Tanager basketball team season recap by Jim Prosser For the statistics-oriented reader, the following is a recapitulation of the Tanager boys' basketball team's season for 2003-04.
After an opening eight "away" game sequence which brought a 4 win � 4 loss result, the team won two home contests before continuing the "away" procedure for five more games in a row.
The mid season record of 8 � 4 included victories over South Sioux, Parkston, Elk Point/Jefferson, and West Central. The final regular season of 13 � 6 showed wins over district and/ or regional foes Dakota Valley and Beresford as well as Alcester/Hudson, Canton, and Arlington .
The District 8 A semi-finals pitted the Tanagers against the DV Panthers which became a real "downer" when a somewhat comfortable lead vanished in a late rally which doomed the homestanding Redbirds to a last second 55-53 loss and the end of an otherwise successful campaign.
During the season, the Tanagers outscored their opponents 1100-971 and also had a 600-568 rebounding advantage. Leading point getters were Nathan Boots (228), Tyler Brown (223), and Adam Brunick (141). The rebounding statistics favored Dave Yutrzenka (112) and Collin Prosser (111).
Yutrzenka led the offensive rebounds with 43 and Prosser dominated the defensive boards with 80.
Assists were dished out at a 12 per game clip as the team recorded 240 versus opponent's 183. Leading the Tanagers in the category was Brown with an astonishing 82 assists! Brown also led in steals with 40, while Ben Oberle and Brunick each picked off 25.
The five starting seniors did not have a disqualification on fouls during the season � Boots (42), Brown (31), Brunick (36), Prosser (22), and Yurzenka (56).
Non-starters making significant contributions to the team's success were: Oberle � 114 points, 63 rebounds; and Chad Teigen � 107 points, 20 steals, and 26 assists.