Looking Back … Lester Hudson returning to UT Martin for senior hoops season
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 pm
The Weakley County Press takes a look back at the top local sports stories from one, five, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
June 23, 1983 — Two UTM football players were named to the preseason All-Gulf South Conference team. Junior wide receiver Tony Champion and junior linebacker Greg Ihnen were named to the 24-player team. Champion led the Pacers in touchdowns receptions and receiving yards despite missing the final five games of the 1982 season. Ihnen led the Pacers with 98 tackles in 1982. He was the GSC Player of the Week for his 17-tackle performance in UTM’s 17-14 win over Austin Peay.
June 23, 1983 — The Dairy Queen Reds pulled off an upset with an 8-2 win over the Vincent Implement A’s. Mike Monroe turned in a superb pitching performance by holding the A’s to two runs on two hits and striking out 11 batters. David Kao tripled in Frank McClusky to get the Reds on the scoreboard in the first inning. Mike Taylor and Stephen Stockton both scored on fielding errors in the fourth inning for the Reds.
20 Years Ago
June 22, 1993 — One lucky pool team, Sharkey’s Sharpshooters, got a private five-hour lesson in the game of pool from Eddie Parker, better known as Fast Eddie. He is known as one of the greatest pool hustlers of all time and inspired the 1959 movie “The Hustler” starring Paul Newman. Sharkey’s Sharpshooters consists of Martin residents Marty Kirby, Ron Armatys, Randy Finney, Mike Landeros, Kelly Taylor and Daryl Lewandoski.
June 22, 1993 — UTM’s men and women’s rodeo team both earned top-10 finishes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals. Brett Gould and Frank Graves were crowned national champions in team roping. Kim McKee finished fifth in the national in barrel racing.
10 Years Ago
June 17, 2003 — Westview athletic director Rusty Taylor was selected by the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association as the 2003 recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association State Award of Merit. The NIAAA also recognized Taylor as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.
June 19, 2003 — Murphy’s Funeral Home team recorded a double title run after winning the regular season and city tournament championship in the Cal Ripken 11- and 12-year-old division. Chevy Taylor, Mark Tucker, Zach Ward, Hunter Scott and Bradley Hahn were some of the members of the team.
5 Years Ago
June 17, 2008 — UTM’s standout and NBA prospect Lester Hudson decided to skip the 2008 NBA draft and play his senior season for the Skyhawks. After projections hadd Hudson picked to go anywhere from the 40th to 45th pick, the 6-2 guard decided to play one more year of college basketball to improve his chances for a higher pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
June 19, 2008 — Westview softball player Emily Belote did not have to look too far for her choice to play college softball. Belote decided to stay home and play for UTM. She helped the Lady Chargers make it to the Spring Fling for the second year in a row in 2008 along with winning both the district and regional tournaments. She broke the school record for stolen bases and made the 2008 all-district team.
1 Year Ago
June 19, 2012 — The Greenfield baseball team concluded its baseball season with its annual awards banquet. The team finished the 2012 season with a 27-3 record. Some of those receiving awards were district MVP Heath Crouse, Payton Page, Adam bethel and Heath Smith.
June 21, 2012 — The Martin Blue Jays youth league team won the 10-and-under division of the Union City Summer Baseball Tournament. Some of the members of the team were Jordan Sullivan, Braxton Gunter, Garrett Byrd, Michael Ford and Drew Campbell.
Published in The WCP 6.20.13