Remember When —Ward, Alexander, Shanks inducted to UC Hall of Honors

Remember When —Ward, Alexander, Shanks inducted to UC Hall of Honors
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
Oct. 1 — South Fulton remained unbeaten against Obion County School System middle school football teams with a 30-0 blanking of Obion. The Red Devils, who improved to 4-2 overall, got three touchdown runs from Reggie Chambers and another from Mike Harris. Obion suffered a critical blow to its chances when running back Mark Moore suffered a broken arm early in the contest.
Oct. 2 — The Union City High School Booster Club inducted five new members into its Hall of Honors. Past basketball standouts Ronald Ward and Rodney Alexander, each all-staters in their senior seasons, were welcomed into the fraternity as was 1957 all-state football player Lee Smith. Larry Shanks, the Tornado football coach for seven years before leaving following the 1981 season for a position at UT Martin, was among the honorees as was past girls’ basketball coach and still UCHS track coach Danny Truett. The Twister football team then went out and beat Heath 21-13 to improve to 4-1.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 28 — Seventh-ranked Union City shut out rival Obion Central for the fifth straight year and improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought 13-0 blanking of the Rebels. Keith Radde and Demetrius Jones scored TDs for the Tornadoes, while Matt Smith (16 tackles) and Chris Smith (14) spearheaded UC’s stingy defense. Mike Newsom and Timmy Travis were the defensive ringleaders for Central (2-2), while Scott Webb rushed for 88 yards.
Sept. 29 — The South Fulton girls’ golf team won the District 13A-AA Tournament, with Union City finishing second in both the girls’ and boys’ competition at the Weakley County Country Club in Sharon. Mikki McLeary shot 86 and Marianne Brann 93 for the Devilettes, while UC’s Cary Courtwright came in at 113 and Kelly Acree finished with a 120. In boys’ play, the Tornadoes’ Billy Dowell was the tourney medalist with a 75. Other Union City scores included Roger Bobo at 87, Kevin Little 89 and Clay Hogan with a 92. SF’s Heath Hall also qualified for the regionals as an individual with a 79.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 30 — Obion Central won for just the second time ever at War Memorial Stadium, beating Union City 27-7 before a standing-room-only crowd. Tarez Bacon returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to paydirt and Brian Kissell added a 61-yard punt return for a score as the Rebels won for the fourth time in five games. Thom Snyder, one of just two defenders to weigh more than 200 pounds on an undersized but aggressive OC defense, had nine tackles for the winners. Kenneth Fouse had UC’s lone score and 96 rushing yards.
Oct. 2 — Garrett Grady threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score to lead Hillcrest to a 34-20 triumph over Lake Road in the Rebel Bowl. The Cougars completed a 7-0 season in the championship game of the Obion County School System league. Three of Grady’s scoring tosses found the waiting arms of Cameron Bailey. LR’s Steven Pollock and Logan Parker were chosen as their teams’ most outstanding players in the contest.
5 Years Ago
Oct. 1 — Union City snapped a five-year losing skid vs. Obion Central with a 42-14 victory over the Rebels. Brett White threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score, while Chase Clanton rushed for 139 yards and both the Rebels’ TDs.
Oct. 2 — Defending champion and tourney top seed South Fulton had no trouble winning a second straight Obion County School System softball title with a 6-0 shutout of Lake Road. The Devilettes finished a spectacular season with a 20-1 mark, avenging its only loss to LR with three victories over the Lady Generals. Haley McKinney tossed a one-hitter in the championship game, while Kaci Daugherty, Macy Maxwell and Savannah Larson were the hitting stars for SF.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 29 — Chase Mayfield concluded his stellar South Fulton prep golf career with a third straight trip to the state tournament and a 15th place finish among the 71-player field. Mayfield, shaved four strokes off his first-day total in shooting a 74 in the 36-hole competition. Mayfield finished 37th his sophomore year and seventh at a junior. Union City’s Mollie Stone had a solid finish in her second consecutive appearance at the event, placing 22nd out of 52 competitors. Stone, who won the District 14A-AA championship, shot 92-86. SF sophomore Mackenzee Pane shot a pair of 106s to finish 46th in her first appearance at the event played at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester.
Oct. 3 — Obion Central, Union City and South Fulton were all winners in prep football action. The fourth-ranked Rebels set a school record for most wins to start a season when they improved to 7-0 with a 40-14 romp over South Gibson. Marcus Parr shined on both sides of the ball for OC with two TD catches from quarterback Trey Phipps and two forced turnovers. UC won over Trenton 21-19 when quarterback Travis Rutland ran for two scores and Keontre Murrell returned a fumble 97 yards to paydirt. SF got 137 rushing yards and two TDs from J.P. Fowler to win its fourth straight after an 0-3 start with a 41-10 drubbing of winless Greenfield. Published in The Messenger 9.27.12

Leave a Comment