For the Vermillion boys soccer team it was a case of handling their own business and then waiting for good news from elsewhere.
After tying James Valley Christian 4-4, with a come-from-behind effort, the Tanagers needed to hear that Hot Springs had lost at Harrisburg in order for Vermillion to finish in the eighth and last state tourney qualifying slot in the power-points standings. That is exactly what they heard when the scores came in.
The Tanager boys thus earned the right to go to Aberdeen for this weekend's state classic after missing that privilege last season. Meanwhile, the Vermillion girls qualified as the sixth seed for their state tourney at the same location.
The boys, who got two goals from Levi James and two from Tim Tigert, were tied with James Valley at halftime and trailed the Vikings, 4-3, deep into the second half before getting the tying goal that kept their season alive. What they "earned" for their state tourney qualification with a 6-6-2 record was having to play top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian Thursday afternoon.
Other boys first-round pairings were Custer vs. Huron, No. 2 Sturgis vs. Groton, and Harrisburg vs. James Valley Christian. Each team is assured of three games with the tourney playing out to all eight places by Saturday afternoon.
On the girls side the Tanagers (3-5-1) were due to face No. 3 Harrisburg Thursday morning. The other teams in their bracket are No. 2 West Central and Sturgis. The other first-round pairings were No. 1 St. Thomas More vs. Sioux Falls Christian and Groton vs. Belle Fourche.