THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN the year 1909.
women don't even have the right to vote. especially these young women, none of whom were of age yet.
what's a young lady to do to get out of breath IN 1909? Oh my!
duhhh.... PLAY BASKETBALL!
1909 -- 110 years before this picture was posted on the internet. One of these girls could be your great, great, great grandma!
MEET THE 1909 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM!
In the 1970s, the "first" girl's basketball team was formed -- they thought! Until this picture came to light, showing the true first team was formed long ago. Was there a team only that year, or were their multiple teams? The answer is lost in the mists of the past. We have only this picture to instigate the thought -- how many teams were there, and how good were they? And did they ever play the boys?....
Photo 164, Basketball team (girls). Top: Eunice Norris Peters, Ellen Snyder Sites, Belle Shorter Poteet, Bottom: Ella Beck Smith, Nelle Schreck Griffing, and Bess Hickman
We don't have a picture of any girls basketball team in the 1920s prior to 1926, but Cleo Aylor Deubelbeiss, Class of 1925, played. Her niece, Susie Aylor Sochor recalled this in 2020. This is 95 years after Cleo's last game. That's what oral history is all about! We remember things that happened that long ago!
Our aunt Cleo Deubelbeiss played. She told stories about playing games in the Opera House.
Cleo is the young girl in the front row, 2nd from left. Photo 8504, shared by Jeanne & Bob Bethel. Bob's Uncle Willis Bethel is back row, far left.
Below in this 1989 photo, Cleo is the lady standing. She graduated 1925, and played on the girls basketball team. The seated lady at far left is Della Bowen Holliman, Class of 1922. Wonder if she did, too!
Darlene Schuster, Marilyn Vongroningen, Janet Lubben, Janice Hestermann, Doris Behrans, and Coach Davis. More evidence of a history of girls' basketball at Table Rock!
1927 - THE LAST GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM AT TABLE ROCK FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS
The names, as written on the back of the picture: Hulda Kuhlman Zelenka, Veda Covault Howell, Verta Johnson Boehmer, Fay Snook, Millie Jasa Briant, Edna Scott, Beulah Trout, Olive Tomek Strohm, & Allie Lang Horton
The girls' teams of the 1970s were good. Oh yeah. Here's proof, a trophy in the school exhibit at the Veterans Museum.
Linda Gottula Mazour remembers helping to win that trophy!
We lost in the Regional game to Diller. We qualified for State the next year . We won the first game against Pleasanton and then lost to Schikley.
the win at the december 1977
A few young ladies got together to form team: Lori Vrtiska, Glevon Covault, Linda Gottula, Nancy Willet, Ella Burger, Donna Branek, Julie Harris, Barb Tomek, Kathy Gottula, Terri Vrtiska, Teresa Dugan, and Deanna Frederick
December 1, 1977, the season opens with a huge ad in the paper.
The following week, a slight correction:
The Tigerettes win their first game!
December 15, 1977:
Jump forward a bit to the holiday tournament, reported in the January 5, 1978 paper: