By Travis Gulbrandson
The Vermillion City Council extended its congratulations to the champion Vermillion High School boys' soccer team at its regular meeting Monday night.
The soccer Tanagers won the Class "A" soccer title after defeating Harrisburg 2-1 in overtime Oct. 13.
They were recognized by the city in part because they "supported one another, demonstrating teamwork, courage and determination throughout the entire season," said council member Steve Ward, who read the official proclamation.
Head coach Curt Nelson also was recognized for his efforts.
"Your guidance and hard work demonstrate your commitment to the team and the community, and for this we commend you," Ward read.
Nelson and the members of the team were on hand Monday night during the reading of the proclamation, and the coach thanked the players, assistant coaches, parents and other groups whom he said contributed toward the team's 12-0 undefeated season.
"All those efforts really combined and really contributed to helping us achieve our end goal, which was winning the state title," he said. "I wish everybody could have (seen) the championship game this past Saturday. It was an absolute battle, a really hard-fought, physical game.
"I'm really proud of the way all the guys stepped up and really played their hearts out," Nelson said. "Nothing like this comes easy, and it's well deserved by all these boys and everybody that helped them along the way."