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1998-1999 School Year

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Head Coach Joe Hyser and Assistant Coach Charles Hallman began their second season leading the Tigers.  Hopes of improving began with the non-conference season.

South played four St. Paul schools in December.  First was Humboldt. The Tigers played as if they were intimidated by Humboldt and lost 79-54.  The game against Highland Park was not much better, losing 86-65.  Against Como Park, the Tigers lived up to expectations.  They played a complete game defeating Como 73-43.  Against Harding, the Tigers slipped and fell 68-55.

The Tigers played seven other non-conference games.  They won four, beginning with a 66-57 defeat of Alliance Academy.  Blake was the second win, 68-57.  The Tigers also beat St. Paul Academy, by 20 points, 72-52.  Breck was the last non-conference win, 70-58.

Non-conference losses included a 60-31 defeat by Robbinsdale Armstrong.  Centennial won by 14, 63-49.  Against Milaca, South played an extremely close game, but fell in the end 67-62. 

South opened the conference season on January 8 against North.  The Polars, perennial State entrants, had no trouble defeating the Tigers.  North won by 20, 69-49.  Edison also defeated the Tigers 82-54.

South’s first conference win came against Southwest.  Both teams played a defensive game, leading to a low score.  The final was 52-48.

After the win against Southwest, the Tigers lost five straight, all by double figures.  Henry won 78-57.  Roosevelt won 77-64.  Washburn finished the first half with a 57-44 win.  The second half started as the first half did with the Polars winning 73-57.  Edison also defeated the Tigers, 76-48.

Southwest was looking for revenge for their earlier defeat.  The Lakers did not get it.  The Tigers won 68-59, the first sweep of a team in years.  Henry beat the Tigers for the second time this season, 65-43. 

The Tigers game against Roosevelt looked bleak.  The Teddies won the first encounter by 13 and everyone expected the same in the second game.  However, the Tigers would have something to say about it.  When the game ended, it was the Tiger who had the 68-53 win.  The last game of the conference season was a five point loss to Washburn, 70-65.

The Tigers finished the season with a 3-9 record in sixth place.  This is an improvement over the last place finish for the past four season.