|Remember When? Health issues prompt Marty Sisco to step down at UC |
|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
Jan. 24 — George MacIntyre, who helped UT Martin’s football program do an about face over the previous three seasons, resigned his post as the team’s head coach to accept the job as defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. MacIntyre posted a 2-8 season in his first year as the Pacers’ mentor and identical 8-3 seasons in 1976 and 1977. Offensive coordinator Vester Newcomb was named to succeed MacIntyre as UTM’s skipper.
Jan. 25 — After a long layoff due to snow and ice, South Fulton heated up the gym with a twinbill victory over Rutherford. The Red Devils were 63-59 winners while their female counterparts triumphed 58-56. The SF boys were paced by Walter Cavitt with 16 markers. In the girls’ game, Diedre Stunson poured in 27 points with teammate Sharmon Coley a point off her pace with 26.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 25 — Union City’s boys knocked off No. 10 Lexington 80-70 behind a 34-point evening by Eric Brooks. Teammate Shane Sisco added 13 for the victorious Twisters. In the opener, D.D. Allen was her team’s equivalent of Brooks with 32 points in the Hurricanes’ 64-60 defeat.
Jan. 26 — The Union City Middle School boys’ put the finishing touches on Dan Boykin’s first perfect season (14-0) in his 17 years of coaching after a 45-31 victory over Hickman (Ky.). The Purple and Gold starters had a trio of players in twin digits with Stanley Caldwell (18) atop the scoring summary and Cory Mosley and Eddie Williams tacking on 11 and 10, respectively. Meanwhile, in the girls’ game, the UC girls evened their record to 7-7 after a 36-22 win. Latasha Thompson pitched in 14 for the Hurricanes with Jennifer Gillett contributing 10.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 26 — Union City High School boys’ basketball coach Marty Sisco confirmed that he would be stepping down as the team’s skipper at the end of the 1997-98 season, citing health concerns. A year earlier, Sisco led the Twisters to the Class AA state championship, his third during his 10-year tenure as the team’s coach. At the time of his announcement, Sisco had compiled 547 victories in 25 combined seasons at Union City and Kenton, respectively.
Jan. 30 — Lake Road’s girls capped a perfect 19-0 season in style with a 50-44 triumph over Ridgemont in the finals of the Obion County School System jayvee tournament. The Lady Generals were paced by the sister combination of Kasie and Kodie McClanahan with 22 and 10 points, respectively. Connie Barker tacked on 11 for the victors. Bobbie Parker was Ridgemont’s top contributor with 17 during the defeat.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 24 — Hillcrest was greedy in the Obion County School System jayvee tournament as the Troy-based school took both the girls’ and boys’ crown after a pair of triumphs. The Lady Cougars were 34-25 winners over Ridgemont while their male equals won the OCSS crown with a 40-35 decision over Lake Road. In the girls’ title tilt, Hillcrest’s Addy Greer and R’mont’s Kayla Holloway shared the top scorer designation with a dozen each. H’crest’s boys were paced by Jacob Fulbright and Ty Bacon with 12 apiece. Logan Parker was the Generals’ standout scorer with 10 in the loss.
Jan. 28 — Obion Central graduate Jeff Robertson under took the task of building a football program from the ground up. Robertson accepted the position as the head coach at Liberty in Jackson, a new school which was scheduled to open in the fall of 2003. With the new job, Robertson vacated his position as the head coach at Riverside. While at Riverside, Robertson posted a 19-15 and his teams competed in the Class AA playoffs during all three seasons of his tenure.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 24 — Union City’s boys reeled off six straight points in a 46-second span to escape the clutches of Lake County with its perfect District 14A record still in tact in a 75-73 winner. Tony Wilkins topped the UC scoring summary with 20 points while teammates Jeremy Simpson and MJ Brown chipped in 17. In the opener, LaBrica Ward led the Lady Twisters scoring-wise with 11 in a 44-39 victory.
Jan. 29 — Jana Roney returned to the Obion Central fold after an ankle injury and appeared to not have missed a beat in a 52-44 win over Dyersburg. Roney showered the Trojans with 28 points. In the nightcap, D’burg extracted a measure of revenge with a 64-53 triumph over the Rebels. Nick Gilliam had 22 points to lead OC.