One more win for STHS’s Vermillion
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
Now that the reality of South Tahoe High’s season-ending loss to Carson has settled in, Corey Vermillion has been able to look back at the past three years and put things into perspective. And what he has discovered has become quite clear.
“It was just a great experience for me playing with all of the great forwards we’ve had here the last few years,” Vermillion said. “That helped me a lot. My career here was about as good as you can get. I only lost three times in the last three years, so we couldn’t have done much better.”
Vermillion, a senior forward for the Vikings, capped his soccer career earlier this month by being named the Sierra Division’s Offensive Player of the Year. The speedy striker scored a team-high 18 goals in leading South Tahoe to the division title and an 18-2-1 record.
Vermillion went 61-3-4 (89.7 winning percentage) as a starter the past three years and won a state title, two regional championships and three division titles. He was named first-team all league in 2003 and was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
“I always felt that I could play with all of the top guys in the league,” Vermillion said. “It was definitely a goal I set for myself at the beginning of the season, but I really wanted to see the team get to state. That would’ve been the biggest deal for me. I was really proud of how we did this season. To lose all of those seniors from last year and have to replace them, we did a good job. I think a lot of it has to do with how great our coaches are up here.”
In addition to Vermillion, South Tahoe placed six other players on the first and second teams. Senior defender Jason Debacker was the only other first-team selection. Forward Hector Mariscal; midfielders Jamie Estrada, P.J. Bacon and Darren Perucci; and defender Matt Thompson were all named to the second team. Goalie Alfredo Solorio was an honorable mention selection.
South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon agreed with the selections for the most part.
“I thought Jason Debacker should’ve been defensive player of the year and that Darren should’ve been on the first team,” DeLeon said. “Those three guys were our captains and really stepped up all year. But they also had a lot of competition at those positions. I’m just happy the other coaches recognized that Corey was a threat when he was on the field.”