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Go figure: Gentling makes smooth move from ice to field

Shauna Farnell

When figure skating was the prominent activity in Sally Gentling’s life, she hardly imagined herself becoming the best high school rugby player in Colorado. But, after four years of dominating the field, she’s still surprised about winning the Best Player honors after leading her team to a state championship win Thursday night.

“I try hard at anything that I do,” Gentling said after Thursday’s win. “I do it at 100 percent, or I don’t do it.”

According to her coaches, teammates, and apparently everyone in the world of Colorado rugby, Gentling’s effort shows.

“She’s absolutely amazing,” said Summit rugby coach Karl Barth. “She’s made All-State for three years in a row, in three different positions. Watching her play (Thursday) night, it’s just night and day from when she started. Everything she does has poise; the figure skating shows. She was driving people backward into the ground. The power and aggression she played with was fun to watch. She basically put the team on its back and said, “Come with me.’ She proved why she’s captain and the best player in the state.”

After Gentling graduates from Summit High this spring, she plans to attend a fashion school in Los Angeles in the fall. Although the school doesn’t have a rugby team, she will search for one to play on, and will always regard her high school rugby career as one of the best times of her life.

“In the beginning, it was just something besides figure skating,” she said. “Now, I know it’s definitely kept me sane – just for venting, keeping me busy and concentrating on something besides school and work. I’m really excited about going to Nationals.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.


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