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1988-1989 School Year
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1988-1989 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: E. Blaylark, C. Owens, R. Young, C. Schapiro. Middle Row: A. Richards, K. Phillips, E. Nelson, C. Edwards, S. Seawright, R. Bunker. Back Row: Assistant Coach M. Winston, R. Wilson, C. Frazier, C. Hewitt, Coach L. Carter.

The 1988-1989 basketball season returned the team to the heights they have not seen in 20 years, a State Tournament.  The last time the Tigers made it to State was in the 1968-1969 season. 

Coaches Levain Carter and Michael Winston knew they would have an excellent team returning from last season, and the team stepped up to the challenge.

The Tigers opened the conference season against Washburn.  The Millers tested South, but fell 57-49.

Henry was the next opponent.  This was a high-scoring contest, with both teams battling for the win.  Henry came away with the victory, by a close 89-84 score.

The loss to Henry seemed to wake up the Tigers.  The closest game of the year was played against Roosevelt.  The Tigers hung on to win by a slim one point, 68-67.  Blow outs followed this game.  Edison lost by 38, 80-42.  North fell by 32, 83-51.  Washburn lost by 17, 82-65.

The win against Washburn set up the second game of the season against Henry.  The two teams combined for 169 points, four fewer than the first game.  However, this game was not as close, as the Tigers exacted revenge, winning by 17, 93-76.

South finished the season winning their last four games.  Southwest fell by six, 74-69.  Roosevelt and Edison both lost by 34.  Roosevelt lost 88-54 and Edison fell 93-59.  North played a closer game but still lost by 11, 71-60.

South finished the conference season 11-1, tied with Henry for the conference championship.

I non-conference actions, the Tigers were 5-3.  They defeated St. Louis Park 65-63, Minnetonka 80-72, Elk River 88-73, Bloomington Jefferson 45-43, and Park Center 67-64.  The Tigers lost to St. Paul Central 67-50, Stillwater 64-58, and Eau Claire, WI 66-55.

In the Twin City championship game, the Tigers played St. Paul Central.  This game was closer than the non-conference game was, but Central still won 87-80.

The Tigers entered the Region 5AA tournament with a high seed.  The won the Region title and advanced to the State Tournament with their win over Osseo, 69-65.

The first game in the State Tournament was played on March 16.  The opponent, Robbinsdale Armstrong.  Armstrong showed why they were considered one of the top teams in the State, defeating the Tigers 86-60.  The Tigers then played in the consolation round and finished with season with two wins.  They first beat Cold Spring-Rocori.  In the Consolation Championship game, they easily defeated Eden Prairie 54-30.