Take a look at the South Iron Boys Basketball season records over the last ten years…
- 2010-11: 20-8
- 2011-12: 24-4
- 2012-13: 23-6
- 2013-14: 25-4
- 2014-15: 24-4
- 2015-16: 19-9
- 2016-17: 21-7
- 2017-18: 22-6
- 2018-19: 23-5
- 2019-20: 29-1
A team is on a pretty good run when a down year features “only” 19 wins. Throw in five district championships in the last 11 seasons, a state championship in 1965, a third place finish in 1995, and a second place state performance in 2008, and you have a culture that breeds success. From 1962-64, the Panthers had three consecutive seasons of winning 30 or more games…still a MSHSAA record.
“Throughout the history of our school, community, and program, we have witnessed the results of what is possible when you have groups of people willing to come together, set goals and standards, and work hard daily,” head coach Dusty Dinkins explained. “We draw from these past successes, and are confident that if we put in the physical work, perform it well with each other, and continue to improve intellectually, we will be successful.”
Last season, an incredible run of 29 consecutive victories was stopped with a five point loss to Dora in the state sectionals. Dora went on to win the Class 1 title. But the Panthers continually run out teams that will battle with the best, regardless of the size of the school.
“During competition, and in practice, we want to exhibit the ability to handle adversity and challenges,” Dinkins pointed out. “We do this through teamwork, steadiness, and effort, while showing respect for our opponents, and all who are involved. We also want to have fun playing the game. We try to play an exciting brand of basketball that is not only fun to play, but is also exciting to coach and watch.”
Ameritime Sports is proud and excited to be able to bring you reports on every single contest this coming season, as the Panthers strive for another outstanding year.