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Remember when? OC’s Barber, Doty of state champ Devils top hoopsters

Remember when? OC’s Barber, Doty of state champ Devils top 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
April 10 — Obion Central bested Union City 5-2 on the high school baseball diamond. John McCullough was the winning pitcher in relief of OC starter Dale Bellamy. Walt Warren scored two runs for the Rebels, while Mike Grady and Paul Decker each cross the pay station once. Terry Hornsby was the losing pitcher for Union City. Tim Brooks and Ray Robinson each scored a run for the Golden Tornadoes.
April 11 — The Kenton basketball team honored its standouts at its yearly banquet. Nena Johns, Jo Pearl Mays, Tina Smithson and Michelle Skinner were the girls that received individual honors. Meanwhile, Marty Sisco rewarded Warriors Leon Harris and Ronnie Banks.
20 Years Ago
April 12 — Gibson County High School product Missy Herndon signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at UT Martin. Herndon led the Lady Pioneers to two state tournament appearances and the team sported an 81-13 record during her career. She averaged 20.7 points and 2.5 assists per game as a senior. She was an All-District and All-Region performer for three years and an All-State selection as a junior.
April 13 — Charles Hailey of South Fulton sank a hole-in-one at the Fulton Country Club. Hailey’s ace came on the 15th hole with a 6-iron. Witnesses to the shot were Dr. Dan Crocker, Andy Crocker and Gene Bard. It was Hailey’s fourth career hole-in-one.
10 Years Ago
April 11 — Union City bettered Obion Central 11-6 on the local softball diamond. Lady Twister April Steward totaled three hits — a two-run single included. Otherwise, Erica Clark and Courtney Lee both had two hits. Tamisha Slayton was the winning pitcher. OC’s leading lady Leann Cheatham was a perfect 3-for-3. Laina Barber was 2-for-4 for the Lady Rebels. Lynette Staggs was the losing pitcher.
April 13 — Obion Central Laina Barber and South Fulton’s Bryan Doty were named The Messenger/Obion County Prep Basketball Players of the Year. Barker took over as the Lady Rebels’ floor leader and scored 995 points during her high school career. Doty was a defensive specialist for the state champion Red Devils. His play in the Class A State Tournament was especially clutch.
5 Years Ago
April 12 — Fulton City’s Keith Burton was named the Paducah Sun Purchase Player of the Year. Burton averaged 24 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs. He also finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,093 points during his time at FC. Fulton County’s Jeffrey McClain was fifth in the voting.
April 13 — Ben Ferguson faced just two batters more than the minimum during Union City’s 1-0 blanking of Dyer County. Ferguson, who allowed just a hit and a walk, struck out five and depended largely on his defense. The only run came in the bottom of the seventh when John Graham chased Lucas Flood home for the winning and only run of the contest.
1 Year Ago
April 8 — Winning pitcher Brady Boucher homered and struck out nine as Obion Central bettered Gibson County 10-3 in District 13AA play. Brandon King also knocked a dinger — a two-run shot — for Central. Otherwise, Chase Wallace was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Trevor Wallace was 2-for-3.
April 10 — South Fulton spanked Fulton City 10-0 at the annual Red Devil Classic. Jared Johnston, Ryan Prince and Corbin Hawks all chased in two runs for the Redmen. Meanwhile, Kyle Clouse was 2-for-4 with a triple and Cody Tatum doubled. Winning pitcher Josh Clement struck out seven during his four innings of work on the mound. Bulldog hurler Jack Jones absorbed the defeat.
Published in The Messenger 4.8.10

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