Vermillion athletes participate in Special Olympics tournament

For the first time ever, the Vermillion schools participated in regulation basketball games during the Southeast Area Special Olympics basketball tournament in Yankton.

Representing Vermillion were Cody Knutson, Shari Stammer, Tiffany Conrad, Kathie Hererra, Shayleen Davis, Dillion Hudelson, Robbie Johnson-Cheeseman, Raya O'Neill, James Solberg and Jonathan Manning.

Vermillion defeated Brookings White, 24-8, in its first game, then lost to a tough Lil Rascal team from Yankton, 10-4.  In their final game the Vermillion athletes lost a 20-18 contest to the Sioux Falls All-Stars.

"It was a very successful day for the first time playing actual basketball games," said Coach Lori Jerred.  "We are looking forward to participating in the state games on March 4-5 in Mitchell."

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