On this date, April 25: Owen Nolan’s scintillating shot powers Sharks to Game 7 victory

By Gary PetersonST. LOUIS YOU COULD RIGHTFULLY CALL IT the Shot Heard ‘Round the World without overselling its impact on Game 7 of the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against the Blues. As Owen Nolan wound up from just inside the red line Tuesday night, the final seconds of the first period were ticking away. The Sharks led 1-0. But it seemed a paper-thin 1-0. The Sharks scored early, Ronnie Stern poking home the rebound of a wild shot by Marcus Ragnarsson just 2:51 into the contest. Less than a minute later, they went on a power play which yielded several glorious chances to make it 2-0. But no. Roman Turek, the Blues’ goalie, stopped them all, and the game remained 1-0. Not only that, but the pace grew faster and faster as the period unfolded, and you know how a fast-paced style favors the Sharks — like a white belt with matching loafers. Not that you want to turn your nose up at a 1-0 lead after one period of a Game 7 on the road. Still, it had all the earmarks of a Peggy…

Butte’s Noah Zoppi lands with Division I Sacramento State

BUTTE VALLEY — Noah Zoppi was leaning toward attending Bellvue University, an NAIA program out in Nebraska. A scholarship offer was on the table and the sophomore on the Butte College men’s basketball team was set to fly out and visit the campus. But that plan came to grinding halt when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. His flight was immediately canceled and his scholarship offer had been rescinded since he didn’t make a decision on whether or not to join the school in time. “I was getting worried. It was getting pretty late,” Zoppi said about finding his next destination. However, two weeks ago, he heard from his dream school, Division I Sacramento State. Now, the 2018 graduate from Corning High, will be joining the Division I program as a preferred walkon. “I really thought I wasn’t going to go there because they didn’t start talking to me until two weeks ago,” Zoppi said. “I was looking for other schools. It all just worked out and it was an easy decision for me.” In his sophomore year as a Roadrunner, Zoppi averaged16.8 points per game, shooting…

100 years ago: Frequent get-together meetings considered essential

At the firemen’s banquet on Saturday night Chief Crooks, of Corning, made a fine talk in which he urged more gatherings of the kind in which the several communities of this part of the state would commingle. He believed that a strong neighborly feeling should hold the communities together, and suggested that future efforts be made to that end. His suggestion was taken up by others, who developed the importance of the same, and from what was said all that is required to bring the thought to maturity is for the firemen and other public organisations to make these neighborly gatherings popular. There can be no question as to the great amount of good for all communities which would come from gatherings of the kind suggested. — April 25, 1920

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