Opening day for SHS spring sports
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys swimming and diving team anticipates improvement over its times from Saturday’s meet against Ralston Valley. But for a season opener, the Tigers will take it.
Summit won four of the 12 events against a strong Mustangs squad and had no one swim at state-qualifying pace.
“The new kids did well. The veterans need to do better,” said Summit coach Graig Fischer.
Junior Eric Lowe, who had hoped to qualify for state in the 200- and- 500- yard freestyle, won the 200 in 5 minutes, 46.41 seconds and was second in the 200 in 2:01.67.
Sophomore David Shaffer had a personal best in the 100 breaststroke and won the event in 1:24.85. He also teamed with freshman Josh Gammel and juniors Lowe and John McGee to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:49.36.
Summit’s other winner was senior diver Joe Baldwin, who scored 152.9 points as the meet’s only diver.
Summit next travels to Englewood on Thursday for a dual with Wheat Ridge.
Baseball drops opener to Mustangs
DENVER – A strong offensive showing was negated by some defensive problems in the Summit High baseball team’s season-opening loss to Colorado Academy on Saturday.
Sophomore Dan Pringle went 3-for-3 with a triple, and senior Casey Anderson was 2-for-4 with a double as the Tigers lost 12-6 on a mild day in Denver. Pitcher Ryan Norton, who left the mound in the second after giving up five runs (three earned), was 1-for-2 at the plate with a triple and two walks. David Payne, sophomore Garrison Green and Anderson each had RBIs.
“For the most part, it’s pretty positive for our second day out on a field,” said first-year Summit coach John Padjen, whose team has practiced indoors all preseason. “A couple of guys had real good days at the plate. With a little more experience and a little more field time, we’re going to be pretty competitive.”
Anderson pitched one and two thirds innings, and Cory Olson pitched two and two thirds.
The Tigers gave up big innings in the second and fourth (four runs apiece for the Mustangs), and they were caught stealing twice and on an ill-fated suicide squeeze attempt.
“We were just a couple plays away from really reversing the score,” Padjen said.
The Tigers take the field again Monday in a 3:30 p.m. game at Manual.
Girls soccer can’t get on board
RIFLE – The Summit High girls soccer team stretched its legs on a field for the first time this season and came away with a 2-0 loss to Rifle on Saturday.
“It was obvious we hadn’t been outside at all yet,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky. “There was a scrimmage aspect to this game. We’re still experimenting with positions, lineups and strategy. We knew going in we’d have some rust, and we did.”
Summit’s defense jelled before its offense as the Tigers played the Bears to a scoreless first half. Summit mustered some scoring opportunities late in the game.
Goaltender Jaimie Norton played most of the game in net before switching with fellow sophomore Shelley Mauch.
Summit experimented with a 3-2-3-2 alignment, which Krupanszky plans to stick with for the foreseeable future.
“If the players are patient with themselves, they’re going to be fine,” Krupanszky said. “We’re certainly inexperienced, but the team worked very hard, and I was very satisfied with that.”
Summit travels to Mountain View Tuesday for a night game against the Mountain Lions.
Track ventures into Cold Weather
The Summit High School track and field team tried to find its legs Saturday at the Cold Weather Classic in Englewood, earning a handful of points in the process and getting its first glimpse of some of its new league opponents.
“It was good for them to see what kind of competition is out there,” said head coach Sandy Padjen.
Sophomore Mike Holloway took home the most points for the Tigers, coming in second in the discus with a throw of 177-7 1/2. In the long jump, Tyler Brooks jumped 17-10 for fifth place.
For the girls, the 4×800-meter relay relay team of Jessie Geiss, Kara Springer, Amy Secor and Tara Carosa took fourth place with an unofficial time of 11 minutes, 46 seconds. Charlotte Hill, Brittany Adamson, Danielle Ranney and Besty Jason sprinted to fifth place in the 4×100 with a time of 58.8.
Like the rest of Summit’s spring athletic squads, the track and field team was limited to indoor practices for the pre-season, and Padjen said she expects performances to improve once the team starts practicing out on the track.
“We’re still trying to get those start-of-the-season things down,” she said.
The Tigers return to Englewood Wednesday for a quad meet with Evergreen, Englewood and Jefferson.
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