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1996-1997 school Year

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“We may be small and young, but we have a lot of dedication,” said junior Paul Jury, as reported in the 1997 yearbook.  Coaches Craig LeSuer, Joe Hyser and Michael Winston knew the Tigers had to rely on their speed, hard work and fundamentals if they wanted to compete in the conference.

The Tigers opened the season with non-conference games against three St. Paul schools.  Against Highland Park, South worked hard but the experience of Highland Park handed the Tigers their first loss of the season, 57-43.  Central handed the team another loss a week later, 70-54.  One week after playing, the Tigers took on Harding.  This was the worst loss of the three, 72-47.

South gained a non-conference win against St. Paul Como Park.  This was the only non-conference win of the season.  The final score was 80-59.  The Tigers lost all of the other non-conference games they played.  Shakopee won 76-58.  Coon Rapids won 69-45.  Centennial was victorious 68-41.  Finally, Bloomington Kennedy won 71-61.

The first conference game was against Washburn.  The Millers almost doubled up the score of the Tigers winning 68-36.  Edison was the next foe for the Tigers.  Again, the Tigers lost, 75-63.

The game against Southwest was the most exciting of the year.  At the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied, sending it into overtime.  In the first overtime period, the teams worked hard and the game ended after only one extra period.  The final score, 69-68.  South won!!!!  Unfortunately, this would be the only conference win of the season.

South finished January with games against Roosevelt and North.  Roosevelt won by 24, 71-47.  North won by 38, 85-47.  The first round of conference games ended with a loss to Henry on February 4.  The final was 81-52.

The second round almost mirrored the first.  Washburn won by 43, 93-50.  Edison then beat the Tigers 80-67.  Southwest gained revenge on the Tigers for their earlier loss, winning 68-57.  Roosevelt won by 43, 89-46.  Against North, the Tigers worst defeat of the season occurred, a 59-points drubbing, 95-36.  The season mercifully ended with only a 26-point loss to Henry, 68-42.

The Tigers finished the season with a 1-11 conference record, tied with Southwest for last place.  After six season, Head Coach Craig LeSuer decided to step down as the Tiger leader.  Also, Assistant Coach Michael Winston decided to leave after 12 season.