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1995-1996 School Year
1995-1996 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: M. Hansen-Wendling, J. Quam, J. Lewis, M. Bolles, D. McGee, J. Puranen, J. Saice, J. Graham, M. Williams, S. Asbu, J. Knutson. Second Row: S. Moen, M. Dunn, W. Edwards, T. Mattson, T. Peterson, T. Galarneault, C. Larson, J. Thompson, A. Tatem, L. Adey, S. Taaffe. Third Row: J. Terrell, M. Nicks, M. Williams, D. Hunter, A. Gau, J. Gowan, M. Wagner, C. Foster, U-turn, Coach J. Rolland, B. Willenbring. Back Row: Coach R. Stallings, Coach T. Stewart, J. Starks, D. Kelly, E. Harp, K. Mellen, R. Hinton, Coach A. Howard, S. Blazena, M. Ojeda, S. Bakion, F. Benjamin-Reyes, Coach S. Haney, Coach W. Scott.

After last season when the Tigers did not win any games, any improvement would be better.  The Tigers faced another challenging season, again being young.  But maybe the most important thing is that the Tigers season was historic.  For the first time in school history, a female, Renee Pewaush, played on the football team. 

Head Coach Al Howard was in his eighth season as the Tiger leader.  The assistants had a variety of experience from Steve Haney, who has been with the Tigers 11 seasons, to Jay Roland (8 seasons), to Tony Stewart and S. Bakkion (4 seasons) to the two newcomers, Wiley Scott and Richard Stallings. 

South opened the season against North.  The Tigers faced North and the Polars completely manhandled the Tigers to a 30-0 score.  This was South’s 13th consecutive loss over the last three seasons.

South faced Roosevelt in the second game of the season. The score went back and forth, with the Tigers breaking their losing streak!  South won 26-20 and evened their record at 1-1.

South took on Henry.  The Tigers played a tough game, but the Patriots edged the Tigers 26-22.

South took on non-conference opponent St. Paul Central.  The Tigers took a step backward against Central and lost 46-14.

Southwest visited South to participate in the Tigers’ Homecoming.  South played tough but sent the fans home dejected because the Lakers won 22-12.

South and Edison clashed in the next game.  The game was close and in doubt the entire time.  The Tommies ended up on top 31-28.

South finished the conference season against Washburn.  The Millers punished the Tigers to a 34-14 score.

South played St. Paul Humboldt in the Twin City Crossover game.  South took out some pent up frustrations on Humbolt and won 25-8.

The season ended in the Region 5AA tournament.  South played conference champion Edison.  The Tommies doubled up the Tigers 52-26, ending South’s season.

The Tigers finished the season with a 1-5 conference record, tied with Henry for last place.  Overall, the Tigers were 2-7.