loses, wins in jr. high boys basketball
The opening week of junior high boys basketball started with a bang last week, as Summit traveled to Kamiah to take on the big and very talented Kubs last Tuesday, and came away with two big losses hanging on their record.
In the preliminary "B" game, Summit featuring 5th, 6th and 7th graders primarily fell behind early and failed continuously to connect with the net, as they dropped their first game of the season 30 to 6. The main game of the evening proved to be even more of a disaster, as the Kubs roared out to a 21 to 2 first quarter score, then continued on through the evening to finish 48 to 5. Summit's "A" team, with only one experienced 8th grader available, David Johnson, put up a scrappy fight all evening, but were unable to dent Kamiah's high-pressure defense.
Traveling to Grangeville Thursday proved to be a different story, however, as Summit's "B" found the net more often, though still losing 40 to 17 in a wild and rough preliminary. Austin Chmelik, Patrick Gallaher, and Dan Wemhoff provided most of the scoring for the evening, assisted by a basket each by Josh Schlader and Michael Rehder.
Relying primarily on their big man inside, David Johnson who scored 20 points, mostly off the glass, Summit's "A" team pulled steadily ahead during the evening to finish with their first win of the young season with a score of 27 to 18 over the host Bulldogs. Shane Stubbers, Mathew Schwartz and Dan Wemhoff each contributed a bucket to the Patriot score, while Patrick Gallaher added a free throw to complete the scoring.
Action continues this week for the Patriots with games at CV and Timberline Tuesday and Thursday.
Summit holds third in Academic Bowl
Participation was up, but answers were down a bit last week, as Summit Academy's high school knowledge bowl team dropped to 6th for the evening in the nine school Central Idaho Academic Bowl League.
Brianne Stubbers, Zach Frei, Chase Nuxoll, Dustin Lustig, Mary Gallaher, and Mary Shears finished the evening with a score of 135 while teammates Fran Gallaher, Margaret Yalbuw, Josh Frei, Justin Stubbers, and Joseph Lustig finished close behind with 133.
The meet held at CV saw many of the 24 teams competing bet big and successfully on the venture questions ending each round, while the Summit philosophy of betting small failed to payoff this time as the two teams finished 13th and 14th for the evening.
With a school score of 268, combining the two scores, Summit's finish left them tied for third in the league, as several other teams moved up in the standings. With the next meet scheduled in December, league standings based on 10 points for a first place finish, 9 for a second, 8 for a third on down, are as follows: Grangeville - 19, Nezperce - 15, Summit and Orofino tied for third with 13 each, then Highland, Prairie, Timberline, CV, and Kamiah bunched up close behind with scores of 12, 11, 10, 9 and 6.
Meanwhile, with the junior high league in full swing, Summit's one team of Patrick Gallaher, Rachel Wemhoff, Nicole Frei, Rachel Uhlenkott, Brandee Seubert and Savannah Kuther traveled to Orofino Monday night, but suffered through an off night, as their final score failed to top 100, and they finished in the lower third of the 14 teams competing. Once again, big wagers on venture questions proved to be the difference, as most of the teams betting the maximum 50 moved forward, while the conservative betters, counting on league statistics suggesting that only 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 ventures are successful, fell behind.
Next meets for the league are at Grangeville December 4th for the high school group, while the junior high contestants will be at Prairie Dec. 11.