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1981-1982 School Year
1981-1982 Varsity Team Photo: Left to Right: Coach Eric Magdanz, Chuck Norris, Christ Angelos, Todd Jeffers, Paul Dixon, Mike Capra, Eugene Allen, Michael Davis, Steve Crenshaw, Michael Harris, Assistant Coach Dave Berg

With nine returning players, Coaches Eric Magdanz and Dave Berg were expecting the Tigers to contend for the conference title. 

South opened their season against Roosevelt.  This game was extremely close.  The teams battled back and forth, with South pulling out a 62-61 win.

Defending champion, North, was next on the agenda.  North rolled over the Tigers last season.  In this game, North knew South came to play.  North won, but the game was close, 67-63. 

South had three convincing wins in their next three games.  Against Southwest, the Tigers won by 27, 68-41.  Edison lost by 21, 63-42.  Henry also lost, 71-54.

The team rotated between losses and wins over the next six games. Central handed the Tigers their second loss.  Unlike against North, Central routed the Tigers, 88-54.  Against West, South won 80-60.  But then, against Washburn, South lost 74-55.  The Tigers won a close game against Roosevelt, 86-83.  They then took on North and lost 81-65.  Against Southwest, the Tigers won 85-71.

The team broke the rotating win/loss rhythm with a second straight win.  This time, the opponent was Henry.  The Tigers won 66-60.  Against Edison, the Tigers won their third straight game, winning 69-54.

The Tigers bounced back after their routing against Central the first time the teams played.  This game was close however the Pioneers won 63-59.

South finished the season with wins against West, 75-36, and Washburn, 57-48.

For the second straight season, the Tigers finished with an 11-5 record, good for a third place tie with Washburn.  According to the yearbook, Coach Madganz felt the Tigers could have had a better season, but was pleased with the team’s effort.  Inconsistency caused many of the losses.

The Tigers will only have one returning player next season.  However, with the district restructuring and some schools closing, experienced transfer players should help the team.  Central and West closed at the end of the school year, along with former conference member Marshall-University.

After nine season, Coach Eric Magdanz decided to resign as the Tiger’s Head Coach after nine years leading the team.