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2011-2012 School Year

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After last season’s success in the Minneapolis Conference, the Tigers were hoping to take the next step and claim a conference crown.  They also hoped to improve on the non-conference win total from a season ago. Under the tutelage of Head Coach Joe Hyser and his assistants, Charles Hallman, Jason Daisy and Johnell Hallman, the Tigers believed they were ready for the next step.

South opened with five straight non-conference games.  The first was a convincing win over St. Paul Como Park.  The Tigers played well as a team and earned the 68-55 win.  However, disaster struck.  After that first win, the Tigers started a losing streak. St. Paul Highland Park was the first team to give South an “L.” The game was close but Highland pulled away near the end of the game for a 62-52 win.  Rosemount did Highland one better.  They won by 14, 66-52, One of the biggest disasters of the season happened against Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The Red Knights won by 35, doubling up the Tigers’ score 70-35.  Richfield then won 81-57.

The Tigers then took on Washburn, the defending champions, in the opening game of the conference season.  Washburn won 75-39, giving the Tigers their worst defeat of the season.

South bounced back against Roosevelt and evened their conference record at 1-1.  This win gave the Tigers some confidence back.  The final was 71-47.

Bad luck against non-conference foes continued.  In a close game, Eagan barely beat South, 76-74.  Against another suburban school, Eastview, the Tigers fared even worse.  Eastview win 77-45, a 32-point loss for South.  Wayzata added insult to injury beating South by 30, 84-54. 

South returned to conference play against Southwest.  This two-point game was settled in the last minute. South edged Southwest, 61-59.  St. Paul Johnson gave the Tigers another non-conference defeat, 76-53.  That was followed by another non-conference game, this time against Henry.  A 75-60 loss evened the Tigers’ conference record at 2-2.

North was beaten with ease, 73-53.  That was followed by another “easy” game against Edison.  South also won that 64-45.  Their conference record was 4-2 and the Tigers were still in contention.

Robbinsdale Cooper was the next opponent.  South fell 77-65.  Washburn was in first place and undefeated when they met the Tigers for the second time of the season.  South was in third place.  An upset would put the Tigers in contention.  Washburn knew that and came out and played hard.  Washburn won 88-62.  Buffalo also South a loss. 59-47.

After losing to Buffalo, something clicked whit the Tigers.  South handed Roosevelt a 65-59 loss.  South easily won over Southwest, 74-64.  In a non-conference match up, South beat Minnehaha Academy 81-71. 

South then met Henry.  Henry was one game ahead of the Tigers in the standing in second place.  Henry just lost to Washburn for the second time, so both team were eliminated from the championship.  However, both teams wanted to finish in second place.  This game was close.  It seemed whoever had the ball last would win.  South opened a small lead.  When the final horn sounded, South won 60-56.  Both teams had three losses and if South could win their last two games, the worst they could finish is tied for second.

South destroyed North, 90-48.  Edison put up more of a fight, but they also lost 52-42.  South finished with a 9-3 conference record, tied with Henry for second place

In the Region 6AAAA tournament, South lost in their only game 76-51 to Edina, ending the Tigers’ season.

South place only one player on the All-Conference squad, senior Carnell Sheppard.  Overall, the Tigers finished 11-14