Summit’s Graham Gaspard commits to collegiate golf, plus Tigers 1-10 baseball playoffs loss |

Summit’s Graham Gaspard commits to collegiate golf, plus Tigers 1-10 baseball playoffs loss

Compiled by Phil Lindeman
Summit High senior golfer Graham Gaspard (center) signs a letter of intent to play his freshman season this coming fall with McCook College of McCook, Nerbaska, with McCook head coach Tyler Loop. Gaspard had a career-best season as a senior, shooting one under par at the 4A Western Slope tournament to earn a place at the 4A state championship.
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Summit golfer Graham Gaspard commits to McCook College

PGA pros, be prepared for Graham Gaspard. He’s hot on your heels.

On May 15, Summit High senior Graham Gaspard signed a letter of intent to compete with the men’s golf team at McCook College of McCook, Nebraska, for the 2017 men’s golf season. McCook College is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association and Gaspard begins his JuCo career by playing a single season on athletic scholarship.

Gaspard joins the McCook team after a breakout senior season.

Following two months of career-best play, including a 73 (one under par) at the 4A Western Slope Tournament on Sept. 19 — good for third overall — the 17-year-old earned an invite to the 4A Colorado High School Golf Tournament from Sept. 26-27.

He was the only Tigers player in the state field, and although he finished 43rd out of 84 golfers with a disappointing 165 after two rounds (81 on day one and 84 on day two), his senior season as a whole was more than enough to impress the McCook coaching staff. He travels to Nebraska for practice and play in August.

Congrats to Gaspard, and best of luck to one of the best golfers (with one of the best golf names) to graduate from Summit High in several years!

Tigers baseball loses 1-10 to Thomas Jefferson in program’s 1st postseason bid

And with one runaway inning, Summit High’s historic baseball season comes to a close.

On May 13, the Tigers traveled to Windsor south of Fort Collins for the regional round of the CHSAA 4A state baseball tournament. It was the team’s first trip to the postseason in 4A program history, and after a 15-5 regular season the boys were ready to defend their school-best record against big, bad, burly Front Range teams. In Summit’s pool was No. 18 Thomas Jefferson, No. 2 Windsor and No. 31 Wheat Ridge.

But Summit’s first-round opponent, Thomas Jefferson (15-5), proved too much for senior ace Andrew Shaw and the rest. The Tigers fell to the Spartans, 1-10, after a hard-fought six innings and disastrous seventh. Thomas Jefferson went on to defeat Windsor, 7-1, in the regional pool final and now advances to the state semifinal on May 20.

A regional recap from Summit head coach Tom Looby:

The game was a pitcher’s duel, with Summit leading 1-0 after five innings. Summit’s lone run came in the fourth inning, when Tigers senior catcher (and college recruit) Brian Hessler slammed a double into deep right field on a hit-and-run play. Freshman Koa Rashidi raced around the bases to score from first base. Thomas Jefferson then responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead — right in time for Tigers ace Shaw to leave the mound because of reaching the CHSAA pitch limit. The Spartans then put seven runs on the board in the top of the seventh inning to secure the win.

All told, Shaw pitched another strong game for the Tigers, striking out 10 batters. At the plate, seniors Hessler and Sam Hull each had two hits, but the Tigers never really got the bats going against strong Thomas Jefferson pitching.

Joe Shields Invitational | Tigers track and field, May 11

A regular-season track and field meet, hosted by West Grand High School in Kremmling on May 11. The meet drew 10 girls and boys teams from across the region, including uncommon opponents like Hayden High School and Gilpen County High School, plus regular foes like Steamboat Springs.

For complete results, see the “results” tab at

Summit girls, top performances

1. Hunter Stimson, 100m hurdles — 17.13

1. Hunter Stimson, 300m hurdles — 48.78

1. Hunter Stimson, 200m dash — 27.22

1. Courtney Brown, 800m run — 2:56.42

2. Cashema Hemans, 100m dash — 13.21

2. Josie Jardon, 1600m run — 6:38.81

3. Emma Howard, High Jump — 4’2”

3. 400m relay (Katie Mason, Meghan Sockett, Brooke Tomlinson, Jenna Piehl) — 56.51

3. 800m relay (Hannah Drabik, Katie Mason, Brooke Tomlinson, Megan Willits) — 2:02.8

4. Josie Jardon, 800m run — 2:55

5. Meghan Sockett, 100m dash — 14.02

5. Anna Confer, 100m hurdles — 18.85

5. Anna Confer, 300m hurdles — 56.26

Summit boys, top performances

2. 3200m relay (Nash LaFrankie, Loic Fanchini, Wyat Cunnungham, Finn Pattendon) — 10:37.38

2. Daniel Keller, 110m hurdles — 16.73

2. Jeremiah Vaille, 3200m run — 12:01.84

3. Sam Wescott, 3200m run — 12:03.31

3. Daniel Keller, 300m hurdles — 43.19

4. Jeremiah Vaille, 1600m run — 5:16.58

5. Eric Robinson, 100m dash — 12.02

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