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Remember When? Ferguson, Bass grab headlines for UC boys’ hoopsters

Remember When? Ferguson, Bass grab headlines for UC boys’ hoopsters
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. 28 — South Fulton took both ends of a junior high basketball twinbill against Obion. In the girls’ game, SF was a 36-27 victor, while the Red Devils took a 43-31 victory over the Indians. Melody Gordon was the top Devilette as she tossed in a dozen, while Lukie Marlar added 10 during the triumph. Obion’s best performers were Cristol Roney (14 points) and Tracy Alford (10 points). On the boys’ side, Barry Williams put in a dozen for SF, with teammate Patrick Hobbs adding 11 points. The Indians were powered by Bubba Hollis with 16 points and Derrick Harrell’s 14 markers.
Nov. 29 — Harry Ferguson became the winningest coach in the history of Union City High School boys’ basketball as he earned his 109th victory after a 64-46 bettering of Westview. James Bass powered the Tornadoes to the historic triumph with 34 points, while Larry Jones added 12 markers.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 29 — The Obion Central freshmen basketball teams took a pair from Dyersburg. In the boys’ game — a 72-62 win, Chuck Parks was a monster with 39 points, while Shane Depriest was good for 14. For the Lady Rebels, who were victorious 45-38, Maria Barber topped the scoring summary with 13 points, while Jennifer Gurley offered a dozen.
Dec. 2 — South Fulton High School football standout Tab Vowell was honored with a pair of postseason honors. Vowell was named to the first-team All-West Tennessee team as a defensive back and he was also lauded as an honorable mention selection to the Associated Press All-State team. Vowell averaged 16 stops per outing during the 1988 season and he compiled a season-high 21 against Bruceton. On offense, he starred as the Red Devils’ quarterback after a switch in the spring from his post at slot.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 30 — Five turnovers, poor execution on offense and a lack of defensive intensity contributed to Union City’s 10-0 loss to Milan in the semifinals of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs. Overall, the Twisters totaled just 142 yards on offense with Lucas Ingram being the only bright spot on that side of the football. Ingram rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries. The defeat ended UC’s season with a mark of 12-2.
5 Years Ago
Dec. 2 — Ridgemont’s girls remained undefeated as they improved to 8-0 after a 53-30 bettering of Rutherford. Meanwhile, in the nightcap, the Pirates got a measure of revenge as they downed the Mustangs 45-29. During the Ridgemont win, Jana Roney and Laken Craft both tossed in 16 points. For the R’mont boys, David Sanderson was the top contributor with six points, while Justin Jackson added five.
Dec. 3 — Obion Central swept South Fulton on the high school hardwood. The OC girls took a 53-39 triumph, while the Rebels were 76-59 victors. Jenna Roney propelled the Lady Rebels with 27 points, while Brooke Harris was the leading SF scorer with 10. On the boys’ side, D.J. Gammons (17 points), Zach Buckland (15 points), Matt Sparkman (12 points) and Damon Shore (10 points) all reached double digits for OC. South Fulton’s Jeremy Wilson was the game’s top scorer with 19 points and his teammate Adam Hicks accounted for 16.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 28 — Opening night was halfway successful at Union City High School. The locals’ first home outing was successful for the boys as they downed Dresden 79-45. On the girls’ side, the Lady Lions took a 40-35 win over UC. In the Twisters’ victory, B.J. Marshall led the way with 17 points, while MJ Brown (12) and Tony Wilkins (10) both reached double digits. The Union City girls were paced by Doreal Strayhorn’s 13 points.
Dec. 3 — Obion Central brought out the brooms against South Fulton. The Lady Rebels’ bettered SF 56-35, while their male counterparts were 56-41 victors. In the girls’ victory, OC sophomore Chassidy Fussell put in a game-high 14 points, while Jana Roney added 11. Chelsea Cox was the Devilettes’ top performer with 13. On the boys’ side, Cory Gibson dropped in 23 points and Justin Owens 20 for the Rebels. South Fulton’s David Shepherd accumulated a team-high 18 during the loss.

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