Polaris seventh-graders win Centerville tourney

Polaris seventh-graders win Centerville tourney A dominating first half performance at the Centerville American Legion Tournament last weekend carried the Vermillion Polaris seventh-graders to a 36-28 championship win over Brandon.

Vermillion's zone defense smothered Brandon's scoring initially as the locals led 22-4 at halftime.

Anxious moments awaited in the second half as Brandon's leading scorer with 18 points hit a 3-pointer to narrow the score to 26-19 with seven minutes to play. However, Alex Schaack and Jordan Boots countered with 3-point baskets to extend a lead that was not relinquished.

Schaack led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points. Other scorers were Boots 8, Broc Gauer 7, Jordan Merrigan 6, Mikal Ustad 2, and Dan Storm 2. Rebounding honors went to Boots with 9.

In the initial game against Madison, the Joey James-coached team established an early lead and maintained it for a 38-30 victory. Boots and Schaack paced the scoring with 16 and 11 points respectively. Contributing to the points ere Gauer 4, Storm 2, CJ Haakinson 2, Merrigan 2, and Ustad 1. Schaack controlled 10 rebounds.

The second game of the day proved to be the most exciting as the locals held onto a double overtime victory 34-31 over Dell Rapids. Polaris found themselves down by 4 points with less than a minute to play in regulation, but Boots hit two jumpers to send the game into overtime at 28 points apiece.

The first two-minute overtime saw neither team scoring, but Gauer made 4 of Vermillion's second overtime points to ice the win. Scoring 31 of the team's points were the combo of Gauer and Boots with 17 and 14 points. Also in the point column were Schaack, 2, and Storm, 1. Leading with six rebounds was boots.

The seventh-graders presently hold a 14-5 record as they complete their league season in Soux City. Their next tournament action will be in the Dakota Hoops Tourney in Sioux Falls March 15-16.

HEAD:Tanager freshmen hammer C-Hawks

by Jim Prosser

The Vermillion Tanagers hammered the Canton C-Hawks 63-34 in boys' basketball Feb. 28 at home. The Tanagers shot 50 percent from the field in the contest.

Randy Kabambi scored 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Mike Hanson contributed with 8 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 21-6 after the first quarter, led 37-17 after the second period, and then held a lead of 45-26 going into the final period.

"We played an all-around good game," said Vermillion freshmen coach Mark Iverson. "Everybody had lots of playing time and everyone got to score."

Vermillion improved its record to 7-4, while Canton dropped to 2-11.

The Vermillion freshmen hit 0 of 5 three-point tries and sank 5 of 9 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 28 of 56 field goal attempts, while Canton was 13 of 40 from the field. Canton made 1 of 5 three-point attempts and sank 7 of 10 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Randy Kabambi, 33, Mike Hanson, 8, Kyle Brunick, 6, Mike Preszler, 5, Glen Foltz, 4, Danny Redlin, 3, Danny Shea, 2, Joe Miller, 2. Rebounds � Kabambi, 17, Hanson, 6. Assists � Hanson, 6. Steals � Preszler, 4, Brunick, 4.

Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Andy Glen, 9, Tyler Larson, 5, Ben Bolen, 5, Nick Lewis, 4, Ted Sourignier, 4, Casey Larson, 4, Preston VanZee, 3. Rebounds � Glen, 7, Balen, 5, C. Larson, 5. Assists � T. Larson, 5. Steals � T. Larson, 5.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen-36, Canton-27. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen-12, Canton-14.

by Jim Prosser

Kyle Hubert and Brad Simons represented Vermillion High School at the 2003 Class A State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 28-March 1 in Sioux Falls.

At 103 pounds, freshman Hubert placed fourth.

"Hubert had an outstanding tournament," said coach Casey O'Connor. "He eliminated mistakes, wrestled aggressively and was very offensive. He dealt with the pressure and performed at a level that can only be reached by the top competitors in the state. He will continue to have a tremendous wrestling career for Vermillion High School.

Senior Simons ended his wrestling career on Friday night during the first round wrestlebacks.

"During this match, Simons suffered a head wound that required immediate stitches, but only after the match," O'Connor said. "After the injury, I knew Brad was not himself. We cleaned him up the best we could so he could have an opportunity to win the match."

Simons lost by decision, but continued to wrestle to the very end, according to his coach.

"Simons will be missed greatly," O'Connor said. "He has contributed more than I could have ever expected from one of my wrestlers. His dedication and leadership was a critical element to our team's success.

"I would also like to thank all the parents and supporters for following the team this year and supporting us at every step along the way," he added.

State tournament results for Hubert and Simons were:

First round

103 � Hubert won by m ajor decision over Ryan Gebhard (RC Central) 10-1.

215 � Torey Garrett (Pierre) won by decision over Simons 6-4.

Quarter finals

103 � Shane Thomas (SFR) won by decision over Hubert 5-4.

First round wrestlebacks

215 � Dan Feltch(Watertown) won by decision over Simons 8-4.

Second round wrestlebacks

103 � Hubert WBF over Jacob Podoll (Lead) in 2:17.

Third round wrestlebacks

103 � Hubert won by decision over Corbin Surat (Ab. Central) 7-0.

Fourth round wrestlebacks

103 � Hubert won by major decision over Dustin Walraven (Huron) 15-1.

Finals for third/fourth

103 � Shane Thomas (SFR) won by decision over Hubert 6-5.

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