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
June 23 — Obion County Central head baseball coach and football assistant Barry Barnett resigned those posts to become the head football and baseball coach at Camden. Barnett had led the Rebels to back-to-back state tournament appearances in baseball, but cited the desire to be a head football coach as the reasoning for his move. Ex-Kenton boys’ basketball coach Phil Meeks was also headed to the Benton County school as an assistant in both the boys’ and girls’ hoop programs.
June 25 — Bobby Davies and Brent Burton teamed for the doubles championship and then Davies beat Burton in a three-set thriller for the singles title in the sixth annual Goodyear Jr. Tennis Tournament. Sally Scent and Macy Kirkland were both singles champions in their respective age groups, while Kirkland and Beth Young won their doubles’ division. Other tandem champions included Laura Gilliam and Christi Whalley, Dickie Davies and Kevin Schumacher, and Chris Kirkland and Roge Escarcega.
20 Years Ago
June 24 — Bill Davis, a slugging first baseman on Union City High School’s Class 2A state runnerup squad as a senior, signed scholarship papers to continue his diamond career at Hiwassee College — a two-year community college in Madisonville, near Knoxville. Davis hit .309 with three home runs in his final prep season. He was inked by HC head coach Harold Zonder, a former player and assistant coach at UT Martin.
June 26 — Blue Bell won its fifth straight championship in the Kiwanis Jr. Softball League. Members of the latest titleist club included April Steward, Jennifer Simmons, Jessican Kennedy, Erica Clark, Ashley Owens, Laura Shipp, Heather Barron, Colby Billingsley, Tanekia Brown, Wendi Wright, Rebekah Blackley and Jaime Robinson.
10 Years Ago
June 25 — Obion County edged Union City 15-12 in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament. The countians led 13-2 and then held off a furious Union City rally. Josh Qualls went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and three runs scored, while Brandon Bane had three trips in four trips with four tallies for the victors. Jamie Rambo was the winning hurler. For UC, Kevin Shoemaker, Thomas Elam, Ben Ferguson and Blake Gregg all had two hits apiece.
June 27 — The Obion County 13-year-old all-stars earned a berth in the Babe Ruth championship game opposite Union City with a 7-6 squeaker over Crockett County. Mason Storey starred for the county squad, fanning 12 in getting the pitching victory and collecting two hits and scoring three times. Seth Taylor had two hits to aid the winning cause.
5 Years Ago
June 21 — Union City’s 8-and-under travel softball team improved to 16-0 on the season with a 15-2 romp over Dresden and a 20-9 runaway triumph over Lake County. Brianna Johnson and Kalie Beth Crowell both homered for the locals vs. Dresden, while Emily Searcy and Lilly Burcham went deep for UC against LC. Ivey Westbrooks had four singles and Kari O’Steen had a triple, double and single to aid the winning cause.
June 26 — The husband-wife duos of Rob and Stacy Jordan and Hal and Beverly Rice combined to shoot 6-under-par and win a 9-hole couples scramble at Poplar Meadows Country Club. Two teams tied for second, two shots back — Ron and Barbara Cooper and Tiger and Amy Haag, and Lynn and Amy Jenkins and David and Heard Critchlow.
1 Year Ago
June 21 — Team Tyson of Woodland Mills won the Hornbeak Coach-Pitch Baseball Tournament. Among those recognized afterward were Dakota Wyrick, Landrey Eason, Alex Cockran, Drew Powell, Cage Medley, Darryn Bryant, Cameron Everett and Sly Sergerson. Andrew Powell was the team’s coach.
June 24 — The foursome of Matt Russell, Raymond Hendrix, Haskins Ridens and Robert Huffstutter strung together a birdie-a-hole score to win the weekly men’s scramble at Wynridge Greens in Troy. Chris Tidwell, Bill Foos, John Graham and Tony Westbrooks made up a quartet that shot 7-under-par and place second.
Published in The Messenger 6.21.12