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Remember When? UTM finally accepted into Ohio Valley Conference fold

Remember When? UTM finally accepted into Ohio Valley Conference fold
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
June 3 — Five Seasons bested Samburg 11-4 in Ken-Tenn Softball League play. Tommy Victory was the winning pitcher. Meanwhile, Tommy Turnbow led the offensive charge for FS with a perfect 4-for-4 outing — two home runs included. Barry Keathley also knocked a trio of hits for the victors. Samburg had Ronnie Seals with a 3-for-4 outing, highlighted by a triple. Gerald Reed was the losing pitcher.
June 6 — The Reelfoot Lake Bass Club six-man team placed second out of 35 teams at the state tournament. Team members were Billy Davis, Jerry Oliver, Johnny Garrett, Jim King, Al Hamilton and Glenn Fowler. Additionally, King, Fowler and Hamilton all qualified for the national tournament.
20 Years Ago
June 5 — K&D Pharmacy defeated Gurien Finishing 5-2 in Union City Little League action. Winning pitcher Ben Glasgow hurled a two-hitter, striking out 11. Matt Webb had a two-run single for the victors. Losing pitcher Jeremy Cagle struck out six.
June 8 — The Ohio Valley Conference accepted UT Martin into its fold. The Pacer athletic programs, which had already committed to moving up to Division I status, would be eligible to become a full-fledged OVC member by August of 1992 if they met the criteria set forth by the league. UTM, which was voted in by a 6-1 margin with Murray State as the lone no, wasn’t the only school admitted as the OVC also accepted Southeast Missouri. UT Martin first applied for OVC membership in 1980 when it was a member of the Gulf South Conference.
10 Years Ago
June 5 — Union City High School was in search of a baseball coach. Jimmy Fishel, a 10-year veteran of the program who had been the head coach the previous nine years, resigned his position on the diamond. Fishel turned in the Twister towel with a school-best 146 wins. His first club in 1992 finished as the state runner-up and over the years, the Tornadoes made three more appearances at the state tournament under Fishel’s watch. All totaled, Fishel sported a 146-74 record and three district titles.
June 9 — Woodland Sterling bested Troy Market 13-7 in Obion County Coach Pitch League play. Samantha Storey, Tanner Noles, Joe Morris and Ronnie Howard all had a trio of hits for the victorious Woodland Sterling team.
5 Years Ago
June 6 — Former Obion Central standout Lynette Staggs was honored at the annual Dyersburg State Community College spring sports banquet for her efforts on both the softball diamond and basketball court. Staggs claimed the gold glove and hustle award in softball. She was also awarded the best shooting percentage honor for her performance as a hoops walk-on.
June 8 — Winning pitcher Clay Treece struck out 10 as Tyson edged Union City Insurance 3-2 in Union City Little League action. Losing pitcher Will Harris was equally impressive, punching out eight and assisting his mound cause with a double. Mason McGrew smacked a single for Tyson during the victory.
1 Year Ago
June 5 — Bret Campbell stepped down from his position as head men’s basketball coach at UT Martin in the wake of a University of Tennessee audit into the use of funds from team camps. Campbell’s head recruiting coordinator Jason James was named the team’s new mentor. Campbell compiled a 125-167 record during his time at UTM and the Skyhawks advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals in each of his two final campaigns. The 2008-09 UT Martin men’s basketball team also won a program-record 22 games and its first regular-season OVC crown.
June 9 — Union City Greyhounds’ pitcher Drew Hayes had good stuff. However, Tradewater Pirates’ hurler Dustin Williams was just a tad bit better as UC dropped a 2-1 decision in a pitcher’s duel at Elam Stadium. Hayes, a Vanderbilt junior and McKenzie product pitching for the Greyhounds while he awaited his fate in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, struck out 12 in eight innings of work. Meanwhile, Williams went the distance, punching out 11 and allowing just four hits. Union City’s Brian Yueng had the lone extra-base hit of the game — a double with two outs in the sixth inning of the pitcher’s duel.

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