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March 18

1943 – Washington & Jefferson comes from behind in the second half to upset top-seeded Creighton 43-42 in the first round of the NIT before 17,000 at Madison Square Garden. W&J, which outscores Creighton 13-4 over the final 10 minutes, takes the lead for good on a basket by Ted Mishtal with two minutes remaining. Tom Mears and Paul Konyha score 12 points each for the Presidents.

1961 – Area wrestlers win three of the WPIAL’s four titles at the PIAA Championships at Penn State. Trinity has two champions, Jerry Lattimore (95) and Ricky Kelvington (112). Waynesburg’s Terry Wilson (103) also wins.

1972 – Trinity Ray Dallatore (154) and Canon-McMillan’s George O’Korn (165) win championships at the PIAA wrestling tournament in Harrisburg. Dallatore decisions Dan Persa of Bethlehem Freedom 3-0 and O’Korn pins Berwick’s Mike McCabe in 1:48.

1983 – Annette Stickovich and Lynn Leichliter each score 19 points and Beth-Center becomes the first girls basketball team from Washington County to advance to the PIAA semifinals by defeating Moniteau 64-55 in the Class AA quarterfinals at North Allegheny.

1984 – Tony Lee kicks a tiebreaking 18-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining and Jeff Delaney returns an interception 50 yards for a touchdown as the Pittsburgh Maulers win for the first time in the USFL, 16-7, over the host Washington Federals.

1986 – Washington wins its 21st consecutive boys basketball game, 87-51 over Girard in the PIAA Class AA West Region semifinals. Ron Moore, with 18 points, leads six Prexies in double figures.

1988 – Darrin Walls scores 30 points and Waynesburg defeats Minnesota-Duluth, 68-64, in the second round of the NAIA basketball tournament in Kansas City. The win is the 31st in a row for Waynesburg.

1995 – Ringgold’s Czar Walsh makes a half-court shot as time expires to force overtime, and the Rams go on to defeat Erie Prep, 77-67, in the PIAA Class AAAA West Region semifinals at New Castle. Ringgold, which gets 29 points from Mike Horan, trails 50-40 with 6:47 remaining before starting its comeback.

1999 – Ed Dalton is named head football coach and athletic director at Trinity High School. Dalton comes to Trinity after five seasons at Altoona.

2000 – Penn State senior Jeremy Hunter, a McGuffey graduate, wins the NCAA 125-pound wrestling championship, 7-3, over Virginia’s Steve Garland in St. Louis.

2001 – Titus Ivory and Joe Crispin each score 21 points for Penn State and Gyasi Cline-Heard adds 19 as the Nittany Lions upset No. 2-seeded North Carolina, 82-74, in New Orleans to advance to the Sweet 16.

2008 – Washington & Jefferson’s Kaitlyn Orstein caps her career by winning an eighth NCAA title. She swims the 200 breaststroke in a school-record 2:16.29 and wins by more than two seconds at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Oxford, Ohio.

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