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Remember When? —Greer takes over as Obion Central boys’ hoops head man

Remember When? —Greer takes over as Obion Central boys’ hoops head man
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. 31 — Kenton smacked four home runs in a 10-3 season-opening baseball victory over Fulton City. Tim Workman dropped two of those bombs on the Bulldogs and went 3-for-4, while Neil White also had three hits in four trips and went yard for the Warriors. Mike Dunn homered, too, and finished the deal with two innings of solid relief pitching for Kenton, which played error-free defense.
Apr. 2 — The Union City girls track team outdistanced Milan and Obion Central in their first outing of the spring. Tammy Critchfield led a long list of first place Hurricane showings by running away in the hurdles competition. Cathy James won the mile run, Monte Thompson the 440, Gigi Grasfeder the 880, Katha Barbee the shot and Amy Jackson the discus. Stephanie Isbell posted the lone Obion Central first-place effort in the high jump.
20 Years Ago
Apr. 1 — South Fulton won for the second time in as many diamond outings, mashing Gleason 20-6 after getting home runs from Jimmy Thorpe, Jeremy McFaland and David Ramsey. Matt Gore accounted for four RBIs for SF. Joe Hagen toiled the first four innings to pick up the pitching victory, while McFarland fanned five in two solid innings of relief.
Apr. 3 — Southpaw Steve Worley continued his hill dominance for Obion Central, fanning 11 and spinning a one-hitter in the Rebels’ 10-0 whitewash of Westview. Worley, who improved to 2-1 with the victory had posted monster statistics in those games — 46 strikeouts, four hits allowed and just five walks in 20 innings. Kerry Freeman continued his hot hitting for Central vs. the Chargers with his second home run in as many days in a four-RBI effort, while Mike Terry also had a pair of hits.
10 Years Ago
Apr. 1 — Three days after it was originally reported in The Messenger, Mike Greer was officially introduced as the new head boys’ basketball coach at Obion Central. The 1979 Camden graduate returned to his rural West Tennessee roots with the hiring, saying he longed for a return to the “simple life.” Greer had most recently been the head coach at Mississippi Delta Community College and had also coached at Jackson State, Milan and Huntingdon. He was to take over a program that had its top three scorers returning from a 19-win squad.
Apr. 3 — Obion Central improved to 2-1 in District 13AA play as Kyle Ross struck out 11 in a 4-2 triumph over Crockett County. Cory Workman, Ben Cope and Luke Stover had two hits apiece for the Rebels, who also got RBIs from Ross, Cope and Brady Roach.
5 Years Ago
Mar. 29 — Union City won its fifth straight and for the seventh time in eight games with an 8-7 baseball triumph over Humboldt in the annual St. Jude Classic. Chase Hamlin turned a solid four-inning relief stint to pick up the pitching victory, while Craig Lowrance tripled, doubled, drove in four runs and scored twice. Colton Speed went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs and two stolen bases before injuring his ankle and leaving the game. Taylor Bruff reached base four times for the Golden Tornadoes in the contest.
Apr. 2 — Obion Central’s Jana Roney and both MJ Brown and Cedric Allen of Union City were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All State teams. The selection of Roney and Brown were expected, as Roney was a Class 2A Miss Basketball finalist and Brown the Mr. Basketball Award winner in Class 1A. Allen, though, proved just as deserving as he made a team-high 79 3-pointers for a Tornado team that scored more than 100 points on nine different occasions. Though just a junior, Allen was in his final season of eligibility and averaged 16 ppg.
1 Year Ago
Mar. 30 — Obion Central’s boys’ basketball team was honored with its annual year-end banquet and recognized several individual performances. Among the Rebels receiving awards were Josh Gale, Tanner Noles, Mike Klien, Brian Morris, Jacob Wade and Erric Torres. OC finished the season with a 12-17 record.
Apr. 4 — The Obion Central softball team came home from Milan with the championship trophy of the War at the Dawg Pound Tournament. The Lady Rebels won five of six games, culminated with a 4-3 win over perennial 2A power Westview. Carly Whipple, who hit .625 in the event, had a key two-run double in the championship game, while Kayla Bramlett also had a big two-base hit. Olivia Ferguson scored the deciding run in the title tilt on a sacrifice fly by Leann Staser. Published in The Messenger 3.29.12