Vermillion seventh-graders finish third at DakotaDome

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.

HEAD:Sioux City West tops Tanager varsity 58-44

by Jim Prosser

The Vermillion Tanagers were topped by Sioux City West 58-44 in boys' basketball Dec. 14 at South Sioux City, NE in the first round of the South Sioux City Classic.

Nick Olson scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jon Brooks contributed with seven points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Tanagers trailed 14-9 after the opening period, trailed 31-13 at halftime, and then trailed 44-30 going into the final period.

"Sioux City West is a really talented group of kids," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. "We just got off to a rough start. I'm proud of our kids. We outscored them in the second half."

The loss dropped Vermillion varsity to a record of 1-1, while SSC improved to 4-0.

Vermillion varsity made 1 of 7 three-pointers and made 1 of 4 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 21 of 41 field goals, while SSC was 27 of 53 from the field. SSC sank 0 of 6 three-pointers and sank 4 of 7 from the line.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Nick Olson, 16, Nathan Boots, 9, Jon Brooks, 7, Tyler Brown, 4, Dave Yutrzenka, 4, Jeff Brevik, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 7, Yutrzenka, 5. Assists � Brooks, 4. Steals � Brunick, 2.

Individual Stats, SSC: Scoring � Kirk Brown, 30, James Patterson, 8, Travis Hardgraves, 8, Jon Taylor, 4, James Tenikin, 2, B.J. Steel, 2, Tim Geveshausen, 2, Carl Feneerey, 2. Rebounds � Brown, 10, Patterson, 7. Assists � Hardgraves, 6. Steals � Taylor, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 24, SSC � 32. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 6, SSC � 8.

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.

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