Summit volleyball season ends
Summit Academyís first taste of IHSAA district competition was not the best, as the Patriots traveled to Nezperce last week to engage in district volleyball competition for the first time, competing at the newly created Class 1-Division II level.  Nicole Frei and Courtney Schwartz in District tournament action at Nezperce.
Summitís 1-5 league record, including a narrow win and an equally narrow loss to Culdesac, two narrow losses to Highland, and two additional losses to league champ Nezperce seeded them fourth in the district tourney.  The Patriots who lose only one senior, Kim Frei, to graduation.  Nezperce and Culdesac advanced to regional play Saturday, where they emerged winners in a tourney with Region Iís top two teams, Nezperce finishing first with a trip to state the result, and Culdesac second, with a play-in game at Grangeville this Saturday providing them an opportunity also to advance to state competition.  Even though victories were few, Summit girls were competitive throughout the season, and know that they can be in the thick of things next year.
Jamie Chmelik and Rachel Wemhoff at District.

Summit Jr. High girls win 2 of 3
The past week resulted in three very close and competitive games for Summitís junior high girls basketball, as the local teams won two and dropped one to extend their combined season record to 13 and 4.  
The 6th and 7th grade team with a bit of assistance from two 8th graders went the limit against St. Peter and Paul last Tuesday, needing two overtimes before pulling out a narrow and hotly contested win 16 to 14.  Defense dominated both teams and Summit found themselves down 10 to 6 at halftime, before rallying in the last couple of minutes with  full-court pressure to tie the game in regulation, then finally prevail in the second overtime.  
At Prairie Thursday, Summit again found itself locked in a defensive struggle, down 8 to 6 at halftime, and 14 to 10 at the three quarter break.  A brief fourth quarter rally pulled the Patriots into a temporary tie, but the host Pirates prevailed with a basket near the end to pull out a 17 to 15 victory.  The loss was only the second of the season for the younger Patriots, and left them with a season record of 7-2, with games at Asotin and Culdesac remaining this Tuesday and Thursday, then the league tourney Saturday at Asotin with the schedule calling for games with Asotin and Timberline.  
One game only scheduled last week for the 7th-8th Patriots also was at Prairie, again a thriller ending on a 29-28 last-second free throw victory for the Patriots.  The game was close throughout, with Prairie moving out to a four-point 14-10 lead at halftime.  Summit rallied in the third however, scoring 10 points to get back into the game, and managed to edge the Pirates on that last free throw at the end.  The game was delayed during the fourth quarter in an unusual way, as both book score keepers had scores different from the clock, with the result after a long discussion by officials costing Prairie a crucial basket, dropping their score from 28 to26 in the last minutes of the game.  The Pirates immediately tossed in another basket, bringing the score 28 to 28, and setting the stage for the last free throw dropped in for the Summit edge.  The win brings Summitís older girls to a 6 and 2 record, with games also at Asotin and Culdesac this week, ending with the Asotin tourney, where the set schedule again pairs Summit with Summit and a rematch with Prairie. 
Summit players this year include 8th graders Julia Osborne, Tanna Schlader, Brooke Schumacher and Cassidy Stubbers; 7th graders Kayla Duclos, Nicole Wemhoff, Sarah Chmelik, Megan Rehder, Abbie Chmelik, Rachael Frei and Sarah Kuther, and sixth graders Megan Seubert and Kayla Schumacher.  Coach of both teams is Julie Schumacher.

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