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2009-2010 School Year

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Hopes were high as the new season began.  The team hoped to improve over last season record.  Coach Joe Hyser, beginning his 13th season as head coach knew he had a talented group of players. It was his and his assistant coaches, Charles Hallman, Jason Daisy and Mr. Hemmingsen, job to get the best out of each player. 

The team opened the season with nine straight non-conference games.  In the first game, every player saw action as the Tigers slaughtered St. Agnes 88-35.  Richfield proved to be more of a challenge, but they too fell to the Tigers by a 71-58 score.  South continued to pile up the points when they took on Holdingford.  The 84-53 final score kept the team’s spirit high.  Osseo proved to be the toughest opponent so far, being the first team to lose to the Tigers by less than 10 points.  The final was 71-62.

Right before the holidays, South played two teams from Milwaukee.  Both games were entertaining and close.  Milwaukee Riverside won by 12, 57-45.  Milwaukee Vincent had an eight-point win, 52-44.

South returned to play Minnesota schools and their losing streak reached three with a loss to St. Paul Central.  Central won by 10, 77-67.  The losing streak was broken against Fridley.  The Tigers won 78-52.  St. Paul Harding gave the Tigers a scare.  Both teams played a defensive, low-scoring game.  South won 59-52.

The first conference opponent was North.  North pushed South to the brink and then broke the spirit of the Tigers with a 69-65 win.  This loss was followed by a 21-point beating by Buffalo, 65-44. 

South first conference win came against Edison.  The Tigers more than doubled the Tommies’ score with a 73-35 win.  Against Henry, the Tigers again played an excellent game, but the Patriots pulled out the game winning 66-62.  South then lost to St. Paul Como Park 65-62.

South then went on a short winning streak.  Roosevelt was the first to fall, 64-51.  That was followed by a 69-58 win over Washburn.  St. Paul Highland Park also fell to the Tigers in a high-scoring affair, 93-90!  Southwest’s score was more than doubled when the Tigers won 74-36.

North ended the winning streak giving the Tigers a 66-53 loss.

South put on its best offensive performance in years almost tripling Edison’s score, winning 99-36!  South should have saved some of the points in the game for the next one.  St. Paul Johnson beat the Tigers 68-61.  The second Henry-South game may have been the best game played all season.  The Tigers won in the last minute 79-77.  Benilde-St. Margaret’s handed the Tigers another loss, 84-75.  South won two of their last three games.  The defeated Roosevelt 60-46, barely lost to Washburn 83-81 and beat Southwest 74-58.

In the Region 6AAAA tournament, South won their first game over St. Louis Park 80-75.  The winner then played one of the top teams in the State, Hopkins.  South stayed with Hopkins, but slowly Hopkins pulled away and won 86-71.  The Tigers’ season ended.

The Tigers finished 8-4 in the Minneapolis Conference, good for third place.  Overall, South was 16-12.