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Tiger girls learning the system

DENVER – The 3-2-3-2 alignment that the Summit High School girls soccer team has moved to this season is starting to show results, although they have not appeared in the win column yet.

The Tigers lost 2-0 Saturday to Thomas Jefferson. Summit gave up a goal in the first five minutes and the last five minutes of the game, trailing 1-0 most of the way. The shot count was even at 15.

“It just didn’t go in for us today, even though we moved the ball up and down the field very well,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky.



Assistant coach Dirk Parmley suggested the unconventional 3-2-3-2 formation early this season. It favors small teams like the Tigers and relies on a sharp short-passing game. It also creates a zone defense in lieu of a sweeper.

The Tigers are still growing into the system, and Saturday’s game was a big step forward.



“This was the first game where I think the girls saw this formation is working,” Krupanszky said. “We were getting chances.”

The Tigers (0-3-1 overall, 0-0-1 in the Class 4A Jeffco League) will try again Thursday at Bishop Machebeuf. League play resumes March 28.

Baseball drops two at T.J.

The Summit High baseball team saw some encouraging signs in the second game of its 11-1 and 16-6 losses in a doubleheader Saturday at Thomas Jefferson. After a three-hit outing in the first game, the Tigers bats awoke in the second.

Ryan Norton went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, David Payne was 2-for-2 with a double, Casey Anderson drew three walks and got a hit, and Sean Star connected for a double.

With Norton avoiding the mound because of a sore shoulder, the Tigers’ pitching staff was left thin. Sophomore Garrison Green stood out, working out of bases-loaded jams in both games.

Corey Olson, Jordy Lynch, Anderson and Dan Pringle also saw time on the mound.

Summit closed a 9-2 deficit to 9-6 in the fifth inning of game two but gave up seven runs in the final two innings.

“We hit the ball much better in the second game,” said Summit coach John Padjen. “And we played better defense. It was encouraging.”

The Tigers, who dropped to 0-4, travel to face Clear Creek on Tuesday.

Tennis falls to Holy Family

After crushing Jefferson in last week’s season opener, the Summit High School tennis team met some tougher competition at the Garfield Courts in Denver on Friday. Three hard-fought match wins weren’t enough for the Tigers, who lost to Holy Family 4-3.

Junior Julie Wallace, playing at No. 2 singles, won in straight sets (7-5, 6-3), and senior Stephanie Swanson (No. 3 singles) also brought home points for the Tigers, winning 6-3, 2-6, 10-5. No. 1 singles player Sutton Anderson lost a tight match to Holy Family’s Girinna Romano 4-6, 6-7.

The Tigers didn’t fare as well in doubles, with only the No. 3 doubles team of Emily Cardamon and Emily Baker winning (1-6, 6-3, 6-4). No. 4 doubles Sara Griffin and Brittany Ellsworth lost to Leko Cargbo and Mackenzie Altman in a tiebreaker (7-5, 5-7, 9-11).

Head Coach Rae Anderson said she expected the strong Holy Family team would be difficult to beat.

“Last year, we lost to them 1-6,” Anderson said. “We just played them so much tougher this year.”

Summit’s next match is at St. Mary’s Academy on Tuesday.


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