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1988-1989 School Year
1988-1989 Varsity Basketball Team: J. Fraboni, M. Evans, C. Patterson, J. Emmons, T. Halvorson, S. Iaquinto, J. Engstrom, S. Sorenson, A. Mietz, A. Rooker, G. Keimele, N. Walker, B. Cotton,M. Miller, J. Simmonds

The season began with great hope.  Four consecutive years of finishing in either third or second place had the Tigers looking for more. Unfortunately, the team took a step backward, finishing in fourth place with a 6-6 conference record and an 8-12 overall record.

The conference season started against Edison and what a start it was.  The game was a blow-out, giving the Tigers a 22-point victory, 55-22.  The second game was against defending conference champion, North.  The Tigers were in the game, but North pulled away at the end and won 44-37.  

The Tigers rebounded and defeated Washburn, 52-39, and Henry, 65-47.  Unfortunately, two losses followed.  Southwest beat the Tigers 61-47, followed by a Roosevelt victory, 55-39.

The second half of the conference season was a repeat of the first half.  South beat Edison 48-32.  Then North beat South 64-53.  Two more wins against Washburn, 49-32, and Henry 62-58, followed.  As the first half ended, so did the second half, with losses to Southwest, by a close 54-53, and to Roosevelt 71-48.

The Tigers won only two non-conference games.  They defeated St. Paul Central 44-30 and Buffalo 53-45.  Six losses were part of the non-conference schedule. Minnetonka won 73-49.  Mounds View won 61-35.  Forest Lake, 54-32, Bloomington Jefferson 63-49, Simley, 43-36, and Hastings, 42-41, all beat the Tigers.

The JV had a successful season, finishing in FIRST place for the first time!  Their official record was 9-1. However, the 1989 yearbook said the team was 10-1.  The reason for the discrepancy is that the scores of two games were not reported, the second game against Edison and the second game against Roosevelt.

The JV team’s only loss was in the second game against Washburn, with a final score of 41-36.  The team won all of the other games, usually very convincingly. 

Head Coach Kevin Anderson said as reported in the 1989 yearbook, “This was the ground year where players improved their skills and learned more about the game.  We have to launch like a rocket next year.”