TIGERS WENT TO STATE IN 1923, 1942 AND 1963
Naturally, Marshall and the community are proud of its district championship team, which is deserving of great credit for their victories at Balaton. This is also true for their hard-working and faithful coach. Professor Hoover, whose efforts toward turning out a team which at all times and under any conditions would prove a credit to their school, seems to have been rewarded by the result of the tournament.
New Ulm has won the district championship successively each year since the organization of the district association, while Marshall has been one of the leading contestants for the championship. The Marshall boys not only defeated the two best teams in the district Saturday, but did so after being subjected to cold and exposure and force to walk a considerable distance in the worst blizzard of the year.
Another distinction that is worth earning was won at the tournament by the Marshall boys. They were awarded the ball with which the tournament was played, furnished by the Spaulding Company of Minneapolis, for being the most sportsmanlike team on the floor. This means much and Marshall had reason to be proud of the team on that score if for none other.
Marshall's team will go to the state tournament at Minneapolis next week and they will doubtless make a good showing there. They are matched with Aurora, one of the strongest teams in the state in their first game. If it wins this game the Marshall team will be considered one of the best in the state. The game is scheduled to be played Tuesday, March 17th at 4:30 p.m."
MARSHALL LOST OUT IN STATE TOURNEY
Marshall Messenger, March 30, 1923
"The Marshall high school basketball team lost to Aurora in the first round of the State Tournament at Kenwood Armory in Minneapolis, last Tuesday by the score of 38 to 16 in one of the fastest games of the preliminary round. The Marshall team put up a good game and it was not until the last quarter, when Aurora spurted, that the game was at all one-sided. In the last quarter the Marshall team, fatigued by fast play on a floor three times as large as their own, let Aurora, led by their star center and speedy forwards, pile up a formidable score.
During the whole first half Marshall played Aurora on nearly even terms. The score at the end of the half was 11 to 10 and at the end of the third quarter 24 to 14 in favor of Aurora. This was one of the cleanest games of the tournament, only two fouls being called on each side.
Cartier, playing his last game for Marshall, was the star of the team, scoring four field baskets and two out of the three free throws. Norwood made two baskets and Hoff counted once. The defense of the team was not as strong as it would have been had the team had a chance to practice on a large floor. Considering that handicap and the fact that Aurora had the fastest and best offense of the tournament. Marshall's guards played a fine game. Adler, Weiler and Hackett performed well at guard. Prew went in for Hoff for a short time, and showed considerable ability. 'Mullie' Johnson, regular forward, was unable to play because of an attack of intestinal 'flu' which kept him in the hospital Monday and Tuesday. Norwood, who took his place, played a great game and deserves much credit.
Due to the courtesy of some of the Marshall businessmen, the Marshall boys were sent to Minneapolis a day earlier than was planned in order that they might get used to the city before they had to play and give them a chance to work out on the University of Minnesota Armory floor. If they had not had the chance to get a little practice on the floor they would not have been able to put up the game they did.
It was while at the University that Johnson was taken sick. He was taken at once to the Health Service and was then taken care of until he was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Marshall team took in all of the games of the tournament which occupied their attention all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Thursday morning they were taken on a sight-seeing tour including the flour mills, State Capitol, State University and Art Institute. Thursday afternoon they were guests at a fine show at the State Theatre which was followed by a banquet at the Curtis Hotel for all the basketball players in the tournament. The boys stopped at the Curtis while in Minneapolis and received excellent treatment.
They returned to Marshall Thursday night after the final game of the tournament."
(Continued next week)
Source: Marshall Messenger, March 23, 1923