|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
Dec. 7 — Both the Obion Central Lady Rebels and Union City Golden Tornadoes remained unbeaten and were triumphant in the fourth annual Messenger-Obion County Basketball Tournament. OC (6-0) topped Kenton 60-42 in the girls’ title tilt behind 29 points from tourney most valuable player Felicia Hogg. Michelle Skinner totaled 19 for Kenton. The UC boys also won comfortably, 83-62 over the host Rebels. Ronald Ward poured in 32 points and teammate Rodney Alexander — the event’s MVP on the boys’ side — added 23. Rick Matheny led Central with 20 points, a deuce more than Eric McReynolds.
Dec. 7 — Fred Gamlin, who directed the Union City boys’ basketball program to state tournament berths in his only three seasons at the Tornado helm, died suddenly of a heart attack while teaching at Henry County High School. The 42-year-old Gamlin won nearly 500 games in 20-plus years of coaching and went 78-24 in three seasons at UC from 1969-72. His favorite UC team reportedly was dubbed “Gamlin’s Gremlins” by the local media, largely because no player was taller than six-foot. Among Gamlin’s many star players was Greg Davis, named an All-American before an untimely death — also due to heart attack — at age 20.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 3 — Longtime local prominent coach/administrator Bob Jarvis lost his battle with cancer at age 71. Jarvis coached basketball at Dixie, Mason Hall, Hornbeak and also at Peabody and Henry County. He took teams at MH and Peabody to the state tournament and was named to coach in the East-West Shrine Game in 1967. Jarvis concluded his school tenure as principal at Union City High School from 1968-81.
Dec. 6 — The Hillcrest girls handed Ridgemont their first loss in eight games, winning a middle school hoop matchup 45-38. Allison Northam scored 14 points and Mary Beth Hime added 10 for the Lady Cougars (7-3), while Tina Hunt had 13 and Yolanda Harris 12 for R’mont. The South Fulton jayvee boys, meanwhile, won for the fourth time in five games, beaten Black Oak 39-19 behind 13 points from J.T. Saxton.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 5 — South Fulton won early-season county bragging rights vs. Union City with a doubleheader sweep of the Tornado roundball teams. Trey Pearson, a Mr. Basketball finalist the year before, erupted for 38 points to lead the Redmen to an 86-78 victory in the boys’ game. Jeremy McCadney had 23 and Brandon Weddle 16 for the Tornadoes. The girls’ game was all SF, the Devilettes rolling to a 59-32 triumph behind Shelby Cawthon’s 16 points and 10 more from Tiffany Gordon.
Dec. 7 — Taurius North and George Evans of Union City were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Class 2A All-State football team. North, a linebacker, totaled 118 tackles during his senior season, capping a career that saw him make 370 stops all totaled. Evans was Mr. Do-It-All for the Tornadoes, designated as an ‘athlete’ on the glitter unit. He played quarterback, defensive back and was also a kicker for a Purple and Gold unit that made it to Round 3 of the postseason. South Fulton receiver Michael Waycaster earned a spot on the Class 1A TSWA team after catching 35 passes for 819 yards and 13 TDs for the Redmen.
5 Years Ago
Dec. 4 — Obion Central christened its new basketball home, sweeping South Fulton one night after splitting two games with Gosnell, Ark. The Lady Rebels improved to 7-0 as Jana Roney scored 17 points in a 58-52 triumph over SF, which got 19 from Chelsea Cox and another 16 markers from Molly Ledbetter. On the boys’ side, Central won for the first time in seven games (56-50) after dropping a heartbreaker the night before as Brady Boucher and Logan Parker tallied 11 points apiece.
Dec. 6 — A pair of power outages did nothing to short-circuit the Union City boys as the reigning Class 1A state champion set a school record for points with 119-79 mauling of Dresden. Six players scored in double figures for the Tornadoes, led by Jeremy Simpson’s 26 and 21 more points from Tony Wilkins.
1 Year Ago
Dec. 2 — Brooke Jennings, Paige Hicks, Baylie Boucher and Mandi McDaniel were honored with individual accolades at the Obion Central season-ending soccer banquet. Hicks, McDaniel and Taylor Baker all were honored for having made all-region, and head coach Daniel Johnston was celebrated as the league’s best after directing OC to a 13-3-1 record in just its second season.
Dec. 3 — Obion Central offensive lineman Kendrick Hardin was chosen as The Messenger’s Prep Player of the Year. Hardin was the anchor of an offense that gained more than 3,500 yards to help earn a second consecutive playoff berth. Lucas Garland, Devin Palmer and Nathan Ward were all recipients of individual awards at the Rebels’ team banquet. Published in The Messenger 12.1.11