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2000-2001 School Year

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With the start of the new season, Head Coach Joe Hyser and his staff stressed hard work, dedication, practice and sacrifice.  Senior Sheu Oduniyi seconded this according to the yearbook when he said, “It all came down to the choice between hanging out and working out.”

In non-conference games, the Tigers did not fare well, winning only two.  The wins came against St. Paul Arlington, 74-48, and St. Anthony, 72-59.  Losses were to St. Paul Central, 47-39, St. Thomas, 92-47, Centennial, 56-41, and Robbinsdale Armstrong, 69-42.

During the conference season, the Tigers opened up against Washburn.  South took control of the game from the start and the result was never in doubt.  South won 91-73.  After this win, a streak of bad luck hit the Tigers.  Against North, the difference was a three-point play.  North won 76-73.  Henry showed why they were conference champions winning 80-56.  Southwest won by a free throw, 56-55. 

To end the first round, the Tigers took out some anger on Roosevelt and Edison.  The Teddies lost 75-54, and that was followed by defeating the Tommies 66-42. After the first round, the team owned a 3-3 record.

To begin the second round, South continued good play against Washburn.  For the second time this season, the Millers lost, this time by a score of 70-48.  South looked for revenge for the earlier loss to North in the next game, and they earned it, winning 56-50.  Henry again defeated the Tigers, but the 62-49 score was closer than that of the first meeting.

South finished the conference season winning their last three games.  They took apart Southwest, winning by 30!  The final score was 63-33.  Roosevelt was beaten by 24, 84-60.  Edison was the last win.  The Tigers won by 25, 76-51.

In the Region playoffs, the Tigers faced Cretin-Derham Hall.  This was a close game, but the Cadets came away with the win and ended the Tigers season.  The final score was 64-57. 

The Tigers finished with an 8-4 record for the second straight season.  This was good for third place behind Henry and North.