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1980-1981 School Year
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1980-1981 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Mike Bender, Tony Vossen, Keven Hoyhtya. Second Row: Tim Topitzhofer, Kenny Oquist, Melvin Haagenson, Coach Eric Magdanz, Coach Don Sovell, Coach Maurice Webert, Virgil Vandermoon, Mike Janey. Third Row: Curtis Givens, Paul Marihart, Dale Christpherson, Brian Rich, Barry Olson, Dan Venier, Cory Hermann, Danny Howes, Joe Genung. Fourth Row: Todd Jeffers, Matt Imberi, Dale Barnard, Jeff Schultz, Dean Pendleton, Terri Lussier, Duane Baardson, Mark Dischinger, Paul Dixon. Fifth Row: Rob Fleck, Mike Wurzer, Rudy Gonzalez, Tim Gilsrud, Vance Crawford, Bob Gerard, Kevin Hoglund, John Matiska, Lance Taylor. Back Row: Rick Martinez, Joe Sullivan, Rodney Lossow, Marty McClanahan, Gary Dorr, Bob Teclaw, Christ Angelos, Chris Nutter, Keith Hickey.

South began the season with hope of excellence.  With 31 returning seniors who worked hard to improve last year, there was a belief that the Tigers would contend for the title. 

South opened the season against Washburn.  The Millers defeated the Tigers but no score was reported.  This was followed by two more losses.  Henry overwhelmed South winning 28-0.  Against Edison, a missed extra point cost the Tigers the game.  Edison won 7-6.

South seemed to turn the bad luck into good luck against Roosevelt.  The Tigers tamed the Teddies by one point, 23-22.

One point games seemed to be the norm for South.  The game against North was also decided by one point, 20-19, this one in favor of the Polars.

South beat West, but again the score was not reported.

The next game was Homecoming.  South hosed Southwest.  The Tiger fans showed up en masse and supported the team and the South players did not disappoint.  The Tigers won 12-0.

The Tigers finished the season against conference champion Central.  The Pioneers made the State Tournament, but lost to Columbia Heights in the first round.  The Tigers were not so fortunate.  The Pioneers won 27-0.

South ended the season with a 3-5 conference record, placing them seventh.

Head Coach Don Sovell filled out his coaching staff with Eric Magdanz, Willie Owens, Maurice Webert and newcomer John Nuth.