The Outsider: Catch Summit’s rugby squad, and the new Breck Bucks junior hockey team |

The Outsider: Catch Summit’s rugby squad, and the new Breck Bucks junior hockey team

SDN sports editor Phil Lindeman.

Homecoming week in Summit is nearly over. Sure, it’s only halfway through the fall preps season, but homecoming tends to feel like the biggest, wildest, most energetic time of year in a small town, even for people with absolutely no ties to the local high school.

Win or lose (unfortunately, there’s been more of the latter), it was a blast to feature a few of Summit’s top varsity athletes. They’re an outspoken and insightful bunch, telling stories about long bus rides through the Rockies (some weren’t fit for print) and sharing exactly why they love their sports. Here’s a classic example: When asked about their biggest rival — school, player, teammate, anyone — almost half of the 12 students I interviewed responded, “myself.” This is the same group that also suggested building a human pyramid for the SDN photo shoot. They don’t take themselves too seriously off the field, and I think that’s a must-have trait for anyone, athlete or no.

For me, homecoming is also a reminder that winter sports season is about to begin in earnest. Soccer, football and rugby have another short month of frigid games, then it’s onto basketball, hockey and, at least around here, skiing. Until then, here’s a look at the best sports diversions this weekend.

Homecoming rugby match vs. Regis Jesuit

Less than 12 hours after the Summit football game, the girl’s rugby team takes to the gridiron/pitch for the final home match of the season against Regis Jesuit. The Tigers have a relatively young team this year, but it hardly matters for the defending state champions. They’re undefeated after four games, including a 49-0 victory over Palmer on Sept. 19. Best of all: Rugby matches are free. JV plays at 11 a.m., followed by varsity at 1 p.m.

Introducing the Breck Bucks

In case you missed it, Breckenridge is now home to its first junior hockey club (see the story on 20). The Breck Bucks opened the season on Friday against the Aspen Leafs, one of eight teams in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. The Bucks play again tonight at the Breck ice arena, with faceoff at 8:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $17.

One last Quandary hike

It’s October and Quandary is calling. The 14,265-foot peak just outside of Breckenridge is relatively easy, even for casual hikers, and the weather is (hopefully) still calm enough that chances for a freak snowstorm are slim. Still, be prepared. If you make the trek (5-6 hours at an easy pace), pack layers, dry socks, a waterproof outer and plenty of water. Oh, and don’t forget the camera — the mountain goats are out in force. Look for images from Kim Fenske’s hiking guide in Sunday’s paper.

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