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2010-2011 School Year
2010-2011 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Walter Abram, Peter Goldstein, Keven Sullivan, Malando Kisongo, Mahari Wilson. Back Row: Mohamed Mohamed, Carnell Sheppard, Andre Burton, Thomas Ford, John Ulrich, Hashi Said, Isaiah Wilson, Juwan Ashman.

As always, every new season bring on a new challenge and new hope for success.  The 2010-2011 basketball team had those as well.  The hopes were for a conference title and a chance to make it to the State Tournament.  The challenges included a tough non-conference schedule as well as replacing valuable team members who left due to graduation and/or transferring.

The Season started with a game against Eagan.  Eagan proved to be a big obstacle to overcome.  Eagan won 79-48.  The Tigers fared better against St. Paul Como Park, but still ended up on the short end of a 74-62 game.

The team opened the conference schedule against rival Roosevelt.  The Teddies started strong, but the Tigers pulled away and won their first game of the season, 67-53. 

Returning to non-conference action, the Tigers went on a five game losing streak.  Richfield seemed to score at will winning 96-68.  Buffalo won in a low-scoring affair 61-46.  St. Paul Como Park pulled the game out in the last minute, winning 84-82.  Another close game was played against St. Anthony, but the suburban team in Northeast won 69-61.  St. Paul Johnson handed the Tigers their fifth straight loss and seventh loss in eight games by a 72-65 score.  The dream of making the State Tournament could have been crushed, but the Tigers kept clawing toward their goal. The team turned things around and broke their losing streak in a 62-55 win over St. Paul Highland Park.

The Tigers returned to conference action against Washburn.  The team played a defensive-minded game with the Millers coming out on top 65-57.  Against Southwest, the Tigers won by eight points, 76-68. South then took on Aquinas High School, located in Wisconsin, and lost 62-55.

South returned to conference play and won against Henry 76-72, North 79-74, and Edison 86-49. This ended the first half of conference play with the Tigers tied for first place with Washburn.

In a non-conference game, the Tigers lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s 85-77.  They then extended their conference winning streak to five games with their second win over Roosevelt.  The score was 71-56.  St. Paul Harding also fell by a 74-50 score.

This set up the game for the conference lead.  Earlier in the season, Washburn won the first meeting.  But, Washburn lost to North in their last game of the first half.  Both team were 6-1. Washburn started fast and South never came back.  South dropped to second place with a 80-59 loss.  If South was to gain a share of the title, they would need help from their conference foes in beating Washburn.

South finished the regular season winning five of their last six games.  Southwest fell 70-59.  In a non-conference match-up, Becker lost 54-36.  Henry played tough but the Tigers prevailed 74-69.  North fell 77-66.  The only loss was the last game of the regular season against Minnehaha Academy.  The final was 59-46.

South had to wait two days to find out if they may be playing in the Twin City game.  Washburn was playing North.  The Polars handed the Millers their only loss of the season, 80-74.  Many players attended the game, hoping lightning would strike twice.  The final score of the game was 84-73.  Washburn crushed the Tigers hopes and won the conference title. 

The next day, South finished the season defeating Edison 95-58.  South finished second with a 10-2 record.

In region 6AAAA play, the Tigers faced St. Louis Park.  Park won 72-54 ending the Tigers’ season.

Head Coach Joe Hyser was pleased with the progress the team made during the season.  Despite winning only three non-conference games, the Tigers showed great improvement.  The team finished with a 13-13 overall record. Three players were named to the All-Conference team: senior Mohamed Mohamed, and juniors Thomas Ford and Carnell Sheppard.

Coach Hyser was assisted this season by Charles Hallman, Ken Armstrong, Scott Bullock, and Jason Daily.