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Remember when? John Cary twirls no-no to highlight Union City Little League play

Remember when? John Cary twirls no-no to highlight Union City Little League play
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 28 — John Cary hurled the first no-hitter of the season in the Union City Little League as Tayloe Simmons blanked Brown Shoe 7-0. Cary assisted his own cause with two hits at the plate and missed a perfect game only because of four walks issued. Catcher Brian Stephens knocked two doubles for the victors, who struck for four runs in the first, two in the second and one in the fourth. For Brown Shoe, Chris Underwood absorbed the defeat.
May 29 — The Union City American Legion team dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions at Henry County. In Game 1, Andy Roney and Terry Hornsby held the opposition to just four hits. Meanwhile, Hornsby doubled, while Jon Cawley and Raymond Robinson each offered one single for UC. In the second game, Jeff Roney and Jeff Chappell combined for a no-hitter, but Henry County scored the game’s lone run on a wild pitch. Union City’s Trent Arnold, Phillip Puckett and Tim Brooks all had one safety in Game 2.
20 Years Ago
May 29 — Bonanza of Union City claimed first place in the 14-and-under division at the second annual Kiwanis Klassic Softball Tournament. Members of the team were Kim Gray, Abby Jonas, Karyn Stephens, Gina Gummels, Robin Ping, Anita Bobo, Tamara Marlar, Deitra Lake, Angie Moore, Tina Blincoe and Amanda Bing. David Blincoe, Mark Moore and Lee Jonas coached the squad.
June 2 — Gibson County hired Steve Patterson to become both the girls’ and boys’ basketball coach at the school. Patterson, who had resigned the Lady Pioneers’ post earlier in the spring to possibly take an assistant job at UT Martin, compiled a 53-8 mark in his two previous seasons as the GC girls’ coach. His team advanced to the Class AA State Tournament semifinals in both of those campaigns.
10 Years Ago
May 31 — A Union City native won the state discus championship at the Class A-AA State Track Meet. Jackson South Side’s James Courtney, who lived in UC and attended the local school system until he was 12 years old, let loose a personal best throw of 150 feet, six inches to claim the state crown. Meanwhile, Union City’s Kevin Bartholomew was sixth in the same event. Otherwise, South Fulton’s Heather Rambo claimed sixth in the girls’ discus, while fellow Devilette Elizar Rosier was fifth in the shot put.
June 3 — The Union City Baptist Memorial Hospital Senior Babe Ruth League team swept a doubleheader (9-6, 7-5) from Trenton. In Game 1, Brock Dean earned the victory, striking out five and allowing seven hits. Josh Robinson came on to earn the save. Offensively, Jason Craig smacked a grand slam, while Clay Billingsley blasted a solo shot. In the second game, Neil Stover toed the rubber for four innings to get the win, while Billingsley had two home runs and five RBI. Dustin Jordan also left the yard with a solo shot.
 5 Years Ago
May 28 — The Union City High School softball team honored its standouts at the school’s annual spring sports banquet. Those receiving individual honors were LaSharia Williams, Bradi Fuzzell, Emily Sparks, Sara Rieger, Tori Gill, Rachel Adams, Ebony Trice and Allison Thetford.
May 28 — Jeff Nicks of Troy recorded a hole-in-one at Wynridge Greens. Using a 5-iron, Nicks aced the 160-yard Hole No. 2. James West witnessed the shot.
May 31 — Union City’s Jermaine Thrash proved he belonged at the Class A-AA State Track Meet. Thrash finished third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.19 seconds. His time was nearly two seconds behind the pace (40.40) of the event’s winner John Souder of Franklin Road Academy.
1 Year Ago
May 28 — Members of the Union City Middle School co-ed soccer team were recognized at the school’s annual spring sports banquet. Players receiving individual honors were Parker Dotson, Kaitlyn Wheeles, Aranda Tate, Daniel Williamson, Woodson Miles, Keylon Hyde and Brett Gore.
May 29 — Jessica Riley, who played high school basketball at South Fulton, accepted the position of girls’ basketball coach at Hickman County. Riley played at South Fulton from 1993-97 under David Brann and Dale Hollowell. She takes the place of Shane Midyett, who stepped down from the post earlier in the year to devote more time to the Falcons’ baseball program.

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