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Remember when? Bobby Knight visits UTM; Mitchell inks deal with Reds

Remember when? Bobby Knight visits UTM; Mitchell inks deal with Reds
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
Sept. 22 — Indiana University head basketball coach Bobby Knight was the keynote speaker at UT Martin’s season ticket rally. About 300 people attended a dinner, organized by Pacer athletic director and former University of Tennessee men’s coach Ray Mears. Indiana was the defending national champion under Knight, who also directed the Hoosiers to an unbeaten season and the 1976 crown.
Sept. 24 — Former UT Martin third baseman Donnie Mitchell signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Mitchell, who hit .376 while earning All-Gulf South Conference honors as a senior, was initially eyeballed by Reds scout and local resident Roger Harris. Mitchell had become a familiar name locally after starring in the Ken-Tenn Softball League, helping Seven-Up to a third place finish in the state.
Sept. 25 — Hornbeak ended South Fulton’s three-year, 22-game winning streak with a 22-14 junior high football triumph. Head coach Clint Edmiston’s Green Wave got a pair of long touchdown runs from Kevin Darnall and a short scoring plunge from Richard Hogg to remain unbeaten in three games. Joey Hall threw to Chris Tibbs for one South Fulton TD, while Ronald Knox accounted for the other Red Devil score.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 22 — Brian James, No. 3 on the South Fulton depth chart at running back but pressed into action due to injury, ran for 186 yards and a TD to lead the Redmen past Twin-Cities rival Fulton City 14-6. It marked the fifth time in six years that SF earned bragging rights vs. its bordering neighbor. Danny Roberson, Jimmy Thorpe and Michael Alford led a Devil defense that dropped Bulldog ball carriers 10 times for losses.
Sept. 25 — Former Union City High School standout and University of Tennessee fan favorite Mark Griffin was to begin his third season of playing professional basketball overseas. Griffin was preparing to join the London Towers in a move to England. He’d spent the two previous years playing in Australia, where he said he ranked in the league Top 10 in points, rebounding and 3-point shooting percentage.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 24 — Union City continued its long-dominance of Obion Central on the gridiron, blanking the Rebels 28-0 for their 35th win in 40 all-time meetings and 15th in the past 16 matchups. UC put the clamps on Chris Hill’s pass-happy offense, a defense led by Taurus North and Clay Goodrich sacking Central QB Wes Moore six times and limiting the Rebs to just 56 yards through the air. It was the 17th shutout of OC recorded by the Twisters in the series that dates back to the 1962 season.
Sept. 25 — The Union City boys’ golf team placed second and Obion Central third to advance to the regional tournament. Brandon Thomas, Bradley Bugg, Ryan Guy and Travis McIntosh made up the Tornado contingent, while Blake Pryor, Brandon Nicks, Seth Lofton and Luke Stover represented the Rebels. Brooke Parker and Ashleigh Short qualified individually for the next round for the OC girls.
5 Years Ago
Sept. 25 — The worm had officially turned in the Obion Central-Union City football series after the Rebels’ fifth straight win in the series — their biggest ever, 46-7. OC improved to 4-1 on the season by dominating the contest that was delayed more than an hour by severe storms that rolled through the area. Hunter Calhoun ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries, while Chase Clanton had 115 yards and two scores on but eight rushes. Demetrius Bracey scored UC’s lone touchdown.
Sept. 27 — Lake Road and Ridgemont were headed for a Rebel Bowl showdown after beating Black Oak and South Fulton, respectively. Garrett McDaniel and Dalton Teeter each scored twice in the Generals’ 38-16 triumph over BO that kept LR perfect in five games. For R’mont, Jayson Jackson, Joe Ferguson and Shawn Weaks all had TDs vs. the Redmen to improve the Mustangs to 5-1 overall.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 24 — Chase Mayfield fired a 72 to win the District 14A-AA individual golf championship at The Farms in Dyersburg. The Mayfield-led SF boys and the Union City girls advanced to the region with third place team finishes, while Obion Central’s Samantha Wallace, Krissy Worrell and McKenzee Pane of South Fulton advanced as individuals. So, too, did Clay Treece and Sara Riley of Union City and Obion Central’s Garrett Booth. Mollie Stone and Erica Sturkie made up the Union City girls’ team, while Mayfield was joined by teammates Hunter Hutchins, Easton Woolf and Hunter Faulkner on the South Fulton boys’ squad that took the next step in the postseason. Published in The Messenger 9.22.11

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