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 11 — The Union City High School girls’ track team placed second and the Tornado boys fifth in the Dyersburg Invitational. The Lady Tornadoes trailed only meet champion Jackson Central-Merry with 81 total points, led by Tammy Critchfield, who won both the 330 and 110 hurdles and anchored the mile-relay team that finished second. Critchfield was chosen the meet’s most outstanding performer. Teammate Gigi Grasfeder won the two-mile run and was fourth in the mile race. In boys’ competition, Andy Edgin won the pole vault, Lane Wright earned first place in the discus and Odie Bass was runnerup in the 440-yard dash.
April 13 — Union City and Obion Central split a baseball doubleheader, the Tornadoes winning 6-2 before the Rebels made a stunning comeback with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh for a thrilling 13-12 triumph. Kevin Woodard had a three-run double and fanned 11 to pace UC in Game 1, while Bo Bradshaw and Curtis Jimmerson drove in two runs apiece in Central’s final at-bat uprising in the nightcap. Rob Cursey struck out 12 for the Twisters in Game 2.
20 Years Ago
April 13 — South Fulton and Obion Central divided the first-ever softball twinbill between the two programs, the Devilettes recording a 9-3 triumph before Central recorded a 23-10 victory. Jill Hazlewood had three hits, including an inside-the-park home run for SF in the opener, while Janet Kendall doubled twice and Gina Vise went 3-for-4 for the Lady Rebels in the second game. OC scored seven in the first, then 10 more runs in the second inning to salvage the split, leaving both teams at 2-2.
April 15 — One day after 14 professional scouts watched him throw a three-hitter against Obion Central, star Union City pitcher Rodney Bonds signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Tennessee. The two sport standout, who was likely to be selected in baseball’s amateur draft two months later, insisted only a big paycheck from a major league team could keep him from fulfilling his college letter-of-intent with the Vols. Bonds had led UC to a third place finish in the Class 2A state tournament as a sophomore and runnerup honors as a junior when he set a tournament record with 15 strikeouts in a game.
10 Years Ago
April 14 — Union City’s boys placed seventh, the girls ninth — both with 25 total points — in the 26th annual Rotary Relays at Dave M. Shatz track. Sherinee Johnson was third in the discus and fourth in the high jump for the Lady Tornadoes, while Kelli Maddox was runnerup in the shot put competition. Kenneth Fouse had the best showing for the UC boys with third-place finishes in both the long jump and 220 dash. The Dyersburg girls and Munford boys were meet champions.
April 16 — For the second straight day, Union City benefited from Obion Central errors, beating the Rebels 3-2 in the latest installment of the Obion County baseball rivalry. Winning pitcher Ben Reese (13 Ks) raced safely home from third on a high throw to account for the winning run. Central committed six errors the day before in a 9-7 setback. Kyle Ross was the hard-luck pitching loser for OC in Game 2.
5 Years Ago
April 15 — The Union City girls’ tennis team rebounded from its only loss of the season (vs. Trinity Christian Academy) to beat Dyersburg 6-1. Rachel Triplett and Sara Gilliam won in both singles and doubles play for the Lady Twisters. UC lost the boys’ match, though, with only Brett White and Carlos Fuentes winning their individual matchups.
April 16 — Standout Union City High School point-guard MJ Brown elected to make his college suitors wait a little longer when he did not pick a school on national signing day. The two-time Class 1A Mr. Basketball winner, who led the Tornadoes to an unbeaten 37-0 season and the program’s fifth overall state title as a senior, had narrowed his choices to UT Martin and Southeast Missouri with Western Kentucky being a darkhorse in that mix. Brown spoke highly of Skyhawk head coach Bret Campbell and assistant Jason James, calling them “real.”
1 Year Ago
April 11 — Marissa Howard and Lindsey Castellaw both won in singles matches, then teamed for a doubles triumph to lead Obion Central to a 4-2 team victory over Westview. Rebecca Bloodworth and Taylor Moore combined for a second doubles decision to seal the team win for the Lady Rebels.
April 13 — Macy Wright, who played in a school-record 137 career games and helped Obion Central to 117 victories during that time and a Class 2A state runnerup finish as a senior, signed a scholarship to continue her career at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. A demon on the defensive end and a heady playmaker at the point, Wright scored 1,722 points during her four years in a Lady Rebel uniform.
Published in The Messenger 4.11.13