In 1939, the Tiskilwa High School’s GAA (Girls’ Athletic Association) won first place in the annual state basket shooting tournament sponsored by I.L.H.S.G.A.A. There was no such thing as competitive high school sports for girls in those days. The sharpshooters were (front row, from left) Thelma Knapp (Casper), Miriam Albrecht (Brigida), Artie Lee Rutherford (Markegard), Virginia Vaughn (Richards) and Marjorie Smith (Sinclair); and (back row) Jean Quick (Piper), Audrey Rici, Mary Morris (Kasbeer), Muriel McMahon (Charvat) and advisor Miss Helen Hill (Nora). Thirty-three years later, as part of the Education Amendment of 1972, the passage of Title IX assured that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance ...” While Title IX is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the original statute made no explicit mention of sports.
Down Memory Lane — Gerber
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