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. 9 — The Obion girls and Kenton boys were crowned champions of the Obion County School System postseason basketball tournament. The Lady Indians avenged their only regular season loss and handled top-seed Kenton with ease in a 39-21 triumph. Mitzi Holloway poured in 21 points to lead the champs, while teammate Missy Bullion added 10. Paulette Mays scored nine for the Maidens. Gary Banks (17 points) led a Kenton rally from nine down in the second half to a 44-41 title game victory for the Warriors. Rusty Milligan pitched in 10 to the winning cause. Larry Joe Manus had 14 points and Kevin Lyons 13 for Obion.
Feb. 15 — Top-ranked Union City’s standing was in jeopardy after just its second loss in 25 games — a one-point 45-44 decision to No. 8 Ripley. The Tornadoes got 16 points from Rodney Alexander and another 11 from Ronald Ward, but failed on a couple of game-winning field goal attempts in the final seconds. Valerie Caldwell tallied 22 markers, but couldn’t keep the Hurricanes from absorbing a 60-52 loss in the girls’ game.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 11 — The Union City freshman boys’ basketball team won its third district tournament championship in five seasons. Members of the team included Dan Logan, David Barnes, Chip Pinion, Chris Moffatt, Tremaine Quinn, Untwon Bishop, Quincy Kennedy, Hal Mosier, Jermaine Fuller, Todd Bussard and Jackie Williams.
Feb. 12 — Local businessman Ralph Graves was one of six inductees into the UT Martin Hall of Fame. Graves was a two-way lineman for UT Jr. College during the 1934-35 seasons before transferring to UT Chattanooga. Other persons admitted to the prestigious fraternity included Dan Merritt (tennis), Pat Nanney Jr. (golf), Alvin Smalls (football), Jim Swope (basketball) and Dr. Ed Wella (football team physician).
10 Years Ago
Feb. 11 — Obion Central’s Whitney Angel sank a 3-pointer with a little over two minutes to play against Fulton County for the last of her career-high 38 markers to put her over 1,000 points for her prep playing career. The Lady Rebels had no trouble rolling to a 74-29 romp. The Central boys won 89-61 over the Pilots behind 18 points from D.J. Gammons and 14 more from Japheth Cunningham.
Feb. 15 — Trey Pearson (33), Michael Waycaster (22) and Justin Taylor (13) combined for 68 points as South Fulton clinched a spot in the District 15A Tournament championship game opposite Greenfield with an 82-46 blowout of Dresden. It was the Devils’ 10th straight win of the season, 19th in 25 games, and marked their 12th consecutive triumph over the Lions.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 14 — The Union City girls were assured of back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 5-on-5 play was adopted in 1979-80 after beating Dresden 44-25 in the District 14A quarterfinals. Labrica Ward had 17 points and DeBrisha Robinson added 10 for the Lady Tornadoes (15-11), who were coming off a school-record 23 wins the year before and their first appearance in the regional semifinals in 12 years.
Feb. 15 — Winners in the local annual Knights of Columbus free throw shooting competition included Elliott Tomlinson, Eric Moore, Colton Woodward, Winn Decker, Brittany Parker, Taylor Baker, Hannah Woodruff and Kris Storey. The district level was next up for those local competitors.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 14 — The Union City Middle School boys’ basketball team completed the most successful season in program history — finishing off a perfect 21-0 campaign with a 65-60 victory over Fayette East in the Small School West Sectional championship game in Memphis. Marcus DeBerry hit four 3-pointers and Joe Wiggins bottomed three for UC, which also put James Mays (13), Malik Stockdale (11) and Donte Simpson (10) in double figures scoring-wise.
Feb. 15 — South Fulton made but three second-half field goals and nine for the game in a 52-39 loss to Union City girls that ended the Devilettes’ season in the district tourney quarterfinals. Shenisha Huff had 19 points and Kierra Davis 11 for the Lady Tornadoes, who bought themselves at least three more games in the postseason with the win. Taleeah Cross led SF with 16 markers.
Published in The Messenger 2.9.12