Remember When —Obion Central’s Cude blisters Covington with 50 points
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:00 pm
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
Jan. 19 — The sixth-ranked South Fulton boys had no trouble with Atwood, rolling to an 86-56 blowout victory. Barry Williams scored 19 points to lead five Red Devils in double figures with Ken Tolbert pitching in 17 for Terry Pearcy’s club, which improved to 16-4. The SF girls won, too, in convincing fashion, 59-31. Donna Zickefoose poured in 24 points and DeeDee Moody added 21 for the Devilettes.
Jan. 19 — Jeff Riley’s 33 points led four Obion Central players in twin digits as the Rebels won a 97-88 shootout over Ripley. The win was Central’s 12th of the season. On the girls’ side, Kim Whipple and Lisa Thompson each recorded double-doubles in a 59-48 triumph for the Lady Rebels.
20 Years Ago
Jan. 18 — Robin Cude lit up Covington for a career-high 50 points and Obion Central remained perfect in District 13AA with an 85-81 win over the Chargers. Cude didn’t miss a shot from the field or the charity stripe in the first half when he had 27 of his markers, and it was the fourth time that he scored 45 or more points in a game. OC improved to 16-2 overall with the victory.
Jan. 18 — Former Union City High School standout defensive tackle Mark Zipp was among nine players to leave the UT Martin program after the unpopular firing of ex-Tornado head coach and Pacer assistant Larry Shanks. Zipp had been a starter for parts of three seasons at UTM. Head coach Don McLeary confirmed that 58 players had signed a petition, seeking his ouster after the move. Ultimately, 60 of the 69 players on the roster elected to remain with the program.
Jan. 21 — Stanley Caldwell — a two-time Class 2A Mr. Basketball winner who led Union City High School to a pair of state titles — had his best outing as a Tennessee Volunteer in his fourth start on the collegiate level. The 6-6 Caldwell had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time, but the Vols still lost to Auburn 88-75.
10 Years Ago
Jan. 20 — The South Fulton girls clinched the District 15A regular season championship with a narrow 54-53 win over Greenfield. The Devilettes found the going much tougher the second time around against G’field after having blown them out by 24 points in an earlier meeting. Tiffany Gordon scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and Christy Crannick added 18 to the winning case as SF improved to 9-4. The Red Devil boys could not complete the sweep, though, dropping a 71-60 decision despite 16 points from Adam Hicks.
Jan 21 — After a weather postponement and some three months following the conclusion of the season, South Fulton held its football banquet. Running back Michael Alford was named the team MVP by head coach Gwin Wood with Jake Napier, Trent Dowdy, Da’Ryan Jones, Mitchell Maynard, Clarence Cobb and Rick Larson also receiving individual accolades.
5 Years Ago
Jan. 17 — Standout Union City High School hurler Craig Lowrance signed a scholarship to continue his career at Walters State Community College in Morristown. Lowrance, who was recovering from a blood clot in his pitching arm that forced the removal of a rib, had gone 11-1 with a 1.78 earned run average and 122 strikeouts his junior season while making the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team. He was to play for a WSCC program that had won the national championship two years earlier.
Jan. 23 — No. 1 ranked Union City struggled but remained unbeaten with a 64-55 decision over Bradford. The Golden Tornadoes (22-0) won their 36th straight District 14A game over a period of three seasons despite making just 6-of-29 from 3-point range and missing 10 free throws. Ryne Simpson and MJ Brown scored 18 points apiece for the victors, while Tony Wilkins added 17.
Jan. 23 — South Fulton gained a new offensive coordinator when Dresden head coach Eric Knott resigned that post to join Kelly Spivey’s Red Devil football staff. Knott, who had a brief three-month tenure as the offensive coordinator at Obion Central, spent just one season at Dresden, going 1-9. He had previous experience as an assistant at Trenton, Westview and Camden — working for respected West Tennessee coaches Tim Haney, Don Coady and Kevin Ward.
1 Year Ago
Jan. 23 — Second-ranked Obion Central beat No. 5 Dyersburg 61-51 in a battle of state-rated Class 2A girls’ teams. The Lady Rebels won their 42nd straight District 13AA game over a span of three years and for the 21st time in 22 meetings overall in the current campaign. Brandi Goodman dominated the interior against the Lady Trojans with 28 points and 16 rebounds, while teammate Paige Hicks added 15 to the winning cause for OC. Published in The Messenger 1.17.13