Tanager X-Country teams compete in Mitchell invite

Tanager X-Country teams compete in Mitchell invite by Jim Prosser More than 20 schools were represented at the Mitchell invitational meet, Saturday, Sept. 10 with competition in both varsity and JV boys' and girls' divisions.

First runner across the finish line was R.C. Steven's Erik Grumstrump (15:28), while Vermillion's Eric Dehner placed 4th, Darryl Engstrom – 25th, Tyler Brown � 42nd, Ben Parsons � 58th, and Paul Tims � 65th in the varsity open which had 127 entrants (92 team scorers) Pierre's Brad Lowery was second and Devun Sigle from Spearfish, third preceding Eric in the run! Stevens was the team winner and Vermillion was fifteenth. For the girls, Amy Linder � O'Gorman (incomplete team) (14:52) was first and Watertown was the winning team. Tanager placers were: Angie Rydell � 22nd, Michelle Rasmussen � 39th, Natalie Tuetken � 51st, Beth Pier � 64th and Theresa Ring � 72nd, in a race with 110 entrants. Vermillion placed eighth in the Varsity division.

In the boys' JV division there were 200 entries with only 125 team scoring individuals. There were 75 runners on incomplete teams in the race.

Dan Ring and Justin Manning were 38th and 39th to lead the Vermillion contingent, followed by Mitch Bierle � 126th; Thomas Dendinger � 139th; Ben Williams � 141st; Danny Redlin and Anish Patel � 177th and 178th, respectively. The Tanager team finished in 15th place.

The six Tanager entrants in the girls' JV division included 3 sophomores, two eighth-graders and one seventh-grader. There were 134 competitors in the run and Vermillion claimed sixth place with Morgan Brooks leading the Tanager girls coming in #6. Katie Dehner was 13th; Sarah Plate � 52nd; Nicki Moller � 59th; and Carly Bernard and Emily Pier � 64th and 65th in that order.

"I felt this was a great overall team effort. We had kids that competed very well and beat people they were getting beat by earlier in the season. I'm extremely proud of the team's efforts," said Coach Dave Danenbring.

Vermillion will host its invitational Friday, Sept. 17.

by Jim Prosser

The Tanagers scored early and often as they built a 21-0 first quarter lead and "coasted" to a 33-15 victory over a miss-matched Beresford Watchdog team last Friday in the Dakota Dome.

The vaunted rushing game of the Tanagers accumulated over 400 yards while the defense clamped down, allowing Beresford's rushers to accumulate only about a fourth of that yardage.

Passing by both teams added up to 49 attempts which for a Vermillion football game must be a record! Thad Roche scored twice in the first four minutes on runs of 43 and 16 yards, while Anthony Senne intercepted a Joe Merriman pass and returned it 48 yards for a TD.

The Watchdogs took advantage of a fumble recovery to score on a "short field" when Josh Larson rushed 11 yards for a 6 pointer midway through the second quarter. Roche countered with his third TD on a 34 yard run.

Adam Brooks kicked the first extra point and Tim Broderson ran for a 2 point EP to complete the first half scoring.

With the Watchdogs trailing by 20 points, passing became their principal offensive tool, and Merriman threw 20 passes in the second half, gaining five first downs with 160 yards on 12 completions and a late touchdown scored by Dustin Voss from 20 yards out. The Tanagers merely ran the ball for the whole second half, except for turning the ball over on two pass interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Dan Tolsma was responsible for the final Tanager score when he broke through the line in the third quarter and ran 81 yards to move the team out of the shadow of their own goalposts and a touchdown.

Leading rushers for Vermillion were Roche (176 yards/11 carries); Tolsma (143 yards/13 carries); and Broderson (34/5). Also, sophomores Bart Miller, and Jeff Brevik each gained 21 yards in their substitute roles. Brandon Benzel was 2 for 9 passing for 46 yards; the receivers were: Tim Russell (16 yards) and Tyler Vacek (30 yards).

Defensive stats include 56 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and 4 interceptions. Broderson � 8 tackles, 1 interception, 1 break up; Vacek � 5 tackles, 1 interception, 3 breakups; Adam Brooks � 4 tackles, 3 breakups; Benzel � 4 tackles, 2 breakups; John Holoch � 1 tackle, 1 interception, 2 breakups; Senne � 1 tackle, 1 interception; Clint Christensen 2 tackles, 1 breakup.

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