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2007-2008 School Year

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The 2007-2008 basketball season was a tough one for the Tigers.  This season was marred by the loss of many players due to ineligibility.  Student-athletes can become ineligible for participation in a number of ways.  First is academic ineligibility.  Students who do not have a 2.0 grade point average the quarter before participation are ineligible.  With basketball, a player can become ineligible during the season since the season crosses over the second and third quarters.  Players can also become ineligible if the transfer schools and/or violate Minnesota State High School League or school rules.  Head Coach Joe Hyser, his assistant coaches and the team had to deal with many of these this season.

The conference season began against Roosevelt.  The Teddies racked up 80 points and the Tigers were reeling.  South only managed 65 points.  South followed that up with a better game against North.  This came down to the last minute and North eked out a 70-69 win.

The Tigers earned their first conference win of the season beating Edison75-68.  This was a total team effort.  However, the Tigers slid down in their game against Washburn.  The Millers won 56-40.

The first half of the conference season ended with a 65-50 win over Southwest.  The last game of the first half came against conference co-champion Henry.  The Tigers shocked the Patriots and pulled off an 87-81 upset.

To begin the second half, South extended their winning streak to three game, defeating Roosevelt 60-47 and earning a split in the season series.  North played like they would be the conference champions (they were not) while defeating the Tigers 82-65.  Edison earned a split in the season series beating South 84-65. 

Washburn again handled the Tigers easily, winning 72-55, South beat Southwest for the second time this season, winning by 20, 76-56.  Henry earned revenge for their earlier loss and demolished the Tigers 93-68.

In non-conference games, South played four St. Paul schools and earned a 2-2 split with them.  In December, the foe was Arlington.  The Tigers won a high-scoring affair 95-83.  In January, they took a low-scoring game from Highland Park, 52-48.  February produced two losses, the first was to Johnson in a close 68-64 game.  The second game, against Como Park, was even closer, 78-75.

The Tigers won six other non-conference games.  The destroyed Holdingford 98-37.  Richfield played the Tiges close, but fell 89-86.  Adams Friendship Academy also lost by three, 63-60, as did Fridley, 73-70.  South St. Paul was beaten 76-51.  St. Agnes fell 84-69.

South lost five other non-conference games.  Mounds View won 74-65.  Osseo also beat South, 80-66.  Orono took their game 86-74.  Wayzata won by 26, 93-67.  Minnetonka handed South their worse loss of the season, a 39-point defeat, 85-46.

Again, Charles Hallman was one of the assistant coaches who helped Coach Hyser.  The two have been together for 11 seasons coaching the Tigers.