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1919-1920 School Year
1919-1920 Varsity Team Photo: Names were not listed in the 1920 South Yearbook.

The defending Minneapolis Conference Champions had a target on their back from rest of the Minneapolis schools.  Coach Evan O. Williams took over the team as head coach. 

The team opened the season with a non-conference game against Dunwoody. (In 1919, non-conference games were called “practice games.”)  The yearbook said, “The South quintet had Dunwoody outclassed from start to finish.  Rough play and slightly ragged teamwork featured the game.  Captain Nodell was easily the star of the game.  Sidney Heier also deserves credit for his performance during the last half.”  South won 26-18.

The game against Blake was a lopsided contest.  Lupe led the Tigers shooting baskets from all over the floor with accuracy.  Cleve also made two spectacular shots from a difficult backward angle.  Blake had many chances to score but did not capitalize on the opportunities.  South won 47-7.

In the first conference game of the season, South drew Central.  Captain Nodell was not in the South lineup due to an injury, which had an effect on the outcome of the game.  Both teams played a fast game, but Central took advantage of the breaks in the game and won 18-15.

The Tiger next took on East.  “The Eastsiders were completely outclasses, outplayed and outguessed,” according to the yearbook.  The only points East scored in the game were seven free throws.  South won 27-7.

“Teamwork and individual ability caused the weak West High Basketeers to fall before Coach Williams; finished five in a fast game at the West Gym.  The Score was 25-13.  With the Orange and Black playing like a well-oiled machine, West had no chance to win at any point of the game,” according to the yearbook.  In the first few minutes of the game, Cleve and Nodely scored five times to lead the Tigers to victory.

South was looking for revenge for their earlier loss to Central in the second game between the two schools.  The yearbook reported that the crowd for this game was the largest that ever filled the South gym.  “The play was swift and clean throughout the game.  Heier and Nelson, who entered the game when Morrison was hurt, pulled the South boys out of a rut, and, with excellent floor work and brilliant shooting, led the Orange and Black to victory.”  The final score was a close 19-15.

The second game against East was closer than the first game, but the Tigers still came away with a 23-15 victory.  “Rough play marred the first half and many subs were sent in toward the end,” according to the yearbook.

In the second game against West, the game was never in doubt West scored only one field goal.  Every South team member played in the game, giving South a 22-11 win.

The two games against North were extremely close.  In the first game, South pulled out a 20-16 win with complete teamwork.  However, the second was even closer.  This was a clean, low-scoring game.  The teams traded leads.  With one minute remaining, South was up 10-9.  North had a chance for the last shot and unfortunately for the Tiger, made it.  North won 11-10, dashing the Tiger hopes for a second consecutive conference title.

The team played a third game against East.  Again, East was not much of a challenge for the Tigers.  South won 18-11.

South advanced to the State Tournament for the first time in school history.  The team lost in the first round of the Tournament to a strong Virginia team.  The game was close, but the team from the Iron Range won 19-15.  South won in their second game against Sandstone.  This game was even closer, with the Tigers winning by a field goal, 16-14.