Jayne Solinger


Daughters of the game

Tuesday night in the small southern Minnesota town of Grand Meadow, about 30 miles southwest of Rochester, the Grand Meadow Larks high school girls basketball team opens its season against Spring Grove. The girls take the court in the long shadow of Grand Meadow girls' teams of an earlier era -- teams that compiled a 94-0 record between 1929 and 1939. That record has not been touched by any boys or girls high school basketball team -- before or since.

The unparalleled success of those Grand Meadow teams has become a footnote in a larger piece of history lost -- the fact that girls' basketball flourished in the early part of the 20th century before it was banned.

UConn too much for Gopher women

The captivating season of the University of Minnesota women's basketball team ended Sunday night at the NCAA Final Four semifinal in New Orleans. The University of Connecticut beat the Gophers 67-58. The game marked the end of the college basketball careers of seniors Lindsay Whalen and Kadidja Andersson. Throughout its run to the Final Four, the Gophers gained a reputation for a relentless style of play and a loud and loyal group of supporters. That's also the way their run ended.