3 and 1 in tourney action
Traveling to Kamiah this past weekend, Summit Academy's elementary girls basketball team continued their winning ways, posting three hard fought wins over tourney sixth grade teams, while falling to Kamiah in the Friday evening opener.
Missing starter and one of their leading rebounders and scorers, Sarah Chmelik, the Patriots got off to a very slow start against host Kamiah, falling behind 12 to 4 in the opening quarter before getting their defense untracked to lose eventually 28 to 17, only their second loss of the season. One week earlier, the same two teams had played, Summit again falling behind 10 to 2 in the first quarter, but roaring back to take a surprising 25 to 24 win in overtime. Sarah Chmelik had missed that game also, as well as all of the tourney games because of illness.
Saturday's action proved to be hectic and exciting, as the Patriots recorded a 27 to 19 win over Prairie 6th, then a tense defensive struggle resulted in a 17 to 12 victory over Lewis-County 6th. Patriot scorers were doubleteamed constantly, resulting in one of Summit's lowest offensive scores of the year, but Summit in turn turned on the defensive pressure, and held Lewis County scoreless in the 4th, pulling away trom a 12 to 11 score at the third quarter break.
The final matchup proved to be the most challenging, as Summit relied on a two-point goal in the last 12 seconds by Rachael Frei to pull out a 30 to 28 win over Grangeville Public 6th. Summit twice fell behind by four in the last part of the game, but managed six points in the fourth while holding the Bulldogs to two, to set up the final winning basket.
The tourney action raised the Summit record to 14 and 2, the only losses being to Kamiah in the tourney opener, and to Grangeville a week earlier in the season, that game ending in a 14 to 12 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. Patriot team members include sixth graders Rachael Frei, Megan Rehder, Sarah Chmelik, Sarah Kuther, and Nicole Wemhoff; 5th graders Megan Seubert, Mary Knappert, and Kayla Schumacher, and fourth grader Kaitlen Stubbers, and will be traveling to Grangeville for a final game this Tuesday. Summit boys, not entered in the Kamiah tourney, also will be closing out their season at Grangeville this week.
Virtue winners named
Summit Academy this past week released winners of their 6th virtue campaign, students chosen by a variety of means; some class campaigns, some self-evaluation, some peer input, and some teacher choice. With their model for the period being St. Bernadette of Lourdes fame, a grotto where tradition claims that the Blessed Virgin appeared to the young girl Bernadette, and which has been credited over the decades with many miraculous cures, and the virtue to imitate being Sincerity, the following students were selected:
Eleventh and twelfth grades - Kimberly Frei and Michael Hattrup. Ninth and tenth - David Johnson and Margaret Yalbuw. Seventh and eighth - Nicole Frei and Cassidy Stubbers.
Fifth and sixth - Mary Knappert and Matthew Schwartz.
Third and fourth - Bridget Beckman and Thomas Schwartz. First and second - Luke Schwartz, Dylan Schumacher, and Angela Wemhoff. Kindergarten - Nicholas Beckman.
The current virtue campaign, number seven for the year, calls on the students to work on the virtue of JOY, with the saints to be imitated being Saints Felicity and Perpetua, two young mothers, one the mistress, and the other the servant, who refused to abandon their faith in the face of martyrdom and death. The young women amazed their captors as they spent time in their cells awaiting execution in a joyful state, singing and radiating love, peace and contentment; knowing their destiny would be heaven after their shortened time on earth.
While working on the current virtue, students are encouraged to continue attempting improvement in the earlier virtues .stressed, including this year, charity, obedience, order and discipline, respect, responsibility, and sincerity in that order.
Summit 'Hotshot' winners
Weeks of practice, and steel nerves paid off for eight athletes at Summit Academy earlier this month, as two weeks of intense shooting resulted in the naming of the winners in the first-ever Hotshot Contest held at the school this year.
The contest gave students two minutes to shoot one three, two two pointers, mid-range shots ITom eight to ten feet away, then three short put ups close up to the basket. Scoring was three, two, and one each for the baskets made during the time allowed, with students required to get their own rebounds, then continue the cycle 'as many times as possible in the two minute period.
Winners in the eight divsions, boys and girls in high school, 7th and 8th, 5th and 6th, and 3rd and 4th and their scores were as follows:
High school: Girls: Danielle Stubbers - 40, . Rachel Wemhoff - 35
Boys: Dylan Prigge - 49, Zach Frei - 47
7th and 8th: Girls: Savanah Prigge - 39 and 25, Savannah Kuther 39 and 24. These two girls tied in the first shoot off, then had a one-minute overtime to break the tie.
Boys: Austin Chmelik - 50, Dan Wemhoff - 34.
Austin's 50 was the highest score recorded during the finals, second only to the 56 that Dylan Prigge put up during the preliminaries.
5th and 6th: Girls: Kayla Schumacher - 46, Megan Rehder - 44, and Nicole Wemhoff - 43.
Boys: Matthew Schwartz - 48, Rhett Schlader - 47, and Josh Lustig - 45.
Three places were awarded in this division, as their classes had the most entries and the tightest competition.
3rd and 4th: Girls: Kaitlen Stubbers - 20, Theresa Knappert - 12.
Boys: Thomas Schwartz - 38, Tyson Schlader - 31.
Trophies were awarded the first place winners in the contest, with ribbons going to the runner-ups. Third place certificates were given in the 5th and 6th contest.
The event was kicked off in November of last year, with students encouraged to practice on their own time, and each student was given five official shoots timed by a school official. Finals then matched the highest students in each bracket, and gave each contestant as many attempts as they had recorded official scores. The 5th and 6th graders far outnumbered all other students with the number of athletes contesting and the number of scores recorded.
Record holders after this first year of competition, with some scores coming in the preliminaries, and others coming in the finals:
High school: Dylan Prigge -56
7th and 8th: Austin Chmelik - 50
5th and 6th: Matthew Schwartz - 48
3rd and 4th: Tyson Schlader - 40
Danielle Stubbers - 47 Savanah Prigge - 44 Kayla Schumacher -46 Kaitlen Stubbers - 20