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1964-1965 School Year
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1964-1965 Varsity Team Photo. Front Row: T. Clausen, G. Petrich, M. Carlson, P. Perkins, R. Petrich, H. Hardeman. Back Row: Coach Thayer, T. Capra, D. Larsen, S. LaBelle, M. Miller, C. Johnson, Coach Mona. Not Pictured: Dave Huggins.

After last season’s debacle, the only place for the Tiger basketball team to go was up.  Coaches Luther Mona and Jerry Thayer believed they would improve with the experience of the returning players and the success of the Sophomore team.

However, the injury bug hit the Tigers.  Dave Huggins missed half of the season with a back injury.  He returned as the District playoffs began.  Stan LaBelle missed games because of a leg injury. 

The Tigers opened the season travelling to Lindstrom-Center City.  This is the hometown of Mr. Thayer.  Both teams played a good game, with the Tigers coming out on top 77-73. South then took on St. Paul Harding.  Again, this was a close game, however, the Tigers lost 53-50.

The Tigers then opened their conference season against Edison.  The Tommies showed why they were the conference champions winning 72-57. 

South won its first conference game against Vocational.  This was an easy win, 53-40.

The next three games were losses.  Central won 59-52 in a close game.  Roosevelt won 75-54.  Marshall added a 50-38 beating on the Tigers.

South doubled their wins from last season with a 20-point win over Southwest 64-44.  They tripled their wins in the next came, defeating Henry in a close game, 51-47.

South lost their last four conference games.  First came a loss to West, 68-45.  Against North, the Tigers played tough but fell 46-41.  Washburn gave South a thrashing, winning 69-38.

The Tigers also played four other non-conference games.  They won all of the games.  Against Austin, both team played and even game.  The final was 77-73.  South destroyed Minnehaha Academy 81-47.  Again, the team played a tough game against St. Thomas and won 56-53.  Against Howard Lake, the Tigers won 70-61.

In the District 17 playoffs, The Tigers won their first game, beating West 79-50.  South’s season ended against Roosevelt with a 73-60 loss.

The Tigers again finished in last place, tied with Southwest, with a 3-7 conference record.  Overall, the team was 9-9.  Even though the team finished last again, they improved and are expecting to improve again next season.