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Summit High School Weekend Roundup: Fort Collins foe no match for Summit rugby

Seventeen hours after Friday night's victory over Chaparral, the Lady Tigers' rugby team downed Fort Collins at Tiger Stadium, 58-7. The Tigers (6-0) and Fort Collins have 15 state championships between them, but haven't met since 2009.

Summit scored early in the match, taking over the ball through a turnover following kickoff. Maddy Hunt-Snyder snatched up the ball and raced down the right line for the score. Nicole Chandler slotted the conversion, putting the Tigers ahead 7-0 in the first minute.

After the Tigers ratcheted the score to 14-0 (Hunt-Snyder and Chandler), Fort Collins kicked the ball to pin the Tigers deep in their own end. Though Summit sought to step up defense and get out of jail, a bobbled line-out resulted in a try from Fort Collins' captain Lea Elder, cutting the Tiger lead in half.

"It was a mental error by us. Unfortunately, it happens, but we made a poor call at the line-out and gave away a score," head coach Karl Barth said. "It was a heads-up play by their prop."

Sophomore Angie Ramos, assisted by the Tiger forwards, scored five minutes later. Both teams traded blows for the rest of the period, with Hailey Wyatt making a lunge for the end zone after receiving a pass from center Chelsea Christianson, but a Fort Collins tackle jarred the ball loose at the goal line. Wyatt made up for it not long after, touching down before halftime. Senior captain Katy Peoples edged another try in before the half, putting Summit at a 29-7 lead.

In the second half, Hunt-Snyder, Wyatt, Diane Mastin and Christianson scored, with Chandler adding two more conversions to complete the game.

Peoples, who became the all-time leader in games played, said she was proud of her team, but admitted Fort Collins caught them off-guard.

"Once we regained our composure, we managed to improve our play," she said, to which teammate and flyhalf Kellie Cochran added, "We stopped playing our game."

Regarding Peoples' accomplishment, Barth said it's a testament of her commitment to the game, her team and her preparation.

"Katy has worked hard over the years to be a student of the game, and takes the time to prepare on and off the field. She is a great example of the amazing student-athletes at Summit and represents what this year's team is really all about," he said.

The Tigers play their final home game against Regis Jesuit at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Summit boys' soccer team stormed league competition Palisade on Saturday, winning 2-1.

Neither team is ranked in the Denver Post 4A coaches poll. Palisade overtook Summit in the first half, 1-0, but Summit head coach Tommy Gogolen said his squad was patient and confident. Just before halftime, the Tigers tied it up with a goal from senior Alan Roque, assisted by fellow senior Evan Feldman.

"They played better soccer than us in the first 30 minutes," Gogolen said. "It was a pretty frustrating game for us as coaches, because we warned them they'd want to beat us."

Gogolen noted Palisade's game plan to his players. The opponents were bunkering down and playing good defense. The goal was an unexpected counter, but most importantly, they kept Summit from putting the ball in the net.

Summit came onto the pitch in the second half to battle for control of the ball, coming up with two missed penalty shots along the way.

With three-and-a-half minutes left in the game, sophomore George Kasch scored, assisted by Roque.

"It was a hard-fought goal," Gogolen said. "I'm really proud of him."

Keeper Noah Glasco also played well. Gogolen noted that when Palisade approached the net, he "came up big and saved us" with eight saves on the game. Summit outshot Palisade, 19-10.

"The guys never gave up. They knew they were the better team and were patient," Gogolen said. "It was a good, exciting game."

In Friday's game against host D'Evelyn, the Summit football team suffered a lopsided 54-7 loss to the Jaguars.

The Tigers (1-4) are preparing for their match against Moffat County in Craig. The Bulldogs head to Friday night lights with a 2-3 record. In its last match, the Moffat County team was crushed by Eagle Valley, 48-14. Eagle Valley is not on Summit's schedule.

The Lady Tigers' volleyball team (3-9) won against Delta in what appeared to be a tough match against a threatening competitor.

The Tigers won the first set, 25-22, before allowing the Panthers to fight for a win in the second set, 28-26. Summit swiped the last two games, 25-14 and 25-19.


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