Vermillion JV wins season finale by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers topped the Canton C-Hawks 38-31 in boys basketball Feb. 28 at home as the winners led after each quarter.
The Vermillion JV finished its season with a 12-3 record.
"It was a great way to end the season for this junior varsity team," said Vermillion JV Coach Rex Huska. "This was a very physical game and I thought we played hard."
The Tanagers jumped in front 11-3 at the end of the first period, led 19-16 after the second period, and then led 26-20 going into the final period.
The Canton season mark fell to 9-6.
The Vermillion JV sank 1 of 3 three-point attempts and hit 13 of 23 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 12 of 34 field goal attempts, while Canton was 11 of 38 from the field. Canton connected on 2 of 6 three-point tries and made 7 of 14 free throw tries.
Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Ben Oberle, 11, Chad Teigen, 8, Chris Teigen, 7, Kyle Mollet, 4, Matt Preszler, 2, Jason Donald, 2, Jared Burcham, 2, Nathan Scheidel, 2. Rebounds � Oberle, 10, Preszler, 6, Mollet, 6. Assists � Burcham, 3. Steals � Oberle, 6, Mollet, 5.
Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Tom Anderson, 8, Matt Stahl, 6, Chris Chuan, 8, Ben Boline, 2, John Stearns, 2, Jason McCamp, 2, Eric Hall, 2, Nick Anson, 1. Rebounds � Stahl, 9, McCamm, 5. Assists � Anson, 2.
Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-26, Canton-23. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-13, Canton-22.
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:
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.
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.