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Moffat County crushes Summit in Friday football

Moffat County destroyed Summit High's football team Friday in a shutout loss, 33-0.

As the home team celebrating homecoming, Moffat County came onto the field in Craig with a less-than-stellar record, but one that beats Summit's single win with five losses. After Friday's win, the Moffat County Bulldogs own a 3-3 record.

According to the Craig Daily Press, the game was slow to start offensively until Summit running back Nic Berry was stripped of the ball as he fought for yardage, turning the ball over to the Bulldogs. It was the start of many turnovers - including five interceptions and five fumbles - for the Tigers, many of which Moffat County capitalized on.

The win was the largest victory margin for Moffat County this season, according to the Daily Press.

Meanwhile, Summit has been outscored by 127 points in the last five games, which followed the team's sole win at the start of the season, a 21-7 victory over Battle Mountain. Three of this season's six games have been shutout losses, totaling 78 points against the team.

Summit faces Alameda in a 3A Metro-West contest on Friday, attempting to upgrade its record against the 2-4 Pirates.

Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth wasn't available for comment.

From junior varsity to varsity, all of Summit High's cross-country runners attending the Englewood Windjammer Invitational Saturday raced their best times.

"It was really cold, too. Despite being 35 degrees and drizzly and cold, everyone ran really fast," head coach Heather Quarantillo said. "It's exactly what we were hoping for. We knew our tough mountain kids would do well with the weather."

In Englewood, freshmen McKenna Ramsay (18 minutes, 57 seconds)and Ruthie Boyd (19:16) became the third- and fourth- fastest Summit County female harrier in history, respectively, Quarantillo said, adding that though Englewood is a fast course, the girls could do even better at the regional competition in Delta on Oct. 17.

Ramsay's and Boyd's respective fourth- and sixth-place finishes helped the team place among the top, finishing third of 28 with 110 points, just three points behind second-place, 5A team Rock Canyon. First place was Grandview High School with 59 points.

Given recent competition and the Tigers' performance in it, Quarantillo is fairly confident her girls' team will qualify for state. League team Battle Mountain attended the Englewood meet, and Summit finished ahead of them, as they have in other races where league competition has appeared.

On the boys' side, Liam Meirow finished sixth in 16:35, his second-fastest time ever, after being knocked down, trampled and recovering to finish the race.

"He would have run faster had that not happened," Quarantillo said, adding that she's reasonably confident Meirow will qualify among the top 15 runners in the 4A Western Slope conference to compete at the state meet. Even so, she's unsure where he sits compared to other teams Meirow hasn't faced yet.

"There's still some great unknown there," Quarantillo said.

Overall, the boys' team placed 18th of 25.

In a four-set win over the Steamboat Sailors, the Lady Tigers' volleyball team proved hard work and perseverance can pay off.

It was a hard-fought win, but a win nonetheless for the team that's struggling through the season with a 4-10 record. Head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick still has high hopes for her team, in which she can see strong talent and who have five matches to make their record right before regionals.

"If the girls continue working hard, playing defense and running our offense, we will be peaking at the right time," Hughes-Waddick said.

Anna Zangari led the match in service aces with six, a huge accomplishment for the senior who was out sick at the start of the season. Freshman Lexi Zangari led the offense at the net with 14 kills, matched by senior Sarah Metzger's 14 kills and no errors - an improvement for Metzger.

Defensively, Anna Zangari led the team with 32 digs. Senior Dakota Mendrick followed with eight.

"Anna's defense helped us to run our offense," Hughes-Waddick said, adding, "This week, we will be working on pressure situations and running a quicker offense. As I said before, this is the time in the season for wins. Our team totals for kills and errors was 73 and 18. This is right where we want to be, hitting at .314."

The Tigers next face Eagle Valley on Thursday, heading to Edwards with a score to settle after Eagle Valley took the Tigers at Summit High in four sets on Sept. 20.

Summit High's girls' rugby team canceled its Oct. 6 game against Regis Jesuit due to illness on the opposing team. Coaches are looking to reschedule the match, but a date hasn't been set.


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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 8, 2012 11:36PM Published Oct 8, 2012 11:22PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.