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Remember When? UT Martin advances to elite eight of Division II gridiron

Remember When? UT Martin advances to elite eight of Division II gridiron
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
Nov. 21 — Obion Central’s girls came out on top, while the boys fell during a basketball doubleheader against Dyersburg. The Rebelettes were victorious 53-27, while their male counterparts were downed 52-46. In the OC girls’ victory, Paula Sanders scored 16, Tammy Cook 13 and Lynn Yates 12. During the nightcap, Larry Warren pitched in 10 for the Rebels.
Nov. 22 — Union City dropped both games in its basketball opener against Henry County. The boys fell 81-54, while the girls lost 54-39. James Bass compiled a double-double for UC as he poured in a team-high 20 points and he pulled down 10 rebounds, while Larry Jones added 16 markers in the loss. For the Hurricanes, sophomore Debbie Christian led the way with 23 points, with Cindy Adkins good for a dozen markers.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 21 — UT Martin cleared its first huddle as it advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA Division II football playoffs after a 23-6 bettering of Butler University. Andre Langley hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass during the victory, while Pacer kicker Ki Tok Chu booted field goals of 49 and 31 yards. Otherwise, Scottie Mitchell made a six-yard run to paydirt for Don McLeary’s squad.
Nov. 22 — Union City High School honored its golf standouts at the school’s annual fall sports banquet. Spencer Cultra was named the team’s top medalist, while Jason Emmons earned the medalist runner-up plaque. Emmons also had a hole-in-one at the district tournament, which UC won.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 23 — Union City disposed of Oakhaven with relative ease 36-12 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A football playoffs. Sophomore halfback Lucas Ingram rushed for five touchdowns during the victory — the most by a UC player in the post World War II era. All totaled, Ingram ran for 144 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Josh Johnson made eight solo stops for the Twisters.
Nov. 24 — Lake Road split a junior high basketball twinbill with county cousin Hillcrest. The Lady Generals led 30-2 at halftime en route to a 44-12 triumph, while the H’crest boys were 57-45 victors. In the girls’ game, Courtney Seals dropped in 13 for LR and Colby McGee added 10. The top Hillcrest performer was Whitney Buchanan with five tallies. A trio of HC players reached double digits in the nightcap with Brandon Neal leading the pack with 20 points, while Josh Thompson added 14 and Steven Crain contributed 10. Lake Road was powered by Aaron Cary’s 17 points and D.J. Gammons’ nine-point outing.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 24 — Abby Reedy’s sophomore season at Obion Central was over before it really began. The Lady Rebels’ point guard suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament early in the second quarter of her team’s season opener against Halls. Reedy made her presence known as a freshman at OC as she played in 32 of the team’s 33 games.
Nov. 25 — Jana Roney poured in 34 points to help the Ridgemont girls hold off Hillcrest 51-47 on the junior high basketball hardwood. In the nightcap, H’crest extracted a measure of revenge as they downed the Mustangs 37-27. Roney’s effort for R’mont was complemented by Stephanie Hobbs’ half dozen markers. The Lady Cougars got stellar evenings from Gentry Reedy (18 points) and Kacee Eaves and Brandy Orr, who both offered nine points. In the boys game, Hillcrest’s Cory Gibson stole the spotlight with a game-high 21 points, while Brandon Smith offered 11 for the victors. The Mustangs’ best individual effort came from Justin Jackson with eight tallies.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 20 — Jimmy Fishel resigned his post as the head football coach at Union City High School. Fishel, a 21-year veteran of the UC program, made the decision after fielding teams that posted back-to-back 6-5 seasons in which they were drubbed in the opening round of the TSSAA Class A football playoffs. In five years as the Twisters’ head man, Fishel compiled a 28-29 record.
Nov. 27 — Union City’s Pat Polk was The Messenger/Obion County Prep Football Player of the Year. Polk, who led all of Obion County in rushing, scoring and return yardage, received the award at UC’s annual fall sports banquet. Also receiving individual honors from the Tornado football program at the banquet were Stevie Gossett, Darrin Dickerson, Ian Garrigan, Josh Nicks, Camron Sherwood, Luke Sanderson, Taylor Bruff, Peter Wilkes and Cameron Graham.

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