Will Cantrell had many big nights at the plate for the Pioneers, but none may have been bigger than his outing against Station Camp in 2019. Campbell hit two bombs to lead the Warren County High School baseball team to victory, earning him the top spot on the Standard’s April 7 edition.
Cantrell went on to sign a scholarship with Bryan College, where he made his debut this spring. The season had barely begun before COVID-19 stopped all college sports. The Standard will have a feature on Cantrell, along with fellow former Pioneers Brooks Helton and Ethan Smith, in an April edition later this month.
Coaches leaving was a trend in looking back on previous April 7 editions. Mike Shockley headlined in the 1999 Standard, leaving the Lady Pioneer basketball gig to take a job with Cheatham County.
Malcolm Montgomery also was announcing his resignation on April 7, 2013, ending his tenure with the Pioneer basketball team.
In other April 7 editions, G&H Tractor claimed a basketball championship (1971), the WCHS baseball team poised for a photo (1971), Mary Anderson helped the Lady Pioneer tennis team take out Livingston (1976), Raymond Martin was bringing back the slam dunk (1976), Stuff It campers were all smiles (1982), Tamara Smith gave all-out effort for the Lady Pioneer softball squad (1986), baseball campers accepted awards (1989), Aaron Gudat was an undefeated Golden Glove champ (1993), coach Franklin Fisher instructed in a volleyball clinic (2000), WCHS soccer took down Riverdale (2000), Derek Kennamer flashed a smile after hitting a home run against Sequatchie County (2002), WCHS tennis swept Blackman (2006), WCHS softball needed 10 innings to take down White County (2010) and both local baseball teams win (2017).
Famous April 7 birthdays
1918 – Bobby Doerr, MLB Hall of Famer
1954 – Tony Dorsett, NFL Hall of Famer
1954 – Clark Gillies, NHL Hall of Famer
1961 – Thurl Bailey, 12-year NBA player
1975 – Tiki Barber, NFL running back
1975 – Ronde Barber, five-time NFL pro bowler
1979 – Adrian Beltre, MLB all-star, 3000+ hits
1994 – Josh Hader, MLB all-star
National April 7 sports headlines (AP)
1940 — Jimmy Demaret wins the Masters with a four-stroke triumph over Lloyd Mangrum.
1946 — Herman Keiser edges Ben Hogan by one stroke to win the Masters.
1951 — Ben Hogan wins the Masters by two strokes over Robert Riegel.
1956 — Joe Graboski scores 29 points and Paul Arizin 26 as the Philadelphia Warriors beat the Fort Wayne Pistons 99-88 to win the NBA championship in five games.
1963 — Jack Nicklaus, at 23, becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters, beating Tony Lema by a stroke.
1985 — New Jersey's Herschel Walker rushes for a USFL-record 233 yards in leading the Generals to a 31-25 victory over the Houston Gamblers.
1996 — Dave Andreychuk scores a goal for his 1,000th career point as the New Jersey Devils post a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
1998 — Al MacInnis has a goal and an assist in St. Louis' 5-3 loss at Detroit to become the sixth defenseman in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points.
2003 — Syracuse wins the NCAA tournament with an 81-78 victory over Kansas. Freshman Carmelo Anthony, fighting off a bad back, finishes with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Gerry McNamara hits six 3-pointers in the first half and finishes with 18 points.
2007 — Michigan State beats favored Boston College 3-1 for its first NCAA hockey title in 21 years.
2007 — Vince Carter and Jason Kidd are the first teammates with triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1989. Carter scores 46 points, adds a career-best 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Kidd has 16 rebounds, 18 assists and adds a late free throw for 10 points to lead New Jersey to a 120-114 overtime win over Washington.
2008 — Mario Chalmers hits a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to push the game into overtime, and Kansas grinds it out from there for a 75-68 victory over Memphis in the men's NCAA basketball title game.
2009 — Connecticut routs Louisville 76-54 to capture sixth women's NCAA basketball title. UConn (39-0) wins every one of its 39 games by double digits, a first in college basketball.
2010 — Don Nelson sets the NBA career record for victories by a coach in the Golden State Warriors' 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nelson with 1,333 wins, surpasses Lenny Wilkens to move atop the list.
2012 — Steven Whitney scores twice and Boston College beats Ferris State 4-1 for its fifth NCAA ice hockey title and third in five seasons.
2013 — Inbee Park finishes four strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title.
2014 — Shabazz Napier scores 22 points and Connecticut wins its second NCAA men's title in four years, beating the Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game. Kentucky, with five freshmen starters, never lead in the championship game. The Wildcats miss 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies are perfect on 10 tries.
2015 — UConn's women's basketball team beats Notre Dame 63-53 for their 10th NCAA championship. Coach Geno Auriemma ties UCLA's John Wooden for the most titles in college basketball.
2016 — Ernie Els, winner of four major titles, makes Masters history. He opens with a 10 on the Par 4 first hole. After his first two shots, Els seven-putts from 2 feet. His sextuple bogey is the worst score on the first hole at the Masters, beating the old mark by two strokes.