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STC Trojans shine in post season play

February 28, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Since the Christmas break the STC Trojans took a dip in the back half of the season, going 9-6. Though plagued with illness and injury, the Trojans worked their way through the adversity and have found a renewed spirit in the postseason as they've played with all of the heart and grit they could muster.

STC vs. Vinton

South Tama's first round matchup with Vinton was hosted at the Roundhouse on Monday, Feb. 19. The two teams both being from the WaMaC West, had met two times this season. Their first meeting resulted in a dominant win by the Trojans, 51-30. Their second meeting however the Trojans narrowly escaped with a 55-53 win. Vinton's Nolan Haisman led the Vikings with 17 points in that second meeting.

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STC’s Gabe Shields flies as he hauls down the court for a layup during the Trojans Round One contest with Vinton on Monday, Feb. 19. STC defeated the Vikings 52-35 to move to Round Two of Boys Substate.
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The Trojans sailed to a 52-35 victory over the Vikings. Gabe Shields led South Tama with 19 points while Keith Keahna had 11 rebounds. Another key ingredient to the Trojans win was holding Vinton's leading scorer, Justin Bartz, to just five points. Bartz averages 11 points per game.

With Independence defeating Clear Creek-Amana the stage was set for a rematch between the Trojans and the Independence Mustangs in Round 2.

STC vs. Independence

South Tama hosted Independence in front of a packed crowd for Round 2 on Thursday, Feb. 22. Round 2 was another familiar matchup for the Trojans as the Mustangs are also a WaMaC West team. STC defeated Independence 50-47 in their first meeting in December and 67-58 at their second meeting in January.

Their third meeting was quite possibly the best the Trojans had looked all season. The Trojans played incredibly well as a team both offensively and defensively. The teamwork resulted in a 67-44 win by the Trojans. Gabe Shields and Keith Keahna ended the evening with 15 points apiece and each also had 9 rebounds. Justus Ward and Sterling Tyon each scored 12 points.

The win sends the Trojans into Round 3 which was played against Xavier on Monday, Feb. 26 at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Under the direction of STC graduate and now coach Dustin Peska, the Trojans have had a great season going 15-8, winning the WaMaC west Conference title and earning their pay to a potential State bid.

At the present time the outcome of the game is unknown, but a full story will appear in the Tama News Herald on Friday, March 2.



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