Remember When —UC’s Gregory all-state; Central fires up points machine

Remember When —UC’s Gregory all-state; Central fires up points machine
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. 8 — Michelle Skinner and Ronald Ward put on a show for their respective teams as Kenton and Union City split a prep doubleheader between Obion County basketball entries. Skinner poured in 30 points in the Maidens’ 65-47 triumph — their second win over UC in a week. Ward meanwhile, was even hotter, erupting for a game-high 37 to put him just four points behind John Ed Miller on the school’s all-time point list in the Tornadoes’ 80-69 triumph over Kenton. Keith Amos had a good game in support of Ward with 16 markers to help UC remain unbeaten in eight games, while Denny Banks put up 26 for the Tribe.
Dec. 14 — Just two days after transfers Larry Martin, Gus Rudolph and Larry Brooks were declared eligible, UT Martin crushed Mississippi State on the Bulldogs’ homecourt 65-41 for the Pacers’ first-ever win over a Southeastern Conference school. Head coach Art Tolis received congratulatory calls and notes from all over the country after Martin scored 20, Rudolph 12 and Brooks 10 in the stunning triumph. Martin and Brooks both came to UTM from Seattle University, while Rudolph played previously at LSU.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 10 — Obion Central head basketball coach Jimmy Whitby was named athletics director for the Obion County School System, replacing Jim Wiggins, who’d resigned that position as well as his head football coaching slot a month earlier. Whitby, a 10-year veteran of the Rebel basketball program, received the appointment via a 6-1 vote of the school board with Jay Ray Hobbs casting the lone ‘no’ ballot.
Dec. 12 — Union City defensive tackle Eric Gregory was named first-team All-State in Class 2A by the Associated Press. Gregory made 84 tackles and was charged with just two misses all season for a Tornado team that set a school record with 10 wins and won the program’s first playoff game. Gregory also had six sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Dec. 12 — Less than a week after blistering Dyer County with 117 points, the Obion Central boys topped the century mark again with a 103-70 blowout of Morreville. The Rebels improved to 6-0 by making 17 3-pointers — actually two less than they had vs. DC — and got 22 points from Robin Cude and 17 by Chuck Parks against Mooreville.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 12 — After the Obion Central girls improved to 6-1 by beating Union City 56-45, the Tornado boys handed OC their first loss in 10 games with a 72-63 triumph. Lynette Staggs had 10 points and four of her teammates were just a bucket away from double figures in the opener, while Ashley Patterson had 14 markers for UC. The Twister got a game-high 23 from David Perry and 14 more from Jeremy McCadney to knock Central from the perfect ranks in Game 2. B.J. McBride scored 18 for the Rebs.
Dec. 14 — Hillcrest beat Trimble twice, 45-30 and 36-21 in middle school hoops. Abby Reedy led the Lady Cougars, who improved to 10-1, with 14 points. Garrett Grady sank a trio of 3-pointers, while Frank Jones hit two from beyond the arc for H’crest in the second game.
5 Years Ago
Dec. 11 — Dyersburg head coach and South Fulton High School alumnus James Counce announced his retirement from coach at Dyersburg. Citing health issues — Counce suffered a heart attack during the season — the 57-year-old veteran of 22 seasons as a head coach posted a record of 163-78 during a stint that included 12 years at D’burg and 10 more at Henry County.
Dec. 12 — South Fulton honored several football players with individual accolades at its annual year-end banquet. Among those specially honored were Adrian Taylor, Corbin Hawks, Hunter Harris, Adam Minchew, Kyle Jackson, Bart Netherland and Lance Craddock.
1 Year Ago
Dec. 8 — Union City posted a pair of double-digit hoop victories over South Fulton. Even without suspended head coach Eddie Suiter, the Lady Tornadoes won 68-57 behind 18 points apiece from Amber Fair and Jackie Hudson. Taleeah Cross lit up UC for a game-high 26 for the Devilettes. Union City’s Peyton Mosley and Harris Hawks of SF tied for game-best honors in the nightcap with 17 markers, but Mosley had better support as Antonio Cox, Tyler Steward and Russ Smith all scored 14 for the Twisters.
Dec. 13 — Former Obion Central prep star and 2010 Miss Basketball winner Chassidy Fussell had 18 points and six rebounds, but she and her Texas teammates fell to Tennessee 92-77. Fussell cracked the Lady Longhorn starting lineup immediately in her freshman season on the collegiate level and had helped Texas to a No. 21 national ranking. Published in The Messenger 12.8.11

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