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1944-1945 School Year

No team photo available

With World War II raging, teams were losing eligible players to enlistment and the draft.  Schools had to do with less, and that included creating “skeleton” yearbooks so as much of America’s raw materials as possible can be used to aid the war effort.  Because of this, there is no team photo available.  The war impacted the South team greatly.  The team that lost only one game last season and finished in second place finished in eighth place this season.

Coach Mona and his team had a lot of work to do to prepare for the season.  The team opened with a non-conference game against St. Paul Mechanic Arts.  The team looked optimistic after this game, winning 43-36.

The Conference season opened against Washburn.  A close game was played, but Washburn won 36-32.  The team bounced back and evened their conference record with a win over Southwest, 23-13.

The Tigers then played St. Paul Wilson.  The team from St. Paul won in a high scoring contest 49-42.

The team returned to conference play taking on North.  South overwhelmed the Polars and won 42-25.  This was the same thing against Vocational, where the Tigers again won 45-31.

At this point, the team looked to be in the middle of contention for the conference title.  However, that was not to be the case.  The Tigers lost five of their last six games.  First, they fell to Marshall, 29-26.  Henry then tamed the Tigers 55-31.  Central won a close game 28-25. Roosevelt also won 30-22.  The only win of the last games came against Edison, 39-28.  The Tigers then lost the last game of the season 25-20 to West.

The team finished with a 4-6 record.