Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history, pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)
Basketball As told by Pop Henderson Basketball was a little slow coming into Rilev but in the fall of 1918 the Riley Church was bought by John Brown. His son James organized the first basketball team. We practiced twice a week and every Sunday afternoon late in the spring of 1919. We stole the old hand car and went down to Verona for a game only to be defeated 44-8, but in the fall of 1919 we started up and really had a team. The most exciting game was with the Irish Five of Madison. McCormick of the State Journal played with the Irish. The game ended 28-28 and in the five minute overtime Riley won by a score of 30-31. But in the spring of 1920 our gym was struck by lightning and burned down. In the fall of 1920 we turned the Riley Hall into a gym and played for two or three years. When James Brown moved to Verona I took over basket- ball. I organized a school team of boys and a ladies team, the town team and second team in the winter. We played as high as three games on Sunday afternoons. In 1937 we won eight straight games. The graded school with the help of Gay Steens- rud from Mt. Horeb who was teaching the Riley School won 24 out of 25. We defeated Platteville for the championship of wes- tern Wisconsin but lost to Edgerton by a score of 20-22. When I became 44 years old I decided I was too old for basketball and Riley has not had a team since. Softball Softball was a great sport in Riley for a good many years. We played under the lights in good many towns. Our last good year was in 1937 when we entered the state tournament at De Forest and were beaten by a score of 2-0. Royal Neighbors of Riley, Wisconsin Mrs. Earl Riley (Annie Low); Lizzie Henderson; Mrs. John Riley; Thomas Riley; Mrs. Wesley Riley; Mrs. Lester Henderson; Mrs. Emma Riley. Second row: Mrs. Joe Henderson; Mrs. Herman Goth; Lucy Riley; Mrs. Hoffman; Mabel Goth; Mrs. R. Paulson; Mrs. John Deeneen; Mrs. Oscar Heeb (Lizzie McCaughey); Jennie Carden; Nellie McCaughey; Mrs. A. Gust; Mrs. R. Gust.
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