SHS Roundup: SHS Nordic squad sweeps another race, this time at Eldora
BOULDER – It’s starting to look more and more possible that the Summit High School ski teams could once again sweep the state championships a month from now.Or, put another way, the SHS boys are suddenly just as much a threat as the girls.One day after the Tiger boys alpine squad filled all three spots on the podium in a giant slalom at Loveland, their Nordic counterparts put five kids in the top 10 and edged Aspen by one point for a freestyle team win at the Eldora Nordic Center. The boys fell just short at state last year while trying to win their third straight title.Kevin Soller took second Saturday, finishing the 5K course in 14 minutes, 46 seconds. Fellow senior Patrick Neel was right behind him in third, crossing the line three seconds later. Tom Sawyer, a freshman who seems only to be getting stronger, took sixth (15:12), while sophomore Tyler Reinking (eighth) and senior Matt Bowers (ninth) finished a tenth of a second apart.Marshall Snead (18th) joined the others in the top 20, while Andy Arrance booked a ticket to the state meet by finishing in the top 45 percent of the 79-racer field. “I was tickled about that,” said SHS coach Tom Sain, who now has all but one male racer qualified for the state freestyle race.On the girls side, senior Brittany Perkins stayed unbeaten to lead Summit to an easy team victory. Perkins won in 15:37, 45 seconds ahead of her sophomore sister Briana, the day’s runner-up. Freshman Hannah Hausman overcame illness to finish sixth for SHS, while Leah Venturoni (12th, 18:27), Mackenzie Jones (13th, 18:31) and Lauren Jefferson (19th, 19:19) also cracked the top 20 in the field of 71.Tiger boys win second straight on hardwoodTHORNTON – Clint Hamilton posted his second straight huge game in a winning effort, as the Summit High School boys basketball team ended a frenzied week of play in the Jeffco/Skyline Challenge by beating Englewood 57-38. The win pushed the Tigers’ record to 5-6 overall, and left them 2-2 after the highly competitive week of play.Hamilton, a junior, scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, less than 24 hours after scoring 31 in a rout of Jefferson. “He’s really made a statement that, I’m taking you guys where you need to go,” said SHS coach Mike Rathgeber, who called this week’s stretch his team’s “coming out party.”Jordan McCarthy (10 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Tucker Shelden (eight points, 10 rebounds, four steals) and Ryan Eberhart (six points, nine rebounds) also played well for Summit, which took care of the ball and pulled away from scrappy Englewood (2-12) in the second half.Vawter-Beaird makes it three straight tournament wins, improves record to 19-2EVERGREEN – Summit High School’s great wrestling hope, Andrew Vawter-Beaird, won his third straight tournament Saturday afternoon, going 4-0 to capture the 125-pound division at Evergreen’s Cougar Invite.Vawter-Beaird’s biggest win came in the final, where he beat last year’s regional runner-up, Adam Vigil from Ralston Valley.The sweep puts the Summit senior’s season record at an astonishing 19-2 overall, spanning three weight classes (he has won once at 130 and lost once at 119).Also on Saturday, seniors Tim Gurule (130) and Stephan Collard (135) both went 1-2 in their respective weight divisions.Lady Tigers go 3-1 in Jeffco/Skyline tournamentLAKEWOOD – The Summit High School girls basketball team used a balanced attack to defeat Englewood 55-35 in its fourth and final Jeffco/Skyline tournament game. After losing to Centaurus on Monday, the Tigers were relegated to the loser’s bracket, which they won Saturday.Samantha Neal led Summit with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Allie Esparza finished with 15 points, Lynlee Holloway had 13, and Cissy Daniels chipped in 12.”We shot the ball extremely well,” Summit coach Jeff Neal said. “But I’m even happier that we played better defense, moved the ball well and played unselfishly.”According to Jeff Neal, the Tigers played their best basketball of the season thus far during the second quarter. After jumping out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, the Tigers poured on another 35 points before halftime to put the Pirates away for good.The Tigers won’t get much rest after playing four games in six days as they head to Battle Mountain on Tuesday to face the Huskies in a 7 p.m. game.-Adam Boffey
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