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March 13, 2014

Moravia girls' basketball, a tradition

My goal was simple. Do a story on the storied Moravia girls basketball program, it being March and all. I know my mom, Alice Cox Kaster, was told, come and graduate here and we will let you play on cinders, outside most of the time in mostly winter weather. Mom loved basketball, so she said sure, probably more fun than doing outside chores. She boarded in town because there weren’t school buses yet. She was able to go home one weekend a month. She did child care and cleaning jobs to pay her board. It looks like they played about 20 games a season, against teams like Moulton, Mystic, Unionville, Iowa, Rathbun, Blakesburg, Albia and others. She played center, at 5’ 3” coach Tommy Irelan told her she could do it and she decided she could always push her thumbnails in the tall girls’ underarms. Those towns were brave enough to build gyms for their kids. Nobody had much money then. I know Moravia and Mystic had the well-known CrackerBox gyms. I played in them. But they looked pretty good to those who had played outside. Now I think the city fathers and mothers were pretty brave. Times were hard and cash was pretty hard to come by. But they had faith that it would all work out and they would find the money to pay for it. And they did.

That gives you an idea of how hard it was to play basketball in the winter back in the late 20s-30s and until the school was built with a small school gym that lasted until they built the new high school in about 1961 that was added to have the grade school kids all together with the big kids. Now we have had the larger gym for a while and the new enlargement will be even better. I am not sure just where everything will be but we will have an excellent total facility.

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