Summit High School sports roundup: Football loses to Steamboat, 21-19 |

Summit High School sports roundup: Football loses to Steamboat, 21-19

Janice Kurbjun
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Special to the Daily/Amy Mastin

Summit’s football team endured a tough loss to Steamboat Friday, losing 21-19.

For Steamboat, it was a breath of fresh air, breaking the team’s 22-game losing streak, in place since 2009. For Summit, it was a damper on an explosive start to the season last week.

“We had way too many mistakes,” Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “The things that kept us from really blowing the game open on Battle Mountain kept us from beating Steamboat – penalties and turnovers in particular.”

The Tigers had a six-point lead in the second quarter, but missed an extra point.

“That turned out to be critical,” Hollingsworth said.

Steamboat put 21 points on the scoreboard by switching from the running game to letting senior quarterback Christian Ramirez’ arm loose. He found Skyler Kauf (whose first high school career win was Friday) on a 27-yard slant route at the end of the second to take a 7-6 lead, the team’s first halftime lead since a November 2009 game in the state playoff semifinals, Luke Graham of the Steamboat Today reported.

Ramirez then found Penn Lukens to open the second half from 14 yards out to take a 14-6 lead.

On Steamboat’s next possession, Ramirez looked Kauf’s way again. After a fade route turned up empty, Steamboat went right back to the same play. This time, Kauf dashed in from 66 yards out and a 21-6 Steamboat lead, Graham reported.

Senior Tiger quarterback Sean Farley then fought back with a 60-yard touchdown run. After trading possessions, the Tigers’ Nolan Rookey recovered a bad snap and returned it for a touchdown and a 21-19 deficit. Had that extra point been good early in the game, the teams would have been tied with roughly 5 minutes left in the game. Instead, the Tigers were forced to attempt a two-point conversion, which was picked off in the endzone.

After another errant snap, the Sailors were in a 3rd-and-22 position with 2:01 remaining. Instead of running, Steamboat ran another fly pattern to Kauf, Graham reported.

After some discussion – and an initial incomplete signal – the refs called it a catch, giving Steamboat one last first down for the win.

“It was a huge call,” Hollingsworth said. Called incomplete, the Tigers would have possessed the ball within Farley’s 40-yard field goal range – and would have had the chance to get closer.

“We did lots of things up to that point to beat ourselves,” Hollingsworth added.

Farley played a good game with 9 or 15 completions – but he also threw three interceptions, which Hollingsworth said might not have happened if his quarterback had more experience with making decisions. Still, Farley rushed for 86 yards and had nearly 100 yards passing.

Senior running back Nic Berry tallied 104 yards while on the defense, junior Duncan Roberts had eight tackles and a sack. Rookey played the game very under the weather, but had three catches for 52 yards on offense and the fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense, along with four tackles.

Despite the loss, Hollingsworth said his defense showed up and played pretty well.

“We gave up some big plays that we probably shouldn’t have, but they really brought it. We just have to pick up the pieces and try to figure out how to right the ship before Friday. We definitely have our hands full Friday with Silver Creek,” the coach said.

Silver Creek has a winning record, and with it, the team brings confidence to the field. The team lost in the state championship game last year and though it graduated a few seniors, strong players are moving into vacant positions.

“After the game, we tried to be really honest with them about the fact that we’ve got to come to have an expectation of winning instead of just hoping to win,” Hollingsworth said. “That’s something we’ve got to teach these kids. Even when things don’t go your way … we’ve got to be able to rebound from it.”

The Summit High School soccer team pulled out a 4-3 win over Palisade on Saturday morning, but it wasn’t the clean victory head coach Tommy Gogolen wanted.

“It was a win, but it wasn’t a great win. We were definitely the better team going in,” he said.

The team came out strong in the first half, scoring all four goals before Palisade had hardly gotten one in the back of the net. But, come the second half, Palisade dominated.

“We were the superior team, but we weren’t the superior team all 80 minutes. We were lucky to squeak by with a win,” Gogolen said.

The team was missing two key players – junior midfielder Max Ortiz was out with an injury and senior forward Peter Grotemeyer was taking an ACT test. So, sophomore Greg Spaulding from the JV team stepped up.

“He wasn’t expecting to play today, and he did extremely well,” Gogolen said. “He scored the fourth goal. It wasn’t a winning goal because it was in the first half, but … he filled in and put one in the back of the net off the post. It was key to our win today. He bailed out the varsity team.”

Others scoring goals included senior forward Evan Feldman with two and senior forward Alan Roque with one. Gogolen said he expects plenty of goals from both forwards throughout the season. He also highlighted junior midfielder Kai George’s performance on defense as a key to stalling Palisade’s offense.

Summit outshot Palisade 12-4 in the first half, but in the second half let their guard down to become even in shots at roughly 7 to 7.

Saturday’s visit to CMC Leadville for the Lake County Invitational was a success, cross-country coach Heather Quarantillo said.

Out of 15 teams, the boys finished seventh and the girls finished second of 13 teams.

“They were neck and neck,” Quarantillo said of the girls, who came in at 25 points versus Coronado High School’s 14. Coronado, which is in a different division than Summit High School and hails from Colorado Springs, dominated all four races. However, Summit’s runners – which are mostly freshmen – hung with the top runners from Coronado.

“We’re really excited about how close they were together,” Quarantillo said. The key to a strong team finish is to have runners finishing in top slots, as the girls did.

The Leadville course is as close to a trail running cross-country course as the team will get this year, with lots of ascents and descents. Quarantillo said it’s probably the most challenging race the runners will face, and highlighted sophomore Liam Meirow’s tim of 17 minutes, 47 seconds as a fast time for the coruse.

The girls’ junior varsity team also came in second, meaning Summit took home two plaques along with plenty of ribbons and awards Saturday.

Next week, the runners travel to Eagle Valley, where they’ll meet many of the Western Slope League schools for the first time.

Boys individual times:

3rd place: Liam Meirow – 17:47

36th place: Robert Koegel – 19:45

40th place: Shane Arnold – 19:54

62nd place: Danny Cuadrado – 21:13

68th place: Anders Lewis – 21:43

74th place: Tyler Shaw – 21:58

77th place: Sam Piehl – 22:25

Girls individual times:

3rd place: McKenna Ramsay – 21:33

5th place: Katherine Pappas – 21:45

6th place: Ruthie Boyd – 21:55

11th place: McKinley Jones – 22:10

29th place: Sydney Stein – 23:34

36th place: Riley Vargo – 24:02

49th place: Emily Pappas – 25:04

Summit High School rugby won against Chaparral High School on Chaparral turf Saturday, 85-0.

“It was a good game and we worked on the things we wanted to work on,” senior team captain Katy Peoples said.

The challenge of the game, she said, was continuing to challenge the Summit players, play hard, yet maintain good sportsmanship.

Young players who don’t normally see playing time was a plus of Saturday’s game.

“It got new girls to be more confident, which is good,” Peoples said.

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