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.
Back on March 24, 2002, the biggest news in the Southern Standard sports section was the no-hitter thrown by sophomore Erica Warren. Warren impressively retired all the Upperman Lady Bees she faced except one – a hit batter in the third that kept her away from perfection.
Jasmine Ware and Tara Wood dazzled at the plate in the victory, each going 2-for-3 in the 13-0 romp.
In other March 24 editions, David Phifer barely missed a buzzer beater for Yogi’s (1971), Morrison First Baptist swept the titles in the Liberty Invitational church basketball tournament (1975), Curtis Lusk was finding room to run in Pioneer football practice (1975), the WCSH tennis team was gearing up for the season (1976), Morrison Ruritan was handing out awards (1976), Pioneer basketball players were being honored at a banquet (1982), the WCSH baseball team prepared for the start of spring (1986), JW Holt was firing a shutout (1991), First Baptist was winning a church league basketball title (1991), Anthony Dowell was helping the soccer team to a big win over Cookeville (1996), the Warren County Hall of Fame was electing new members (2010) and the Lady Pioneer softball team couldn’t get over the hump against Shelbyville (2019).
Famous March 24 birthdays
1944 – Denny McLain, MLB pitcher and 1968-69 Cy Young winner
1951 – Pat Bradley, LPGA golfer, US Open winner in 1981
1976 – Peyton Manning, 5-time NFL MVP, UT legend, Super Bowl MVP
1984 – Chris Bosh, NBA All-Star, 2x NBA champion (Miami Heat)
National sports headlines March 24 (AP)
1936 — Detroit's Mud Bruneteau ends the longest game in NHL history with a goal after 116 minutes and 30 seconds (six overtimes) to edge the Montreal Maroons 1-0 in the semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
1941 — Long Island University wins the NIT championship with a 56-42 victory over Ohio.
1945 — NYU battles back from a ten-point deficit with two minutes to go to send the NCAA Tournament national semifinal game into overtime. NYU wins 70-65. At the time, a team got one free throw when fouled near end of game, but could elect instead to inbound the ball. Ohio State is fouled three times, opts to shoot the foul shot and misses each time.
1956 — San Francisco's Bill Russell has 26 points and 27 rebounds to lead the Dons to an 83-71 win over Iowa and their second-straight national title and 55th consecutive victory, then an NCAA record.
1962 — Paul Hogue scores 22 points and grabs 19 rebounds and Tom Thacker adds 21 to lead Cincinnati to a 71-59 victory over Ohio State for its second NCAA basketball championship.
1970 — Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers wins his only NBA scoring title, accumulating 2,309 points in 74 games for a 31.2 ppg. average.
1973 — Kansas City-Omaha's Nate "Tiny" Archibald becomes the first player in NBA history to lead the NBA in both scoring (34.0 ppg.) and assists (11.4 apg.) in the same season.
1975 — Muhammad Ali knocks out Chuck Wepner in the 15th round to retain the world heavyweight title in Cleveland.
1975 — Princeton becomes the first Ivy League school to win the NIT title with an 80-69 win over Providence.
1979 — Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, advances to the NCAA Championship game by squeezing past DePaul 76-74. Bird has 35 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.
1980 — Louisville beats UCLA 59-54 to win the NCAA basketball title.
1992 — Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux becomes the 36th player in NHL history with 1,000 points, getting an assist in the second period of the Penguins' 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
1994 — Kansas State's Askia Jones scores 62 points in 28 minutes in a 115-77 victory over Fresno State in the NIT quarterfinals. Jones shoots 18-for-25 from the floor, including 14-of-18 on three-pointers, and 12-for-16 from the line.
2013 — Florida Gulf Coast goes from shocking the men's college basketball world to downright impressing it. The Eagles beat San Diego State 81-71 to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
2017 — Devin Booker scores 70 points, becoming the sixth different player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics get 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlast the Phoenix Suns 130-120.
2018 — Nathan Chen completes six quadruple jumps in the free program to become the first U.S. winner of the men's world figure skating title since 2009.
2018 — Loyola Chicago romps to a 78-62 victory over Kansas State to cap off a stunning run through the bracket-busting South Regional. The Ramblers (32-5) match the lowest-seeded team (11 seed) ever to reach the Final Four, joining LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011). The South is the first regional in tournament history to have the top four seeds — including overall No. 1 Virginia — knocked out on the opening weekend.