The Cedar Rapids Sizzlers beat the Hot Pink Grannies by a score of 62-39 in the championship game of the 9th annual Granny Basketball tournament, held on the afternoon of June 16 at Valley Southwoods High School, 625 South 35th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa.
The championship game was the culmination of the two-day event which involved teams from the central, eastern and northeastern parts of the state. Members of the Cedar Rapids Sizzlers include Lola Reisner, Susan Cahalan, Diana Marker, Linda Jennings, Charlotte Emerson, Linda Toerper, Lois Henderson, Roberta Lowery, Linda Mceowen, Lori Neblung, Dana Daves, Susan Hartley and Kathleen Sanders. Members of the Hot Pink Grannies include Carolyn Sutton, Judith Harms, Rebecca Webb, Linda Burke, Nancy Henning, Pamela Synder-wymer, Rita Leitzinger, Roxanne Menke, Jewell Chapman, Karen Gideon, Patsy Tallman and Mary Kay France. During the regular season, the Sizzlers were undefeated while the Hot Pink Grannies went five-one.
Granny Basketball is characterized by women age 50 and up playing six-on-six basketball. They wear vintage uniforms from the 1920s. The rules for the game do not allow running or jumping (although “hurrying” is permitted). Each team consists of two centers, two guards and two forwards.
The Granny Basketball Tournament was part of the 2013 Iowa Senior Olympics held at various venues in the Des Moines area. Other events included track and field, cycling, basketball free-throw, table tennis, Pickleball, swimming, bowling, golf, softball and horseshoes.