Remember When? Barnett baseline buzzer beater puts OC in 3A semis

Remember When? Barnett baseline buzzer beater puts OC in 3A semis
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 19 — Union City came back, but ultimately ran out of time in a 56-51 defeat to Humboldt in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A State Tournament. The Twisters cut an early 20-point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter but, ultimately, came up short. Rodney Alexander and Ronald Ward totaled 18 points each for Union City. Humboldt’s Harold Barnes paced his team with 14, while teammate Cookie Smith added 13.
20 Years Ago
March 19 — The Union City tennis teams both recorded a 7-0 sweep of Dyer County. The Lady Twisters had Heather Wilkinson, Jennifer Gillett, Melanie Kemp, Jeanna Reeder and Kim Gray as individual victors. Gray had the only 8-0 shutout in singles play. In girls’ doubles action, Wilkinson teamed with Gillett for a win, while Kemp and Reeder combined to triumph. On the boys’ side, Ben Escarcega, Todd McMinn, John Davis, Brad Thompson and Chad Hailey all won individual matches. Escarcega teamed with McMinn for a doubles victory, while Davis and Thompson also prevailed in tandem play.
March 22 — Matt Barnett hit a 12-footer from the right baseline with two seconds left to propel Obion Central to a 76-75 victory over Gallatin in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A State Tournament. The Rebels, who missed their first 15 field goal attempts, fell behind 17-0 to the Green Wave at the start of the contest. Shannon Huff helped OC back into the game with seven 3-point baskets and a total of 28 points. Barnett finished with 19 for Central, while Denver Whitby added 18.
10 Years Ago
March 19 — South Fulton junior Trey Pearson poured in a State Tournament-record 50 points, but it still wasn’t enough in a 100-79 defeat to Ezell-Harding in a Class A semifinal contest. Pearson totaled 23 of his markers in the fourth quarter. All totaled, he was 18-of-35 from the field and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. B.J. Gordon and Chris Jennings each contributed eight markers for the Red Devils.
March 20 — Kohler claimed first place in the girls’ first and second grade division of the Obion County Youth Basketball League. Team members were Kelsey Barnes, Kelsie Teal, Nikki Eason, Nikki McCord, Caitlin Hall, Mackenzie Tucker, Hope Montgomery and Kacee Warren. Randy Eason and Donnie Tucker handled the coaching duties for the championship squad.
5 Years Ago
March 17 — The Obion Central softball team routed Dresden by a 10-0 margin. Winning pitcher Kacee Eaves struck out 13 for the Lady Rebels. Offensively, Randi Kaye Walker had three hits — a triple included — for OC. Eaves also legged out a three-bagger, while Audrey Gilliam singled twice for the victors.
March 20 — Union City finished the job. The Twisters downed Grace Baptist 68-52 to claim the Class A State Tournament championship. It was the school’s fourth state championship. Marquis Weddle and Xavier Robinson poured in 25 points each for the champion UC team. Meanwhile, reserve Nate Coleman added 12 points and MJ Brown totaled 10. Union City was ahead 15-10 after one quarter and 36-22 at halftime.
1 Year Ago
March 17 — The Obion Central boys’ soccer team came away from its initial outing with a push. The Rebel squad — in its first year of existence — tied with Covington at 2. Martin Reyna and Juan Mora each booted a goal for Obion Central. OC soccer coach Daniel Johnston also lauded the efforts of goalie Matthew Roberson.
March 22 — Union City’s “Branson” show didn’t get rave reviews from the Obion Central baseball team. Branson Sherwood homered twice — a grand slam included — and drove in a total of eight runs as the Twisters routed OC 12-1 in a game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Aside from Sherwood, Zack Cavness was 2-for-3 for UC, while Cameron Powers also had two hits. Rance Barnes claimed the mound triumph. Central’s lone run came in the fourth inning when Colton Woodward plated Ethan Davis. Brady York was the losing pitcher for the Rebels.

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