|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
Aug. 30 — Winners were announced for the 19-30 age group in the Obion County Tennis Tournament. Paul Schultz took top honors on the men’s side while Grace Purvis garnered first in women’s action. Jack Forrest and Rosalee Thompson
finished as the men’s and women’s runners-up, respectively.
Sept. 3 — Fulton City toppled Fulton County 33-8 in high school football. Anthony Parker ran for over 100 yards and three touchdowns to pace the victors. Parker also connected for a fourth touchdown through the air with a halfback pass. Fulton County’s only score came as David Robinson ducked in from three yards out. Mike Parker tossed the two-point conversion pass to Doug Akers for the Pilots.
20 Years Ago
Aug. 31 — An early 14-0 Union City lead proved too much to overcome for Obion Central and first-year head coach Jim Wiggins. The Rebels fell to the Twisters 20-13. John Reynolds hauled in a 26-yard scoring pass from Tornado quarterback Gordon Bruff while Tyrone Eskew scampered for touchdown runs of four-yards and 15 yards in the win. For OC, Mick Grandy punched in a one-yard TD, while Clint Jett hauled in a 15-yard offering by Corey Montgomery for the county locals’ other score.
Sept. 2 — First Volunteer Bank outslugged The America’s Team 17-12 in Union City Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League action. Brian Heatherly homered to cap a 4-for-5 outing for FVB while Dale Woodward and Harold Lee both left the yard for the victors. Butch Woodward was the winning pitcher for the Bankers. Ronald Walley and Don Bailey each had three hits and a home run for AT with Terry Council absorbing the mound loss.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 1 — Union City shut out Huntingdon 13-0 in the Tornadoes’ 1997 season opener. Jackie Lewis scampered for a nine-yard TD with 1:26 remaining in the third quarter to break open the scoreless game. With 10:07 remaining in the fourth, Chris Smith sprinted 85 yards for UC’s insurance score.
Sept. 3 — Black Oak opened the 1997 junior high football season with a 28-6 walloping of Holice Powell. Frankie Blakley, William Simmons and Tyler Roberson all notched TDs for the winners. Meanwhile, William Simmons, Justin Simmons and Michael Flowers each brought down an interception for the Eagles.
Sept. 4 — Sidney Pirtle, DeWayne Ware and Jason Black combined to take the title in the Summer Hoop Fest 3-on-3 Tournament. Zach Underwood, McCoy Weatherspoon and Michael Lockridge gained the event’s silver medal.
5 Years Ago
Aug. 31 — Lake Road reeled off 24 first half points and never looked back in a 32-20 junior high football win over South Fulton. Justin Easley, Kyle Wilson and Matt Culver each scored a rushing touchdown during the victory for the Generals. LR quarterback Bryant Cruce connected with Josh Buffington for a 40-yard TD pass. For South Fulton, Shane Vinson returned a kickoff for a 78-yard dash to paydirt with Cedric Allen carrying in a 58-yard TD scamper. SF quarterback Zach Nabors found Deric Grooms for a short six-yard scoring pass in the loss.
Sept. 3 — Ripley edged Obion Central 21-13 in high school football despite the efforts of quarterback Wes Moore. Moore was 21-of-37 in with 246 passing yards. Both of OC’s scores came off aerial offerings by Moore. Cory Robertson brought down one such pass, with Colby McBride crossing into paydirt on the other.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 1 — Macy Allison struck out eight as Lake Road edged Ridgemont 4-3 in junior high softball action. Whitney Dodd, McKenzie Tucker and Carmen Garcia each notched a double in the win. Hope Montgomery and Dodd each had a pair of runs batted in for the victors. Kate Hardin was the losing pitcher for Lake Road. She also accounted for her team’s only RBI.
Sept. 4 — Will Arnold booted a 27-yard field goal in overtime to complete Union City’s 31-28 come-from-behind win over Lake County. The Twisters trailed 28-0 before a pair of Brett White TD’s, a solo score from Lucas Flood and a 92-yard touchdown reception by Demetrius Bracey off the hand of White set up the dramatic ending and region victory for the Purple and Gold.