Remember when? — UC’s Caldwell is Mr. Basketball; SF’s Pearson a finalist

Remember when? — UC’s Caldwell is Mr. Basketball; SF’s Pearson a finalist
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
Mar. 2 — One night after county brethren and fellow No. 1-ranked entry South Fulton was stunned in the regional quarterfinals in a 66-39 blowout loss to Denmark West, Union City — the top-ranked 2A team — was ousted via a 60-52 shocker vs. Chester County at the same postseason level. UC, which finished the year at 25-4, led 15-4 early before faltering. The Tornadoes got 19 points from Rodney Alexander and 15 more from Ronald Ward. SF, which will lose just one starter off its team (Fred Pirtle) to graduation, was outscored 40-17 in the second half of its loss to West to finish up 24-6.
Mar. 6 — After gaining the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth with a runnerup finish in the Gulf South Conference Tournament, UT Martin was beaten in the finals of the Division II South-Central Regional by Southeast Missouri 56-53. The Pacers had stomped SEMO by 33 points in a regular season game and were coming off a 46-44 victory over host Central Missouri State. Both Mitch Stentiford and Larry Brooks made the all-tourney team.
20 Years Ago
Mar. 4 — Obion Central saw its season come to a heartbreaking close with a 66-64 loss to McNairy Central in the Region 7AA semifinals. The Rebels ended the year with a No. 7 state ranking and 27 victories against just six losses — three of those to Union City. Sophomore Robin Cude scored 21 points, UT Martin-bound Matt Barnett added 16 and Chuck Parks put in 13 for OC.
Mar. 6 — On the same day he was he was named Class 2A Mr. Basketball for the second straight year, Stanley Caldwell scored 17 points to lead Union City to the 7AA regional title with a 73-55 victory over McNairy Central. The 6-6 Caldwell — headed to The University of Tennessee after averaging 17.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and five assists per-game, helped the Twisters qualify for the substate for the fifth straight year. Teammate Pat Alexander tallied 15 markers, while Rodney Bonds added 13 for UC, which will host Memphis Frayser in the substate round.
10 Years Ago
Mar. 5 — South Fulton’s Trey Pearson had two reasons to celebrate after he was named a Class 1A Mr. Basketball finalist for a second straight year and after leading the Redmen to their fifth consecutive state tournament berth after a 67-62 win over Jackson Christian School in the substate. Pearson, who earlier committed to Ole Miss, played with future coach Rod Barnes in the crowd and tallied 27 points in SF’s 15th straight victory and 24th overall. He averaged 29.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and five steals per game to earn his Mr. Basketball nomination.
Mar. 6 — Union City held its annual basketball banquet at the conclusion of its season. Among those receiving individual accolades on the girls side were Ashley Patterson, Chelsea Smith, Earlisha North, Kelli Maddox, Karli Smith, Erica Payne, Brittany Thompson and Emily Sparks. Getting special mention for the Tornado boys were Brandon Weddle, David Perry, Jeremy McCadney, Robert Robinson and Jason Morris.
5 Years Ago
Mar. 1 — Obion Central shortstop Lacy Eaves signed a softball scholarship to play at Dyersburg State Community College. Eaves, who was about to begin her senior season on the prep level, was joined at the signing ceremony by her parents, OC head coach Jeanna Walker, and DSCC skipper Randy Hulme.
Mar. 6 — Both South Fulton and Union City wound up their respective spring football practices with scrimmages. The Red Devils scrimmaged against Halls and worked hard on the fundamentals after going 1-9 the previous year — that victory a forfeit. Joe Shelton had an 80-yard TD run for SF, while Adrian Taylor broke off a couple of nice 20-yard gainers. UC showed promise with a short passing game directed by quarterback Brett White, but struggled defensively, giving up five touchdown runs of 50 yards or longer in a scrimmage vs. Camden.
1 Year Ago
Mar. 2 — Union City’s girls’ and boys’ teams, and the Obion Central girls all saw their respective hoop seasons end at the regional semifinal level. The Lady Tornadoes were edged 46-45 by Bradford; the UC boys lost a close one to No. 3-ranked Humboldt 62-57; and the Central girls were upset by Liberty 71-62 after beating the Lady Crusaders by nine in a regular season meeting. The Union City girls finished 16-14, the Twisters 15-19 — their first losing season in 12 years under Shane Sisco — and the OC girls with a school-record 32 victories against just four losses.
Mar. 7 — The UT Martin women won the school’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference basketball championship and with it an automatic invite to the NCAA ‘Big Dance’ with an 82-76 triumph in the league title game. The freshman guard tandem of Jasmine Newsome and Heather Butler paced the Skyhawks with Newsome named the tourney’s MVP. Published in The Messenger 3.1.12

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