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1951-1952 School Year

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The 1951-1952 Tigers had one of the more vigorous schedules in recent years.  The team, under Coach Luther Mona, who began his 10th season as Tiger head coach, became the person who has coached the Tiger the longest. South opened with seven non-conference games before hitting the city teams.  These seven games would test the Tigers to see if they really were ready for the still conference competition.

The “practice games” as they were called, had the Tigers opening against Albert Lea.  The team was still working out some bugs as they fell 61-45.  Austin was played closer, but again the Tigers lost, this time 57-50.  The scores were getting closer, a sign that the Tigers were improving.  Against Montevideo, the Tigers again lost, but by a closer 50-45. 

The next game would be against the team from the island, DeLaSalle.  The Tigers sank in this game and lost 55-31.  They would play one more game against DeLaSalle and also lost that one 61-41.

The Tigers did manage two wins in the non-conference games. Both games were settled in the last seconds.  Against St. Cloud Cathedral, the Tigers won 42-40.  In a high-scoring affair, the Tigers beat Wilmar 64-62.

The Tigers opened the conference season against West.  This was a close game and the fans were on their feet for most of the second half.  South claimed its first conference win, 40-36.

However, after playing West, the bottom dropped out.  The Tigers lost eight of their next nine games, including seven in a row before winning the second game of the season!

South played Henry close, but lost 41-39.  That was followed by a total dismantling of the Tigers by Central, 58-26.  Vocational then piled on 60 points winning 60-51.  The Tigers played Edison close, but lost 56-52.  The Teddies were not cuddly against the Tigers as Roosevelt won 48-43.  North then won 50-46.  Southwest was the last of the seven consecutive losses.  Southwest won 43-38.

South’s second win of the season came with two games left against Marshall.  Marshall finished the season in last place, win no wins.  South took out all their frustrations of a long, disappointing season on Marshall and won 58-39.  However, a disappointing loss to Washburn in the last game of the season, 48-47, ended the year.

South finished in a tie with Southwest in second-to-last place, only ahead of Marshall.