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2008-2009 School Year
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2008-2009 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Carnell Sheppard, Samuel Island, Walter Abram, Armond Wright, Stephen Johnson. Middle Row: Chaz Rogers, Christopher Hatcher, William Ferguson, Marcus Vandersanden, Avery Doorset, Victor Easter. Back Row: Head Coach Joe Hyser, Eamon Whalen, Alonso Trayler Derrick Boone, Assistant Coach Jason Daisy

The 2009 South Yearbook described the season better than anyone could. “Determined, hardworking, humble: the three words Derrick Boone ’10 used to describe the basketball team….Even though he only played ten games due to an injury, he stayed with the team and watched every game and practice.  It is the definition of dedication, something that’s shown in every player…..The team is pushed daily by their coach, Joe Hyser.  He’s widely known throughout the school. ‘I think Coach is a good guy, someone who has great knowledge for the game of basketball,’ said Boone.  Hyser said it best himself, ‘I’m a teacher and a coach.  I don’t teach just to coach.  I couldn’t see myself teaching here and not coaching.’”

The team opened their season against St. Paul Arlington.  This was a close game that pushed the Tigers to play their best.  It showed with a 62-59 win.  In the second game of the season, Osseo sent the team packing.  A 71-44 Tiger loss showed the team they still had a lot of work to do to become one of the elite teams in the state.  South played a third non-conference game before the start of the conference season. Against Richfield, the Tigers showed improvement, but came up a little short in a 71-62 loss.

The first conference opponent was North.  The Tigers stayed with the Polars for much of the game, but North was too tough and won 74-64.

South then played two out-of-state schools from Milwaukee, WI.  The Tigers played tough against Milwaukee Pius but fell in a close 67-65 game.  Against Milwaukee Southwest, the Tigers had better luck.  South won 62-54.

In a holiday tournament, South lost two games close games.  Fridley won 67-62.  St. Paul Central also won, 69-65.

After the New Year, South returned to action with two more non-conference games.  They lost to Buffalo 65-46. They then defeated St. Paul Highland Park 75-55.

The Tigers returned to conference play against Edison.  The game was entertaining with South gaining the advantage and winning 58-51.  Henry then beat South in an extremely close game 67-64.

South took on two non-conference foes Martin Luther King weekend.  The First was Mounds View.  The Mustangs play good defense and shut down the Tigers 68-56.  Against Holdingford, the Tigers eked out a 72-67 win.

South then played six conference games.  The Teddies and Tigers battles back and forth, with South coming out ahead at the end of the game 59-55.  Washburn demoralized the Tigers, almost doubling up the Tigers 84-45.  Against Southwest, South went back to winning form and took the game 64-54.  In the closest game of the season, North and South battled back and forth.  It looked like South would upset the Polars, but at the last minute, North won 57-56.  South used the same style of play against Edison that they used against North.  This time, the Tigers won in convincing fashion, 75-51.  A game against Henry ended this stretch of conference game.  The Patriots won 65-56.

South played their last three non-conference games around President’s Day.  The first game was a loss to St. Paul Johnson.  South won against both St. Agnes and St. Paul Como Park.  The team beat St. Agnes 72-49 and won against Como Park 75-42.

The Tigers finished their conference season with three games.  The first was a close 60-55 win over Roosevelt. The second was a 24-point loss to Washburn, 87-63. The tables were turned on Southwest with a 20-point win, 82-62. 

The Tigers’ season ended in Region play.  South took on Robbinsdale Armstrong.  The teams battled, but in the end, Armstrong won 83-77.

The Tigers ended the season with a 6-6 conference record, good for fourth place.  Overall, the team posted a 13-14 record.  Charles Hallman and Jason Daisy assisted Coach Hyser.