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2004-2005 School Year
2004-2005 Varsity Basketball Team: Players names not published in yearbook

The 2004-2005 season started with a bit of apprehension.  The team had a new head coach, Ahmil Jihad.  The team was young, but has had some success.  Could the team take the next step and move up in the standings.

The team opened the conferenceseason with the defending State Class AAA champion North Polars. The Polars won 11 straight conference titles and 99 straight conference games.  Their last loss was in February, 1996.  The Tigers had a major hill to climb.  The game started with the Tigers coming out fast.  Some thought the Polars were playing flat.  Whatever the description, the Tigers did not give up.  North tried to come back, but the Tigers pushed back the Polar rush.  In the end, the Tigers ended the Polar dominance, broke their winning streak and WON 69-50!!!

The win gave the Tigers confidence and they continued winning.  Edison fell 78-37.  Southwest was then defeated.  The score was not reported.  Roosevelt lost to the Tigers 72-18. 

The Tigers were flying high when they met Washburn.  Washburn was also undefeated at the time.  The game would be for sole possession of first place.  The game was close, but the Miller ended up winning 51-44.  Because North lost to Washburn the game prior, South had sole possession of second place. 

The Tigers then played Henry and won a very close game, 49-43.  The team was looking forward to the rematch with North.  After shocking the Polars in game 1, the Polars game to South with revenge on their mind.  The Polars took the lead and never turned back, winning 72-38.  The Tigers fell into a tied for second place/

The team strung together more wins.  They defeated Edison by 20, 64-44.  Southwest played the Tigers close, but South won again 45-41.  Roosevelt then lost 69-31.  The next game came against Washburn.  Washburn was in first place, but not perfect.  The previous game, North defeated Washburn, so the team was playing for a share of first place.  The entire game was close.  It came down to the end, with the Tigers winning 60-57. After this game, there was a three way tie for first place, with North, Washburn and South all having lost two games.

The team ended the conference season with a 59-43 win over Henry.  North ended their conference season the prior game with a 10-2 record.  South now had a 10-2 record.  Would there be a two-way or three-way tie.  Word came in from the Washburn game.  Washburn won and also had a 10-2 record. 

South would represent Minneapolis in the Twin City game against St. Paul Conference champion St. Paul Central.  The game was close, but Central took home the trophy with a 53-48 win.

In non-conference games that were reported, South beat St. Paul Como Park 62-51 and St. Paul Highland Park 51-35. 

The Tigers won the Region tournament and made it to the State Tournament.  Unfortunately, they lost in the first round.

At the end of the season, Tayler Hill was named to the All-Conference team.