Moment in time
The State Fairgrounds Coliseum was the scene of the district championship basketball game in 1937.
The State Fairgrounds Coliseum was the scene of the district championship basketball game in 1937. The playoff between Central High School and the Grandview Bobcats drew a crowd of more than 4,000 people.
Central High School's Pirates entered the game a heavy favorite and gained a commanding lead of 15 points in the first quarter.
By halftime, the Cats trailed 31-20. After the intermission, the Bobcat team gave the Grandview spectators a thrill to remember as they came within four points of defeating the Pirates. There were moments in the last period of the game when the Bobcats trailed by only three points.
The Central team froze the ball in the final minutes, and Grandview was unable to catch up, losing by a final score of 59-55. Though the district championship basketball game was the main attraction in the coliseum that night, two 3-year-old children delighted the spectators during halftime.
Mike Woodward (pictured) appeared on the court with a basketball and proceeded to dribble the ball from one end to the other, each time attempting to toss it through the hoop. Although the ball never went much higher than the player's head, the crowd roared with their approval.
Dona Maria Woodward (no relation) stood on the sidelines cheering the Grandview players on to win.