|Although, individually unidentified, the 1921 |
Elk River Women's Basketball Team included:
Rosie Roggatz, Maria Taplin, Esther Cornelius,
Althea Gould, Evelyn Bressler, and Agatha McBride
Referencing the earliest yearbooks available in the collections of the Sherburne History Center, the Elk River High School Women’s Basketball Team stands proud in 1921 and 1922. Unfortunately, their record seemed less than stellar. In 1921 they posted a 1 and 4 record, and in 1922 their record ended at 2 and 4. The simple fact that they played remains the important detail. Not only Elk River, but Buffalo, Princeton, Anoka, and Monticello all organized women’s basketball teams.
Central Minnesota High Schools presented some forward-thinking opportunities in the 1920s. Years before federal law prohibited gender discrimination in high school sports, Elk River and others provided equal opportunity.