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1970-1971 School Year
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1970-1971 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: P. Savage, J. Sanoden, K. Jacques, D. Laughlin, R. Johnson, M. Murry, J. WIgen, F. Curtis. Back Row: Assistant Coach Magdanz, T. Doble, M. Duda, T. Scheele, T. Harrity, S. Foster, D. Nelson, M. Schwartz, Head Coach Mona.

With one year experience for many of the players, improvement was expected by the fans and coaches, Luther Mona and Eric Magdanz.  Things would be tough however.  The conference increased the number of games from 10 to 14.  With 11 teams in the conference, that means each team would play four other teams twice.  With this change, how would that impact the results? Would the Tigers draw weaker teams or would they be forced to play stronger teams based on the luck of the draw?

The Tigers opened the season with back-to-back wins.  First, the eked out a 60-57 win against Southwest.  That was following by a more comfortable win against Marshall-University 72-60.

Off to a great start, South then lost two in a row.  One could argue the loss to Edison was a mild upset since the Tommies finished below the Tigers in the standings.  Edison won 74-56.  Central won convincingly 88-66.

The up and down behavior of the team continued trading wins and losses over the next four games.  South defeated Vocational 66-44.  The Tigers then lost to North65-55.  A fourth win of the season against Roosevelt, 66-61, was followed by a fourth loss against West, 66-48.

South fell below .500 with a loss to Washburn.  The Millers won by the slimmest of margins, 64-63.

After the short losing streak, South went on a four-game winning streak in the conference.  They eked out a 72-71 win over Henry.  That was followed by a second win of the season against Southwest and Marshall-U.  Against Southwest, the Tigers won 74-50.  Marshall-U fell 76-56.  Against Edison, the Tigers exacted some revenge for their earlier loss, winning 86-74.

The Tigers finished the conference season against Central.  The Conference Champion handled the Tigers easily for a second time, winning 78-66.

The Tigers season ended in the Region E-AA tournament.  Hopkins Eisenhower won 75-61.

The Tigers finished in a fourth place tie with West at 8-6, much improved over last season.  Tim Scheele was named to the All-Conference team.