VHS soccer begins tourney competition

Playoff soccer didn't come to Vermillion as scheduled last weekend, but the result is likely the same as if it had.

The Douglas High School team, which had lost in Vermillion 13-0 the week before, forfeited the game rather than make the expensive cross-state trip again, so the Tanagers advanced by that means to this weekend's state tournament at Mitchell where they began play Thursday as the No. 2 seed.

Premium points given an unbeaten team at the end of the regular season boosted the Tanagers (7-0-3) up into the No. 2 slot, giving them an opening-round game against James Valley Christian Thursday afternoon.  If Vermillion won that game, the Tanagers' semifinal against the Huron-Sturgis winner would be at 4:30 p.m. today (Friday).  If the Tanagers lost their opener, they would be in a consolation semifinal at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

VHS tied both Huron and Sturgis during the regular season as well as Sioux Falls Christian, the No. 1 seed, and Groton.  Among other teams in the state tourney field, the Tanagers defeated Custer and James Valley Christian and didn't play Harrisburg.

Saturday's games in the "A" boys state tourney will be the fifth-place match at 9 a.m., the third-place game at 11:30 a.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.

The Vermillion girls (3-4-2) didn't have to worry about a playoff game, having qualified automatically for the state tourney by finishing sixth in power points.  The VHS girls had an opening-round date with Belle Fourche Thursday morning.  If they won they will play the St. Thomas More-Sioux Falls Christian winner at 4:30 p.m. today.  If they lost, they will play the loser between those two at 11:30 a.m. today.

During the regular season Vermillion lost to Belle Fourche, defeated Sioux Falls Christian and tied St. Thomas More.

Saturday's games in the "A" girls state classic include the fifth-place match at 9 a.m., the third-place game at 2 p.m. and the championship gamne at 4:00.

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