Vermillion Boxing Team holds match The Vermillion Boxing Team hosted its first home match of the season, Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Armory/Community Center.
Five VBT members competed and, unfortunately, all came up short of victories against very stiff competition.
The first VBT member to get into the ring was Joey Kemp (13 years, #112). Kemp competed against more experienced Richie Larsen of Fremont, NE. Larsen had defeated Kemp in Kemp's first match Jan. 27 in Norfolk, NE. Although Kemp was a game competitor who didn't want to quit, his corner stopped the bout in round two due to uncontrollable bleeding from Kemp's nose.
The second VBT member to compete was Jacinta Varns (14 years, #119). Varns faced veteran Rainnee Claussen (sister of National Champion Amber Claussen, #132, who didn't get matched during the competition) of Pierce, NE. In this, Varn's first bout, she had her moments but Claussen, an experienced boxer of 14 bouts, did just enough to win a split decision.
Chris Vanderlinden (20 years, #139) was the third VBT member to step through the ropes and squared off with Aaron Troester of Pierce, NE. Troester, a seasoned veteran with over 45 bouts, had his hands full with the inexperienced VBT boxer. Troester out-boxed Vanderlinden, but Vanderlinden showed lots of "moxie" by going the distance in his first outing.
The final bout of the evening pitted two past Junior Olympic competitors (Marquette, MI, June 2000). Oliver Hope squared off with Noe Mireles of Sandoval Boxing of Norfolk, NE. These boxers' experience was evident through three rounds. Unfortunately the decision went to Mireles as Hope's first bout since August 2000 goes into the loss column.
Although the VBT went 0 for 5, Coach Marc Zimiga was pleased with all the performances.
"All our boxers held their own against pretty stiff competition. There is definitely a new sense of motivation that comes with defeat," he said. The next match is in Ord, NE on March 3.
Winners of special awards included: Warrior Award � Francisco Hernandez, Midtown Boxing; Outstanding Senior Boxer � Aaron Troester, Pierce, NE; Outstanding Boxer � Noe Mireles, Sandoval Boxing. By a vote of the seven coaches who brought teams, Zimiga from VBT was selected outstanding coach.
The VBT sincerely thanks all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the match a success: Hy-Vee, Subway, Jesco Inc., Chesterman's, Wal-Mart, Royal Sports, Pamida, Dakota Lines, Kalins, Dr. R. R. Gregory, Dr. J. Green, Bunyan's, Tom Vogel, CPA, Kelly Stricherz, Tracie Zimiga, Corey Bazemore, John Smith, Ringside, Quality Motors, Paintbrush Corporation, Pump 'n Pak, USD Book and Supply, Dr. Chris Hugo and special thanks to the Vermillion Ambulance Service EMTs.