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1961-1962 School Year
1961-1962 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: D. Larson, J. Reinke, D. Pautz, J. Newman, E. Doble. Back Row: Coach Mona, J. Quale, J. Heath, S. Magnell, H. Johnson, J. Swanson, R. Swanspn, J. Liljedahl, N. Mitling, D. Sheffield, G. Andreen.

The 1961-1962 Basketball season was one that fans will remember for a long time.  Under the leadership of Coaches Mona and Butterwick and Captain Don Larson, the precision shooting of Doug Pautz and Jerry Newsome, the rebounding of Jim Reinke and Harold Johnson, and the good all-around play of Earl Doble, the Tigers fought their way to a Conference AND Twin City Championships according to the 1962 yearbook. 

The team started off the conference season losing a tough game to Roosevelt 47-45. In game two against Marshall, things looked as if the Tigers would go down again, but the team tied the score and sent the game into overtime.  Don Larson scored two key baskets in the extra period, which gave the Tigers a 56-52 win. South played a well-rounded game against Southwest and won 50-43.  Earl Doble was the star of the game with his accurate shouting and rebounding.

As the school took off for Winter Break, the team took on St. Paul Central. This tough intercity game gave the Tigers another win, 44-36.

South returned to conference play against North.  North gave the Tigers a good fight, but South won a close 51-47 game.  The team stayed on the Northside for their next game against Henry.  Henry did not give the Tiger much competition and South easily won 76-41.  West came the following week and the Tigers looked like they would fall.  Don Larson scored with 14 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it into overtime.  Jim Reinke scored four points in the extra time to give the Tigers a 64-59 win.

Thirteen players saw action against Washburn.  The Tigers ran all over the Millers.  In the second quarter, Washburn was out-scored 24-2!  The Tigers won easily 70-29.  Against Central, South trailed for most of the game, but the Tigers took the lead when needed and won 41-37.

The team took time off from conference play and travelled to Austin for a game.  According to the yearbook, the Tigers tore the town apart and defeated Austin 72-60.

The team returned to Minneapolis and played Vocational.  This was an easy win, especially after the long but trip to and from Austin.  South won 60-31.

The last game of the season was against Edison.  Edison was two game behind the Tigers in the standings, hoping to move up.  The Tommies and Tigers battled for the entire game.  At the end, Edison upset the Tigers, 47-46, causing South to fall into a tie for the conference championship with Southwest.

To end the regular season, the Tigers took on Winona.  Doug Pautz’s 39 points led the Tigers to a 68-50 victory.

In the Twin City game, South completely dismantled their St. Paul opponent, Wilson.  Don Larson led the team with 16 points in the 70-36 win.

In the District 17 Tournament, South opened with an easy win against Central, 64-49.  Their next opponent was against Edison, the team that kept the Tigers from claiming the conference title outright.  South earned revenge on the Tommies, winning 59-48.  The District championship came to a battle between South and Southwest, the two teams who tied for the Conference Championship.  The game started close, but the Tigers eventually pulled away and won 48-37.

South opened Region V play against Howard Lake.  The Tigers did not have much trouble with the Howard Lake five, winning 48-34.  The game for the Region championship and a trip to the State Tournament was on the line against St. Louis Park.  South finally met it match, losing to Park 62-49 and ending their season.

At the end of the season, honors flowed the Tigers way.  All-Conference honors went to Jerry Newsome and Doug Platz. Platz was also named WCCO All-State Team, All-Disctict, All-Region and top scorer in the city. Newsome was also All-District and All-Region.  Jim Reinke was All-District and All-Region.  Don Larson was All-District.  Earl Doble was All-Region.