girls win Culdesac Tournament
Traveling to Culdesac during the Christmas break, Summit high school girls walked away with two consecutive victories to take home the championship trophy in Culdesac High School’s Christmas tournament.
The opening game, pairing the Patriots with the host team Culdesac Wolves, was a fairly tight one throughout, with Summit behind five to seven at the quarter, up 16 to 12 at the half, also ahead at the three quarter mark 27 to 20, and then finishing with a final score victory over the Wolves, 41 to 33. Good defense, several steals, and dominant work on the backboards keyed the Patriot victory, as offensive-shooting stats showed Summit able to connect on only 15 of 52 field attempts and 100 of 28 at the line. Scoring for the Patriots: Lauren Wemhoff with 8, Core Wemhoff with 15, Alexa Prigge with 7 and Emily Rehder with 11.
In control of the boards throughout the evening, with several offensive grabs resulting in key baskets, Summit had seven players involved with Cori Wemhoff hauling down five, Lauren Wemhoff and Rehder leading the way with 9 and 10 respectively, Prigge adding 7, Alyssa Frei-5, Amber Nuxoll-3, Jeannie Goeckner-3 and Jacquie Lustig adding one while playing very well on defense.
Steals played a major role in the team victory also, with Cori leading the way with 6, Lauren adding 5, Goeckner with 4, and one each by Frei and Nuxoll. Cori also had 4 assists during the game to lead in that department, with Lauren adding two and Lustig one. Kelli Shears also played well during the game, doing her part on the defensive end of the court.
Thursday night, the local Patriots took the floor against Clearwater Valley, easily victorious the night before with a win over Lewiston’s sophomore Bengals, and roared out to 10 to 4 and 23 to 14 leads at the quarter and half mark. The second half proved to be a bit more competitive as the Valley Rams made adjustments at half time and were able to play basket for basket with the Patriots in the second half, each team scoring 17 points during the period. The third quarter again found the local girls ahead 33 to 22, with the final score of 40 to 31 earning the Patriots the tourney championship and trophy. Keeping the Rams off balance throughout the game.
In the rebounding department, stats totaled three for Lauren, four for Cori, six each for Rehder and Prigge, Jeannie Goeckner grabbing five, three for Amber Nuxoll, and one to Jacquie Lustig. Cori, Lauren, and Jacquie showed up in the assist department with four, two and one respectively.
The two wins raised the Patriots record for the year to 10 and two, and was their second tourney championship, having walked away with first place honors at New Meadows during their season opening Kickoff Tourney.
Next action for the Patriots is a double header in northern Idaho, with a match Friday against NICS, North Idaho Christian School from Hayden, then one the following afternoon in Moscow where they will match up against Logos.
Summit boys drop two at Culdesac Tournament
Christmas break basketball found the Summit boys basketball team continuing their season’s ways, playing exciting basketball, well at times, but plagued by poor shooting percentages and turnovers, dropping two more games, as they fell to host Culdesac on the opening evening by a score of 61 to 32, then experienced a drastic nine only of 43 shots taken the second night to drop their 10th game of the season to Clearwater Valley by a score of 18 to 35.
In the Culdesac game, quarter scores recorded 13 to 7, 27 to 17, 45 to 24 and 61 to 32 deficits for the Patriots, as their 42 field attempts netted goal only 10 times, with free throw shooting also low with 10 conversions of 24 attempts. Scoring for Summit: Jacob Uhlenkott-4, David Spencer-7, Zach Frei-4, Chris Hattrup-8, Dustin Lustig-3, William Schlader-2, and Brandon Rehger-4. Rebound, steals, and other stats were not available at this time, but turnovers in the twenties consistently blunted the Summit attack.
In the matchup for third place, the fate of the young Patriots was again traced to poor shooting and turnovers, the nine of 43 field attempts mentioned above and 0 for 2 at the line, coupled with a season high of 32 turnovers, sealing their fate in the 18 to 35 loss to CV. David Spencer was the only Patriot to get any scoring momentum going, netting 8, five players each were able to contribute only two, those five being Joseph Lustig, Zach Frei, Chris Hattrup, William Schlader and Brandon Rehder. Saddled with 18 fouls, with Uhlenkott fouling out, the local team gave away nine successful free throws to their opponents, while missing on the only two awarded them for the evening.
In the rebound department, David Spencer led the way with 10, Frei adding 6, Rehder-4, Uhlenkott-2, Hattrup-1, Dustin Lustig-1, Stephen Spencer-1, Joseph Lustig-1, and Chase Nuxoll-5.
With the Summit girls team, Summit’s boys will be traveling to Hayden, Idaho on Friday, and Moscow on Saturday to play a return match with North Idaho Christian the first night, and Logos Saturday evening. Both jv girls and jv boys will see action this weekend also, the boys playing both nights, and the girls taking on Logos in the first game Saturday in Moscow at 2:00.
A Christmas Wish, reviewed
The evening began with the “Christmas Party” written by Kim Frei. During the Christmas party, Nicholas, played by Michael, is left with the white elephant gift; a lamp. He is surprised when a genie (Alyssa Frei), emerges from the lamp in a cloud of smoke, and grants him three wishes. Nicholas and his sister, Lucy, played by Savannah Kuther, immediately wasted the first wish when they inadvertently used the word “wish” in their conversation with the genie. With the second wish, the genie takes Nicholas and Lucy on a Christmas adventure where they relive the stories about the saints related to Christmas and learn lessons along the way.
The first scene that Nicholas and Lucy witness is Grandma (Marianne Wren), reading the story of St. Nicholas to all the pre-K and Kindergarten students gathered around a Christmas tree in their pajamas. As the little children sat quietly and listened to the story, Santa Clause sneaks in and put presents around the tree. Then the children opened the presents and shared them with the audience. They also sang, “Jolly Ole St. Nicholas.”
Next, the genie took Nicholas and Lucy to witness the life of St. Francis. The first and second graders were all dressed as animals and they helped St. Francis find people in the audience to re-enact his first manger scene. Parents, brothers, and sisters were guided onto the stage to be shepherds, wise men, Joseph, Mary and even a little baby Jesus. They then sang for the audience “Away in a Manger.”
Genie, Nicholas, and Lucy then went to watch St. Jerome try and convert the people in his town. The fifth and sixth grade students played beggars and merchants in this scene. In the end the humbled St. Jerome (Josh Schlader) knelt and prayed to Baby Jesus, while the beggars and merchants sang “Light of the World.”
The lesson learned from the seventh and eighth grade classes is the story of a humble and holy St. Lucy. Dylan Prigge and Mary Shears played the parts of a brother and sister who are lost in the woods. Mary tells Dylan about St. Lucy, while the other seventh and eight graders acted out the story. St. Lucy was played by Rachel Wemhoff, and the nobleman who asked for her hand in marriage was played by Josh Frei. The nobleman ultimately took revenge on Lucy and killed her for choosing Christ over him.
After this, Genie takes Nicholas and Lucy to another place to learn about Blessed Robert Southwell. Here the ninth and tenth graders tell the story in pantomime fashion, all dressed in black. They tell the story of how Robert was a brave man who faced prison and much suffering in the name of Christ. They also recited one of his famous poems “New Prince New Pomp” in honor of the Baby Jesus.
Next, Genie took Nicholas and Lucy to see ST. Therese the Flower in a convent of contemplative nuns. They watched in awe as the sisters peacefully and quietly decorated the tree. The atmosphere of the room changes dramatically when music starts and the sisters, played by the eleventh and twelfth grade students, start dancing and lip-syncing to “Sleigh Ride.” Some monks join them in the middle of their song playing trumpets and saxophones.
Then Nicholas asks to meet a Saint that actually met Christ, and so the Genie takes them to see St. Ann and St. Simeon as they retell their experience of witnessing the Christ Child in the temple at His Presentation, presented by the third and fourth graders. This story led back to the manger scene at the first Christmas Eve. This scene ended with the third and fourth students singing “Holy is His Name.”
After their adventures with the genie, Lucy and Nicholas contemplate the lessons that they had learned. Nicholas tells the genie that his third and final wish is for “All the world to by happy, as happy as those who witnessed the birth of the Baby Jesus!”
As a result of Nicholas’ last wish, the evening climaxed with a candle light procession and all the students singing, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” as they processed up to the Christmas scene with the baby Jesus in the manger. They play ended with the students singing, “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The evening was a special treat for all those who attended.
Summit Academy basketball schedule
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
7-Boys V/JV at Pullman Christian, 5 p.m.
14-Boys V/JV at Nezperce
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