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  SEYMOUR WINS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (1935) The Seymour’s boys’ basketball team has made numerous trips to state in the last couple decades. Coach Murphy and his staff have done an outstanding job preparing the players for competition in Madison. On March 9, 1935, Seymour’s basketball team defeated North Fond du Lac to win the De Pere District title and qualify for the state tournament for the first time. This is how the Seymour Times-Press reported the experience.

1935 District Champions - L to R: Orv Wanie, Marvin Beyer, Vincent Huth, Ervin Huettl, Allen Shepherd, Tony Lubinski, Martin Koepp, Coach Loftus, Bill Zuiches

Coach Loftus Guides Team to Madison
(Mar. 12, 1935)

For the first time in the history of Seymour High, a basketball squad came through with a trophy that represented a basketball championship. In the last four years, Coach Lofthus brought up several championship teams but hadn’t quite reached the stage where his efforts were awarded in basketball. In track, it is somewhat different. Each year Seymour has brought home a trophy representing the team in this event. This makes five trophies brought to Seymour High by the able coaching of Mr. Lofthus.

Seymour Vs. North Fond du Lac

Getting back to the final game of the Class B Tournament, Seymour faced North Fond du Lac. Seymour seemed to be quite generous in spotting the opposing team several baskets. Their generosity ceased when they got down and played ball. Although the red and whites trailed until the third quarter, they came out on top. The team seemed to carry over the same style of fight they used the night before. It was an impenetrable defense and a hard diving offense. After the team had garnered a tie, they moved steadily on to leave their opponents worry about the outcome. Within the last few minutes of play, Capt. Lubinski was released with four personals. Schroeder filled his position and played an equally good game. North Fond du Lack played hard to make the last four minutes count, but Seymour took the honors 29-24. Thirteen field goals were made in this game. Koepp was the high point man with four goals and two tosses. Zuiches, Lubinski, and Huettl, each made two goals, and Wanie, Huth, and Schroeder contributed one.

In the three games of the tournament Seymour had a total of ninety-four points to North Fond du Lac’s ninety, which was runner-up in points By winning this tournament Seymour will represent this district at Madison on March 26-30. They meet Weyerhauser at 9 O’clock on Tuesday evening, March 28th for their first game.

The 29-24 victory over North Fond du Lac qualified the team for the state championship in Madison. The previous evening the team defeated West De Pere in a three-overtime thriller. In those days, if the game was tied after two overtimes the teams shot free throws to decide the winner. Seymour hit four of five and West De Pere failed to score.

The team had trouble adjusting to the big floor in the field house and lost games to Weyerhauser and Niagara by substantial margins. WIAA basketball was a one-class program until 1934 when for two years (1934 and 1935) there were two classes. It increased to three classes for four years (1936-39), then reverted to one class again in 1940.

Won 15 Lost 5
Seymour’s 1934-35 Season

Regular season

Seymour 25 Denmark 20
Seymour 28 Green Bay Owls 24
Brillion 24 Seymour 19
Seymour 21 Hortonville 16
Seymour 35 Bear Creek 9
Seymour 27 Shiocton 19
Seymour 38 Alumni 20
Seymour 29 Freedom 21
Pulaski 22 Seymour 13
Kimberly 18 Seymour 13
Seymour 31 Hortonville 11
Seymour 31 Bear Creek 12
Seymour 35 Shiocton 16
Seymour 32 Freedom 17
Seymour 24 Pulaski 18

District tournament

Seymour 31 Elkhart Lake 10
Seymour 34 West De Pere 30
(3 Overtimes)
Seymour 29 N, Fond du Lac 24

State tournament

Weyerhauser 29 Seymour 18
Niagara 22 Seymour 11

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