SHS teams spring back into action |

SHS teams spring back into action

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GOLDEN ” The Summit High School tennis team got a little help from its schedule maker Tuesday after returning from a long spring break.

“It was nice to not have to face some huge team right away,” Summit coach Rae Anderson said. “We usually do pretty well against Golden.”

The Tigers did what they normally do against the Demons ” they beat them in sound fashion. All three of Summit’s singles players won in straight sets as the Tigers cruised to a 5-1 victory.

“Everybody played well,” Anderson said. “It’s good to have another confidence booster after beating Evergreen before break.”

Summit’s top player, Sutton Anderson, led her team with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. After losing her first match of the season, the Tigers’ only senior has now won seven straight matches.

“I’d say I’m playing pretty well,” she said. “I’ve pulled out some tough matches that I’m not sure I would have a couple of years ago.”

No. 2 singles player Carly Walsh followed Anderson with a 6-2, 7-6 victory, while No. 3 Alex Critz-Culp rebounded from a recent slump to win her match 6-4, 6-2.

“It was great to see (Alex) get a win,” coach Anderson said. “She used good strategy, kept her wits about her and played really solid tennis.”

Summit’s leading doubles team of Kali Turrin and Megan Hollenbeck won their match 6-2, 6-2; The No. 2 team of Tessa Manton and Mandy Miles won 3-6, 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Tiana Shelton and Megan Hartman fell 3-6, 7-5, 4-6 and Jodi Houghtaling and Holly Westwood won 6-4, 6-4.

Summit, which improved to 5-2 (4-1 in Jeffco play) with the victory, is scheduled to play Friday at Alameda.

Swimmers and divers compete in laid-back setting

ARVADA ” The Summit High School swimming and diving team had the luxury of easing into the second half of its schedule as Arvada hosted the Jeffco League Relays on Tuesday.

Summit coach Mike Rathgeber described the meet as a fun event designed to get the entire league together in one pool.

“Nine out of the 11 events were made up,” Rathgeber said. “They really had no merit other than being fun.”

Tuesday’s unusual events included a breaststroke/backstroke relay, a crescendo relay and a diver’s relay.

“They had to do all the timing and scoring by hand,” Rathgeber said. “So we don’t have any real results yet.”

The 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay were the only traditional events on Tuesday’s docket and Summit was well represented in both.

Will Snead, Marshall Snead, Tom Sawyer and Josh Gammel comprised the Tiger’s medley relay team, which fell 1.5 seconds short of qualifying for state. The same group, except for Will Snead instead of Andrew Marshall, continued their 400-free-relay dominance by shaving more than a second off their March 30 state qualifying time of 3:49.5.

“It was a nice way to end the meet,” Rathgeber said. “I didn’t expect anyone to improve coming off of spring break. I would have been happy if they were within a second of their best times.”

Although official results are still pending, Rathgeber said he thinks his free relay team was among the top three in Arvada.

The Tigers got a recent lift when senior Tim Gurule decided to return to the team after forgoing the first half of the season.

“We’re glad to have (Tim) back,” Rathgeber said. “But he still needs nine practices before he can compete in our meets.”

Despite its relatively non-serious nature, Rathgeber said the league relays made for a positive experience.

“It’s a nice meet that Jeffco holds every year,” he said. “It’s got a very different atmosphere. It’s almost like a social thing.”

The Tigers return to dual competition Friday at home against Columbine.

SHS soccer outplayed by Evergreen

LAKEWOOD ” Summit’s girls soccer team members looked more like spectators then players at the outset of their game with Evergreen on Tuesday.

“We were just watching (Evergreen) during the first half,” Summit coach Stephanie Johnson said, following her team’s 6-0 loss at Trailblazer Stadium. “We responded to what they did instead of playing our short-passing game.”

The Cougars greeted Summit’s initial sluggishness with three first-half goals before the Tigers came alive at halftime.

“(The Tigers’) attitudes changed,” she said. “They came out, played like a team and fought for the ball.”

Summit’s resurgence proved futile, however, as Evergreen tallied three more goals in the second half.

Summit practiced for the first time in more than a week on the eve of Tuesday’s matchup but according to Johnson, it wasn’t their downfall.

“Our girls are in good shape,” she said. “They stepped it up in the second half, but it was too late.”

Johnson cited three Tigers for playing hard throughout the game and then going out fighting in the end ” midfielder Courtney Wade and defenders Jessica Gillis and Jackie Koettritz.

With the loss, the Tigers now sit at 2-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the 4A Jeffco League.

They will travel to Colorado Academy for a make-up game on Thursday afternoon before heading to Elizabeth for a night game on Friday.

“We always seem to pick it up against CA,” Johnson said. “And we matchup pretty well ability wise against Elizabeth.”

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at

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