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1959-1960 School Year
1959-1960 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Dykes, Freeman, Magdanz, Logan, Faxvog, Bolin. Back Row: Eagen, McClure, Myers, Kubitschek, Woodward, Crump, Garin.

What would the 1959-1960 team do to follow up the last season’s undefeated season?  Could the Tigers repeat?  Would someone knock them off their pedestal?  Coaches Luther Mona and Walt Butterwick worked to make sure the Tigers stayed on top.

South opened the season with a non-conference game against St. Paul Central.  This was the third time the two schools would play in two seasons.  South demonstrated the skills they worked hard on in practice which led to a 72-59 win.

South was shocked on the floor against Southwest.  Southwest has not had much success in the basketball wars, including this season when their record was 4-6, good for a three-way tie for seventh place.  Maybe the team took Southwest too lightly or maybe Southwest played the game of their life, but the results were not to the liking of Tiger fans.  Southwest upset the Tigers 63-55.

The loss to Southwest put a spark in the Tigers.  South came out hard against Edison and won 63-54.  West gave the Tigers a run for their money.  South edged West 54-53.  Marshall fell 37-27. North was the next team to fall, 52-46.  This was followed by a win over Central, 57-51.  A win over Vocational, 53-45, stretched the winning streak to six games. 

The way the Tigers started out against Roosevelt, made it look like the Tigers would stretch their streak to seven.  South led by 11 points at halftime. South scored many easy baskets when Roosevelt’s press failed.  However, Roosevelt’s leading scorer Dale Nelson warmed up in the second half, scoring most of his 30 points after halftime.  South was led by John Bolin who scored 34 points.  Roosevelt fought back, tied the game and won 77-71

A week later, South faced Henry.  South had the lead with two seconds remaining.  Henry gained possession of the ball and called a time out.  A desperation shot with one second left gave Henry an amazing win, 53-52.

South wrapped up the conference season with a win over Washburn, 49-41.  The Tigers finished in third place, behind Henry and Roosevelt.

South played in the Twin City game against St. Paul Wilson, the St. Paul Conference third place team.  South showed its superiority winning 63-50.

South then took on West in the first District 17 playoff game.  West finished two games behind the Tigers in the standings and lost earlier in the season to South.  West earned a bit of revenge, knocking the Tigers out of the playoff picture, 58-47.

John Bolin, who finished third in scoring in the conference, was named to the first team All-Conference squad.