Summit High Sports Wrap-up: Soccer and rugby playoff bound, girls XC to state
With the fall high school sports season nearing a close, Summit’s boys soccer, girls rugby and girls cross-country teams each seem to have found their stride, earning spots in their post seasons. The girls volleyball team also found a win this week, in a season that has seen them fall short in a number of close games. Rugby will be looking to make their seventh consecutive state title when playoffs get underway Nov. 1, while the boys soccer team earned a No. 10 seed in the state tournament which starts this week.
Cross-country: For the second year in a row the girls cross-country team qualified for the state championship as a full team. The girls team earned their ticket to state with a fourth-place finish at regionals last Friday at Delta. Only Battle Mountain, Durango and Steamboat Springs finished ahead of them. The girls were led once again by juniors McKenna Ramsay and Ruthie Boyd. After a gutty sprint to the finish Ramsay finished second behind Palisade’s Greta Van Calcar, who crossed the line in 18 minutes, 35 seconds. Ramsay crossed the line in 18:51.22, just 2 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Tatum Burger of Steamboat. Boyd finished fifth in 19:15. The trip to state will be the team’s ninth in the last 13 years.
The boys team failed to qualify any runners this season. The Tiger boys finished eight of 11 schools at regionals. First-year runner and junior Alex Lehman was the top finisher for the Tigers in 37th. He ran the course in 18:20. Durango’s boys team finished first followed by Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley.
The 4A girls State Championship race will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.
Soccer: The Tiger boys closed their season in convincing fashion this week with their 11th consecutive win. Summit topped Battle Mountain 1-0 on their home turf in Edwards Wednesday night.
“It was awesome,” head coach Tommy Gogolen said of his team’s effort without leading scorer Thomas DeBonville in the game. “Our defense was phenomenal.” The Tigers, currently ranked No. 6 in the state, finished the regular season 13-1-1 and undefeated in conference at 11-0-1. The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) playoff committee awarded the Tigers a No. 10 seed. They’ll open the state tournament with a home game Wednesday, Oct. 22, against No. 23 Lewis Palmer High School from Monument.
Rugby: The lady Tiger ruggers kept their winning streak rolling with a 46-0 win over Regis Jesuit last Wednesday, Oct. 15. With one game still to play at Fort Collins Saturday, Oct. 25, the girls locked up the league title. The team traveled to Kansas City over the weekend with a number of matchups against out-of-state teams. Full results were not readily available at press time.
Playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday, Nov. 1, at Chaparral High School.
Volleyball: In a season of tough losses and strong efforts that weren’t reflected in the final score, the Summit girls volleyball team found a way to win last Thursday at Palisade. In a heated game, the Tigers put away Palisade 3-2 in five sets, 25-22, 22-25, 25-29, 23-25,15-12. It was a strong finish after a tough loss earlier in the week to Glenwood Springs, also in five sets. Thursday’s win moved the team to 3-13 on the season with two games remaining. They’ll host Eagle Valley for their final home game Tuesday, Oct. 21, before closing the season at Rifle Thursday, Oct. 23.
Football: The Summit boys fell to Glenwood Springs 29-7 Friday night in Glenwood. The Tigers had no answer for Demon running back Luke Prosence who gashed the defense for 244 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-7 on the season. They’ll host Steamboat Springs for their final home game Friday, Oct. 25. Summit will close the season at Rifle Friday, Oct. 31.
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