SHS Roundup: SHS hockey breaks out against Mitchell
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Summit High School ice hockey team got its first win in two weeks on Saturday by drubbing Mitchell 5-2.Before losing to Pueblo 6-1 on Friday, the Tigers hadn’t played a game since Jan. 17, when they lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Liberty. “Friday was a disappointing game,” Summit coach Bryan Smith said. “We came out flat and lethargic after a very long break.”The Tigers narrowly avoided being shutout by Pueblo when Mike Hammer notched a late-game goal.In response to his team’s lackluster performance against Pueblo, Smith decided to shorten his bench by dressing only 13 players. Six Tigers remained in street clothes.”We made a crucial change on the bench and the kids really rose to the occasion,” Smith said.Grant McGahey drew first blood for the Tigers by converting an assist from Chase Underbrink and Billy Barto early in the opening period. Prior to the first intermission, Underbrink added a goal for Summit, which was assisted by Barto and Alex Edwards. Unlike past games in which the Tigers played erratically, on Saturday they “dominated the game for three full periods,” Smith said.The Tigers (4-10, 2-4 in the Metro League) continued to pour it on in the second period with goals by Barto (unassisted) and Hammer (assisted by Barto and Braxton Campbell). Campbell took a third-period assist from Barto to cap off Summit’s scoring.”Billy (Barto) had an outstanding game,” Smith said. “He had something to do with every goal.”
Freshman Corey Handcock made 20 saves in goal for the Tigers.Boys hoops squad gets much-needed winDENVER – With their playoff hopes riding on each of their eight remaining games, the Summit boys basketball team picked up an important victory Saturday at Colorado Academy. Summit was led by Tucker Shelden, who had a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. The junior guard was 10-for-12 from the free throw line.”Tucker put us on his back and carried us tonight,” Summit coach Mike Rathgeber said. “Without him, we don’t win this game.”Senior guard Bob Schwander had a big night for Summit, nailing all four of his free throws en route to a career-high 12 points.According to Rathgeber, when the Mustangs began to threaten the Tigers’ lead late in the third quarter, it was Schwander who doused their fire. “Bob hit an NBA-range 3-pointer at the buzzer to put us up by 10,” Rathgeber said. “That was a very big shot for us.”Summit’s leading scorer, Clint Hamilton, played against the Mustangs despite sustaining a shoulder injury in the Tigers’ home game on Friday.The junior, who couldn’t raise his shooting arm above his shoulder, played mostly with his left hand and was limited to just five points, Rathgeber said.
The 6-12 Tigers play at Jefferson on Wednesday.Lady Tigers take second at Husky InvitationalBAILEY – The Summit girls swimming and diving team chalked up another strong showing at a large invite Saturday. The Tigers took second place at Platte Canyon’s Husky Invitational, which included eight teams.Summit (204 points) was defeated by Evergreen, which amassed 265 total points. Conifer rounded out the top three with 199 points.Diver Shauna Neely led the Tigers with a first-place finish in the 1 meter diving competition. In her victory, the senior standout contributed 16 points to the Summit cause. Nicole Luby finished fourth among divers, yielding 11 points for the Tigers.Kylie Nilson, Summit’s freestyle prodigy, took second in the 50-yard free, finishing just three-tenths of a second behind winner Krista Lance of Evergreen. The swift junior also took sixth in the 100 butterfly.Freshman Tessa Lindblade had a key second-place finish in the 500 free for Summit. The freshman standout also helped her 200 medley relay team to a fourth-place finish. Lindblade was joined on the medley relay team by Nilson, Mallory Kaufman and Erin Gray.”For the most part we’re exactly we’re we want to be,” Summit coach Laura Graf said following the invite. “The conditioning is there all we need now is to get some rest and see how we perform over the next two weeks.”The Lady Tigers will soon begin to taper down their workouts in preparation for the Jeffco 10 League meet, which begins Feb. 10. At the peak of their training, Summit swimmers swim up to 6000 yards per day, Graf said.
Two wrestlers represent Summit at Abraham Lincoln TournamentDENVER – Senior wrestlers Tim Gurule and Andrew Vawter-Beaird traveled to Abraham Lincoln High School Saturday to compete against some of the state’s finest wrestlers.The Abraham Lincoln Tournament, which included 24 teams from 3A, 4A and 5A schools, was highly competitive, Summit coach Jim Melvin said. “Both of our guys wrestled well,” Melvin said. “But it wasn’t a very eventful day; no one placed.”Vawter-Beaird went 2-2 on the day in the 125-pound weight class, pushing his overall record to 24-5.Both of Vawter-Beaird’s matches were extremely close as he lost one by two points and another in overtime.Gurule finished 0-2 on the day, wrestling at 130 pounds. Summit’s final dual is Thursday at Englewood. Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631or at aboffey@summitdaily.
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