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1973-1974 School Year
1973-1974 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Bob Kappers, Jeff Book, Brad Post, Bob Torgerson, Augie Pacheco. Back Row: Tony Poliseno, Guy Nelson, Earl Smith, Tim Klug, Lee Chayer, Kip Berg, Paul Hersking, Coach Eric Magdanz.

After 31 years, there was a major change at the top of the Tigers.  Coach Luther Mona, who was a mainstay for 31 seasons retired after last season.  Although there was a change, it was a comfortable change for the players because replacing Coach Mona was his protegee, former Tiger Player and Assistant Coach Eric Magdanz.  Now Head Coach Magdanz goal was to improve the players by being his own coach, not trying to replace a legend.

The team opened the conference season with a loss to Marshall-University.  The Tigers showed their heart but did not have the talent to keep up with Marshall-U, losing 72-52.

The Tigers turned the tables and won their first conference game under Coach Magdanz.  Against Edison, South won a close 53-50 game.

South lost to Central 72-63, but then won against Vocational 71-58.  The Tigers were even with a 2-2 record. 

The Tigers youth caught up with the team, as they went on an eight-game losing streak in the conference.  North won 84-66.  Roosevelt’s victory was by a 45-39 score.  West won by 31, 65-34.  Washburn racked up a 30-point win 84-54.  Southwest only won by 15, 79-64.  Marshall-University won by 20, 78-58.  Edison won 64-50 and Central won 68-53.

South’s losing streak ended with a win against Vocational, 76-61.  The conference season ended with a loss to Henry, 64-49.

In the Region E-AA tournament, South won their first game, 68-57, against Spring Lake Park.  However, their season ended when West destroyed the Tigers 83-39.

The team finished with a 3-11 conference record, tied with Edison for ninth place. The Tigers have a lot to look forward to.  Five starters will be returning to the team next season.  Captain Lee Chayer averaged 13 points per game and led the team in scoring.  Bob Torgerson averaged 10 points per game.  Coach Magdanz considers Tim Klug the best defensive player according to the 1974 yearbook.  These three player will receive help from the Sophomore team who had an overall record of 18-3 and 12-2 in conference play finishing in second place.