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1970-1971 School Year
1970-1971 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: M. Packard, E. Benson, G. Svidron, S. Schon, R. Schmidt, J. Larson, A. Semelis, R. Johnson, R.Olson, J. Allen, M. Svendahl, D. Wallingford, M. Furst. Second Row: B. Rademacher, G. Rue, D. Laughlin, M. Nault, L. Voight, J. Christiansen, P. Gonzalez, R. Roberts, J. Elles, T. Marden, D. Westlund, M. Moore, B. Corgan, P. Browne. Back Row: Coach Haugen, Coach Kormanik, D. Olson, R. Hoyhtya, G. Scharafanow, C. Collins, J. Harding, G. Schneibel, D. Hammer, G. Ruhl, A. Kissell, M. Longhofer, S. Schoenecker, M. Straw, J. Larson, R. Miller, Coach Petrich.

The 1970-1971 school year opened with a bunch of “news.”  South students walked into a new building, the third in the history of the school.  With the new building came new facilities such as a new auditorium, gymnasium and football field.

South opened the season with three road games.  The first was against Southwest.  Southwest won 20-6.  This was followed by a game with West.  The Tigers put everything together and won 20-7 and spoiled West’s Homecoming celebration. 

The game against Roosevelt was close.  Both teams battled back and forth.  Unfortunately, the Teddies won 13-12.

South’s next game was one filled with joy and pageantry.  First, it was Homecoming.  To go along with the Homecoming festivities, the Tigers would christen their new field.  The field was dedicated in the name of long-time football coach, Lester Barnard.  Barnard coached football for 30 years and won nine conference titles.  Even in the rain, the crowd came from all over the country and was filled with former students and football players of Mr. Barnard.  From this day forward, the football field would be known as Barnard Field. 

Adding to all of the festivities was a football game.  South’s Homecoming opponent was Vocational.  The Volts did everything they could to spoil the occasion.  At halftime, the Volts led 6-0.  As the game neared the close, South pushed over a touchdown and won the game 8-6.

South played Marshall-University and took control of the game from the beginning. South used a balanced attack to win 30-8.

South finished the season with three straight losses.  Central manhandled the Tigers to a 35-8 score.  Henry and South played a close game with the Patriots pulling out a 16-14 win.  North beat up on the Tigers to a tune of 40-12.

The Tigers finished 3-5, tied for eighth place with Edison.

Head Coach Jim Haugen finished his eighth season leading the Tigers.  He was assisted by Richard Kormanik, Eric Magdanz, Ron Petrich, Bill Sommers, and Maurice Webert.