Summit High Sports Wrap-Up: Ski teams strong again, hockey playoff hopes take hit | SummitDaily.com

Summit High Sports Wrap-Up: Ski teams strong again, hockey playoff hopes take hit

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@summitdaily.com

The winter sports season continued this week for Summit High School with the Nordic and Alpine ski teams once again leading the charge. The Tiger hockey team's playoff hopes took a hit, while the hoops teams continued what's become a tough year.

Alpine skiing: The boys and girls ski team headed to Steamboat Springs this week for slalom competition. The lady Tigers brought home a big win, beating Battle Mountain and Aspen for the top podium spot. Summit's Ellie Brown-Wolf finished first overall in the race with a combined two-run time of 1 minute 26.66 seconds. Battle Mountain's Haley Frischholtz finished second in 1:27.9 followed by McKenzie Millard of Steamboat. The Tigers' Gisele Thompson, Dani Moulton and Rachel Smith all finished in the top 10. Thompson (1:32.36) took sixth and Moulton (1:33.23) and Smith (1:33.52) finished nine and 10 respectively.

The boys team took third on the day, behind Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs. Battle Mountain's Quintin Cook (1:24.16), Sands Simonton (1:24.64) and Keenan Zapf (1:26.65) swept the podium. The Tigers' Cameron Berget came in fourth to lead the way for Summit in 1:29.83. Jack Farrell was the next highest Tiger finisher in 12th.

Head coach Karl Barth credits teamwork for the Tigers success so far this season.

"They work hard and push each other which is nice," he said. "They're a tight group."

Nordic skiing: The Tiger Nordic squad headed to Vail for skate and classic races Saturday. The boys team brought home wins in both competitions, topping Battle Mountain and Aspen. Henry Trowbridge led the way for Summit with a win in the skate in 6:51.4. Trowbridge also took second in classic behind Evergreen's Luke Platil (7:59.3). Trowbridge ran the 3-kilometer course in 8:18.7. The Tigers' Derek Hill finished fifth in classic, while Joel Sawyer added a fifth-place finish in skate.

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The Tiger girls team finished second in both races behind Vail Mountain School. Summit's Ruthie Boyd led the way for the girls in classic, finishing second behind Vail Mountain School's Maddie Donovan (9:40.1). Boyd crossed the finish in 9:40.1. Ezra Smith was the next highest girls finisher in fifth. Smith also finished second in skate behind Donovan (8:08.9). Smith earned second with a time of 8:15.8. Boyd finished third in that race just under 3 seconds behind Smith.

The teams compete in a classic race at Cordillera Saturday, Jan. 31.

Hockey: The Summit hockey team's playoff hopes took a hit this week with tough 6-0 losses on the road against both Dakota Ridge and Regis Jesuit. The losses dropped the team to 3-6-1 on the season, 2-4-1 in-conference. The team has seven in-conference games still remaining on the schedule. They'll host Monarch High School Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge.

Boys basketball: The Tiger boys dropped games at home to Glenwood Springs 72-52 and on the road at Steamboat Springs 51-36 this week. The losses put the team at 2-11 on the season, 2-5 in-conference. They'll try to turn things around with a rematch at Glenwood Springs Tuesday, Jan. 27, followed by a three-game home stand starting Friday, Jan. 30, against Rifle.

Girls basketball: The lady Tigers basketball team went 1-1 this week with a 65-25 loss at home to Glenwood Springs and a 34-23 win at Steamboat Springs. Summit's Natalie Gray was the team's leading scorer with nine points in the win. Brittany Berry, Megan McDonnell and Janessa Buer each contributed six. Friday's road win moved the Tigers to 4-9 on the season, 1-6 in-conference. They'll travel to Glenwood Springs Tuesday, Jan. 27, and host Rifle Friday.

Swimming: The girls swimmers traveled to Glenwood Springs Saturday for the Lady Demon Invitational. Summit finished sixth in the competition. Durango High School claimed top honors. The lady Tigers will wrap-up their regular season Saturday, Jan. 31, in Aspen.

Wrestling: Wrestling results were not reported to the Summit Daily. The team will be in action at Evergreen Wednesday, Jan. 28.