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1975-1976 School Year
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1975-1976 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Brett Anderson, Jeff Flavin. Middle Row: Frank Abrahamson, Lennie Sedlock, Connie Branch. Jerry Byrd, Mick Berquist, Willie Flowers, Terry Bohman. Back Row: Coach Eric Magdanz, Frank Frazier, Dan Nelson, Dennis Gullickson, Brad Vifquain, Clark Messenbring, Wendell Gray. Not Pictured: Don Baker.

There was one drastic change as the 1975-1976 season began.  The Minneapolis Conference was down to nine teams. Last season, Marshall-University joined the Tri-Metro conference.  This year, Vocational became a combination jobs school and post-secondary training center.  Because of this, there was a true round-robin this season with each team playing 16 conference games.

Coaches Eric Magdanz and Dave Berg prepared the players for this long season, which opened against Central.  The Tigers played tough, but fell to the Pioneers 64-57.  After this game, the Tigers amassed seven conference wins in a row.

The first win in their streak was against West.  South pulled away at the end and won 63-54.  Win #2 was against Edison.  The Tigers controlled the game from the beginning, routing the Tommies 82-37.  The third win in the streak came against Southwest.  This too was a blow out, with South winning 80-60.  The fourth win was a little tougher for the Tigers.  Their opponent, Henry, gave the Tigers a run for their money.  In the end, South pulled out a 79-71 win. 

Win #5 was even closer.  This time Roosevelt gave the Tigers a run.  South fought hard and won 59-55.  This game was followed by one against North.  The Polars kept the game close, but the Tigers won 66-58.  The last win in the streak was against Washburn.  South baked the Millers by a close four points, 58-54. 

South then went lost their next two games.  Central showed why they finished the conference season undefeated city champions.  The loss was the worst defeat of the season for the Tigers, 96-61.  The Tigers bounced back with an excellent game against West, but left the game disappointed with a 63-62 loss. 

The Tigers finished their season winning five of their last six games.  Edison was again demolished, this time 80-35.  Henry was defeated easily, 80-66.  Southwest gave the Tigers a scare, falling to the Tigers 58-57.  Roosevelt also played a good game but went down 61-59.  South’s final loss was against North.  The Tigers seemed to fall asleep, losing by 20, 71-51!  South finished the conference season with a win against Washburn 64-62.

In non-conference action, South won all four of the games they played.  The Tigers defeated Rochester Mayo, 60-48, Tartan, 70-38, Simley, 63-39, and Burnsville, 45-42.

In the Region V Tournament, South faced West in their first game.  West played hard but was no match for the Tigers, 67-55.  The next game was against Fridley Grace.  Again, Grace was no match for the Tigers, falling 63-47.  In the semi-finals, South took on Central for the third time, and for the third time Central destroyed the Tigers, this time 81-34.  In the Third Place game, the Tigers took on the Highlanders from Columbia Heights.  Neither team wanted to end the season on a loss, and the play on the court showed it.  South barely won, 66-65.

The Tigers finished the season in second place with a 12-4 record.  Junior Willie Flowers, who led the conference in scoring, was named to the All-Conference team.