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1968-1969 School Year
1968-1969 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: J.Hovey,K. Pieh, J. Hardeman, S. Anderson, T. Grice. Back Row: Coach Mona, C. Lumbly, J. Bonrud, K. Hardeman, D. Albrecht, F. Curtus, S. Eide, Coach Magdanz.

After finishing second last season, the Tigers expected to challenge for the title this year.  Among the returning players was All-Conference player Tim Grice.  The team and coaches, Luther Mona and Eric Magdanz, had high hopes for the season.

South opened the season against Southwest.  The Tigers suffered a mild setback, losing 69-56.  In the second game, the Tigers bounced back and defeated Roosevelt in a close game. According to the 1969 yearbook, Keith Hardeman grabbed rebounds and Tim Grice and Sheldon Anderson led the scoring.  Dick Albrecht sparked the Tigers in the second half. The game was close, but in the end, the Tigers won 58-54. Against Central, the Tigers again lost.  Central would go on to win the conference title.  The final score was 63-52.

South would go on a six-game winning streak.  They defeated Vocational 77-57.  North also fell by 20 points, 67-47.  Against Henry, it took a last second basket by Ken Pieh to defeat the Patriots 72-70.  West, 66-46, Washburn, 69-60, and Edison, 65-35, all fell to the Tigers.

South still had a chance for the conference title.  Central was 8-1.  South was 7-2. The Tigers played the “new” conference team, Marshall-University.  During the previous summer, the two schools, Marshall High School and University High School, merged to form one school due to low enrollment.  Marshall-U was 6-3 going into the game.  This game was close, but Marshall-U pulled away at the end and won 73-67.  This dropped the Tigers into a three-way second place tie with Marshall-U and North.

South entered post-season play in the District 17 tournament.  The Tigers opened against Southwest and easily won 81-64.  Next up was conference champion Central.  The teams played close, with South upsetting Central 68-63.  In the District 17 championship game, the Tigers took on Roosevelt.  Roosevelt had a successful season, but fell to the Tigers 59-39.  South would advance to the Region V Tournament.

In the Region Tournament, South first met Bloomington Lincoln.  This was an extremely close game, with the Tigers barely winning, 62-60.  In the Region championship game, the Tigers took on Albany.  South won 71-61 and advanced to the State Tournament.

In the first round of the State Tournament, South drew a strong Crosby-Ironton team.  Both teams played hard, with the Crosby team winning 65-59.  South then moved to the consolation round and played Alexander Ramsey.  Ramsey ended the Tigers season, winning 74-66.

After the season, Tim Grice and Sheldon Anderson were named All-Conference.  This was the second time Grice was named to the team.