading hitters for th{ year were Caraway and Huck- abaa, each with three hits and .750 averages. Gibson and Ham- ilton had two hits apiece. Cara- way nad a l-0 pitching record and four strikeouts. So, after great winning years in football and basketball, it turned out that Florala's little known baseball team proved to be the greatest of all, going through the whole year undefeated. TWO WEEKS h OAY By Norma Bradberry Just two more weeks and a day, And we will all be on our way. The Seniors will be gone. They will leave the Freshmen alone. There is laughter in the hall. And the girls are playing soft- ball. Just two more weeks and aday, And we will all be on our way. I II I MAUDIE MAE NORRIS DI ES IN GENEVA HOSPITAL Mrs. Maudie Mac Norris, age 80, a resident of Route 2, Flo- rala, passed away in a Geneva hospital, Saturd.ay afternoon, May 12, 1973, following a short illness. She was a member of the Red Oak Baptist Church. She was a native of Coffee County, Alabama, and the widow of the late Dalton D. Norris. Survivors are two sons, Cecil Norris of Route 3, DeFuniak Springs and Bill Norris of Stel- la Route, Florala; three daugh- ters, Mrs. Raymond Peters of Route 4, DeFuniak Springs, Mrs. John J. Aplin of Route 2, Florala and Mrs. Earl Loft of Route 3, Opp; two sisters, Mrs. Allie Hattaway of Route 4, De- Funiak Springs, and Mrs. J. L. Whitehead of DeFuniakSprings; one brother, Willie Hemphill of Alaquippo, Penn., twenty grand- children and twenty-four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:30 p.m. Monday from theRed Oak Baptist Church with the Reverends Bobby Driver and Donald Hall officiating. Burial was in the Red Oak Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home di- recting. EMMA SIMMONS PAST AWAY SUNDAY MORNING Mrs. Emma Simmons, age 92, a resident of West 7th Avenue in Florala for the past 34 years passed away Sunday morning, May 13, 1973. She had made her home with her sister, Mrs. Ella 'Jackson, and was the wi- dow of the late Vernon Sim- mons. Survivors are four sisters, Mrs. Becky Castleberry of Ro- bertsdale, Alabama, Mrs. Ida Boggs of Pensacola, Mrs. Nel- lie Locke of Paxton, and Mrs. Ella Jackson of Florala; one brother, C. H. Presley of En- terprise, Alabama. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Assembly of God Church in Florala with the Reverends Luther Stevenson, Raymond Taylor and Huey Mitchell of- ficiating. Burial was in the Flo- rala Greenwood Cemetery with j ~ Evans Funeral Home directing. i Council And Cheerleader Elections Held Well, fellow students of FHS, representing the views of the you are again confornted with student body?" elections. You are supposed to sort through all the posters, life-sized pictures, campaign promises, and bribes in order to choose a new Student Council president and vice-president. You are, no doubt, baffled by such questions as, "Who is the most qualified for the position?" ,. and "Who will do the most in Along with the Student Council election is the Varsity Cheer- leader election. In this elec- tion you, the student, are to choose the loudest mouthed, highest jumping girls to be the leader of school spirit. In most elections, however, popularity is a deciding factor. So as you approach this elec- tion remember, "May the BEST win." Most anyone will attend a conference if someone of- fers to pay all expenses. i / .... COSMETOLOGY GRADUATING CLASS - (back row, left to right)Kathy Brenda Bass, Amelia Moore, Rebecca McCurley, Sandra Prater, Saundra Betty Tucker, Ronzana Eiland, Bonnie Colvin, Laverness Brand. bqL~?¸¸ iii TAMARA LITTLE, (L) OF ANDALUSIA, AND DEBBIE NEWBERRY, OF spread the word around the campus of LBW State Junior College to remind school's first Honors Day program. The poster gives most of the details. Thel vited to attend Friday morning's program which will honor freshmen and excelled in academic work at LBW. Miss Newberry is the daughter of Mrs. Lois Newberry of Florala. rr ~3 % :.~ !!~ KILOWATTHOUR S The People of Alabama Power :( Wehvehere, too. 30