Summit High preps roundup: golf finishes season in 6th
Led by Dylan Mitchell’s 2-under-par 70 (tied for first) and Evan Streit’s 77 (sixth place), Summit golf shot a team total 323, good enough for third place on Monday.
Summit finished the season in sixth place as a team, just five strokes from fifth and nine away from fourth.
“That is considerably closer than it sounds when you consider there were over 2,000 strokes accumulated through the season,” said head coach Gary Sorensen.
Making the all-league first team was Mitchell, who shot a season average of 74.4. And with a scoring average of 78 on the season, Streit made all-league second team.
Also playing Monday for Summit was Dave Metzger, Corey McMurray and Michael Magnuson, shooting 91, 85 and 96, respectively.
“Dylan’s nines were an impressive 32 on the front followed by 38 on the back,” Sorensen said. “He struck the ball exceptionally well today, hitting 16 of the 18 greens in regulation. He accumulated six birdies and eight pars with nothing bigger than bogey, and his bogies were largely attributable to the condition of the greens, which were aerated and sanded recently, causing a few three-putts.”
Opening the 2011 campaign at “The Mine” on Saturday, the Summit girls showed their depth, composure, and moments of brilliance, said head coach Karl Barth. The Lady Tigers shut out Columbine 32-0.
“The visitors started strong and created some confusion in the Tiger defense but could not crack the cover defense,” Barth said.
The home team took control of the game behind the boot of captain and flyhalf Emy Griffith. After working their way down the pitch, the Summit girls strung together some nice phases and moved in wide through the backs to fullback Jenna Roger. Center Meg Weldon cleaned up the ball and touched down for the score. Later in the first half, Vollya Sergeeva stole a ball in the lineout and went over for the try and a 10-0 halftime lead.
Early in the second stanza, Chloe Dudick added a try that was converted by Robyn Kresge, before the Tigers ultimately pulled away form the guests, adding three more tries including second scores for both Weldon and Sergeeva.
Despite missing several seniors due to ACT testing (including both varsity halfbacks), the Tiger’s showed their depth and strung together a solid performance against a very good team, Barth said.
Dudick, Sergeeva, Lilly Weldon and Anne Parker had great games leading from the front with hard charging runs, while subs Kayce Chaparras and Rachel Fitch also made big impacts when they came on.
“Dudick was constantly finding holes around the ruck and piercing the defense, while Griffith’s kicking was superb and kept the Columbine out of the Tiger’s end most of the game,” Barth said. “But the player of the game had to be Rita Foth, who was outstanding at halfback. Normally a centre, the sophomore moved into No. 9 for only the second time in her career and looked like she had always played there.”
In the JV game, the Tigers continued the good early-season form behind tries from props Jessie May and Vanessa Barrios and a try and two conversions by center Morgan Courtney.
The young Tigers looked great for a very inexperienced group of players and rallied behind the leadership of freshman captain Elida Ramirez and halfback Kristin Erikson to work together for a 19-0 victory.
Battle Mountain Invitational at Beaver Creek on Saturday was the cross country team’s first opportunity to race since the Horizon Invitational was canceled due to weather last week.
“The course was a challenging mix of mountain terrain featuring quite a bit of climbing with some rough footing and long downhill,” said head coach Heather Quarantillo. “The weather was beautiful and perfect for cross country with sunshine and cool temperatures.”
She said the boys’ team was strong despite missing two top senior runners, Emmett Bailey and Quinton Bobb. Summit placed sixth out of nine. Montrose won the meet with 63 points to Summit’s 128.
“We will be right in the hunt when our full team returns,” Quarantillo said.
Sophomore runner Liam Meirow won the meet with a time of 19 minutes, 15 seconds, for his first-ever high school win.
“He was so excited to find himself near the front of the field after starting the first mile in the top 10,” Quarantillo said. “He really played the course to use the long downhills to surge past his competition.”
Other Summit boys who finished: Robert Koegel, 21st; Cameron Bobb, 29th; Sam Piehl, 39th, Danny Cuadrado. 45th; Troy Meeker, 49th; and Shane Arnold, 53rd.
The girls finished in seventh out of eight teams. Battle Mountain won the meet with 77 points to Summit’s 133.
Sophomore Katherine Pappas was third overall with a time of 23:21.
“She had a great race despite coming off of a cold this week,” Quarantillo said. “She had great foundation of summer training and racing in the Summit Trail Race Series, which really paid off and propelled her up the hills.”
Other Summit girls who finished: Riley Vargo, 23rd; Sydney Stein, 25th; Alisha Scheifley, 39th; Claire Vande Yacht, 51st; Hannah Hart, 54th; and Miikka Wickman, 58th.
“We have some work to do in closing the gap between our third- and fifth- scoring runners and once we do that the girls have an excellent chance to improve their team performance as the season progresses,” Quarantillo said.
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