Summit High girls hoops go neck and neck to victory |

Summit High girls hoops go neck and neck to victory

FARMER’S KORNER – The Ralston Valley High School girls basketball team had a lot of rally in it Tuesday night, but Summit High School didn’t allow any of it to culminate.

The Tigers shut down the Mustangs every time they tried to overtake the game, and Summit came out with a 53-46 win.

“I thought the girls played with a lot of composure tonight,” said SHS coach Julie Norman. “We read the offense, we attacked when it looked like (the shot) wasn’t there … those are the types of things you see with really mature teams. I was very impressed to see that with our young team.”

The score throughout the game was not representative of Summit’s dominance. The Tigers were down 27-24 at the half, but the team’s relentlessness allowed it to finally put the points on the board when it mattered – right before the clock hit zero.

“We never lost confidence,” said Summit freshman Ceci Daniels. “Even when they hit a three or had a couple fast break-a-ways, we really came together and did everything we needed to. This was an important game to win because it got our momentum going and showed we’re starting to work as a team. Everything’s coming together.”

The Tigers even maintained their composure when it briefly looked like the game was slipping in the fourth quarter. Dolly Fiedelman came up with a three-pointer and Shannon Buhler didn’t allow the Ralston ball to reach half court before she stole it back and Summit owned the game again.

“We weren’t really hitting in the first half but that didn’t stop anyone from shooting in the second half,” Norman said. “We had a lot of girls contribute this game. They really played with their heads.”

Summit and Ralston Valley are now tied at 3-4 for a league record. The Tigers take on No. 1 Evergreen High School Thursday night in Evergreen.

Summit swimmers blow Conifer out of the water

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School girls swimming and diving team had first places in all but three events Tuesday in its dual meet against Conifer High School.

The Tigers won the meet 119-66 and won all three relay events.

“We definitely stepped up,” said Gabbi Thomas, who helped her team win the relays. “Everyone was really going 100 percent.”

Other meet highlights included Courtney Stoffel’s win in the 100-yard freestyle, which she finished in one minute, 4.73 seconds. Mackenzie Voorhees won the 100 backstroke, and also the 500 freestyle, which she finished in a personal best time of 6:25.25 and was joined on the podium by Jessica Lewark, in second and Kelsey Hamilton in third. Brittany Ellsworth won the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, and Katie Breslin won the 200 individual medley.

The Tigers took fifth last weekend in their league meet Englewood, and are looking for a good showing in the 10-team Last Chance Meet at Summit High School beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We’ll have some good competition up here Friday – some of the 5A schools from Jefferson County,” said Summit coach Graig Fischer. “There’s still a chance to qualify for state in the relays. We’re still on a little bit of a role.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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