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Remember When — Clint Edmiston coaches last football game in Obion Co.

Remember When — Clint Edmiston coaches last football game in Obion Co.
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
Oct. 6 — Obion Central’s Kenneth Prince was chosen as The Messenger’s Player of the Week for his play in the Rebels’ 23-7 upset of fourth-ranked and reigning Class 1A state champion Lake County. Prince, a two-way lineman, was particularly impressive as a noseguard with seven tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and a fumble recovery. He also recorded two stops on special teams.
Oct. 10 — Blaine Cultra’s 40-yard second-quarter field goal provided the only points Union City needed in a 3-0 upset of eighth-ranked Humboldt. Gary Carr and Kevin Payne — both sophomores — were the ringleaders of a Tornado defense that held the Vikings to just 42 first-half yards and 146 all totaled. Larry Hedrick, John Burnett and Rob Terrell all also had big hits at critical times for the gang-tackling UC unit.
20 Years Ago
Oct. 9 — Clint Edmiston coached his final football game in the Obion County School System at Black Oak. The 58-year-old Edmiston was the first-ever head coach in the history of the Obion Central program in 1961 and held those reins for five years. Given a choice of keeping the football job or taking over the Lady Rebel basketball fortunes, he chose hoops and directed Central to 117 victories and three state tournament in 41⁄2 seasons. After leaving the school business to enter the public work sector, Edmiston returned to OCCHS to assist Charles Akers with the football program before then moving to the junior high, where he coached Hornbeak and then BO.
Oct. 11 — The South Fulton girls’ golf team earned their second consecutive state tournament berth by winning the regional tournament. Sophomores Marianne Brann — daughter of head coach David Brann — and Mikki McLeary, along with senior Jennifer Langford, made up the Devilette squad that hoped to improve on its sixth-place finish from the year before. Union City’s Billy Dowell and Johnna Porter earned trips as individuals after solid showings in the region.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 10 — Shane Vinson ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and Michael Brown topped the century mark with 102 yards and two scores on just five carries as South Fulton upset Lake Road 30-22 in the sixth annual Rebel Bowl. The victory ended the Generals’ three-year run in the Obion County School System championship game and marked the first time that anyone other than Lake Road or Union City had won the game. Kyle Wilson rushed for 162 yards and Justin Easley had two TDs for LR.
Oct. 11 — The Union City Greyhounds, a 12-and-under travel team, finished 7-2 in the Graves County Fall Baseball League. Members of the team included Camron Sherwood, Jacob Worley, Thomas McAnulty, Taylor Bruff, Ian Garrigan, Will Townes, Eric Evans, Craig Lowrance, Ben Woods, Colton Speed and Devin Babb. Bobby Wheeles, Tracy Bruff and Mark Speed were the team’s coaches.
5 Years Ago
Oct. 9 — Union City was one of five beneficiaries of Milan’s being forced to forfeit football games for using an ineligible player. The Bulldogs had beaten UC 52-7 on the field, but the game will go down officially as a 1-0 verdict for the Tornadoes. UC’s adjusted mark was 4-2, rather than 3-3.
Oct. 10 — The annual Fall Fest Tennis Tournament recognized its winners in several categories. In doubles play, Leigh Schlager, Seth Rhenberg, Jo Rhenberg, Margie Smith, Nathan Woods and Bill Dahnke were part of winning teams, while Todd Tilghman won the men’s open division and also teamed with Kent Bradshaw for the men’s open doubles championship. Tallon Scoot, Carson Castellaw and Derek Mosley all also received trophies.
1 Year Ago
Oct. 7 — South Fulton’s Chase Mayfield finished seventh and Mollie Stone of Union City 26th in the Class A-AA State Golf Tournament in Manchester. Mayfield improved his placing by 30 positions after qualifying as a sophomore, while Stone was in the middle of the pack in a 52-player field after shooting a 92 and a 90 in the 36-hole event.
Oct. 8 — An unprecedented four-peat was recorded by the South Fulton Middle School football team (7-1), which beat Hillcrest 36-14 to win its fourth straight Obion County School System championship in the Rebel Bowl. Hunter Wade ran for 137 yards and a score and Cory Pinion was responsible for three TDs for the Redmen, who extended their county win streak to 20 games. Cain Aaron and Bryce Warner both threw touchdown passes for Hillcrest, which finished runnerup to South Fulton for the second straight year.
Oct. 8 — Obion County Central basketball coaching legend Jimmy Whitby agreed to be a volunteer assistant coach at Fulton County, returning to his coaching roots where he first begin in the 1970s. Whitby, who directed OCCHS to its only state title in any sport in 1985 and later won 25 or more games for seven straight seasons at Lake County, will assist Andrew Clinton. Published in The Messenger 10.6.11

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