|Remember When? Tamisha Slayton leads UC softball to 1st tourney win |
|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
May 1 — Obion Central handed out awards to its outstanding basketball players at the school’s annual sports banquet. Lady Rebels receiving awards were Paula Sanders, Laura McNeill, Pam Ursery and Myra Wheeler. Meanwhile, Obion Central boys’ players Rob Blakemore, Ken Russell, Mike Hayes and Scottie Hayes each got individual honors.
May 6 — Union City’s tennis squad prepared for the district tournament with a 4-3 girls’ win and a 6-1 boys’ triumph over Lake County. For the UC girls, LaDonn Phelps, Emily Faulk and Tami Denaburg were all winners in singles play with Allison Hobbs and Debbie Cohen combining for a doubles triumph. On the boys’ side, Bob Pair, Mike Gilliam, Steve Harpole, Woody Hardesty and Craig Jones each took individual wins. Gilliam and Harpole also recorded a doubles victory.
20 Years Ago
May 1 — Union City’s girls took the top honors at the Rotary Relays. Leading the locals was Most Valuable Field Performer Melanie Carr. Carr finished third in the high jump and sixth in the long jump. She also recorded a pair of first-place finishes in the 220-yard and 440-yard dash. D.D. Allen also offered a standout day, earning gold medals in both of the hurdles events and second in the high jump. Twister teammates Jenny Jernigan and Christy Mathias finished 1-2 in the discus.
May 4 — South Fulton’s baseball season ended after an 11-1 loss to Bradford in the opening round of the District 14A Tournament. The Red Devils finished the campaign 1-12 under rookie skipper Junie Decker with David Glisson the losing pitcher in the team’s last game. Sean Cooper was a perfect 3-for-3 to lead SF with Mike Cantrell offering a pair of safeties during the defeat.
10 Years Ago
May 1 — The Union City tennis teams locked up the District 13A-AA regular season team championships. Members of UC tennis fraternity were Susan Kemp, Betsi Helper, Sara Fuqua, Lindsey Thomas, Chance Harris, Ross Clark, Bruce Brown, Millie Dickerson, Cassie Scott, Seth Rhenberg, Ty Thornton and Jeremy Cagle.
May 4 — Union City’s softball squad won in the postseason for the first time ever as the Lady Twisters downed Crockett County 10-3 in the District 13AA Tournament. Erica Clark finished the historic triumph 3-for-4 with Dana Passmore 3-for-5 for UC. Meanwhile, Crystal Fuzzell, Cortney Lee and Tamisha Slayton each contributed a safety in the Union City victory. Slayton was the winning pitcher with seven hits allowed over seven innings.
5 Years Ago
May 1 — Former University of Tennessee and Westview High School offensive lineman Will Ofenheusle signed as a free agent to play for the New York Jets. The 6-foot-6, 308 pound lineman was able to sign with NY after he went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. Ofenheusle joins a Jets team that won the AFC East Division championship in 2002.
May 5 — South Fulton showed little love to its crosstown rival in an 8-1 triumph over Fulton City. The Devilettes closed out the regular season with the victory thanks to stellar pitching by starter Aimee Grissom (four innings, one hit, five strikeouts) and reliever Maddie Carrington (three innings, six strikeouts). At the dish, SF was paced by twin sister tandem of Krista and Kayla Pirtle who both had two hits and a pair of runs batted in. Teammate Lindsay Frazier finished the outing 2-for-4 with a triple. For Fulton City, Jamie Turner drove in the only run.
1 Year Ago
May 1 — Union City brought home both the gold and silver trophies from the District 14A-AA Tennis Tournament. Caitlin Kirkland and Caroline Kirkland combined to defeat UC teammates Rachel Triplett and Sarah Reese in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) during the the tourney’s finale. Meanwhile, Union City’s top seed Ben Woods fell to Tallon Scott in the boys’ singles championship match.
May 4 — Obion Central was unable to push a run across and thus, they were eliminated from the District 13AA Softball Tournament. The Lady Rebels were led by Liesel Grossner (2-for-3) and senior Lacy Eaves with a pair of hits. Laykon Butler and Olivia Grady each singled once in the loss. The game was the final in an Obion Central uniform for Eaves, Audrey Gilliam, Randi Kaye Walker, Callie McWhorter and Megen Haskins.