Summit High athletics sends 6 seniors to college rugby, track programs
Summit shout outs
The six Summit High School seniors heading to college for rugby, volleyball, track and lacrosse couldn’t have done it on their own. Just before graduation, the ladies give thanks for the people who helped them reach the next level.
Elle Scott-Williams: My dad, for pushing me to succeed at my highest potential.
Becca Jane Rosko: Karl Barth and Ashley Good-Smith for introducing me to rugby and developing my passion; my parents and brother for funding and pushing me to do my best; my grandparents, Dick and Jane Dufresne and Stan and Sheila Rosko, for believing in me; Cassidy Bargell for pushing me harder to beat the young kid; Kaylin Lilly for being there through everything; Elle Scott-Williams for getting me to play; and everyone along the way that has helped me reach this goal.
Ally Pothier: My family for supporting me; Brandon, for being my workout buddy; the Summit rugby team and coaches for always pushing me to become better and introducing me to the sport I love.
Lexi Zangari: My sister, Anna; my mom and dad; my coaches, Liz Waddick and Aurora Santos; all of my volleyball friends who play with me at the Silverthorne Rec Center sand courts.
McKenna Ramsay: My coaches, Mrs. McClain and Mr. Koetteritz, for being incredible coaches over the years and for giving me the perfect balance of trust and encouragement; and my parents for always supporting me and my decisions, and for always coming out to watch my brother and I race.
Meg Rose: Definitely my parents, who were a little skeptical when I first started to play, just because I’m kind of prone to injuries; and my teammates and coaches for always being there, pushing me and knowing when I have a bad day to build me back up.
Editor’s note: This is an update version of an article that ran in the Summit Daily News on April 30. It now includes information on senior Meg Rose’s commitment to the Quinnipiac University women’s rugby program.
Ask any of the six Summit High School seniors how they feel about college athletics next August and they’ll answer about the same: It’s relieving, exciting, nerve-wracking and a little overwhelming, all at the same time. And they haven’t even officially graduated.
“It’s pretty exciting,” says Elle Scott-Williams, a starter on the varsity girl’s lacrosse team and championship girl’s rugby team. “It’s a little intimidating, but definitely exciting.”
After four seasons with both teams, Scott-Williams decided to follow a passion for lacrosse and recently committed to the brand-new girl’s squad at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She’s been playing the two sports since eighth grade and won four state title with the rugby team, but when it came time to choose between two passions, she wanted a taste of something new, something fresh — something she could only find at college.
“All of us girls have never played together before and that’s the entire team, not just me,” Scott-Williams says of the CUCS team, a stark contrast to the Summit Rugby dynasty. “I’m excited to see the potential I hold. Summit lacrosse has shown me a lot, but there are so many other great players out there. I’m ready to push myself… that’s where the intimidating factor comes in for sure.”
Along with Scott-Williams, Summit graduates six female student athletes with athletic scholarships this May: three championship rugby players, one volleyball co-captain and one track and field star. The Summit Daily sports desk caught up with five of the six to find out more about the next big step in their athletic careers.
Volleyball: Lexi Zangari
More than anything, Tigers co-captain Lexi Zangari was simply relieved when she made the team at Lees-McRae College, a small, Division II liberal arts college in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
“Honestly, it’s just incredibly relieving,” says Zangari, a 5-foot, 8-inch all-around offensive weapon who regularly posted top-three numbers for her team this past season. “It’s been a very complicated process for me. Because of my height — I’m one of the shorter offensive players out there — it’s been hard. I also have experience playing multiple positions and schools are looking for a concrete position, like an outside hitter or an outside blocker.”
The Tigers had a disappointing season — varsity ended the season with a losing record, thanks in part to a relatively small team across the board — but Zangari was committed to playing at the next level. She visited Lees-McRae twice: once in October for an extended stay and again right before Thanksgiving for tryouts. The program was one of a dozen she pursued for a mix of competitive athletics and academics.
“I emailed every single college that was DII and DIII,” says Zangari, who wanted to study athletic training at first. “I looked at every single school with that program and a team. I just looked all over the place.”
The season begins Aug. 8 when Zangari moves to Banner Elk and runs a mile and a half for her final tryout. Until then, she’s busy training to overcome chronic back issues — no easy task for a volleyball player.
“It has everything I’m looking for,” Zangari said. “The town is great, the girls are great, I really love the coach — he’s a great guy with a great mindset — and it was really everything I was looking for. The coach knows that volleyball is right now, but education is the thing you’ll need forever.”
Rugby: Becca Jane Rosko, Ally Pothier and Meg Rose
It’s no wonder the Summit Rugby team is sending another round of All-Stars to elite college programs. After winning their eighth straight title this fall, the Tigers hardly slowed down, going straight from victory celebrations to dryland practice for the spring club season.
For the past four years, Becca Jane Rosko has been one of the most promising players on the pitch. She’s a Junior Olympian with experience playing 15s and 7s, and even though she was still recovering from an injury early in the fall season, she returned in time to dominate.
Now, she’s heading to one of the nation’s elite programs at Dartmouth College. She’ll regularly play Division I powerhouses like Harvard, Brown University and Penn State — another school that wanted Rosko’s talent on the roster.
“Dartmouth was my number one,” Rosko says. “I also got into Penn State, but as soon as I heard back from Darmouth that’s all I needed.”
Like many of her peers, Rosko chose Darmouth for its reputation on and off the rugby pitch. She also felt it was time to move away from her comfort zone. She’s spent hardly any time on the East Coast, but she was impressed with the program and already knows another player, current freshman Kat Ramage, from the Junior Olympics team. Dartmouth is a newer squad, but that only makes it more promising.
“They’re a small program but they’re growing,” Rosko said. “They have a lot of crossover athletes and that makes them strong.”
Also heading out East is Ally Pothier, a Florida native who’s been living in Colorado for eight years and Summit for three years. She didn’t start playing rugby until her sophomore year, but she quickly caught on and continued to improve, season after season.
“I felt like I could just read the field better,” Pothier says of her senior season. “This was my third year and I felt like I had a better way to read the defense. I gained a lot of experience this season to play the game better.”
That evolution was enough to earn a spot on the squad at American International College in Massachusetts, another Division I college in the same region as Dartmouth and Penn State. Pothier is a soccer player at heart and excelled at kicking for Summit, but, like any incoming freshman, she’s ready to play anywhere coach will have her. It’s a mentality she learned from Summit head coach Karl Barth and the culture he’s built.
“I never would have heard about rugby if it wasn’t for Barth and the girls on the Summit team,” Pothier says. “It was always soccer for me, but now it’s all about rugby. They set you up for success with morning workouts, practice on weekends — everything.”
Also heading out East for DI rugby is Meg Rose, the tough Summit center who’s been with the state championship team all four years of high school. She recently committed to Quinnipiac University — her top choice along with Berkley, Stanford and Dartmouth — where she’ll be playing against the highly competetive Ivy League schools and a slew of other big-name programs from across the Atlantic Coast.
“It feels pretty good,” Rose said about the commitment. “It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders.”
Rose is moving away from Summit for the first time in her ever, but she’ll hardly be alone in Hamden, Connecticut. She joins two former Summit players, including junior Hailey Wyatt, on a team that’s coming off its first-ever national women’s rugby title. Rose isn’t quite sure where she’ll play as a freshman, but she’s excited to learn the rhythms of a brand-new program with a well-respected coach at the helm — something she compares to the Summit Rugby program.
“It seemed similar to Summit, the whole big family aspect,” said Rose, who was also accepted to the school’s nursing program. “Honestly, I think the most exciting part will be starting all over. It’s kind of a time to experience something new and figure out exactly what I want to do in life.”
Track: McKenna Ramsay
McKenna Ramsay could have taken it easy this spring season. Back in November, she committed to run track and cross-country for the Division I Montana State University team. Her ticket was already stamped — all she needed to do was show up in Bozeman next fall.
But taking it easy is hardly Ramsay’s style. She’s been on fire this track season and currently holds every 4A Western Slope sprint record (100m, 200m, 400m and 800m) and is part of a dominant girl’s 4x400m relay that’s poised to place in the top-10 at state this May.
“The first time I started running track I fell in love with it,” Ramsay says. “People always think that track athletes are crazy for wanting to run and often ask, ‘You like to run for fun?’ For me, I keep coming back to the sport because I love to run fast and I love to see the progression in not only myself, but my teammates and our relay teams as the years have gone on.”
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