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Two honored at 100th year of Iowa Girls Basketball

Dostal, Moore honored at Iowa Girls Basketball State game

March 8, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) celebrated the 100th year of girls state basketball tournaments last weekend. The Iowa Girls' State Basketball Tournament is the nation's oldest girls' high school state tournament. The first tournament was in 1920 when Correctionville defeated Nevada 11-4.

In January the IGHSAU sent out a request to find the oldest Iowa girls that played basketball in high school. After receiving over 150 entries the IGHSAU decided to recognize all the women 90 years and older.

The oldest Iowa Girl is 104 year old, Velma Maxine McCool who played for Bayard. She was unable to attend the tournament but was still honored. The women along with three guests of their choice were invited to attend the Class 4A championship game at the Wells Fargo Arena on March 2 at 3:00 p.m.

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Virginia Moore stands with daughter Anita Townsley and son L.E. Moore on Saturday,?March 2 at the IGHSAU State Championship Class 4A game. Moore was honored as being one of the oldest living women to play Iowa girls high school basketball.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

Reva (Caster) Dostal 95 from Toledo, who played for Union High School from 1938-1941, was one of the women to be honored. In attendance with Reva were 5 generations of family, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 great,great grandchild, spouses of children and grandchildren, her brother Roy Caster and wife Ann, her sister Betty Posusta, many nieces and nephews and many friends. Reva really enjoyed the day and the game was a real nail biter ending with North Scott beating Marion 50-49. After the game many of those attending then went to Perkins in Altoona to celebrate Reva's 95 birthday and her recognition of the day.

Also invited to the celebration was Virginia Lee Stewart Moore of Toledo, formerly of Rose Hill and Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Moore played for Lacey, Chiquaqua Valley League, as a guard during the 1944, 1945, 1946 and 1947 seasons. Lacey played in the state tournament in 1945 and 1946. Lacey is now part of the North Mahaska Community School District.

Moore's daughter Anita Marie Moore Townsley of Toledo played for North Mahaska during the 6 on 6 years. Townsley is an Elementary School Counselor at South Tama. Moore's son L.E. Moore was also a former basketball player for North Mahaska. He currently teaches at North Mahaska and is the Lady Warhawks Head Varsity basketball coach. His teams have qualified for the State Tournament three times in the past 11 years that he has coached there. They won the Class 1A State tournament with a perfect 28-0 record in 2012. They played in the quarterfinal round of the tournament this year where they met # 2 rated West Hancock.

Twenty eight Iowa Girls were recognized during the halftime of the 4A game on March 2nd. They were treated to complimentary tickets, preferred seating, corsage, charm bracelet and program.

Moore's family including daughter, Anita Moore Townsley, son L.E. and daughter-in-law Sherrie Moore, grandchildren, Allison and Darvin Graham and Ashley Moore Warren and great grandchildren, McLane and Edwin Warren were at the tournament to celebrate with her.

 
 

 

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