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1988-1989 School Year
1988-1989 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: Coach A. Howard, C. Edwards, A. Aleckson, T. Moe, A. Rogers, K. Phillips, C. Couyer, S. Thayer, J. Nelson, R. Crump, Coach S. Haine. Second Row: Coach M. Sly, S. Bakion, R. Walstead, M. Hassan, A. Johnson, A. Richards, S. Bunting, S. Snyder, O. Lewis, A. Groh, C. Frazier. Third Row: M. Harvey, S. Thompson, D. Melton, D. Isensee, P. Harp, R. White, C. Shilson, K. Lundquist, A. Rose, Coach J. Roland, Fourth Row: J. Fields, T. Johnson, D. Willis, L. Patterson, J. Hoff, G. Corbett, E. Blaylard, B. Malimanger, D. Boyd, J. Koehn, A. Hassan. Front Row: Unnamed student managers.

 For the second consecutive season, South has a new head coach.  Al Howard, who served as an assistant coach, was named the Tigers’ leader.

South opened the season with two consecutive non-conference games against teams from St. Paul.  The first was a decisive win against Highland Park, 36-14.  The second was just as decisive, but a loss to Central 30-3.

The conference season opened against North.  South worked hard and gained a 34-11 victory.

South’s arch-nemesis Roosevelt handed the Tigers their first conference loss.  Roosevelt worked hard than the Tigers and won 45-18.

South returned to Barnard field for Homecoming against Henry.  The Tiger defense rose to the occasion and propelled the team to an 18-0 victory.

South won their third conference game against Edison.  The Tommies put up a great struggle but fell 15-12. Because of Edison’s victory against Roosevelt the week earlier, South was tied for first place.

South travelled to Southwest to put a dampener on their Homecoming.  The Tigers may have been looking beyond Southwest, because Southwest pulled off an upset, winning 29-19.

South ended the regular season against Washburn and the Millers felt the frustrations the Tigers had from the previous game.  South won 33-13.

The next game was the first Region 5AA game.  Ironically, the team the Tigers played was Washburn, for the second week in a row.  The game was much closer, but South again won, 18-7, and advanced in the playoffs.

South’s next Region 5AA game was against Henry.  This game was a defensive struggle.  The Patriots gained revenge for their earlier loss, winning a low-scoring 8-6 game. 

The Tigers finished the season 4-2 in the Minneapolis Conference, tied with Henry for second place.  Overall, the team was 6-4.

Joining Coach Howard on the Tiger staff this season were Steve Haney, Jay Roland, Mike Sly and Mike Wurzer.