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Tigers take Western Slope by storm

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys basketball team played a season’s worth of games this week and won more times than it has in its last three seasons combined.

The team returned from a summer road trip on Thursday having blown through the Moffat County High School Tournament in Craig and the Mesa State Team Camp in Grand Junction.

“We just had an amazing camp,” said coach Mike Rathgeber of the four days in Grand Junction.



Summit, sporting 22 varsity and junior varsity players, went 7-3 at Mesa State against Class 4A and 5A competition. Of the 64 teams at the camp, several were from Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. The highlight was a 38-36 win in overtime against Pueblo in the final game of the camp-ending tournament.

Summit center Mike Holloway was voted Camper of the Week by the coaches for his ability on the floor and his positive attitude both on and off it.



The Tigers averaged about four games each day.

“It was very intensive,” Rathgeber said. “All the kids got pretty tired. We played almost a regular season in a week.”

Holloway and JV player Brandon Ives were named to their respective camp all-star teams. Summit’s junior varsity went 6-1 at the C level before moving up and losing two games in the JV tournament.

Earlier in the week, Summit went 4-2 at the Moffat County Tournament, beating Western Slope power Rifle.

Middel moving back to Michigan

Would-be Summit High School senior Paul Middel has decided to return to Tri-Unity Christian High School in Wyoming, Mich., for his senior year.

Middel has been one of the Summit High boys basketball team’s most consistent shooters over the last two seasons. He moved to Summit County as a sophomore after a freshman year at Tri-Unity and spent two seasons on Summit’s varsity soccer and basketball teams.

“As well as we’re playing without him, we’d be so much more complete with him,” Rathgeber said.

While his parents will stay in Summit County, Middel will be living with a good friend in Michigan. He has been considering returning to Tri-Unity – which has won two state basketball championships since 1996 – since he arrived in Summit County.

“I think I grew athletically quite a bit,” Middel said of his time in Summit. “It was kind of hard coming from a championship team, but it was good. I really enjoyed it.”

Middel will play soccer and basketball next year.

“It’s not only for sports, but it’s mainly for friends,” he added.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at jstarr@summitdaily.com.


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