|Remember When? Jeff Rudd, Jeff Clark qualify for state junior olympics |
|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
June 8 — A pair of Obion Central runners advanced into the West Tennessee Junior Olympics state championship in Tullahoma. Jeff Rudd advanced to the state competition with a first-place finish in ninth-grade division of the 880-meter and 220-meter runs. Meanwhile, Jeff Clark moved forward after he finished first in the 880-meter in the 10th-grade group. Bennie Castleman coached the pair.
June 9 — The Union City Babe Ruth League announced its top hitters for the first half of the season. Dale Bellamy led the league with a .538 batting average with both Rodney Alexander and Kenny Crews tied for the circuit’s second-best BA at .500. Other notables included Mike Woodward (.461), Rick Matheny (.454), Ronald Ward (.434), John McCullough (.417), Keith Powell (.412), Kelley Hutchens (.400), Trent Arnold (.389) and Mike True (.389).
20 Years Ago
June 8 — Sovran drubbed Coke 15-4 in Obion County Babe Ruth League action. Chucky Darnell was the winning pitcher, while both Richie Osborne and Robbie Hall were responsible for a double. Paul Jenkins was the losing pitcher for the Bottlers.
June 10 — Wendy’s canned Coke 12-2 in Union City Babe Ruth League play. The victors were led by Joe David Hamblin (2-for-3) and Joe Davis (2-for-4) at the plate. Meanwhile, Bill Davis and Weldon Daughton each doubled in the win. Lance Smith was the losing pitcher for the Bottlers, who mustered just four hits.
June 14 — Reelfoot drubbed Gurien 17-0 in Union City Little League action. Andrew Fowler smacked a home run to help his pitcher Devin Craig to the victory. For Gurien, Derrick Turnbow was the losing pitcher while Jamie Hickerson mustered a double.
10 Years Ago
June 8 — Ray Wilson gained a job and gave up another within a day. Wilson was named the new boys’ basketball coach at Union City High School. Wilson takes over the program from Marty Sisco, who resigned after the 1997-98 campaign due to health concernts. Wilson’s hiring at the helm of the boys’ program left the UC girls without a coach. However, Lisa Pituch was placed in that capacity. The naming of a new Twisters’ coach completes a long and drawn out search that saw Sisco’s son, Shane, Humboldt’s Glenn Tackett and Greenfield’s John Glisson each withdraw their names during the tiring process. Perry County’s Bruce Slatten was also offered the job, but he elected to stay in Linden.
June 8 — Fulton City basketball standout LaDonna White signed scholarship papers to continue her career at Dyersburg State Community College. White averaged 19.5 points per game and 10 rebounds during her senior season as a Lady Bulldog.
June 12 — Members of the Obion County Central baseball team were honored at the school’s annual spring sports banquet. Receiving individual honors were Tim Davidson, Chad Gray, Michael Atkins, Jonathan Berry and John Hogg.
5 Years Ago
June 10 — New Union City High School head football coach Jimmy Fishel was in search of an assistant coach after the resignation of Jonathan West. West, who served on the Twisters’ sideline and as the Union City Middle School girls’ basketball coach for two years, accepted a position as an assistant with the Dresden High School girls’ basketball program.
June 11 — David Barker was selected as the new Union City High School softball coach. The 24-year-old Barker, a UT Martin graduate and Dresden native, replaces Alicia Justice as the Lady Tornadoes’ skipper. Justice compiled a 13-38 record over two seasons at UC.
1 Year Ago
June 11 — Former Obion Central assistant football coaches Paul Decker and Richard Gamblin were hired at Dyersburg High School to serve in that same capacity to Trojan head coach Darren Bowling. Decker, an Obion Central graduate, twice interviewed for the head OC job, first when Bowling was hired and then when Jason Driggers got the job in the spring. Gamblin had served 10 years with the Rebel program.
June 13 — Thirteen-year-old Chase Mayfield of South Fulton won first place at the Toyota Tennessee Junior Golf Tournament at the Tennessee Golf Club in Springfield. Mayfield shot an 81 to take the top prize in the 12-13-year-old age group.