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1988-1989 School Year
1988-1989 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: S. Sorenson, J. Fraboni, S. Dumdei, A. Meitz, J. Anderson, Coach J. McGinnes, T. Olson, D. Melrose, A. Rooker, G. Ross. Middle Row: R. Hesser, T. Tennessen, E. Rand, H. Padilla, A. Petzel, G. Keller, N. Vasseur. Front Row: J. Simmonds, M. Fraboni.

With a new season, begins new hope.  New Head Coach, Joe McGinness, expected to take last season’s modest success and turn the Tigers into contenders for the conference title.

South opened the conference season against Southwest. Games against Southwest are always competitive and emotional.  The game was decided in the second half, when the Tigers edged Southwest 2-1 for their first win of the season. 

It was Edison’s bad luck that they were the Tiger’s next opponent.  South scored and continued scoring.  South scored so much that they set a school record tallying 23 goals while shutting out the Tommies.

The next game, against Washburn, was tougher.  The Millers and Tigers fought back and forth, each scoring one goal.  That was all either team scored.  The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

South then went on a winning streak.  South defeated Roosevelt in a rout, 14-0.  Henry put up a great fight, but fell 1-0.  North fell 8-0.  Rival Southwest broke the streak of shutouts, but also fell, 2-1.  The Tigers took it a little easier on Edison, winning only 13-0!

The winning streak was at five games when the Tigers took on Washburn.  This game was even closer than the first.  Neither team scored, ending in a 0-0 tie! Both teams were tied for first place.

Roosevelt was the next victim of the Tigers, falling 8-0.  South’s next game was against Henry on October 8.  However, on October 5, Washburn and Southwest played and Southwest helped the Tigers by beating Washburn 1-0.  South was alone in first place going into the Henry game.  This gave the Tigers an extra push.  The Tigers won 3-0.  The last game of the season put the icing on the cake.  South took on North, won 8-0, and clinched sole possession of first place.

South entered the playoffs as one of the favorites.  They took on Blake and won easily, 6-0.  Their next opponent, Washburn, was the team that gave the only blemishes on the Tigers’ conference record.  Unlike the first two meetings, which ended in ties, there would have to be a winner in this game.  Like the prior two games, it was extremely close.  One goal was scored.  The Millers won ending the Tigers’ season and hopes for a State Tournament berth.

The post season awards included five players being named to the All-Conference team, Marta Fraboni, Anne Meitz, Erika Rand, Jennifer Simmonds, and Susie Sorenson.

Pete Sampson served as the Tigers’ assistant coach.