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1943-1944 School Year
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1943-1944 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: H. Isakson, R. Sabako, R. Anonsen, R. Koval, Coach Mona, R. Kimmerstad, M. Wolden, D. Olson. Front Row: E. Forslin, L. Hardeman, G. Gustafson, J. Peterson, E. Hendrickson, C. Homo, R. Nord.

South began the season as one of the favorites for the basketball crown for 1943-1944.  Coach Luther Mona had the entire team from last season, who placed third, returning.  The team did their best not to disappoint their fans. 

As World War II is raging in both Europe and the Pacific, the Tigers were doing their best to help keep the home front moral up, while waiting to hear from loved ones fighting over seas.

South opened their conference season against West.  South took control from the beginning and won easily 36-27.

The second game, against Washburn would not be so easy.  The Millers and Tigers fought back and forth.  The lead changed often.  At the end, South won, 39-38.

South then took on the newest member of the conference, Southwest.  Southwest improved greatly since last season and the Tigers were in for a fight.  South won, but the score was a close 34-29.

The Polars were expected to give the Tigers a great game, but either the Tigers played really well or the Polars played bad. (One would like to believe both happened).  South won easily 39-26.

The next two opponents were easy pickings for the Tigers.  Vocational fell 37-18 and Marshall fell 34-21.

Going into the game against Henry, both teams sported a perfect record at 6-0.  This game would be for the conference title, even though both teams had three games remaining.  This game was everything that was expected.  Both team gave it their all and played excellently.  It was a shame one team had to lose.  The final score was 39-38.  The Patriots won and would eventually claim the title.

Going into the last games, South could have had a letdown, but they bounced back.  Central played a good game but not good enough to beat the Tigers.  South won 39-31.

The Roosevelt gave was easy for the Tigers.  The Teddies tried to keep up with the Orange and Black, but fell 37-24.

Before the last conference game, South took on St. Paul Monroe.  In this game, South scored their highest point total of the season in winning 51-34.

The last game of the season was against Edison.  The two team fought a close, hard game.  South eventually won, 38-34.

Since South finished in second place, they would play the St. Paul second place finisher in the Twin City game.  The Tigers, 9-1, took on St. Paul Washington.  This was a close game, and South won 37-33.