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1930-1931 School Year
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1930-1931 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: Sletterman, Lande, Horlitz, Serigstad, Peterson, Andrews, Russ, Larson, Jorday. Front Row: Agranoff, Velander, McCloud, Mr. Williams, Mitby, Marren, Katz

The South Tigers basketball team, defending conference champion, had all the other schools out to knock them off of their pedestal.  It was the job of Head Coach Evan O. Williams to keep the players level-headed and working toward their goal of another championship

South started the season against Washburn.  The Millers played as if they were going for the title and kept South behind most of the game.  As the game was in its closing seconds, South put up a shot to send the game into overtime.  Unfortunately, the shot did not fall and Washburn upset the Tigers 27-25.

Coach Williams, looking for a more effective scoring punch, moved McCloud to center and Marren to forward.  This lineup worked perfectly against Roosevelt and the Tigers won 36-13. 

South then took on West.  West had not lost a game yet.  The game was very close.  South led in the early stages of the game but West took the lead during the second half.  Ralph Mitby scored a basket for the Tigers to win 18-17.  South was now in a three-way tie for first with Central and West.

South then destroyed Edison in their next game 26-8.  Serigstad and Velander were the stars for South.  Edison only managed two field goals and four free throws in the game.

In a game marred with fouls, South outlasted North 26-24.  The Tigers made 15 of 20 free throws to win the game. 

McCloud’s 12 points let the Tigers in their next win over Marshall, 36-23. 

The next game would be for the Conference Title.  Both Central and South had only one loss.  The winner would claim the conference championship. The 1931 South yearbook said the two teams played before the largest crowd ever to witness a high school basketball game.  The game was not close, with the Tigers taking control and never looking back on their way to a 30-14 victory.  The yearbook said McCloud and Mitby closed their high school careers by playing beautiful basketball. 

The Tigers ended the regular season as Conference Champions for the second consecutive season.