1914 – First Basketball Games Played At Mahan

The early high school and city athletic clubs played their basketball games at the Mahan gym. Lower Enders who attended Mahan will remember the basketball gym.  The baskets were 7 feet and the ceiling was about 12 feet.  A water troff ran the length of one side of the cement court.  Spectator stands were on the ends of the court.  Frequently the players would shoot the ball bouncing it against the ceiling then making the basket.  Out of bounce occurred when the ball hit the cement side walls.  The Herald Star reported Follansbee opening its 1919 basketball season against Weirton at the Mahan gymnasium.

Kids who attended Mahan school and played on the basketball team will recall the team’s uniforms were green with yellow numbers.

  • Steubenville Herald Star “Follansbee – Open Cage Season…, December 15, 1919, p. 4.
  • Gerald “Peck” Blakley, Oral Interview, Follansbee, July 2008.
  • Parker Berket, Oral Interview, Follansbee, July 2010.