Aiken High alumni encouraged to attend reunion honoring former women’s basketball teams | Local news

Aiken High School basketball fans are invited to a special ceremony in January honoring women’s teams from the past.

Members of the Aiken High School women’s basketball teams between 1963 and 1976, along with former coach Johanna Gibbs, will meet on Tuesday, January 11.

“Gibbs was a pioneer in introducing women’s basketball to the era we now see with people like Dawn Staley of the USC Dynasty,” wrote AHS alumnus Maria Gregory Taylor in a commentary. Press release.

“In 1963-1976 Coach Gibbs created championship-level teams at Aiken High School, but I bet you didn’t know that some of these talented and sometimes undefeated teams weren’t recognized at the level. State. There were no championship games at the colosseum in Colombia. Only boys’ teams were offered this special stage of the playoffs. In 1975, AHS played in Colombia and won both the State Championship coveted – we were finally recognized, ”Taylor wrote.

The players of this era will join their teammates and alumni at the Aiken High-Airport basketball game to honor women pioneers.

The alumni of the women’s team will gather at 4:30 p.m. for a meet and a special ceremony honoring the group of pioneering athletes will take place between the girls ‘and boys’ basketball games that evening.

All players, managers, cheerleaders and fans of this era are welcome to attend the games and attend a long overdue reunion.

The girls play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys after the special ceremony.

The games are paid events.

Alumni are encouraged to contact a teammate for more information about the meeting.

For more information on Aiken High School athletics, visit acpsd.net/AHS or aikenhighhornets.com.