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2005-2006 School Year

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Much of the experience built up over the past two seasons graduated last year, so again the Tigers were in a rebuilding mode. It would be the responsibility of Head Coach Joe Hyser and his right-hand man Charles Hallman to teach the players to be competitive.

The conference season started as it did last year, with a win against Edison.  This year, the Teddies were not match for South as it won 63-49.  The second game of the season, against Southwest, may have been the most exciting.  At halftime, the Tigers were down by 20 points!  However, South would not quit.  They clawed back slowly and turned a 20-point deficit into a 10 point win, 75-65!  The team believed they were on their way to a championship.

The Tigers were brought back to reality in their next three games.  Three losses, one each to Roosevelt, North and Henry, put a damper on the Tigers’ season.  Against Roosevelt, South played a tough game and lost by only five, 74-69. The team run over by North, losing 80-66.  The worst loss of the season came against Henry.  The Patriots played tough defense and seemed to score at will, winning 79-57.

Edison was up for the second time and the Tigers again won.  The 24-point victory, 67-43, was the Tigers best showing of the season.  That was followed by losses to Roosevelt, North and Henry for the second time this season.  All three games were much closer than their teams’ first meeting.  Roosevelt won 66-59.  North hung on and won by a free throw, 72-71!  Henry won by double figures, 68-57. 

The conference season closed out with a win over Washburn, 50-47.  South did play Washburn and Southwest twice, but the order of the games is not known.  Washburn lost in the second game 69-62.  Southwest won, 70-56.

South played a full non-conference season that was very successful. The Tigers amassed wins over St. Paul Humboldt, 57-36,  St. Paul Highland Park, 53-41, St. Paul Como Park, 62-59, St. Louis Park, 67-59, Edina, 77-57, and Buffalo, 57-43.  Losses were to Robbinsdale Armstrong, 67-57, and Robbinsdale Cooper, 75-55.  South also played Mounds View (twice), Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Richfield, Holy Angels, and Braham.  Scores of these games were not reported.

South finished win a 5-7 conference record, tied for fourth place with Roosevelt. Two players, Deonte Compton and Chris Smith were named to the All-Conference team. Coach Hyser believed the players improved greatly and looks forward to having a successful season next year.