Fifth graders earn consolation championship

Fifth graders earn consolation championship Fifth graders from Vermillion traveled to Sioux Falls March 28-29 to play in the YMCA Tri-State Tournament. The team garnered the consolation championship after losing the first game and winning games two and three. The team's season record is eight wins and 10 losses.

Tournament play began on Friday evening against a tough fifth-grade team from Sioux Falls. Vermillion fell to the Rozenboom team 46-22. Vermillion's scoring was very balanced. Garret Smith-Keller had 6 points, followed by Aaron Steele and Nick Anglin who each contributed 4 points. Other scorers were Jordan Robinson, Channing Kiertzner, Cole Andre and Denny Kainrath, each with 2 points.

The bright spot for the young Vermillion team was their 23 rebounds. Anglin led the team in rebounds with five, closely followed by Smith-Keller with four. Robinson contributed three boards, Sam Miller, Steele, Andre and Kainrath each had two rebounds and Tim Tigert, Michael Walker and Kiertzner each had one. Kiertzner, Andre and Kainrath each contributed one assist.

Play resumed on Saturday with Vermillion taking on the Pipestone team, defeating them 46-34. Scoring was led by Andre with 15 points. Anglin put up 6 points, while Steele and Smith-Keller each had 5 points. Kainrath and Robinson contributed 4 points each, Tigert had 3 points and Kiertzner and Miller rounded out the scoring with a basket each.

Team rebounds were led by Tigert, Anglin and Smith-Keller who each had five. Steele grabbed two rebounds and Walker, Miller, Andre and Robinson each had one board. The team tried out the full court press and was rewarded with 16 steals. Andre led the team with four steals; Steele had three, Kainrath, Robinson and Kiertzner added two each; Smith-Keller, Tigert and Robinson each had one take-away. Tigert, Walker and Steele each blocked a shot.

Vermillion won the championship game of the consolation bracket by defeating the Johnston's team from Lennox by a score of 40-24. Smith-Keller had a great game, putting up his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Andre and Steele contributed 6 points, Kainrath had 4 and Robinson, Kiertzner and Walker each had a basket. Adding to the team's rebounds were Walker with five, Tigert with three, Anglin, Miller and Andre brought down two rebounds, and Kainrath had one board. Kiertzner led the team in take-aways with four, while Steele, Smith-Keller, Andre and Anglin each had two, with Walker and Miller each contributing one steal. Robinson had three blocked shots.

The Edward Jones team, coached by Curt Robinson and Kent Andre, will be back in Sioux Falls for the Lincoln Patriots' spring blowout on April 4 and 5. This will be their last tournament of the season.

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