Ending the Season With a Loss

norwalk-lost-both-games-3-1-1907One-hundred and ten years ago today, both the boys and the girls basketball teams at Norwalk High School suffered losses in the last extramural game of the 1906-07 season. But they were close games, according to The Norwalk Daily Reflector and The Norwalk Evening Herald. What else would they say?

The boys played Fremont in what for that time was a high scoring game: the final being 34-30. Fremont, according to The Norwalk Evening Herald, claimed to have the best high school basketball team “between Cleveland and Toledo.” Knowing you lost to the best might have taken away some of the sting–but it was still a loss.

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“Old” Norwalk High School

In a rematch on their home court against their nemesis from Clyde, the girls team once again lost a close one, this time 13 to 10. After the game, the Norwalk High School Athletic Association hosted the visitor at a reception where “sandwiches, fruit, cake and chocolate were served.” Unlike the previous meeting at Clyde, no there was no dancing.

Although there would be no more games against other high schools for the season, basketball was not over for Norwalk High School. Inter-mural Championship games were scheduled for later in the month. I’ll post about those at the appropriate time.

But next, we’ll resume our series about the girls basketball coach Minnie Cleghorn, and the “Athletic Girl” movement of the time.

 

Sources:

“High School Teams Beaten,” The Norwalk Evening Herald, 3/2/07, page 4, column 4.

“Norwalk Lost Both Games,” The Norwalk Daily Reflector, March 2, 1907, page 3, column 3.

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A Norwalk Weekend: Rough Basketball Play and a House Party

After his success serving as toastmaster for the Republican McKinley Banquet, Congressman-elect Jay Laning did not rest on his laurels, but headed out of town on a business trip. He left town shivering from near zero temperatures, but returned on Friday to more balmy weather, and a town ready to enjoy the weekend.

jolly-fiveBasketball was on the agenda. The weekend had started early for sports, when a newly formed group of young men who called themselves the Jolly Five lost to the Fremont Halycon in a game so rough that the Norwalk forward dislocated his shoulder.

The Norwalk boys team also had a close, physical game at the High Schools hall Friday night, losing to Sandusky 14 to 13. A sophomore-freshman championship followed that game, and the sophomores embarrassed their juniors, 59 to 2. At what point did the spectators melt away, I wonder.

Three students of the Norwalk High School Class of 1907 did not stick around for these games, however. Sarah Barnett, Cleo Collins, and Alice McCammon, accompanied by Norwalk High School alumnus Sophia Harkness left on the four p.m. train to Steuben for a house party hosted by Miss McCammon.

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Sarah Barnett

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Cleo Collins

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Alice McCammon

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Sophia Harkness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

“Play Good Game,” The Norwalk Evening Herald, February 1, 1907, page 4, column 3.

“Sandusky Won,” The Norwalk Daily Reflector, February 2, 1907, page 1, column 1.

“House Party at Steuben,” The Norwalk Daily Reflector, February 2, 1907, page 1, column 2.

 

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