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2006-2007 School Year
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2006-2007 Varsity Basketball Team: Back Row: Coach S. Sutton, B. Moore, J. Ulrich, E. Fohrenkam, T. Hammick, S. Nienhuis, T. Hill, Coach C. Williamson, Coach A. Jihad. Middle Row: A> Miles, M. Anderson, M. Cramer, G. Roberts, J. Houle, E. Holmes. Front Row: T. Smith.

The 2006-2007 season began with a goal of winning the State Tournament.  The team was ranked in the pre-season polls and was determined to get back to the “big dance.”

The conference season began with South playing Southwest.  The team started out by doubling up the Lakers 78-39.  The second game, against Henry, saw two records fall.  Last year, the Tigers scores 100 points for the first time in their history.  This year, the team scored 100 or more points FIVE times, including in their game against Henry.  The team shattered the single game scoring record, winning 121-28!!!  Also in this game the 93 point victory was the largest margin of victory the team ever had!

The team beat Washburn in their next game.  The score was not reported.  Washburn then fell 64-43.  In the game against Edison, the Tiger again scores over 100 in their 81 point victory, 105-24.  Roosevelt fell by a “close” nine points, 64-55.  Southwest lost by 51, 93-42.

The next game came against North.  The Tigers won 24 straight conference games.  The Polars played a tough game.  The game came down to the last shot.  The Polars had the ball as time was running out.  They took a shot……it went in!  The Tigers could not come back and the Polars did the unthinkable, beating the Tigers 79-78!  

The Tigers took out their frustrations on Henry, winning by 68.  For the second time, the team scored over 100 points against the Patriots, winning 103-35.  In the rematch against North, the Tigers came out hard and buried the Polars in a 80-42 win.  The Tigers then again scored 100 point against Edison, winning 102-31.  The team closed the conference season the same way it started by doubling up Roosevelt 78-39.

The team ended with an 11-1 conference record and in sole possession of first place.

In non-conference games, the Tigers compiled an 11-1 record.  South beat St. Paul Johnson 95-55.  Their last 100 point game came against St. Paul Highland Park, when the Tigers won 112-48.  The other non-conference wins included against Andover, 77-41, Fulda, 72-36, Holy Angels, 97-65, Bemidji, 87-62, Kittson County Central, 87-44, Hopkins, 66-54, Maranatha Christian Academy, 85-37, Roseville, 80-67 and Rosemount, 79-45.  The only non-conference loss was to Eagan, 66-58.

For the third straight season, the Tigers represented Minneapolis in the Twin City Game.  This time, Central won, 83-64.

In the Region tournament, South seemed to breeze through the competition.  They beat Apple Valley 56-35.  The second game, against Burnsville, was won by the exact same score, 56-35!  In the Region championship game, South defeated Eastview 67-55.

The Tigers entered the State Tournament, having lost in the first round the last two years.  Some wondered if the Tigers would suffer the same fate.  The first state game was against Osseo.  The game was close, but the Tigers pulled away, winning by nine, 56-47.  The second game was against Champlin Park.  The teams battled in a close contest.  The final score, 73-70 was in the Tigers’ favor. 

Finally, the Tigers would be playing in a State Championship game.  However, the odds of winning were against the Tigers.  Their opponent, St. Paul Central, defeated the Tigers in the Twin City game 21 days earlier.  Could South pull off the upset?  The two teams were ranked 1 and 2 in the last poll of the season.  Central convincingly won, by almost the same score as they won three weeks earlier, 81-63. (The TC score was 83-64.)  South had to settle for second place.  It was the first time in school history that the Women’s team played for a State title.

The Tigers finished the season with a 27-4 record.  Tayler Hill again was named to the All-Conference team.