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2014-2015 School Year
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2014-2015 Varsity Team Photo: Players names not listed in the 2015 South Yearbook.

The 2014-2015 season was to be a rebuilding season.  Coach Joe Hyser and his assistants, Charles Hallman, Ken Armstrong, Scott Bullock, Jason Daisy and Johnell Hallman, were working hard to turn the team into contenders.

The season opened against Benilde-St. Margaret’s.  The two teams were evenly matched with the results of the game coming down to the last shot.  The final was 74-72.  South won.

The Tigers next played Marshall, MN.  There was a bit of a letdown after winning their first game and the team from southwestern Minnesota came out ahead, 72-59.  The Tigers then took on St. Paul Highland Park and came away with a 72-65 win.  Against Robbinsdale Armstrong, South continued flipping between wins and losses.  The Tigers lost 75-48 and evened their record at 2-2.

The first conference game of the season was against Edison.  The Tommies were no match for the Tigers as South won 64-35.  With the way the season was going, one could guess what happened in the next game against Roosevelt.  The Teddies won 60-50.

Against St. Louis Park, you guessed it, the Tigers returned to the win column 75-63.  The streak was broken against Southwest.  The Tigers took on the Lakers and won 95-78.  South’s winning streak advanced to three games when they defeated St. Paul Como Park 72-60.

During winter break, the Tigers played St. Paul Johnson and Elk River.  Johnson won 77-69.  The Elk River game was a close affair.  Elk River won by four, 62-58.

After winter break, the Tiger returned to conference play taking on North.  The Polars speed was no match for the Tigers.  North won 72-51.  The gym was rocking against Washburn.  The lead changed often.  It seemed the last team to score would win and the last shot decide the game. That is what happened.  The final was a one-point score 75-74, with South winning.

The Tigers took on Breck.  Again both team played a close, competitive game. South won 57-52.  South finished the first half of the conference season against Henry.  South’s consistency continued, playing another close game.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, Henry won 64-61.  The Tigers had a 3-3 record after the first half.

South took on St. Paul Central continuing their streak of competitive games.  Again, this game came down to the last shot.  The final score was 53-52 with the Tigers coming out on top.  Against Eden Prairie the Tigers fell 77-66.

The second half of the conference season started with a Tiger win over Edison.  The Tigers played excellent defense and won 72-43.  South played a non-conference game against Wayzata and lost 69-53. 

South’s next four games were against conference opponents.  First was Roosevelt.  Another competitive game saw the Tigers fall 57-54.  The game against Southwest was closer, with the Lakers winning 58-56.  South evened their conference record with an 84-74 win over North.  This group of games ended the way it started, with a three-point win.  This time the opponent was Washburn, with the Millers coming out on top 67-64.

Three games remained in the regular season.  The first was a non-conference win against Minnehaha Academy.  The final score was 84-78.  South finished the conference season against Henry in another close game.  The Patriots came out on top, 79-72.  The last game of the regular season was a disappointing loss to Edina.  The Tigers expected to be competitive but the Hornets won 92-68.

South was not favored to win any game in the Region 6AAAA tournament.  They played Minnetonka, who racked up 104 points against the Tigers.  However, South scored 105 and advanced in the tournament.  The next game was against Hopkins.  Hopkins ended the Tigers season 105-75.

South ended the conference season with a 5-7 record, in fifth place.  Overall, the Tigers were 13-15.  One Tiger, Payton Bowdry, was named All-Conference.