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1971-1972 School Year
1971-1972 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Glen Camp, Charles Collins, Blair Town, Fred Wiles, Lonny Chatman. Back Row: Felix Curtis, Dale Lipovsky, Marty Duda, Mike Milbrath, Steve Larson, Lee Chayer, Ronald Fink.

Head Coach Luther Mona began his 30th season coaching the Tiger Basketball team when the season started.  His enthusiasm for the game and his players continued to be at the highest level.  The South legend was against assisted by former Tiger player Eric Magdanz.

South opened the season against Minnehaha Academy in a non-conference game.  The Tigers won 58-47 showing that they were ready for the tough conference schedule.

The Tigers opened the conference season with an 80-69 loss to Vocational.  This was unexpected as Vocational traditionally has not traditionally won against South. 

The team then played St. Paul Mechanic Arts in another non-conference game.  The St. Paul team also won, 65-48.

South’s problems continued against conference foes North, Roosevelt, West and Washburn.  The Tigers lost to all of these teams.  North won 84-53.  Roosevelt won 60-54f.  West’s victory was 69-57 and Washburn came out ahead 71-47.

The team was happy to take on non-conference opponent Rochester Mayo.  Unfortunately, the results was the same as the previous games with Mayo winning 59-39.  This was followed up with a loss to Burnsville 87-41.

The losses continues to pile up.  Henry beat the Tigers 78-52, followed by a loss to Southwest 71-64.  This brought the losing streak to 10 games, with seven of the games being conference contests.

South won their first conference game on January 25 against Marshall-University 63-48.  The Tigers followed that game with their second win on January 28 against Edison, 70-62.  Unfortunately, they were the only conference wins of the season.

The Tigers lost the remainder of their conference games.  First losing to Central 70-48.  Against Vocational, the Tigers put up a good fight, but again lost 59-57.  North defeated the Tigers 78-47.  Roosevelt also won 64-48.  The regular season ended with a loss to West 71-61.

In the Region E-AA tournament, South pulled an upset against West, winning by a slim 51-49 margin.  The Tigers’ season ended with a lost to North 80-43.

The Tigers finished a disappointing 2-12, tied for last place with Marshall-University.