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2012-2013 School Year
2012-2013 Varsity Team Photo: Players names not listed in the 2013 South Yearbook.

The 2012-2013 Minneapolis conference basketball season was strange.  Top teams being upset by teams that finished in the bottom half of the standings were among the unique issue of the season.  South was not immune to these. The question is would South be one of those upset, or would they be doing the upsetting.

The season began with a game against St. Paul Highland Park.  The game came down to a last second shot, with South losing by one point, 53-52.  The Tigers rebounded against St. Anthony with a 63-49 win.  The team played a good defensive game.  The team played another strong game against St. Paul Academy.  This game was very close with the Tigers winning 64-37.  South won their third game of the season against St. Paul Como Park.  South was in control from the beginning, winning 73-51.  The team ended their early season non-conference games against Breck.  Another very close game with Breck edging the Tigers 62-59.

The conference season opened against Washburn.  The Millers and Tigers battled evenly, with the Millers edging the Tigers 61-56.  Roosevelt handed the Tigers their second conference loss of the season.  This was another close game with the Teddies winning 60-54.  By the end of the season, this would be considered an upset.

Three non-conference games were played during winter break.  The Tigers beat Northfield 61-50.  Richfield then defeated the Tigers 70-67.  Future St. Paul Conference champion St. Paul Johnson handed the Tigers another loss, 70-56.

The Tigers earned their first conference win over Southwest.  The team dominated the Lakers, 72-54.  South then played St. Paul Harding and won easily 70-52.  Buffalo defeated the Tiger in the net game 61-49.

The Tigers evened their conference record with a 75-58 win against Henry.  Wayzata then defeated the Tigers in a non-conference contest 61-38.  South then won against North and Edison to finish the first half of the conference season.  North fell 59-37 and Edison lost 67-45.

Beginning the second half, three teams were tied for the conference lead at 4-2, Washburn, Southwest and South.  The first game of the second half was against Washburn.  The game was back and forth and the Tiger took the game 75-70.  There was now a two-way tie for the lead with Washburn one game back.

The Tigers gained revenge on Roosevelt in the next game winning 65-48.  The game against Southwest was for first place.  Both teams only had two losses.  The game went back and forth, both team playing tough.  Southwest won by the slimmest one point, 65-64.  South was now one game back, tied with Washburn.

South played Benilde-St. Margaret’s in a very low-scoring game.  South won this defensive struggle 42-36.  Robbinsdale Armstrong then beat the Tigers 62-59.  South neared the end of the conference season against Henry, winning 49-39. 

On February 22, South played North. At the same time, Washburn and Southwest would be playing.  If Washburn would win the game, there would be a three-way tie for first place in the conference.  Even though South was pulling for Washburn, they had to take care of business against North.  South took care of business defeating the Polars 68-36.  Now, South had to wait to hear of the results of the Southwest-Washburn game.  The score was 93-63.  Washburn won.  There was now a three way time with one conference game remaining. 

The Tigers played Minnehaha Academy and lost 69-50.  The last conference game was against Edison.  Edison won only three games to this point and it seemed like an easy win.  Unfortunately, no one told that to Edison.  The low-scoring game was to Edison’s advantage.  The final score 48-45.  South won.  Now to wait for the scores of the other two.  Washburn won as did Southwest.  There was a three-way tie.  Southwest would represent Minneapolis in the Twin City game.

The Tigers took on Edina in the Region 6AAAA tournament.  Edison won easily 73-50 and ended the Tigers season. 

The Tigers finished the season with a 9-3 conference record and 15-12 overall record.  Three players, Payton Bowdey, Kenley Farrell and Alex Richardson were named All-Conference.  Joe Hyser completed his 16th season as Head Coach.  He was assisted by Charles Hallman, Ken Armstrong, Jason Daisy, and Johnell Hallman.  Coach Hyser was named Conference Coach of the Year by the other Minneapolis head coaches.