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Remember When — Mary Vowell ‘golden’ in pool at National Senior Games

Remember When — Mary Vowell ‘golden’ in pool at National Senior Games
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
July 5 — Obion County Central basketball standout Eric McReynolds signed a grant-in-aid to continue his playing career at Dyersburg State. The 6-3 McReynolds was a standout for the Rebels for two seasons. Also locally, Union City tennis standouts Beth Young and Brent Burton were honored with both the No. 1 Singles and Tennis Love Awards after standout springs with the respective Tornado squads.
July 8 — Robert Caldwell, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Caldwell of Union City, won the Tennessee Sub-Junior Trapshooting Championship. Caldwell, who was named to the all-state team and also selected to the Jr. All-American squad, had earlier also won the state titles in both Mississippi and Alabama.
20 Years Ago
July 7 — Mitch Speed tossed a one-hitter and Steven May belted a three-run home run to lead the Union City All-Stars to a 12-0 rout of Lake County in the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth Tournament. Clint Shannon and Brian Pendergrass each had doubles for UC, which advanced on to play Milan in the double-elimination event.
July 8 — Eric Gregory, an all-state defensive tackle his senior season at Union City High School, committed to play at Lambuth College. Gregory starred on both sides of the ball during the 1991 campaign for the Tornadoes, also a workhorse fullback for the Twisters who won the regular season District 13AA title while finishing with a 10-2 record and advancing to Round 2 of the playoffs.
10 Years Ago
July 8 — Both the 13- and 14-year-old Union City All Stars were headed for their respective state tournaments after advancing in the postseason series. The 13-year-old local squad beat Lexington 5-4 to earn a trip to Kingsport. Brennon Elam, Andrew Keathley, Justin Steward and Ben Hopkins all had two hits in the clinching game. In 14-year-old play, Union City rode the arm of Bradley Gregg and the bat of Hunter Lindsey to punch its ticket to state. Parks Barker, John Graham and Tyler Steward all doubled to contribute to the win in the deciding game of the area tourney.
July 10 — Veteran Union City football coach Bobby Williams became the second assistant to leave the Tornado high school program when he asked for and received a transfer to Union City Middle School. Williams, who had 14 years experience aiding Twister skipper Randy Barnes on the prep level, was to help Clay Lindsey with the Jr. Tornadoes at UCMS. Longtime offensive line coach Barry Duncan had earlier hung up his whistle to enter administration in the local system.
5 Years Ago
July 6 — The Union City 11-12-year-old all stars were bound for the state tournament after claiming the district championship. Members of the team included Keylon Hyde, Caleb Walker, Kevin Cumana, Peyton Mosley, Travis Rutland, Caleb Long, Jamie Hyde, Chance Hamlin, Daniel Williamson, Parker Dotson and Hunter Casey. The team was coached by James Hyde, Shane Casey and Wayne Barker.
July 9 — Obion Central rising senior quarterback Logan Parker has decided to follow former Rebel head coach Darren Bowling and two OC assistants to Dyersburg. Parker, thrust into the starting position as a freshman and an all-region selection as a sophomore before being injured his junior campaign, was to be eligible immediately due to the fact that his father, Nick, had accepted a job as a guidance counselor at DHS. The elder Parker had been a member of the OC school system for 27 years.
1 Year Ago
July 6 — The athletic programs in the Union City School System were in the market for a new trainer with the decision of Chris Glover, who announced he was leaving that post for the position of outreach coordinator at Bethel University. Glover had overseen Tornado athletes on both the high school and middle school level for 11 years as the West Tennessee Outreach Coordinator for STAR Physical Therapy. As part of his new duties at BU, he was to work with the Wildcat baseball program as well as the Henry County High School football.
July 8 — Union City alum Mary Vowell was truly a ‘golden girl’ after winning the gold medal in the 50-yard breaststroke in the swimming competition of the National Senior Games in Houston. The 85-year-old Ms. Vowell won six medals in all in the Games, including a silver and four bronzes. Published in The Messenger 7.5.12

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