Team Summit’s Hartman 13th in NorAm Cup race
Team Summit’s Katie Hartman finished an impressive 13th on Sunday in a NorAm Cup super-G at Canada’s Apex Resort. The NorAm Cup is one of the top FIS racing circuits below the World Cup. Hartman was the top 1988-born finisher, and the fifth American overall. Another TS skier, Kirsten Cooper, took 27th in the 49-racer competition. The duo traveled to Canada along with head ability coach Frank Kelble.Back on the homefront, Taggert Spenst took second and Josh Stuhr eighth in a Smartwool Series giant slalom last Friday at Beaver Creek, highlighting another good showing from Summit’s ability-age ski racers. Quantum Sports Club’s Alex Guras took seventh on Friday and eighth in a Saturday slalom to lead the local girls, and Team Summit’s M.R. Hostetter finished ninth on Saturday.Joining Spenst and Stuhr in the top 50 of Friday’s boys race were Zach Fretz (19th), Tanner Bardin (23rd), Mark Miller (31st), Brannon Sheely (43rd) and Tomoyuki Shirasaki (44th). Behind Guras on the girls side Friday, Memory and Torey Anderson skied to 11th and 12th for Team Summit, Athena Brownson took 16th for Quantum, and Team Summit’s Laurel Broten rounded out the local top-20 finishers in 19th place.Also skiing into the top 50 on Friday were Team Summit’s Hostetter (21st), Kristina Krone (23rd), Catrina Linhard (27th), Jenna Sheely (30th) and Sarah Thibault (44th).In Saturday’s slalom, Zach Fretz led the local boys in 22nd, Alex Gruber took 30th, Shirasaki was 34th, Bardin skied to 38th, William Truesdell snagged 42nd, and Miller and Hunter Black finished 45th and 47th, respectively.Memory Anderson (15th), Broten (19th), Torey Anderson (23rd), Erin Breslin (30th), Jenna Sheely (31st) and Chelsey Fretz (40th) all finished in the top 50 of Saturday’s girls slalom.Middle school alpiners taste more successThe Summit Middle School alpiners had another strong performance at last Friday’s giant slalom at Loveland. For the boys, Nederland’s Keegan Harris and Summit’s Dale Moulton swapped first- and third-place finishes. Summit’s Matt Tuesdell took fifth in one race and sixth in the other, while Kacey Grosskreuz’s eighth in the first race and Shane Werts’ seventh in the second race rounded out the points for Summit. The Boys tied the first race and won the second to be the overall winners of the day. Ben Ferris and Grant Petersen both had top-15 finishes, as well.For the Tiger girls, Genevieve Truckey took third in both races and Hannah Price placed fifth and fourth. Sydney Schwab’s seventh (first race) and sixth (second race) also scored points. Stephanie Walters and Chelsea Rybak earned ribbons as well with an eighth place finish in the first race for Walters and a 10th-place finish for Rybak in the second. The Summit girls took second in the first race and tied East Grand in the second race. East Grand won the overall race by four points. The Tigers next take the hill on Friday at Copper Mountain.Perry Jr., Martinez romp at Aspen devo freestyle competitionBruce Perry Jr. and Michael Martinez once again led the county’s next crop of freestyle skiers, as each posted some impressive results at Aspen’s devo freestyle competition last weekend. Perry Jr. took second and Martinez third in the 30-skier J5 boys moguls event, while Martinez won the J5 boys aerials competition and Perry Jr. placed fifth. Watch for them at this weekend’s Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow SEARCH Finals at Keystone.PeeWee A’s shut down VailAfter going nearly the entire month of January with no hockey games, the Summit Lightning PeeWee A team was tired of practice and looking for someone to take its frustrations out on. Last Saturday the kids found a suitable foe in Vail, and come out on top 4-0. This puts Summit’s league record at 6-2, with the bulk of the season yet to come in February. Shamus O’Neill started right where he left off a month earlier when he redirected a Sam Dudick shot between the Vail goalie’s legs to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.With the score still 1-0, all the practice over the past month paid off. Summit came out strong in the third period and stuffed three shots into enemy twine. Sonny Magrino started things off a minute into the third period on assists from O’Neill and Dylan Junkermeier. O’Neill then scored his second on a pass from Kyle Metzger, and Jon Gutierrez netted the final tally, again assisted by O’Neill.Summit goalie Andrew Dunlap recorded his fifth shutout of the season by turning away all 16 shots he faced. Keeping the Vail team tied up in its own end of the ice were Zach Dobson, Justin Gregory, Bill Grosshuesch, Dylan Horan and Brandon Smith.SMS seventh-grade hoopsters win two of threeThe Summit Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team has been a busy bunch of late. The Lady Tigers split a pair of Gold Crown games last weekend, then beat Buena Vista in a romp on Tuesday and traveled to Salida on Wednesday. Summit’s first Gold Crown game went down to the final minute, but the Tigers came up short against Bear Creek, 22-21. Summit’s next opponent was Wheat Ridge, and this time the girls came out on top, 24-11. High scorers for the day were Jeana Holman (15 points), Julie Oberriter (10) and BrieAnna Barto and Jaclin Limone with six apiece. Other girls putting in strong performances were Chloe Webber, Alex Cooper, Hannah Barton and Dominique Lucero.The Tigers avenged a loss to BV earlier this year with their 39-14 win on Tuesday. Oberriter went 7-of-13 with 14 points, Barto had seven points and Limone and Webber each had six. Barton, Holman and Lucero all chipped in on the stifling defensive effort. “Right now the girls are playing the best they have as a team all year,” SMS coach Don Clark said. “I hope they can finish off as strong as they did (Tuesday night).”Peewee B’s win one of four against SteamboatThe Summit Lightning Peewee B hockey team went 1-3 in four games against two Steamboat Springs squads recently. In the first game, Summit started strong with a top-shelf goal by Calvin Taylor. But Steamboat answered quickly with several goals, and before Summit’s players knew it they were on the wrong end of a disappointing 8-1 loss. After a much-needed pep talk by coaches Bryan Smith and Chris Kleban, the team came back with a decisive 5-3 win in the second game. Bobby Ruddle scored two goals, with Max Armstrong, Jason Looby and Ian McCluskie recording a goal apiece. Paul McSparin and McCluskie both had two assists in the game, with Max Armstrong, George Lowery and Calvin Taylor each getting credit for one. The Lightning played tough in the third game but couldn’t produce a goal in a 2-0 loss. Goalie Phillip Contos did his best wall impression in the net, stopping 27 of 29 shots, and strong defensive play came from defenders Danny Cook, Andrew Richardson, Ruddle, and J.P. Schoeffield. The final game against the Steamboat kids ended in a disappointing 7-1 loss. Summit’s only goal coming from McCluskie off of an assist from Calvin Taylor.
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