Tigers went to state in 1923, 1942 and 1963
"When Cartier dropped in a difficult overhead shot with 3 seconds yet to play in the final game of the district tournament at Balaton last Saturday he placed Marshall one point in the lead and defeated New Ulm by the score of 20 to 19 in one of the most thrilling finishes that ever closed a game. Although Cartier shot the final basket that changed defeat into victory the rest of the team shared the honor the rest equally with him and every one at some time in the game did something equally as brilliant to help win a deserved victory. Capt. Hoff kept Marshall in the running in the first quarter by scoring two field baskets in quick succession. Johnson played a fine floor game. Hackett played one of the best games of his career and in addition to playing a strong defensive game shot two perfect long baskets. Weiler, after taking Prew's place, stopped New Ulm's scoring on close shots.
The day of this big athletic event in the high school year ushered in one of the most severe blizzards which has visited this section this year, and the cold occasioned a great deal of hardship for the Marshall team, which was finally gathered together at Balaton after supporters of the team were kept at home by the practically impassable roads.
Marshall won the right to meet New Ulm in the final game of the tournament by defeating the fast Sleepy-Eye team, victors over Tracy by the score of 16 to 13 in a hard fought game Saturday afternoon. Marshall was scheduled to meet Sleepy Eye at two o'clock but due to the fact that the Marshall team fought the blizzard four hours to get to Balaton they were late and could not play until four o'clock. When they went on the floor against Sleepy Eye, Marshall was badly crippled. Cartier, with a spine jarred out of place by a rough ride over plowing in a lumber-wagon could hardly walk and played only a few minutes in the first half. Adler, who was injured in a car wreck, was not able to play at all. The rest of the team was listless from exposure to the cold and from exhaustion. They played an indifferent game at first and Sleepy Eye took the lead. At the end of the first half the score stood 9 to 5 in favor of Sleepy Eye and it looked like a victory for them. However Norwood, who was substituted for Cartier in the second quarter, instilled fight into the Marshall boys by his example and in the third quarter, led by Norwood, Marshall came back and piled up a good lead. They scored 11 points while they held Sleepy Eye to 3 points in the last half. Johnson played a fine game in the afternoon, starting the scoring in the first quarter and looking after Green. Sleepy Eye started so well that Green scored only two baskets. Hoff also played a good game. Hackett and Prew, who went in for Weiler, played good defensive games.
Dr. Anderson of Tracy was called to Balaton and he fixed up the cripples in good shape for the evening game. However Cartier was not started in the New Ulm game but he was thrown in soon after the start of the game. Weiler also did not start but took Prew's place in the second quarter.
New Ulm started with a rush scoring six points before Hoff dropped in the first Marshall basket. They led at the half 14 to 8 and it looked improbable that Marshall, with its lighter team exhausted by the blizzard and a hard game played three hours before, would win. New Ulm was practically fresh. They played an easy game that was little more than a good workout early in the afternoon when they defeated Tyler 48 to 15. At the end of the first half they did not look tired in the least. The Marshall boys were tired. They showed it in all their actions.
Marshall did not come back in the second half with a rush as they did in the Sleepy Eye game but nevertheless they began to creep slowly upon the New Ulm team. Then with seven minutes to go Schuller, New Ulm's center, went out on personal fouls. He was the biggest scorer of the New Ulm team. With two minutes to go Marshall tied the score 18 to 18. Then New Ulm shot a foul basket and led 18 to 19. New Ulm called time out with 55 seconds to play. Feeling was tense. Marshall wanted a basket. New Ulm decided to stall. The ball was tossed up. New Ulm got it and stalled. Time was passing. Cartier missed an easy shot. New Ulm stalled. The game was almost over. Cartier got the ball in a far corner with two men guarding him. No chance to shoot. He took a look at the basket, stepped away and let the ball go over his head It descended in a perfect arc into the basket without touching rim or backboard. Marshall had won. As they trotted back to center the final gun sounded.
(Continued next week)
Source: The Marshall Messenger, March 23, 1923