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1984-1985 School Year
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1984-1985 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: R. Hill, C. Coyer, D. Mathis, M. Baker. Middle Row: P. Hill, C. Wind, P. Matos, R. Malone, A. Johnson. Back Row: J. Ronald, M. Schuveiller, D. Webster, J. Plunkett, P. Napue, Coach L. Carter.

The 1984-1985 basketball season began with high expectations.  Many returning players and a successful last season hoped the Tigers could move to the top of the conference.

The conference season opened against Washburn.  The Millers worked hard and challenged the Tigers every chance they could, but in the end, they fell to South 58-53.  Edison played even tougher, but they too fell, 63-60.  Against Southwest, the Tigers gave a record-breaking performance.  South scored at will against a weak Southwest defense and the Tigers won 90-27.  The 63-point victory broke the record for the largest margin of victory, set last year against Edison.  The Tigers added a 45-point win against Henry to their resume, winning 54-9. A 27-point, 76-49, victory over Roosevelt set up a game of unbeaten teams to end the first half.

North and South were both 5-0 going into their game on February 1, 1985.  Fans packed the gym to see who would take the conference lead.  North came out firing and did not look back, winning 55-43.

The second half of the conference season mirrored the first.  The Tigers opened against Washburn and won easily, 83-48.  Edison fell for the second time, 50-39.  Southwest did not lose by as much as they did the first time, but fell none the less, 77-41.  Henry and Roosevelt both pushed the Tigers to the limit.  Both teams fell by two points! Henry lost 64-62.  Roosevelt went down 68-66.

This set up the last game of the conference season against North.  North was undefeated.  South’s only loss was earlier in the season to North.  A South win would give them a share of the conference title.  A North win would give them an undefeated conference season.  The game stated out close but North slowly pulled away.  The Tigers fell 79-61 and ended the season with a 10-2 conference record, in second place. Head Coach Levain Carter and his assistant, Ray Crump, were pleased with the results of the season.