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Remember When? Caldwell’s best offering gives UC ‘shot’ at state

Remember When? Caldwell’s best offering gives UC ‘shot’ at state
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
March 11 — Murray State upset Alabama 70-62 in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. Racer Mont Sleets poured in a team-best 25 points, hitting a pair of key free throws that kept the Tide’s comeback bid out of reach.
March 15 — The new Union City High School weight room was unveiled to the public. The room, located in the school’s new fieldhouse and open to all student-athletes at UC, was said to be capable of accommodating 28 persons at different exercise stations designed to work out all parts of the body from the neck to the ankle.
20 Years Ago
March 13 — It was simply called “the shot.” With two seconds remaining in Union City’s substate game against Memphis East, Stanley Caldwell bottomed a deuce to get to the coveted 1,000 point-plateau and give the locals a 62-61 victory. Caldwell finished with a team-best 19 points, while Tony Brown had 15 for UC, which advanced to the state tournament as a result of its triumph.
March 15 — Three West Tennessee entries fell at the TSSAA Girls’ State Basketball Championships. In Class A, Gleason fell 78-44 to Wayne County, while Dresden was bested (55-32) by Clarkrange. Jackson South Side was eliminated from the 2A State Tournament by way of a 60-56 defeat to Marshall County.
10 Years Ago
March 14 — The Obion Central softball team struck for 10 runs in the third inning to better Crockett County 20-12 in its season opener. Lynette Staggs was the winning pitcher for the Lady Rebels. Jessica Kennedy paced OC at the plate with a 3-for-4 afternoon — a double included.
March 17 — South Fulton punched its ticket to the Class A Boys’ State Tournament championship game with a 78-73 victory over Lookout Valley. Trey Pearson, who finished the contest 8-of-13 from the field, poured in 26 points for the triumphant Red Devils, while Bryan Doty and Jerrod Nelms both reached twin figures with 17 and 12 markers, respectively.
5 Years Ago
March 11 — The Union City baseball team tuned up for the 2005 campaign with an 11-0 thumping of South Fulton in a preseason scrimmage. Tornado pitchers Bradley Gregg, Parks Barker, Hunter Lindsey and John Graham combined to limit SF to just two hits. Offensively, Gregg and Graham both had two safeties for UC, while Lindsey scored twice and drove in a pair of runs.
March 15 — The debut of Matt McClean as the Union City softball coach was termed a success. McClean’s Lady Tornadoes blasted Humboldt 16-1. The UC offense was paced by Allison McCullough’s two hits and three runs batted in. Otherwise, Sara Rieger offered three safeties and Shari Williams scored three times to aid the mound cause of winning pitcher Bradi Fuzzell.
1 Year Ago
March 11 — Al Pelligrino’s stint at Lake County was short one. Pelligrino resigned his position as the Falcons’ head football coach to accept the mentor’s job at Ripley. In two years at LC, Pelligrino compiled a 13-10 record. The Ripley job came open when Marty Wheeler took on the responsibilities of head coach at Covington. On a sidenote, Lake County assistants Mike Huwe and Mitch Simms accepted similar positions on Pelligrino’s Tiger staff in Lauderdale County.
March 16 — Obion Central junior Chassidy Fussell was beaten out by Marshall County’s Lauren March for the Class 2A Miss Basketball Award. Upperman’s Lashay Davis was also nominated for the coveted honor. Fussell averaged 30.3 points, 11.1. rebounds, four assists and three steals per game during her junior campaign.

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