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1953-1954 School Year
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1953-1953 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: G. Sundboom, R. Sandhofer, R. Horn, W. Richards, I. Kadiesky, D. Sefcik. Front Row: G. Anderson, T. Rossum, D. Nelson, K. Zuehlsdorff, J. Mathews, G. Osum, R. Randazza.

After last season’s improvement, South hoped to contend for the conference title.  Coach Luther Mona only scheduled three “pre-season” games. 

The first was against St. Louis Park.  Park dominated the Tigers 65-40, showing South that there was a lot more work to be done before starting against the city schools.  Against Austin, the team closed the game but still lost, 69-59.  The Tigers scored their first win against Wayzata.  South won going away, 66-45 and they felt they were ready for the city competition.

The Tigers opened city play against North.  North showed why they were the favorite to win the title totally dismantling the Tigers 66-46.  North would eventually end the season in first place with a 10-0 record.

South evened the city record with a win against Vocational.  This was a close game and only one basket separated the two teams, 45-43.

South then lost two more games before winning their second.  The losses to Henry, 64-48, and Marshall, 51-42, hurt the Tigers chances at contending.  The team bounced back to defeat Southwest 60-34.

Four more losses demoralized the Tigers.  Even though they scored 50 points against West, West scored 55 to win.  Washburn followed with a 53-40.  Roosevelt won 49-38.  Central then won 50-39. 

South finished the season with their last win, a nail-biter over Edison 43-41.

Unfortunately for South, they drew the undefeated North in the District 17 playoffs.  North easily won, 60-47.

South finished with a 3-7 conference record and a 4-10 overall record.  They finished in a disappointing eighth place.