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Remember when? Robert Caldwell adds shooting national titles to trophy case

Remember when? Robert Caldwell adds shooting national titles to trophy case

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. 21 — Kenton’s march toward the Class 1A state boys’ basketball championship stalled with a 68-61 loss to Hampton in the semifinals at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium. The Warriors led 47-46 heading into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 22-14 in that final frame. The Tribe, which was awarded the sportsmanship trophy at the conclusion of the tourney, got 28 points from Anthony Cannon and another 17 from Neal White in the loss that ended their season with a 20-13 mark. Both Cannon and South Fulton’s Barry Williams were named to the all-tournament team.
Mar. 22 — Fifteen-year-old Robert Caldwell of Union City won a pair of national trapshooting honors. Caldwell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell H. Caldwell, was the National Sub-Junior High Average winner and the recipient of All-American Sub-Junior Trap Team accolades. The highly-decorated young Caldwell started shooting at age 7 and had won more than 150 trophies in seven states over the past four years.
Mar. 23 — Kenton basketball standout Michelle Skinner was named Class 1A first-team All-State. A four-year starter for the Maidens, Skinner helped Kenton to the state tournament her senior season after overcoming a knee injury.
20 Years Ago
Mar. 22 — Union City’s bid for back-to-back Class 2A boys’ basketball state titles came to a heartbreaking close with a 58-57 loss to Sweetwater in the semis at Murfreesboro. The Tornadoes missed five free throws (four 1+1s) and two layups over the final two minutes when they squandered a 56-49 lead. A little-used Sweetwater reserve then made his only shot of the game — a stickback — with two seconds left to provide for a bitter UC end. Rodney Bonds scored 32 points as the only double-digit scorer for the Tornadoes, who finished an otherwise sparkling campaign with a 28-6 mark.
Mar. 26 — Basketball standouts from Obion Central were honored at the school’s annual season-ending banquet. Receiving individual accolades for the Lady Rebels were Cortney Neeley, Christy Powell, Shelley Roberson, Janet Kendall, Tammy Hall and Pam Jerden. On the boys’ side, Jason Johnson, Ryan Dyer and Kyle Fielder were lauded. The OC girls finished the year going 19-10, while the Central boys were 29-4, losing to just one team from Tennessee.
10 Years Ago
Mar. 25 — South Fulton — seeking its fifth straight state softball tournament berth — continued its fine early season play with a 15-0 rout of Union City. The Devilettes sent UC to its fifth consecutive loss as Lindsey McDaniel went 3-for-3 and Amy Grissom and Maddie Carrington combined for the pitching shutout with four strikeouts apiece. The Lady Tornadoes contributed to their own demise with 10 errors.
Mar. 26 — Freshman Hunter Lindsey knocked in four runs to help the Union City baseball team to its fourth win in a row — a 10-5 triumph over Dyer County. Lindsey’s two-RBI double salted the contest away in the late-going. Rusty Young, Ryan Burke and Drew Cross all also had multiple hits in the contest for the Twisters, who beat the Choctaws on back-to-back days.
5 Years Ago
Mar. 24 — Obion Central’s Adam Alexander twirled a no-hitter in the Rebels’ 12-0 shutout of Madison in the Easter Slam at Humboldt. Alexander aided his own cause with a pair of hits, and struck out five while not walking a batter in recording his gem. Ethan Davis drove in four runs and Patrick Haskins had three hits to contribute to the Rebel onslaught. OC won a second game in the tournament with a 13-2 blitzing of Century (Ill.). Caleb Joost and K.C. Covington both scored twice as Central put up 11 runs in the first inning and never looked back.
1 Year Ago
Mar. 21 — South Fulton picked up its first soccer win of the season, a 6-1 victory over Gibson County. Harrison Hawks recorded a hat trick for the Redmen, while Jalen Sowell scored two goals. Lane Akers rounded out the scoring. Meanwhile, Obion Central dropped a hard-fought 4-1 decision to perennial rural West Tennessee power Westview. Conner Rinker had the Rebels’ lone tally, while Samuel Smith stopped seven shots in goal.
Mar. 26 — Obion Central went 4-1 during weekend play to place fifth among 20 teams in the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Tournament in Dickson County. Peyton Robertson and Carly Whipple carried the big sticks for the Lady Rebels, while both Macy Allison and Baylie Boucher picked up a pair of pitching wins for OC. Central improved its overall record to 11-2 on the young season.

Published in The Messenger 3.22.13

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