Summit High’s Buhler to play Friday despite suffering dislocated shoulder |

Summit High’s Buhler to play Friday despite suffering dislocated shoulder

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Summit Daily/Reid Williams Summit High senior Shannon Buhler, in action earlier this season, will play on Friday against Ralston Valley despite a shoulder dislocation.

FARMER’S KORNER – Despite a dislocated shoulder that some feared would shelve her for the season, star senior guard Shannon Buhler will play on Friday when the Summit High School girls basketball team hosts Ralston Valley in its 4A Jeffco League opener.Buhler injured the shoulder Jan. 14 at home against Englewood. She had surgery on it last spring to correct a similar injury, which recurred a half a dozen times during her junior season.

As early as Wednesday morning, SHS head coach Jeff Neal said, “I think the reality is, she’s not coming back this year.”By Wednesday afternoon, however, Dr. Paul Abbott, a local shoulder specialist, had determined that there was no tear in Buhler’s joint and that she could return to action.

“It’s awesome news for her,” Neal said. “She’s pretty excited.”Buhler, Summit’s most athletic player and the team captain, averages 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game. She ranks fourth in the state for 3-pointers made (30) and steals (53).

Summit (10-4) is ranked No. 8 in the state by the Denver Post. The Tigers host 10-3 Ralston Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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