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2009-2010 School Year

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South began the season as defending State and Conference champions.  They knew that everyone would be looking to knock them from the top spot in both areas. Head Coach Ahmil Jihad and assistant Steve Sutton knew they had to prepare the Tigers for what laid ahead.

The team opened the season with six non-conference games.  Against St. Paul Highland Park and Park of Cottage Grove, their first two opponents, the team seemed to be on cruise control, picking up where they left off last season.  Both team fell, by an 81-55 and 64-26 score respectively.  But, the next three games were not easy.  First came Benilde-St. Margaret’s.  The Red Knights were looking to make a name for themselves.  South kept the game close but Benilde came out on top, 56-52.  Maple Grove was next.  The two teams slugged it out the entire game with the lead changing often.  In the end, Maple Grove won by ONE point---73-71!  That loss took a lot out of the Tigers because two days later, Bloomington Kennedy ran all over the Tigers.  South lost 63-43. The team returned to their winning ways destroying Meadow Creek Christian 84-33.

The only conference game before Winter Break was against North.  The Polars were ready for the Tigers and easily won 76-53.  South went into the Winter Break with a ten-point win over Maranatha Christian Academy, 64-54.

Most of the conference schedule was played after break.  The Tigers opened with two easy wins over Edison and Henry, 78-32 and 85-12 respectively.  Two more non-conference wins came against Wayzata and St. Paul Johnson.  Wayzata gave the Tigers a game, but South pulled away for a 64-55 win.  Johnson lost by 30, 67-37.  The Team then returned to conference play beating Roosevelt in a close game 61-56.  St. Paul Como Park lost 76-33, as did Washburn, 80-45. January ended with a loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong by one point, 47-46 and a win against Southwest, 73-45.

South continued winning in February.  They earned a bit of revenge when they defeated North 57-45.  Edison again fell 79-45.  Rochester John Marshall and St. Paul Humboldt both lost, 81-36 and 88-77.  Henry lost 71-22 as did Burnsville, 67-59. 

Coming into the game on February 19 against Roosevelt, South and the Teddies were tied for the conference lead. Both team lost only one game, South to North in the first game of the conference schedule and Roosevelt to South in their prior meeting.  This game, for what would be the conference championship, was close.  Both teams played hard.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, Roosevelt won by a basket, 54-52.  The only hope South had for conference title would be if Roosevelt would lose one their two remaining conference games.  South had to win both.

Both teams still had to play Southwest AND Washburn.

South had Southwest first.  The Tigers won by 11, 63-52.  Roosevelt beat Washburn.  Two days later, South defeated Washburn 71-18.  Roosevelt also won and won the conference title. 

In the Region Tournament, South first drew St. Louis Park and won easily, 68-32.  Minnetonka was a little tougher, but again South won 58-42.  The team was one win away from defending their State Title.  They game was against Wayzata, whom the Tigers defeated earlier in the season.  Wayzata must have learned something from the game because they were ready for the Tigers and earned the trip to the State Tournament win a 58-42 win over South, ending the Tigers’ hopes for a repeat.

Again, both the JV and C-Squad won their conference titles.  The JV ended with a 10-1 conference record, 17-6 overall.  The C-Squad had a 12-0 conference record, 16-8 overall.  Both teams played in the Twin City games.  The JV won 49-37 over Central.  The C-Squad lost 63-53 to Central.