Remember When? MVP Jordan, Johnson lead Lady Rebels to 13AA crown

Remember When? MVP Jordan, Johnson lead Lady Rebels to 13AA crown
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
Feb. 25 — The Union City girls’ basketball team claimed third place in District 11AA with a 55-51 triumph over Lexington in the league’s consolation game. Debbie Christian had a Lady Twister-high 13 points, while Priscilla Moffatt added a dozen for the victors. Both Lee Anne Hobbs and Katha Barbee totaled 10 for UC.
Feb. 25 — The Obion Central girls hoisted District 13AA’s highest prize after a 56-47 triumph over Humboldt in the league’s tournament finale. District 13AA most valuable player Diane Jordan led the Lady Rebels with 16 points, while All-District team member Felicia Hogg totaled 14. Central’s Dayna Johnson also hit in twin figures with 12.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 25 — Former Union City High School track and field standout Wright Jernigan stood out at Tennessee. The Volunteer thrower was part of a three-man contingent that swept the gold, silver and bronze medals in the weight throw at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Jernigan finished third with a best toss of 54 feet, 1 3/4 inches. His throw was a UT freshman record. Jernigan was behind teammates Paul Provins (first at 62 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and Kevin Fitzpatrick (second at 56 feet, 11 1/4 inches).
Feb. 26 — Union City won its fourth straight District 13AA Tournament championship with a 72-68 besting of Trenton. Junior Stanley Caldwell, who was named both the league’s tournament and regular-season MVP, poured in 30 for the Twisters. Rodney Bonds and Jeff Fowler also finished in double digits with 15 and 13 points, respectively. The triumph was the 100th for UC skipper Marty Sisco during his four-year tenure at the school and the 397th of his career.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 28 — South Fulton punched its ticket to the substate round of the boys’ basketball season with a 71-50 romp over Gleason in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals. Trey Pearson had 22 points for the victors, while Michael Waycaster and Justin Taylor both offered 15 tallies for the Red Devils.
March 1 — Obion Central’s search for a new football coach came to an end. Chris Hill was hired to become the 11th coach in the program’s history. Hill came to Central from Cordova (Ala.). The OC job was the seventh in a 10-year coaching career for the 34-year-old Hill, who had skipper experience at three Arkansas schools.
March 1 — Obion Central cross country standout Cathy Bennett signed to continue her running career at UT Martin. The Lady Rebel standout signed on to run both track and cross country at UTM. Bennett was a three-time team MVP at OC and part of a Lady Rebel team that finished fifth in the Class A-AA State Cross Country Meet.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 24 — Union City’s Marquis Weddle was named a Mr. Basketball finalist in Class A. Weddle was averaging 26 points, 6.5 rebounds and just less than four assists per game at the time of the announcement. Weddle was also fresh off becoming UC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,384 points when he was named a finalist. Other finalists were Culleoka’s Demario Williams and Chattanooga Temple’s Seth Skogen.
Feb. 28 — Obion Central knocked off No. 1 Westview by a 58-49 count in the semifinals of the Region 7AA Tournament. Jana Roney offered a Lady Rebel-best 22 points, while Gentry Reedy contributed 16 during the triumph. Whitney Williams had 11 for OC. Obion Central was ahead 13-6 after one quarter, but the game was tied at 19 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 25 — Eyebrows raised, but Obion Central girls’ skipper Lyle LaRue insisted Texas signee Chassidy Fussell was unable to play. Whatever the case, the Lady Rebel star sat — due to an ankle injury — as the team fell 83-70 to Haywood in the District 13AA Tournament consolation game. The defeat put OC in the opposite bracket from defending Class 2A state champion Gibson County in the Region 7AA Tournament. Macy Wright led the No. 2-ranked Lady Rebels with 21 points, while Brandi Goodman and Mackenzie Tucker both contributed 17 points during the defeat.
March 1 — The Union City boys routed Huntingdon 70-43 in the Region 7A Tournament quarterfinals. The Twisters were up 21-5 after a quarter and 36-15 at intermission. Josh Battee propelled the Twisters with 23 points, while Tyler Steward added 16. Antonio Cox also hit in double digits with 10 markers.

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