|Remember When? Young, Ragsdale, Maddox help UC to regional crown |
|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 18 — Union City claimed the Region 7AA baseball championship after a 10-7 victory over White Station. At the plate, UC’s Tripp Young went 2-for-4 with two singles and a ribbie while Mark Ragsdale drove in a pair during the victory. On the mound, winning pitcher Eric Maddox struck out four with Terry Hornsby getting the save with a trio of punchouts.
May 19 — Woodland drubbed Rives 22-6 in Obion County Little League action. During the victory, Darren Cates chased home a trio with Danny Hutchins, Kevin Woodard, Jimmy Faulkner and Bo Bradshaw each driving in a pair. Meanwhile, Ray Smith scored twice for the victors with Gary Carr good for a pair of singles and B.J. Antes a double. Winning pitcher Stan Haskins struck out six during the triumph.
20 Years Ago
May 17 — Troy doubled Obion 20-10 in Obion County Softball League play. Winning pitcher Julie King, Carrie Graham and Marissa Gibson each homered for Troy during the triumph with Brigitte Long legging out a triple and two doubles in the win. For Obion, Michelle Rainey took the mound loss.
May 19 — University of Tennessee men’s basketball player Mark Griffin, a former Union City High School standout, was named to the Academic All-Southeastern Conference team. Griffin was chosen to the 11-man squad thanks to his 3.33 grade point average. The UC product had become a favorite of Volunteer fans, largely due to his gritty defense and 3-point shooting. Griffin also played for the UT baseball team, pitching in six games in 1988 with a 3.12 earned run average.
10 Years Ago
May 19 — Greenfield Engineering drubbed Southern Machinery 22-5 in Obion County Softball League coach pitch action. For the GE squad, Bethany Butler, McCall Graves, Autumn Victory and Amber Victory each smacked a home run during the lopsided triumph.
May 21 — Fulton City breezed past Fulton County 22-0 en route to its third straight First District softball championship. The Lady Bulldogs scored 11 runs in the second inning to set the pace in the crown-clinching victory. Fulton City pitcher Angie Smith tossed a no-hitter. Meanwhile, Lady Bulldog teammate Anna Coy went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI with Kayla Brockwell 2-for-4 during the victory. Vnasha Brown also legged out a double during a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
5 Years Ago
May 20 — Union City honored its girls’ tennis standouts at the school’s yearly spring sports banquet. Beth Brown, Elizabeth Hudson, Angie Johnson, Ashley White, Erica Martin and Ramie Young comprised the list of honorees for the Lady Twisters. Hudson and Johnson finished the season as the district’s top doubles team with Brown and White earning runner-up honors in the league’s postseason tournament.
May 21 — Union City High School basketball standout Erica Payne signed to continue her basketball career at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. Payne averaged 12 points per game during her senior season with the Lady Twisters. Over the course of her career at UCHS, she accumulated 680 total points.
May 21 — Union City handed out individual awards to its baseball team that advanced to the sectional round of the postseason before being eliminated with a final record of 20-11. Receiving individual awards for the baseball team were Ryan Burke, Matt Harrelson, Donald Cox, Hunter Lindsey, Rusty Young, Ben Reese, Stan Chivers and Adam Cross.
1 Year Ago
May 16 — After 13 years at the helm of the Obion County Central baseball program, John Buchanan resigned his position as head coach with plans to spend more time with his young children. During his tenure as the OCCHS mentor, Buchanan compiled a 191-190-2 record and he led the Rebels to the 1997 Class AA State Tournament. He also coached the team to a program best 26-8 mark in 2001. The 2007 OC team finished with a 9-26 record.
May 21 — South Fulton’s plans to take part in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament fell to pieces in the team’s 3-2 loss to Adamsville in sectional play. During the final outing of the year for SF, Katie Bivens slapped a pair of doubles with one run scored and Kayla Davidson had a pair of RBI. Senior Emily Pinion took the mound loss with a personal record of 13-2 on the campaign. The loss denied the Devilettes a sixth overall state tourney appearance.