SHS Roundup: Tigers pounce on Pumas
BRECKENRIDGE – Sporting events don’t always start on schedule, which can cause set backs for some teams.That wasn’t the case, however, for the Summit High School hockey squad (11-5, 6-3 in the Foothills League) Saturday as it skated past Peak to Peak (10-6, 4-4 in the Foothills League) 4-2 in Breckenridge. The game was delayed 45 minutes because Peak to Peak arrived late.The delay didn’t slow the Tigers’ start as they scored two goals in the opening period. Shamus O’Neill found the net with 6 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the period with an assist by Matt Stoffel. Brad Zimmerman got an assist from Braxton Campbell just over a minute later to put the team up 2-0.”The same sort of situation happened (in Friday’s 10-1 win over Dakota Ridge),” SHS coach Bryan Smith said. “(Both teams) arrived late and might have had their minds in other places besides the game. We were able to jump on each team.”Players and coaches were only given a 2-minute break between the first and second periods instead of the usual 12. Smith said the Tigers slowed a little during the second period.”(The short break) definitely took something away from us,” Smith said. “We’ve had three games this week and I noticed that we even tired after the first (period).”Peak to Peak struck first in the second period when Spencer Hellwig scored a power-play goal with 6:25 remaining, but Summit’s Scott Noble answered with :38 left in the period.Alex Gutierrez fired the puck toward the net and was denied by the Pumas’ goalie, but Noble managed to slap the puck into the net. Noble set up Gutierrez later for the team’s final score.”As a team we’re feeling great right now,” said Noble, who also collected an assist in the game. “There’s nothing going on that’s detrimental to the team. We’re playing our hearts out right now.”SHS goalie Nick Springer stopped 10 of 12 shots during the contest. He said hockey, especially at his position, requires a lot of mental toughness.”They say hockey is 90 percent mental,” Springer said. “But I think for a goalie, it’s even more than that. It takes a lot of focus and concentration to play there a lot of practice. Practicing with our team is amazing because they’re so fast and so quick. It’s great preparation for games.”
SHS now has its sights set on Saturday’s showdown with Regis Jesuit. Regis is 12-1 overall and undefeated in Foothills League play.”We have three games left and Saturday’s game is huge,” Smith said. “They’re the best team in the state right now. We’re going to have to practice extremely hard next week to prepare for them. … They’re going to be faster and bigger. They’re a very physical team.”Noble is ready for the hard work and effort Smith will ask of the team in practice next week.”We’ll need to take care of our bodies, so we’re ready to go,” said Noble, who had five stitches applied to his chin on Saturday. “It’s going to be a long week, but I think everyone’s up for it.”Lady Tigers win by 20 ENGLEWOOD – “We won,” Summit High School girls basketball coach Dylan Hollingsworth said by phone on Friday. “But it was a very ugly game.”The pushing and shoving was rampant in the Lady Tigers 46-26 win over Englewood.”After most games, we usually talk about how we played,” Hollingsworth said. “Tonight I just said, ‘It was a win.’ …. I’m glad we got out of there without anybody getting hurt.”The Lady Tigers improved to 6-10 (1-2 in the 4A Jeffco League), even with senior leader Katie Sodergren out with a concussion and junior scorer Alyssa Tallmadge in early foul trouble (four fouls in the first quarter).SHS jumped out to a 13-2 lead, then let the Pirates (4-13) back in the contest. “Without two of our starters, (the girls) kind of stood around and weren’t sure what to do,” Hollingsworth said. “They were a little shell shocked.”
The young Lady Tigers snapped out of it, however, after coming out of intermission with four sophomores and one freshman on the floor. SHS’ scoring attack was fairly balanced – Jeana Holman scored 14 points, Julie Oberriter had eight, Chloe Webber seven and Brie Barto six.Next week will be a challenging one for Summit, which must face Ralston Valley (away) on Tuesday and D’Evelyn (away) on Friday.”It’s going to be a rough week if we don’t come out ready to play,” Hollingsworth said. “We’re going to have to find a way to win one of those games if we want to make the playoffs.”SHS Nordic teams reach podium once againThe Summit High School Nordic skiing team put its stamp on Saturday’s classic race at Devil’s Thumb. The Tiger girls took second with 162 points (behind Vail Mountain School, which scored 170 points) and their male counterparts were third (149 points) behind VMS (175) and Lake County (153).Bailey Jefferson led the girls in sixth place and Julia Hayes and Briana Perkins took seventh and eighth, respectively.Alan Harrington took sixth for Summit’s boys followed by Duncan Koehn in eighth and Mccabe Jones in 20th.Summit will complete its regular season Tuesday at Eldora.
Swimming and diving team tunes up before Jeffco ChampionshipsBAILEY – The Summit High School swimming and diving team had its last chance to iron out wrinkles on Saturday at Platte Canyon before competing in the Jeffco League Championship Friday and Saturday.SHS diver Sam Gardner posted a personal-best score of 204.55, good enough for second place.”The pressure was off her because she qualified for state at our last meet,” SHS coach Laura Graf said. “She really enjoyed herself and nailed her dives. Our mindset for this meet was to have fun and get the tension out before the ( Jeffco Championships).”Nicole Luby finished third in the diving comp (169.70).Many of the Tigers were in events they haven’t competed in all season, with the exception of the girls still hoping to qualify for state, Graf said.”They all still have chance (to qualify),” Graf said. “They didn’t reach those times (Saturday), but hopefully they can do it next week.”Harper Kaufman finished ninth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.15 seconds. The 200 free relay team of Kaufman, Megan Hartman, Agne Maziliauskaite and Lacie Williams was seventh (1:57.82).Williams, usually a long-distance swimmer, has turned into quite the sprinter. The senior finished the 200 free in eighth with a time of 2:25.76.SHS finished eighth in the 10-team meet with an unorthodox start sheet.”Our top girls swam in different events,” Graf said. “This was more for the JV girls who won’t make it to the league meet. It was their final meet, so we let them do their favorite events.”
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