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|Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:11 pm |
|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
April 1 — Obion Central routed Fulton County 9-1 on the baseball diamond. Winning pitcher Rick Matheny struck out seven. Mike Grady was 3-for-4 for the Rebels with a double and two singles, while Lynn Elam smacked a two-run double and Bobby Isbell drove in a pair. Obion Central scored three in both the first and third innings, one in the second and two in the fourth.
April 2 — The Union City baseball team edged Fulton City 4-3. Trent Arnold was 3-for-5 for the victors with a pair of RBI, while Phillip Puckett went 2-for-5. Bulldog Tim McAllison knocked a home run. Keith Powell was the winning pitcher for the Twister team.
20 Years Ago
April 3 — Rodney Bonds struck out 11 and allowed no hits in six innings of work as the Union City baseball team bested Dresden 6-2. Jason Kizer drove in a pair and had two hits for the Twisters, who won in new skipper Dennis Chapman’s debut. Bill Davis also chased one run home for UC. Twister reliever David James allowed both of the Lion runs.
April 4 — The Union City tennis teams made quick work of Westview with both the boys and girls prevailing 7-0. Of note was the fact that Heather Wilkinson recorded her 30th prep singles triumph during the match. Additionally, Melanie Kemp, Jennifer Gilett, Jeanna Reeder and Kim Gray all triumphed in individual matches for the UC girls. Wilkinson and Gillett won a doubles match 8-1, while Kemp and Reeder teamed for a like triumph in duos action. On the boys’ side, Ben Escarcega, Todd McMinn, Brad Thompson, Kevin Little and Chris Thomas were all victors. Escarcega teamed with McMinn for a doubles win, while Thompson and Little teamed for a tandem triumph.
10 Years Ago
April 2 — A standing-room only crowd of 7,777 fans watched as the Chicago Cubs defeated the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 9-4 in an exhibition baseball game at Jackson’s Pringles Park. The Cubs arrived 45 minutes late, but slugger Sammy Sosa delighted the crowd by being the surprise entry in a pre-game home run derby. One of Sosa’s HR derby dingers flew an estimated 500 feet. Sosa also smashed a two-run homer during the first inning of the game.
April 3 — Michael Crockett did a little bit of everything for South Fulton. The SF pitcher struck out 10 and assisted his mound cause with three hits (a home run, double and three RBI) as the locals bested the Bulldogs 7-3. Michael Tibbs also helped out offensively with a 3-for-4 outing, while Nick Frazier finished 2-for-4.
5 Years Ago
April 3 — First Citizens claimed the girls’ championship in the third and fourth-grade division of the Obion County Youth Basketball League. Team members were Laina Roberson, Brittney McEwen, Macey McKenzie, Makayla Fluty, Johna Epperson, Amanda Smith, Maci McDaniel, Sandy Burns, Ashlyn Runions and Samantha Wallace. Coaches for the team were Shari McKenzie and Mike McKenzie.
April 4 — Union City run-ruled Gleason 18-8. Hunter Lindsey reached five times and scored three runs for the Twisters. Kyle Hitt was 3-for-4, while the brothers Sherwood — Tyler and Camron — both had 2-for-3 outings. UC’s Nate Coleman tripled and scored twice. Hitt was the winning pitcher. He struck out seven.
1 Year Ago
March 31 — Obion Central blanked Fulton County 18-0 on the prep softball diamond. The Lady Rebels exploded for 15 runs in the second inning to put FC away. Madi Bell, Leann Staser and Casey Russell, who just days earlier committed to play at Dyersburg State, had two hits each for Obion Central.
April 2 — South Fulton owned Gleason 14-4. Cody Tatum knocked a pair of home runs for the Red Devils and finished with five RBI. Winning pitcher Ryan Prince also homered, doubled twice and drove in a total of five. Senior Jonathan Clouse also did his part with three ribbies and two runs scored.