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ON THIS DAY - March 31
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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.

Jimmy Earle has been in the headlines recently, but he was also topping the Southern Standard sports section back in 1975. Back then, ‘Jimmy Earle Day’ was declared by county judge H.T. Pelham and vice mayor Nestor Stewart.

Earle, a McMinnville native, is famous for his team as head coach of the Middle Tennessee State University basketball team. MTSU recently renamed its arena the Monte Hale/Jimmy Earle Arena.

Going back just one year, Boyd was celebrating its annual banquet with former Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs. On a big night for Vol fans, Dobbs surprised Boyd with a donation of $2,500.

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In other March 31 editions, weight training was beginning under the direction of coach Pedro Paz (1971), the WCHS golf team was getting lessons from coach Joe Wooden (1975), Richard Norrod was grabbing boards (1976), Boyd was holding its Bowlathon (1980), Bobby Newby was getting the Pioneers in gear (1982), Steve Sliger was holding down the backstop for the Pioneer baseball team (1989), City basketball was honoring its league champions (1995), Pioneer baseball was taking down Sparta (1996), Doug Keil was introduced to the board as WCHS Pioneer basketball coach (2000), Boyd earned its first baseball win in two years (2010), WCHS girls tennis was moving to 5-0 (2013) and WCHS softball and Covenant soccer were celebrating victories (2019).

Famous March 31 birthdays


1928 – Gordie Howe, NHL Hall of Famer, 23-time all-star


1969 – Steve Smith, NBA all-star and 2000 Gold medalist

1971 – Pavel Bure, NHL all-star

1995 – Yannick Ngakoue, NFL pro bowler (Jacksonville Jaguars)

2001 – James Wiseman, Memphis star

National March 31 sports headlines (AP)


1909 — Baseball's National Commission rules that players who jump contracts will be suspended for five years. Players joining outlaw organizations will be suspended for three years as punishment for going outside organized baseball.

1923 — The Ottawa Senators of the NHL complete a two-game sweep of the WCHL's Edmonton Eskimos with a 1-0 victory to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in four years. Harry "Punch" Broadbent scores the goal.

1961 — The Pacific Coast League's proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1.

1973 — The Philadelphia Flyers tie an NHL record for most goals in one period, scoring eight in the second period of a 10-2 romp over the New York Islanders.

1973 — Ken Norton scores a stunning upset with a 12-round, split decision over Muhammad Ali to win the NABF heavyweight title. Norton, a 5-1 underdog, breaks Ali's jaw in the first round.

1975 — UCLA beats Kentucky 92-85 for its 10th NCAA basketball title under coach John Wooden. Wooden finishes with a 620-147 career record after announcing his retirement two days earlier.

1980 — Larry Holmes scores a TKO in the eighth round over Leroy Jones to retain his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

1980 — Mike Weaver knocks out John Tate in the 15th round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Knoxville, Tenn.

1985 — Old Dominion beats Georgia 70-65 for the women's NCAA basketball championship.

1986 — Freshman center Pervis Ellison hits two free throws with 27 seconds left to seal Louisville's 72-69 victory over Duke for the NCAA basketball championship.

1991 — Tennessee edges Virginia 70-67 in overtime for its third NCAA women's basketball title. It's the first overtime in the 10 years of the women’s tournament.

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1991 — Brett Hull scores his 86th goal to give him the third-best total in NHL history as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota North Stars 2-1.

1991 — Amy Alcott wins the Dinah Shore golf tournament with a record eight-shot victory over Dottie Mochrie.

1997 — Martina Hingis becomes the youngest No. 1 player in tennis history. The 16-year-old Swiss, who won her fifth title of 1997 at the Lipton Championships on March 29, supplants Steffi Graf in the WTA Tour rankings.

2012 — Ray Whitney passes 1,000 career points with a goal and assist in Phoenix's 4-0 victory over Anaheim.

2013 — In one of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA women's tournament, sixth-seeded Louisville defeats defending national champion Baylor 82-81 in the regional semifinals. It's the final college game for Baylor's Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 star and second-highest scoring player in NCAA history.

2013 — Pete Weber ties Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 win over Australian Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions.

2013 — Louisville overcomes Kevin Ware's gruesome injury and advances to the Final Four with an 85-63 win over Duke. Ware broke his leg in the first half of the Midwest Regional final when he landed awkwardly after trying to contest a 3-point shot.