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1984-1985 School Year
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1984-1985 Varsity Basketball Team: Sitting: B. Scott, J. Lesley, C. Luckeroth. Kneeling: L. Eiland, M. Jaede, Y. Thomas, D. Wilson. Standing: Head Coach G. Halloran, L. Ward, T. Freeman, L. Bergin, A. Levitt, A. Amos, Assistant Coach W. Williams.

The 1984-1985 Tiger Basketball team had one of the best record in history, willing 2/3 of their conference games and finishing in third place. The team was again coached by Gordy Halloran.  Yearbooks list his assistant coaches as W. Williams and Williams.

The season started with fans and players wondering if the team would meet the high expectations set for them.  They lost two of their first three conference games. The Tigers lost their conference opener to North 56-37.  They bounced back against Roosevelt and won 44-28, but a second loss, this time to Washburn, 56-42, started putting doubt into everyone’s mind.

The Tigers then ran off four consecutive conference wins.  They beat Edison by 22, 46-24.  That was followed up with a defeat of Southwest by 11, 49-38. Henry was the next victim, losing by 24, 46-22.  Roosevelt gave the Tigers a scare, but in the end South won 46-42.

The Tigers were in contention for the conference title.  Their next two games, against the two teams in first and second place, would decide if the Tigers were for real.  On Feb. 1, the team played North. South was in this contest, but the Polars proved to be too much for the Tigers, willing 56-46.  A week later, the Millers were the opponent.  This game was extremely tight, but the Millers eventually pulled away and womn50-43.

The last three conference games were against teams the Tigers already beat.  These were games everyone expected the Tigers to win.  The Tigers did not disappoint.  Edison lost 42-29.  Southwest gave the Tigers a game, but in the end Southwest lost 53-49.  The defeat of Henry, 43-29, gave the Tigers their highest finish in team history.

In non-conference games, the Tigers beat two teams from St. Paul, Como Park, 47-24, and Johnson, 57-41.

The JV finished with an 8-3 record.  They defeated Edison, Henry and Roosevelt both times the teams played.  The Tigers split with North, Southwest and Washburn. The JV tied for second place in the conference with a 9-3 record.

The leadership of Betsy Scott and the stability of All-Conference player Marg Jaede provided the push for the Tigers’ success..