Pioneer female pro basketball player to be honored

Molly Bolin memorabilia

The first woman to ever sign a professional women's basketball contract got her start at a high school here in the Heartland.

She has never been officially honored at Moravia High School, until now. In the 70s, her classmates nicknamed her "The Machine Gun" playing for the school's varsity basketball team. Back then she went by the name of Molly VanBenthuyzen, then Molly Bolin when she played professionally, and today at 56-years-old she goes by Molly Kazmar. Back in her days as a Moravia Mohawkette, she posted a career high of 83 points and she still holds the school's record today. Molly currently resides in California, but on Wednesday the athlete will back on the court where people first saw her great talent.

"She's an amazing part of women's basketball history and people need to know she was the pioneer," sports memorabilia collector Rich Cummins said. "She was the very first women's professional basketball player under contract for the very first team in the WBL that signed a franchise agreement."

KTVO will be back at Moravia High School Wednesday afternoon when Molly is officially inducted to the wall of fame in the gymnasium she played in 38-years-ago. Molly will also be signing autographs, and the event is open to the public.