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1908-1908 School Year
1908-1909 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Dora Thomas, Cecil Smith, Hazel Weedel, Aagot Peterson. Back Row: Bess Delvin, Mabel Abrahamson, Mildred Fleming.

The South basketball team started a promising season practicing for a tournament.  However, shortly before the tournament was scheduled to begin, basketball was banned from the high schools by the School Board.  The girls struck out on their own and played an independent schedule, taking the name of the “South Independents.”

The in-house tournament saw the Sophomores and Seniors play for the title.  The seniors won 21-15.

The first “regular” game was against South St. Paul.  South defeated SSP 16-1.  Later in the season, the two teams played again, with South again winning 58-4!

The next game was against Cooke’s Institute.  South was again victorious 38-10.  Two games were scheduled against Drummond Hall.  South won both.  The first game was 48-14 and the second was 16-13. 

The next game was against Lyndale.  This team would have been the Central High School team if the School Board did not ban basketball.  South again won 31-20.

The Independents played two out of town games.  The Independents lost their only game of the season against St. Cloud.  The Independents rebounded against Hudson and won 31-5.

The girls said their success was due to the faithful work of their coach, Herb Nelson.  The starting lineup for the team was: Bessie Delvin and Mabel Abrahamson at forward, Cecil Smith and Dora Thomas at guard and Hazel Weedel at center.  Substitutes included Mildred Fleming and Aagot Petterson. 

After this season, Girls Interscholastic Basketball would not be played again until the 1973-1974 school year.  From the 1909-1910 school year until 1972-1973, girls were allowed to play intermural basketball as part of the Girls Athletic Association.  However, the sport was not played every year.