Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
July 26 — Union City’s 14-15 Year Old All Stars beat Sequoyah 3-2 in the state tournament at Lexington. John Cary scored the game-winning run and went 3-for-3, while Randy Mitchell was the winning hurler. Kevin Terrett had two hits for the local stars, who then lost their next two games in the tourney. Under the direction of James Cary, Union City beat Martin twice to win the district event, then topped Paris for the area crown.
July 29 — After winning its first two games in the 17-18 Year Old State Tournament, the Union City All Stars lost consecutive games to Lewisburg and Nashville to place third in the tourney. John Townsley was the hero in UC’s two victories, smacking an eighth-inning grand slam in his team’s 5-2 victory over Franklin County, then hitting a bases-loaded single to drive in two in what was eventually a 3-2 triumph over Tri-County. John Fowler whiffed 15 in Union City’s thriller over FC and Aaron Dearmitt had three hits. Against TC, Brent Burton plated Dearmitt with a squeeze bunt for the winning run. Keith Powell was the winning hurler for manager Jim Cawley’s squad.
20 Years Ago
July 29 — Larry Parks was put in charge of the Obion County Central football program. With no head coaching experience in the sport, Parks was to serve as simply a “head coordinator” and/or an administrator. Plans were for the team to be split into two squads — one for offense and another for defense — and to dress in separate rooms with no player to see action both ways. P.A. Pratt was to serve as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator with Tony Lester in charge of the defense. OC had gone 2-8 the year before, with head coach Jim Wiggins charging insubordination against two assistants and resigning with two games left in the season.
July 31 — The Obion County 12-and-Under All Stars, sponsored by Stacks Salvage and Gill Insulation, played sixth in the state softball tournament in Murfreesboro. Members of the team included Christy Wade, Sarah Richards, Erin Gray, Charity Nolan, Samantha Eaves, Jeannie Eaves, Jennifer Richards, Lori Simpson, Brandy Griffin, Alllison Harris, Shonda Hogg, Mandy Fowlkes and Dana Cooper.
10 Years Ago
July 26 — Several Union City High School tennis players were recognized after finishing either as champions or runnersup in the District 13AA Tournament. Among the Lady Tornado netters lauded were Angie Johnson, Erica Martin, Elizabeth Mooney, Marcy Stringfield and Elizabeth Hudson. On the boys’ side, Twister standouts Scottie Gilliam, Zack Butler and Caleb Simmons were honored.
July 31 — The Union City Lady Roadrunners survived the ejection of their coach and came back from an eight-run deficit to beat Kohler 9-8 and win the championship of the Martin Ladies Softball League. Tenishia Macklin drove home the deciding run. Tenia Shields had two triples and three RBIs, Kim Pruitt had three hits and Fannie Tipton was the winning pitcher for the local squad.
5 Years Ago
July 30 — Craig Lowrance was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Class 1A All-State baseball team after a stellar season at Union City High School. Lowrance went 11-1 with a 1.78 earned run average and 122 strikeouts for the Tornadoes. He hit .430 and had a gaudy .740 slugging percentage, too. Lowrance was playing summer ball with the Indianapolis Yankees, a traveling team based out of Evansville.
July 31 — Union City’s 10-and-Under team placed third in the Cal Ripken state tournament. Contributing to that stellar feat were Caitlin Jones, Macey Beeler, Raven Fair, Ashley Faught, Mikayla Davis, Kealie Reaves, Lexi Brown, Kristian Davis, Courtney Sherrill, Amber Fair and Macy Earley.
1 Year Ago
July 26 — South Fulton’s Haley McKinney was a repeat choice for the TSWA All-State softball team. McKinney, one season after helping the Devilettes to a school record 34 wins and a third place finish in the Class 1A state tourney, won 16 games as a junior. SF won 20 or more games for the eighth straight season before being upset in the regional semifinals by McKenzie.
July 29 — The Obion County “Blues” won six consecutive games to advance to the softball World Series in Pigeon Forge. The team’s roster included Cali Johnson, Juliane Albright, Alex Wilson, Rachel Jones, Payton Robertson, McKenna Stephenson, Emily Pickard, Megan Gargus, Macy Allison, Carly Whipple and Kayla Bramlett.
Published in The Messenger 7.26.12