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1996-1997 Season
1996-1997 Varsity Team Photo: Elizabeth Adamsick, Jordan Kitzman, Meredith Doerr, Sarah Lundquist, Jessica Rosenow, Emily Trenkner, Lindsay Istre, Kirsten Holmquist, Assistant Coach James Mayer, Dilicia Pederson, Tiffany Bloomgren, Jennifer Johnson, Laura Noren and Head Coach George Beske

With 11 returning players, the Tigers were the odd-on favorite to win the conference championship again.  Five of the returning players were named to last season’s All-Conference team.  But Head Coach George Beske and his new assistant James Mayer, made sure the team did not develop big egos.

South opened the conference season winning the four of their six matches by the same score, 7-0.  The first to fall was North.  Washburn then lost, followed by Edison and Roosevelt.  The Tigers beat Henry, but the score was not reported.  It may be assumed that Henry also lost 7-0 since they only won one match during the year, against Roosevelt.  The only conference team to score against the Tigers was Southwest.  The Lakers fell 6-1.

The Tigers faced St. Paul Central in the Twin City match and took home the trophy, 4-3.

In the Region tournament, the Tigers breezed, winning all of their matched, The championship match was against Totino Grace.  South demolished the Eagles 7-0, advancing to the State Tournament.

For the second time in school history, the Tigers appeared in the State Tournament.  Unlike the first tme, the Tigers were not going home without a win.  South won their first match. In the Semi-finals, they also won, advancing to the finals.  In the championship match, the Tigers faced the Jaguars of Bloomington Jefferson.  In a match that was much closer than the score, the Jaguars took home the crown, 6-1.  The Tigers finished second in the State, the best in the history of South.