SHS boys hoops team embarks on summer season |

SHS boys hoops team embarks on summer season

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DENVER ” Although the Summit High School boys basketball team is officially lacking both a varsity and junior varsity coach, the Tigers still could play close to 20 games this summer.

Much of that is due to the volunteer efforts of former coaches Mike Rathgeber (varsity) and Lee Wegner (JV), who are trying to keep Summit’s hoopers organized in the offseason.

“We wanted to make sure the kids didn’t get shortchanged in the crossfire of trying to find a new coach,” said Rathgeber, who took Summit to the Metro State Roadrunner Tournament last weekend in Denver. Wegner will accompany the squad to the Mesa State tournament in Grand Junction, which begins June 18.

Summit, which finished 2-3 in Denver with wins over Sheridan and Centaurus and losses to Buena Vista, Denver Lutheran and Lutheran-Parker, was led by seniors Ryan George and Joe Felton.

“Ryan and Joe clearly established themselves as the players who will most likely carry us next year,” Rathgeber said. “They played consistently game in and game out.”

Rathgeber, who said his team’s defense is way ahead of its offense at this point, also recognized Andy Nelson for his strong play in the post.

By participating in tournaments in Denver and Grand Junction and in a few contests against Clear Creek, SHS could end up playing almost as many games in the early part of this summer as it did all of last winter.

According to Rathgeber, who has signed on as an assistant coach at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire after coaching SHS for six years, his old team’s busy June schedule is a good thing.

“A lot of the kids need to catch up to the strength and speed of the varsity level and the only thing that can help them do that is playing,” he said. “They’re a very young team, but we had a young team last year and they gelled together under the gun and won 14 games.”

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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