Girls basketball has come a long way since 1912, as reflected in historic photo

We’ve been looking at womens sports today—and yesterday—in the aftermath of the 2020-21 Pelican Rapids Lady Vikings success. The girls basketball team won its second consecutive Section championship—both years with exciting victories over Fergus Falls.
The 2021 girls went to the first round of the state tournament, and were shut down by Albany, 41-12 on March 30. But the victories over the much larger school, Fergus Falls, are the stories motion pictures are made of. Also, the girls have compiled a record of 80 wins and four losses over three seasons, dating back to 2019.
In the April 1 edition of the Press, we published an article about the girls teams of the 1970s, when girls sports really took a modern form—following the 1972 Title IX legislation, which ensured equal opportunity for womens sports nationwide.
Pictured above, a look back at girls basketball. We know virtually nothing about this photo, except that it was in a batch of Pelican Rapids area images—so we’re 99 percent sure it is a Pelican girls team, from 1912. Note the woman holding the ball—with what appears to be a whistle in her mouth. She was either the coach or a referee in this picture, presumably staged in a Pelican photo studio.
Right , a team picture of the 2021 Lady Vikings, who finished the season with a 22-2 record.
Front row, from left: Manager Megan Guler, Zoe Kekaha, Kia Nelson, Hazel Haugrud, Morgan Korf, Manager Arianna Hovland.
Middle row, from left: Rachael Guler, Chloe Paulson, Anna Stephenson, Greta Tollefson, Allie Haiby, Vanassa Booth, Mia Stewart.
Back row, Coach Cody Shaffer, Coach Brian Korf, Sophia Paulson, Claudia Gurath, Thea Olson, Ellie Welch, Anna Roisum, Tori Stephenson, Kelsey Isaman, Coach Lance Roisum, Coach Amanda Belz.