Remember When? —Anthony Hutch goes from Red Devil to Murray St. Racer

Remember When? —Anthony Hutch goes from Red Devil to Murray St. Racer
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
Feb. 2 — The No. 1-ranked Union City boys and 16-4 Obion Central girls were victorious in a split of an Obion County basketball twinbill that was plagued by a combined 89 fouls and 115 free throws taken in the two contests. Bobby Joe Slayton came off the bench to score 21 points for the Tornadoes, who improved to 21-1 with a 65-46 victory. Rick Matheny had 14 points for the Rebels. The margin was 19 points in the girls game, too, OC triumphing 57-38 behind 23 points from Tammy Tarkington.
Feb. 3 — Fred Pickard was named the new head football coach at UT Martin. The 43-year-old Pickard had been on the Pacer staff for seven years and was to succeed Lynn Amedee, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Southwest Louisiana.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 5 — South Fulton’s Anthony Hutch inked a college football scholarship with Murray State. Hutch, a 6-3, 236-pound two-way end who also saw action at several other positions, said ‘yes’ to Racer head coach Mike Mahoney. Also a basketball standout during his Red Devil career, Hutch was hopeful of avoiding injuries that robbed him of 15 games in his final three high school seasons and said he’d consider playing two sports at MSU.
Feb. 7 — In the first school year it opened its doors, Ridgemont won an Obion County School System girls’ basketball championship with a 49-40 upset of top-seed Hillcrest. Tina Hunt poured in 22 points and Yolanda Harris added 15 for the Lady Mustangs. Allison Northam led Hillcrest with 20 markers. The R’mont boys were denied a similar feat in the other title game as Hillcrest claimed the crown with a 47-32 triumph. Brock McClanahan led the victors with 16 points, while Brent Johnson nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 13. Jeremy Pollock topped Ridgemont with 13 points.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 6 — The Baggett twins — Kurt and Kyle — were a package deal for the Tennessee Tech football program after a solid prep career at Obion Central. Kurt was awarded a partial scholarship, while Kyle was slated to walk-on with the Eagle program. Both were assured that the possibility for a full-ride grant-in-aid was possible along with immediate playing time for the offensive linemen duo. Rebel head coach Chris Hill was present for the ceremony.
Feb. 8 — Obion Central made an amazing 18 3-pointers in an 88-41 romp over Riverside. D.J. Gammons bottomed six of those treys, Brent Simpson hit five and Zack Underwood drained four. The Lady Rebels were not so fortunate, dropping a 52-46 decision in the opener, despite 18 points from Whitney Angel, who was just six points shy of 1,000 for her career.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 5 — The Lake Road girls and Hillcrest boys advanced to the West Sectionals after making it to the championship round of the Area 5 Tournament in middle school basketball. The Lady Generals remained unbeaten through 17 games and won the tourney title by topping Inman 47-36. Mackenzie Tucker (25) and Brandi Davis (13) combined for all but nine of LR’s points in the championship game. The H’crest boys were runnerup to Martin, 51-31, but will still move on to play in Memphis. Blake Walton had nine markers for the Cougars (16-5).
Feb. 8 — Messenger Prep Football Player of the Year Savion Hayslett of Obion Central signed to continue his career at Lambuth University. An All-State linebacker, Hayslett had back-to-back seasons of 100 tackles for the Rebels and head coach Darren Bowling. Union City, meanwhile, had standout running back Demetrius Bracey sign on the dotted line for a scholarship at Cumberland University. Bracey posted the second-best rushing game in state history with a 457-yard effort that included six TDs in the Tornadoes’ win over West Carroll. He had over 2,000 all-purpose yards all totaled.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 2 — The Union City Middle School boys’ basketbvall team added the Area 4 championship to its groowing list of hardware after beating Fayette East 50-46. Malik Stockdale had 14 points and was named the event’s most valuable player, while Donte Simpson led the Jr. Twisters vs. FE with 16 points. Marcus DeBerry was named to the all-tournament team, and head coach Ronald Ward, who’d led the UCMS squad to an 18-0 record, was honored as the coach of the year.
Feb. 3 — Two Obion Central football players — Steven Patton and Jaquis Williams — signed college scholarships. Patton, a linebacker who made 99 tackles his senior year for the Rebels, is headed to Carson-Newman a Division II school in Jefferson City. Williams was headed for Iowa Western Community College as what was reportedly a “sign-and-place” agreement with Wyoming after he came up short academically. He was projected as a defensive end.
Published in The Messenger 2.3.12

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