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Remember When? —Hailey Woodward 3-peats as state free throw champion

Remember When? —Hailey Woodward 3-peats as state free throw champion
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
Apr. 7 — Dale Bellamy no-hit Westview for six innings and finished with a two-hitter in Obion Central’s 3-2 triumph over the Chargers that kept the Rebels unbeaten after four games. Bellamy finished with 13 strikeouts. Bobby Isbell had two of Central’s five hits and drove in a run, and Paul Decker also had an RBI single in a three-run Obion Central second inning.
Apr. 8 — Kenton doubled-up South Fulton 4-2 in a matchup of Obion County baseball teams. Jeff Chandler and Tim Workman had RBIs in the Warriors’ first-bat, while Bruce Banks later drove in a run that was the difference for Kenton. Jimmy Pierce went 2-for-3 with a ribbie and Barry Williams’ single accounted for the Devils’ other tally. Mike Dunn was the winning pitcher, besting Freddie Pirtle.
20 Years Ago
Apr. 6 — Both Union City track teams placed fifth in the Dyersburg Invitational. Junior Marcus Lewis and senior Bryant Williams paced the Golden Tornado boys with Lewis winning the 110 yard high hurdles and placing fourth in the long jump. Williams was third in both the 1600 and 3200 meter races. The UC female thinclads were led by Laura Archer — the lone senior on the team — who was fourth in the discus. Toya Jones placed sixth in that event. South Fulton participated in a track meet for the first time in six years, and saw Amy Rice finish fourth in the 3200 meter run.
Apr. 9 — Union City’s tennis squads bounced back from their only defeats of the spring in eight matches by beating Dyersburg. The Lady Tornadoes got singles victories from Jennifer Gillett, Kim Gray, Jeanna Reeder, Angie Fox and April Hailey to win 6-4. On the boys’ side, Ben Escarcega, Todd McMinn and Cesar Farinelli all won in both singles and doubles action.
10 Years Ago
Apr. 9 — Hailey Woodward won her third straight state free throw shooting championship by taking top honors in the 14-year-old age division of the Knights of Columbus Tennessee competition. The Obion Central freshman had earlier won on the local and district levels, and beat three other regional champions in the state finals. In addition to Tennessee titles won in 2000 (K of C) and ’01 (Elks Club Charity Shoot), Woodward had finished runnerup in Alabama in 1999. Woodward regularly shot 80 percent from the stripe on her way to the championship.
Apr. 9 — Obion Central’s 10-2 softball victory over rival Union City was essentially a walk in the park. The Lady Rebels took advantage of 11 free passes and overcame eight of their own to claim bragging rights. Sara Roach, Kristi Roberson and Brittany Eaves had two hits apiece for OC, while Bradi Fuzzell had two singles for Union City.
5 Years Ago
Apr. 9 — After a couple of anxious weeks, Darren Bowling was still the head football coach at Dyersburg. Bowling, who’d resigned at Obion Central in December and was essentially James Counce’s hand-picked successor, had been reportedly reconsidering that decision when he believed Counce might want to take back the Trojan position following the death of his wife, Donna. DHS Principal Sam Miles said, “Darren Bowling has never not been our coach,” in support of his new skipper.
Apr. 10 — The heavyweights of the University of Tennessee athletics — women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, men’s hoop coach Bruce Pearl and football coach Phillip Fulmer — were in Union City as part of the Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan. Summitt was just a week removed from winning another national championship with the Lady Vols, while Pearl was gaining widespread support from his work at building UT into a respectable program.
1 Year Ago
Apr. 8 — South Fulton dedicated its concession stand and renamed its annual Red Devil Baseball Classic in honor of former player Caleb Turner. Turner, a 2010 graduate, was killed in an auto accident in January. SF then went out and celebrated the occasion by routing Twin-Cities rival Fulton City 18-3. Kyle Clouse went 3-for-3 and Cody Tatum homered for the Red Devils.
Apr. 11 — Teacher gave a lesson to pupil when Union City skipper Jeremy Maddox beat former aide Lin Cates and South Gibson 7-2 in prep baseball. Cameron Powers went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Caleb Long doubled twice and Brandon Griffin had a single, double and run batted in. The Tornadoes improved to 13-4 with the victory. Published in The Messenger 4.5.12

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