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1991-1992 School Year

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The Tigers started the season in a bit of a disarray.  The team was not used to big change, and change came at the top, with a new head coach, Craig LeSuer.  Joining the staff was Joe Hyser as well.  Michael Winston returned for his seventh season as an assistant coach.

Senior Jamil Graves said, “We didn’t start out so great, but as a team we’re getting a lot better,” according to the South yearbook.

The Tigers started the season with a non-conference game against St. Paul Central.  The team won in a close contest 79-73.

The conference schedule began in January.  The Tigers lost their first game against Roosevelt.  It was close, which showed the Tigers they could play with any conference opponent.  The final score was 68-61.

The Tigers then won their next four conference games, three of which were by five or fewer points.  South defeated Southwest 66-61.  Then won two game in the last minute, both by two points.  Against North, the Tigers won 49-47, and against Edison the final was 68-66.  The only “easy” game was a 27-point win against Washburn, 89-62.

The game against Henry was shocking.  The fans expected the Patriots to be an easy for, considering Henry finished the season with a 6-6 record.  This game was extremely hard for the Tigers.  This was the third two-point game the Tigers played in the last four conference match-ups.  The real shocking part was the Patriots won, 66-64!

The loss to the Patriots may have been that the players were looking past Henry to their next game, a rematch with Roosevelt.  The Teddies were undefeated in the conference.  This game was even closer than their first game.  Roosevelt showed why they were in the conference lead and the Tigers showed why they were in second place.  Three points separated the two teams at the end, with South winning 58-55.  They were now only one game behind the Teddies, with hopes that Roosevelt would lose at least one more.

The Tigers finished the conference season winning their next five games.  Southwest fell 70-62.  North was tough, but surrendered 54-51.  Edison and Washburn both lost by 11, 70-59 and 65-54, respectively.  The Tigers gained revenge on Henry for their earlier loss, 81-74.

South finished the conference season in second place, and were playing as good as any team could.  At the regions, South came out on top, and the Tigers were headed to State.

South opened the State Tournament against Moorhead.  The Spuds, representing the city from northwestern Minnesota, mashed the Tigers in the first game and won 71-61.  South moved to the consolation bracket and took on Chaska.  The results of this game have not been found.