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Retro warmups create tradition for girls’ basketball team

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“Our season is finished at this time, and we ended with a 13-9 record,” Balcom said. Photo courtesy of GL Girls Basketball.

The girls’ varsity basketball team still refers to the 20-plus year old warm-ups from time to time for their game day apparel. The girls on the team like to call them the “retros” because they are so outdated and unflattering.

“They are this weird maze-yellow with dark blue stripes across the midsection. There are really no sleeves–it’s all connected to the waist so it looks like a flying squirrel. The bottoms are the same disgusting yellow, and they are the snap ones you can pull off,” said junior and varsity basketball player Jessica Wakley.

Though they aren’t the athlete’s primary warm-ups, the team is still expected to wear them on specific game days.  

“We refer to the yellow warm-ups as our ’throw back or retro’ warm-ups, similar to the way many professional sports teams will use older versions of their uniforms,” said Gull Lake High School physics teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach Mike Balcom.

Professional teams wear old uniforms and warm-ups to make more money by having more things they can sell. The girls basketball team just does it for fun, according to Balcom.

The main navy and white uniforms and warm-ups are replaced every three years provided and financed by the Gull Lake Sports Boosters, while the older ones are passed down to JV and then the freshman team in a rotational basis.

“It’s just a tradition that we wear them twice a year,” Wakley said.

Once or twice a season, the girls on the team decide when they want to wear the retro warm-ups.


My name is Lexi Warren, I'm a senior this year. This is my third year on the Reflection staff. I play varsity girls tennis for Gull Lake High School. I work at Gull Meadow Farms in for the fall season and up until Christmas. I have two older sisters and an older brother. This year I'm taking college classes and a Teacher Academy Education for Employment (EFE).


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