Summit High spring sports wrap-up: Weather challenges early season
After games against Glenwood and Clear Creek were canceled due to weather concerns, the Summit High boys lacrosse team traveled for an away game at Grand Junction Saturday. While the team’s defense held strong through much of the middle of the game, the Tigers fell to Grand Junction 7-2.
“You can’t win if you can’t score,” head coach Karl Barth said. “We couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
Still, he commended his young team’s effort for most of the game on defense.
“Two thirds of the game was a shutout,” he told the Daily. “Our defense played really well. They gave up a couple early goals.”
Grand Junction also scored a few more goals late in the game.
“We’ve got a lot of potential. We’re a young team,” Barth said. “It’s going to take a little while to develop some consistency.”
The team hopes they’ll be able to figure it out and return to the playoffs again this year, but it will require some more offensive firepower. “It’s going to take scoring a little more than two goals,” he said.
With the loss the Tigers fell to 1-1 on the season.
The team has scheduled makeup games against Glenwood and Clear Creek April 9 and 21. They head into a challenging week this week, hosting Conifer Monday, then they’ll go on the road with games at Valor Christian Wednesday and against Telluride and Durango in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.
“It’s going to be a really busy week,” Barth said. “We’ll have some tired campers.”
Track and Field
The Summit track team got their season underway with a meet at Rifle Friday, March 14. Their first meet at Liberty High School was canceled due to weather. The girls team finished sixth of 18 teams at the Rifle invitational. Katherine and Emily Pappas, Christa Gutzel and Ruthie Boyd led the way the with a second-place finish in the 4×800 relay. The team ran the course in 10:39.64. Boyd also took third in the 1600 meter with a 5:54.18. Kathrine Pappas made the podium again with a third-place finish in the 3200. She finished in 12:43. McKenna Ramsay earned the highest finish on the day, claiming the top spot in the 400 with a time of 58.35. Jessica Horii, Megan McDonnel, Boyd and Ramsay all contributed to a second-place finish in the 4×400. The team finished in 4:16.82.
The boys team finished 12th of 16 teams at the meet. Zach Johnson earned third in the high jump clearing 5 feet 8 inches.
The Tiger girls lacrosse team lost their first two games of the season, playing at Palmer Ridge and at Palmer High School. The team will play at Conifer Monday and host Rangeview High School Wednesday, March 19.
The Tiger baseball team lost their first two games of the season in a double header against Rifle Saturday, March 15. The team dropped the first game 4-3, and was beaten 13-1 in the second. Earlier games against Jefferson and Clear Creek were canceled due to weather. The team will face Eagle Valley on Tuesday, March 18 at Eagle Valley.
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