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1986-1987 School Year
1986-1987 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Manuel Pira, Darrell Cunningham, Henry Rucker, Eugene Whitiker, Markus Terrell. Middle Row: Coach Levain Carter, Richard Brown, Craig Schletty, Fred Acosta, Shannon Nelson, tyron Koehn, Allen Lewis, Assistant Coach Ray Crump. Back Row: Assistant Coach Michael Winston, Tim Nelson, Nevin Taylor, Omar Lewis, Chris Criss, Patrick Napue, Jason Newton.

The Coaching trio of Levain Carter, Ray Crump and Michael Winston looked forward to the 1986-1987 season.  With many returning players, the coaches hoped the team would take the next step and challenge for the conference title. 

The Tigers opened the conference season against Southwest.  This was an exciting game that came down to the last minute of play with South winning by a slim margin, 65-62.  The next game, against, Henry, was event closer.  In this game, the team with the ball at the end of the game would probable win.  South barely defeated the Patriots, 69-68.  A win against Edison, 56-31, made it three win in a row to open the season.

The Tigers played another close game, this time against Washburn.  The Millers and Tigers fought the entire game, with Washburn winning 77-71.  The Tigers seemed to be the “cardiac kids” in the first half of the season.  Against Roosevelt, again South played a very close game, winning by the slimmest of margins, 54-53.

The game against North, which wrapped up the first round, was a defensive struggle.  North scored only 53 points, while the Tigers were held to 40. 

Beginning the second round, Southwest and Henry gained revenge for their earlier losses.  The margin was the same against Southwest as it was in the first round, with Southwest winning 74-71.  Henry pulled off a bigger win, 90-76.

South went on a three game winning streak after the Henry game.  Edison was routed 87-40.  Against Washburn, the Tigers gained revenge for the earlier loss, winning 59-40.   Roosevelt also fell to the Tigers, 84-58.

North again handed South a loss and showed why they were undefeated conference champions.  The Final score was 78-59.

In non-conference games, South was 2-6.  They defeated Little Falls 62-50 and Blaine 54-33.  Non-Conference losses were to Bloomington Jefferson 70-40, Stillwater 63-51, Eau Claire 66-65, Irondale 69-63, St. Louis Park 66-64, and Park Center 78-70.

The Tigers finished in third place with a 7-5 conference record.