Radio Iowa – Book on 1956 Maynard state basketball champions could become a movie

A book that highlights the story of a championship Iowa girls six-on-six high school basketball team could become a Hollywood movie.

Brian Borland self-published the book, “Maynard 8 Miles,” in 2014 — just a few years after learning his mother was the star of Maynard’s 1956 title-winning team.

“I didn’t even find out about this until 2006 when there was the 50th year reunion of the Maynard team,” Borland said. “I overheard my mom and dad talking in the living room about, ‘hey, do you want to go to Des Moines? They’re celebrating the 50 year reunion of Maynard winning the state championship.’”

Borland’s mother, Carolyn Nicholson, scored 25 points as Maynard defeated Garrison 62-51 in the championship game. “I started doing research…and then, the story just got better and better,” Borland said. “This is unbelievable.”

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: ‘Rudy’ writer to pen Iowa girls basketball movie

The man who wrote the screen plays for “Rudy” and “Hoosiers” is picking up the pen again to write an Iowa-based sports story.

Angelo Pizzo will write a movie based on the book “Maynard 8 Miles.” Brian J. Borland wrote the book, which tells the story of how the Maynard girls’ basketball team overcame all odds to win the state basketball championship in 1956.

The book’s author plans to produce the project next year. He’ll be joined by former University of Wisconsin-Madison head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan in the project. Ryan has a keen interest in girls basketball.

The movie will likely premiere in Iowa.

WXOW – Rudy, Hoosiers, writer to create screenplay on Iowa girls’ basketball team

Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo had great success with the 1986 basketball movie, Hoosiers.

Then, another success with the 1993 movie, Rudy, the underdog story of Notre Dame football walk on, Dan Ruettiger.

That almost didn’t happen, as Ruettiger said he had to talk Pizzo into writing the screenplay for Rudy, after Pizzo reportedly said he would never do another sports story.

Now, PIzzo is embarking on yet another sports story, and an Iowa farm family and an Iowa girls high school basketball team will be the stars.

Angelo Pizzo will write a screenplay about the 1956 season, which saw the Maynard High School girls win the State Championship, led by Carolyn Nicholson.

The movie will be based on the 2013 book, Maynard 8 Miles, by Brian J. Borland, which highlights an Iowa farm family and the immense impact of 6 on 6 girls basketball in Iowa in the 1950’s.

In a press release, Angelo Pizzo said, “I loved Brian’s book and thought immediately that here was an opportunity to write a sports story from the female vantage point, something I’ve never done.”

Pizzo added, “Very few people know how special girls’ basketball was in Iowa during the ’50s. This book captures that uniqueness in a heartfelt and triumphant way.”

Borland’s book features the remarkable basketball career of Maynard native Carolyn Nicholson Borland, one of four sisters raised on a farm who overcame all odds to win the state girls’ basketball championship in 1956.  In those days, there was just one class for the entire state in Iowa High School Girls Basketball.

That 1956 Maynard state championship team was coached by Mel Kupferschmid, whom would later live in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area for many years.

From Maynard, Mel went on to become the first coach in Iowa to win state championships in 6 on 6 and later, in 5 on 5 girls basketball.

Kupferschmid, whom died in 2013, won three state titles as an Iowa girls high school basketball head coach.

His Maynard teams won state championships in 1956 and 1958.  (Maynard finished as runner up in 1957)  His 1959 team won 58 straight games, but lost in the 1959 title game.

Kupferschmid would later coach at Waterloo Columbus High School, also winning a state championship for the Sailors.

Maynard 8 Miles author, Brian Borland, had a special, personal interest in writing Maynard 8 Miles.

Borland says, “The book tells of Carolyn’s exceptional talent and scoring records, how she led her Maynard High team to overcome huge obstacles and win a state championship, and how she changed the game of six-on-six forever,” Borland said. “It’s also a love story. I always knew my dad played for the Badgers, but my mother was so modest that until I was in the 40s, I never knew she was a superstar and for awhile was the darling of an entire state. When I learned about that, I started researching it, and what a story I uncovered.”

The story also includes the career of Carolyn’s husband, Glenn Borland, who played basketball at Oelwein High, eight miles from Maynard. After graduation, he went on to be a starter and captain of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.

Former Wisconsin Head Coach, Bo Ryan, will co-produce the movie with Brian Borland.

Ryan, who retired in 2015 shortly after leading his Wisconsin team to two consecutive Final Four appearances in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, has a keen interest in girls’ basketball, even conducting seminars and basketball camps for girls in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

“The story is better than ‘Hoosiers’,” Ryan said. “It’s a tremendous human-interest story featuring great life lessons told through exciting basketball action. I read the book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the movie.”

Borland and Ryan plan to produce the project in 2018, with it likely premiering in Iowa.

More information about the book and the project can be found at

Maynard 8 Miles by Brian J. Borland is available on

KCRG – Movie about Iowa girls’ basketball to be made

MADISON, Wis. (KCRG-TV9) – Angelo Pizzo, the screenwriter for the Indiana basketball movie “Hoosiers” and Notre Dame Football movie “Rudy,” has agreed to write a movie script based on the book “Maynard 8 Miles”. The book, by Brian J. Borland, is about Iowa girls’ basketball in the 1950s.

The book follows the basketball career of Carolyn Borland and her sisters winning the state girls’ basketball championship 1956 against all odds.

The book’s author and the former Badgers Head Coach Bo Ryan will co-produce the movie in 2018, likely premiering in Iowa.

More information about the book and the movie can be found at

Wisconsin State Journal – Doug Moe: Life, love and basketball

The real story here is that there was almost no story. Glenn and Carolyn Borland were of an era that did not encourage boasting. Even their kids didn’t know the half of it.
“They just didn’t talk about it,” Brian Borland was saying last week.

On a January day in 2006, Brian was visiting his parents at their home in Madison and overheard them discussing an invitation to return to Iowa, where they had grown up in small towns eight miles apart.

The invite had to do with a reunion of Carolyn’s 1956 high school girls basketball team. Carolyn’s school was in Maynard, population 458.

She asked Brian if he wanted to go with them to the reunion, which would be in Des Moines, site of the high school state tournament.

Brian went to the reunion. What he saw there, what he learned about his mother, astonished him. It set Brian on a course to learn more, which he did, about his parents, and about the phenomenon that was high school girls basketball in the state of Iowa.

At some point, Brian decided it was a story that needed to be preserved. He’s written a book, “Maynard 8 Miles,” just published, that counts among its early admirers Jim Doyle, the former Wisconsin governor. Doyle played basketball for a school team coached by Glenn Borland, and he knew Carolyn, too.

“This is the story they were too modest to tell,” Doyle writes in a foreword to “Maynard 8 Miles.”

It’s a love story and a basketball story, but it begins at a summer softball game. Glenn was 18 and about to head to the University of Wisconsin on a basketball scholarship. Carolyn Nicholson was 16 and getting ready for her senior year of high school. As star athletes, each had heard of the other — Glenn lived eight miles from Maynard, in Oelwein — but they weren’t introduced until the softball game that summer. Before long, they were dating, and married in 1957, when Carolyn joined Glenn in Madison.

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