Summit Competes in the Patriots Pen Contest
By Kelli Shears
Early this November the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students of Summit Academy had an opportunity compete in the ‘Patriots Pen’ essay contest. Eleven students entered the contest. The theme for this year’s essay was ‘Who are Today’s Patriots?’ The students wrote a 300-400-word essay answering this question.
 Rachel Wemhoff and Mary Shears placed first and second respectively, in the local contest.  Rachel went on to place third at districts.  Congratulations to the winners.

Junior high team splits games
Last week’ roundball action for Summit Academy’s junior high basketball team included a narrow win over Culdesac and then a hard fought loss to Lapwai’s eighth by a score of 29 to 19.
The split leaves the local boys with a three win and four loss record for the season, providing to this point very competitive action for the Summit boys who put two eighth graders, two seventh graders, one sixth and one fifth on the floor each night.
In the Culdesac game, Summit moved out to a 14 to 5 lead at halftime, and finished the night on the high end of a 23 to 18 score.  Scoring for the Patriots as follows: David Johnson-4, Dylan Prigge-14, Josh Frei-2, Beau Schlader-2, and Austin Chmelik-1.  Danny Wemhoff, the sixth man on the team got off a couple of shots in relief, but was unable to connect for score while playing well on defense.
The Lapwai evening saw the local boys move out to a four point lead over a much taller and faster Lapwai eighth grade, but missed shots throughout the evening saw them move slowly to the deficit side, as they dropped their fourth game of the year by the 29 to 19th score.  A poor shooting percentage which showed only seven of 62 shots falling from the floor, and 4 of 13 from the foul line prevented Summit from a big upset for the evening.  Scoring for the Patriots was Johnson-2, Prigge-8, Schlader-5 and Frei-4.
The Patriots close out their season this week with games at Grangeville on Tuesday, and then travel to Orofino for their final regular season game on Thursday.

Summit boys lose to New Meadows
Nearly back to full strength after sickness and vacationing absenteeism reduced Summit Academy’s high school boys’ team to rock-bottom low numbers, the local Patriots came back strong last Friday night to edge New Meadows JV’s in a wild match, 25 to 23, then folding a bit under fatigue and intense full court pressure, lost out to the Mountaineer varsity by a score of 52 to 32 though leading at half time 25 to 24.
Allowed to play five quarters per night, the Academy jv squad got nine points from Chase Nuxoll, six from Justin Stubbers in one quarter, five from Dustin Lustig in three, three from David Spencer in one quarter, four from Michael Hattrup playing the entire game and two each from William Schlader, Zach Frei, Stephen Spencer and Chris Hattrup, each adding one quarter effort to the jv cause.  The local boys led 18 to 9 at the half, but had to hand on in the fourth as they edged their guests by the final 25 to 23 score.
In the fast and furious varsity game, with 26 fouls called on the Summit boys and 23 on the Mountaineers, the Patriots worked their way to a very narrow 25 to 24 halftime lead.  Increased defensive pressure by the guests in the second half however, plus a fatigue factor brought on by many boys playing five quarters for the evening saw the Mountaineers outscore the Patriots 28 to 7 in the second half to take home their second victory over the Patriots this year.  The New Meadows team, coached this year by former Prairie coach John Preston, again used a fast break offense and full court defense the entire game to wear down the Patriots, but were unable to duplicate their 48 to 16 victory over Summit two weeks ago in their kickoff tourney.  That game, only the second of the season for Summit saw the Patriots play gamely missing two of their more experienced players, and followed a hard night loss the evening before to a Culdesac varsity that also used intense full court pressure to harass the young and inexperienced Summit squad.
Action this week for the Summit boys includes a varsity matchup with Timberline this Tuesday night at Prairie High School, and a jv and varsity match with North Idaho Christian sandwiched around the girls varsity game Saturday at Prairie Middle School.  Estimated game time for the boy’s varsity game is 1:00 P.M., as the guests will be traveling back to North Idaho after the game.

Summit girls pick up 3 victories
Summit Academy high school girls pick up three consecutive victories last week, one at the jv level, and two at the varsity level as the varsity girls ran their season record to 6 and 1 with victories over Timberline and New Meadows varsities.
Playing locally, the lady Patriots racked up two easy wins over the Spartans from Timberline, deploying very stingy defenses in both the jv and varsity games to win 48-10 in the preliminary and 46 to 14 in the main event.
In the jv contest, Kim Frei and Lynn Rehder led the scoring with nine points each, while Brianne Stubbers and Amber Nuxoll pitched in eight a piece to help the jv cause.  The win moves the JV record for the year to three and one.
The main event involving tenacious defense by the Summit girls produced leads of 9-0 at the quarter mark, 21 to 3 at the half, 37 to 5 at the ¾ break on their way to their fifth win of the season.  Scoring for the Patriots was spread fairly even across the team as follows: Post players Alexa Prigge and Emily Rehder with 12 and 11 points respectively while dominating the boards, Cori Wemhoff with 8, Lauren Wemhoff-5, Amber Nuxoll in reduced playing time-3, Kelli Shears, Jeanne Goeckner, and Jacquie Lustig, each with 2 and Alyssa Frei netting one free throw.
Entertaining the New Meadows Mountaineer girls here in Cottonwood last Thursday, the Summit ladies duplicated their win of two weeks ago in round one of the New Meadows kick off tournament, winning that event 41 to 25, and this time, with increased defensive pressure, coming away with a 46 to 14 win.  Again, Summit’s tall inside post players Emily Rehder, Alexa Prigge and Amber Nuxoll dominated the boards, while sisters Cori and Lauren Wemhoff and Jacquie Lustig harassed the visiting Mountaineer with defensive pressure and several steals.  Scoring was again spread across the team with posts Prigge and Rehder netting 19 and 14 respectively, Kelli Shears-1, Lauren Wemhoff-4, Cori Wemhoff-6, Jeannie Goeckner-2, Alyssa Frei-4, Amber Nuxoll-3 and Lustig-4.
Next game for the Summit ladies will be Saturday, Dec. 17 at Prairie Middle School, time approximately 11:30 with guests visitors from North Idaho Christian from Hayden, Idaho.  Last year’s contest between the same two teams resulted in a narrow overtime victory for the Patriots built on the senior Elaine Rehder netting three consecutive free throws to end regulation and tie the game as she unleashed a desperate three-point attempt in the closing seconds, and was fouled in the process.
Following that game, both Summit girls and boys will be participating in invitational tourneys hosted by Orofino December 21 and 22, and also one at Culdesac also in December, on the 27th and 28.
Finally, word was received last week that the Summit girls have been invited to participate in a post season tourney in the Couer d’ Alene area in February, with decision to attend still being decided.

Summit Academy basketball schedule
17-Girls and boys V/JV vs. NICS at PMS gym, 10 a.m.
20-21-Girls and Boys varsity tournament at Orofino
27-28-Girls and Boys varsity tournament at Culdesac
6-Girls and Boys V/JV at NICS, 2 p.m.
7-Girls and Boys V & JV at Logos, 2 p.m.
13-Boys V/JV vs. Pullman Christian, 5 p.m., PMS gym
16-Girls Varsity at Nezperce, 7 p.m.
17-Girls and Boys Varsity at Salmon River, 6 & 7:30 p.m.
28-Boys V/JV and Girls Varsity vs. Nezperce at PMS
3-4-Girls and Boys Varsity Tournament at Logos
7-Boys V/JV at Pullman Christian, 5 p.m.
14-Boys V/JV at Nezperce
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