first_imgA local woman, Sally Wilhelm, was a standout in girls’ basketball back in the 50’s.  During this era, there was no NCAA sponsored Women’s Basketball.  If you played basketball at this time in high school, it was called GAA (Girls’ Athletic Association).  In college, women’s sports were under the WAA (Women’s Athletic Association).  It was an intramural activity.Sally played guard for the University of Cincinnati’s varsity intramural team in 1955 and 1956.  Since she was a guard, there are no scoring statistics.  In women’s basketball, you only played one half of the floor.  There was a limit on the number of dribbles you could do and the 3 guards stayed on their end of the floor providing the defense.Now under Title IX, women’s athletics are recognized by the NCAA and they are a regular part of all major collegiate programs.  Because of this, the University of Cincinnati awarded varsity letters to these earlier women athletes presenting them with their varsity letters in 2007.   By the way, Sally also played hockey in college.Sally taught physical education at Batesville High School after her graduation from UC and she coached GAA sports.  Sally is married to Roy Wilhelm.last_img