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
April 5 — Obion County Central rallied for five runs in the fifth to edge Humboldt 5-4 for its second baseball victory in three decisions. Bo Bradshaw’s two-run double capped the comeback and accounted for the eventual game-winning margin for the Rebels, who committed just one error to H’boldt’s four in the contest. Bubba Hollis drove in OC’s first two tallies, and Jeff Riley had a successful squeeze bunt to plate another. Steve Adcock fanned nine in five innings to get credit for the pitching win while Brent Cranford finished up and earned a save.
April 5 — Freshman Lee Jackson cracked a three-run homer deep over the centerfield fence to give Kenton its first win, a 3-2 triumph over Dyer County. Jackson’s clout scored Keith Davidson and Tim Workman who’d reached base ahead of the deciding poke. Davidson also made a pair of stellar defensive plays in rightfield for the Warriors. John Harris pitched 51⁄3 innings for the win, before Mike Dunn came on and got five outs for the save.
20 Years Ago
April 6 — Union City’s Rodney Bonds was named the Messenger/Obion County Prep Basketball Player of the Year. Bonds led the Tornadoes back to the Class 2A state tournament where their season ended in a heartbreaking semifinal loss, averaging 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals per-game. He was earlier named a first-team All-Stater by the Associated Press. UC, which had won its second Double-A state title in three seasons the year before, finished the 1992-93 campaign with a 28-6 record.
April 8 — A misplayed fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh allowed Obion Central to edge Union City 3-2 for its fourth straight win. Mike Terry’s short fly fell behind a UC outfielder, allowing David Moore to motor home with the deciding run for the Rebels. Dwayne Eaves smacked a two-run home run for OC and Jay Farrar went the distance to get the pitching win. David Barnes scored both Union City runs and Chad Harris had a RBI for the Twisters, who were playing just their second game in a rain-plagued season.
10 Years Ago
April 7— Former South Fulton basketball star Trey Pearson announced he’d be transferring from Ole Miss after playing just one season for the Rebels. Pearson, the most decorated player in Red Devil history as a three-time all-stater and the school’s all-time leading scorer, said a desire for a different playing style other than the one employed by Mississippi coach Rod Barnes was his reasoning for seeking a new school. Pearson started 24 of 29 games during his only season in Oxford and ranked among the top players in the Southeastern Conference in assists-to-turnovers. Memphis and Murray State were rumored to be interested in his services.
April 8 — Obion Central held its annual year-end basketball banquet at the school. Among those earning special recognition for the Lady Rebels were Bethany Palmer, Jill Konkol, Colby McGee and Lynette Staggs after OC finished the season with a 26-7 mark. On the boys’ side, David Kissell, Justin McBride, Matt Sparkman, D.J. Gammons, Jontez Dennis, B.J. McBride, Brent Simpson and Zack Buckland were honored with individual accolades.
5 Years Ago
April 8 — Karly Hollis tossed a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and homered twice — including a grand slam — to lead Union City to a 9-0 blanking of Lake County in prep softball. Hollis was not the only local mound standout as Emily Taylor and Kacee Eaves combined to blank Westview in Obion Central’s 2-0 victory. Taylor tossed five frames to get credit for the win, while Eaves — just five weeks after back surgery and in her first appearance — got six outs for the save.
April 10 — Union City boys’ head basketball skipper Shane Sisco was to get one final chance to coach standouts MJ Brown and Tony Wilkins after all were chosen to participate in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) East-West All Star Game. Sisco had piloted a Tornado squad led by Brown and Wilkins to the Class 1A state title and an unbeaten season, with Brown chosen Mr. Basketball for the second straight year and an all-stater. The high-flying Wilkins was picked for the all-tournament team at the Class 1A tourney. Obion Central’s Jana Roney — a Murray State signee — was also selected to participate in the girls’ contest, but was to skip the event due to family reasons.
1 Year Ago
April 10 — Two-time All-State pitcher Haley McKinney was at it again for South Fulton. The Devilette ace tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks in leading SF to a 3-0 win over Halls. Only a pair of defensive errors kept McKinney from twirling a perfect game, but she did aid her own cause with a double and a single at the plate. The Devilettes improved to 14-3 with the victory.
Published in The Messenger 4.4.13