Remember when? Long-awaited UC-OC hoops showdown fills Pacer Arena

Remember when? Long-awaited UC-OC hoops showdown fills Pacer Arena
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. 15 — Union City High School held its season-ending football banquet and honored a number of players with individual accolades. Among those to receive trophies and/or plaques were Larry Headrick, Aaron Dearmitt, Tracy Bruff, David Searcy, Mike Woodward, Clay Parker, Shea Riley, Roger Pugh, Blaine Cultra, Ricky Huff and David Townes.
Dec. 15 — Don Hubbard became the all-time leading scorer in UT Martin men’s basketball history. Hubbard, nicknamed “Hollywood” and a Mayfield native, broke Larry Carter’s mark of 1,078 points against West Georgia and had 1,090 points to-date during his Pacer hoop career
Dec. 17 — Hot-Shot free throw shooting champions, determined at the recently-held Messenger-Obion County Tournament, included Lana Watts, Michael McClure, Ronald Crabtree and Amy Wroten of South Fulton; William Rivers of Cloverdale; Amy Ransom of Dixie; Union City’s Jason Carter; Jamie Bullion and Larry Manus of Obion; Kenton’s Paulette Mayes and Felicia Mays; and Lori Garrigan of Woodland.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 17 — Both Obion Central basketball teams continued to roll, the girls beating Harding Academy 67-58 to improve to 10-1 and the Rebel boys staying perfect through nine games with a 96-79 triumph over HA. Kristy Petty hit for 19 points, Maria Barber had 16 and Kristie Long 10 markers for the OC girls. Matt Barnett and Robin Cude shared game-honors in the nightcap with 23 points apiece.
Dec. 20 — More than 5,000 fans were estimated to be on hand at UT Martin when Union City and Obion Central played basketball for the first time in five years. The contest was moved to Pacer Arena due to widespread interest in the matchup of Obion County rivals and saw the Tornadoes break Central’s nine-game winning streak in the series with a 57-38 triumph. The UC defense put the clamps on a high-scoring Rebel offense that had been scoring at 85 ppg clip and held them to their lowest point output in 10 years and 21 percent field goal shooting. Stanley Caldwell scored 17 points to pace the Tornadoes, while Matt Barnett had 14 for OC. Union City head coach Marty Sisco literally got off the sick bed to direct his team, having missed the three previous days of practice with a virus.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 17 — South Fulton hoop standout Trey Pearson put on a show over the weekend, with back-to-back 40-point efforts in the Devils’ victories over Bradford (87-67) and Obion central (77-70). A finalist for Mr. Basketball the season before, Pearson was making a case for the top prize in his senior campaign after burning Bradford for 47 markers and Central for 40 less than 24 hours later.
Dec. 18 — Union City avenged an earlier loss to South Fulton, clipping the Redmen 70-66. DeAndre Burney had 17 points, Jeremy McCadney 16 and Robert Robinson 14 for the Twisters to offset a third straight 40-point performance by SF’s Trey Pearson, who poured in 40 on the button.
5 Years Ago
Dec. 18 — Brandon King drew a pair of critical late-game charging fouls to key Obion Central’s 45-42 upset of Graves County. The win was just the second in 11 games for the Rebels, who got 17 points from Nick Gilliam. The OC girls improved to 11-0 with a 56-37 victory behind Jana Roney’s 16 points.
Dec. 19 — Union City eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time in the season but for just the 11th time ever in a 103-69 blowout of Trenton Peabody. Cedric Allen (22 points) and Tony Wilkins (19) pace a Twister club that put five players in all in double figures while protecting its unbeaten mark through 11 games.
Dec. 21 — Obion Central linebacker Savion Hayslett was named All-State in Class 3A by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Hayslett had 114 tackles for the Rebels in the 2006 campaign and finished his career with well over 300 stops after back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. The day before, Union City running back Demetrius Bracey was named to the Class 1A All-State squad. Bracey accumulated more than 2,000 all-purpose yards, highlighted by a 439-yard, six-TD effort against West Carroll that ranked as the No. 2 effort all-time, according to state records.
1 Year Ago
Dec. 15 — District 14A frontrunner Humboldt thumped the Union City boys 78-55. The Vikings, coming off consecutive state tournament trips, improved to 7-0 on the young season. Antonio Cox scored 16 and Tyler Steward 15 for the Twisters. The UC girls won the opener 58-35 as the freshman duo of Amber Fair and Jackie Hudson combined to outscore the entire H’boldt team (36-35).
Dec. 18 — Four players from Union City’s 2009 Class 1A state championship football team were inducted into the Hall of Honors. Record-setting fullback Josh Nicks, Mr. Football Lineman of the Year finalist Ronnie Fair, All-State center Will Arnold and Jorge Guerri, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the BlueCross Bowl championship game, were all added to the hallowed hall. Guerri was represented by Dr. John and Pam Clendenin, whom he lived with during a senior year in which he was a foreign exchange student. Published in The Messenger 12.15.11

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