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1978-1979 School Year
1978-1979 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Brent Jeffers, Steve Rogers, Terry Scheele, John Outlaw, Val Pacheco. Back Row: Dale Poitra, Brian Crusan, Clarence Flowers, Bob Ness, Viktors Rozenbergs, Head Coach Eric Magdanz.

The 1978-1979 Tiger basketball season was very frustrating.  The team ended with a 1-18 overall record and 1-15 conference record.  Coach Eric Magdanz said, according to the yearbook, “This year’s team didn’t have as much talent as the teams in the past.”

The first conference loss of the season was to Washburn by 48 points, 93-45.  The Tigers then fell to Roosevelt, 58-29, and Henry, 83-65.  The loss to West was by 50 points, 91-41! Southwest won 66-56.  Central then beat the Tigers by 48, 95-47.

South’s only win of the season came against Edison.  The 14 point win lifted the spirits of the team, if only temporarily.  The final score was 84-70.

The Tigers then lost their remaining conference games.  North beat the Tigers worse than any team in history ever has, winning by 74 points!  The Polars also scored more point than any team in the history of South has.  The final score was 120-46!

Washburn gave the Tigers a beating almost as bad as the Polars did.  South lost by 73, 104-31!  Roosevelt, 68-45, Henry, 93-65, West, 85-57, Southwest, 71-43, and Central, 94-50, all won.  Edison, whom the Tigers defeated earlier in the season, exacted revenge and won 81-69. The last game of the conference season was a loss to North, 98-51. 

South lost two non-conference games.  One was to Rochester Mayo, 73-38.  The closest loss of the season was to Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 80-72. 

The Tigers lost their only Region V-AA game to North.  For the second time this season, North scored over 100 points, winning 105-57.  This was the third 100 point game against South.

South finished the season tied for last place with Edison.  They were outscored 1370-824 during the season.  Senior captain, Dale Poitra, was the bright spot of the season.  He was third in the conference in scoring.  Because of that, he was named to the all-conference team.