Summit Homecoming kicks off today |

Summit Homecoming kicks off today

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Last year's senior girls held court on the track during the homecoming football game, this year a new class of seniors will take center stage during the homecoming festivities.

FARMER’S KORNER – One of the highlights of a school’s sports calendar – Homecoming Week – starts today for Summit High School.A packed schedule of events will bring the Farmer’s Korner campus to life, culminating with Friday’s main event – the Summit High vs. Battle Mountain football game. Game time is 6 p.m.Although not every Tigers team gets to compete in front of the home fans this week, it matters little as the heightened atmosphere and school spirit pervade the halls regardless of who is playing where.

“It brings about an air of excitement, gives us something new and different to look forward to every day,” said SHS principal Frank Mencin, who is retiring at the end of this year and thus is presiding over his final Homecoming Week.”It just gets everyone involved and builds up team spirit. It puts everyone in the groove for the rest of the year. This is the big kahuna,” he said.Action gets under way on Wednesday with the volleyball team’s 7 p.m. home match against Alameda. Not only is its importance magnified because of the Homecoming status, but the match also serves as the Tigers’ second shot at a Jeffco League foe. (They beat Conifer 3-1 on Friday.) After an up-and-down start, it could give them valuable momentum going into the heart of Jeffco play.

The boys soccer team continues the action on Thursday, when the Tigers welcome perennial Jeffco power Golden to the Tiger Stadium turf at 6 p.m. The Demons began the season 6-0, and will no doubt be looking to make a statement against SHS coach Peter Shafroth’s field full of upstart talent.On Friday, Summit High’s revitalized football team takes on the Huskies from the other side of Vail Pass. Although both programs have struggled in recent years, each has found its share of success this year and enters Friday’s game raring to go.Tigers co-captain Mike Holloway put it this way before the season had even started: “If we can just blow out Battle Mountain at Homecoming, that would make our season.”Although the SHS cross country, golf and gymnastics teams won’t get to compete at home this week, they’ll still be in action. The golf team travels to West Woods for its regional tournament today; the gymnastics team meets Lakewood this evening at Pomona High School; and the cross country team races at the Buena Vista Invitational (Tuesday) and Columbine Invite (Friday).

In addition to the sanctioned sporting events, Homecoming Week also includes on-campus activities such as Tuesday’s Student Olympics (3:30 p.m.); Wednesday night’s pep rally (8:30 p.m., after the volleyball match); Thursday night’s bonfire (8 p.m., after the soccer match); and Friday’s Airband competition (9-11 p.m., after the football game).Homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime of the football game, and the week wraps up on Saturday with the 10 a.m. Homecoming parade in Frisco and the Homecoming dance later that night at the Silverthorne Pavilion.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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