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Remember When —Thrilling comeback finishes Tornadoes’ perfect title run

Remember When —Thrilling comeback finishes Tornadoes’ perfect title run

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
Mar. 16 — Union City was impressive in a spring football scrimmage with three long scoring drives and a goal-line stand leading to an ultimate 4-0 victory over Covington. Head coach Randy Barnes singled out the play of quarterback Barry Jackson, who ran the option, and the rushing of Layne Wright. Kevin Payne and Joe Dearmitt got special mention on defense with the Golden Tornadoes’  skipper also lauding the efforts of Gary Call, Tim Shanks and Jimmy Mosley.
Mar. 17 — Kenton moved on, while South Fulton was ousted in the first round of the Class 1A boys’ state tournament in Nashville. The Warriors beat Upperman 60-53 to advance to the semis vs. Hampton. Anthony Cannon, named a first-team all-stater a day earlier, scored 23 points, while teammates John Harris (12) and Neal White (11) also scored in double digits for Kenton, which improved to 20-12. SF bowed out of the tourney after a 64-60 loss to East Robertson. All-Stater Ken Tolbert had 23 points and Barry Williams tossed in 21 for the Red Devils, who were state-ranked all season and finished the year with a 26-6 slate.
20 Years Ago
Mar. 17 — Obion Central junior guard Robin Cude and Union City senior backcourt ace Rodney Bonds were named to the Associated Press 1st team all-state list. The sharpshooting Cude averaged 25.5 points, six rebounds and five assists per-game for the Rebels, who ended up 29-4 after a loss to UC in the regional semis after beating UC twice earlier. Bonds had the reigning Class 2A state champs back in the title hunt after averaging 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals per-game.
Mar. 18 — Defending champion Union City moved into the Final 4 with a 55-41 win over Chuckey-Doak in the Class 2A state tournament. An 18-1 flurry was the difference for the otherwise-sluggish Tornadoes, who advanced to the semifinals to play Sweetwater. Chris Smith scored a team-high 17 points, Rodney Bonds had 16 and Anthony Davis chipped in with 10 to pace UC in the Round 1 victory.
10 Years Ago
Mar. 14 — Obion County Central alumni Paul Decker and Barry Kendall were part of a pool of five finalists to succeed Chris Hill as the head football coach of the Rebel program. Both Decker and Kendall had been assistants under Hill, the former in charge of linebackers and defensive ends, the latter overseeing receivers and special teams. Hill quit after just two seasons to return to his alma mater in Arkansas, posting a 13-9 record with two playoff appearances as the Rebel skkipper.
Mar. 20 — Jacob McKinnis clubbed a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run third inning and lift Obion Central to a 9-4 victory over Trenton in the Jim Tatum Memorial Tournament. The Rebels then won a second time with the aid of a seven-run frame, 11-6 over host Dyersburg. Wes Moore doubled twice and Jamie Rambo had two singles to lead OC’s 11-hit attack.
5 Years Ago
Mar. 17 — Union City won its fifth boys’ state basketball championship — and likely its most thrilling — with an 83-81 triumph over Manassas in the Class 1A title game at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro. The scintillating victory capped a perfect 37-0 for the Tornadoes, who became just the 15th team in state history to go unbeaten while winning a championship. Tournament MVP MJ Brown, named Single-A’s Mr. Basketball for the second straight year in ceremonies afterward, led a stirring comeback from 17 points down with 10 minutes to play. Brown finished with 29 points, while Tony Wilkins added 19 and Andre Coby pitched in 11. Wilkins and Coby were named to the all-tournament team along with Brown. In a 101-86 victory over Moore County in the semifinals the day before, Brown had 27 points and Wilkins 25.
1 Year Ago
Mar. 19 — Despite losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 72-49 to 10th-ranked Tennessee and the most famous school graduate (Pat Summitt) in history, UT Martin’s women had nothing to hang their heads about. The Skyhawks gave the Lady Vols a test and fared far better than they had a year earlier in a 90-45 loss to Duke in a similar setting. UTM’s guard tandem of Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome were held to 8-of-43 shooting and a combined 24 points in the loss that snapped the Skyhawks’ 14-game winning streak.
Mar. 20 — Both Union City and Obion Central were impressive winners in baseball, UC 8-0 vs. South Fulton, and OC 10-1 over Caruthersville. Clay Treece tossed a two-hitter for the Tornadoes and both Drake Parker and Joseph Shanks had three hits for Union City offensively. Central got three hits and three RBIs from Jordan Smith, two singles by Parker McMinn and two ribbies from Ryan Tucker in its triumph.

Published in The Messenger 3.14.13

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