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Remember When —Lady Tornadoes claim Martin Tip-Off tournament crown

Remember When —Lady Tornadoes claim Martin Tip-Off tournament crown
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. 11 — Obion Central swept Union City in prep basketball action at Troy, the Rebelettes getting two free throws from Maria Hogg with seven seconds to play for a 37-36 win and the OC boys outscoring the Golden Tornadoes 77-68 in the nightcap. Hogg had 12 points for OC, while Amy Jackson tallied 13 for the Hurricanes. Jeff Riley scored  25, Cannon Whitby pitched in 18 and Paul Brown scored 16 points for the Rebel boys, while Bobby Davies had 20 points, Aaron Dearmitt added 15 and Tony Bass chipped in 11 for UC
Dec. 13 — Kenton’s girls ran their record to 9-0 with a 57-40 win over Gibson County in prep hoops. Michelle Skinner scored 20 points, Robin Coble added 17 and Tammy Burress had 10 points for the Maidens. Vivian Minton led GC with 19 points.
20 Years Ago
Dec. 14 — The Union City girls defeated Biggersville, Miss., 58-55, and Memphis Houston, 48-44, to claim the 4th annual Martin Rotary/Pizza Hut Tip-Off Classic championship. Benita Fitzgerald combined for 38 points, and Chastity Caldwell totaled 25 points in the two games, helping UC to its fifth straight win and a 6-2 overall record. It marked the first tournament title for the Lady Tornadoes since the 1978 Messenger-Obion County Tournament.
10 Years Ago
Dec. 11 — Obion Central rolled to a 66-26 win over Union City in girls’ play, and then UC came back with a 48-34 win in the boys’ game of their prep hoops twinbill at Troy. Jenna Roney scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Rebels, while Kelli Maddox tallied 11 points for the Lady Tornadoes. Elijah Young scored 14 points, and Jason Moore pitched in 10 for the UC boys. Jontez Dennis had 17 points for the Rebels.
Dec. 11 — Matt Griffin returned to the UT Martin football program as head coach. He had served as offensive coordinator for the Skyhawks before heading to Maine, where he was an assistant on that staff for four years.
5 Years Ago
Dec. 11 — South Fulton honored several players with individual awards at the football banquet. Hunter Harris was tabbed for the coaches’ award and most improved, Corbin Hawks was named the most valuable player and most valuable defensive back, Bart Netherland took the academic award and most valuable offensive lineman award, Jonathan Avent was picked as the most valuable offensive back, Armando Gonzalez was given the hustle award and Skylar Cherry was picked as the most valuable defensive lineman.
Dec. 14 — Darren Bowling was named as the new football head coach at Union City High School. He was hired from Dyersburg, where he coached one year following a four-year stint at Obion Central. In 15 years as a head coach that has also included stops in Louisiana and Mississippi, Bowling has a 107-62 record.
1 Year Ago
Dec. 15 — Obion County Central put eight players on the All-District 13AA football team following a season where the Rebels posted a 9-3 overall record and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Trey Phipps was named the best offensive player, Marcus Parr was tabbed best defensive player and LaDevin Fair was chosen as the best athlete. All-league picks also included Skylar Hopkins, Josh Quinton, Tanner Cary, Trent Mann and Mason McGrew.
Dec. 16 — Hillcrest eliminated Black Oak in both the girls’ and boys’ bracket of the Obion County School System junior high basketball tournament at Troy. Courtney Heuck scored 19 points as the Lady Cougars won 36-25, and Dylan Hale had 11 points in Hillcrest’s 45-26 boys’ win. Nellina Wooten topped all girls’ players with 21 points for the Lady Eagles, and Blake Jones had nine points for the BO boys. Published in The Messenger 12.13.12