EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Girls Basketball Pioneer Ostrowski Dies At 51
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Reported by: Mark Martin
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 20, 2013 10:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 22, 2013 4:23 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The State of West Virginia has lost one of its true sports legends.
Mary Ostrowski was a pioneer of girls basketball in the state. In the late 1970s, she led Parkersburg Catholic to three straight state titles and 88 consecutive victories.
It was then, that she went on to the University of Tennessee to play for the famous Pat Summitt. She just missed making the Olympics.
The person West Virginians came to know and love as “Mary O” was a member of three halls of fame, including the University Of Tennessee's and the West Virginia Sportswriters. The state girls basketball Player of the Year award is now known as the Mary Ostrowski Award.
Ostrowski died Friday at the age of 51 after a long bout with cancer.
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