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Yesterday in La Crosse

The state basketball tourney was low-scoring, 94 years ago

Brad Williams



In 2017, La Crosse Central won its first state basketball championship since 1925.  The final score of that 2017 was 55-53, against Cedarburg, a very high-scoring contest compared to March of ’25, when the La Crosse High School defeated Shawano at Madison, in what one newspaper described as a game with ‘cautious playing’ on both sides.  Apparently, most of the shots were taken from mid-court or farther, which could explain the final score–La Crosse 10, Shawano 4.  The lowest-scoring championship game ever in the WIAA boys tournament.
The first girls basketball tournament ever in Wisconsin also happened in March of ’25. It wasn’t a statewide tourney, but a regional contest played at Chippewa Falls.
Tennessee passed the Butler Act that month, banning the teaching of evolution in the state’s schools. The law would be challenged in court that year by teacher John Scopes, at the famous ‘Monkey Trial’ where Clarence Darrow defended Scopes, and William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution.

The Green Bay Packers had a winning season in 1925, with an 8-and-5 record.  That record put the Packers in 9th place, finishing directly behind the Rock Island Independents, who had 5 wins, 3 losses, and 3 ties.  Pro football 94 years ago, 1925, yesterday in La Crosse.