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 26 — Ray Smith hurled a one-hitter as Wendy’s routed Locker Room 10-1 in Union City Babe Ruth League play. Smith struck out 10 hitters during the victory and assisted his mound cause with a pair of singles. Steve Grace also had two hits for Wendy’s. LR’s Kevin Woodard was the losing pitcher. Larry Steward had his team’s lone hit.
May 30 — Rives outslugged Woodland Mills 16-14 in Obion County Minor League play. Ronnie Tipton was the winning pitcher. Offensively, Rives had John Butler with a triple, while Doug Goodwin, Brian Gibson and Pat Hogan all doubled once. WM’s Van Cooley was the losing pitcher. Jason Powell had two hits for Woodland Mills, while Stan Cooley doubled and Chad Garrigan singled during the defeat.
20 Years Ago
May 29 — South Fulton High School honored its standouts in softball and baseball. Baseball players receiving individual honors were Dave Barclay, Ronnie Brown, Stephen Frisby and Anthony Hutch. Devilette softball players adorned with honors were Laurie Tucker, Kristi Hendrix, Kenya Wiley, Amy Malray and Melissa Perry.
May 30 — Four errors in the first inning proved to be too much for the Union City baseball team to overcome at the Class 2A State Tournament. The Twisters lost 10-5 to Brentwood Academy and finished in third place. Jim Cuvelier was the losing pitcher. Tornado Darren Martinek was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Blake Caudle crossed the pay station twice. UC’s Bill Davis drove in two runs during the defeat.
10 Years Ago
May 30 — Union City revealed Alicia Haley as its new softball coach. Haley, who played both basketball and softball at Crockett County, took over the program from Clay Lindsey. Haley also played college softball at UT Martin. She did her student-teaching at Union City and was to serve as an assistant to girls’ basketball coach Lisa Pituch, as well.
June 1 — Obion Central boys’ basketball coach Jimmy Whitby was placed on administrative leave amid allegations from a group of parents of mostly past players. Whitby’s coaching methods and techniques were brought into question by the contingent. Obion Central principal Bill Hampton confirmed that he had met with the group of parents and that putting Whitby on paid leave was the best solution at the time. Whitby had served as the Rebels’ basketball coach for 19 seasons and compiled a 467-151 record during his tenure.
5 Years Ago
May 29 — Drew Hayes spun a two-hit shutout as McKenzie blanked Forrest 2-0 in the TSSAA Class 1A State Tournament championship game. Hayes outdueled Vanderbilt-bound Mike Minor to snap Forrest’s 23-game winning in the title game. Forrest had outscored its previous nine opponents 77-1. Jeremy Maddox was the skipper of the Rebel squad.
June 1— Tyson edged Collision Specialty 4-3 in Union City Little League action. Winning pitcher Clay Treece struck out three. Tyson’s Mason McGrew, Paris Dean and Chance Hamlin each had one hit. CS losing pitcher Alex Case struck out 13. Chris Boucher legged out a triple for the victors, while Landry Nolan singled during the defeat.
1 Year Ago
May 28 — South Fulton named its first-ever varsity soccer coach. Mixon Moore, a 22-year-old former Gibson County assistant, was hired to pilot the SF soccer program. Moore had served as an assistant to GC skipper Scott Jewell since he was 18.
May 31 — South Fulton lost 4-0 to eventual state champion Trinity Christian Academy in the finale of the loser’s bracket at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament. Winning pitcher Ellen Renfroe spun a two-hitter and struck out nine Devilettes. Paxton Sisson and Marina Barclay each had one hit for SF against the Tennessee-bound hurler. TCA scored one run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh. Haley McKinney was the losing pitcher for South Fulton. With the defeat, McKinney finished her sophomore campaign with a 22-7 worksheet.
Published in The Messenger 5.26.11