Gymnasts place second in Wagner Invitational by Jim Prosser The Tanager gymnastics team placed second in the Wagner Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14, scoring 123.5 points.
The tournament consisted of eight schools from diverse locations in South Dakota with team totals determined by the sum of four individual scores in each of four competitive events.
Madison had the highest total, 131.8, for first place; Miller, third; Wagner, fourth; West Central, fifth; Chamberlain, sixth; Winner, seventh; and Stanley County, eighth. The top five all-around gymnasts were recognized, where Tanagers Ariel Hofman placed second, and Sarah Christopherson placed fourth.
Vermillion participants and their scores and places in each event are listed below:
Sarah Gregg, 5.0 bars; 7.1 beam.
Theresa Ring, 4.55 bars.
Amy Mart, 4.3 beam, 6.0 vault.
Tristen Upward, 5.95 beam, 6.8 floor.
Bethany Sand, 6.2 vault.
Brittney Gilkyson, 7.8 (fifth) bars; 8.1 vault.
Katie Connors, 7.10 bars; 6.0 beam; 7.8 floor; 8.4 vault; 29.30 AA.
Ariel Hofman, 8.0 (third) bars; 8.3 (second) beam; 7.8 floor; 8.3 vault; 32.40 AA.
Sarah Christopherson, 8.05 (second) bars; 7.6 beam; 7.7 floor; 8.65 (fourth) vault; 32.00 AA.
Totals: 30.93 bars; 29.0 beam; 30.10 floor; 33.45 vault.
"I was very pleased with our performance at the Wagner Invitational," said coach Mark Upward. "We couldn't have asked our gymnasts to do any better."
HEAD:Vermillion seventh-graders finish third at DakotaDome
The Vermillion Polaris seventh-graders played a solid defensive game in beating the South Sioux City Cardinals 35-20 for third place in the 2002 DakotaDome Midwest Youth Basketball Championships last Sunday.
The Cardinals were held to only 8 first-half points as the locals built a 10-point halftime lead.
Jordan Boots led Vermillion's offensive effort all weekend and had 16 points in this game. Other scorers were Broc Gauer 7, Dan Storm 6, Alex Schaack 3, Jess Kirkpatrick 2, and Mikal Ustad 1. The rebounding leader was Schaack with 8, followed by Jordan Merrigan and Storm with 4 apiece.
The opening round action saw Polaris defeat the Omaha Nation Chiefs 43-35. A 14-point lead at the half was narrowed by Omaha's intense full-court pressure before the locals prevailed.
Sharing scoring honors were Gauer and Boots with 17 points each. The rebounding leader was Schaack with 12 with Ustad picking up six boards. Also reaching the scoring column were Merrigan 4, Ustad 3 and Kirkpatrick 2.
The most exciting game resulted in a 42-41 overtime loss to the Sioux Falls Vision. The locals held a lead throughout the game, but four Vision 3-pointers in the second half got them back into the game. A Vision free throw with 2.3 seconds left in overtime provided the difference in the score.
Boots dropped in 19 points to propel the offense. Additional scoring came from Schaack 8, Storm 6, Kirkpatrick 4, Merrigan 2 and Gauer 2. The leading rebounders were Schaack seven, and Storm six.
by Jim Prosser
The Vermillion Tanagers rallied to pull off an upset of the Harrisburg Tigers 45-43 in boys' basketball Dec. 13 at home.
The Vermillion JV had trailed by two going into the final period.
The season-opening win gave Vermillion JV a record of 1-0 while Harrisburg JV fell to 0-1.
Ben Oberle scored 12 points, made three assists and three steals. Matt Preszler added 11 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds.
"Ben Oberle and Matt Preszler led the offense," said Vermillion JV coach Rex Huska.
The game was knotted 8-8 at the end of the first period, the Tanagers trailed 21-15 after the second period, and then trailed 30-28 going into the final period.
The Vermillion JV held onto the win from the free throw line, making 13 of 24 charity tosses to 3 of 6 for Harrisburg JV.
"We have to shoot better," said coach Huska.
The Vermillion JV made 2 of 8 three-pointers. The Tanagers made 15 of 41 field goal attempts, while the Harrisburg JV was 19 of 49 from the field. The Harrisburg JV connected on 2 of 14 three-point tries.
Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Matt Preszler, 11, Ben Oberle, 12, Chad Teigen, 6, Jared Burcham, 5, Chris Teigen, 4, Nathan Scheidel, 2, Kyle Mollet, 2, Steve Foltz, 2. Rebounds � Preszler, 11, Mollet, 7. Assists � Oberle, 3. Steals � Oberle, 3.
Individual Stats, Harrisburg JV: Scoring � Andy Bittner, 14, David Juel, 7, Jordan Vlastain, 7, Brian Stoebner, 6, Ryan Huber, 4, Ben Eisele, 2, Chris Voegeli, 2. Rebounds � Bittner, 6, Dustin Taylor, 4. Assists � Jim Hayes, 3. Steals � Hayes, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 35, Harrisburg JV � 28. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 12, Harrisburg JV � 23.