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1955-1956 School Year
1955-1956 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: D. Groettum, D. Swanson, D. Steing, L. Vesovich, D. Wilson. Middle Row: J. Strick, R. Mitby, M. Vincent, L. Ward, T. Johnson, C. Dahleger. Front Row: R. McMillan, D. Nelson, W. Green, J. Brown.

Coaches Luther Mona and Walt Butterwick crafted a team that was small but fast moving.  The coaches hoped the structure of the team would propel them into contention.

The Tigers opened the season against Edison.  Edison built a lead and did not look back on their way to a 79-66 victory.  The Tiger then played Henry.  They two teams worked hard and the final was close.  South won its first conference game of the season, 37-33.

South took a break from conference play to take on Johnson from St. Paul.  South was in command from the beginning of the game and stretched the lead to 12, with a 58-46 win.

South continued winning in their last conference game before winter break.  Against Central, the team’s hard work helped eke out a 60-57 win.  During break, the Tigers took on St. Paul Johnson again.  As in the first game, South dominated the game winning 69-56.

After break, the Tigers took on North.  This game was back and forth with the lead changing.  Unfortunately, North barely won, 53-51.

South then went on a four-game winning streak.  West was the first to fall, 65-41.  Marshall put up a good fight, but eventually lost, 51-50.  Southwest was handled easily, falling to the Tigers 51-41.  Washburn challenged the Tigers, but also fell, 54-52. 

Roosevelt handed South their third loss in the conference, 76-54.  The team finished the season against Vocational.  These teams played close but South won 54-51.

The Tigers played St.  Paul Wilson in a non-conference match up.  Wilson, the St. Paul champions, would play Roosevelt a week later in the Twin City championship.  Things would look up for Minneapolis because South defeated Wilson in a close game 63-62.  Because of this win, Roosevelt should have an easy time winning the Twin City Title. (Roosevelt won 74-54)

In the District 17 playoffs, South took on North.  For the second time this season, the Polars defeated the Tigers, 50-48.  This loss ended the Tiger’s season.

South finished 7-3 in the conference, tied with Washburn for third place.  Overall, the team was 10-4.  Walt “Butch” Green was named first team all-conference guard.  He was also named prep star of the week three times.