Summit High athletes earn scholarships |

Summit High athletes earn scholarships

Summit Daily file photo/Reid Williams Stephanie von Normann, left, shown here in a 2003 file photo, has received a full ride to play volleyball at Northeastern University in Boston in the fall. Von Normann is one of six students from Summit High's Class of 2004 to play sports on scholarship.

A handful of Summit High School’s brightest sports stars will continue making their marks in their chosen sports when they head to college in the fall on full or partial athletic scholarships. Stephanie von Normann leads the way with a full ride to Boston’s Div. I Northeastern University where she will play volleyball. In 2002, the 6-foot-3 von Normann, then a junior, dominated in the middle, finishing second in the state in blocks while leading the Tigers to a seventh-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament. As a senior, she was hobbled by a bum ankle but still managed to control the court when she was on it. She plays the sport year round on the club level.Colorado’s 2004 state champion in Nordic classic skiing, Pete Richmond, is taking his skills to the University of New Mexico, which this spring won the NCAA skiing title and thus brought home the state’s first-ever national championship. “(The NCAA championship) was definitely a factor,” Richmond said. “I didn’t want to go to a school where I wouldn’t be pushed.” Richmond passed up a scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison after he determined the competitive opportunities at New Mexico would suit him better.

Richmond’s scholarship in the first year will cover about $3,000 of his expenses at New Mexico, but he said he will have an opportunity each year to be re-evaluated for larger scholarships. Sierra Anderson decided Western State was right for her and has received a scholarship to compete for the Div. II running powerhouse in cross country and track. Her scholarship will cover half her tuition and expenses, she said Wednesday.Anderson qualified for state in cross county last fall, alpine skiing over the winter and track and field’s 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs this spring. She finished third in the 3,200 two weeks ago.Cory Olson, who recently played in a 4A all-star baseball game in Denver, has received three offers for his baseball skills. Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., Otero Junior College in La Junta and Regis University in Denver have all offered Olson partial athletic scholarships. On Thursday, Olson was maintaining a bias toward Hastings, as the four-year school offers better academic opportunities than Otero, and has offered the best financial assistance in the form of complete coverage of his tuition and partial coverage of his room and board, he said. He also has a better concentration of friends and family near the Nebraska campus, he said.

Tasha Rosener and Kyle Ahern also are attending college to compete in NCAA athletics, though both earned their scholarships based on academics. Rosener passed up a partial athletic scholarship at Colorado State, instead taking a much broader academic scholarship to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. “I think the diving did help, I’m just not giving myself credit for it,” Rosener said. Dana Mulholland, Bates’ head coach for swimming and diving and associate athletic director, said he was eager to get Rosener started at the school.”In looking at her scores and her experience, we think that she’s going to be able to add something to our (diving) program, and I certainly supported her application through the admission process. She was on our priority list,” Mulholland said. Rosener will receive $30,000 her first year, and will be invited to re-apply each year during her tenure at the $40,000-a-year school, she said. Rosener passed up diving for CSU, a Div. I school, after she determined the diving program at Bates – which competes on the Div. III level – suited her better.

“I didn’t like the atmosphere (at CSU),” she said. “In high school, it was always about having fun around the girls. Bates seems more about being around friends.” Because it is a Div. III school, Bates cannot offer athletic scholarships. Kyle Ahern is planning on attending the University of Denver in the fall on an academic scholarship and competing for the Nordic ski team, one of the top Div. I programs in the country. Ahern also believes his skiing skills helped him in his application process at DU; most of the sports scholarships in skiing at DU are handed out to European skiers, Ahern said. Ahern received $16,000 for his freshman year, which covers roughly half the cost of attending the private school located a few miles south of downtown Denver. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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