Vermillion Lady Tanagers begin season Dec. 7

Vermillion Lady Tanagers begin season Dec. 7
The Vermillion Lady Tanagers begin their 2006-07 season Dec. 7 by traveling to face Harrisburg. Starters for the Vermillion team are seniors Annie Roche, Chelsea Gauer, Krista Froke, and junior Alicia Brown. Backing up the squad are juniors Brittany Bye, Rachel Odens, Alexa Walker, and sophomore Sara Kjose. Head coach Jamie Parish will be assisted by Lori Jerred and Nick Mayer. Parish shared these comments with the Plain Talk:

"Back to back trips to the state tournament have been tremendous for our program. It does a great deal to motivate your returnees and younger players who will eventually have to replace them. I cannot say enough about the core groups of kids that has helped us to improve over the last few years. They have really done a lot to instill a work ethic and a positive peer pressure in our players that we hope will continue.

"We return a lot of good players for the upcoming season. Four players that started at one point during the season for us should help bring some consistency to the floor. We will be undersized at the post positions however and need to figure out ways to take advantage of our athleticism and disguise our weakness in the paint.

"Annie Roche's accomplishments are too many to mention. She has put herself at the top of several career marks in Vermillion High School history. Annie Roche is a first team all conference, Region 4A MVP, Class A All Tourney Team, and third team all-state returnee for us. We preach to our players to be multidimensional and Annie is a perfect example of that, a true triple threat that can hurt you by shooting, driving, and distributing.

"Alicia Brown and Chelsea Gauer will handle most of the perimeter minutes for Roche.

"Alicia is a very tough kid to guard; her athleticism makes it difficult to keep her from penetrating to the basket. She is also a very good shooter from behind the arc and improving her court vision so that she can drive and dish. Alicia is also a tremendous track athlete with six Class A championships already in her short career.

"Chelsea Gauer is a great shooter; she work extremely hard to make herself into a better athlete and defensive player last year. It was a fun progression to be a part of as she improved so much from her sophomore to junior year.

"Krista Froke was playing some pretty good basketball for us when she went down with a stress fracture and had to take some time off. We have high hopes that she will work hard again during the off-season to improve and really hit the ground running in the fall."

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