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1969-1970 School Year
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1969-1970 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Tim Harrity, Doug Nelson, Ken Jacques, Marty Duda, Mark Swartz, Mike Furst. Middle Row: Coach Mona, John WIgens, Randy Johnson, Fred Curtis, Dan Laughlin, Coach Petrich. Back Row: Tim Scheely, Keith Hardeman, Tom Doble, Greg Zipoy, John Hardeman, Marty Hultman.

A new twist to the 1969-1970 basketball season was unveiled when the team met the coaching staff.  For the first time in South history, there would be two assistant coaches working with Head Coach Luther Mona.  Returning Assistant Coach Eric Magdanz was joined by Ron Petrich.

The team hoped to move to the top of the standings, which they have been denied the previous two seasons.  The Tigers though were a very young team, with a few returning players.

The team opened the season with a non-conference game against St. Paul Johnson.  Johnson’s more experienced team gave the Tigers a lesson on teamwork and determination, winning 62-46 over South.

South opened the conference season against Roosevelt.  The Teddies also ran over the Tigers en route to a 65-52 win.

South won its first game of the season against West.  This close game was decided in the final minutes with the Tigers winning 69-64.  Washburn then sent the Tigers packing in a 63-51 game.

The Tigers and Patriots faced off next.  This was the highest scoring game of the season for South, giving the Tigers an 82-71 win and evening their record at 2-2.  South moved to the positive side of the standings with a win over Southwest 79-67.

Things were looking up for the Tigers, but a four-game losing streak broke the Tigers’ back.  A 58-43 loss to North began the streak.  That was followed by being upset by Edison 67-53.  Edison only won two conference games all season!  Conference Champion Central handed the Tigers their next loss, 70-53.  South fell then to Marshall-University 58-38.

The regular season ended with a victory against Vocational. Vocational tied with Edison for last place.  The Tigers barely won, 59-55.

In the District 17 playoffs, South opened with a rematch against Vocational.  This time, the Tigers dominated the game, winning 64-47.  The second game of the District tournament saw South take on Washburn.  Even though this was a close game, South’s season ended with a 64-60 loss.

The team finished the season with a 4-6 record, tied with Roosevelt for seventh place.  After the season, Keith Hardeman, who led the team in scoring, was named to the All-Conference team.