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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Anna Koll's Bio

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  • Described as New Orleans’ “Greatest All-Around Girl Athlete” in the 1930s by The Times-Picayune, Koll won the Southern women’s tennis championship twice, the Louisiana women’s title several times and state titles in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. She set Southern AAU records in the 80-meter high hurdles (13.0) and the broad jump (15-11) along with the 50-yard dash and 120-yard hurdles. She was part of the New Orleans team which won the Southern AAU championship for four straight years (1926-29) and in each year she competed, she won at least one individual title. She helped the Wiltz gymnasium win the AAU indoor baseball title three straight years, leading the league in batting each season. She also played on the Wiltz basketball team and made the All-Star Team three straight years. Considered a Louisiana version of versatile female Olympian Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Koll died in 1998 at the age of 93.
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