Looking back … Dresden’s Popeye Jones completes first pro hoops season in Italy
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 pm
The Weakley County Press takes a look back at the top local sports stories from one, five, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
May 5, 1983 — For the first time ever, two UT Martin tennis players will be competing in the NCAA Division II national championship tennis tournament. Chris Brady and Larss Freinamis, the number one and two singles players on the UTM team, will be joining the field of 64 players in singles competition. Brady, a senior from Franklin, Mass., completed the season with a 17-10 match record and a second consecutive title as the Gulf South Conference’s number one singles player. Freimanis, a freshman from Jamaica Plains, Mass., compiled an 18-9 overall singles record.
May 10, 1983 — Sharon native and UTM sophomore golfer Pat Nanney received a telephone call and was told he has been invited to play in the NCAA Division II national golf championship for the second time. The Westview graduate was selected as only one of three at-large entrants from the 12-state District 3, which is one of eight qualifying districts in the nation. Nanney has the second lowest stroke average in District 3 with an average of 73.1 per 18 holes.
20 Years Ago
May 6, 1993 — Dresden’s Popeye Jones returned home after his first year of playing professional basketball in Italy. The former Mr. Basketball and all-starter led the Lions to a state championship before playing his college ball at Murray State. The 6-8 Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the NBA draft but tested the waters of the Mediterranean in Italy after Houston could not offer him a guaranteed deal. He tried out for the Teorema Tour team of Milan, Italy, and they loved him. He led the team in scoring with 21 points per game and averaged 13.5 rebounds a game. His team narrowly missed the playoffs with a 14-16 record. He has hopes of joining an NBA team, but knows Italy is waiting if he cannot make an NBA team.
May 11, 1993 — Westview pounded Obion County Central 14-3 in a District 13AA sub-district shocker. The Chargers were led by Junior Thomas’ two doubles. Jackie Thomas was 2-for-3 and reached base four times. Clint Damron homered and singled in the onslaught. The Chargers scored four runs in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth and three in the sixth before the game was called.
10 Years Ago
May 6, 2003 — Back-to-back extra base hits by Greenfield was the difference maker as the Yellowjackets knocked off Dresden 4-3 in the District 15A baseball tournament and put the Lions in the loser’s bracket. Baker Williams stroked a one out run-scoring double to right-center field with the scored tied 2-all to give the ’Jackets a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Caleb Farmer then hit a blast that bounced over the left-center field fence to score another run to make 4-2. The Lions got down to their last three outs when Matt Thomas reached on an error. Patrick Robinson drew a walk with no outs and then a botched bunt was popped up to the pitcher to give the Lions just two outs to tie the game. Garner Goode hit a run-scoring single to make it 4-3. Andrew Clements came on in relief for Greenfield and the next two batters out on a strikeout and groundout.
May 8, 2003 — Greenfield’s Elise Shane made her choice and inked her name to play college basketball at Bethel College. The 5-7 guard made all-district and all-state in her senior season. She averaged 14.5 points each game and dished out three assists a game. Shane also reeled in seven rebounds a game and stole the ball an average of four times each game.
5 Years Ago
May 6, 2008 — Dresden eliminated Greenfield from the postseason with a 10-4 win in the District 14A tournament. The Lions took every advantage they could with every Greenfield miscue. A first inning error allowed Dresden’s Greg Alderdice and Justin Hatler to score in the first inning. Matt Beaty smacked a two-run shot in the third and Eric Evans scored on an error in the same inning to make it 5-0 Dresden. The Lions added three more runs in the fourth before Cody Ricketts and Brett Perkins scored for the ‘Jackets in the bottom of the inning. Greenfield tried to make a late rally with Ty Smithson and Dalton Potts scoring but came up short in its attempt to avoid elimination.
May 8, 2008 — Westview will be going to the District 14 A-AA soccer finals thanks to a lucky bounce. Westview beat Milan 2-1 in the semifinals after Rick Moody booted a low hard kick that ricocheted off a Milan defender. Senior Jeremy Hazlewood tracked down the ball in the open field and drilled a shot into the net for the winning goal with five minutes to play. Derek Ahn scored the Chargers first goal earlier in the second half to tie the game.
1 Year Ago
May 8, 2012 — Abigail Lockhart’s no-hitter sent Dresden to the winners’ bracket with a 1-0 win over West Carroll. Lockhart faced 23 batters and sat 21 of them down with nine coming from strikeouts. Lockhart singled in the sixth and advanced to second when Tori Flippen reached on an error. A wild pitch allowed Lockhart to advance to third and then score on Taylor McAlpin’s hit back to the pitcher who made a wild throw to first base. Catcher Kristen Childress threw out a would-be base stealer in the bottom of the seventh for the final out of the game.
May 10, 2012 — Westview avoided elimination in the District 13AA softball tournament thanks to a bases-clearing double by Alex Crosser to break a scoreless game in the top of the seventh as the Lady Chargers beat Obion Central 4-1. Crosser’s double brought home Kayla Guthrie, Meagan Prince and Kayla Bryant. Crosser scored later in the inning on a passed ball. Prince struck out four, walked two and allowed one run on three hits.
Published in The WCP 5.9.13