boys receive Hallissey sportsmanship trophy
For the fourth time in the past several years, Summit Academy's junior high basketball teams have come up a bit short on championship trophies, but instead have come away with the coveted sportsmanship trophy given each year to one team in each of the three competition brackets.
This year the boys team was judged best by league officials in this competition, and thus earned their second trophy in that area, and in so doing equaled the efforts of the girls teams which had won the same trophy twice in the past few years.
In the boys division, Summit dropped their first two games, putting them into the consolation bracket, where they finished third with a hard fought loss to St. Peter and Paul of Grangeville, who finished second in that bracket, losing the final and thus coming home with the 2nd place consolation bracket. No details concerning games were available at the time of this printing.
Summit's girls played exceptionally well, drawing last year's tourney runner-up, St. Joseph's of Boise in their first match, and losing 17 to 33, as Patriot shots continually bounced off or around the rim. But games two and three were easy wins for the local girls, as they took down St. Joseph's seventh by a score of 40 to 16, then pounded their Prairie neighbors, Sts. Peter and Paul by a score of 35 to 21 in game three. This put the Summit girls up once again with St. Joseph's 8th, and playing one of their best games of the season, the Patriots battled to the end, actually having the ball, and taking 5 or 6 unsuccessful shots in the last minute with the score tied 22 to 22. Summit had led the game 6 to 4 at the quarter, and 10 to 9 at the half, using tenacious defense to keep the taller girls from Boise off stride. Falling behind 20 to 15 at the end of the third, the Patriots used a full-court press to rattle their
Boise opponents, and pulled even with a minute to go at 22 to 22. But victory and a chance at the championship was not to be, as the several shots taken by the locals all fell short at the end, and St. Joe's netted a field goal at the end to pull out the 24 to 22 victory. The loss left the Patriots in 4th place for the tourney, and proved to be St. Joe's toughest game, as they went on to win the next two games and the tourney championship.
This was the second year in a row the Summit girls finished fourth, losing each time in the quarterfinals to the tourney champ.
Playing on the girls team at the tourney were eighth graders Nicole Frei, Savannah Kuther, Savanah Prigge, Courtney Schwartz, and RachelUblenkott, 7th graders Cassidy Stubbers, Brooke Schumacrher, and Tanna Schlader, and sixth graders Nicole Wemhoff, Rachel.Frei, Megan Rehder, Sarah Chmelik, and Sarah Kuther. All girls saw plenty of action in the tourney, with the sixth graders playing a good part of the time in the big wins in games two and three.