regains Academic Bowl lead
Combining very conservative wagers on venture questions with perhaps the leagues most difficult question session, Summit Academy’s academic team pulled off a school first by placing first and second in the individual team competition held at Timberline Monday night, February 28.
Holding a precarious lead throughout the third round, Summit’s Dylan Greene and Shane Wemhoff, seniors, assisted by juniors Kelli Shears, Stephen Spencer, and Lauren Wemhoff wagered a modest 10 points on the last venture question, while Prairie, a mere one question behind the Patriots all third round, went a bit more of a venturous route, taking a venture question point position which would have given them the lead for the evening. As it turned out, every single team in attendance failed to answer that last venture question, so Summit ended up the evening in sole position of 1st place.
Senior Mark Uhlenkott with junior Brandon Rehder, sophomores, Alyssa Frei, Jake Uhlenkott, and Cori Wemhoff, and freshman Zach Frei, also relying on a very conservative venture question strategy, edged ahead of Prairie at the end, and finished second, giving Summit their first one – two finish in their four years involvement in the academic league.
In the school competition, based on the combined scores of each school’s top two teams, Summit also finished a solid first for their third league win this season, and consequently swept back into the league lead ahead of Grangeville, who betting heavily on the venture questions, suffered their worst finish of the year. Third place Nezperce, absent because of their upcoming trip to state basketball, also dropped back in the league standings, replaced by CV who had one of their better evenings this year.
Next action for league academic bowlers is at CV next Monday evening for junior high contestants, and at Highland March 14 for high schoolers. Area academic teams including Summit also will be in attendance next Monday at the annual district INEEL quiz bowl contest. Winners there advance to state later on in the month, with a paid trip to nationals going to state winners in each division. Prairie was the state winner in the small school division both in 1993 and 1997, but at that time, small school winners had to compete with large school winners for the national trip, and in both cases, fell short a bit. Since 2000, state winners is what is now three divisions, are given the expense –paid trip to nationals.
Summit girls wins Sportsmanship Award
For the third consecutive year, a Summit Academy Hallisey team was named the winner of a sportsmanship award, annually given by officials of the large annual Catholic school basketball tournament held there each later winter.
This year it was Summit’s girls’ team named for the covented award, duplicating Summit girls of two years ago, and Summit boys last year.
In the game competition, the Patriot ladies hammered out a 33 to 10 win over an 8th grade entry from Sacred Heart of Boise, but then were outgunned 35 to 18 by Holy Spirit of Pocatello, whose full-game full court press kept the local girls off balance all through the game. Shortly thereafter, the Patriots suffered the same fate at the hands of St. Joesph’s of Boise, their 8th grade team riding a full-court press effort all game to a 43 to 21 over the struggling Summit ladies.
Eighth graders Kim Frei and Brianne Stubbers led Summit’s scorers with 21 and 16 point during the torney, while seventh graders Mary Shears and Tara Stubbers added 15 and 4, with sixth graders Rachel Wemhoff and Jamie Chmelik came through with 14 and 2. Newcomer Vicki Schlader rounded out the team and played well on defense, but was unable to break into the scoring column. Shears, Frei, and Tara Stubbers did the bulk of the work on the boards for the Patriots.
In the boys division, Summit defeated Sacred Heart 7th 27 to 21 in round one, then fell 52 to 41 to a small but well-balanced team from Risen Christ School. Dropping into the consolation bracket, the Patriots scored a 32 to 24 victory over cross-Prairie friends from Sts. Peter and Paul, then found themselves up against an aggressive full-game, full-court press by neighbors from Prairie’s Released Time program. That game resulted in a 38 to 25 win for the Prairie entry, who went on to a fourth place finish before dropping out of the contest with a loss to a Buhl entry.
Eighth graders Dustin Lustig with 40 total points during the tourney and Chase Nuxoll with 28 plus the bulk of the board work, led the way for the Patriots while seventh graders Dylan Prigge, Joesph Lustig, and Josh Frei added 35, 12 and 6 points respectively. Sixth graders David Johnson and Beau Schlader played well and often througout the tourney, and in addition to their defensive efforts, each added a basket to the cause. The boys two win and two loss effort was the best Summit finish since Summit’s girls placed third two years ago in Summit’s first appearance in the tourney.
Summit 5th/6th season begins
Four games through their 10-game season, Summit Academy’s Middle School basketball teams have racked up six victories against two defeats with the boys’ team going 4 – 0 up to the present time.
On the girls side, Summit has dropped contests to CV twice, while winning one game easily over Highland, and taking a 34 to 20 win over Grangeville Public’s sixth grade.
Making up the Summit Middle School girls team: Sixth graders Jamie Chmelik, Vicki Schlader, and Rachel Wemhoff, fifth graders Nicole Frei, Savannah Kuther, Savanah Prigge, Courtney Schwartz, and Rachel Uhlenkott, and fourth graders Tanna Schlader, Brooke Schumacher, and Cassidy Stubbers.
Summit boys remain undefeated at this point, piling up victories over CV and Highland in their first two home games, then winning big over Grangeville Public’s sixth 61 to 42, and taking a narrow 31 to 30 victory in a rematch with CV on their home court, with Patriot David Johnson absent at the time because of sickness.
Patriot team members on the Middle School team are: Sixth graders David Johnson and Beau Schlader, fifth graders Austin Chmelik, Derek Nuxoll, and Michael Rehder, and fourth graders Justin Dempsey, Nick Shears, and Danny Wemhoff.
Six games remain on the Summit schedule including Craigmont on March 1, and at the local Summit gym March 2 and 3 with CV and with Kamiah. Away games at Grangeville, Kamiah, and Nezperce will close out the season.