The team photo is from the collection of Mother's BFF, Phyllis, with whom I visited last month. Phyllis shared the photo and their 'Basketball Story' with me and now seems like a good time to share with my Family Readers and my Blog Readers.
Thelma and Phyllis finished Country School with the eighth grade. In order to further their education they moved to town and enrolled in Exira High School. Neither one had ever seen a basketball game and new nothing about the skills or rules.
Phyllis remembered their first year in 1941, trying out for the team: "All the town girls had been playing since 3rd grade, so we had to 'bluff' our way through...pretend we knew how to play...it was hilarious...very hard to complete. During the summer, Thelma went to her Aunts in DesMoines, and when she got back she had grown 4 inches. Until then we were the same height...then the Coach paid attention to her and gave her one on one training as a guard. She was the tallest one on the team. Thelma loved basketball."
Like Mother...Like Daughter...20 years later!
Like Grandmother/Great Grandmother...Like Grandsons and Great Grandsons...68 years later.
Thanks Mother...Hoops are in our Genes!
In Loving Memory
My Brother Stacy...Go Duke!
My Mother Thelma...Exira Spartans 1941-43