After practicing twice a day for weeks, the South Tama County High School varsity boys started their season on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Following losses by freshman girls (31-27), JV girls (73-19), and varsity girls (57-40), the varsity boys hoped to turn the night around with a win of their own against the Grinnell Tigers, but fell short against the Grinnell Tigers' barrage of three-pointers.
The Tigers traveled to the high school gym Tuesday and left with four wins at the end of the night, beating the varsity boys 70-27.
The varsity boys starting line-up was composed of senior Drake Cherveny, juniors Damon Whitebreast and Trevor Yuska, sophomore Darius Lasley, and freshman Clayton Rosenberger.
Drake Cherveny, the lone starting senior on the South Tama boys varsity team, looks inside during action against the Grinnell Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Grinnell quickly pulled ahead at the beginning of the game and didn't allow South Tama to lead at all during the evening. South Tama's first points were scored by Lasley, a three-pointer that brought the score to 10-3. At the end of the first quarter, Grinnell had pushed their lead to 17-9. By halftime, it had extended to 39-16. The game ended with a final score of 70-27, Grinnell.
Lasley was the leading scorer Tuesday night with 14 points. Junior Alec Hill followed with 6 points. Rosenberger had 3 points and Whitebreast and sophomore Colsen Frakes each had 2.
"Trevor Yuska really surprised us tonight," said varsity boys' head coach Nate Doran. "He has improved a lot and I think he will continue to have a good season."
The boys didn't give Grinnell an easy time on defense either. The team had 17 rebounds, with Rosenberger as the top rebounder for the team. They also picked up eight steals during the game.
Despite having less successful seasons the past few years, the boys varsity team has high expectations for the 2013-2014 basketball season.
One of the team and coach's goals is to win 10 games and one post-season game.
"Through hard work, teamwork, and heart, we can achieve this," said Doran.