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1957-1958 School Year
1957-1958 Varsity Team Photo: A. Dixon, Capra, C. Puckett, Logan, Butterwick, Eagan, Revak, Haegele, Swanson, C. Dixon, J. Magdanz, Magnell, McDonald, Vare, E. Magdanz.

Improvement.  That is what coaches Luther Mona and Walt Butterwick were looking for in the 1957-1958 Tiger basketball team.  The squad expected to compete in a tough Minneapolis conference, where three teams would share the conference title and two more would tie for fourth place. 

South’s opening game of the conference season was against Washburn.  The Tigers expected a win but were shocked by the Millers’ tenacity.  Even though the game was close, Washburn won 53-48. 

South then took on Edison.  Another close game produced the same results, another close loss.  Edison, one of the teams that tied for fourth place, took the game 55-50.

South won their first conference game of the season against a Marshall team that really provided no competition for the Tigers.  South’s 20-point victory, 51-31, put the team back in the hunt for the title.   

The next opponent, North, was one of the powerhouses of the conference.  North would be one of the three teams that tied for the conference title.  This being said, things did not look good for the Tigers.  However, South came out with great enthusiasm and carried it throughout the game, winning 47-37 and evening their record at two wins and two losses.

South continued winning in their next three games.  Vocational put up very little of a fight, falling to the Tigers 49-36.  Henry gave a gallant effort, but they too fell, 50-46.  Defeating West 53-42, gave the Tigers a five-game winning streak and put them in the thick of the title hunt.

Central and South played an even game.  Coming into the game, both team were tied with two losses, one game behind conference co-leaders North and Roosevelt.  (Note: Both North and Roosevelt would lose one more conference game and finish 8-2).  A win for either South or Central would put the winner in good position for a share of the title.  A loss, would crush the hopes of the loser.  The game ended in a 56-50 score.  Central won crushing South’s hope for a conference title.

South won their next game easily against Southwest, 58-42.  The closed the regular season against Roosevelt.  Again, this was a close game, but the Teddies had just a little more gas in the engine and won 50-45.  South finished with a 6-4 record, tied with Edison for fourth place.  Central, Roosevelt and North tied for the conference title with 8-2 records.

South’s season ended in the District 17 playoffs.  South faced the team they tied with, Edison.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, the result of this second game was much the same as the first time the two teams played, with Edison winning 47-44.

After the season, Eric Magdanz was named to the All-Conference team. Eric would become an assistant coach of the team in the fall of 1966 and become head coach in the fall of 1973 when Mr. Mona retired.