|Remember When? Jim McPeake named new football coach at OCCHS |
|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 9 — South Fulton High School basketball standout Diedre Stunson signed on to continue her career at the University of Louisville. Stunson, a 6-foot-4, 145 pound forward/center, averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds per game during her senior season as a Devilette. She was twice an All-State and All-Region choice during her career and she was named to the All-District team during all four of her prep campaigns.
May 10 — The question of who would be the next Obion Central football coach was finally answered. Jim McPeake, who coached in 1977 at Houston County, was hired to be the Rebels’ new skipper. McPeake led HC to a 11-1 record the season prior with his team falling to Lake County in the state playoff quarterfinals. Prior to coaching at Houston County, McPeake starred at Murray State.
20 Years Ago
May 9 — Four Union City track stars punched individual tickets to participate in the TSSAA state track meet after stellar performances at the regional meet. D.D. Allen advanced to the state finale in the 110-meter hurdles with Christye Mathias and Jenny Jernigan (1-2, respectively in the discus) both moving forward. For the Twister boys, Wright Jernigan moved forward with a throw of 50 feet, 10 inches in the shot put.
May 10 — South Fulton High School basketball standout Amy Wroten inked papers to continue her career at Dyersburg State Community College. Wroten joins former SF teammates Sondra Miller and Beth Bell at DSCC. While at SF, Wroten was a three-year starter and an All-District selection for David Brann.
10 Years Ago
May 12 — Lisa Pituch, who starred at Obion Central in basketball, returned to the local sports landscape. Pituch, who served three years in the early 1990s as the Union City girls’ head basketball coach, came back to join the team as an assistant to Ray Wilson. Prior to returning to UC, Pituch served as the head coach for the Dyersburg girls’ team.
May 14 — South Fulton was an 8-2 winner in the Region 8A championship game over Trenton. The Devilettes downed the Lady Tide thanks to Lisa Stephens’ mound effort. The SF pitcher allowed just two runs with six hits scattered over the duration of the game. Meanwhile, Stephens struck out eight. At the plate, Tara Howard and Nikki Collier both went 2-for-3 to lead the Devilettes.
5 Years Ago
May 12 — South Fulton claimed the District 15A softball championship with ease after a 10-1 victory over Dresden. Lindsey McDaniel drove in three runs for the victors with Jessica McKinney chasing home a pair. Aimee Grissom was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts and two hits allowed with Maddie Carrington tossing two perfect innings with a pair of punchouts. Eighth-grader Kaci Beadles chased one home for SF.
May 13 — Jeff Chandler was named as the new girls’ basketball coach at Union City High School. Chandler comes to UC with no prior head coaching experience in basketball, although he did serve as Obion Central baseball coach for one season. He was a three-sport standout at Kenton High School, where he played golf, basketball and baseball.
1 Year Ago
May 9 — A group of six Union City track standouts advanced to the sectional meet after placing in fourth or better at the Region 7A-AA meet. Cedric Allen moved forward in the long jump with Dexter Hopson also making the cut in that event. Hopson also advanced in the triple jump with Marq Evans earning a sectional nod in the shot put. On the girls’ side, Sharee Forrest and Renesha Moffatt advanced in the shot put and discus, respectively.
May 15 — In a game that took parts of two days to complete, South Fulton claimed the District 14A Softball Tournament title after a 3-2 victory over Union City. In the game that was put on hold due to darkness at the unlighted SF field, the Lady Twisters were without the services of head coach Shane Sisco, who was ejected during his team’s semifinal win over Halls. Lady Devilette Elizabeth Snow was responsible for the game-winning ribbie. Junior Melissa Reams improved to 12-3 with the triumph, while Karly Hollis fell to 9-13 for the Lady Tornadoes.
Both teams advanced to the Region 7A Tournament thanks to their berths in the finals of the 14A event.