|Remember When —UC’s Marcus Lewis a finalist for 2A Mr. Football award |
|Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:00 pm |
|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
Dec. 1 — Kenton and South Fulton split a prep basketball twinbill, the Maidens winning a runaway 74-46 decision, while the SF boys triumphed 78-56. The trio of Tammy Burress, Robin Coble and Michelle Skinner combined for 52 points to give the Kenton girls their fourth win in five games with Burress hitting for a game-best 21. Donna Zickefoose led the Devilettes with 20 markers. In the nightcap, South Fulton kept its record unblemished through four games as Barry Williams scored 20 points and both Ken Tolbert and Tony Pirtle 12. The Warriors’ Anthony Cannon led all point-makers with 24.
Dec. 2 — Ruth Wellons claimed scratch honors and Joyce Gunnels had the high handicap score in the Tuesday Night Women’s Bowling League. Other standouts included Romona Wade, Jane Eddlemon, Terri Pittman, Susan Ams and Lynn Carter. Bank of Obion County remained in first place in the local league’s standings.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 2 — Standout Union City High School quarterback Marcus Lewis was named a finalist for the Class 2A Gill Gideon Mr. Football Award. A 4.5 speedster, Lewis helped the Tornadoes to a perfect 10-0 regular season by throwing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for another 500 yards and five more scores. He was also a key contributor to the Twisters’ success as a defensive back and a kickoff man with 38 touchbacks. Lewis was considering Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Georgia Tech as his college choices.
Dec. 4 — Hillcrest beat Ridgemont twice in Obion County middle school basketball action, 43-30 on the girls’ side and 53-35 in boys’ play. Allison Harris scored 18 points to pace the victors in the opener, while Dawn Daughten had 11 for Ridgemont. The Cougar boys remained unbeaten at 12-0 in the nightcap as Brock McClanahan and Jeff Caldwell both hit for 15 markers. Joe Johnson matched that total for the Mustangs, while Julian Robinson tallied 13.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 2 — Obion County Central’s Wes Moore was runnerup to T.T. Harper of Trousdale County in the Class 3A Mr. Football Back of the Year voting. Moore was the first player ever from OCCHS to be named a finalist after throwing for 3,179 yards and 37 touchdowns and accounting for 44 of the Rebels’ 51 scores in all in an 8-3 campaign. Rural West Tennessee did produce two winners as Bruceton’s Patrick Willis won in Class 1A, while scatback Rafael Hill of Westview was the Class 2A winner.
Dec. 4 — The Rebel basketball teams at Obion Central beat county cousin South Fulton, 48-26 and 89-73, respectively. Lynette Staggs had 15 points and Jenna Roney 12 for the OC girls, who improved to 4-1. The Central boys won for the first time in three games as Jontez Dennis and D.J. Gammons had 23 points apiece — the same total as South Fulton’s Rick Larson.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 29 — Commercial Bank’s 12-and-under soccer team won the postseason championship in Union City’s AYSO competition. Members of the winning squad included Laina Roberson, Efrain Lopez, Devin King, Kali Decker, Erica Alonso, Alejandro Ramirez, Tavo Nunez, Laura Reed Smith, Mason Edwards, Madison Breeden, Brittney Parker, Rachel Fowler, Amy McWilliams, Juan Morales and Juan DeFelix.
Dec. 3 — Haunted by turnovers early in the season, the Union City girls’ basketball team conquered those problems in a 60-36 win over Halls that was the Lady Tornadoes’ first of the year. Paige Fisher had 14 points, Doreal Strayhorn 13 and Whitney Smith 12 points for the Twister girls. The UC boys continued their early season roll with a 98-71 blowout in Game 2. Tony Wilkins had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Ryne Simpson and Lavan Mosley tallied 11 points apiece.
1 Year Ago
Dec. 1 — Union City and South Fulton claimed 12 spots on the 14A All-District football team. The Tornadoes’ Michael Dysart headed an eight-player contingent for the Purple and Gold as he was named the league’s best offensive lineman. Other Tornado players selected were Keylon Hyde, Joseph Shanks, Khiry Lewis, Tymaine Strickland, Keontre Murrell, Travis Rutland and Jamie Pirtle. The Red Devils were represented by J.P. Fowler, JaQuay Garmon, Zack Vaughn and Cody Tatum.
Dec. 5 — Each side was happy as Obion Central and Union City split a prep hoop twinbill. The Lady Rebels continued their dominance and completed a season sweep of UC with a 63-53 triumph. Central erased a five-point halftime deficit behind Brandi Goodman’s 28 points. Tory Reedy scored 17 for the Lady Twisters. In the boys’ nightcap, Union City avenged an earlier loss to OC with a 65-53 victory. LaMonte Dickerson led the winners with 20 points, while Bryan Morris had 15 for Central. Published in The Messenger 11.29.12