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MHS wins state championship in 1963

January 14, 2013
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

Part II:

The Lyon County Independent also featured a photo of the Marshall cheerleaders. The headline reads: "Tiger Cheerleaders Are State Champion Too" Marshall's great basketball team was not the only Tiger tournament entry to bring home a trophy from the state tournament. The Tiger cheerleaders were awarded the St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press trophy for the outstanding group at the tourney. The award was based on originality, enthusiasm and routines. The St. Paul newspapers make the award each year to encourage cheerleader groups who contribute a great deal to the athletic program all years. The Marshall cheerleaders didn't get their trophy immediately but it will be presented Thursday at a convocation at the school. A representative of the Dispatch-Pioneer Press will be on hand to make the award. The photo included Susie Hedenstrom, Sandy Peterson, Susan Rehkamp, Danna Mercie, Eleanor Rose and Lynne Peterson."

Here we go back to follow the Tigers as they play and win basket all through the district and regional games that led to the state tournament.

The Lyon County Independent reported the following in its March 13, 1963 issue:

"TIGERS BURST MILROY BUBBLE 63-45 FOR DISTRICT TITLE" "Coach Glenn Mattke's Marshall Tigers earned their way to the Region 3 tourneys for the first time in ten years by dumping Milroy 63-45 last Saturday night at Tracy. The Tigers snapped Milroy's winning streak at 20 straight, giving the Spartans their first setback this season. The triumph also gave Marshall their 20th victory in 21 starts along with their 18th straight win.

Marshall took the runner-up award last year, losing to Lake Benton in the district finals 84-76. They had no intentions of going home a loser again. The champions played their best game since entering the tournaments. The Marshall cagers finished the evening with a hot 53 per cent field goal percentage hitting 20 attempts out of 38 chances.

The Spartans (Milroy) led 16-12 at the end of the first period before Marshall took over. The Tigers, sparked by Terry Porter, and 14 out of 23 attempts for a sizzling 61 percent from the floor at the half and retained he lead 36-29. Porter, who has been in somewhat of a scoring slump during the latter part of the season, broke loose against the Spartans. Terry netted 16 of his 19 points during the first half.

Probably the biggest surprise performance for the Bengals came from Red Schroeder. The 6"2" junior forward, noted for his rebounding abilities, decided to shoot and as a result finished the evening with 13 point performance. Red played an outstanding defensive game also. He allowed Milroy's Joe Dolan to score only one field goal through him. Dolan, by the way, scored 20 points against the Tigers. Although the Tigers did cool off the second half, it didn't help the Spartans any. Marshall started the half real strong. Schroeder swiped the ball from the Spartans when they first got possession for an easy lay-up. Milroy no sooner got the ball to their half of the court before Whitey Johnson intercepted a pass. Whitey was fouled while driving in for the lay-up but did sink both free throws. The Tigers only got off 15 shots the second half mainly because of their control game when Milroy went into the press. The Bengals sank six of those attempts for 40 per cent.

Milroy had a cool evening, abetted by the rigid defensive job by the Tigers. The Spartans were on target only 14 times out of 52 attempts for a cold 27 per cent from the floor. Joe Dolan, the only Spartan to hit double figures, showed the effects of the hounding by the Marshall cagers. Dolan made only six out of 23 attempts from the floor. He scored 20 points of Milroy's final tally.

Marshall will meet Hutchinson, the District 12 champion, in the Region 3 playoffs. Hutchinson broke away from a 25-23 halftime lead to clobber Olivia 65-39 for the crown. If Marshall should eliminate Hutchinson, they will meet the winner of district 11 (Granite Falls) and district 10 (Fairfax)."

In a separate article in the same issue of the Marshall newspaper it states: "Two teams carrying a couple of the longest winning streaks in the state will clash in the 1963 Region Three opener Friday at 3 p.m. on the Myrum Memorial Field House floor on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus, St. Peter. Marshall, who toppled Milroy for the District Nine crown, is riding on the 18-game winning streak. The Tigers are 20-1 for the same season. Hutchinson, who rapped Olivia 62-39 for the District 12 title, enters the game with a 19-game streak. They haven't been beaten since their opener with Granite Falls. Granite won this one, 78-61."

In the March 20th issue of the Lyon County Independent they wrote: "MARSHALL COMES FROM FAR BACK TO NIP HUTCHINSON. A second half comeback at St. Peter during the region three playoffs gave Marshall a 54-52 decision over Hutchinson last Friday. The Marshall cagers trailed at the end of the first three quarters before finally overcoming Hutchinson. At one point they trailed by 14 points.

"Last Saturday Marshall won its first district tourney since 1953. The Tigers were the one survivor of the eight teams that competed in the district tourneys." TIGER HERALD.

In the TIGER HERALD March 14, 1963, issue we read: LOOK OUT REGION HERE WE COME "Marshall's entrance into Region III tournament competition has sparked a burst of school spirit and enthusiasm which has been well-earned by the mighty Tigers.

Signs, signs and more signs are the THING with stuffed toy Tigers for accent" The artwork, outstanding and otherwise, is the product of the female section of MHS. Though they may gave gotten desperate for original sayings and ideas, the thought is that which counts.

NO ONE could miss the tribute to the team on the school's exterior - - 'District Nine Champs' and 'Region Bound,' and that's the point. Ten years is a long time to remain without the district trophy. Now that it has finally been obtained, the more who realize it, the better!

It's difficult to resist bowing before the table just outside the office. The trophy displayed there is priceless, and it's being handled as such. The gold cloth and toy Tigers give the exact effect of a shrine, which is obviously their purpose.

To an observer, Marshall High has probably gone to the very edge of insanity. The halls are covered with posters and everyone entering must WALK OVER HUTCH! Adding to the atmosphere are Dress-up Day and pep-fest on today's schedule. Booster buttons are a prerequisite for attendance at games and school.

The team, too, is doing their share. Practice has been held every afternoon after school. On Wednesday coach and team arose at 7:00 to make the trip to St. Peter and the Field House where they worked out for a couple of hours. Returning to Marshall.

Naturally, the reason for all the fuss is the desire in the minds of team, faculty, students and citizens to BEAT HUTCH and go on to take the region!"

(continued next week)



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