Remember When? Twister Ward, Lady Rebel Jordan heroes in rivalry tale

Remember When? Twister Ward, Lady Rebel Jordan heroes in rivalry tale
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
Jan. 13 — The Union City and Dyer County freshman basketball teams divided a twinbill. The Twister boys won 71-36, while their female counterparts were edged 30-29. Jerry Slayton paced the UC frosh squad with 20 points, while Ray Smith and Marcus Allen both added 14. Tenia Macklin and Jane Ann Sage totaled 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Twisters.
Jan. 14 — The Obion Central girls and Union City boys claimed bragging rights in a twinbill between the two rival schools. The Lady Rebels won 44-39 to improve to 14-2 on the campaign in the evening’s opener. Meanwhile, the Twisters outscored OC 21-9 in the fourth quarter to cap a 67-48 triumph. Diane Jordan had an Obion Central-best 23 points in the girls’ contest. On the other bench, Union City had three ladies in twin figures. Katha Barbee topped that list with 12 points, while Debbie Christian and Valerie Caldwell offered 11 and 10 tallies, respectively. In the boys’ game, Ronald Ward powered Union City (13-1) with 26 points, while Rodney Alexander and Tony Brown accounted for a dozen tallies each. Chuck Stricklin gave UC a fourth player in twin figures with 10. The Rebels had Jeff Clark with 22 and Brian Jones with 11.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 14 — Denver Whitby and Shannon Huff did a bunch of their work offensively as the Obion Central boys clinched first place in District 13AA’s North Division with their 104-76 rout of Dyersburg. Meanwhile, the Lady Rebels fell 68-53 in the evening’s opener. Whitby totaled a game-best 42 points for the Rebels (15-2), while Huff poured in 30. In the girls’ game, Dana Bond had a dozen for OC, while Kristi Long added 11. Maria Barber and Rhonda Harris each accounted for 10 Lady Rebel markers.
Jan. 15 — Union City Middle School finished its basketball season with a pair of victories over Rives. The Twisters coasted to a 52-16 triumph in their season finale, while the UC girls came away with a 48-43 victory. Jackie Williams had a game-high 13 points for the victorious Twister boys, while David Barnes totaled 10. Rives was led by Kelly Jenkins, who offered exactly half (eight) of his team’s point output. In the girls’ game, Tenille King propelled Union City with 20 points. Kandy Robertson paced Rives with 15, while Tina Hunt added 14 markers.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 15 — The South Fulton girls gave Gleason a dose of its own medicine. The Devilettes hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute and used good control of the basketball to defeat its long-time nemesis by a 44-37 count. Elizabeth Tate had a SF-high 12 points, while Ashley Owens was a point shy of twin figures with nine against the No. 7 Lady Bulldogs. In the nightcap, the South Fulton boys had a trio of players in twin figures during a 73-60 victory. Trey Pearson topped the scorebook for SF with 23, while B.J. Gordon had 18 and Justin Taylor offered 15.
Jan. 17 — Tamisha Slayton had one of the greatest individual efforts in the history of the Union City High School girls’ basketball program. Slayton poured in 40 points — shooting an impressive 20-of-23 at the free throw line — as the Lady Twisters defeated Humboldt 73-67. In the nightcap, UC completed the sweep with a 61-42 besting of its long-time rival. Jeremy McCadney was Union City’s leading scorer with 23, while Drew Cross added 18 for the triumphant locals.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 17 — Richie Collins of Union City recorded a hole-in-one at Wynridge Greens. Collins’ ace came on the 100-yard seventh hole. He used a sand wedge on the shot. Witnesses were Matt Russell, Wayne Storey and Danny Arnold.
Jan. 19 — The Union City Middle School “B” team finished its girls’ basketball season with a 37-32 defeat to Northview in the first round of the West Tennessee Athletic Conference Tournament. Shenisha Huff contributed a UC-best 18 points, while Kierra Davis added 10. The Lady Twisters’ “B” team finished with a 3-3 worksheet.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 15 — Members of the South Fulton High School football team were honored at the school’s annual banquet for the sport. Those receiving individual honors were Cody Tatum, Hunter Allen, Sam Curtis, Tyler Nolan, Jared Fowler, Garrett Edmison, Cody Clark, Jonathan Clouse, Alex Gallien and Chance Barnes.
Jan. 17 — The No. 10-ranked Union City boys continued to cut through the District 14A competition, claiming their seventh win in eight tries — a 72-43 routing of Bradford. Josh Battee shared the top spot in the UC scorebook with Antonio Cox. Both players finished with 16 tallies. In the girls’ game, Union City had three ladies in twin figures, but the Lady Red Devils prevailed 55-50. Shenisha Huff had 19 to lead UC, while Whitney Smith added 11 and Micah Warford offered 10.

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