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. 17 — Union City High School head football coach Larry Shanks resigned that position to become a defensive assistant on the staff of new skipper Fred Pickard at UT Martin. Shanks posted a 47-27 record in seven seasons at the Tornado helm, his teams qualifying for a bowl three times and the state playoffs in another. Shanks, a UT Martin alumnus, had turned down a similar offer at UTM with Vester Newcomb four years earlier. Randy Barnes, a Tornado assistant, was authorized to take over the day-to-day operations of the UC program and was likely to be a candidate for the position.
Feb. 22 — No. 2 ranked South Fulton (Class A) won the school’s first-ever boys’ district tournament championship with a 69-51 victory over Greenfield in District 15A. Barry Williams poured in 26 points, Ken Tolbert added 13 and Patrick Hobbs pitched in 12 for the Red Devils, who improved to 24-5. The news was not nearly so good for No. 1 UC (2A), which was thrashed 72-42 by No. 9 Ripley in the District 11 title game. Star guard Ronald Ward fouled out in the third quarter for the Tornadoes and was later joined on the bench via fouls by teammates Ricky Huff and Keith Amos.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 17 — On a reverse dunk, Stanley Caldwell become Union City’s all-time leading scorer — surpassing John Parham — in the Tornadoes’ victory over Dyer County. Caldwell’s total stood at 2,125 points after he totaled 26 against the Choctaws.
Feb. 21 — The Obion Central girls and Union City boys locked up spots in the District 13AA Tournament championship games. The fifth-ranked Lady Rebels moved to 25-3 with a 66-54 victory over Union City in the semis. Maria Barber led the way with 21 points, Courtney Neeley added 15 in a reserve role and Kristy Petty pitched in 12. Trenessa Ware yanked down 16 rebounds for UC, which got 14 points from Latasha Thompson. The Tornado boys kept the ‘Drive for 5’ alive as they sought their fifth straight district tourney title with an 80-66 win over Covington. Stanley Caldwell lit up the Chargers with 39 points, with Rodney Bonds adding 14 and Anthony Davis 10.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 18 — South Fulton had on its running shoes and raced past Greenfield 98-82 for the District 15A Tournament crown. Justin Taylor hit for a career-high 25 points, Trey Pearson knocked down 32 and Michael Waycaster scored 16 as the Redmen took what they hope is the next step to a fifth straight state tournament appearance. SF skipper Bryant Driver was named Co-Coach of the Year for the district.
Feb. 19 — Union City’s boys were forced to settle for runnerup hardware in District 13AA with a 60-46 loss to Dyer County in the tourney finals. UC was guilty of four straight turnovers during a critical fourth-quarter stretch that proved to be its undoing. Robert Robinson had 18 and Jeremy McCadney 16 for the Twisters in the championship contest.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 16 — Obion Central’s Jana Roney and MJ Brown of Union City were named finalists for the prestigious Miss/Mr. Basketball Awards in their respective classifications. Roney had posted 12 double-doubles for the Lady Rebels, who were 27-4 to-date. The versatile junior was averaging 15 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per-game. Brown, despite playing just 23 minutes a game on average for a No. 1 ranked Tornado club that regularly routed its opponents and shattered the century mark, was averaging 16 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals per-game.
Feb. 20 — The Union City High School girls won the program’s first district tournament championship in 58 years with a 55-40 triumph over Lake County in the 14A finals at Dresden. Head coach Jeff Chandler piloted the Lady Tornadoes, who got 14 points from Labrica Ward, 12 from DeBrisha Robinson and 10 from Brittany Taylor in the win over the Falcons.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 21 — Union City’s girls will move on to the Region 7-A Tournament after a second-place District 14A finish that saw them lose to No. 1-ranked Lake County 53-34 in the championship game. The Lady Tornadoes were outscored 23-12 in the fourth quarter to seal their fate. Amber Fair led UC with 11 points.
Feb. 22 — Obion Central beat reigning state champion Gibson County 66-45 for the District 13AA girls tourney title. The Lady Rebels’ 31st win tied a school record for most victories in a single season and the championship was the program’s 14th in its illustrious history. Brandi Goodman was honored as the league MVP, while she, Macy Wright, Paige Hicks and Mackenzie Tucker were all named to the all-district squad.
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