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‘Voice’ of Golden Tornadoes’ athletics silenced by cancer

‘Voice’ of Golden Tornadoes’ athletics silenced by cancer

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
June 1 — Mike Moore struck out seven and aided his own cause with a pair of hits to help Brown Shoe beat First Federal 10-8 in Union City Little League action. Ronnie Fair homered and doubled for the victors, while Todd Wright also went 2-for-3. Jason Cameron had two hits for the Bankers. Game 2 saw Wright Jernigan and David James combine for 12 strikeouts to help E.W. James top Sage 9-5.
June 3 — Troy Hailey’s brought out the big sticks in a doubleheader sweep of Troy No. 3 in the Obion County Softball League. Susan Devaiser, Shelia Wiley, Gayla Caldwell and Jenny Griffin all went 4-for-4 in a 22-7 victory in the opener for TH. April Jackson mashed a home run and a double for the winning team. In the nightcap, Griffin homered, tripled and doubled twice to lead the offensive onslaught in a 21-4 triumph by Hailey’s. Tammy Armstrong tripled and doubled three times for the victors.
20 Years Ago
June 2 — Dixie edged Rives 8-7 and Hornbeak outslugged Troy 20-14 in a pair of Obion County Minor League games. Winning pitcher Brandon Thomas ripped a game-winning triple to pace Dixie, which also got two-base hits from Lucas DuRall, Tim York and Brady Roach. Curtis Hensley went 4-for-4 and Zack Underwood singled twice for Rives. In Hornbeak’s triumph, Jason Brandon launched a home run in support of winning pitcher T.J. Petty. MIke McEwn doubled for Troy.
June 4 — Recent Union City High School graduate and University of Tennessee-bound Rodney Bonds was selected by the California Angels in the 12th round of the major league baseball amateur draft. Bonds said he would listen to what the pro team had to say but indicated he would likely honor his college commitment to the Vols. Bonds won 21 games and saved four as a star righthanded pitcher for UC, averaging a strikeout per-inning with an ERA of under 2.00. He also led the Tornadoes in batting average, home runs and RBIs.
10 Years Ago
June 2 — South Fulton honored its prep spring sports athletes with a number of players garnering individual accolades. In baseball, head coach Gwin Wood recognized Daniel Glover, Ryan Graves, Zack Parham, Michael Tibbs, Brian Cole and Trent Dowdy. Devilette softball skipper Curt Lee singled out Lindsay Frazier, Aimee Grissom, Maddie Carrington, Krista Pirtle, Jessica McKinney, Kayla Pirtle, Brooke Harris and Lindsey McDaniel following another successful campaign
June 3 — Union City High School filled an assistant football coach opening while Obion Central posted one. New Tornado head coach Jimmy Fishel added 28-year-old Don Scott of Brighton to an already-youthful staff that included David Barker, Paul Carroll and Jonathan West — all 25 or younger. At Obion Central, new Rebel skipper Darren Bowling was looking for a defensive coordinator when David Jones resigned to join previous OC head coach Chris Hill at Morrilton (Ark.). In two seasons, Jones’ defenses had forced 67 takeaways and were a plus-28 in turnover ratio.
5 Years Ago
June 3 — Jeremy Maddox moved up a seat from assistant to head coach of the Union City High School baseball program. Maddox served one year as David Barker’s top aide before Barker was dismissed from the job and his assistant football coaching position. He led the Golden Tornadoes to 79 wins and two district championships during his tenure. Maddox had a previous three-year stint as head coach at McKenzie High School , where he directed the Rebels to the 2006 Class A state championship behind star righthander Drew Hayes.
June 4 — A 20-month battle with cancer silenced the ‘Voice’ of Union City High School sports, Jim Cawley. Cawley passed away roughly eight weeks after helping call the Tornadoes’ thrilling unbeaten run to the program’s fifth basketball state title. He called more than 5,000 athletic contests involving Obion County teams and was both a widely-respected sports broadcaster as well as a trusted news man over a 35-year career in the media business.
1 Year Ago
May 31 — Obion Central’s Drew Crews signed a cross country scholarship to continue his running career at Freed-Hardeman in Henderson. Crews qualified for the state meet as a Rebel senior and also participated in the Down Under Games.
June 1 — The South Fulton High School football staff got an injection of both experience and youth with the hirings of Jason Rodehaver and Justin Truett. The 41-year-old Rodehaver, a Fulton City High School graduate, had spent the previous five seasons as head coach at Greenfield. Truett (27) joined Kelly Spivey’s staff after running the program at Hillcrest, a feeder school in the Obion County School System. The Cougars qualified for the Rebels Bowl in each of Truett’s seasons at the helm.

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
June 1 — Mike Moore struck out seven and aided his own cause with a pair of hits to help Brown Shoe beat First Federal 10-8 in Union City Little League action. Ronnie Fair homered and doubled for the victors, while Todd Wright also went 2-for-3. Jason Cameron had two hits for the Bankers. Game 2 saw Wright Jernigan and David James combine for 12 strikeouts to help E.W. James top Sage 9-5.
June 3 — Troy Hailey’s brought out the big sticks in a doubleheader sweep of Troy No. 3 in the Obion County Softball League. Susan Devaiser, Shelia Wiley, Gayla Caldwell and Jenny Griffin all went 4-for-4 in a 22-7 victory in the opener for TH. April Jackson mashed a home run and a double for the winning team. In the nightcap, Griffin homered, tripled and doubled twice to lead the offensive onslaught in a 21-4 triumph by Hailey’s. Tammy Armstrong tripled and doubled three times for the victors.
20 Years Ago
June 2 — Dixie edged Rives 8-7 and Hornbeak outslugged Troy 20-14 in a pair of Obion County Minor League games. Winning pitcher Brandon Thomas ripped a game-winning triple to pace Dixie, which also got two-base hits from Lucas DuRall, Tim York and Brady Roach. Curtis Hensley went 4-for-4 and Zack Underwood singled twice for Rives. In Hornbeak’s triumph, Jason Brandon launched a home run in support of winning pitcher T.J. Petty. MIke McEwn doubled for Troy.
June 4 — Recent Union City High School graduate and University of Tennessee-bound Rodney Bonds was selected by the California Angels in the 12th round of the major league baseball amateur draft. Bonds said he would listen to what the pro team had to say but indicated he would likely honor his college commitment to the Vols. Bonds won 21 games and saved four as a star righthanded pitcher for UC, averaging a strikeout per-inning with an ERA of under 2.00. He also led the Tornadoes in batting average, home runs and RBIs.
10 Years Ago
June 2 — South Fulton honored its prep spring sports athletes with a number of players garnering individual accolades. In baseball, head coach Gwin Wood recognized Daniel Glover, Ryan Graves, Zack Parham, Michael Tibbs, Brian Cole and Trent Dowdy. Devilette softball skipper Curt Lee singled out Lindsay Frazier, Aimee Grissom, Maddie Carrington, Krista Pirtle, Jessica McKinney, Kayla Pirtle, Brooke Harris and Lindsey McDaniel following another successful campaign
June 3 — Union City High School filled an assistant football coach opening while Obion Central posted one. New Tornado head coach Jimmy Fishel added 28-year-old Don Scott of Brighton to an already-youthful staff that included David Barker, Paul Carroll and Jonathan West — all 25 or younger. At Obion Central, new Rebel skipper Darren Bowling was looking for a defensive coordinator when David Jones resigned to join previous OC head coach Chris Hill at Morrilton (Ark.). In two seasons, Jones’ defenses had forced 67 takeaways and were a plus-28 in turnover ratio.
5 Years Ago
June 3 — Jeremy Maddox moved up a seat from assistant to head coach of the Union City High School baseball program. Maddox served one year as David Barker’s top aide before Barker was dismissed from the job and his assistant football coaching position. He led the Golden Tornadoes to 79 wins and two district championships during his tenure. Maddox had a previous three-year stint as head coach at McKenzie High School , where he directed the Rebels to the 2006 Class A state championship behind star righthander Drew Hayes.
June 4 — A 20-month battle with cancer silenced the ‘Voice’ of Union City High School sports, Jim Cawley. Cawley passed away roughly eight weeks after helping call the Tornadoes’ thrilling unbeaten run to the program’s fifth basketball state title. He called more than 5,000 athletic contests involving Obion County teams and was both a widely-respected sports broadcaster as well as a trusted news man over a 35-year career in the media business.
1 Year Ago
May 31 — Obion Central’s Drew Crews signed a cross country scholarship to continue his running career at Freed-Hardeman in Henderson. Crews qualified for the state meet as a Rebel senior and also participated in the Down Under Games.
June 1 — The South Fulton High School football staff got an injection of both experience and youth with the hirings of Jason Rodehaver and Justin Truett. The 41-year-old Rodehaver, a Fulton City High School graduate, had spent the previous five seasons as head coach at Greenfield. Truett (27) joined Kelly Spivey’s staff after running the program at Hillcrest, a feeder school in the Obion County School System. The Cougars qualified for the Rebels Bowl in each of Truett’s seasons at the helm.
June 1 — Obion County Central softball players were honored at the program’s year-end banquet. Among those receiving plaques for individual accomplishments were Calli Johnson, Alex Wilson, Payton Robertson, Emily Pickard, Megan Gargus, Kayla Bramlett, Macy Allison, Rachel Jones and Carly Whipple.

Published in The Messenger 5.30.13

June 1 — Obion County Central softball players were honored at the program’s year-end banquet. Among those receiving plaques for individual accomplishments were Calli Johnson, Alex Wilson, Payton Robertson, Emily Pickard, Megan Gargus, Kayla Bramlett, Macy Allison, Rachel Jones and Carly Whipple.

Published in The Messenger 5.30.13

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