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1942-1943 School Year
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1942-1943 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Lande, Curns, Hibben. Peterson, Olson, Nord, Gustafson. Middle Row: Anderson, anonson, Hendrickson, Hardeman, Owens, Christopherson, Sabaka, Silverstein. Back Row: French, Larges, Bailey, Howell, Ginsmere.

Luther Mona’s first year as head coach of the Tigers brought an interesting year of basketball to South according to the yearbook.  Mona brought in a new style of play, utilizing all team members.  He stressed that there would not be a “first team” or “second team.”  According to the yearbook, Mona said, “The fact that five fellows start the game does not mean they will be the best players.  By using this method, I find that I can keep the boys fighting for positions.  They would not feel handicapped because of not being on the first team.”

Every player on the squad saw some service.  There should be great experience next year since there were no seniors on the team.

The Tigers opened the Conference season on January 8.  Their opponent, Edison, challenged the Tigers completely.  It seemed as if both teams wanted to win.  South claimed their first victory under Coach Mona, 32-30.  This was the highlight of the season since Edison would not lose another conference game en route to the Conference Championship.

The Tigers mustered the same enthusiasm against West as they did against Edison.  Again, this was a close game but West was victorious 28-25.  The Tigers third game was as close as the first two.  Washburn gave the Tigers a run and in the end, the Millers won 32-27.

The Tigers returned to the win column against the newest member of the Minneapolis Conference, Southwest. South took apart the newcomers to a 40-22 score.

Against, North, the Tigers had a bit of a let down.  The Polars won by seven, 39-32.

After this loss, the Tigers went on a five-game winnings streak to end the season.  Vocational, 37-21, Marshall, 27-26, Henry, 33-19, Central 41-24, and Roosevelt, 29-19, all fell to the Tigers.

The Tigers finished in third place with a 7-3 record.