Remember When — Famous Chicken in UT Martin hoop nest for OVC push

Remember When — Famous Chicken in UT Martin hoop nest for OVC push
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
Nov. 24 — The Union City High School girls basketball team upset South Fulton 56-55 in its home-opener. Regina Brown made 5-of-6 free throws and a layup down the stretch for the Lady Tornadoes after SF had taken a late lead to better UC’s record to 2-1. The Twister boys — state tournament participants the previous year — had a fight on their hands before finally dispatching the highly-touted Redmen 69-62. Rodney Alexander tallied a game-high 32 points for the victors while teammate Ronald Ward added 17. High-flying Ken Tolbert had 21 markers for South Fulton, two behind Barry Williams on the Devil scoring list.
Nov. 29 — South Fulton High School Principal J. Virgil Yates was a candidate for a position on the TSSAA Board of Control. Humboldt administrator and ex-Viking football coach Jim Poteete, who previously was on the legislative council of the state’s governing athletic body, was also up for the spot. A hot topic on the TSSAA agenda: Soccer. Union City and Obion Central were expected to vote against the sport being added state-wide, while South Fulton and Kenton were reportedly in favor of the move.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 25 — Private-school entry Memphis University School ended Union City’s dream season with a 31-7 second-round playoff win over the Tornadoes. The No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Owls got 200 passing yards from heralded QB Marc McMillan, who threw for one score and ran for another. A 16-yard TD pass from Marcus Lewis to Jason Baldwin represented the only score for the Tornadoes, who posted a school-record 10-2 record and won the program’s first-ever playoff game the week before..
Nov. 26 — The world-famous San Diego Chicken made an appearance at UT Martin, where the Pacers kicked off their bid for admittance into the Ohio Valley Conference. Unfortunately, the beloved mascot and more than 4,000 fans couldn’t pull UTM through as it lost to Missouri Southern 72-71. Ex-South Fulton prep standout Timmy Britt had 13 points and nine rebounds for Martin.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 26 — Union City youths Blake Gregg and Hunter Lindsey represented Obion County in the state team Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Adelphia Coliseum prior to the Tennessee Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers game. Gregg, who was making his second trip to the contest after having also qualified two years earlier, was fourth in the 14-15 age group. Lindsey placed second in the 12-13 division.
Nov. 30 — A school-record eight players from Obion Central earned first-team honors on the District 7-3A football team. Quarterback Wes Moore and favorite targets Brian Kissell and Chris Phelon were a part of the group, as were Kyle McDaniel, Brad Carr, Thom Snyder, Japeth Cunningham and Peter Harmon. The Rebels finished in second place in the final league standings with a 5-6 record under first-year head coach Chris Hill and hosted a state playoff game for the first time ever.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 24 — Marquis Weddle had his No. 23 Union City High School basketball jersey retired prior to the Tornadoes home-opening game against Obion Central. Weddle became the school’s all-time leading scorer and was voted Class A’s Mr. Basketball the season before while leading the Purple and Gold to the state championship — the fourth in UCHS history. Weddle was sitting out the 2006-07 season at UT Martin as a non-qualifier academically after originally signing with Three Rivers (Mo.) Community College.
Nov. 29 — Both the Obion Central and South Fulton girls’ teams picked up solid early-season victories, the Lady Rebels beating Fulton County 61-45 to improve to 5-0, and SF besting previously-unbeaten Greenfield 56-35. Jana Roney had 21 points and Aubrey Reedy 14 for Central, while the Devilettes won with Jeremy McFarland on the bench as head coach Curt Lee was serving the second of a two-game suspension after having been ejected against Gibson County in his team’s first game. Kaci Beadles poured in 25 points, had 10 rebounds and six steals for SF.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 24 — Chase Bowling, Trey Maddox and Joseph Shanks received individual awards at Union City’s annual year-end fall sports banquet. Both Bowling and Maddox were honored with the Peter Wilkes Heart Award, while Shanks walked away with the Jayme Hickerson Best Young Lineman Award. Maddox also received the Pete Wright Award, given in memory of the longtime Tornado sports booster.
Nov. 29 — The Obion Central girls beat South Fulton for the second time in less than a week, 56-54, while the Red Devil boys avenged a loss to Central five nights earlier with a 56-47 triumph. Brandi Goodman tallied 21 for the Lady Rebs, who’d beaten South Fulton 74-56 in an earlier meeting. After Bryan Morris hit for 20 in OC’s 78-69 victory the week before, the Devils scored 23 against Obion Central for the second straight time in a payback triumph.
Published in The Messenger 11.25.11

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