Summit sophomores place second at Gold Crown tournament |

Summit sophomores place second at Gold Crown tournament

SUMMIT COUNTY – A group of Summit High School sophomores convened last weekend to compete in the eighth annual KeyBank/Denver Athletic May Madness Basketball Tournament sponsored by the Gold Crown Foundation.

In games played at various Front Range high schools and colleges, Summit finished with a record of 4-1, good enough for second place in the Junior Varsity Division.

The locals started out with a 36-34 double-overtime win over Arapahoe Black then beat teams from Greeley and Loveland. In the semifinals, Summit fought back from a double-digit deficit to squeak by Thomas Jefferson 50-46.

In the final game, Summit ran into the Colorado Chaos – a team of players from Denver-area and Pueblo-area schools. Summit was within a point at halftime but ended up losing.

Members of the Summit May Madness team were: Mike Holloway, Aaron George, Ben Clark, Garrison Green, Ben Fridkis, Kylor Dossett and Bob Koch. Jim Dossett coached the team.

Loptien gets academic/athletic award

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa – Matt Loptien, a 1999 graduate of Summit High School, has been named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District VII College Baseball First Team for his work as a Cornell College (Iowa) pitcher and student.

Loptien has a 5-3 record with a 5.37 earned run average and 51 strikeouts in 53 and two-thirds innings. He has four complete games and one shutout for Division III Cornell, which, at 25-13, is the top seed for this weekend’s Iowa Conference Tournament.

Loptien will advance to the ballot for the national team, to be announced May 27.

A biochemistry and molecular biology major and religion minor, Loptien carries a 3.81 grade point average.

The senior is a four-time Academic All-Iowa Conference selection and was named to the Verizon Academic All-District First Team in soccer in 2001 and 2002. He was voted to the national second team as a defender last fall.

Keystone to delay River Course opening

KEYSTONE – Late-season snow and cool temperatures have forced Keystone officials to delay the opening of the River Course – originally scheduled for May 17 – until May 23. The Keystone Ranch Course will open as planned May 29, weather permitting.

“While there is a chance that we could open the River Course on the original target date, we are committed to providing a quality of play that our guests have come to expect,” said Keystone Director of Golf Steve Keiser. “With the recent snow, we feel May 23 is a better opening date.”

Employees at Summit County’s other golf courses said snow and cold are making it difficult to prepare greens and fairways. The key words accompanying opening dates, employees said, are “weather permitting.”

The Raven at Three Peaks is scheduled to open May 16. The Breckenridge Golf Club is shooting for May 24. The Copper Creek Golf Course will be ready for play June 1, assuming weather conditions don’t allow the course to open earlier.

Vail Resorts will open the state’s first Greg Norman-designed golf course June 30 at the Red Sky Golf Club in Beaver Creek.

Breck announces golf business series

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Golf Club announced plans for a Business Community Golf Series for the 2003 summer season. The inaugural series will feature nine-hole events for local business groups such as restaurant/bar, lodging and real estate. The format will be a late-afternoon scramble.

The first competition of the season will be the restaurant/bar group scramble June 2, followed by the building industry scramble June 6. Call the club at (970) 453-9104 for more information.

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