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ON THIS DAY - March 25
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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.

Nowadays, everybody knows Matt Turner can draw huge crowds to Nunley Stadium. But there’s proof the ol’ ball coach could do it back in 2005 too. In the March 25, 2005 edition of the Standard, Turner was front and center leading over 100 WCMS football players through spring practice.

Preparations for this year's spring practice were starting before schools shut down last week. Turner is still hopeful he can take his current crop of WCHS Pioneers back on the gridiron later this spring.

In the meantime, take a trip back in the Standard vault and read about Turner’s arrival at WCHS and some of his biggest wins of 2019 – DeKalb County, Rockvale and Siegel.

He’s not the only local celebrity who was pictured coaching on March 25. Former sheriff Jackie Matheny is no stranger to the football field, as evidenced by this March 25 edition from 1994.

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Also on March 25, there was Barbara Biles claiming TSSAA all-tournament honors (1974), a new batch of Pioneerettes were selected (1983), A.L. Williams, featuring the Luna family, Franklin Fisher and Dale Stubblefield, was winning a local volleyball tournament (1985), Dodd Mullican was getting hits for the WCSH Pioneers (1992), Brandon Lowry was catching for the Pioneers (1994), Jacob Wilson was beating the Blackman Blaze at tennis (2005), an all-county basketball team was honored (2009), Taylor Grissom led the Lady Pioneer softball team to victory (2012) and Brooks Helton was doing big things for the WCHS Pioneers (2018).

Famous March 25 birthdays


1918 – Howard Cosell, MNF sportscaster

1966 – Tom Glavine, Hall of Fame pitcher, Atlanta Braves (1991 Cy Young winner)

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AP photo - Tom Glavine

1971 – Sheryl Swoopes – WNBA all-star, Olympic gold medalist (1996)

1976 – Wladimir Klitschko, 2-time world heavyweight champion

1982 – Danica Patrick, IndyCar and NASCAR driver

National sports headlines March 25 (AP)

1934 — Horton Smith wins the first Masters, beating Craig Wood by one stroke.

1947 — Holy Cross, led by George Kaftan, defeats Oklahoma 58-47 in the NCAA basketball championship.

1958 — Sugar Ray Robinson regains the middleweight title for a record fifth time with a 15-round decision over Carmen Basilio.

1961 — Cincinnati ends Ohio State's 32-game winning streak with a 70-65 win in the NCAA basketball championship. In the third-place game, St. Joseph's beats Utah 127-120 in quadruple -overtime.

1967 — UCLA, led by sophomore Lew Alcindor's 20 points, tops Dayton 79-64 for the NCAA championship.

1972 — Bill Walton scores 24 points to carry UCLA to an 81-76 victory over Florida State and the NCAA title. The Bruins finish with a 30-0 record and increase their winning streak to 45 straight.

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AP photo - Bill Walton

1972 — Maryland downs Niagara 100-69 in the NIT championship, becoming the first team to score 100 points in the tournament final.

1990 — Pat Bradley becomes the first LPGA player to reach $3 million in career earnings with a one-stroke victory in the $500,000 Turquoise Classic. Bradley, with career earnings of $3,059,768, makes a 2-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Ayako Okamoto.

1995 — Mike Tyson is released from a Plainfield, Ind., prison after serving three years for rape.

2006 — Sixteen-year-old American Kimmie Meissner scores a big upset to capture figure skating's world championships. U.S. champion Sasha Cohen falls apart again in the free skate, winding up third overall behind Japan's Fumie Suguri.

2007 — Cullen Jones becomes the rare black swimmer to claim a world championship, teaming with Michael Phelps, Neil Walker and Jason Lezak on a U.S. squad that wins the 400-meter freestyle relay at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia.

2008 — Tennessee gives coach Pat Summitt her 100th NCAA Tournament win, a 78-52 rout of host Purdue. The win sends the Lady Vols to the NCAA regional semifinals.

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AP photo - Pat Summitt

2011 — The Southwest Regional is the first regional n NCAA men's basketball history with three double-digit seeded teams in the semifinals. Virginia Commonwealth, an 11th seed, beats 10th seed Florida State 72-71 in overtime, and the top-seeded Kansas defeats No. 12 seed Richmond 77-57 in the region's other semifinal.

2012 — In the NBA's first quadruple-overtime game since 1997, Joe Johnson scores 37 points and Josh Smith adds 22 to lead the Atlanta Hawks past Utah 139-133. The four overtimes tie for the third-longest game in NBA history.