SMS brings home two league titles from hoops tourney
LEADVILLE – Summit seventh- and eighth-graders headed up to Leadville on Saturday for a final day of hoops capping an already successful basketball season. Entering an “A” and a “B” squad for each grade, all four of Summit’s teams brought legitimate hopes of running the table through their tournament brackets.The eighth grade B’s were the first to do so. With 11 points from point guard Stephen Ike, and six apiece from forwards John Willis and David Leopold, Summit took early command of its first round matchup with Lake County and never looked back. In the championship round the Tigers faced a top-seeded Salida team with whom they had split their two regular season meetings. Summit dominated in the rubber match, with solid team defense and offensive production from Ike at the point and Hayden Hedman in the post. According to first-year head coach Jason Bull, this was some of the best basketball the B team has played. “These guys have really made a lot of progress all season, so it’s nice we could end it with a couple big wins,” Bull said.Unfortunately, the A team didn’t fare as well. With a possible championship game looming against highly touted Salida, Summit couldn’t get on track in the first round against tournament host Lake County. Although beaten twice by Summit in the regular season, Lake County’s defense took away the inside and kept Summit off the boards. “They sat back in a 2-3 zone to neutralize our big scorer,” Bull said, referring to forward/center Jordan Sitkoski. “Our perimeter guys got a lot of open looks, but they just weren’t dropping for us.” Summit had a chance to win it in the game’s final seconds, but Sitkoski’s 3-point attempt sailed just wide, and Lake County prevailed 21-20.About an hour later, the Tigers took out their frustrations in the third-place game, much to the chagrin of an overmatched Buena Vista squad. Point guard Cody Keen pushed the game’s tempo by running the floor and creating a bevy of fast-break opportunities. And with newfound precision from behind the 3-point line, guard Erik Brooks connected on five of his seven attempts. Sitkoski and forward Talon Roggasch also chipped in to balance the offensive attack, and Summit cruised to a 53-25 win.Combined, the eighth grade A and B squads finished with a record of 16-7.Seventh grade A’s beat BV for titleAs for the seventh grade teams, the A squad played two hard-fought battles, first against Lake County and then against Buena Vista in the finals. They prevailed in both to win the championship, beating BV 33-31 in the title game. The win avenged the Tigers’ only regular season loss, and sent them into the offseason with a 9-1 record under their belt.The B squad came into the tourney with an undefeated record but was upset by Buena Vista in their championship game. Valuable members of the team included Taylor Troutman, Ross Eaton, Kyle Hamilton, Jordan Dismont, Kody Berkley, Bryan Vasagec, and talented sixth graders Taylor Gillis and Keynan Roggasah.The seventh grade B team completed its successful campaign with a second-place finish. The team finished the season with a 9-1 record, and its only loss was to Buena Vista in the tournament final, 23-15. Team members included Matt Means, Anthony Sandoval, Austin Baker, Chris Braun, Charlie Whittaker, Ross Jackson, Brendon Kotz and John MacMurray.U-12 girls shut out SteamboatThe Summit U-12 girls hockey team won its most recent home game (Dec. 12) against Steamboat by a score of 1-0. It was the third shutout of the season for goaltender Noelle Herrick and stalwart defenders Leah Wickham, Cheyenne Hickox and Melissa Woodring. Wickham scored the game-winning goal with only 3:54 left in the game on a hard shot from the blue line.Forwards Valentina Blass, Hannah Charneskie, Elle Dice, Anna Dilatush and Casey Farrell controlled the puck well during the game, winning the majority of face-offs.The Summit U-12s play Aspen at home on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 9:15 a.m. The team is coached by Jamilee Headly and Bob Blass, and sponsored by Alpine Anesthesia.
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