The game, played at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, preceded the championship game of the fourth annual Sacajawea Invitational High School Tournament, and, in this columnist's opinion, proved that the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union made a serious mistake thirteen years ago, when they abandoned Iowa' s unique six-on-six, half - court brand of basketball in favor of the 5-on-5 full court game that everybody else was playing.
Saturday night's game gave several former 6-on-6 stars a chance to show their stuff, and "the old ladies" looked pretty darn good. The Northwest team took the lead from the start , and hung onto it against a team of trash-talking former Sioux City six-on-six players, whose roster included former Iowa Cornet professional player Mary Schrade and Morningside stars Sue Jones and Amy Wilhelm. Tournament Director John Adams also brought in a "ringer" - Denise Long, the former Union-Whitten star , who once scored more than 100 points in a single game, and averaged more than 60 per game as a senior. Long said she accepted the invitation primarily to see Jeanette Olsen, the former Everly star who scored 76 points against Long's team in the memorable 1968 state tournament game, won by Union-Whitten, 113-107. Long herself "only" scored 64 that night, and her cousin, Cindy Long, was the third-leading scorer in the game with 46 points!
Other former Marcus players who joined former Briar Cliff star Dreckman for the game were Roxanne Schmillen and Terri Frank. Aurelia's Marcia Winterhof scored eight points for the Northwest Stars, and was joined at times in the forward court by Cherokee's Colleen Frank, who played against Winterhof in 1978 tournament action.
Judy Perrin, a guard on that same Washington High team, was also a member of the Northwest Stars, as were two "kids" in the group, guard Amy Hupke, a 1987 Washington grad, and 1990 grad Michelle Reinhardt. Cherokee Washington was also represented by two of the three Northwest Stars' coaches. Doug Woods, who coached here from 1974-77, and Steve Blair, who succeeded Woods, and coached both the six and five-girl games at Cherokee., served as team coaches Saturday , along with former Everly coach (and current LeMars Principal) Larry Johnson.
Tournament director Adams served as the pre-game Master of Ceremonies and, in addition to leading the crowd in the "Happy Birthday" song to 102-year-old Dwight Hauff (A word to Adams: Don't quit your day job), introduced the large crowd to Connie Kraai, who now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia , and her brother Bob, about whom Adams exclaimed, "You look just like your dad," referring to long-time Holstein coach Russ Kraai.
Three of the players from the 1955 Holstein team, including Cherokean Nancy Martin, presented framed cerise jerseys to the Iowa Hall of Pride. The Hall of Pride will display them for a brief time, then return them to the Galva-Holstein school , to be displayed as part of their tribute to the late Coach Kraai.