Summit rugby destroys Highlands Ranch 82-0 |

Summit rugby destroys Highlands Ranch 82-0

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FARMER’S KORNER – A little piece of advice to all girls’ rugby teams out there: Don’t give the Summit Tigers any extra motivation.

Two weeks ago, Highlands Ranch ended Summit’s shutout streak that dated back to the first match of the 2009 season. Even though the Tigers still won that game in a rout, Highlands Ranch came into Friday night’s rematch with a bit too much confidence.

“They had it out for us and were saying they were going to (score on us) again,” SHS senior captain Alex Cooper said. “We went out there with the intention to prove them wrong.”

And did they ever.

Summit racked up 48 points by halftime and, even with missing eight conversion kicks, finished with an astounding 82-0 win – all on Senior Night at Tiger Stadium.

“Probably the best way we could have finished it off,” Cooper said of the senior class’s last game at The Mine.

The Tiger came into the match after just one day of rest since stomping Regis Jesuit 57-0 on Wednesday.

Summit didn’t look too weary to start the game, though. The Tigers had nine different players score tries and worked the ball across the field and around would-be tacklers with precision and, well, relative ease.

Cooper led the team with three tries of her own, while juniors Haley “Peach” Anderson and Meg Weldon and senior Taylor Greene each scored twice. Seniors Emmy Anderson and Taryn Spencer each notched their first scores of their careers.

“To have nine different girls that scored tonight – that’s usually a good sign of how they were spreading the ball around and finding space,” SHS head coach Karl Barth said.

Chloe Dudick, Emmy Griffith and Alison Maginity also scored for Summit.

To put the Tigers’ offensive outburst into perspective: No SHS basketball team has scored more than 80 points in any of the past three seasons.

And Summit could’ve made the blowout even worse.

The Tigers didn’t score for the first 13 minutes and 33 seconds of the second half after a slew of calls went in Highland Ranch’s favor, nullifying long runs and turning back the Summit attack on a number of occasions.

Also, the Tigers had a few bad breaks in the kicking game. Anderson, easily one of the most sure-footed players in the state, had three kicks hit off either the uprights or the crossbar of the field goal. She finished the night 6-for-14, but was a perfect 6-for-6 on all conversions from the middle of the field.

“Peach was frustrated a little bit, but, I mean, she hit the crossbar twice, barely missed on one, and they were all tough ones from the sideline,” Barth said. “I know she’ll be tough on herself, but those were tough ones.”

The Tigers are now a perfect 6-0 on the season and have some much-needed rest coming up. They don’t play again until traveling to take on Columbine/Chatfield on Oct. 9.

By that time, Barth said he expects his team to be near full strength for the home stretch of the season. He also expects the Tigers to keep getting better and better on the pitch.

“Whether you’re winning or losing, you need to base it on what you can do and set your goals based on what you can control,” he said. “You can have the success without the result.”

Fortunately for the Tigers, they get plenty of results, too.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at

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