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1974-1975 School Year
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1974-1975 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Frank Abrahamson, Brad Post, Augie Pacheco, Mike Bergquist, Bob Torgerson, Willie Flowers. Back Row: Kip Berg, Lee Chayer, Dennis Gullickson, Brett Anderson, Chuck Svoboda, Clark Messenbring, Coach Eric Magdanz, Tim Klug, Jeff Flavin, Terry Bohman.

With five starters returning from last season, Coach Eric Magdanz expected the team to challenge for the conference championship.  The team finished 10-4 in conference.  Nine of the games were won by six or fewer points. The team also would not play Marshall-University this season because they transferred to the Tri-Metro conference, where the old University High School played.

The team was forced to play an outside game since they did not have a lot of height.  Because of the lack of height, the team’s rebounding was inconsistent.  Also, poor free throw shooting also impacted the number of games the team lost.

South opened the conference season against the Teddies from Roosevelt.  South dominated the game with their outside shooting and defense, winning 73-42.

South then played North.  This was a tight game which came down to free throws.  South lost by ONE point, 79-78! This would be the closest game North would play all season.

South then won three consecutive conference games.  First the defeated West 61-48.  Henry was blown out 74-47.  Central played the Tigers tough, but also fell 66-59.

Against Southwest, free throws again made a difference in the outcome.  The final score, 72-71, was in Southwest’s favor.  The Tigers lost two games by a total of two points!

Edison and South also played a very close game.  The Tiger ended up winning 60-58.  Another one point game was played against Vocational. This time, the Tigers finished on top, 57-56.

South then played the Millers in their fourth one-point game of the season!  Missed free throws game the game to Washburn, 66-65.  Three losses by a total of three points!

South began the partial round against Roosevelt.  Again, the Teddies were no match for the Tigers speed and shooting.  South won 70-52.

For the second time, South took on the Polars.  This game was just as close as the first game.  North came into the game undefeated and favorites to win the game.  At half time, the score was tied at 38.  To begin the third quarter, North took the lead through aggressive shooting, but South would not just roll over and let the Polars win.  South went on a 19-9 run, scoring the last basket of the game and winning 71-69!  This was North’s only loss of the conference season.

Against West, South expected to win easily but had a major let down after the emotional win against North.  West may have played their best game of the season, upsetting the Tigers 61-58.

South finished the conference season with wins over Henry, 63-57, and Central, 78-65.  They ended the season in third place, losing four games by a total of six points.

In non-conference games, the Tigers were 4-2.  The team played two games against Columbia Heights and split the two games.  The Tigers won 66-65 and lost 69-37.  They also lost to Simley 63-57.  The other three wins were against Minnehaha Academy 72-48, Rochester Mayo 61-51, and Tartan 68-62.

In the Region E-AA tournament, South drew Hopkins Eisenhower in the first game.  The teams played a close, entertaining game, with South’s season ending.  Eisenhower won 62-56.

The Sophomore team, coached by Dave Berg, struggled during the season and finished with a 3-11 conference record.