SHS Roundup: Tigers roar into playoffs with 7-2 win |

SHS Roundup: Tigers roar into playoffs with 7-2 win

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily News

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BRECKENRIDGE – The high school hockey playoffs are right around the corner and the Summit Tigers look primed for a run to the Frozen Four.SHS completed its regular season with a 7-2 win over Chatfield at home on Saturday and boosted its record to 13-6 in the process.”We came out and played an unbelievable first period and that’s what started it,” Summit coach Bryan Smith said. “I told these kids if they wanted to be successful, they had to start it right off the bat.”James Lowrey got the scoring started in the first period by converting an assist from Sam Dudick and Sonny Magrino with 8 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. The Tigers defense also set the tone early, allowing just one first-period shot on goalie Nick Springer. Jeff Montepare and Alex Gutierrez both found the back of the net during the second period to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at the second intermission.The Chargers ruined Springer’s shutout in the opening seconds of the third period, but the Tigers responded with goals by Tommy Moles (two), Braxton Campbell and Shamus O’Neill.At some point in the midst of Summit’s late-game scoring barrage, Chatfield’s goalie came unglued and was ejected for fighting.The worst part about the incident for the home club and fans was that a nearly 10-minute delay ensued while the displaced netminder transferred his entire monkey suit to a Chatfield skater, who had to stand between the pipes for the better part of a period while his team attempted to squeak into the playoffs.The Tigers are a shoe-in for the postseason at this point, but they won’t get to host any more games despite an impressive record.Playoff venues were pre-designated in Colorado Springs, Denver and Minturn (at Battle Mountain High School).SHS will be notified of its first opponent on Sunday. After that, the sky’s the limit.

“There’s a lot of talk about our team around the state,” Smith said. “People know we have a pretty good squad this year.” Tigers lose home finale by 30 pointsFARMER’S KORNER – Any remaining playoff hopes the SHS boys basketball team brought into Saturday’s home game against D’Evelyn were dashed by a 30-point loss.The Jaguars dominated the sparsely attended contest from the outset, thanks to a dominant performance by big man James Rader, a 6-foot-6 senior, who poured in 25 points in a 72-42 victory.Joe Felton scored 17 points to lead SHS, which fell to 5-17 in its penultimate game of the season.”Overall, the season hurts,” Felton said. “I think we had a lot of talent this year – we should have had 11 or 12 wins, but it just didn’t go through. It’s something that happens, I guess.”Saturday’s loss wasn’t for a lack of effort, a fact the Tigers can take solace from long after the snow melts.”We give 110% in every game,” Felton said. “We may not always have the best skill set, but we leave it all out on the floor – that has to count for something.”Erik Brooks and Dan Marion both scored seven points for Summit, which travels to Elizabeth on Wednesday.”It’s unfortunately a three-hour bus ride,” Marion said. “So we have to deal with that first – then we can have some fun with it.”

Coach Mark Ruybal offered two cents on his first campaign in the high country following the Tigers’ loss on Saturday.”It’s progressing,” Ruybal said. “I’m disappointed, but it’s not unexpected. When you come in for the first year and put a whole new system in – you always have growing pains. It’s just like when you’re building a house. If you don’t establish the foundation now, it’s going to crack later on.”Gardner places 11th at state diving competitionFORT COLLINS – Summit High School junior Samantha Gardner took 11th place at the 4A state diving competition Saturday in Fort Collins.”Sam was super consistent,” Tigers coach Shannon Tessier said by phone. “Especially for her first time at state, she handled the pressure very well.”Gardner, who scored a career-best 313.1 points in the 11-dive meet, advanced out of the 25-athlete preliminaries in ninth place.Mountain View’s Jamie Bristol won the contest with 440.05 points.Gardner’s composure on Saturday bodes well for next season.”She didn’t seem to have any nerves at all,” Tessier said. “I think I was more nervous than she was.”

Wrestling season ends at Moffat CountyCRAIG – Chris Dutt and Zach Campbell made sure Summit High School didn’t leave this weekend’s 4A regional wrestling tournament empty handed.Dutt, a rookie grappler, finished sixth place in the 189-pound division with a two-day record of 2-3 and Campbell went 1-2 among heavyweights.”Dutt’s an athlete,” said coach Jim Melvin after the junior won both of his matches by pin. “He’s fired up and he wants to win.”Dutt finished the season with a 15-14 record.”He’s in a really good place for a beginner wrestler,” Melvin said.Summit will miss out on the state tournament for the second consecutive year, but its program is clearly revitalized, nonetheless. Melvin brought 13 able-bodied wrestlers to this year’s regional tournament and only two suited up last year.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at