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1996-1997 School Year
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1996-1997 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: D. Hinkle-Allen, B. Ellis, B. Howard, K. MEllen, T. Galameault, D. Gau, C. Foster, J. Lewis, D. Kelly, P. Voves, J. Anderson, T. Watley, K. Carrington. Second Row: J. Quam, L. Bryant, T. Stewart, W. Scott, C. Frasier, S. Bakion, A. Howard, J. Roland, D. Yates, J. Starks, M. Ojeda, D. Rose, A. Kelly. Third Row: M. Wagner, J. Hallsens, N. Nix, J. Terell, A. Saice, D. Evans, E. Combs, S. Ralston, S. Thao, M. Nix, M. Williams, J. Njoes, J. Covington, M. Bolles. Fourth Row: A. Thompson, W. Bergtrud, J. Grum, J. Thompson, J. Larson, C. Larson, D. Norals, L. Adey, T. Peterson, T. Tief, O. Omari. Back Row: A. Michaux, P. Morin, B. Williams, M. Ojeda, S. Blazina, R. Hinton, M. Jury, J. Combs, E. Harp, J. Hawkins.

The 1996-1997 football season started out with the attitude that the team was going to win.  With a majority of seniors, the Tigers felt the experience would play an important part of the team’s success.

South opened the season against long-time foe North.  The two teams have been playing since the 1890’s.  North took the advantage in this game 12-0.

South and Roosevelt faced off in the next game.  The Teddies took the contest 14-7.

Edison was the next team to beat the Tigers in another close game.  The final was 19-6.

South won its first game against Southwest.  The Tigers took advantage of Laker errors and won 36-15.

South faced Washburn for the Tigers’ Homecoming.  South expected a close game and hoped to upset the Millers.  The Tigers played well, but the Millers took the contest 20-9.

South finished the conference season with a 16-12 win over Henry.

In the Twin City Crossover game, South and St. Paul Como Park faced off.  The Tigers power destroyed Como Park 35-0.

The season was a little crazy.  Three teams ended 5-1 and tied for the conference title (Edison, Roosevelt and Washburn).  Two team tied for fourth place at 2-4 (North and South).  The last two teams tied for sixth at 1-5 (Henry and Southwest).  Overall the Tigers were 3-4.

For the ninth season, Al Howard was the head coach.  S. Bakkion, L. Bryant, C. Frasier, M. Ojeda, Jay Roland, D. Rose, Wiley Scott, J. Starks, Tony Stewart, and D. Yates assisted him.