SHS teams pause for the holidays
FARMER’S KORNER – It’s time for a break.Many high school sports players and fans don’t like it, but the fact remains – the Colorado High School Activities Association has mandated a holiday hiatus from formal practice and competition.Will Summit’s athletes be better in the new year because they’re rested and re-focused, or will CHSAA’s requirement lead to lethargy and rusty skills?Only time will tell. In the meantime, we offer a glance at where each of the seven Tiger teams stand as the new year approaches.HockeyThe SHS hockey team opened its season with a big win over Steamboat, then rolled to a 4-2 start.
The Tigers, who have been known for slow starts followed by great finishes in the recent past, were 2-5 a year ago at this time.With 11 seniors and two legitimate goalies on its roster (Nick Springer and Andrew Dunlap), Summit looks good so far, but there are two areas of potential concern: 1) The Tigers are 0-2 in the Foothills League, which is “where it counts,” coach Bryan Smith said on Friday and 2) Seven out of Summit’s next eight games are on the road. Smith said he wasn’t worried abut the upcoming schedule, however, because his team plays well away from Breckenridge.Jeff Montepare and Braxton Campbell, both of whom have two hat tricks so far this season, lead SHS in scoring.Home fans will have only one January game to look forward to (Jan. 11 vs. Pueblo), but the Stephen C. West Ice Arena will be rocking with five consecutive home contests in Februrary that lead up to the playoffs. Summit lost in the state quarterfinals last year and in the semis in ’06. Nordic Skiing Summit’s frigid high school Nordic opener in Vail culminated with the Lady Tigers skiing to a second-place finish and the boys taking third.Summit was without two of its top racers – Tom Sawyer and Briana Perkins – in Vail, and it still found it’s customary spot on both podiums.
The highlight of the season opener was Tyler Reinking’s second place finish in the boys race. The senior co-captain was just 15.1 seconds behind All-American Scott Lacy of Aspen. Mackenzie Jones led Summit’s girls in sixth place.The Tigers, who have also competed in multiple Rocky Mountain Nordic (club) races, will host a skate race at Gold Run on Jan. 10. The wave-start event marks Summit’s only home high school contest of the season. This year’s state meet, where Summit promises to be a favorite as usual, is set for Steamboat.Alpine SkiingIf the story of last year’s alpine ski team was the Tigers’ depth, this season’s story would be its smaller numbers. The smaller group is due in large part to scheduling conflicts with club races. Hauser said both the girls and boys teams have a handful of quality racers, but if any injuries or academic issues arise than each team could be in trouble.SHS has only competed in one event thus far, hosting a GS at Copper on Dec. 14. Although the Tigers had numerous DNFs, they found a way to claw into second place in both the boys and girls competitions. SHS’ Brian Joyce and Zach Wade recorded top-10 finishes, while Chelsey Fretz and Erin Breslin finished fourth and fifth, respectively.With much tradition and success in the program, it’s not hard to believe each team will contend with its Nordic counterparts for a state championship. The girls have their eyes on a fourth-consecutive title, while the boys look determined to regain the crown after finishing second last year.
Girls BasketballThe Summit girls hoops squad enters the holidays with a 2-4 record, which actually means very little when you consider that the Tigers are a young bunch who have yet to play a 4A Jeffco League game.Second-year head coach Dylan Hollingsworth and his sophomore-heavy squad have rolled with the punches so far, as the Tigers have focused on internalizing the offensive and defensive systems that they hope will set them up for a repeat trip to the postseason.Home fans got a good show Thursday when SHS beat Skyview 63-30 at home. Nine Lady Tigers found the bottom of the net in that game, three of whom were in double figures.Junior co-captain Alyssa Tallmadge (13 points vs. Skyview), who can score from anywhere, hit three 3-pointers as part of a cohesive offensive, which got many of its points on the fast break. Summit’s balanced nucleus also includes starters Katie Sodergren (a senior co-captain) and sophomores Jeanna Holman, Julie Oberriter and Jaclin Limone. Brie Barto is typically the first player off the bench in Summit’s speedy attack.SHS’ next contest is set for Jan. 5 at Battle Mountain.Boys Basketball
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The Tigers got off to a rocky start this season by losing their first three games by a combined total of 30 points. SHS (2-4) may have turned the corner, however, after capturing two wins in its last three games (they beat Jefferson and Skyview). First-year coach Mark Ruybal’s team looked confused on the hardwood in its opening three games, but seems now to have a grasp on the new offense.The SHS defense has also looked strong at times – holding two different opponents to just two points in a quarter.Dan Marion and Taylor Troutman have both grown at the guard positions, and juniors Jordan Sitkoski and David Leopold have developed into solid post players. Senior co-captain Joe Felton has led the team offensively, averaging a double-double thus far.WrestlingThe season is still young for the Tiger grapplers, but the program’s restored energy and promise is evident.Some 14 wrestlers are on Summit’s active roster, which has grown in both numbers and talent since last year.Melvin, who’s added influential assistant Jack Byrne to his staff, has a strong core of youngsters that he also coached at the middle school level.
The continuity of the two programs has been shown, by among others, first-year Will McDonald (103 pounds), who has jumped out to a 4-4 start.Nate Roe (160-pounds, 4-3 record) Sam Netherton (135, 1-4) and Chris Dutt (189, 1-4) have also picked up early season wins for SHS.Girls Swimming and DivingThe Lady Tigers have competed in three meets thus far, including a season-opening tri at Englewood, which they won. SHS then traveled to D’Evelyn for an informal sprint comp, before finishing sixth at the Jeffco 10 relays.None of the Lady Tigers have qualified for the state meet yet, but the new year’s busy schedule will afford them ample chances to do so.SHS coach Laura Graf said the Tigers’ goal is a third-place finish in the Jeffco Conference. The team will lean on Megan Hartman and Brittany Moore, while looking up to Nicole Luby and Samantha Gardner to gather points on the diving board.
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