Sunday, October 18, 2015

41. Gettysburg High School Sports

I played in my first game of football at Gettysburg High School in October of 1945. I didn’t start in that game against the Carlisle jayvees, but I came in as a sub and blocked two extra point attempts. That earned a mention in the Gettysburg Times and a starting position for the rest of the season and the rest of my football career in high school and college.

In 1945, Gettysburg High School was a member of the South Penn Conference for football, basketball, baseball and track. The other schools in the Conference were Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg and Waynesboro. 

While Nancy and I were students at GHS, our teams were competitive in basketball typically winning more games than we lost. In our junior year, we lost to Chambersburg in the Conference Championship game. 

As we reported in previous posts, Nancy played intramural field hockey, basketball and volleyball, because unfortunately, there were no opportunities to compete against other high school teams at that time.

Basketball, when Nancy played, involved three girls on offense (forwards) and three on defense (guards) with a mid-court line neither group could cross. All players were only permitted two dribbles each time they handled the ball. Full court, five players basketball was adopted by girls in 1971.

Nancy and I are amazed at the level girls play basketball today, and I truly believe a good team now could beat almost any boys’ team I played on in high school. Given the size, speed and skills of some of the girls who play basketball now, we wouldn’t have an advantage in any area.

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