Remember When? Twisters wear region crown thanks to Ward, Alexander

Remember When? Twisters wear region crown thanks to Ward, Alexander
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
March 6 — Union City gained the right to host in the substate portion of the postseason and claimed the Region 6AA Tournament title all in one swift move with a 71-58 triumph over Savannah. Ronald Ward poured in 28 points for the Twisters, while Rodney Alexander added 20 and Jonathan Turner totaled 18. UC was ahead by as many as 15 points during the fourth quarter. Ward and Alexander were both named All-Region performers after the championship game.
March 7 — Obion Central was upset by Humboldt 47-46 in the Region 7AA Tournament finale. The Vikings committed to stopping leading Lady Rebel Diane Jordan, triple-teaming her on many occasions and limiting the local standout to just four points. Jeanna Ursery was OC’s leading scorer with 16 markers, while Felicia Hogg offered 12. Hogg was named to the All-Region team, while Jordan was the league’s MVP.
20 Years Ago
March 4 — The heat was on. Inside a muggy Haywood gym, Obion Central turned up the temperature with its relentless pressure in a 69-61 triumph over Ripley for the District 13AAA Tournament title. Denver Whitby and Shannon Huff both offered 16 points for the Rebels, while teammate Shane Depriest totaled 10 markers.
March 8 — The Obion Central girls were packing their bags for a trip to substate. The Lady Rebels fell by a 53-51 margin to Dyersburg in the Region 7AAA championship game, forcing the county locals on the road for the substate portion of the postseason. Dana Bond led OC with 18 points, while Kristi Long also reached twin figures with 10.
10 Years Ago
March 6 — Defending Class A state champion South Fulton destroyed Adamsville via an 88-48 margin in a substate game to punch its ticket for a return trip to Murfreesboro. All totaled, five Red Devils scored in twin figures. Trey Pearson topped that list and was just shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Additionally, Jacque Alexander and Michael Tibbs both finished with 13 markers, while Chris Jennings and B.J. Gordon added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Red Devils.
March 7 — Union City High School honored its standout basketball players at the annual banquet for the sport. Members of the Twister team to receive individual accolades were Robert Robinson, Jeremy McCadney, Scottie Hayes and Drew Cross. UC girls who earned awards were Jessica Ervin, Tamisha Slayton, Brittany Thompson, Erica Payne, Courtney Lee, Ashley Patterson and Earlisha North.
5 Years Ago
March 6 — Obion Central’s hopes of a repeat state tournament bid fell short during a 52-47 loss at Memphis Hillcrest in a Class AA sectional game. Jana Roney had a team-best 16 points for the Lady Rebels, while Rhodes College signee Jennifer Davis offered 13 during the defeat. Aubrey Reedy was next in line for OC with seven tallies.
March 7 — With one last-second shot, Union City’s Marquis Weddle erased a night of frusturation and propelled his team to the state tournament. The Mr. Basketball finalist and school’s all-time leading scorer bottomed an eight-footer at the buzzer to set off the Twisters’ celebration of a 47-46 victory over reigning state champion Middleton in a Class A sectional contest. Prior to his heroic final offering, Weddle was 2-for-11 from the field. MJ Brown paced Union City with 18 points, while Xavier Robinson was a point shy of double digits with nine.
1 Year Ago
March 5 — Keith Frazier lightened his load at South Fulton High School. The long-time coach/administrator and 30-year veteran of the teaching game resigned his post as the boys’ basketball coach at the school. The 53-year-old Frazier, who had served as the SF boys’ skipper for four seasons, had minor heart surgery in November. Frazier retained his positions as assistant principal, athletic director and assistant football coach.
March 9 — Union City got a dose of its own medicine. It didn’t taste particularly good. Memphis Westwood’s David Pledge bottomed a 12-footer with 1.8 seconds remaining — nearly four years to the day of Marquis Weddle’s heroic sectional shot (mentioned earlier in this Remember When?) — to defeat UC by a 63-61 margin in a Class A sectional game. Twister senior Josh Battee had a team-best 15 points for the Twisters, while Antonio Cox and LaMarcus Allen had 11 each. Rakim Gaston also had a double-digit outing with 10 for Union City.

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