SHS basketball players face busy summer
FARMER’S KORNER – Mike Rathgeber knows that the 2004-2005 Summit High School basketball team has potential. That’s why the head coach of the varsity squad has created a brutal offseason schedule of tournaments and training. “With this team I have coming next year, I really want to push them, so I created a schedule that does that,” he said on Sunday after taking 11 of his best players to the Metro State Roadrunner Tournament in Denver over the weekend. “I really think this team can do something special next year.” Kylor Dosset, Mike Holloway, Aaron George, Ben Clarke, Charles Koenig, Clint Hamilton, Jordan McCarthy, Ben Fridkis, Bob Koch and Alex Shakleton all made the trip to Denver to play at Metro State College. Garrison Greene was also invited, but had scheduling conflicts.
The tournament was one of several this summer where the athletes will face 5A and even club teams. The idea is that by facing the bigger schools, Rathgeber’s athletes will come into the regular season ready to be one of the Jeffco League’s top schools. Two weeks ago, the Tigers faced a handful of 5A and club teams in Pueblo, while next week they are flying to Lubbock, Texas, to take part in Texas Tech Bobby Knight Camp. Knight, the head coach at Texas Tech, has coached his way to three NCAA basketball titles. Dossett, who will be a senior at Summit High this fall, believes in Rathgeber’s vision.”Playing these medium 5A teams helps us the most, because we learn what the next level is,” he said. “We have some tough competition, and hopefully these teams will help us improve for next year.” Going 2-4 in this weekend’s tournament, the Tigers beat Class 4A Rifle and 4A Ranum to make it out of the first round before being eliminated by 5A Arapahoe. The other three losses came from 4A Mountain View, 5A Cherry Creek and 5A Chaparral.
Rathgeber isn’t worried about this summer’s win-loss totals though; he simply wants his kids to gain the experience that comes with playing larger, faster teams. “A lot was accomplished (at Metro State),” he said. “The two wins were good and the four losses were a great learning experience.” While none of the students is guaranteed a spot on the varsity squad until official tryouts in the fall, Rathgeber liked what he saw this weekend. Holloway and Dossett stepped up to be the strongest players, Rathgeber said, though he also was proud of the performance of underclassmen Hamilton and Fridkis, who both had double-digit games.
“This was (the younger player’s) introduction to the next level. It was definitely baptism by fire,” Rathgeber said. On top of the tournament schedule, Rathgeber has arranged for an open gym at Summit High School every Tuesday and Thursday. “It’s going to be a busy, hard summer for them, but they’ll come out a much better team,” Rathgeber said. “Their winter schedule is going to look like a vacation compared to what they’re going to see this summer.” Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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