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2006-2007 School Year
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2006-2007 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Manager C. Hawkinson, T. Martin, N. Wiley, M. Adams, Manager L. Sanjose. Back Row: O. Runion, T. Cunningham, J. Whalen,J. Darrell, T. Hill, Head Coach J. Hyser.

From the swoosh in the net to the sound of sneakers on the court, you can tell from the faces of the basketball team that there is no lack of dedication.  This year the team’s love for the game was very apparent according to the 2007 South Yearbook. What may have made the season special was that Head Coach Joe Hyser hit a coaching milestone that only one other South basketball head coach reached, 10 years leading the team. He is only 21 years behind the man who coached the Tigers longer than he has, Luther Mona.

Conference play started off slow for the Tigers.  They played an extremely tough game against their rivals from Roosevelt, but fell in the last minute, 64-62.  A second loss, this time to North, could have derailed the Tigers, but they kept fighting back.  North won 81-73.

South tallied their first conference win against Edison in commanding fashion.  The 85-61 win showed the Tigers in perfect for both offensively and defensively.  The Tigers fell to Washburn in demoralizing fashion, 80-63, but then turned it around against Southwest.  The Lakers gave the Tigers all they could handle. The game came down to the final minute where South won 53-51. The first half of the conference schedule ended with a loss to Henry.  The Patriots too advantage of a few errors on the Tigers part and won 82-68.  South finished the first half of the conference season 2-4.

Things turned around for South in the second half.  South unstuffed the Teddies, revenging their earlier loss, and won 76-58.  South played tough against North and even led.  The most important thing is that they were leading when the final horn sounded. South had not defeated North in SIX years!  The final was 78-74.  Edison also fell to the Tigers in the second round.  The seven point win gave the Tigers confidence that they could beat anyone. The final scores was 69-62.

For the second time this season, Washburn beat the Tigers.  The Tigers improved slightly against Washburn, but fell 65-51.  South ended the season with wins against Southwest, 68-51, and Henry, 89-66.  They finished the second half with a 5-1 record.

In non-conference games, South was 8-6.  They beat three of the four St. Paul schools they played.  Humboldt lost 82-44.  Arlington fell 71-51.  Highland Park fell 82-75.  The only loss to a St. Paul school was to Como Park, 75-68.

Other non-conference wins were over South St. Paul, 77-60, St. Agnes, 92-72, Richfield, 84-82, White Bear Lake, 78-70 and Irondale, 72-55.  The Tigers lost to Holdingford, 65-52, Forest Lake, 50-32, OK Day Aki Charter School, 72-50, Buffalo, 81-60, and Bloomington Kennedy, 75-70.

Joining Charles Hallman as assistant coaches this season were D. Bryant, K. Powell and G. Smith.