Summit soccer on a roll
Betsy Sodaro got her fourth shutout of the season, and Amanda Groneman and Kate Chapman combined for six goals as the Summit High School girls soccer team beat Elizabeth 7-0 Friday at SHS, clinching a spot in the playoffs.
Jessica Johns also scored for the Tigers, who improved to 7-5-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the Class 4A Metro League. They have one game remaining in the regular season, Tuesday at home against undefeated league leader St. Mary’s, which beat Summit 5-1 on April 18.
Summit took a 2-0 lead into halftime then broke the game open with five second-half goals.
“We knew we were the better team going in,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky. “But we also knew we needed to prove it. I was proud of the way the girls stuck to the game plan, were patient in earning the victory and went into the playoffs through the front door.”
The Tigers are all but assured the No. 3 seed from the Metro League and will face the Jefferson County League’s No. 2 team – likely to be Evergreen – in a regional playoff. Last year, Summit won its regional game and lost in the first round of the state tournament.
The Tigers will draw on that experience in the upcoming weeks.
“I’m proud of the way the seniors are working hard to lead us into the playoffs,” Krupanszky said. “They’ve been here before, and they know how to handle it.”
Baseball streaks into playoffs
The Elizabeth baseball team came all the way to Breckenridge for two innings Friday, and the Tigers thanked them with a 14-10 beating to end the regular season.
They were an eventful two innings.
The game was postponed in Elizabeth due to darkness in the sixth inning on April 17 with an 8-8 score. On Friday, Summit’s six runs in two innings beat Elizabeth’s two.
The win broke a five-game losing streak within the Class 4A Metro League and gives the Tigers some confidence going into the district tournament this week. The Pirates have the second-best record in the league. Summit goes into the postseason with a 6-11 overall record (3-5 in the league) and riding a two-game win streak.
Swim team strong in regular season finale
The Summit boys swimming and diving team ended the regular season Friday at the SHS pool against Brighton and Silver Creek.
The relay team of Pete Richmond, Andy Richmond, Eric Lowe and Doug Borg solidified its state credentials by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay and placing third in the 200 medley relay, both in state-qualifying times.
The foursome was also strong in the individual events.
Borg was a winner in the 200 freestyle, and Pete Richmond was first in the 100 freestyle. Lowe won the backstroke and was second in the 500 free in 5 minutes, 35.22 seconds. Andy Richmond was first in the 50 free and second in the 100 breaststroke. Borg placed second in the 100 butterfly, and John Koetteritz was runner-up behind Pete Richmond in the 100 free.
Koetteritz was also second in the 200 freestyle relay, along with teammates David Shaffer, John Rutter and Jared Freeman, with a time of 1:55.94.
Rutter placed second in the diving competition with 144.23 points.
The Tigers have some time to rest before the postseason meets, which start May 10 with the league meet in Brighton. The state meet starts May 17 in Fort Collins.
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