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.
It was a different day, but same story when looking back on highlights for March 27. On March 26, 1973, the Lady Pioneers were celebrating a second-place finish in the state tournament. It was the same headline on March 27, 1972.
The Lady Pioneers were beaten by Lewisburg in the state finals, the first of back-to-back years where the Warren County Senior High girls would fall just short of a championship.
There was still plenty of hardware to hand out though. Gwynn Taft, Bernadette Womack, Nadine Wilson and Kaye Bouldin were all named to the All-State tournament team.
Also back in 1989, current WCHS baseball coach Phillip King was in the news. Back then, King was playing third base for the Pioneers. It took over 30 years, but King is now back home.
In other March 27 editions of the past, Royce Wingert was swiping home against Grundy County for the Pioneers (1974), Kyle Jones was celebrating his first home run with Buddy Majors (1981), Gary Cope was throwing heat for the Pioneers (1989), Jeremy Woodside and Dathan Todd were named to the all-tournament basketball team (1994), Susan Holt and the Lady Pioneers beat Sequatchie County (1994), David Whitaker was getting jacked (1998), WCHS soccer slammed Oakland (2005), WCHS baseball picked up a walk-off win (2005), Coaching turnover was happening at Boyd and WCHS (2009) the WCHS Lady Pioneers and WCMS baseball team picked up victories (2013) and WCHS Rugby was getting started (2015).
Famous March 27 birthdays
1939 – Cale Yarborough, four-time Daytona 500 winner
1958 – Barn Connor – Olympic medal-winning gymnast (1984 gold)
1963 – Randall Cunningham, NFL all-pro QB
1979 – Michael Cuddyer, MLB all-star
1986 – Chris Lofton, UT All-American basketball player
National March 27 headline stories (AP)
1939 — Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33 in the NCAA's first national basketball tournament.
1942 — Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.
1945 — Oklahoma A&M defeats New York University 49-45 for the NCAA basketball championship.
1951 — Bill Spivey scores 22 points to lead Kentucky to a 68-58 win over Kansas State for the NCAA basketball title.
1971 — UCLA defeats Villanova 68-62 for its fifth NCAA basketball title.
1978 — Jack Givens scores 41 points to lead Kentucky to a 94-88 victory over Duke for the NCAA basketball title.
1983 — Larry Holmes wins a unanimous 12-round decision over Lucien Rodriguez to retain his world heavyweight title in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
1991 — Kenny Ammann scores 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Stanford capture its first NIT title with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma.
1994 — Donna Andrews sinks a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Dinah Shore by one stroke, her second straight victory and first LPGA major.
1998 — Michael Jordan scores 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 89-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks before 62,046 at the Georgia Dome — the largest crowd in NBA history.
2003 — Russia's Evgeni Plushenko wins his second world figure skating title, edging American Tim Goebel.
2005 — In the NCAA men's basketball regional finals, Michigan State makes the most of its second overtime against Kentucky, pulling away 94-88. This is the first time three regional finals go to overtime.
2005 — Annika Sorenstam wins the Nabisco Championship by eight shots over Rosie Jones. It's Sorenstam's fifth win in a row over two seasons, tying a record set by Nancy Lopez in 1978. It's also the 59th of the Swede's LPGA Tour career and her eighth major championship.
2007 — Dallas beats New Orleans 105-89 for its 21st straight victory over the Hornets. The Hornets' losing streak is the longest for one team against an opponent in the NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB. The Mavericks last loss in the series was Nov. 17, 1999, in Charlotte.
2010 — Al Shemali, a 40-1 shot, captures the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, pulling away for an easy win in the Dubai World Cup.
2010 — Joe Mazzulla scores a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and West Virginia beats Kentucky 73-66 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Butler, behind 22 points from Gordon Hayward, defeats Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final to reach the Final Four.
2011 — Jamie Skeen scores 26 points and Virginia Commonwealth delivers the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament, a 71-61 win over No. 1 seed Kansas in the Southwest Regional final. The Rams are the third 11th seed to make the Final Four. Brandon Knight scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Kentucky restores some order to the Final Four with a 76-69 win over second-seeded North Carolina in the East Regional final.
2011 — Miami's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh accomplish something that hadn't been done in more than 50 years. All have 30-10 nights — James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh with 31 points and 12 rebounds and Wade with 30 points and 11 boards — as the Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119. It's the first time since 1961 that three teammates finish with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a regulation game.
2013 — The Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak is snapped by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates falls short. The Heat finish six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
2014 — Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera agrees to a baseball-record $292 million contract over the next 10 years with the Detroit Tigers,
2014 — The 76ers tie the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia matches the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA's worst skid.