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
May 6 — Bobby Davies won the district singles championship and then teamed with Scott Critchlow to claim the doubles title in a Union City High School sweep of tennis supremacy in Jackson. Critchlow, who was beaten in the singles semifinals by Davis, won the consolation match to place third in individual play to help the Tornadoes win the team championship over Jackson Central-Merry. The UC girls placed second behind JCM in team play after Beth Young and Macy Kirkland were runnersup in the doubles competition. Young topped fellow Lady Twister Bonnie Halterman for the consolation prize in singles action.
May 6 — Union City erased a three-run deficit with six runs in the fourth to beat Obion Central 10-5 in the District 14AA baseball tournament. Dale Woodward had five RBIs in the contest for the Purple and Gold, including a bases-loaded double that scored three runs in the Twisters’ big inning. Greg Cochran, the last of three UC pitchers to take the hill, got credit for the victory. Tim James drove in two runs to help the Rebels to their early advantage.
20 Years Ago
May 3 — The “Springtime Run ’93” drew 140 participants and produced several local winners. South Fulton’s Amy Rice had the overall best time in the 5K portion of the event on the female side. Robin Hogg of Samburg was first in the 21-25 women’s division, while Union City’s Patrice O’Bannon was second in the ladies’ 10K overall. Top men’s finishers included Josh Holly of Troy, who was first in the 5K (16-20 age group); Joe Konkol (Union City), who won the 30-35 age group in the 5K; and Union City’s Cory Armstrong, who took first in the 10K race for participants 20-and-under.
May 7 — Sophomore righthander David Barnes struck out 11 to propel Union City to a 3-1 win over Ripley in the District 13AA baseball tourney. The Tornadoes won their fifth straight game and advanced with a 12-4 record after seeing their game pushed back three days due to heavy rains. Marlon Eskew and Chad Harris had doubles in scoring rallies for the locals while Shaw Speed drew a bases-loaded walk to account for the ultimate deciding run.
10 Years Ago
May 7 — Both the baseball and softball teams from South Fulton clinched regional tournament berths with wins in the district over Greenfield. A walk-off home run in the seventh by Jonathan Oliver gave the Redmen a 4-3 triumph. Zach Parham scored twice after being hit by pitches and Brian Cole fanned eight to help SF move to 15-9 and advance. In softball, Maddie Carrington and Aimee Grissom combined for a no-hitter, recording 14 of the 15 outs via strikeout in a 12-0 whitewash of the Lady ’Jackets. Brooke Harris led SF with three hits and four RBIs.
May 8 — The Union City Middle School soccer team recorded a runner-up finish in the district tournament. Ben Woods, Bonnie Wilkes, Phillip Vernon, Bryce Moran, Andrew Hinojosa, Ben Hopkins and Lucas Flood were all chosen to the all-district team for their seasonal performances. Bobby Williams and Rene Flood were coaches of the team.
5 Years Ago
May 7 — South Fulton reached the 20-win mark for the ninth time in Curt Lee’s 10 seasons as head coach and secured a spot in both the District 14A title game and the upcoming regional tournament with a 5-0 blanking of Union City. The Devilettes got the only run they’d need on an Anna Seratt RBI single, but Kayla Davidson later launched a two-run triple to support winning pitcher Haley McKinney, who’d relieved starter Melissa Reams. UC, which was in the midst of its program’s first-ever 20-victory season, earned a second shot at SF in the championship round of the tourney by edging Gleason 4-3 in the loser’s bracket final. Allison McCullough drove home Corey Anne Youree with the deciding run for Union City in the bottom of the seventh. Karly Hollis had three hits to help keep the Twisters’ season alive.
May 7 — Four Union City High School field event performers secured a spot in the sectionals with top finishes in the regional track meet. Both Wyatt Carr and Dexter Hopson were set for double duty in the sectionals with Carr advancing in the shot put and discus throws. Hopson, earlier the Most Valuable Field Event Performer in the Rotary Relays, earned the right to move on in both the triple jump and long jump. Nick Brooks was third in the high jump and Tony Wilkins fourth to also lock up berths in Memphis.
1 Year Ago
May 4 — DeAndrez Williams and Daniel Williamson each put on a show to help the Union City boys’ track team place second in the team competition in the 35th annual Rotary Relays. Williams was named the event’s Most Outstanding Runner after winning the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and being a part of a 400 meter relay quartet that placed second. Williams, a distance specialist and cross country standout in the fall, won the 3200, the 1600 and 800 meter runs. The UC girls’ team was also runnerup, led by victories by Jasmine Dysart in the shot put and Jackie Hudson in the discus.
May 4 — Joe Graves was named the new head baseball coach at Obion County Central. Graves, who enjoyed a stellar college career and made it as far as Triple-A in the majors while in the New York Mets organization, was picked for the Rebel job from “25 or 30” applicants, according to OCCHS Athletic Director Craig Rogers. OC was coming off a 7-17 finish in which second-year coach Chris Smith was fired with two weeks remaining in the season for no specific reason and assistant Justin Truett finished out the year.
Published in The Messenger 5.2.13