Excerpts for this post come courtesy of our friend and former colleague, Chris Otto, and his Papergreat blog.
It seems that the Bulldogs girls' basketball team during the 1926-27 season was something of a dream team. According to this post on Papergreat, which quoted snippets from the Wesyoratette yearbook, West York outscored its opponents, 622-390. It also was a part of a four-team girls' scholastic league in York County (along with Red Lion, Wrightsville and Glen Rock). Here's more from Papergreat:
"It was in this League that West York played the best games of the season, and was one of the title contenders for the Cohen trophy. The officials of the league decided not to have a play-off and accordingly each of the three teams, West York, Red Lion, and Wrightsville received a separate cup. This cup was the first trophy ever brought to the high school by a basketball team and was a fitting reward for the unique records made by the tossers."But most impressive are the stats on team captain, Helen Myers. According to the yearbook, she scored 503 points all by herself -- 10 less than the entire boys' team.More about Myers on the jump ....Myers was a scoring machine. According to the yearbook, she held the state record for points in a game with 61, then she proceeded to break that by scoring 75 points in a game.
Here's an excerpt from the yearbook on Papergreat:
"During the entire four years of Helen's sojourn in High School, she has been a member of the varsity basketball team and for the past two seasons has held the position of Captain. During the first three years of her membership on the team her regular position on the floor was center. It was only during this past season that she occupied the position of forward.
"Thus on March 30 in a game versus the Manheim High School team Helen played for the first time in her new position. However, she inaugurated herself into this new position by scoring a total of 61 points out of the teams 73, making 30 field and 1 foul goal. This feat was claimed as a record and the story of her prowess was carried throughout the entire state and county in papers and magazines. It was not only in this game that Helen starred but in all the remaining games of the schedule.
"In a later game with the team from Hallam High School, Helen broke all state records by scoring a total of 75 points, all but two of the total points made by her team. Because of this feat she is now holder of the State record of individual scoring."
We'd love to know more about this team or Helen. Can any of our readers help? And be sure to read the rest of the post over on the Papergreat blog.