Rebuilding Tigers win Mesa State summer tournament |

Rebuilding Tigers win Mesa State summer tournament

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GRAND JUNCTION ” Athletes need wake-up calls occasionally. The Summit High School boys basketball team may have gotten their call months before the start of the next season.

After winning just two of the first four games at a summer camp at Mesa State University this week, Summit head coach Mike Rathgeber held a team meeting to change to attitude of the team.

After the Wednesday meeting, the Tigers rallied for three straight victories ” including a 15-point win over Green River (Wyo.) in the championship Thursday morning ” to win the tournament that featured 16 4A and 5A teams.

“Of all the stuff we did this summer, Mesa State is definitely the most intense,” Rathgeber said. “It was the most talent we faced.”

Rathgeber singled out two players that stepped up as future leaders on the team.

“Clint Hamilton and Jordan McCarthy have really stepped up to replace the eight seniors that left,” he said. “They have more than proven that they are willing and capable of leading this team.”

Summit also took a junior varsity and C team to Grand Junction. Both teams had successful camps before losing in the finals of their respective tournaments.

Former Tiger point guard Todd Wegner coached the C team in a JV-C team mixed division.

“Wegner did an incredible job with the team,” Rathgeber said. “It’s great to see a former player come back and help out.”

The camp marks the end of the summer season for the Tigers, who had an 11-7 record in camps and tournaments.

Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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