Remember When? James, McCullough lead unbeaten Rebs to 13AA title

Remember When? James, McCullough lead unbeaten Rebs to 13AA title
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
May 6 — The Union City golf team finished second in a three-way match with Westview and Dyersburg. The Twisters were three strokes off the pace set by Dyersburg, which totaled a 162. John Maness and Tommy Elam shared medalist honors for UC with 37s. Randy Kemp totaled a 45, while Scott Denaburg came to the clubhouse with a 46.
May 8 — Obion Central improved to 28-0 on the campaign and earned some hardware after its 7-3 besting of Munford in the District 13AA Tournament championship game. Tim James blasted a two-run homer for the Rebels. John Robert McCullough was the winning pitcher. Additionally, Paul Decker scored twice, while Richard Petty, Jeff Chappell, Mike Grady and Lynn Elam all accounted for one tally. Grady legged out a triple for Obion Central.
20 Years Ago
May 8 — The South Fulton softball team claimed first place in just its second season. The Devilettes beat Halls 12-8 to win the District 14A Tournament title. Kenya Wiley, Alicia McCoy and Laurie Tucker all had four hits for SF. Amy Malray, who had three hits, was the winning pitcher.
May 9 — The Fulton City baseball squad improved its season mark to 11-4 after a 13-4 besting of Hickman County. Winning pitcher Bryant Pirtle went the distance and struck out six. Pirtle helped his mound cause with a grand slam, while Winky Pryor also homered for the Bulldogs. FC’s Jeff Williamson also hit safely twice in his three trips to the plate.
10 Years Ago
May 8 — Retired Goodyear associate Louie Emrech knocked a hole-in-one at Wingfoot Golf Course. Emrech’s ace came on the ninth hole. He used a 7-wood to bottom the shot from a distance of 188 yards out. George Gibson and Johnny Bryant witnessed Emrech’s ace.
May 10 — South Fulton blanked Greenfield 6-0 to win the District 14A baseball championship. Winning pitcher Michael Crockett struck out 19 of the 21 hitters he faced in the seven inning title game. SF’s Michael Tibbs was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI, while Nick Frazier knocked one home. Matt Robbins, Josh Pritchard, Wayne Kendall and Ryan Graves all scored once.
5 Years Ago
May 5 — The man who had been the South Fulton boys’ basketball coach in both the best and worse of times — Bryant Driver — was relieved of his duties with the team. Driver’s forced resignation came after an 0-23 campaign, during which the team regularly suited up only six or seven players. In 17 seasons as the Red Devils’ skipper, Driver compiled a 292-186 worksheet and his 1999-2000 squad won the Class A state championship. Driver’s 2005-06 squad lost by an average of 35 points per game. Reportedly, Obion County Director of Schools Lonnie Grady had asked Driver to resign a week earlier, but the veteran coach refused to do so.
May 9 — South Fulton blanked Trenton 8-0 in the winner’s bracket of the District 14A Softball Tournament. Prevailing pitcher Brittany Cox and Emily Pinion combined on the three-hitter. Cox tossed five innings and struck out nine, while Pinion fanned two during her two frames. Offensively, Kaci Beadles was 2-for-4 with one run for the Devilettes. Melissa Reams and Cox both doubled.
1 Year Ago
May 5 — First-year Obion County Central girls’ basketball coach Lyle LaRue honored his team at the annual banquet for the squad. Those receiving individual honors were Tristin Terry, Macy Wright, Laurie Craddock, Olivia Grady, Chassidy Fussell, Katie Pate and Brandi Goodman. The Lady Rebels finished just one win shy of a sectional berth. OC’s most notable victory of the campaign was when it broke eventual state champion Gibson County’s 55-game winning streak during the regular season.
May 10 — Obion Central baseball coach Russ Davis turned in his jersey following his team’s final defeat at the District 13AA Tournament. Davis compiled a 44-63 worksheet during his three years at the helm of the Rebel program and each of his teams won at least two postseason games. Davis had served as an assistant under John Buchanan for six years prior to his taking the head coaching job.

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