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2015-2016 School Year
2015-2016 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Timon Jones, Bradlee Lewis, Michael Harris, Marcus Luther, Payton Bowdry, Johnnie Turner. Back Row: Head Coach Joe Hyser, William Sax, Elerson Smith, Shovanna Rydeen.

The 2015-2016 basketball season can be summed up by senior Elerson Smith.  “We have a great program fun by Coach Hyser and beign able to contribute to a team like ours is great,” Smith was quoted in the 2016 South Yearbook.  The Tigers feel they have the talent to be successful, win the conference and make it to the State Tournament. 

The season began with a challenging game against Benilde-St. Margaret’s.  The team worked hard against each other, challenging each other with tough defense.  The Tigers pulled this game out in the last minute, winning 68-67.  A similar game was played against St. Francis.  Coming down to the last minute, South again won by a slim 59-57 score.

South was handed a tough first loss of the season. St. Paul Highland Park would take a lead and South fought back. A big-time three-point shot by Michael Harris with five seconds left tied the game, and South was hoping for overtime. An untimely foul and two clutch free throws by Highland Park with one second to go gave the St. Paul team a 61-59 win.

The Tigers were down by 14 at half time against Washburn. The Tigers fought hard to tie the score with a couple of minutes to play in the game. Unfortunately in the end, Washburn ended up winning the game by four, 56-52. Michael Harris led the Tigers with 15 points,

Against Bloomington Kennedy, South was sluggish in the first half and did not play up to their potential. In the second have South played with the heart and fought back from a six-point halftime deficit.  Outscoring the Eagles by 14 points in the second half gave the Tigers a 64-56 win. Johnnie Turner led the Tigers with 23 points, Michael Harris added 20.

The Tigers played Eden Prairie tough in the first half tying the Eagles 30-30.  However, in the second half, the defense had a letdown and the Tigers ended up losing 82-61. Johnnie Turner led South in scoring with 15, Payton Bowdry added 13.

The Tigers faced conference rival North in the next game.  Even though South lost 76-58, the coaches were extremely proud of how these young men competed tonight. They felt the players showed some things they will be able to grow from. Bradlee Lewis led  the Tigers with 17 point. Payton Bowdry added 14.

South showed a great effort against a good Milwaukee King squad. South was down by 3 with less than a minute to play, but just could n0t pull it out in the end. King won 60-55. Payton Bowdry led South with 17 points.

Against Henry, South was led by Marcus Luther on defense who took three charges and dominating the boards. Payton Bowdry, 26 points, Michael Harris, 19 points, and Bradlee Lewis, 17 points, led a 1-2-3 offensive punch.

The Tigers capped a two-win week, both conference wins. Against Edison, the Tigers won by 29 points, 84-55.  Michael Harris, 22 points, and Payton Bowdry, 17 points, led the way for the Tigers.

A great win for the Tigers over St Paul Johnson! It has been over years since the Tigers beat the Governors. (The last win was in 1994, but the teams have not played every year since.)  Bowdry lead the way with 27 points, 11 of 12 from the free throw line and 13 rebounds. The Tigers shot 21 of 23 from the free throw line.

The Tigers lead most of the game against Elk River, but a buzzer-beater by Elk River left the Tigers with a one point defeat, 68-67. The loss was disappointing but definitely did not define how the Tigers are playing. The balanced scoring was led by a trio of Tigers, Payton Bowdry, Michael Harris and Johnnie Turner each scored 16 points.

Against Edina, the Tigers pulled out a 69-62 win.


The Tigers held Southwest to only 10 first half points and established a 19 point lead. They then held on for a 12 point win, 64-52. The first half was good Tiger defensive basketball. The second half showed that the Tigers still have a lot to work on. Michael Harris led the way with 24 points.

Another great conference win for the Tigers against Roosevelt. The Teddies kept it close, but the Tigers were able to play hard for two halves, great defense, great ball movement, great overall game. Michael Harris led the Tigers with 24 points and Payton Bowdry led the defensive end with nine rebounds.

The Tigers lost to Osseo 79-67 but realized that they are a good team and can no longer be satisfied to just compete. Satisfaction will only be complete by winning. Michael Harris shot the lights out scoring 29. He was six of nine from the three-point line.

South defeated the Washburn Millers 63-57. The Tigers were led by Johnny Turner with 22 points and 12 Rebounds, Payton Bowdry's 12 rebounds and Bradlee Lewis’ 19 points. 

The North Polars proved to be too much for the Tiger in the next game. The Tigers competed hard but could not stop the Polars, particularly in the second half. The final score was 103-72/
Shadeed Cole led the Tigers in scoring with 18. Bradlee Lewis scores 17.

Against St. Louis Park, South let this game slip away. With time running out, Bowdry had a three-pointer rim out that would have tied the game, giving Park a 70-67 win. Michael Harris, 17 points, and Payton Bowdry, 15 points, let the Tigers.

The Tigers did not want to remember their next game, against Henry.  Mistakes cost the team a win.  The final score was 67-57.  Again, Michael Harris, 17 points, and Payton Bowdry, 14 points, led the team in scoring

South lost their fourth game in a row against Rosemount.  Rosemount won by 20, 72-52.

Many players gained some valuable Varsity minutes in the Tiger win over Edison. Michael Harris scored 27 to lead the Tigers.

On Senior Night at South, the Tigers had a nice win over Southwest led by the leadership of their Seniors. Johnnie Turner had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Payton Bowdry had 10 Rebounds and Michael Harris lead the team in scoring with 21 points. The final score was 62-55/

In the last conference game of the season, Roosevelt held the Tigers to a season low 37 points, winning by 14, 51-37. Michael Harris led the team with 14 points.  No other Tiger was in double figures.

 A total team win for the Tigers against a very good opponent, Minnehaha Academy. The Tigers had a huge offensive first half and then battled their way to an outstanding team victory 84-81. The Tigers were led by Payton Bowdry’s 33 points. Johnnie Turner and Michael Harris also scored in double figures with 19 and 17, respectively.

The Tigers struggled defensively in the first half but cranked up the defense and battled offensively to finish the regular season with a victory over St. Paul Como Park, 65-62. Bradlee Lewis finished with a season high 25 points.

In the Region 6AAAA tournament, the Tigers lost a tough one to Robbinsdale Cooper to end the season. The game was close the entire way, both teams fighting hard for the victory. The game was tied at the end of regulation. Cooper then edged the Tigers in overtime, 83-78. Michael Harris led the scoring with 24 points.  Payton Bowdry, 15, and Johnnie Turner 14, also made major contributions to the scoring.

The Tigers finished 7-5 in the conference, good for third place.  Overall the team was 14-13.  Three Tigers were named All-Conference, Payton Bowdry, Michael Harris and Johnnie Turner.

Head Coach Joe Hyser and his assistants, Charles Hallman, Scott Bullock, Chauncee Hollingsworth, Rodney Lossow and Russell Smith, hope the steps taken this season will help improve the team for next year.