Tigers make most of three-team invitational
FARMER’S KORNER – It was an invitational, and the guests didn’t RSVP until it was too late.
Four teams backed out of Saturday’s Summit Invite early last week, leaving the Summit High School varsity and JV gymnastics squads to compete against Ponderosa and Cherry Creek in a de facto tri-meet.
But the Tigers made the most of it.
Kendra Huenneke led a strong Summit showing on the balance beam, scoring an 8.1 to place fifth. Claudia Bouvier was right behind her in sixth with a 7.875.
“We had really good beam routines,” Huenneke said. “A lot of people stuck them, and we’ve been working on that all week.”
Jamie Norton and Bouvier’s floor routines were also highlights, according to Summit coach Beth Flaherty. Bouvier was ninth with an 8.35, and Norton scored an 8.1 for 13th.
But it was an off-day for the Tigers overall. The team was split into varsity and JV, and because there were only three teams, the two Summit squads were often competing simultaneously, which affected the team’s cohesiveness.
“We ended up being a little fragmented,” Flaherty said. “The energy and the enthusiasm was split in half and divided instead of unified.”
For Summit, coming off a huge win over Columbine on Wednesday, Saturday was a step back in terms of scores.
Summit’s highest score on the uneven bars came from Katie Lindbloom. She placed sixth with a 7.575. On the vault, Erin Young was the best Tiger, placing sixth with an 8.4. Bouvier and Lindbloom tied for seventh with 8.35s.
“We had a rough bar day today,” Flaherty said. “They weren’t the bar routines that we see in practice. And that’s really what we’ve been trying to work on a lot is getting the girls to be able to compete the way they practice, because in the gym we see one team and at meets we’ve been seeing a different team.”
Cherry Creek won every event except the all-around, where Ponderosa’s Katie O’Neale was first with a 33.325. Bouvier was the strongest Tiger in the all-around, placing fifth with a 31.325.
Cherry Creek took the team win with 165.225 points, Ponderosa was second with 158.825 and Summit was third with 154.725. Summit’s JV placed fourth with 139.31.
“We’re really pushing for higher difficulty and harder skills,” Flaherty said. “Being in our new league, we really have to raise our standards, and we’re getting there.”
Summit heads to Lakewood for a tri with Lakewood and Arvada on Tuesday, before hosting its annual “U be the judge” meet Thursday.
Softball falls to Conifer
SILVERTHORNE – The Summit High softball team improved its play but not enough to get a win Saturday against Conifer. Summit’s 13-3 loss was its fourth in a row.
“We didn’t have our hitting game, but our defense was tight and tough,” said coach Shelly Koehler. “We’re getting better.”
Shannon Buhler pounded out two hits and Amy Clark had one as the Tigers dropped to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the Class 4A Jeffco League.
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