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ON THIS DAY - April 3
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As sports continue to await word about the possible lifting of suspended seasons, the Standard would like to debut a new web-only segment, "On This Day." We hope to update it daily, bringing you some of the biggest moments in Warren County sports history (focusing mainly on the last 51 years since the school consolidation and formation of Warren County Senior High), as well as some famous birthdays and big national stories.

When the Pioneers needed him the most, Brooks Helton delivered on the diamond. Last year, his heroics landed him on the front page of the April 3, 2019 edition of the Standard.


Helton put the Pioneers on his back, lifting them to a big win over Rhea County in the District 6AAA opener. It prompted two front-page stories, one about the game and the second coming as a ‘Simmons Says’ column from sports editor Jeffery Simmons.


Helton wasn’t able to complete his senior year with the Pioneers due to Tommy John surgery, but he still was able to sign with Faulkner University.

In other April 3 editions, Central concluded its final spring football practice (1969), Sammy Mullican slung it for the Pioneers (1974), Steve Thomas celebrated going deep (1978), Buddy Majors was bashing home runs (1981), David Gilbert netted a win on the tennis courts (1985), WCSH Basketball honored its top players (1987), lefty Trevor Wilson dominated Upperman (1991), JW Holt was becoming a Pioneer ace (1992), WCHS softball fell in extra innings to Coffee County (2005), Lee Carden propelled the Pioneers to wins (2013), the front page was full of Warren County wins (2015) and WCHS had a tough time with the DeKalb County Tigers (2016).

Famous April 3 birthdays


1928 – Earl Lloyd, first African American NBA player

1930 – Wally Moon, three-time MLB all-star

1967 – Pervis Ellison, NBA forward

1971 – Picabo Street, US skier (1994 Olympic gold medalist)

1975 – Michael Olowokandi – Former No. 1 pick in NBA draft

1978 – Tommy Haas – Tennis player

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1982 – Jared Allen – eight-time NFL pro bowler

1987 – Jay Bruce, MLB all-star
1987 – Jason Kipnis, MLB all-star

1988 – Kam Chancellor, NFL pro-bowl safety (Seahawks)

National April 3 sports headlines (AP)


1930 — The Montreal Canadiens win the NHL Stanley Cup with a two-game sweep of the Boston Bruins.

1933 — Ken Doraty's overtime goal gives the Toronto Maple Leafs and 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The goal comes at 1 hour, 44 minutes, 46 seconds of overtime.

1977 — Jean Ratelle of the Boston Bruins scores his 1,000th point with an assist in a 7-4 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1982 — Buffalo's Gil Perrault gets his 1,000th point, assisting during a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

1988 — Louisiana Tech rallies to win the NCAA women's basketball championship, defeating Auburn 56-54.

1988 — Amy Alcott shoots a 1-under 71 to win the Dinah Shore by two shots over Colleen Walker.

1989 — Michigan beats Seton Hall 80-79 in overtime to win the NCAA basketball championship. Rumeal Robinson hits two free throws with 3 seconds left for the Wolverines.

1993 — For the first time in its 157-year history, the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree is declared void because of a false start.

1993 — Jim Montgomery's three goals in the third period carry Maine to a 5-4 comeback win over Lake Superior State for the NCAA hockey title.

1994 — Charlotte Smith's 3-pointer at the buzzer gives North Carolina a 60-59 victory over Louisiana Tech in the NCAA women's basketball championship game.

1994 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in baseball's first Sunday night opener, marking the start of a new era with three divisions and a different playoff format.

1995 — UCLA wins its first national basketball championship in 20 years and record-11th NCAA title, keeping Arkansas from repeating with an 89-78 victory.

2002 — Utah sets an NBA record by clinching its 17th straight winning season after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 99-87.

2004 — St. Louis clinches its 25th consecutive NHL playoff berth, the longest in major league sports, with a 4-1 win over Nashville.

2006 — Joakim Noah dominates UCLA with 16 points, nine rebounds and a record seven blocks to key a 73-57 blowout for Florida's first national title in men's basketball.

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2007 — After a nine-year title drought, Tennessee and coach Pat Summitt are NCAA champions. The Lady Vols capture an elusive seventh national title, beating Rutgers 59-46.

2008 — Jamar Butler finishes with 19 points and assists in his final college game, leading Ohio State to a 92-85 win over Massachusetts for the NIT title.

2008 — Alex Ovechkin breaks Luc Robitaille's single-season NHL record for most goals by a left wing with his 64th and 65th scores to lead Washington to a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

2010 — David Haye mounts a successful first defense of his WBA heavyweight title after punishing John Ruiz for nine rounds in Manchester, England.

2010 — Bernard Hopkins wins a brutal unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. in their long-delayed rematch, avenging his loss from their fight nearly 17 years earlier.

2011 — Stacy Lewis holds off defending champion Yani Tseng to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship by three strokes, earning her first LPGA Tour title in the year's first major. Lewis shoots a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under 275.

2011 — Texas A&M upsets its second straight top-seeded team in the NCAA women's tournament to advance to its first national championship game. Tyra White drives the length of the court to give Texas A&M the go-ahead layup and a 63-62 victory over Stanford. Skylar Diggins scores 28 points and Notre Dame upsets Connecticut 72-63, ending the brilliant career of Maya Moore and the Huskies' quest for a third straight national championship.

2012 — Brittney Griner scores 26 points and grabs 13 rebounds to help Baylor finish off an undefeated season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the women's national championship game. Baylor becomes the first team in NCAA history to win 40 games.