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2005-2006 Season

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The defending champions had their eyes set on another conference title.  Head Coach George Beske knew the team would be competitive. Beske was assisted this season by a new assistant coach, Danny Kantar.  The players had September 27th circled on their calendar for two reasons.  First it would be the last conference match of the season.  Second, it was against the only team to take a title from them in the last ten seasons.

The conference season opened against Edison.  The Tigers powered to a 7-0 win.  That was followed by four more 7-0 wins, with the Tigers beating Washburn, Henry, North and then Roosevelt.

That set up the September 27 match against Southwest.  Both teams were 5-0.  The winner took home the crown and the loser would have to settle for second place.  In a close, 4-3 match, the Tigers had to settle for second place as the Lakers won the title.

In non-conference play, the Tigers were 4-12.  The Tigers won against Bloomington Jefferson 7-0, Prior Lake 6-1, and Robbinsdale Armstrong 4-3.  The last win was not reported.

The non-conference losses seemed to pile up quickly.  Three of the losses were not reported.  Three losses were by a 6-1 score, falling to Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Cannon Falls, and Irondale.  Twice the Tigers lost 5-2, falling to Champlin Park and Richfield.  Seven of the losses, including the three where the opponent is unknown, were close 4-3 matches.  The teams the record reported as 4-3 losses were to Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Henry Sibley and Lake City.

At the end of the season, Head Coach George Beske decided to retire as the Tigers leader.  He left with an impressive 117-20 record over 24 seasons. He averaged five conference win a season and less than one loss during those 24 years!

In summing up Coach Beske’s years as head coach, senior Carly Sarat may have said it best.  “He maintains his enthusiasm from year to year and match to match,” she said according to the 2006 South yearbook.