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1978-1979 School Year
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1978-1979 Varsity Women’s Basketball Team: Front Row: Marlo Rosenau, Patsy Rindfleisch, Sue Berg, Sarah Ocel, Brenda Aguilar, Kim Wise. Back Row: Head Coach Kirk Nelson, Carrie Boswell, Darcy Alm, Annette Jeffrey, Sue Bellecourt, Joan Tompkins

Head Coach Kirk Nelson was looking for improvement from last year in the 1978-1979 women’s basketball team.  The Varsity ended with a 7-9 record, four more wins than last year’s 3-13 mark.  The team members said the combination of good attitudes and hard work game both the varsity and JV teams’ confidence on the court.  Sue Berg, Patsy Rindfleisch and Joan Tompkins were the team’s tri-captains.  Willie Owens again coached the JV.

The Tigers opened the conference season December 15 against Southwest.  The Southwest team handed the Tigers a 48-30 loss.  This setback was not unexpected since Southwest was considered to vie for the conference title in pre-season analysis.  In the second conference game, Central also downed the Tigers 36-22.  After this game, many fans started thinking the team was headed back to where they left off last year.

The team ended December with their first victory of the season, a close 45-42 win over Edison.

January started the way December did, with three consecutive losses.  The first was to eventual conference champion North, 74-34.  The second was to Washburn, by one point, 40-39.  The third loss was to Roosevelt in another close game, 49-42.

The Tigers finished January on a winning note, defeating Henry 44-37 and West 62-26.

February brought in a .500 record in the eight conference games.  The month started with losses to Southwest, 44-38, and Central, 39-30.  The Tigers then defeated Edison 52-39.  Two more losses to North, 67-43, and Washburn, 40-25, followed.  The team ended the month with victories over Roosevelt by a slim 44-43 score, and Henry 53-44.  The last conference game was against West, where the Tigers blew out the Cowboys 49-19. (Technically, this game was not in February, since it was played on March 1.)

The team again faced Columbia Heights in the Region 5AA game and again was eliminated, 53-33.

The JV also had a 7-9 record.  The team defeated Roosevelt and West twice.  They also defeated Central twice, but Central forfeited both games.  The Tigers split with Henry.  Southwest, Edison, North and Washburn defeated South in both games the teams played.

Carrie Boswell, a junior guard, led the varsity in scoring and was named to the All-Conference team.