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MHS wins state championship in 1963

January 21, 2013
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

Part III:

In a separate article in the Herald we read: "NEFSTEAD, PORTER SET NEW MARKS." With the season still not over, the Tigers have already broken many of Marshall's basketball records. Terry Porter and John Nefstead have already broken some and should break a few more of the records. John broke the individual scoring record set by Lowell Johnson of the 1960 club, who scored 35.9 points. Yogi has already scored 393 points. Terry should break the record also. He presently has 342 points. Yogi also has Bob Peterson's record of most field goals in a season. Peterson set the record in 1955 with 129. Nefstead already has 149 while Porter is only three short with 126. Both Nefstead and Porter could snap Lowell Johnson's record of 107 free throws in a season. Yogi has 95 and Terry is close behind with 90. Terry, by the way, set the record for the best free throw percentage sinking 86 attempts out of 100 chances for 86 percent. That record will remain unbroken."

"BULLETIN! No school will be held tomorrow (Friday) in either the high school or grade schools. The student buses leave at 11 will be back by 7 p.m. and will not stop for lunch."

The Marshall newspaper reported the following: "TIGERS MAKE BID FOR FIRST REGION TITLE IN 10 YEARS. The Marshall high school basketball team will play in the Region 3 tournament this week for the first time in 10 years. It has been a long dry spell and the Tigers figure to make the most of it. And making the most of it would be to go right on through into the state tournament. It's been 21 years since a Tiger team turned that trick, in 1942. They were runner-up in the state that year.

Coach Glenn Mattke and his bunch of scrappers are looking no further ahead right now than the Regional tourney at Gustavus Adolphus field house in St. Peter this weekend. The Tigers take on Hutchinson in the opening game of the meet, at 3 p.m. Friday. If they beat Hutch they will meet the winner of the Granite Falls - Fairfax game for the title on Saturday night. The winner of that set-to will represent Region 3 in the state tourney at Williams arena.

Marshall fans are confident that their district champions will make it into the state meet for the second time. And they have a right to that confidence. The Tigers administered a cool, workmanlike trouncing to the Milroy Spartans in the district title game at Tracy last Saturday night to the tune of 63-45. Playing a smart, shrewd pressure game and shooting like demons, the Marshall lads lasted out a first-quarter Milroy flurry, moved out to a 7-point halftime cushion, built a 15-point margin in the second half and then champed on a rigid control game to take it going away.

There was no question about which was the best team in the district Saturday night. The win was decisive and left no room for any doubt. Coming in with 20 straight wins, Milroy had never had the pressure on them that the Tigers applied. The Spartans fought a stout battle, as everyone knew they would, but they were unable to cope with the Marshall all-around class.

Fans here are convinced that the Tigers are back in peak form after a mild letdown late in the regular season and in the first two districts tourney games. The team is healthy and if they can stay that way, their supporters feel, they can match anything in the region at St. Peter. A sizeable contingent of fans is expected to follow the team to St. Peter Friday. If the Tigers take the first one - look out! Marshall may as well close down Saturday - and probably will."

(continued next week)



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