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1982-1983 School Year
1982-1983 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Tony Johnson, Larry Thomas, Brandon Grissam, Russell Smith, Andrew Hargens. Back Row: Head Coach Levain Carter, Charles Davis, Dale Flaata, Curtis Travis, Earnest Trimble. Not Pitcured: Tim Smith, Andre Richardson, Andre Epps, Dale Adams

During the off-season, the South athletic leadership hired a new Head Coach for the Tiger Basketball program.  The new leader, Levain Carter, had the responsibility of teaching the young men the game of basketball and trying to win a conference, region and/or state title.  Coach Carter was assisted by Richard Grommesh.

The second big change this season is that there are now only seven schools in the City Conference after the district closed three high schools.  The remaining teams would play a double round robin for a total of 12 conference games.

The Tigers opened the season with a non-conference game against St. Paul Johnson.  Johnson ran away with the game, 74-49.

The first conference game was against Edison.  The Tigers showed they would be contenders winning 67-36.  Their second game, against a tough Southwest team, was an even contest.  Both teams worked hard and deserved to win.  Southwest came out on top, 68-65.

The Tigers won their next four games.  The Tigers pulled the stuffing out of the Teddies, beating Roosevelt 92-59.  South then beat Henry.  The score was not reported.  Washburn gave the Tigers a good game but fell 56-53.  North was the Tigers next victim as the Polars fell 67-60.

The second round started with the Tigers continuing their winning ways.  Edison fell first.  The Tigers gained some revenge on Southwest for their earlier loss, winning 67-65.  The Tigers again defeated Roosevelt.  However, after the Roosevelt game, two protests were made against South.  Both Edison and Roosevelt claimed the Tigers used an ineligible player in their games.  It was determined that South would forfeit those two games.  Before the forfeits were announced, South was tied with Southwest for the conference lead.  After the forfeits, South was now in second place, two games behind Southwest.

South rebounded from the bad new and defeated Henry.  No score was reported.  Washburn, 59-49, and North, 79-61, both fell.

Going into the Region Tournament.  South and Southwest were the favorites.  South made it to the Region championship.  Their opponent, however, was not Southwest.  It was North.  The Tigers came up one game short of making it to the State Tournament, losing to North and finishing in second place.

The Tigers finished the season with a 9-3 conference record and 17-5 overall record.  Russell Smith led the conference in scoring. He was named All-Conference and All-State. Curtis Travis was also All-Conference and an All-State Honorable Mention. 

The Tigers will have six players returning next season so hopes are high for another great season.