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Is there a more dangerous 4-8 team in the state than the Gregory Gorillas
Feb 2, 2017

By Rich Winter

Couple of really great reads in the Mitchell Daily Republic this morning as the Mitchell guys really did some good work on the HWY 18 loop today.


Couple things pertaining to Gregory, in particular as two guys, Robert Vomacka and Colton Nelson signed their letters of intent to continue playing college football next season.

Robert Vomacka and Colten Nelson each signed to play college football at Northern State and Dakota State respectively on Wednesday.

Vomacka, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound receiver, was a three-year starter for the Gorillas and was a senior captain. He recorded 1,572 yards rushing, 1,094 receiving yards, 195 tackles and 24 touchdowns as a two-time Class 9AA all-state player. Vomacka also plays basketball and baseball and runs track.

Nelson will join the Trojans as a big blocker up front. Standing at 6-foot-1, 290 pounds, Nelson had 20 tackles on defense and helped the Gorillas run for more than 2,800 yards and more than 2,300 passing yards in an offense that scored nearly 41 points per game. A talented wrestler, Nelson took third place at 285 pounds in 2016 at the Class B state tournament for Burke/Gregory.


That's wicked awesome and some terrific rewards to a couple of youngsters that earned tickets to the next level. 

The other Gregory item that caught my attention was the boys basketball loss to Lyman County, 65-64.

Noticed that Jayd VanDerWerff is back for Gregory and that he had 27 points against Lyman while new NSU recruit, Vomacka had 21 points in the loss.


VanDerWerff is coming off an injury and it's been a tough start to the season over there for Jeff Determan's crew.


Gregory lost it's first five games and seven of the first eight.


Despite the loss to Lyman, Gregory had won three straight including wins over Burke-South/Central, Marty Indian and Kimball-White/Lake.


Don't know a lot about Jayd Vanderwerff's basketball playing abilities, only that former Falcon coach, Mike Hammer talked very highly about the young man's skills and just how hard he plays. 


As JV works his way back into the lineup, you wonder how the rest of the team developed while he was out? Gregory is sittig there at 4-8, but, judging from the schedule, the Gorillas are going to start winning!


Win a few, get things ironed out...You don't wanna see this team in late February.


Congrats to Nelson and Vomacka....so solid...u guys are gonna kill it at the next level!



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