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Remember When? Elvin Hatch switches chairs to take over Rebel program

Remember When? Elvin Hatch switches chairs to take over Rebel program
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 15 — The White team prevailed 8-6 in the annual South Fulton High School Red-White football game. White team quarterback Jimmy Fishel found Mark Wilhauks for a 26-yard touchdown connection. Then, Fishel took in the two-point conversion. The Red team’s lone score came with 16 seconds remaining as Bruce Grooms found Tom Gammon for a four-year TD.
May 17 — Elvin Hatch had to switch offices at Obion Central. The Rebel coaching veteran, who’d been at the school since 1965 and turned the girls’ program into one of the most respected in rural West Tennessee, was selected as the school’s new boys’ basketball mentor. Junior high coaching veteran Larry Parks was moved into the girls’ post. Meanwhile, Cloverdale principal Tommy Carpenter was offered the job of being an assistant coach for both programs.
20 Years Ago
May 16 — Five members of the first-ever South Fulton High School softball team received honors at the school’s spring sports banquet. Those earning individual accolades were Kenya Wiley, Amy Brann, Dana Harris, Lana Carney and Gale Pruett.
May 18 — Hanafee edged Dixie No. 1 11-8 in Obion County Little League play. Bret Johnson tripled and Wesley Davis doubled for the victors. Brock McClanahan was the winning pitcher. Losing pitcher Josh McKinnis tripled, while Chad Fowlkes knocked a pair of doubles during the defeat.
10 Years Ago
May 17 — Obion Central’s Will David Coleman was named the Most Valuable Player in the North Division of District 13AA. Coleman led the Rebels in batting average (.551), slugging percentage (.942), hits (38), home runs (five), RBI (32) and runs (22). He also struck out 40 and his 2-4 record was misleading. For the campaign, Coleman’s 3.03 earned run average was good enough for second on the team.
May 18 — South Fulton blanked Trenton 8-0 to claim the Region 7A softball championship. Winning pitcher Jennifer McDaniel, who improved to 16-1 with the triumph, struck out nine and hurled a no-hitter. Ashley Owens drove in a pair and scored once for the Devilettes. Meanwhile, Jessica Vinson had one ribbie and a run, while Leah Malray and Sarah Hill both scored on one occasion. McDaniel also helped her mound cause with one RBI.
5 Years Ago
May 16 — Union City High School basketball standout Antawn Coby committed to Jackson State Community College. Coby led the Tornadoes in scoring during his senior season with 17 points and seven assists per game during a 31-3 campaign. He also set a school record for most points in a game (47) as a junior. Coby was also the 2004-05 Messenger Prep Player of the Year.
May 17 — South Fulton’s Maddie Carrington hurled a perfect game as the Devilettes blanked Trenton 8-0 in the Region 8A semifinals. Carrington struck out 10 and also doubled during the win. Otherwise, Lindsey McDaniel scored twice for the Devilettes, while Kaci Beadles and Jessica McKinney each scored once. Molly Ledbetter smacked a two-run double.
1 Year Ago
May 15 — Former Obion Central girls’ basketball coach Kim Decker announced her resignation as the Dyersburg boys’ basketball mentor. Decker served as the D’burg boys’ coach for one season, compiling a 6-16 record in the process. Decker cited a concern due to decreased family time as the reason for her stepping down. She was to remain at Dyersburg as a chemistry teacher.
May 18 — South Fulton’s bats were poisoned by Trinity Christian’s “Ivy.” University of Tennessee softball signee Ivy Renfroe struck out 13 and allowed just two baserunners during a 4-0 victory in the sectional round of the playoffs. Macy Maxwell had the lone Devilette hit during the defeat, while freshman SF pitcher Haley McKinney was hit by a pitch. Defensively, Kayla Davidson made a pair of diving stops for South Fulton, while Kacie Daugherty saved a run with a sliding defensive play.

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