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South Dakota state basketball titlists for the second consecutive year . . . a team that
takes rank with other fine Tiger combinations that have preceded it on state championship
thrones . . . and the club to beat in next year's title scramble.
That paragraph presents a "candid camera" sketch of Huron High School's 1937 Tigers,
although if you ask the opinion of Coach George Deklotz, he'll steadfastly maintain that some-
tihing is out of focus when a 1938 championship is even so much as hinted. Not that he won't
be gunning for further laurels, but three straight, he insists, is going just a bit too far.
It was another glamorous campaign for those 1937 Tigers. There were ups and downs, dis-
couraging adversities caused by early-season illness of Bob Osborn, star center, and there
were occasional defeats mixed in with the long string of triumphs.
But in reviewing the past season, which was climaxed with another unstoppable' march
through the "suicide" lower bracket of a power-laden state tournament field, deeds of the
1937 Tigers must go down among the most glorious exploits ever credited to a Huron High
School athletic team.
Defending state champions when the season broke open but nevertheless rated generally
as inferior to Sioux Falls' great team, the Tigers found their true strength at the right time.
When the boys started "playing for keeps" in that history-making state tournament on the
Mitchell Corn Palace hardwood, Coach Deklotz was ready with a team that left fans gasping
at the manner in which Huron dribblers handled the situation. So complete was this mastery
that not a foe, not even the highly reputed Sioux Falls outfit, could come within 10 points of
derailing the high geared Tiger steamroller.
Branded as "lucky" when they upset a strong 1936 state tournament field, the newest Tiger
edition was doped to stop Yankton in the first round of the state hardwood carnival. Beyond
that, in view of the difficult lower bracket course which included Sioux Falls, before whom
they had fallen twice during the regular season, none would give Coach Deklotz' kids a chance
of furthering their aspirations for a second straight crown. But after toppling Yankton 28 to
16 with a great last period outburst, Sioux Falls was made to pay for its past misdeeds, 29 to
18, as the Huron team flashed one of the best performances in state tournament history. More
than 5,000 pop-eyed fans then jammed the Corn Palace to see the Tigers down a stubborn
Mitchell outfit in the championship final, 29 to 16. In that game the battle-weary Tigers
showed their real mettle by overcoming an early six point deficit to hammer out a triumph.
The reason Coach Deklotz won't give you a tumble when a 1938 state title is mentioned?
Largely because he will lose two such brilliant performers as all-state O. F. Jacobsen,
high scoring forward, and Bob Osborn, center, perhaps the most underrated player to perform
in the state tourney.
But those who insist the Tigers will be in the thick of things next year have as their
argument-and a rather weighty one, too-return of Sigmund Kulawik, all-state forward with
state championship Huron teams the past two years, and that fine defensive duo of Vince
McGinty and Bud Ebert, the latter a sophomore who made amazing late-season development
to land a regular berth. Then there will be Norman Engelbretson, "handy man" with the Tigers
the past two campaignsg Tad Boyle and Vernon Bice of the 1937 state tournament squadg and
big Norman Peterson, who hopes to step into Osborn's shoes when the Tigers set out next
winter to make it three in a row.
The 1938 campaign will be marked with a home encounter against Edison High of Minne-
apolis, 1937 Minnesota state champions and one of three teams to trip Huron during the past
season. Possibility is seen that the Huron-Edison game may be broadened into a four-corner-
ed scrap involving state champions of North Dakota and Nebraska.
In addition to this December test against foreign competition the Tigers will also have
other early season assignments, to be followed by a full lineup of games against Eastern South
Dakota conference opponents in which they will strive to improve upon a 1937 runner-up rating
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HURON HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Won 175 Lost 4. Percentage .809.
Huron 29g Mitchell 16-Final
Huron 195 Sioux Falls 18-Semi-final
Huron 283 Yankton 16-First Round
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT AT PIERRE
Huron 34g Pierre 15 H Huron 215 Aberdeen 17 H
H Indicates games outside Eastern South Dakota Conference
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1. Ready for the workout . . . Deke and Pere. 2. Champs in Orange and Black. 3. All-
State basketball men . . . Sig and O. F. 4. "It Clickedln 5, What's the Score? 6. Off for
Minneapolis. 7. Three Rzihs! 8. Tiger Day. 9. Over the top. 10. Waiting for the Gun.
11. Captain . . . Ed. 12.A Crack Team . . . 13.It's a Racket . . . Billy, Coach
Johnson. John, and Kenneth.
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