Alamo Theater Co-eds
Alamo Theator Co-eds, a top amateur women’s basketball team that played in the Chicago area in the late 1930s. The team came together for the 1936-37 season was built with a group of veteran players, namely the sisters, Violet and Evelyn Krubaeck and Madge Kline, who had played together with the May & Malone Girls, and then under shifting sponsorship the Six-Point Co-eds, Rickett’s Restaurant Girls, the Andy Frain Usherettes, T. J. Courtney Girls. Joining the Krubaeck sisters and Madge Kline was veteran Ruth McCracken and a pair of dazzling players, twins Marion and Mercedes DeSutter, north side girls who played for the Hart Motors Girls the previous season.
With such a line-up and under the coaching expertise of William Thompson, the Alamo Theater Co-eds had an excellent season. The team played a regular season in the Windy City League, a semi-pro league that was organized that season, with a men's division and women's division. The women's game was always a preliminary contest to the men's game. The starting lineup for the Alamo Theater Co-eds was formidable, consisting of Violet and Evelyn Krubaeck, Marion and Mercedes DeSutter, and Natalie Young. Alamo had an easy time with the competition in the league games beating for example, Resurrection C.Y.O. 70-14; St. Ignatius C.Y.O., 40-11; T. J. Bowlers, 33-19; St. Ritas, 36-22; and Queen Anne Aces, 28-11. Alamo Theater probably copped the Windy City league title, but it was not reported.
which was crowned by winning in March of 1937 the girls title of the American Tournament, sponsored by the Chicago American newspaper. In the title game, the team easily beat the Queen Anne Aces of Hammond, Indiana, 22-13. Then in the Central AAU championship game, which pitted the American Tournament winner against the three time CYO winner, St. Ignatius, Alamo prevailed easily, 27-10.
The Alamo Theater Co-eds broke up after their spectacular season, and the Krubaeck sisters then joined the Queen Anne Aces; and the DeSutter sisters, Lorraine "Babe" Sisk, and Natalie Young made up the core of the newly formed Bill Rand Girls in the 1937-38 season. Marion DeSutter married Coach William Thompson in 1939.