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1980-1981 School Year
1980-1981 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Melvin Haagensen. Second Row: Dave WIlhelmi, Mike Davis, Mike Capra, Todd Jeffers. Third Row: Dean Pendleton, Chris Nutter, Greg Almendina, Lance Taylor, Chris Angelos, Paul Dixon. Back Row: Head Coach Eric Magdanz, Chuck Norris, Steve Crenshaw, Mike Harris

With an experienced team returning, coaches Eric Magdanz and Dave Berg were expecting big improvements over the last few years.  Magdanz was expecting big things from the Senior co-captains Lance Taylor and Dean Pendleton.

The Tigers opened their season in what was strange to them, they won, beating Henry.  The Patriots were never in the game, losing 72-46 to South.  Against Southwest, the Tigers won again, improving to 2-0 with a 66-57 victory.

Central brought the team down to reality with a nine point win over the Tigers, 54-45.  But, South bounced back against Edison winning 54-40.

The Tigers lost the next two games with scores that brought back the nightmares of recent seasons.  North won 81-53 and Washburn won 72-40.

South again bounced back with a four game winning streak.  The games first three games were close.  Roosevelt fell 61-56.  That was followed with a 52-47 win over Henry.  West lost 68-62.  Against Southwest, the Tigers had a cushion, winning 72-54.

Central beat the Tigers for the second time.  However, this game was close and with a break or two, the Tigers could have won.  The final was 52-48.  Edison lost again, this time 65-55.  North showed why they were undefeated in the conference with a 66-36 win.

Against Washburn, the Tigers turned the tables and earn revenge for their earlier loss, winning 62-58.  Roosevelt, 43-34, and West, 67-59, both fell to the Tigers to end the conference season.

In the Region tournament, South opened against Washburn.  During the season, the teams split their games.  Both teams played hard, with the Millers coming out on top and ending the Tigers season, 62-57.

I has been five years since the Tigers had a winning season.  This year, the 11-5 record was good for third place.  Along with Taylor and Pendleton, Greg Alemdina and Chris Nutter added experience and knowledge to the team.  Three transfer players, Michael Harris, Dave WIlhelmi and Michael Davis gave the team speed and height.

Next year, nine players will be returning with varsity experience.  Coach Magdanz, who used his bench to the fullest, expects the team to contend for the conference title next year.