From it’s reinstatement in 1950, the Maynard girls’ basketball program has included many remarkable individuals. Here you can find brief introductions to several of them that play key roles in Maynard 8 Miles.


  • Bill Mehle – The first coach of the Maynard program after its reinstatement. He led the team through a difficult first year to several winning seasons. He left the program after the ‘53-’54 season.
  • Mell Kupferschmidt – Took over the team after Mehle’s departure. “Coach Koop” led the team to several successful seasons, including the ‘55-’56 state championship. He was admired by his players and always worked to challenge the team while appreciating the importance of team chemistry.
  • Irene Harrington – A third-grade teacher in Maynard, she served as the team chaperone and the team used her home room as their locker room during home games. She helped the team maintain focus by restricting outside access during the heady days at the 1956 State Tournament.


  • LouAnn Nicholson – The oldest of the Nicholson girls, LouAnn was the leading scorer as a senior on the first Maynard team after the program’s reinstatement

  • Betty Nicholson – The second Nicholson daughter was a sophomore on the first Maynard team, and led the team to the district finals her senior year, in which she was also selected third team All-State

  • Carolyn Nicholson – Joined the team as an 8th grader in the ‘51-’52 season. Led the team to a state title her senior year (‘56-’57). First team All-State, Captain of State All-Tournament team. Graduated as Maynard’s all-time leading scorer and state leading scorer for out-forwards.

  • Glenda Nicholson – The youngest and tallest Nicholson sister. Also joined the team as an 8th grader. Leading scorer during the state championship season, and also selected first-team all state her senior year.

  • Marjorie Fish – Oldest of four Fish daughters and member of first post-reinstatement Maynard team. One year younger than Betty Nicholson.

  • Dorothy Fish – In the same class as Carolyn Nicholson, Dorothy was a key part of the Maynard state championship team

  • Barbara Fish – A freshman on the state championship team.

  • Virginia Henniges – A freshman forward on the state championship team, she was a starter and valuable third scorer. She would eventually become Mayard’s all-time leading scorer.

  • Marlene “Snooky” Becker – A senior and Carolyn’s best friend on the state championship team. Snooky was a key defender and usually guarded the opponent’s fastest player.

  • Dorothy Fettkether – A junior on the state championship team, she was a 5’8” guard who usually covered the opponents tallest players.