GULF HIGH SCHOOL
Girls Basketball History
This page is under very much construction. Contributions are welcome via email to Jeff Miller. This page was last revised on Oct. 20, 2012.
1922-1923On Oct. 5, 1922, the "Gulf High School Notes" column in the New Port Richey Press reported, "We have no equipment at present but we hope that some plan will be devised in the near future for securing basketball outfits, as we wish to organize two teams, one for girls and one for boys. However, apparently no basketball was played during the 1922-23 school year.
On Nov. 9, 1923, the New Port Richey Press printed an item from Gulf High Life: "The basketballs have arrived but the standards have not been put up yet, but we hope to have them up before long. We are also anxious to have the court hard-surfaced. The girls who are going in for basketball this season have been practicing almost every day. We are going to have practice periods every Wednesday. The boys' and girls' athletic association are planning a program, which is to be given next month, for the purpose of raising sufficient funds to hard-surface the basketball court.
1924-1925On Oct. 17, 1924, Gulf Hi-Life reported: "The girls are practicing very hard for a Junior and Senior Basket Ball Team, and some good games are expected soon."
On Nov. 21, 1924, Gulf Hi-Life reports: "The Basket Ball girls have surely been practicing hard this week for the first team. We'll have ’some team' yet. Keep it up girls. The Team will be selected Friday. The girls will be in suspense until then. The manager received a letter from Brooksville asking for a game. Of course we will accept. Come on out 'rooters' and boost the team along. Your support is needed."
1925-1926The 1926 team was the "first winning girls basketball team" and captured the district title, according to the recollection of Eva Stevenson, who said the team "whipped everybody around."
1926-1927On Sept. 3, 1926, the New Port Richey Press reported that Betty Bailey and Ione Hill were manager and captain of the team.
On Jan. 7, 1927, an item titled "Gulf High Notes" in the New Port Richey Press said there would be a basketball game against Dade City Friday night, both boys and girls teams.
1927-1928On Mar. 16, 1928, the New Port Richey Press reported: "The boy’s and girl’s teams journeyed to Brooksville Friday afternoon to play Basket Ball. We girls lost 14-12. The boys won 41 to 6. So ended the Basketball season."
1929-1930On Dec. 13, 1929, the Gulf girls team defeated Zephyrhills 24-11 at home. Gulf’s leading scorer was Ruth Draft. The coach of the Gulf girls team was Coach Shendell, athletic officer of the Paradise Post.
On Dec. 18, 1929, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent reported:
The first inter-scholastic basket ball matches were played on the remodelled open-air court of the Gulf High school Friday night between that school and Brooksville. A large crowd witnessed the games. The girls’ game was lost to Brooksville, 14 to 16. The high point scorer of both teams was Miss Ruth Draft, Gulf High, with 12 points, the next being Miss Burns, Brooksville, with 10. The Gulf High boys won, 14 to 9. Hatton and Kolb were the star cagers, almost equalled by Good and Cook, Brooksville. After the games refreshments were served the players and substitutes at the school and then all repaired to the Knights of Pythias hall, where a dance was given in honor of the visitors by the girls of the Gulf High, the music being furnished by the recently formed high school orchestra. Last week, at Brandon, the Gulf High boys won, 19 to 1, and the girls, 17 to 1. The next match will be played at New Port Richey, girls and boys both, with Zephyrhills high school.
Unknown date. A photo of the girls basketball team appeared in a New Port Richey Press of unknown date with the following caption:
The girls’ basketball team of Gulf high school is claiming the championship of Pasco and Hernando counties, after defeating Dade City, 53 to 13, in the final game of the season. Members of the New Port Richey team are seen above (left to right): Captain Grace Clark, Gwendolyn Pierce, Ruth Draft, Mary Anderson, Ina Anderson, Ina Littell, Selma Wester, Madelyn Littell, Evelyn Stevenson, Dolly Preister, Ella Meeth, Erika Preister, and Mrs. Rachel Kirkman, coach. Ruth Draft is the team’s high scorer.
It is believed that this was the 1929-30 team.
1930-1931On Jan. 16, 1931, the Tarpon Springs Leader reported that the boys and girls basketball teams from Gulf would be playing the boys and girls teams from Tarpon Springs High School tonight in Tarpon Springs.
1933-1934On Feb. 16, 1934, Gulf High School News (a section of the New Port Richey Press) reported: "Friday night the local girls were defeated by the Brooksville girls with a score of 15-7. Gulf high girls who participated in the game were: Nita Witt, Barbara Mitchell, Clara Herms, Rose Frierson, Juanita Black, Rosie Lee Zuber, Margaret Thiel and Ahna Casey."
1935-1936On Feb. 21, 1936, the New Port Richey Press reported that the team defeated Zephyrhills 17-12, in a double-header in which the boys teams from both schools also played.
A picture of the 1936 team shows Coach Williams and Miss Lewis and players Ruth Chevis, Clara Willis, Marion Barck, Margaret Thiel, Bertha Frierson, Eva Anderson, Elora Zuber, Rosalie Zuber, Margaret Hodges, Helen Suhonen, Pauline Chevis, Edna Sheldon.
1936-1937On Oct. 9, 1936, the New Port Richey Press reported, "The Girls basketball team met on Thursday of last week and elected Miss Katherine Kelly as manager for the season. Thirty-four girls have expressed a willingness to join the organization. The meeting brought out the fact that athletic equipment is needed, and that dues should be paid immediately. The first basketball practice was held Tuesday afternoon, under the direction of Miss Sarah Katherine Lewis, coach."
1937-1938On Feb. 18, 1938, the New Port Richey Press reported that the team lost to Dade City 15-1.
1939-1940The team consisted of Ruth Stone, Alice Mae Schotoe, Helen Colgon Hope, Gene Weiskopf Madden, Thelma Teague, Angie Jackson Hatcher, Hazel Stevenson Uzzle, Mildred Falany King, Kathryn Bragg. Coach: Marguerite Marchman.
1946-1947The 1947 yearbook shows Coach A. H. Stevens and team members Mary Elizabeth Frierson, Louise Nichols, Lucy Jones, Doris Connor, Lucille Nichols, Grayce Hurst, Ollie May Fortner, Mozell Smith, Vernice Heinkel, Marylyn Smith, Mamie Jean Harper, Carol Baillie, Betty Sawyer.
1950-1951A Jan. 26, 1951, newspaper article reported that the team lost to Brooksville 42-36.
1952-1953The 1953 yearbook shows coach Pat Tingue and team members Bobbie Potter, Beth Stevens, Arline Beers, Marlyn Gamble, Arlene Freckman, Roberta Sawyer, Shirley Casper, Carolyn Clark, Sylvia Hudson, Jean Hodges, Gail Cassen, Judy Minton, Kay Sue DeCubellis.
1953-1954Coach: Mrs. Jane Morris. Players: Judy Minton, Edna O'Dell, Christine Heinkel, Eleanor Hatcher, Barbara Hatcher, Gail Casson, Kay Sue DeCubellis, Marlyn Gamble, Beth Stevens, Carolyn Clark, Bobbie Potter, Loretta Gamble, Arlene Freckman, Emma Lou Neiderriter, Jo Ann Hodges. Home games were in Sims Park, preceding the boys games.
The team defeated Crystal River 47-44, with Marlyn Gamble scoring 27 points. The team lost to Zephyrhills 45-43, with Marlyn Gamble scoring 30 points.
2004-2005On Dec. 16, 2004, the team defeated Tarpon Springs 104-16, possibly establishing a new school record for girls basketball up to that date.
On Feb. 17, 2005, the team defeated Crystal River 59-48 to advance to the tournament semifinal game. The win brought the team record this year to 25-1. On Feb. 22, Gulf lost the region 3 semi-final to Winter Haven, 68-29. The record for the year was 25-2, under head coach Mike Quarto.
On Nov. 18, 2005, the team defeated Zephyrhills, 101-14.
On Feb. 18, 2006, the team ended its season with a 29-2 record, losing to Bishop Moore Catholic High School 45-33 in the Class 4A Region 2 final. The 29-2 record is believed to be the best in school history, and it was the school’s first region final game. Players included Dominique English, Tiara Cook, Santana Lennon, and Turquoise Sampson. At the end of the season, the team was tied for second in the state in Class 4A rankings. In the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons combined, the team compiled a 54-4 record and did not lose to a county opponent. Head coach: Mike Quarto.
2008-2009The team had a regular season record of 21-4 and was undefeated at home. Head coach: Mike Quarto.
2009-2010Head coach: Mike Quarto. Players include: Nicole Adams, Kianna Mills, Lani Paselio, and Asia Spencer.
On Dec. 11, 2009, the team defeated Anclote 100-2, apparently establishing a record for the greatest margin of victory. Anclote was a new high school with an inexperienced team with no seniors.
On Feb. 5, 2010. Gulf defeated Hudson 63-13 to win the 4A-7 district semifinal. On Feb. 11, Gulf defeated Wiregrass Ranch to win the regional quarterfinal. On Feb. 16, Gulf lost to Wesley Chapel in the regional semifinal game, 29-27.
2010-2011Head coach: Mike Quarto. On Nov. 18, Gulf defeated Hudson 86-6. Players included Nicole Adams, Hannah Kotzen, Lexy Schulman, Cait Corbitt, and Leighlani Paselio. Gulf went 12-0 in district games, winning by an average margin of 47 points. Nicole Adams scored her 2000th career point near the beginning of a game vs Wesley Chapel on Jan. 14, 2011. Play was stopped briefly and Nicole was honored by Coach Quarto.
2011-2012Head coach: Mike Quarto. On Nov. 29, 2011, Gulf defeated Hudson 73-13. On Dec. 14, Gulf defeated Fivay 70-19. On Feb. 14, 2012, the team won the regional semifinal game, defeating Pasco 64-47. On Feb. 18, the team lost the regional final to Bartram Trail, 56-39. Team record: 28-3, under head coach Mike Quarto. Players included Kadejah Saunders, Kayla Kivinski, and Lexy Schulman.
This Time, Kids at Gulf May Not
This article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on March 23, 1994. Mr. Robison died on April 18, 1994.