Entries by Char Borland

Happy National Siblings Day

Although it may seem like an ordinary spring day for some, April 10th is the day to recognize the special people you grew up with… your siblings. It’s National Siblings Day. A sisterly bond is one that can’t be described in words. You are each other’s friend, coach,  teammate and voice of reason (or rebel). […]

Letter From Sylvia Froning Mundt

In late February I received a letter from Sylvia Froning Mundt, a player on the Garrison high school basketball team in 1956. Sylvia played against my mother Carolyn and said: “She dominated the game as an out-forward with her quick moves, fakes and drives to the basket, with only two dribbles.” Here is Sylvia’s letter […]

Info on Glenn Borland Jr.

Glenn Borland Jr., grew up in Oelwein, Iowa, just eight miles from my mother Carolyn. He was adopted by his parents Glenn Sr. and Linda as a three-month-old. Like my mother, he too played and excelled at basketball. He went on to play college basketball for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, where he served as […]

About Maynard, Iowa

Most of the story takes places in northeastern Iowa, where we find the towns of Maynard and Oelwein. Both are small and rural, greatly shaping the lives of the people in this book. In the 1950’s, Maynard wasn’t big enough to have a traffic light. Main Street was only about a block long and the […]

Evolution of Women’s Basketball

Rules Women’s basketball was created in 1891 but until 1990, it was seen as a very limited contact sport. Of course, through the 50’s and 70’s, the sport became extremely complicated and was named “Six on Six.” Here, only 3 girls were forward court and allowed to shoot. The other 3 were guards that had […]

Recap of Trip to Des Moines

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to partner with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) and attend the Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Championship. I not only got to witness great girls basketball but promote my book and what it means to be an #IowaGirl. It was the 100th-year celebration of the […]

History of 6-on-6 Basketball

In honor of attending the 100th IGHSAU’s Girls State Basketball Championships this weekend, here is a brief look at how 6-on-6 basketball began. Iowa 6-on-6 basketball originated in Dubuque in 1898. The rules of the game were transformed by the National Committee of Women’s Basketball in 1899 after a year of playing by 5-on-5 standards. […]

About Angelo Pizzo

Legendary screenwriter Angelo Pizzo has signed on to write the script based on the ‘Maynard 8 Miles’ book. Pizzo, who grew up in Bloomington, Ind., is best known for ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Rudy.’ In his early years, Pizzo attended Indiana University and received his bachelor’s degree in political science, while later attended film school at the University […]

Five-Year Anniversary

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Today, February 11, 2019, marks the five-year anniversary of Maynard 8 Miles being published. As we move forward in this journey, I want to thank everyone who has been involved by either reading the book, sending their words of encouragement or shared their personal stories. I look […]