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Remember When —Bowling tabbed to replace Chris Hill as Rebel grid coach

Remember When —Bowling tabbed to replace Chris Hill as Rebel grid coach

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. 28 — Obion County Central evened its early-season baseball record at 1-1 with an 8-3 victory over Dyer County. Jeff Riley tossed a three-hitter for the pitching victory and Joe Garrigan doubled twice for the Rebels, who overcame five errors to notch the win. Bo Bradshaw also had a two-base hit for the county locals.
Mar. 28 — Union City’s high school tennis teams barely broke a sweat in hammering Brownsville, the girls winning 9-0 and the Tornado boys winning all eight matches. Wendi Steele returned to the court after missing a week with an injury to triumph in both singles and doubles play, teaming with Bonnie Halterman in a marathon match for the Lady Tornadoes. On the boys’ side, Alan Cary won the Twisters’ closest match, 8-6. The Union City squads were without three of their top players for the matches as Bobby Davies (back injury), Beth Young and Macy Kirkland did not participate.
20 Years Ago
April 1 — The Union City boys’ avenged an earlier loss with a close 6-5 tennis victory against Henry County. Todd McMinn, Chad Hailey and Trent Borders were all singles winners with McMinn and Kevin Little then clinching the team triumph when they rallied from a 7-4 deficit to win a 9-8 thriller in doubles play. The Lady Tornadoes were hardly tested as top three seeds Melanie Kemp, Beth Ann Helpler and Carolyn Dunn all won in singles and doubles action in an 11-0 triumph that improved UC’s team mark to 4-0.
10 Years Ago
Mar. 28 — Seeking its fifth consecutive state softball tournament trip, South Fulton was off to a  4-0 start after thumping Obion County Central 9-1. Aimee Grissom retired the last 14 batters she faced on her way to twirling a two-hitter with seven strikeouts. Grissom helped herself by driving in three runs, while Lindsey Frazier and Brooke Harris also had RBIs for the Devilettes, who took advantage of several OC errors. Bobbi Lee Hall drove in Kristen Robertson with the Lady Rebels’ lone run.
Mar. 31 — Darren Bowling was picked from a field of 18 applicants to become the new head football coach at Obion County Central. Bowling got the nod over OCCHS alumnus and current Rebel assistant Paul Decker to replace Chris Hill, who stayed just two years but led Central to a 13-9 record and playoff berths in each of those seasons. The OC job was to be Bowling’s first in the public school sector as he had coached in the Mississippi and Louisiana private school ranks, compiling a 78-37 record in 10 years — nine of those winning campaigns.
Mar. 31 — Lisa Pituch put an end to her second Union City High School girls’ coaching stint when she resigned the post after five years. The Lady Tornadoes had won just nine games over the past three seasons, and Pituch cited her frustration and desire “to step away from coaching right now.” Her first tenure producecd a 40-36 cumulative mark — among the better stretches in a program that had been largely void of consistent success.
5 Years Ago
April 1 — Ex-Union City High School band aide Rob Cross was named the new head women’s basketball coach at Murray State University. Cross had been a Racer assistant for 13 seasons under three different head coaches. He had established an excellent reputation as a recruiter during that time as 23 different MSU players earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades with six going on to play professionally.
April 2 — MJ Brown capped his outstanding prep basketball career by being named an All-Stater for the second straight season by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. The standout Union City High School guard was named Class 1A Mr. Basketball in back-to-back campaigns and led the Tornadoes to a perfect 37-0 record and the program’s fifth overall state championship. He averaged 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals per game his senior year and ended up with more than 1,800 career points — fourth on the school’s all-time list.
1 Year Ago
Mar. 30 — Obion County Central rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat county rival Union City 11-9 in a local softball matchup. Ashlyn Runions smacked a grand slam to get the Lady Rebel rally started and drove in five runs overall. Rachel Jones, Alex Wilson and Megan Gargus each had two hits for OC, which improved to 13-2. Sadie Hollis had three hits for the Lady Tornadoes (6-2) and Tory Reedy collected two singles and two runs scored.
April 3 — Union City pummeled Lake County 16-2 in District 14A prep baseball. Drake Parker had three hits, three runs scored and three ribbies for the victorious Tornadoes, while Caleb Long went 3-for-4 and Drew Cooley homered and drove in three runs in the onslaught. Clay Treece scattered three hits in notching his third win in as many decisions.

Published in The Messenger 3.28.13

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