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1965-1966 School Year

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Coach Luther Mona started the year hoping his team would make a leap into contendership.  He had to settle for small gains.  The team won one more conference game than they did last season, finishing tied in sixth place with Henry and West.  The previous two seasons, the Tigers finished in last place. 

The team opened conference play on a high note, defeating Washburn in an extremely close contest.  The teams went back and forth before the Tigers pulled out the win 44-41.  The team then played Henry, one of the teams they tied with.  Again, this was close, with Henry winning 46-42. 

South moved back into the win column against Marshall.  The Cardinals tried to keep up with the Tiger but fell 47-36.  The other team the Tigers tied with, West, was the next opponent.  West won another close game, where they pulled away at the end, 50-43.

The game against Vocational was the most convincing win of the year.  Vocational could not compete with the Tigers.  South won 79-52.  Central was next and they defeated the Tigers in a hard-fought game, 77-69.

The game against North was also a blowout.  The Polars were never in the game, losing 70-46 to the Tigers.  An 11-point loss to the Teddies, 58-47, put the Tigers at a 4-4 record. 

The team ended the season with a loss to Edison, 59-52.  The team also lost to Southwest, 77-61.

In non-conference games, the Tigers were 1-5.  Their only victory came against Minnehaha Academy, 66-49.  South lost to Austin, 94-67, DeLaSalle, 70-51, White Bear Lake, 55-43, Howard Lake, 64-48 and St. Thomas Academy, 61-48.

In the District 17 tournament, the Tigers shocked many people.  In the first game, the Tigers beat Vocational 62-48.  In the second game, the Tigers were the underdog, playing Roosevelt, who finished the conference season in first place and undefeated.  The South players played the game of their life, upsetting the champions 69-62.  With the win, the Tigers played in the semi-finals.  Against Edison, both team worked hard and pushed each other.  Unfortunately, the Tommies won, 57-53.  The Tigers finished the season playing in the District 17 Third Place game against Southwest.  Unfortunately, the Tigers also lost this game, 59-52.