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Remember when? — Tornado boys nip Central for fifth straight district crown

Remember when? — Tornado boys nip Central for fifth straight district crown
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. 23 — Both Union City and South Fulton were ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications in the final Associated Press prep boys’ basketball polls of the season. The Tornadoes (25-3) held that distinction for the fifth straight week despite being beaten in their district championship game by 30 points by Ripley, which was No. 6 in the 2A listing. The voters were likely swayed, though, by the fact that all three of UC’s losses came vs. other state-ranked teams. SF (25-5) was coming off the program’s first district tourney title since 1943 and ascended to the top of the 1A pecking order when previous No. 1 Alcoa lost.
Feb. 26 — UT Martin earned a berth in the Gulf South Conference championship tilt with a 46-36 win over Delta State. The Pacers (19-9) got 15 points from Mitch Stentiford and were aided by a technical foul whistled on the Statesmen when they stalled the ball and refused to force the action during a six-minute stretch in the first half. Larry Martin broke the school’s single-season assist record previously held by current South Fulton skipper Terry Pearcy.
20 Years Ago
Feb. 25 — The Union City boys won an unprecedented fifth straight district tournament championship with a thrilling 66-62 triumph over county rival Obion Central before an overflow crowd at Gibson County High School. The fourth-ranked Tornadoes beat OC for the third time in as many meetings by scoring the game’s final six points, Eddie Williams putting UC ahead to stay with 1:32 remaining. University of Tennessee-bound Stanley Caldwell posted a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. The loss spoiled a brilliant shooting display by the Rebels’ Robin Cude who sank eight 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 32 markers.
Feb. 28 — Second-ranked Gleason ended the South Fulton girls’ season with a convincing 78-39 loss in the Region 8A Tournament. The Devilettes were set to graduate three seniors — Kristi Hendrix, Amy Malray and Mikki McLeary — all of whom averaged in double figures scoring-wise for the season.
10 Years Ago
Feb. 25 — Both the Obion Central and Union City boys’ teams were ousted from the Region 7AA Tournament at Somerville, the Rebels losing to host Fayette-Ware 55-46, and the Tornadoes dropping a 64-60 decision to Haywood. Central finished the year at 19-13, while UC posted a final 20-11 worksheet. Japheth Cunningham had 14 points and Jimmie Ware 13 in OC’s season-ending setback, while Robert Robinson and Jeremy McCadney each tallied 15 and David Perry 14 on Union City final game.
Feb. 27 — South Fulton stormed to the regional championship game and assured itself of a fifth straight substate berth with a 109-79 blitzing of Bradford. It marked SF’s most points in a game since the 1993-94 campaign and the Devils’ 13th consecutive victory. Trey Pearson had 28 points, Justin Taylor 21 and Michael Waycaster 17 for the Redmen, who improved to 22-5. Waycaster also confirmed afterward that he would walk on at Arkansas after a stellar career as a receiver at SFHS.
5 Years Ago
Feb. 27 — Second-ranked Gleason ended the hopes of the Union City girls’ advancing to the regional championship game for the first time ever with a 37-31 victory. UC (18-11) got 14 points from Brittney Taylor, but fell short of making history in the region semis for the second straight year. The contest was the last for senior DeBrisha Robinson, who ended her UCHS career with more than 1,500 points and as the school’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer.
Feb. 28 — The Union City boys’ hopes for back-to-back state championships was ended via an 86-83 loss to Humboldt in the regional semifinals. The No. 1-ranked Tornadoes had beaten fifth-ranked H’boldt twice by double figures during the regular season, but couldn’t overcome a 42-21 rebounding deficit, nor a 21-of-26 foul shooting exhibition by the usually-shaky Vikings. MJ Brown had 32 points and Jeremy Simpson 23 for UC, which nonetheless posted its third straight 30-win season.
1 Year Ago
Feb. 28 — Union City’s two basketball teams swept into the Region 7A Tournament semifinals with contrasting victories. The Lady Tornadoes overwhelmed Big Sandy 78-36 behind 22 points from Amber Fair and 14 more by Shenisha Huff. The Twister boys, meanwhile, went on the road and knocked off District 13A champion Dresden 66-53. Antonio Cox had 18 points, Peyton Mosley 15 and Russ Smith 12 for UC (15-18), which beat a Lion team that had won 23 games coming in.
Feb. 28 — The Obion Central girls survived an upset bid by visiting Bolivar to move on in the Region 7AA Tournament, winning 71-66 in overtime. Brandi Goodman had a monster game with 34 points and 20 rebounds as the Lady Rebels established a new school record for victories with their 32nd triumph of the season. Published in The Messenger 2.23.12