Editor’s note: Due to space constraints, the Warrior Memories column originally scheduled for last Saturday appears today.
Another column will be printed this coming Saturday.
Today I’m continuing my occasional look back at female athletes who demonstrated their ability before the state finally recognized that girls deserved the same types of interscholastic activities as boys had been offered for years.
When you consider that boys’ competition goes clear back to the 1920s or earlier and girls’ competition was not recognized by the state until the 1970s, you realize how unfair it was for a long, long time.
I am sure that 1949 graduate Helen Waterman would be an outstanding athlete in today’s type of competition. I can remember watching Helen participate in lunchtime competition between physical education classes.
During her sophomore year she was on the fourth period PE championship basketball team and the fourth period volleyball team that finished second. She had earned her 100 points for GAA early and by her junior year had the 600 points necessary to become a member of GAC, the girls athletic club and received her block “D” letter.