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Rantings and Ravings

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Some of you may have noticed that I have re-invented myself once again by becoming a sports writer. As with everything else in my life I have taken on, it's something I hadn't tried yet.

Watching the Carbon girls and the College of Eastern Utah women play, it reminds me of how attitudes about girl's sports have changed since I was in school.

I went to high school in the early 70's. I came from a medium size town that had a large high school. When I was in junior high, there were no opportunities for girls to participate in organized sports.

All we had were intramurals.

Then came "Title Nine." Our school was forced to look at adding girls sports to their teams. We were first graced with golf, tennis and swimming. The school didn't want to move too fast.

I joined the swim team even though I didn't know how to swim very well. I swam the longest race which was 25 laps of the pool. The top three finishers placed. Most of the time there were only three of us in the event. All I had to do is finish. I always did and often times got a standing ovation because the crowd was so relieved I hadn't drowned.

The next year we threatened to join the boy's basketball team and the school added track, basketball and softball. I made the girl's basketball team even though there were 85 girls who tried out.

In those days there were Iowa basketball rules. We played with six players. There were three offensive and three defensive players to a team. You had to stay on one side of the court or the other. Two dribbles were all that was allowed. It was a passing game. We hated the style and wanted to play like the boys, but what could we do?

As the sports teams succeeded we qualified for school letters. Again we wanted the same as the boys, but the school ruled that we needed feminine letters instead. They designed a badge with a scripted B (our school initial).

There were a few cool girls who went out for sports, but cheerleading was still where it was at. I was a tomboy. There were few scholarships awaiting us if we were successful.

Now I watch the girls play and they are some of the school leaders. It seems to be common for the girls to go out for sports. Girls in general also seem to be more active in all forms of recreation.

I am glad for the change in attitudes, but I am also a bit jealous as well. Good luck with all the sports teams in our area. Even if you don't win a championship, you have gained by being part of a team effort and challenging yourself to achieve.

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