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ON THIS DAY - April 28
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Softball has had plenty of star performances on April 28 in the 2010s.

Both the 2017 (pictured above) and 2019 teams took home wins on senior night, part of seasons where the Lady Pioneers would win championships. The 2017 season saw Warren County win its first district championship in program history, something the team talked about recently.

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Just last year, the Lady Pioneers were on the march toward greatness by April 28. Warren County had history again, winning the 2019 region championship. The senior class left as the most decorated in school history, with two district titles and a region championship under its belt. Three members of the senior class – Emily Mikkola, Hailey Wood and Ashton Whiles – signed scholarships and were Day 1 starters in college.

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In other April 28 editions, the Pioneer baseball team broke a losing streak with a win on senior night (2010), Donnie Harris was named WCMS football coach (2013), Pioneer soccer picked up its first win (2013), WCHS and WCMS baseball were each celebrating wins (2017) WCHS soccer beat White County (2017) and Covenant picked up a big victory over its rival (2019).

Famous April 28 birthdays

1958 – Hal Sutton, 1983 PGA Championship winner

1964 – Barry Larkin, MLB Hall of Famer

1966 – John Daly, two-time PGA major winner

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1968 – Mark Carrier, three-time NFL Pro Bowler

1970 – Nicklas Lidstrom, NHL Hall of Famer

1982 – Chris Kaman, one-time NBA All Star

1983 – David Freese, 2011 World Series MVP

1992 – Dexter Lawrence, two-time NFL Pro Bowler

National April 28 headlines (AP)

 

1966 — Boston edges the Los Angeles Lakers 95-93 in Game 7, giving the Celtics and coach Red Auerbach eight straight NBA titles. Auerbach, who announced his retirement earlier, is replaced by center Bill Russell, the first black head coach of a major U.S. sports team.

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1967 — Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. He is arrested and the New York State Athletic Commission suspends his boxing license and strips him of his heavyweight title.

1987 — The NBA awards expansion franchises to Charlotte, N.C. and Miami for 1988, and Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., in 1989. Each paid a $32.5 million entry fee.

1990 — Boston set single-game NBA playoff records for scoring and shooting accuracy in a 157-128 rout of the New York Knicks to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

1995 — Michael Jordan, in his first playoff game since his return from retirement, scored 48 points in the Chicago Bulls' 108-100 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

1995 — The Orlando Magic give the Boston Celtics their worst defeat in team history, 124-77, in a playoff opener.

2001 — John Stockton gets his first triple-double in 171 career playoff games with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Utah's 94-91 loss to Dallas.

2001 — Colorado's Patrick Roy sets an NHL record with his 16th career playoff shutout, making 20 saves in a 2-0 win over Los Angeles.

2005 — Competing in the Drake Relays decathlon for the last time, Kip Janvrin finishes first in the final four events to run away with the title. Janvrin, 39, who won at Drake for the 15th time and increases his world record for decathlon victories to 38. He finishes with 7,671 points, his lowest winning score since 1988.

2007 — JaMarcus Russell, the big-play quarterback from LSU, is the first pick by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL draft.

2009 — Washington edges the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series to cap a comeback from three games to one. It is the franchise's first series victory since the 1997-98 season, when Washington made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.

2010 — Montreal beats Washington 2-1 to complete a come-from-behind 4-3 series victory and eliminate the NHL's best regular-season team in the first round of the playoffs. The Canadiens are the ninth No. 8-seeded team to knock off a No. 1 in 32 matchups since the NHL went to its current playoff format in 1994 — and the first to come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

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2011 — The Carolina Panthers select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

2011 — Canada's Patrick Chan wins his first world figure skating title in record fashion. Chan sets world records for the free skate and total points to claim titles at the world figure skating championships in Moscow.